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                                                    There is great power in the human mind and spirit. From all
                                                past times through this very moment the vibrational qualities of
                                                sounds, notes and music have played a role in the communion
                                                with, release and use of positive abilities found within ourselves.
                                                Concepts that use sound for healing or meditation are cross-cultural
                                                and prominent in religious or spiritual practices. Altered mental
                                                states, emotional energy transfer, emotional purification and
                                                physical healing are among the benefits ascribed to sound by
                                                various peoples. The ancient text of the I Ching, in the hexagram
                                                named Enthusiasm, states it in this manner:

                                                            “The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself
                                                        involuntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic
                                                        movement of the body. From immemorial times the
                                                        inspiring effect of the  invisible sound that moves all
                                                        hearts, and draws them together, has mystified
                                                        mankind. . . . Music was looked upon as something
                                                        serious and holy, designed to purify the feelings of men.”

                                                    Applying the basic construction techniques of a single-
                                                chambered Peruvian Whistling Vessel, I have expanded
                                                the range of tones thought to have been used by that culture.
                                                Symbolically, I have abstracted the form of a bird to represent the
                                                flight of spirit; the absence of eyes represents the unseen power of
                                                sound as well as the element of faith. My purpose in creating these
                                                vessels is to uplift the human spirit, to create joy and healing.

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