Comparison of Sound Spa to Photos




© Joy Krauthammer 

Critique and Comparison 
of my healing sound creations to my photo creations
- Joy Krauthammer
5.5.2015

A meditation for me
following my two Kalsman Jewish Wisdom & Wellness Sound Spa Meditations this last week


I look at playing ‘music’ / Sounds of Joy, Sound Spa healing sounds, as I do also with my serious on-line photo groups. 
My intention is to play and present Sounds of Joy in the most humble/Hod and best gentle Netzach possible way.
The sounds are to help purify, just as we prepare during the Kabbalistic Sephirat  HaOmer Counting for 49 days to reach Mount Sinai. 
How can my photos heal with pleasure and best represent the Face of G*d?

In photo groups I belong to, we always hope to have people "critique" (share comments) so that we can see what doesn’t work well enough so we can learn and get better. Or, what does work well? As a group member, I am required to comment on minimum at least 6 photographers' photos each week from one album in one group. This is to help others create better photos.

What emotion is evoked in photo or sound?  
Is it healing for the viewer, the receiver?

For instance, I wonder at times when I play the singing bowls, if I do or don’t leave enough space between sounds for silence to enter (like knots between pearls)... Is there good negative and/or composition space within a photo?  Is the photo too congested, or is there a place to enter, and to rest the eyes/the mind?
Is the subject placed well, small or loud enough, too close, too far? In relationship with others?
Am I achieving the result that I want for myself or for others?
Am I in the best energy of Hod and Netzach that I can be to share?

Examples are found in 52Frames Week 18:
http://joys-favorite-fotos.blogspot.com/2015/01/submissions-to-52-frames-2015.html
And
http://healingsoundsofjoy.blogspot.com/2009/05/jewish-aspect-of-singing-bowl.html

Do I let a sound linger long enough?  Did I ‘sing’ enough bowls or only ring them? And reach the right people, or were some out of my reach... and why?
Is one photo blossom enough to tell the story of the Holy One, or are more blossoms too many, extraneous, taking away strength?
Does the offering create serenity or anxiety?
When I play and walk amongst receivers, those are concerns if I have reached each individual, versus when I only sit and play for others without walking to others. Do I photograph from the distance to achieve result, or shoot a macro for connection?

Maybe a sound 'Comment' could tune me in as do photographers' 'Comments'...
No one ever has shared a criticism on these elements.  Maybe participants are still reverberating in sounds of Hod.
Someone yet may...
Always in Tiferet / heart I want to be better. 
And yet, I never play the same way... It's all instinctive, and the bowls sound different, react differently in every space. I may 'blow' on the bowls, and the wind blows the flowers.

So many variables. I’m breathing deeply even as I write this, because in Kavannah, I want Sounds of Joy to reach in Netzach the right places/people in the right way for that moment. 
I am grateful in Hod when I hear that my photos heal, and when I hear people have relaxed in my Sound Spa.

I look forward to being in Netzach/successful in my musical intention, striving to be better, to be received well playing restful healing sounds that make a difference. Hod is reverberation, the echo of my humility and gratitude of the Holy One Who plays me. I am grateful giving Hoda'ah / thanks for the splendor of gifts given to me to share with the universe.

After spontaneously writing the above, I realize my thoughts are in the energies of tonight's Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer Netzach sh b'Hod.   
Of course, this makes sense. Baruch Hashem

I look forward to being in Netzach/successful in my musical intention, striving to be better, to be received well playing restful healing sounds that make a difference. Hod is reverberation, the echo of my humility and gratitude of the Holy One Who plays me. I am grateful in Hoda'ah for the splendor of gifts given to me to share with the universe.
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NETZACH sh b’HOD ~ HEALING WITHIN HUMILITY 
Kabbalistic Sephirat HaOmer  ספירת העומר

Tonight, Tuesday night, May 5, 2015, we count thirty-two days,
which is four weeks and four days of the Omer.

by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Day Four of Week 5: Netzach of Hod

Examine the strength and endurance of your humility. Does my humility withstand challenges? Am I firm in my positions or do I waffle in the name of humility?



Humility and modesty should not cause one to feel weak and insecure. Netzach of hod underscores the fact that true humility does not make you into a "doormat" for others to step on; on the contrary, humility gives you enduring strength. Is my humility perceived as weakness? Does that cause others to take advantage of me?



Exercise for the day: Demonstrate the strength of your humility by initiating or actively participating in a good cause.

Serve G*d With Joy




"Ivdu Et HaShem B'Simcha"
© Joy Krauthammer