Lorna Shashinda

This is my entry in the Platinum 200 Quantum Physics Mind Mastery – “What is your WHY?” Contest.—-

What is the reason for my presence on this earth? What can I accomplish by freeing my personal power, tapping into the Quantum Physics Mind Mastery training in the Platinum 200 program? What can I release into the world when I surrender and connect to the universal field of pure potential that is available to each of us? What can I do with the power of intention, the power of abundance, the power of money? What is my “WHY”?

My “why” is to bring the healing power of music to those who are in need, to those whose hearts can be healed, to those whose spirits seek relief.

I have been a musician since I was three and a half years old. Growing up in a music store, surrounded by musical instruments of all kinds, from kazoos, to band and orchestral instruments, to electric guitars and the finest grand pianos in the world, I saw from an early age the joy and life-enhancing nature of music. I was blessed to be able to experiment with different instruments, but focused on piano and flute in my early years.

I began to play recorders at about twelve years old, and by the time I was fifteen, I was creating four-part layered recordings of my playing, and had had the opportunity to perform with my instructor, a music professor at Stanford University. It was the time of Franco Zeffirelli’s film “Romeo and Juliet” followed by public television broadcasts of “The Six Wives of Henry VIII” and “Elizabeth R” and to me the world seemed awash in the music of the Renaissance.

I always loved this music, and although I took a musical sidetrip through punk and new wave music in the late 70s and early 80s, my heart always belonged to Early Music. My first wedding had no dance band; instead, we were serenaded by an early music consort from Stanford University, and the wedding gown that I made was something Juliet would have been proud to wear. The music was our gift to those who celebrated the day with us.

In the late 1990s, I again renewed my involvement with early music, and became aware of a non-profit group near me in the San Francisco Bay Area called The Healing Muses. Founded by Eileen Hadidian, a player of the recorder and baroque flute, the Muses presented concerts of Early Music as well as Celtic music, played on harps, recorders, vielle, and baroque flute, with an eye (or ear) toward music that was healing in nature. Eileen was living with cancer, and had been studying the healing effects of music on people in situations of stress, illness, workplace, or just in life in general. Her own medical journey was imbued with healing music. The Healing Muses concerts served to educate, to entertain, and to raise money so that Eileen and her fellow Muses could play in local hospitals and clinics.

Through these concerts, I began to love the harp (although it would be many years before I started to play it) and renewed my active love of early music. I had a deep, abiding affection for the Muses collectively and for Eileen personally. I began to support the Muses financially as much as I could, and worked to spread the word of their work and of the power of music to heal. I attended workshops that they put on, and began to orient my own music toward the idea of healing. As my mother was in her last days, our family was around her, playing music and singing with her. She sang as best as she could and played a little set of bells we had put in her hand. The focus on music eased her and she seemed to have no discomfort. The last song we sang with her was Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home”. She had been born in Kentucky, and I suppose that upon hearing that song, she decided it was time to leave. As she drew her last breaths and her spirit left her body, my brother-in-law played for her. It was the deepest, most personal and beautiful time I have ever experienced.

I am now playing harp (as is my husband), having studied with a dear angel and consummate musician that my husband and I met at a musical event in the same venue that the Healing Muses call home. I have presented healing music workshops to the Health and Human Services students in a local college. I play at gatherings of family and friends. I play harp in the hallways of my college at least once every semester, and the response from my colleagues is always one of relief and pleasure. I played in the post-op ward of a hospital when my husband had cancer surgery shortly after we were married, and wept with gratitude at the reactions of the nurses, as I was again reminded of the magic and power of music to ease tension and bring real relief.

My “WHY” for being in the world is to inspire and heal and entertain through music and to make music available to those who might otherwise not have access to it .My goal is to continue contributing to the Healing Muses and their work of playing in medical surroundings. Eileen Hadidian recently lost her battle with cancer, but the Muses are continuing their work and are enlarging their programs and the scope of their presence in hospitals and other medical environments. At present, the Muses have an annual financial need of $20,000 in addition to the fees they receive for playing. Their musicians are loving professionals, and the organization is committed to paying them an appropriate wage. With more funding, the program could continue to grow. My goal is to be able to donate $1,000 to The Healing Muses in the next year, and within three years to be able to donate the full $20,000 on an annual basis. I would also like to work with them to bring music into Veterans’ Hospitals in the US, so that those who served our country could likewise receive this marvelous gift of healing music. I will also be contributing to the Patriot Brass, a non-profit that provides free brass ensemble and brass band music to US Veterans and their families at a variety of functions, events, and locations.

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