It has been 8 years since I recorded my first meditation CD. I fully intended and expected to have another one recorded long before now. In setting my intentions, last year was the year it was going to happen. The year came and went and no CD. This year the calling for it was stronger than ever.
I had an idea of what I wanted the CD to be about. At the beginning of Reiki classes I like to lead the group in an opening meditation to center and connect the group. In a class earlier this year, the meditation was so powerful, I was moved to tears. We connected with the loving and supportive energies from Heaven & Earth. We brought these energies together in our hearts and expanded a bright, warm ball of light from our hearts. When we joined our individual balls of light together, Wow!! The energy was so powerful. Together we sent our love light out further and further, blessing and encompassing the room, building, community and city we were in. We sent it out further and further to bless our state, our country, the world and every person, every animal, every plant, everything on the earth, including the earth and the universe beyond. When we finally brought our love light back to ourselves we felt calm, peaceful, grounded and changed. We felt as if we were in the presence of greatness. (Which we were!)
I heard a soft voice tell me this is the meditation I am to record next. I was a little nervous because I was afraid people might not get the concept, and therefore not purchase the cd. It seemed risky to me. However, I trust that voice enough to know that when it speaks, I am to listen. Still, I did not rush into this project. I know part of the reason for the delay is fear. I asked myself, what am I afraid of? Honestly, I don’t know if I am more afraid of failing or being wildly successful.
I started taking one step at a time to bring this dream to fruition. I wrote the script for the meditation. This is actually one of the harder parts for me. I know once it’s recorded, that’s it. No going back and changing it. I go over and over and over it to make sure it is conveying what it needs to. Joey Vagus, a longtime friend and the sound engineer/song composer who created the music for and recorded the last one for me, was excited to help out with this one too. I sent him the script and he created an amazing soundscape for it, first try! I was so excited at how quickly he understood the meditation and what kind of sounds would be perfect for it. I fell in love with it, and hope you will too.
Next step was the actual recording itself. We scheduled a time to record. This is really going to happen! The morning of the recording, I woke up with some allergy/sinus stuff going on and a hoarse voice. Oh no!!! I take my appointments with others seriously. I respect others time and like for them to respect mine. It became clear there was no way I could record like this. I apologized profusely and rescheduled. The day of the second recording I woke up with hardly any voice at all. After it being fine the day before. WTH?!??!!! I had a very deep, sexy voice. This will not do. It is not that kind of a meditation! I was mortified to reschedule again. I called Joey so he would know I was not blowing him off.
We rescheduled again. Third time is a charm! I was still feeling some residual post nasal stuff, but felt like it would not be noticed in the recording. Here is my confession. Please don’t judge me! I get quite nervous speaking in public. I know, I know. I was in a private room, just me and Joey. But hopefully a lot of people will listen to this meditation. I was a little nervous about my throat and voice. A dear friend gave me a flask a few years ago, telling me “every girl needs her own flask.” I took a few shots of Fireball to relax me before recording. It was kinda early in the day, but hey, it worked! Nailed the recording first try. We did another recording for fun, just in case he needed to pull anything from it.
The next step was working with Joey to get the right mix down, getting the volume and sound right. Once it was mastered, it was on to designing the CD label and jacket. My boss, friend and mentor, Jacqui DeShano generously and selflessly offered to design it for me. I don’t have Photoshop or Illustrator, and they aren’t in the budget at the moment. She spent hours finding artwork and designing it. I cannot thank her enough. I’m not sure why, but we had major issues with the label. It took many attempts to get the files for the label and the meditation and music uploaded. I have no patience for the technical aspect. Finally!!! Everything was uploaded and ordered.
One step at a time. The CDs are here. Currently they are available at Salon DeShano in Palmyra, VA. If you would like one mailed to you, please let me know! The next steps will be getting them up on the website. Both the physical CDs as well as a download option. Then to market it and let the world know it is here. Stay tuned!!
This project has been a labor of love and inner prompting. I am grateful for the help and support I have received along the way. I am pleased, and yes, proud of the final product. I hope you will listen to it and find it of benefit and value to you. I hope you will be touched by it and share it with everyone you know. I hope the benefits of this meditation will be manifold to you. Happy Meditating!