MUSIC REVIEWS By Jim Brenholts
Reprinted from the September/October issue of Awareness Magazine

Astral Journeys

Mark Provost experienced the power of music and guided imagery early in his own recovery. He had been a musician, producer, sound designer and engineer for years when he began his recovery journey so he decided to put his talents to a different productive use.

Astral Journeys is a two-CD set designed to accompany guided imagery therapy sessions. There are four compositions and each one is about 30 minutes long. The sound design incorporates symphonic synths, nature samples, deep atmospheres, bright drones and subtle overtones. They are also psychoactive.

Mark has worked with Dr. Charles D. Leviton and Patti Leviton, MA, the founders and owners of Synergy Seminars, creating music for their sessions and seminars. In fact, they use his music exclusively. (At Mark’s request, Patty sent me Unplug, the guided imagery session they use for treating addiction.

 

 

 

Regular readers of this column can imagine my excitement at making this connection. I am in the process of connecting the administration at the rehab center where I work with Patty and Charles in the hopes that we can have a stronger impact on our clients.

I have used Mark’s CD’s in relaxation sessions with my clients and the results are encouraging and unquantified. There is an old adage that says, “Music soothes the savage beast.” Perhaps it is true.)
With no formal guide, the music enhances meditation and relaxation by allowing the soundscapes to be means to ends. The beautiful melodies and light airs will work with all of the healing arts. This set has many uses.

This is Mark’s third set of imagery music. Its strengths are awesome and it is essential to all the healing arts.

 


KID'S REVIEWS
By Lyda Whiting
Reprinted for the March/April issue of
Awareness Magazine

CREATING A MAGICAL GARDEN AND HEALING POND (CD)
A soothing guided journey to inner peace
By Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

This soothing CD is a perfect introduction to meditation for children and adults alike. Created by a licensed Educational Psychologist who has been working with children for 27 years, this is a relaxing trip that children and adults will enjoy taking together.

The first two tracks are a calming introduction to conscious breathing, and a gentle muscle relaxation exercise. The third track is a delightful color meditation which guides you to visualize a rainbow and fill your body with the light. Experienced adults will recognize the colors and locations of the chakras in this meditation, but children will simply experience the healing properties of each color for themselves. The fourth track gently guides you to create a magical garden and healing pond.

Everyone will discover the power of their imagination and enjoy the inner peace this visualization brings. The first four tracks provide about thirty minutes of meditation. The final track continues with ten minutes of relaxing music only.
Dr. Reznick has a soft warm voice which is perfect for leading you through the guided meditations; children will feel as if a loving friend is inviting them to meditate. The gentle instrumental background music, from Astral Journeys by Mark Provost, is well suited for meditation.


This is an excellent CD to use before a nap or bedtime, and can help a child drift off into sleep. It would also be great to use when a child is sick or agitated, as it is calming and healing. Teachers and families could use this CD for a group quiet time. This would also be an excellent CD for an adult beginning a meditation practice or recovering from an illness. Highly recommended for all ages.


Produced by Imagery For Kids, this CD is available at website: www.imageryforkids.com

 
 

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