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Culture & Medicine Music

Music in the soul can be heard by the Universe.
                                                                      ~ Lao Tsu

Medicine Music is one of the most accessible forms of spirit on the planet that has a power to heal. These orchestrations of voices and other instruments lift us up, ground us, keep us afloat and keep us going when it seems so hard to continue.

 

Inherent to conscious music are prayers, codes, intentions, vibrations, or structure to elevate, connect and help dissolve boundaries and promote healing and connection. Above all it seeks to unify, to be something greater than ourselves and to draw out the very best part of ourselves.

These soul songs come in every language and are thriving throughout every culture in the world. Sanskrit Mantras are medicine songs that have survived well over 5,000 years and are still being actively chanted by billions around the globe today. Indigenous songs from North and South America were born in sacred ceremonies and have the power to help return us to the essence of ceremony to restore balance.

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Join us for Monthly HeartSong Circles at SoderWorld!!
Sing HeartSongs, Healing Chants, and Native Drumming
2nd Tuesday of the Month

Sound Healing

Sound Healing today is more popular than ever!

In a world of increasingly fast-paced lifestyles, fast food, and global uncertainty, keeping balanced and in good health is vital.

Science may finally be catching up with practices used effectively by ancient civilizations for Mind-Body-Spirit healing with sounds.

Did you know that sound can heal many different health problems?

 

Over the years, it’s been proven by a growing body of scientific evidence that sound healing frequencies can be a complementary treatment for many ailments starting from anxiety and depression all the way to chronic pain and beyond. 

Sound Healing is an effective way of improving our multidimensional well-being by combining different healing sounds, music, and special sound healing instruments. By doing so, we can experience a transformational change where all the layers of our luminous energy field (body, mind, soul, and spirit) are awakened in a very gentle and loving way. 

One of the most well-known benefits when thinking about how sound frequencies can heal is through brainwave entrainment. This is when our brainwaves get exposed to a specific healing frequency, which then can cause them to change their overall frequency to be more balanced and healthy. 

Another way that sound frequency can be used to heal is through vibration therapy which involves using instruments that produce vibrations at a specific frequency, such as Tuning Forks. Their vibrations can then be applied directly to the body, which can help to significantly reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote overall healing to our being.

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Vocal Healing

Just as the vibration of a singing bowl or a song is known to have a healing effect on your body the vibrational resonance of chanting with your own voice also has the ability to heal from the inside out

We sang our first song the day we were born and cried out to the world our personal & unique Heart Song!

The first cry of a newborn infant signals that a new and separate life has begun. As we grow up, we experience conditioning that can stop us from using our voice, speaking our truth, singing with joy, and expressing our true authentic-self.

Singing, Chanting, humming, and making sounds with our voice chamber can give us unexpected experiences of joy and hope in times of adversity. It reminds us to find gratitude in the small things, helps us stay grounded when life gets tough, and encourages us to reconnect with Nature and nurture unconditional love for self and others. It serves as an inspiration for us to overcome difficult times with renewed strength and courage.

"There's healing in your hands, in your voice, in your heart, in your eyes! Your voice is your power, what you say matters, how you say it matters more.

The Benefits of Medicine Music are limitless!

  • Slows down the thinking mind

  • Facilitates going more deeply into Presence

  • Promotes a feeling of Connection to yourself & Others

  • Elevates our Mood

  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety

  • Engages Cognitive Function

  • Improves Memory

  • Reduces Fatigue & Increase motivation

  • Increases Dopamine to create feelings of pleasure

  • Regulate Cortisol Levels

  • Balances Energetic Body & Chakras

  • Improves Sleep Quality

  • Enhances Creativity

  • Boosts Natural Immunity

  • Acute & Chronic Pain Relief

  • stimulate the production and release of endorphins

  • Release what no longer serves you

  • Detoxifying

  • Entrain us into harmony

  • Connection to Spirit, our Soul, and Source.

Sound healing isn't making noise, it's making connection!

Every thought you think makes a sound that vibrates so if you want to live a harmonious life,
make sure your thoughts play the right notes."

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Honoring Indigenous Culture through Music

Indigenous music holds profound significance in preserving and transmitting the cultural heritage, traditions, and values of Indigenous communities. It serves not only as a means of artistic expression but also as a vital tool for education and community cohesion.

Cultural Preservation and Transmission

Indigenous music is integral in passing down knowledge from one generation to the next. Through songs, communities convey important cultural narratives, historical events, and moral lessons. These musical traditions help maintain a strong sense of identity and continuity among Indigenous people.

Emotional and Spiritual Upliftment

Music in Indigenous cultures often plays a crucial role in ceremonies and rituals. It has the power to uplift spirits, offer emotional support, and foster a sense of unity and belonging. Whether celebrating joyous occasions or providing comfort during difficult times, Indigenous music is deeply interwoven with the community's emotional and spiritual life.

Ecological Knowledge

Indigenous songs frequently embed ecological wisdom, reflecting a profound understanding of the natural world. These songs often include teachings about the environment, sustainable living, and the relationships between humans and nature. This ecological knowledge is passed down through generations, ensuring that the community remains connected to and respectful of their natural surroundings.

Contributions by Shawn Stevens and Shannon Chada

Shawn Stevens and Shannon Chada contribute significantly to the preservation and dissemination of Indigenous music and culture. Their interactive music experiences, which incorporate storytelling, songwriting, and historical narratives, provide a dynamic platform for engaging both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences. Through their work, they offer a rich tapestry of cultural education, helping to bridge the gap between different communities and fostering a deeper appreciation of Indigenous heritage.

Indigenous music is a living repository of cultural, spiritual, and ecological knowledge. It is a powerful medium for celebrating and preserving the rich heritage of Indigenous communities. Through the efforts of artists like Shawn Stevens and Shannon Chada, this music continues to inspire, educate, and unite people across generations and cultures.

Shawn Stevens (Red Eagle)

Shawn Stevens, also known as Red Eagle, is a distinguished member of the Stockbridge Munsee band of Mohicans, a tribe originally from the Hudson Valley, NY, but now residing in Bowler, WI. As a Spiritualist, musician, artist, historian, and storyteller, Shawn dedicates his life to sharing the rich cultural heritage and spiritual wisdom of his people. Over the past few decades, he has traveled extensively, offering his knowledge and spiritual guidance across his ancestral lands and the Midwest.

Shawn identifies himself as a "helper" rather than adopting titles such as “medicine man” or “shaman.” His spiritual journey involves sharing the teachings and practices bestowed upon him for the benefit of others. He is an ordained minister of the Universal Church of Light and a certified facilitator of White Bison’s Mending Broken Hearts program. As a traditional Native American storyteller, drummer, dancer, singer, and flute player, Shawn brings a holistic approach to his cultural expressions, ensuring the preservation and dissemination of his people's traditions.

Shannon Chada

Shannon Chada's musical path was set early on, influenced by a family passionate about music. Her early years were filled with performances in children's choirs, school events, and local theater. Embracing her Native American roots, she was given the spirit name Mino Nagamowin Ikwe, meaning Good Singing Woman. Shannon's musical journey took her across the U.S. with her guitar, eventually leading her to Chicago where she performed with various bands across genres like folk, rock, and bluegrass.

Raised in a family deeply involved in the Pow Wow circuit, Shannon was immersed in Native American traditions. Her mother was a Head Woman's Traditional Dancer, and her father was a Native Elder and member of the Eagle Singers drum group. Shannon herself became a Woman's Traditional Dancer, mastering traditional songs, chants, and dances.

After graduating from the Lakulish Institute of Yoga in 2006 and receiving a mantra initiation from her Guru, Shannon and her husband, Ryan Chada, formed the folk-rock band Diggin' The Dirt. Although they paused their musical activities following their daughter's birth in 2012, they continued to create music at home. In November 2021, they returned to the music scene as Great Mystery, performing Conscious Music, Sound Healing, and Medicine Music at various events and festivals. Shannon currently offers monthly SongCircles at SoderWorld for community vocal training, musical expressions, and collaboration.

Collaborative Journey

In 2023, Shawn and Shannon began collaborating, embarking on annual journeys to the Mohican Tribal Homelands. They perform Indigenous music, concerts, and storytelling sessions at schools, colleges, and events supporting Indigenous and environmental causes. Their performances aim to uplift, connect, and heal through music, offering a blend of traditional and contemporary expressions.

Shawn and Shannon can be found sharing their musical gifts at venues like Kripalu, MA, and SoderWorld, IL, among other locations throughout the East and Midwest. Their work is dedicated to inspiring and supporting the healing of the planet through their unique blend of Indigenous music and storytelling.

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