Cheryl Beer

Cheryl Beer
Award Winning Creative Director making social change through the mediums of sound, story & mantra

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Healing Vibration

What an absolutely phenomenal weekend! I haven't worked this hard on my own work since the Finals of my MA Drama last year. 

I started thinking about devising my piece on Friday night. I sat very still. This was the key.

Saturday morning I woke up and worked right through til 4.30am completely engrossed. 

Then I woke up at 9.00am today on just 4 and half hours sleep and couldn't wait to start again. 

Now, here I am at 11.35pm writing this because I feel I must share with you how wonderful the world is when you unconditionally allow yourself to 'be' who you are in the now.

somakAnta is a 13 piece collection of healing mantra. A journey from the birth of a girl child, delicately tracing her love and heart ache until she returns to the nurturing bosom of Mother Nature, waiting to be re-born.

Accompanying myself with traditionally Hand- beaten Tibetan singing bowls somakAnta creates the vibrational infinty of the Universe to bring about inner peace and love.

I will be sharing the collection in Ireland next weekend in 13 venues across the 3 days of The Promenade festival in Tramore, Ireland. 

In the stillness of quiet
I become more adept at listening

The infinite vibration of the Universe
Embraces me with her whisper
'Child, Be who you are'

Friday, 26 June 2015

Exciting New Creative Concept to take to Ireland

I have a great big smile on my face right now! This evening I have devised an exciting new creative concept to prepare and experiment with in Ireland next weekend.

That's what I love about being the Co-ordinator of the Wales Artist Team for the Promenade Festival Ireland. I might be organising the Wales team, but I still get to be an Artist, which is really important. In the past, I have found that sometimes organising can take me away from my creativity. 

As you know if you have read earlier blogs, since intensively training over the last 8 months and now qualifying as a Sound Healer, I have been experimenting with how Mantra and Storytelling go together in my practice and are shared as performance. It is an interesting way of combining my work from my MA Drama in terms of 'presence', with a primal truth through Sound healing.

Last visit to Ireland earlier this month, I was touring Moving Mountain: Story & Mantra, but this evening I have written something even more adventurous!

I have put together a collection of Sanskrit mantra, some written by me, some traditional, and crafted them into the story of a woman's life from birth through to being re-born.

I have to say, I'm really quite chuffed to have had such an idea. As I was working on my Sanskrit mantra, the idea popped in my head and I was like, 'OH

The festival is throughout the whole town and Sean Corcoran (Artistic Director) has a map which he has designed (he's an absolutely brilliant artist) and there are a number of key performance points on the map.

My intention is to go to each of these throughout the weekend and perform the different parts of the story through mantra.

I love the idea that through this sharing, I will be encircling the whole town with sound healing and love.

The title of the piece is  SomakAnta) (Moon Beloved) which pays homage to an earlier piece of mine, entitled 'Mother Moon' for which I had a Distinction in my MA Drama. However, unlike Mother Moon , SomakAnta celebrates each part of the cycle of a woman's life & encircles all with love. It is a reflection of my growth and development as a woman, as an Artist and as a human, being.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Meet Laura Jane Jenkins

Meet Laura Jane Jenkins, Professional Dancer and Manager of the Dance Programme for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. 

Laura is joining my Wales Artist Team for the Promenade Festival in Tramore , Ireland, next week, giving her the opportunity to dance as an Artist in her own right, and facilitating Community Dance on the beach as well as other venues, throughout the 3 days of the Festival.

Due to completely understandable personal circumstances, sadly Fiona Winter, Director of Energy Moves, is unable to join our team of 12 for the trip next week. We send our heartfelt love & condolences to her and her family.

Friday, 19 June 2015

In Memory of Hannah ...

I have met a lot of people in my lifetime and Lisa Moore is definitely one of the most inspiring. Her passion for community and her tireless efforts to make her community a better place are surpassed only by her positive cheery attitude to life. 

That is why I felt so pleased that I was able to support her by going along to an opening event that she had organised.

Lisa has started up a not for profit project called 'Hannah Meredith Foundation' to help and support young people by educating about drug addiction.

Lisa took care of Hannah, her niece, supporting her to beat heroine, but tragically, Hannah did not win the battle. 

Since her death, Lisa has become determined that other young people do not fall victim in the same way.

In memory of Hannah, she has fundraised to install a beautiful pink bench in the new Llanelli Park by the beach, opened officially by Nia Griffiths, Llanelli's Labour MP.

Whilst unpacking the bench there was supposed to be a singer who didn't turn up. 

So, I offered to sing a heart mantra. It just seemed like the right thing to do. The ancient sanskrit mantra is a healing especially for emotions and for an aching heart.

Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namaha

And after a busy and extremely emotional day, when everyone had gone and she had cleared away everything, Lisa then took the time to pop round my house to thank me. Well Lisa, thank YOU for being such a beautiful human being.

The Healing Love of Reiki & Making Life decisions

For some time now I have been unable to make decisions in my life. People say to me 'listen to your heart' but the problem has been that although I can hear what my heart wants, I have chosen to ignore her and end up listening instead to my head.

My head is more concerned with how we pay the bills, how things might pan out, working out the what if's and the fall back plans. My head is concerned with promotion and saving face and complying to the myth that to earn a living, I must give up on totally committing to my heart.

Usually I end up writing long lists of pro's and cons for all eventualities but some things have more weight than others, so this never seems to work.

Today I decided I would put aside half a morning to be still and use my reiki to reach a solution.

After all, I am now a fully qualified Sound Healer and have my Reiki level 1 so let's see, I thought, if this will help.

I started the day by having breakfast in bed. Somehow it feels very decadent. I love being in bed at my studio because I can see the green hills stretching out into the distance. I made a point of really tasting every mouthful of my breakfast and being especially grateful for it.

I stretched out and thanked myself for giving myself this space and time.

Then I closed my eyes and focussed on the light and love of reiki entering my crown chakra moving through each energy point and anchoring to my sacral chakra, moving down my legs to ground me into the earth chakra. Once feeling connected and full of loving energy, I focused the light into the palm of my hands and placed them in the position for the third eye chakra.

Once still, I could see my perfect working week. Starting with Monday morning, I took note of where I woke up, how I felt, what I would be doing that day, how beautiful the world seemed. In this healing experience, I found all the answers I needed. I learnt to listen to my heart.

Afterwards, I re-visited my totem animal, the white butterfly that I spoke of in an earlier blog. I took myself on a shamanic journey, entering the being of the butterfly until we were one. I flew above the flowers but this time, I noted how far I could see, how blue the sky felt, how sweet the flowers smelt. Sometimes I landed and stayed, other times I flew higher and higher. I landed under a shaded Oak Tree and left a silver acorn at its roots. An offering maybe, or a reason to go back.

When I returned, I worked my way back through each of the chakra with love and gratitude at the abundance in my life.

I found that all the answers were within me and that love is always the answer. 

I  spent the afternoon walking along the river with my dog  before making phone calls and emails, making my heart sing with deep joy in the anticipation of the changes that have now started.