Sanctuary: the making of an album on healing


“If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.” – Richard Rohr

Just over a year ago, James Finley was coming to Kelowna, British Columbia, to give a series of talks on healing trauma. I ended up being in the area and was welcomed to sing a few chants before James gave his talk. The result was that people said they experienced a sense of “disarming” and it helped them absorb the talk.

I asked Jim if he would be interested in doing an album together, where I composed music and chants and he did spoken word.

The result has been that we made an album on the healing journey called Sanctuary.

The reason I wanted to make this project is because more than ever, I see in my own life, that anything I have not transformed, I transmit. I see this as the main cause of all violence in the world. If we feel misunderstood and frustrated, it is usually because we are triggered in an area that hasn’t fully healed. The ego will always try to protect our soft spots. Our vulnerability.

What I have personally discovered is that when we choose to walk the path of healing, we eventually become people who can energetically unify with the world’s suffering and participate in its healing instead of wallow in our own story. But our story must be told before we get to this unitive place. Somehow, it always starts with how we treat ourselves, how we treat those we know, and eventually those we do not personally know but are connected to, at the incarnate level. Somehow we learn that the whole of creation is infused by and loved by God as much as we are and we are able to compassionately witness the suffering and not hold onto it but somehow give it over to light and love.

The album is sequenced in three sections: Purgation, Illumination and Unitive. The inner child shows up three times in the voice of the Edmonton Children’s Choir.  It feels like a true offering.  Here are what some folks who’ve had the opportunity to listen in advance are saying:

“Bathed in James Finley’s gentle voice and Alana Levandoski’s beautiful music, you may feel as though you are held by gentle, loving hands that can accompany you every step of your healing journey. We all need such blessed companions.”

– Bonnie Bodenach, Ph. D., LMFT, Author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist

“Words can’t express our wonder, amazement and gratitude for this incredible work of art!  The creativity is absolutely brilliant, combining Jim’s words with Alana’s voice – stunning!  Having listened to a lot of Jim’s recordings on trauma healing, I’m very familiar with his approach and that much more taken by the absolute efficiency with which they have pulled out his “gold nuggets”, down to the pure essentials.  Jim’s speaking in the interludes even seems to have a cadence that fits the music.”

– Jack and Dee Willome, San Antonio, Tx

The release date for Sanctuary is September 17th, 2016. Stay tuned!!!

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