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Mary Finnie, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:
“My daughter works with a computer and has been exhausted at the end of every day. She started listening to the tapes, and the very next day was amazed at how good she felt. She asked if she could listen at work and they agreed to it. She tells me they think she’s crazy, but she feels so good that she doesn’t care.”
Extra energy, more waking hours Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, author of Carousing in the Kitchen:
“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.
After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”
A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”
Energy to bake a cake
Anne Sherman, Bayview New South Wales, Australia:
“Although I still have Tinnitus (for which I began the Sound Therapy) I feel sure it isn’t as loud, but the other benefits are great. I am in my 5th month and can now scrape up the energy to make a cake in the late afternoon before I put the dinner on- unheard of for the past many years. My husband of 52 years doesn’t feel he lands himself in nearly the amount of trouble he used to with the crazy male way he tries to help me. I certainly have new vitality and sense of well being which makes it easier for me to tolerate the odd person who used to irritate me!
All in all, I am a very satisfied customer and am in no way going to become lax about my 4 hours each day (I do 4 to make up for the intervals on the tape and the times it stops and I don’t immediately notice).”
Renewed energy for epilepsy sufferer
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:
“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:
- Energy levels
- Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
- Communication – both written and oral
- Sleeping pattern
- General quality of life
In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”
Bus travel not so tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia:
“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey – slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions – spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.
The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved.
I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”
Energy evident in swimming and tennis
Jim Millburn, Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia:
I was asked to provide written advice regarding my successful use of Sound Therapy in achieving Opening of the Ear. After four weeks of Sound Therapy in which I average daily listening of 3 to 5 hours, I experienced the classic symptoms of Opening of the Ear.
Prior to this, I had gone through the tiredness syndrome without realizing its significance but I recall that my body was just absolutely drained of all energy after having played tonnes one afternoon.
The opening took place shortly after this and was heralded by a strange feeling which overcame me both mentally and physically.
My mind suddenly swept aside all thoughts and became totally clear and focused in a manner that I had never experience previously.
This was accompanied by a surge of energy which built up and charged my whole body, providing sources of energy which became evident in my swimming and tennis.
Over the next few weeks, I found my sense of taste, which had been very poor, say 2 out of 10, improved to 5 out of 10 and I was enjoying my meals far more than before.
My poor concentration also showed considerable improvement to the extent that it was quite evident that something remarkable had taken place.
Now some 8 months down the track, the extent of the change has diminished but I retain the benefits of high energy, good sleeping, a general feeling of vibrant well-being and an ability not to worry unnecessarily.
Allen McNeil, New South Wales, Australia:
“I am amazed at the power of this method, After just six hours I noticed benefit in my energies, and played better tennis.”
Great rushes of energy
Marion Loe, Engadine New South Wales, Australia:
I suppose I am a high anxiety person. That is, I get easily stressed. Several months ago I knew I had to do something. I frantically collected tools to help me meditate and relax. Since using the Sound Therapy tapes my meditations have been a lot deeper and I feel a lot calmer. It’s like I have the mental space to sit back from all the busyness. I don’t have to rescue people. They can look after themselves.
Initially I become extremely tired. That surprised me. Then I remembered in the book by Patricia she also got very tired. That made me feel better so I knew this was a stage in the healing process. I just allowed it to happen. I took a few extra supplements and persevered. Then I started feeling better. In fact I was getting great rushes of energy. Very surprising response – fantastic. Now I feel like I have bigger ears, bigger eyes, my “antennae” are more sensitive. I’ve slowed down and can appreciate the world differently.
Thank you Sound Therapy!
Trebled energy, new notes
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:
“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”
P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”
Never dragged out and tired
Darrell Johnson, Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada:
“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem. The doctor made some changes in my diet, which helped a little but not much. It was no cure, and I still got the spells. Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman and tapes on June 15/83. I played it three to five hours a day. It took about ten weeks before I noticed any difference. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. Sometimes I get the feeling that I might get dizzy, and I put on the sound therapy music and the feeling goes away immediately. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sony and the tapes have done for me. I still use my Sony and tapes three to four hours a day, as it is so relaxing, and I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people – am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”
Spring cleaning whirlwind
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.
“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.
For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning “blahs.”
I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”
Customer service whizz
Bruce Hanwright, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia:
“As far as benefits of listening to the tape goes I seem to hear words of the rock and roll songs of my youth more clearly (I’m 56) and I seem to handle work better serving rushes of customers.”
Felt so energized
Julia Angel Gulenc, Moorabbin, Victoria, Asutralia:
“About eight years ago, I read an article in a Women’s magazine about the damaging effects of loud noise on our hearing. Sound Therapy was mentioned.
Since I was suffering of frequent ringing in my ears, was very sensitive to noise, with frequent headaches etc., I rang the phone number given on the article.
When your rep. detailed to me the supposed benefits of Sound Therapy naturally I was skeptical, but decided to purchase the book Sound Therapy for the Walkman, to get a better understanding of this therapy.
I read the book in one sitting.
I was so impressed, that immediately after reading it, I purchased the tapes. I have said many times since, that the few hundred dollars I spent buying the tapes was the best investment I ever made for my health. From the very first moment I started listening , I knew they were going to do me good.
I had for a very long time, been very uncomfortable listening to regular tapes with headphones on, as I found it unpleasant no matter how low the sound, It bothered me. Not so with Sound Therapy tapes. As soon as I put the headphones on after only a few minutes, I knew I was onto something different.
I couldn’t get enough. I listened for 6 hours straight. That same night I slept with my headphones on. I was amazed and very pleased.
A few months later, the ringing in my ears, my regular dizzy spells, and my headaches, were largely gone. I felt so energized that I went from needing 8-9 hours sleep a night, to only 7. Many times since, I have woken up feeling fully rested after only 5 or 6 hours of sleep.
Now years later I don’t listen to the tapes every day and I don’t need to, but if I go without them for longer than a fortnight, my ears seem to protest and on come the headphones again.
I do hope that one day I’ll be able to go without the tapes, but as I enjoy the music – especially the hissing; would you believe? – that special sound will continue to be a part, a very important on, of my life.
They have certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.”
“I continue to be very pleased with the tapes – and – is it magic, coincidence or is it the tapes? I seem to have so much energy. Whatever it is, I like it.”
“Hi there from Melbourne! I have just spent 6wks in the US and Canada and of course took my Sound Therapy tapes with me and listened heaps. I really believe they helped me to cope much better then I expected with all the travel, given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think I am going to get away without having a relapse, which is wonderful.”
Sarkis Doueihi, Syndey, Australia
“My name is Sarkis Doueihi, I am a personal trainer & full time Athlete (competing in Track and American Football). I studied psychology at California State college Fullerton, and NLP at Master practitioner level with Wyatt Woodsmall & Marvin Oka.
My greatest passion is performance enhancement, to see Human beings becoming and being the absolute best that they can be, whether that be sports, business, family, relationships, or even the spiritual path.
I first came across Sound Therapy while reading Cosmic memory by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. The chapter on using the ear to recharge & learn just knocked me out. Firstly, because of its claims, secondly, because of evidence and background, but most importantly, to the extent that it described certain experiences I had experienced. I must have read and re-read the chapter at least three times, then exploded to the back of the book, looking for the resources listings, only to find an address in far off Canada. I didn’t want to wait weeks and weeks to get the tapes. I wanted them now or at least by the next morning. I was sure there had to be an Australian connection.
Funnily enough the next day a catalogue arrived in the mail for the upcoming Mind Body & Spirit festival. As I flicked through, my jaw dropped, there right in front of me was a local phone number for a supplier of the Sound Therapy audio tapes, and they even had a stall at the show.
On the Thursday of the show I rushed straight to the Sound Therapy stall. The cosmic joke was here I met the daughter (Rafaele) of the originator of Sound Therapy for the Walkman (Patricia Joudry) and she lives in Sydney. On that day I picked up the book ”Sound Therapy for the Walkman”. That evening after the festival I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Now was I hyped. I wanted these tapes and all the benefits that come with them. I picked up the tapes on the Saturday- I remember it was on the 3rd of December.
In the first week I must have listened to in excess of 70 hours, I was so excited I literally lived with my walkman. It took me about 4 weeks to to hit 300 hours of listening and when it hit me the fatigue was phenomenal. Sitting in front of the TV after a pretty ordinary day, it was only 7.30pm and off I dozed. For the next two weeks it was pretty much the same. I would wake up exhausted, I would fall asleep at the smallest rest break or inactivity. It wasn’t like I couldn’t continue with my daily schedule of training or working, it just took a lot more effort and concentration on my part. I was tired all the time and when I slept, I slept like a rock. Then my ears started to ache, all the dizziness and deep bone soreness! Despite all the fatigue and aches, all the dizziness and confusion, I persisted. I knew there was a pot of gold at the end of this colourless rainbow and I persisted. As suddenly as all the symptoms came, they one by one disappeared, but as each disappeared there was a gift of some new ability.
The fatigue, for example, was not only alleviated, it was totally gone, with energy to burn. There was this new intensity to my workouts, my work had a new spark, and my life felt energised. When the ear aches dispersed there came a new sense of balance and proprioception. There was clarity in my brain, not just in my mind. I had so much energy and more than anything I became totally addicted to my sound therapy tapes. I seemed to feed on them.
About two or three months later I ordered the advanced tapes. I listened to them for about 100 hours before it all started to happen again, but from a higher order, the symptoms came on for only five days this time and the after effect escalated the original by at least four fold. I was so energised, so earful it was great! Like my hearing seemed to get deeper and wider.
And I noticed more than ever how I slept like a baby, totally stress free. Most of all I seemed to be able to feed off all the sound around not only the sound therapy. I was always energised.
What next you ask? Well I tried the Full Spectrum audios and was totally blown away. They have a depth, a dimensionality to them like nothing I have ever heard. To describe them in words almost seems impossible, because to hear them is to go beyond the horizontal mind, into a verticality beyond words.
Sound therapy is performance enhancing, it is life enhancing. If you are after truly getting an edge on yourself then it would pay you handsomely to try the sound therapy experience. Persist through till the end and you will swearing by them too.”
“As a sufferer of Tinnitus and hearing problems, reading about Sound Therapy in the Probus Magazine struck a cord. A ray of hope, a chance to improve my life as I had become withdrawn due to the mentioned problems. As listening hours passed I noticed less tension, less tiredness and 3 months on the tinnitus has eased. There are times when the ‘noises’ are not present. It is quite startling to realize the head is free of interference and when it does return it is not with intensity of the past. My hearing has improved; I had been tested for hearing aids prior to Sound Therapy treatment and would require assistance for both ears. Last month I was tested again and only the right ear needed assistance. This I decided to go with as my life is moving forward again and I miss too much at committee meetings etc. Yes I have become involved in activities again. Thanks to Sound Therapy. Most weeks I averaged 6 hours a day and I am still putting in the average of 4 hours a day and am looking forward to further improvement. Travelling with my tapes is wonderful. An 8 hour train journey was an interesting experiment, I came off the train fresh and bright which is more than I could say for my fellow travellers. I will definitely take them where ever I go. Now when I wake early I don’t switch on the talkback to mask the tinnitus I “plug in” and rest till time to start the day.”
Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Eleuthera, Bahamas:
“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”