A Timeless World of Sacred Sound
By Vicki Edwards
I was going away to spend eight days having committed to participating in a Sacred Sound Workshop. The location, a place called Nature Bridge in Washington State, where we would stay in log cabins surrounded by old growth forest. And, adding to the mystery of the forest, a glacial fed lake, Lake Crescent.
Excited and somewhat nervous, I boarded the first of three aeroplanes on the long haul into the northern hemisphere. During the flight, I had plenty of time to reflect on why would I embark on such a journey, why choose sacred sound?
As a child I loved the sound of the human voice. As that child I would sit on my African nannies lap and be rocked to sleep by her resonant singing, my head flopped between her ample breasts, her thudding heart accompaniment.
My journey had begun and challenges followed aplenty. But, you know overall, they became an inherent facet of the trip. When an airline decided to cancel a flight, in fact all flights that day, chaos ensued, hundreds of us left stranded. For eight hours the drama continued, the kindness of people provided stark counterpoint. I ordered a coffee and someone spontaneously paid for it. I needed to phone and another offered me their phone. The list is long and filled with generosity.
I finally arrived at my destination. Standing beside Lake Crescent, a timeless world of sacred sound reared around me. The thickly wooded mountains rose straight out of crystal clear waters, the trees impossibly tall. My words of gratitude tumbled across the quiet scene.
First day. A lone voice rang into the classroom, its tone haunting, provocative, soulful, startling me momentarily. I had just met Vickie Dodd.
A slender woman swayed, lost in powerful, spontaneous sounding.
I didn't know what I had actually come for, only knew I wanted to be there, to learn - so I thought. "The body knows". The body knows were words Vickie repeated myriad times! I realised I had come to learn what I already knew, the wisdom and perfection of the human body.
What is meant by sounding the human body? Come walk amongst stately forest, for, it was there I heard a profound truth. Come with me... Read more of Vicki's exciting adventure