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Wood

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Wood

Produced by Yuval Ron & Dr. Richard Gold

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Sounds for
Health and Healing

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About Sound & Healing and the WOOD CD Project

The utilization of specific sounds to affect human health and human bio-energy (Qi) systems has been a part of the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine for over 3,000 years. According to theories of healing sounds practice, certain sounds (vibrations) correspond to specific organs, glands, and energy channels of the body and mind.

Throughout Chinese history, renowned healers have applied the five musical tones associated with the Five Elements and their associated five internal organs to treat illness and maintain good health. The theory of the Five Elements describes the arrangement of all aspects of the phenomenological world into the categories (elements) of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. This system of correspondences is fundamental to traditional Chinese medical thought and practice.

(For further reading, please see: Between Heaven & Earth by Beinfield and Korngold, Staying Healthy with the Seasons by Elson Haas, M.D., and Six Healing Sounds: Taoist Techniques for Balancing Chi by Mantak Chia.)

Leading members of the neuroscience community have recently discovered that intentionally created sounds have specific beneficial effects in the brain and the body.

This merging of ancient wisdom and contemporary science is the basis for this musical composition. Its purpose is to not only provide a delightful musical experience but also to enhance health, facilitate the smooth flow of bio-energy through body and mind, relieve stress, and contribute to a general sense of well-being and relaxation.

World-renowned, award-winning composer Yuval Ron has utilized the ancient Chinese tonal assignments of the Wood Element in the creation of this beautiful composition. In addition, this composition is informed by the most currently accepted theories in neuroscience on the effects of sound vibrations on the brain and consciousness. This music also incorporates musical therapy research and practice relating to the impact of musical modes on the brain and the sense of well-being.

Included in this 45-minute long track are two vital additional healing elements. You will hear Dr. Richard Gold chanting the specific healing sounds for the Wood Element. These healing sounds come from the ancient Chinese Qi Gong practice and are designed to facilitate the healthy vibrations and energy flows of the internal organ associated with Wood. In addition, affirmations derived from Chinese medical theory relating to the Wood Element are also embedded into this track. These affirmations are not heard by the conscious mind, but are “heard” by the brain (sub-conscious mind) of the listener.

Produced by Yuval Ron and Richard Gold, All music composed by Yuval Ron.

Track 1: Wood
Associated Organ: Liver
Musical Tonic: E
Featured Instrument: Classical guitar
Healing Sound: "SHHHHHHHHHH." (Produced with a long, slow exhalation while placing the tongue along the upper palate.)
Affirmations: You are kind; You are benevolent; You are authentic.

Guitar soloist: Adam Del Monte
Adam Del Monte Model guitar provided by Candelas Guitars and recorded by Tomas Delgado.
Keyboards, sound design, and programming: Yuval Ron and William Stanbro
Vocal healing sounds of the Wood Element, Qi Gong breathing, and affirmations: Dr. Richard Gold
Music preparation and sound editing: Jessica Jefferson Recorded and mixed at Yuval Ron Music Studios, Studio City, CA 91604, USA Didgeridoo recorded at The Soul Mine, Grass Valley, CA

Adam Del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarists/composers of his time, and is the first prize winner of the International Stotsenberg Classical Guitar Competition 1997. Parallel to his classical guitar studies, del Monte lived and studied with the gypsies of Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. It was in Granada and later in Madrid where he absorbed the art of flamenco, learning and performing with the true maestros of Spain: Pepe "Habichuela," Paco Cortez, and Gerardo Nunez, to name a few. He performed with singers such as Enrique Morente in the Teatro Real, Madrid; Teatro Manuel de Falla in Granada; and singer Lole Montoya on several occasions and most recently on Spanish television. He has performed for the last 20 years in Spain, England, France, Switzerland, Israel, Brazil, and the US. Some of the venues where he performed include: The Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, John Anson Ford Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Jordan Hall - Boston, Guitar Foundation of America guitar festivals in the US in the years '96, '97, and '99, in the prestigious court of Conde Duque in Madrid, and numerous concerts in guitar festivals around the world. Adam has collaborated with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Budapest Radio Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Dr. Richard Gold is a psychologist and a teacher, practitioner, writer, researcher, and life-long student of the Asian Healing Arts, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, shiatsu and traditional Thai bodywork. He is a 1972 graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in World Religions and a minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978. Dr. Gold has pursued advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986), and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). Dr. Gold was one of four founders of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a nationally accredited college of traditional Chinese medicine with campuses in San Diego, New York City, and Chicago. He served on the board and faculty of Pacific College for many years. Dr. Gold was first introduced to meditation in 1970 during a month-long Theravada Buddhist retreat and has pursued mental mindfulness and meditative awareness over the past 40+ years. In recent years, Dr. Gold has studied neuroscience and the evolving scientific understanding of the effects of sound and meditation on brain function. Dr. Gold is the author of the book, Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique, first published in 1998 and is now in its second edition, published by Mosby Press.

Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. Among his many honors, he composed the music for the Oscar-winning film, West Bank Story, was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka, choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Oguri and neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Andrew Goodman. He was awarded the Los Angeles Treasures Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, and many others. Yuval has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom. To listen to the music of Yuval Ron and to find more information about his recordings, books, talks, master-classes, workshops and concerts, please visit: http://www.yuvalronmusic.com.

There are numerous wonderful ways to use this music.

1. To facilitate meditation and deep relaxation
2. Internal healing of the body and mind
3. In conjunction with massage therapy and acupuncture sessions
4. As a sleep aid
5. During the practice of yoga, T'ai Chi, and Qi Gong
6. Enhancement of intimacy and sexuality
7. Balancing and harmonizing the bio-energy (Qi) systems of the body and mind
8. Enhancement of mental focus and openness to artistic inspiration while immersed in the creative process of writing, creating visual art, dancing, writing poetry, etc.

Listeners can consider utilizing this music for enhancing their health in general and for support with specific health concerns. Listed below are health concern indications from the tradition of Chinese medicine that are relevant to the Wood Element:

Digestive distress, irritability, headaches, blurred vision, brittle nails, and indecision.

Note: Brain research shows that when the listener of healing music actively participates while listening (e.g., repeating out loud the healing breathing sounds or moving the entire body in a rhythmic manner), an enhanced, measurable sensation of well-being is noted along with an increased potential for healing and a more profound beneficial effect on the brain.

Two recommended ways to increase listener participation and benefit :
1. Listen to the music while holding the intention to be open to any personal affirmations that spontaneously come to mind. Write down your own personal affirmation(s). Then, on subsequent listening to the music, repeat the affirmation(s) at a very slow pace for the entire 45 minutes of the track or for as long as you are comfortable.
2. Refer to the enclosed literature that describes the Qi Gong breathing sounds for each element. Then, as you listen to the music, actively do the breathing sounds along with the music for as long as you are comfortable.

WARNING: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. See your physician if you seek diagnosis and treatment. It may be hazardous to operate heavy equipment or drive while listening to this music.