Nature Serenade by Arden Wilken
Music for Improving 'Grounding'
Natural sounds and music for strengthening the masculine or yang energy.
Track titles and lengths:
Track 1: Journey through the sea (Winds, strings, piano and the sea) 30:00
Track 2: Revelation (Strings, winds, piano, vibraphone and a river with cavern) 30:00
60 mins / CD (1988)
Detail: This music’s primary effect is helping to discharge built-up emotional energy or tension.
Listening tips: Intensive use: 1 - 2 times per day; Normal use: 1 - 2 times a week
Nature Serenade: Visualization Exercises
These natural sounds and music include a storm at sea. The exercise uses the movement of the sea as background to a writing exercise. It can also be used as background to a therapeutic psychological session.
Posture: Sit comfortably with writing materials.
Before you start the music, close your eyes and choose an incident or memory in your present or past that you feel is unresolved. You can also choose a behaviour pattern you want to change, or a more basic emotion that you want to explore, such as anger, joy, fear, or sexual excitement, for example. To start with, just choose one item. Once you have done this exercise once, you can work on several choices in one sitting, if you wish.
Start the music and when you feel in contact with yourself and ready, begin to write about the incident or emotion, covering in as much detail as possible the following points:
When you have recalled as much as you can, take a moment and just listen to the music. You can think about what you wrote or not. After a few moments, decide how you would have changed what happened to resolve or clarify the experience for you. It can be something very simple. Allow yourself to create a different scenario, one that you feel good with. Write this down. If there is still time, sit back and enjoy the rest of the music.
For Behaviour Patterns:
Once you have described the behaviour pattern in as much detail as possible, take a moment and listen to the music and sea sounds. You can think about the pattern or not, as you wish. Then, visualize in your mind how you would like to act. Write that down.
Decide if there are any logistical changes you need to make in order to achieve the new pattern more easily. Make a note of those.
With the rest of the music visualize yourself changing and growing in the new pattern, leaving the old one in your past.
When the music is finished, stretch, move and bend over and touch the floor for a moment. Review your last notes about logistical changes and make a plan to implement them.
Then, listen to the music, thinking or not about the emotion. After, write how you would like to act when you feel this emotion. Think of any logistical changes you need to make in order to accomplish the desired change. Sit back, and enjoy the rest of the music. Afterwards, make a plan to implement the logistical changes.
If you are in a moment in your life where you need to clarify things and begin to connect with different aspects of yourself, you can do this exercise every day over a period of weeks. For example, in my late 20s, I used this technique myself daily for two months to help me go through a divorce.
Posture: Sitting or lying comfortably.
Imagine yourself in a sturdy, well-stocked boat with everything you would need for a journey on a river that goes deep down into an underground cavern. This journey could be likened to a journey deep inside yourself. Imagine that the boat knows perfectly how to navigate the river without tipping over, running into rocks or cave walls. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
When the music ends, make sure you have a towel ready in case you got your feet wet!