Sacred Music and Healing
For work with sacred sound, live music with hands on healing, Cathy Brooksie Edwards works with two practitioners of sacred sound: Amy Hall Durso and John Westmoreland.
Amy Hall Durso
My name is Amy Durso, and it’s a pleasure and honor to offer my music and chanting practice as a part of your integrative hands-on healing experience. During the past several years, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to sing at Shakori Hills Sunday morning service and various community events as a part of the musical group,Trio Luna, and in spiritual rituals/workshops and numerous healing sessions.
A seeker on the path of awakening, I pursue and experience the power of drumming and sacred music to enter deeper states of consciousness for my own and others’ emotional and spiritual healing. Like so many others, I’ve found that music and mantras have the ability to strengthen and enhance my connection to Spirit and can beautifully and gently put me in touch with my emotions for deep inner work. Paired with the powerfully positive effects of hands-on healing, Brooksie’s and my intention is to create a safe space to be held in love and compassion so that your Divine wisdom and guides may lead you to a deep healing space.
I begin with a period of shamanic style drumming to weave us together and open a spiritual porthole. From there, I am intuitively guided by songs, chants, and mantras from many spiritual traditions. Some mantras I chose to sing for specific purposes such as protection or calling in the healing divine presence of the Great Mother. I play a harmonium-like instrument called a shruti box. The shruti produces a beautiful meditative sound that invokes a wide variety of feelings and sensations. During our time together, I encourage you to chant, tone or make any sounds that want to come forth….or just listen and be carried by the flow of energy, music and touch.
I know that this part of my practice connects me firmly to something greater, and it is an honor to share.
My live healing music sessions are available Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, with some availability on Wednesdays and Fridays. Although I do this to be of service, and for the joy it gives me, I appreciate an exchange through payment ($20-45) or a love offering.
I grew up in Pittsboro, North Carolina playing music. In my late teens I began playing jazz and eventually moved to Massachusetts where I studied jazz performance as well as classical composition at the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. My many teachers have included the legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall.
My musical style combines elements of Folk, World Music, Jazz, Blues, and Classical into an organic and rich tapestry of sound. Outside of traditional performance contexts, I have a passion for exploring how music can facilitate deep relaxation and healing.
I regularly perform as a solo jazz guitarist and as an improvisational accompanist to yoga classes, and meditation, relaxation music sessions for people with Alzheimers and dementia, and also perform as part of UNC Hospital’s Door to Door music program. As a past recipient of the Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council, through which I traveled to Peru to study "Icaros", a style of shamanic healing music from Amazonia.
I strongly believe in the healing powers of music.