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About Barbara Ruth
Having been an intuitive sensitive as a child, my life's journey has continually guided me in directions to develop my gifts and share them with others. Throughout the years, my interest and desire to help people better understand themselves and discover their natural state of wholeness has led me to the studies of Reiki, Sound and Color Therapy, Numerology, Acutonics, and other numerous healing modalities. I have been blessed to become a Reiki Master, Medium, and Minister.
After taking a Holographic Repatterning class, I fell in love with the frequencies of a "C" (Root) Crystal Singing Bowl. As is probably the case for most people who attend workshops, I went back to the normal routines of life and didn't have much spare time to explore the bowls. Many years past, and in 2003, Saggio and I went to the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show with the intent of possibly purchasing "a bowl." We left with "a chakra set of seven" and became distributors for Crystal Tones.
One day, while playing these exquisite bowls, I heard an ever small inner voice telling me that we were to create a Crystal Bowl / Native Flute CD. I listened and received guidance as to what bowls and flutes would be needed for this chakra balancing CD.
The Awakened Heart CD was born, and along with it came the birth of the Sound
Journeys. In April 2003 we began inviting friends to hear this new sound of playing different harmonics with the Crystal singing bowls and flutes.
Friends bringing friends has been happening ever since our "Sound Journeys" began in 2003 at our Geodesic Dome nestled in the small Arizona desert town of Apache Junction.
Although we are creating music, we do not consider ourselves to be musicians. We are Sound Healers. Together we create harmonies with the Crystal Singing Bowls, Native Flutes, Handpans and World Instruments to help produce a deep state of relaxation. While in this state, the entire body can experience inner peace and harmony, and tap into its natural ability to heal...emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
We have completed Healing Sounds Intensive Training with Jonathan Goldman, Director of the Sound Healers Association, and have attended numerous Sound Healing Workshops in Taos, New Mexico and have met Sound Healers from all over the World. We are currently members of the Sound Healers Association.
My songs are mine, and yet not mine. They are spontaneous compositions, born in response to my wakening consciousness.
Although I had never made music before, my first encounter with the
Native American flute was a mystical union of wood, flesh, and spirit, a genuine heart-awakening. I have no formal musical training, no constant mentor, no coach. But there is music in me that the flute stirs into being.
Sometimes when we can get quiet enough and listen deeply the spirit within speaks to us through a flute or a dance or an artist's paint brush. In 2005 the flute invited new magic into my life -- the singing steel of the handpan. My fingers now dance across the steel, summoning a cathedral of heavenly harmonics.
The songs that come to me always were and always will be. When I get in that place beyond words and thoughts, I become the flute and the handpan and I become the song.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to share my improvisational songs at Borders Books & Music, Barnes and Noble, The Thunderbird Balloon Classic, Scottsdale Fiesta Bowl Art Walk, Mesa Arts Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, The Listening Room, the West Valley Art Museum,The University of San Diego, Butterfly Wonderland and many other venues.
I have 7 CDs , two of which you can hear selections on cable network "Soundscapes".
In 2016 " PUTUMAYO World Music " selected a track from Thunder of Silence CD for a CD called "ACOUSTIC YOGA" compilation. My latest CD "Tree of Life" is my Handpan CD
with my Thunder of Silence Ensemble. I am playing handpans, flute and various world instruments. Mark Bensette Aux Bois is on Harp and Barbara Ruth plays Crystal Singing Bowls, Russian RAV tongue pan and other percussion.
Barbara Ruth and I have been conducting monthly "Sound Journeys" at our Geodesic Dome in Apache Junction for the past 14 years.
I am a volunteer at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. On a nice day you might find me sitting under a tree playing my handpans.