just be it It’s about the work involved in establishing a dedicated practice to feelings of a bigger belonging through practices aimed at increasing feelings of compassion, gratitude and forgiveness

Harmonic Alignment

The tone...just be it

The tone...just be it

Our deepest felt sense of inter-connection transcends the limits of language.  This is particularly evident when a separating wound is deep.  When it’s too soon for words, but time to break silence in the healing process, the healing sound of the horn can assist in bringing us back to harmony and inter-Being.

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together…We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent  mind.  This mind is the matrix of all matter.
Max Planck, Noble Prize Physicist

Horns for Healing: Horns for Healing sounded at Virginia Tech one week after a horrific shooting incident, sounded the horn at Minnesota Remembers, a memorial shortly after 9/11, sounded the horn at a ceremony after the I35W bridge collapsed, and has participated in a number of individual memorial services.

The Story

On September 21, 2003, in the early evening of a Palm Springs desert, I located the back of a parking lot where I thought I would be free from disturbing anyone.  After playing my trumpet for about twenty minutes I was visited by a few doves with an amazing presence.  It was if they could see though me, touching the core of my soul.  Within minutes more doves arrived, at least one hundred.  I could hear them speaking to me. Tears came to my eyes and I could sense their pleas, the cries of desperation.  I kept playing, but didn’t really put together the message they were sending. I knew something very profound had happened to me and was too afraid to mention it to my family.  We retired and shortly after 3am it was like being hit over the head with a sledgehammer by those doves.  I woke fully engaged in a state of awareness that was riveting and proceeded to receive one of the most direct communications of my life. The instruction was clear and concise. It was a most profound challenge to sound the horn.

The doves have been our greatest inspiration to a loving existence.  Their message was vivid…the violence is increasing as we fail to listen to them.  Their plea was for help.  They despaired that the bells were no longer being heard.  They cried from being filled to overflowing with grief at our increasing appetite for violence in the movies and TV we watch, the violence in the computer games our children play, the violence in the toxic substances we ingest, and the harm we cause one another, within the family, community, nation and world.  Their tears came through God, the Force, Source, Unified Field, or whatever name you apply to point to this creative source of life.  They despaired at our numbness to practice the teachings of our ancient spiritual teachers, our failure to take pause in gratitude for this very gift of life.  In the clearest of divine communications, they said, “It is time for the horns.  You people need to be shaken from ‘busy-ness’ and fear to take pause in the name of peace and harmony for all creatures, human and animal, for all plants, for all minerals.  The sounds of these horns will inspire a movement for others to signal their desire for healing and a sense of stewardship for future generatons.”

Conch Shells for Kids: Ancient wisdom has shown the value to increasing our ‘circle of belonging’.  In an age where notions of separation, nationalism and ‘small belonging’ threaten global healing it becomes increasingly important for our youth to expand notions of ‘belonging’ to the global community.  Before our violence upon one another there existed the one Golden rule to live by.  Pila has referenced this as Aloha mai ke Akua ipo: “to love yourself as you love God”.  Within the full understanding of this Golden Rule we come to “experience” the reality of damage done to others is truly done to ourselves.

Within our acknowledgement that healing comes from “intention”, Horns for Healing will donate a conch shell to those school classrooms willing to make a sacred contract to sound the conch shell for healing at the beginning of the school day.  Teachers would direct all students to send their thoughts and heart energy to a world without violence.

Oliver Wendell Holmes describes nature’s horn, the conch, in  “The Chambered Nautilus”:

Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous toil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year’s dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old
No more.

While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:–
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

Sounding the horn for harmonic alignment…return to wholeness:




Memorial services.
•    Invocation to healing ceremony
•    Celebratory events such as weddings, anniversary, legacy parties
•    Any special occasion where the healing vibration of horn sounding facilitates alignment to our inter-Being.

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