Healing Spirit Yew flute in E - more details on Custom flutes page



Healing Spirit flutes

These flutes are highly individual personal flutes, often drones but not exclusively, specially made to combine the healing sounds of the flute with the healing energies of specific crystals. Many professionals have remarked that these flutes are hugely beneficial as an adjunct to Reiki and Sound Healing practices; they are also of great benefit to anyone wanting to enhance their relaxation through flute playing.

How did I come to making Healing Spirit flutes? Having seen an expert flute player play a drone around the body of someone, and seeing her reaction to the vibrations that subsequently suffused her body, I was instantly aware that here was yet another manifestation of the fact that sound is a very powerful healing tool. That led me to a year and a half’s development of flutes that embodied exactly the right combination of healing wood energies and vibrational energies of crystals. Subsequently, I have also found that both single and dual bore flutes benefit from crystals embedded in them if they are to be used as part of Sound Healing therapy. This is another area of great personal interest to me; the fact that different keys and different wood energies can help open different chakras and portals is something I have spent much time working on.

The first of the Healing Spirit flutes followed on from my Ancient Stone series of flutes, where the air-splitting edge at the front of the sound hole (TSH) was made of stone or crystal; some of the earliest known NA flutes were believed to have been made this way. However, it became apparent that some healing crystals didn’t lend themselves readily to such insetting and shaping, to the extent that the flute's voice could be unpredictable when played. The answer provided by my Spirit Guides was to embed healing crystals in the upper or slow-air chambers (SACs) of the flutes.




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Top left: English Yew flute with Black Tourmaline and Rose Quartz healing crystals in the upper chamber. This is actually both a Healing and Journeying flute - see the Custom flutes page for more details


That way, the breath of the player, with all its attendant beneficent energies, could be passed over the healing crystals, picking up the energy as it went, before it was passed over and onto the TSH edge to give the flute its voice. The beauty of this system is that by being in the SAC chambers, the crystals will also then pick up the vibrational energy from the wood’s resonance while the flute is being played, resulting in a cyclical accumulation and ever changing blend of healing energies.
Some people come knowing exactly what crystals they want in their flute, and I can then advise on which woods would suit that energy matrix best. For those who are unsure, I will gladly offer suggestions for woods and crystals based on what they want the flute to do (to heal the self, heal others, help meditation or Journeying etc). I usually find that players want a combination of crystals, but there is often a discussion to settle on the best option. Rose quartz and Turquoise are very popular, but I always recommend including Black Tourmaline as it is excellent for converting negative to positive energy and therefore offers an important element of Protection that is needed in all such flutes. I put a great deal of attention into balancing the Energies of these flutes, and use specific Aligning sessions throughout to ensure the flute is in balance with Earth Energies.




English Walnut Healing Drone in E with Ash mouthpiece and Pintail pair block, and Rose Quartz crystals in both upper air chambers (SACs)

The next stage in this development had to be directed at the type of woods being used. While many players now come with their own ideas of woods and wood combinations that they would like in a flute, I have found that many of our own native woods which have long been recognised for their healing properties make exceptional healing flutes. One of the most powerful of these is English Ash. In early Britain the tree was associate with rebirth and new life and its medicinal properties are legendary. It is also said to offer protection and remove unwanted energies. The druids carved sunwise-spiralling patterns into their ash wands as the tree is ruled by the health-giving sun, while also containing the element of fire and representing the great power of water. For these reasons, SVF ash single and drone flutes are particularly potent instruments, and even flutes made from other powerful woods such as Hazel, Silver Birch, Walnut, Holly, Lime and Beech benefit from having the mouth endcap and totem blocks made from ash.

The final development of these flutes lay in the voicing and air flow dynamics. In short, the SVF healing flutes are mellow instruments capable of a range of voice, from clear and crisp to soft and breathy. All of the drones have the drone side ‘softened’, that is to say it is tonally more mellow and sounds quieter than the playing side. This lets the melodies rise over what should be a background accompaniment. The flutes are also designed so that they will play above the octave without the need for the usual heavy overblow; in a drone, such a technique usually causes the drone note to break undesirably to the octave above. The mouthpieces are also designed so that the flutes can be made to produce a slight harmonic ‘beat’ if desired when the pair of fundamental (bottom) notes are played together. It must be said, drones are very particular instruments and do require a new set of playing skills to be learned. The SVF drones however are responsive to the slightest breath and play with great ease – very important when the focus of the player needs to be directed at the healing energies of the flute rather than the playing technique. Of course, the single bore flutes play as any other SVF flutes, easily and responsively.


The other element I offer is tuning to the 432Hz standard rather than the common 440Hz standard for A. This is considered by many to be much more natural vibrational system, and more in keeping with the natural energies and vibrations of the Earth, it's elements and life. Contact me if you wish to discuss using this tuning.

The final point relates to the key. Different keys are associated with different Chakras in the human body. The normal pentatonic (minor key) tuning of the Native American flute means that each Chakra can be associated with two keys in my humble opinion - the actual minor and its root major. For example, the key of B is related to the Crown or 7th Chakra, so a pent-tuned B flute would play B minor, but also play the notes of D major, of which it is the root minor. D is assoicated with the Sacral Chakra, so the flute can work on two energy lines. I have made many flutes for Reiki therapists and Sound Healing Practitioners along these lines, so if you would like to discuss this further, please call me.

Healing drone in Lime

English Lime Healing Drone in D with Hedgehog block in Hazel, 'Hawthorn through the seasons' artwork, Triskele, and a balanced grid of Black Tourmaline, Green Serpentine and clear Fluorite crystals in both upper air chambers (SACs). Click to enlarge.

Healing Spirit flutes can be single or double (drone) and are available in keys from low B to high D.

Please feel free to call or email if you would like any more details on the above flute range. And remember, this range can be customised to your own requirements.

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