Songs of Serenity: The New Moon Presents Playlists for Healing
New Moon tribe, having hosted the brand’s anniversary sound bath at Asaya Hong Kong, and as the subject of our interview, Songs of Innocence and Experience.
We asked Chan to share her talents with us again, by curating a series of playlists for our readers.
Apart from being a noted singer, Jocelyn’s practice of sound healing with tuning forks, Atlantis Sound Healing, has a steady stream of followers. Since we last met, she has further fortified her knowledge and practice – and even interspersed healing frequencies into her original songs.
Chan’s playlists are meant to help soothe us from a world that has been upended by anxiety, war, pandemic blues and uncertainties.
Amidst the cacophony of bad and ominous news without a white dove in clear sight, perhaps it’s time to shift the focus away from that view and let the sounds of serenity engulf us instead.
As Jocelyn continues to grow, study and meet people from different walks of life – all looking to forms of wellness for healing – the singer empirically states, “We cannot rush healing, no matter what state you enter into the process.” Words that will resonate deeply in these discordant years. “Full acceptance of the issues, of ourselves, and of the situation will always be the first and most important part. Otherwise, we are using healing as a way to disguise or run away from actual ‘being.’ These playsuites are as much about ‘healing’ our emotions as it is about first fully sitting with them and accepting their existence,” she says. “It will not always be comfortable – but it will always be a journey.”
What is the gamut of emotions that runs through you while curating the playlists around the themes?
The founder of The New Moon Kaye Dong and I just wanted to create something that would offer solace and comfort to Hong Kong during this incredibly difficult period. As it is when I’m doing sound-healing sessions, I try not to factor my own emotional states into the process; and do my best to act as a medium between the sounds and the audience. Sound-healing knowledge informed these playlists; each track was chosen for its frequency, correlating to a certain emotion so that targeted healing is possible.
They say some people are so attuned to sounds, it affects them physically. Do you see people or have you yourself had physical reactions to certain sounds or music?
I think it comes down to the fundamentals of sound healing: resonance. Whether it’s a great song, a touching movie or shocking news, whenever we feel moved by something, it’s because it’s resonating with our own frequency and emotional state. Our bodies will always react, and they’ll give us a hint – like how our stomachs might hurt when we’re nervous. For me, my physical reaction to music is always an ache in my heart chakra, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing! There’s no good or bad in sound healing, just different ways for us to increase awareness of our own state.
“…whenever we feel moved by something, it’s because it’s resonating with our own frequency and emotional state…For me, my physical reaction to music is always an ache in my heart chakra, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing! There’s no good or bad in sound healing, just different ways for us to increase awareness of our own state.”
How do you curate playlists?
Self-help can seem like a daunting task, especially when we are already feeling overwhelmed by emotions. By creating these five short emotion-themed playlists, I hope to make wellness a little more approachable. Audiences can choose where to get started based on their most emotions, and perhaps by what they’re feeling most prominently. I’ve curated each playlist to feature five tracks in a particular order, and I recommend listening through in that order to experience a mini sound-healing journey.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for listening through each playlist:
Track 1 – Feel
Start by breathing deeply, drawing out each in and out breath.
Bring your emotions to the surface, and allow yourself to really feel them – we can only heal what we are willing to first face.
Track 2 – Express
Release any stuck energies through your own sound healing tool – your voice.
Use this track to hum/chant “om”/cry/speak your feelings – any sort of vocal expression that allows you to create your own vibrations and express yourself, creating flow in your energies.
Track 3 & 4 – Let Healing In
Grant yourself this time to just enjoy the frequencies. Let them embrace you and let your mind wander.
Continue to breathe deeply, and allow yourself to relax into the music. This time is dedicated to you and your well-being.
If you experience emotional discomfort in some moments, this is normal, as releasing and healing negative energy is not always pleasant. Trust the frequencies.
Track 5 – Re-Centre
Bring your awareness back to the present.
Do a short meditation that will allow you to become focused and self-aware (such as focusing on your breath).
Re-align with yourself and set a positive intention for the rest of the day.
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