It’s a thing, vibrational medicine. You can look it up. I know two dear friends who went that route, one with a ghastly cancer who used Tibetan bowls to help her heal. 10 years now, cancer free. Another friend used her own sounds, singing to heal from an almost complete collapse many years ago. I tried Tibetan bowls too, but once every 6 months doesn’t cut it.
Fast forward to my new love affair with Cat Stevens, Yusuf. Its been over a month now. I listen to his music anywhere from 1 hour to 4-5 hours a day, from his music as a hugely gifted boy to the Cat Stevens we remember, and now to the mature old man Yusuf, 4 years younger than me, all through YouTube. Every day I discover something new, an old song, a concert I didn’t know about, interviews, and new songs, too. Just found a new Yusuf song yesterday that I especially love, something about the editing room floor. We all do edit ourselves, our lives. Without the editing, there he is, stripped bare, almost unbearably intimately present. What courage he has. His talent is mind boggling.
But here is what I want you all to know. It’s making a huge difference in my life. I have way more energy, overall, than I have had in 5-6 years. It’s the joy in his heart, the sound of his voice, his music, and the words, pouring into me, filling me up! For me, it’s the perfect match. Not for everyone, no doubt. Some might respond to Bach, or Willie Nelson, Richie Havens, or whatever touches your soul. For me, it’s the Cat. I simply cannot get enough.
I listen daily to O Caritas, a song in latin that is haunting, a climate change song he wrote in the 70s, prophetic. I listen to Miles from Nowhere, about death itself. “My body has been a good friend, but I won’t need it when I reach the end!” I listen to a new song, Thinking ‘Bout You, which is a love song on many levels. I listen to a rocking version of Tuesday’s Dead, about changing the world “one more time”. I watch him sing Peace Train as a young, gorgeous man barely able to contain all the energy within his soul, and then listen and watch as he sings it now, almost 70 years old, mellow and looking out over a rich and fulfilled life. He is still touring, can you imagine! So many great songs. And all this is just pouring into me, reversing the deadly drain that is kidney cancer. You might laugh, those who know me well, to see me swinging and singing and dancing with him, in pure joy and love. Sick as I am, I am rocking out with Cat/Yusuf! Well, a very sick old lady’s version of rocking out, anyway. It’s mine.
It will be most interesting to see how my CT scan is in August. My CAT scan…. I do have hopes, so much more I’d like to do in this life. But even if there is no change, or things get worse, it will be just fine. Worth every minute.
And who knows, maybe vibrational medicine has much to teach us all. I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, check out his music, you might love it, too!