Into the Mystic

 

Rock Your Gypsy Soul

 

Certain songs are a brilliant blend of melody, lyric, voice, and pacing, Into the Mystic, written by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance, is one of those very special songs.

I got to thinking about this song when I heard it on the car radio. It’s one of those songs I feel compelled to stay and listen to right through to the end, even though I’ve reached my destination, even though I’ve heard it countless times. It is really a remarkably beautiful song.

A ‘Rolling Stone’ review by Greil Marcus and Lester Bangs described the importance of the song on the album Moondance this way: “Into the Mystic’ is the heart of Moondance, the music unfolds with a classic sense of timing, guitar strums fading into watery notes on a piano, the bass counting off the pace.

The lines of the song and Morrison’s delivery of them are gorgeous: ‘I want to rock your gypsy soul/Just like in the days of old/And magnificently we will fold/Into the mystic. 

Another review described it as “a song of such elemental beauty and grace as to stand as arguably the quintessential Morrison moment.”

 According to a survey made by BBC, the song with its soothing calm and medium-paced tempo is among the most popular songs that doctors listen to while operating.

-Terra

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Into the Mystic Lyrics

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic

 

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

 

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home

And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it

 

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it

I don’t have to fear it

 

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will flow into the mystic

Come on girl… Too late to stop now…

 

 

 

 

 

Somatic Therapy: Breath-Body-Mind

 

Dear Terra,  I’ve had pain in my body for as long as I can remember with joint pain and scoliosis that made it hard for me to go a day without pain medicine, that is until my healing session with you. The combination of what you did was incredible. The deep listening, breath-work, gentle touch, assisted yoga,  props and pillows to help my body relax, and the powerful imagery all worked like magic for me. Today I can breathe so deeply and my body feels more flexible than I ever remember. I slept well for the first time in ages. I look forward to our next session.  Thank you, Sue

 

Somatic 

Soma is defined medically as the body of an organism. Somatic refers to, or of relating to, or affecting the body. Psyche, from Greek psyche (soul) is thought of as breath, spirit, soul, the mind, or the personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The medicinal power of physical touch has been known to people from cultures across the planet since the beginning of recorded history allowed us to learn of it. When focused touch is combined with deep listening, mindful dialogue, and breath-work it can lead to insight and healing possibilities.

 

The Power of Touch

Soothing, calming, nurturing

Eases experiences of fear and shock

Creates physical warmth

Increases blood circulation

Energize muscles and boost energy

Can lull a baby (or adult) to sleep

Can express love and emotional warmth

Can work as a form of transformative therapy

 

At one time Western medicine believed there was no connection between the body and mind (psyche). In recent decades medical research and reports from doctors and  patients have demonstrated an interrelationship between the physical body, emotions and mind. This connection is ancient knowledge to many traditions such as meditation, yoga, martial arts, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic medicine.

Brain imagining scans reveal that a focused mind increases wellness. The cardiologists, fertility specialists, surgeons, pain specialist, and psychiatrists who study health of the body, brain, and emotional health have found compelling evidence supporting holistic connections between the body-mind and healing.

Olympic coaches and athletes also know of the importance of a focused mind to help improve fitness goals and health. Mind training helps athletes with performance, confidence, and to accomplish goals.

Somatic therapy unites the fragmented parts into healthy wholeness. Massage, assisted yoga, focused dialogue, breath-work, meditation, relaxation techniques and use of sound are some of the methods used.

Some people describe memories surfacing or receiving insight about physical and emotional pain, plus creativity and vitality are enhanced.  Relief from chronic pain, improvements in strength, flexibility,  and lowering of stress levels result as well.

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The results of this work are unique for each person, though most everyone will experience deeper more fluid breath, an easing of constriction in the body, greater flexibility, and psycho-spiritual insight. Understanding of the personal beliefs that originally shaped the condition are almost always better understood. Somatic therapy is understood to mean more than the body as it refers to integrated health and wellness.

Therapist and client work from a foundation of heart-to-heart respectful communication. Though most often done in person on a mat or massage table, it is possible to experience results  working with focused attention, breath, and dialogue via phone or skype.

 

photos © 2011 Terra Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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