You are a seasoned singer and performer.
What led you into sound healing?
I began Sounding and toning into my body to create safe space when i was quite
young, around 4 years old. I have 4 siblings, 5 of us all together, with me in the
middle. And, when we were growing up, it felt as if the real children in the house
where my mother and father. My mother moved out when I was 5. I used the
Sound of my voice to self soothe, to hold myself, to stay sane. I learned much
about grief and rage after my mother left us, Sound saved my life. I am a
Medicine Woman, my Medicine is Sound.
What instruments/ tools do you use in your sound healing practice?
I use my Voice, mostly. And, I have a hand Drum, Rattle, and sometimes I use Bells. My work is rooted in,
and guided by Spirit. I step aside, so to speak, and allow. The Sounds channeled are the Sounds that are needed
to move what needs to go from the body; all that is no longer of service. Chiefly, I am a grief Doula.
In your perspective, how can sound be used to promote healing and empower black communities?
Sound Healing is everything from Toning, Singing, and Chanting, to our inner narrative. How we use our words,
our powerful Sound with each other, how we speak to ourselves. Most of my clients are Black Woman.
They are Mothers, Daughters, Teachers, Lawyers, Artists, Authors, Healers, all. Generally, we spend much of our session time moving stuck energy through the throat *Chakra. The weight of the unsaid-- the boundary not respected, too much "Yes", the suppressed wail, all of this and more, weighs the body and the spirit down.
There is a deep Healing, a transformation that happens, when this energy is moved.
Again and again, I bear witness to the release and the spaciousness that this creates. Then, we are able to share
our powerful, full selves with community. If there is the understanding that our words are powerful tools for change, we would be intentional with what we say, and how we say. We plant seeds in each others skin all the time. I can Bless or curse at will. I vision whole communities of Black folk lifting each other with our words, using the power of our Sound to support the healing of those in need. And, what we do to each other, we do to ourselves. A perfect circle of Alchemy and Grace. This is what I vision, this is what I know for sure.
(*Chakra: Sanskrit word meaning "Wheel", in Hinduism, Chakras are the subtle energy centers of the Body)
How does sound affect our emotional/mental/physical/spiritual well being?
We are all affected by Sound and Vibration, the body has an immediate response. This is why our favorite song
can lift our day, and why the Sounds of the natural world; The Ocean, Wind, Birds or Children laughing,
can create a sense of calm and joy.
What are some ways that folks can utilize sound healing in their day to day life?
I invite everyone to practice using the Sound of their own Voice to create a sense of peace and to quiet the incessant chatter of the Mind. One way to do this is to Hum. Practice Humming. Find a quiet corner, any where you can hear yourself will do, and begin to focus on your breath..inhale.. exhale.. the body knows how to Breathe. After a few minutes, practice exhaling with Sound--give it Sound. A sigh is fine to start. Then, begin to hum. Feel the Vibration in your body, place your hands against your throat, on your face. Breathe and Hum, it clears the mind if you allow. Put your full focus on this practice, 5 minutes is enough time to create ease. Also, be quite intentional with what you listen too when you are moving through your day. So many of us spend a lot of time commuting; cars, mass transit. Have a Sound track prepared on your phone, etc. Choose music that makes you feel good, able and empowered. Choose Sounds that lift your life.
How do you use sound to create in your reality?
I am always listening. I wake with melodies or tones ringing in my ears. As a Songwriter, I am constantly Sounding ideas, seeking to put story to the melody I hear. I listen, lean into the Sounds of the present moment to stay in my body. When you are healing from trauma, it is easy to fly out of your body, so to speak, and be in some past moment of pain. Sound keeps me grounded and Here.
Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone who is interested in becoming a sound healer?
Yes! Ask for help. It is important to listen and learn from folk who have been doing the work. Also, Self Care is everything. I see many a Healer walking with illness. It is important to establish boundaries and to decide that you will not offer up one cell of your body to help someone else. That is not Real, and not required. Study, Listen, Do. There are so many roads to Healing, and there are wonderful, accredited Schools that are teaching Sound Healing. I Am a traditional Healer, and there is room and need for everyone who feels called to be a Healer.
What are some current projects that you are working on?
I am recording my third CD, and touring across the country with Music & Sound. I do private Sound Healing work via Skype with clients all over the world, and I work with different organizations where I hold regular Healing Circles, ""The Women's Cancer Resource Center", in Oakland, and "The Academy for the Love of Learning" in Sante fe, NM. I will be at Yoshi's in Oakland, Ca on Dec 5th, and in Atlanta the week of January 9th, Singing and sharing Sound, venues TBA soon.
Who are some Black, femme healers/artists/visionaries that inspire you?
oh so many folk out here lift and encourage me daily-- although, I don't know if they would refer to themselves as "Femme", I will happily share about these Medicine Women-
Pratibha Parmar, Brilliant Director, Writer, Teacher, Activist, Thinker
Karma Mayer Johnson, an amazing Singer, Songwriter, Playwright, Teacher, Healer, Rootwoman
Amara T. Smith, Transcendent Artist-- Dancer, Choreographer, Healer, Activist, Organizer, Author, Professor
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Powerful Writer, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Activist
C.C Carter, Beautiful Poet, Actor, Writer, Speaker, Teacher
Dr. Gee Love, Deeply rooted Shamanic Healer, Teacher, Reiki Master
just of few of the women I know or know of that are doing Great Healing work in the world.
"In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her privileged audience the recipients of her deep vocal well" - jazztimes
Medicine Woman gina breedlove is a Singer, Songwriter, Sound Healer, and Actor from Brooklyn, NY. gina tours the world with her music she calls FolkSoul, and holds Sound Healing circles in every city. Most recently, gina worked with director Spike Lee, appearing in "Chi-Raq". and "NBA2K16", and held Sound Healing workshops with the cast & with the organization,"Purpose over Pain", parent's who have lost children to gun violence in Chicago. for more about gina, visit ginaBreedlove.com & VibrationofGrace.com