Nov 26, 2008

Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Dyan Garris Blog Tour

Thanksgiving is a special time to offer gratitude, today I feel especially grateful to be interviewing Dyan Garris. She is a wonderful healer and a blessing to all the lives she touches through her music, and DVD's. Yesterday I started the first part of our interview and today I will continue. Be sure to read through the complete interview to recieve my favorite Thanksgiving recipe at the end. Many of my readers enjoyed the free Angel card reading from yesterday so if you haven't yet, click the link above.

Children are such blessings. My two grandsons age two and three respond to energy work so quickly, and love music. They respond more quickly and dramatically to music how would you explain this?
Children are more emotionally open than most adults. They are “allowed” to feel things and express those feelings.

What do you want to share about your experience in creating the Chakra Clearing DVD?
“Doors To The Soul” DVD for Automatic Chakra Balance™ is one of the apexes of my Spiritual Toolbox™. For the visuals I used some of the cards from “Voice of the Angels – A Healing Journey Spiritual Cards.” Those were the base and one prong of the foundation of the “toolbox.” So now they’ve moved into this higher realm. It’s representative of transforming lower vibrations into the higher. They are the cards, but not the cards. Transforming the lower into the higher is one of the goals of the spiritually transformational work we’re all doing here on the planet right now as we move forward on the path to ascension.

And for the music I took the song “The Journey” which is a song from my first CD and reworked it into a different or “higher” version. What’s also interesting about this and what makes the whole “journey” or “toolbox” very different from just a bunch of disjointed products is that the song “The Journey” is comprised of the channeled quatrain verses from the original cards. The verses form a story/song. You see, it’s all a very integrated journey. Everything is designed to work together. Everything in my Spiritual Toolbox™ is part of everything else, just as we are.
It has been proven that meditation can affect the expansion of our brain capacity and memory.

Can you share how music can assist us to expand our memory and the “feel good endorphin” chemical production in our brain?

Scientifically, I don’t know that music specifically helps us expand our memory or not. I do know that music works on our “emotional bodies” and that shift in our energy field can definitely produce a shift in our physical bodies. It’s probably a complex scientific process. But to simplify, think about a song you chose to hear at your wedding, for example, or a song that had deep emotional meaning for you in high school. When you hear that song today, you feel transported by your memories right back to that time; and you may even feel as if you’re physically there again. Music is very powerful.

Can this affect people who are suffering from depression? Can it also affect those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Since music works on the emotional bodies and that in turn produces a physical response, it can definitely lighten a mood in a physiological way. With SAD, which could be characterized by “light withdrawal,” one could listen to music while sitting under their full spectrum light box; and I’m sure they would feel much better with the combination of the two. Any time we can add another dimension or element to something, it’s much more effective.

A lot of people feel very nostalgic during the holidays and get sad and depressed from listening to the normal holiday music. What would you recommend in the way of healing music for them?
Part of the reason people may feel sad when listening to traditional holiday music is that they feel disconnected from their childhood, and perhaps long for a simpler and less stressful time. Another part of it could be that the music conjures up some images from an unhappy childhood. In a lot of ways all of our technology that we’ve created for the purpose of making our lives easier has caused us to have more stressful and hectic lives. Music works on and affects us on our emotional levels, whether we realize it or not, and whether or not we are consciously listening. I recommend that they listen to music that they find soothing and that evokes pleasant times, such as ocean or nature music they might have pleasant associative memories with.

To learn more about Dyan Garris – visit her website, and view a sample from her Automatic Chakra Balance DVD at For more details about manifest therapy, visit Full details for her virtual tour can be found on the tour home page -

Since I grew up in the south in Tennessee I love either a sweet potato soup or Pecan Soup. This year I am serving up Pecan Soup and here is the recipe. Of course it is served along side some of the traditional dishes like turkey, rosted veggies, roasted sweet potatoes, gravy and mashed potatoes. Enjoy the Pecan Soup.

Cream of Pecan Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup celery and leaves
4 tablespoon rice flour (to thicken)
6 cups chicken broth (organic if available)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Dash of ground nutmeg/cinnamon/ginger (to taste)
3 cup pecans, ground fine in the blender (freshly shelled is best)
2-1/2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup of Maple syrup

Spread the pecans in an ovenproof pan and toast in the oven, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 15 minutes. Chop coarsely and set aside.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and celery leaves and sauté for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and gradually add the chicken broth, stirring to incorporate flour. Add the soy sauce, nutmeg and ground pecans; simmer 10 minutes. Stir in half-and-half and simmer 5 minutes longer. Remove celery leaves and discard. Garnish with mint sprigs. Makes 6 generous servings.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and would love to be your spiritual guide to Sedona.