I started playing classical music when I was 6. We're a pretty musical family. My dad played many instruments and my aunt was quite the child prodigy who performed on various stages.
About 7 years ago, I learned about 432 Hz frequencies. I started listening to peaceful sounds while I was working and this led me to soothing and uplifting mantras. I would listen to Tibetan mantras, Hindu mantras, and even Gregorian chants. They are all so purifying. Then, when I went back to the other types of music I was used to, they started giving me headaches. I felt uneasy and unsettled.
Surya and I met almost 5 years ago and we just jive on this topic. She is certainly way more advanced than me when it comes to my knowledge of mantras. I asked her some questions I thought you might be interested in.
Sara: How can sound and music frequencies affect our energies?
Surya: Many things are affecting our energy constantly, whether we are aware of it or not. Music is a huge one. Most of us love the music we listen to because we feel some kind of way when we hear it, usually uplifted, energized and/or it may help us process something emotional we are going through.
Everyone has different tastes, but I would definitely suggest having a few different collections of music on hand; one for relaxing, one that makes you feel pumped up, and another that might inspire you either creatively or with whatever you are going through in life. Also, you can have another playlist or collection of devotional songs to help you connect with your own soul. No matter what you believe in, there is amazing music from all traditions!
Sara: What are mantras and why are they so cleansing to our aura/chakras?
Surya: Mantras are repeated affirmations that we say to help us program our subconscious and help clear the mind. The word mantra broken down actually means "to free the mind" in Sanskrit. There are mantras in all languages. If you are working with Sanskrit mantras they actually correspond to the different energy centres, so you can work with mantras that help you to strengthen certain qualities in yourself. The Sanskrit mantras are very ancient and powerful. They have helped me greatly over the years.
Sara: You have 9 songs on your new album. I personally love the Lokka chant. Can you share why you choose this piece?
Surya: The Lokka chant is the final track and it means "May all beings in all the worlds be peaceful, happy, and free from suffering." This is my prayer every day. It can be really overwhelming to live in a world where there are so many heartbreaking things that happen every day, and I believe we should never stop praying and wishing for all beings to be peaceful and healed. Prayer is powerful!
Sara: Despite your very limited time, you always make time to help others and to raise awareness about issues you care about. Why do you think it is so important to do our part?
Surya: For me, it is just my nature! I actually have to work hard NOT to help everyone all the time and stay focused on what I am doing. Mohammad Ali famously said, "service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." I think this is so true.
There's always a balance to be found, however, my experience is that the true joy in life comes from serving others. We are all interconnected and, if we have the ability to, I feel we must help the Earth, others, and animals as much as we are able to.
Sara: Last but not least, what are your favourite Amaterasu products and why?
Surya: You already know I'm obsessed with all of them! These products changed my life. I can do my makeup in 5 minutes and it will stay put until I take it off at the end of the night; I never have to give it another thought. The Liquid Brow Liner and Liquid Eyeliner I love and also the Mascaras, too.
It took me a minute to get the hang of removing the mascara, but now that I get it, I just love it! It's so liberating to never have to buy eye makeup remover again - I can just take it off with warm water. That's amazing to me. Thank you for these incredible products.
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