Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips. Swaha!, Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.

  to a whole new way to learn Music. 

Much like a language, Music is best learned when completely immersed and surrounded by fellow musicians. After years of development, we are excited to offer you the world's first Swaha! Music Experiences!   

You can drop-in to a class if you just want to try it out, or even better, you can become a member and have access to unlimited music jams with passionate professional musicians who want to groove with YOU.   

To kick this off, we are offering some screaming deals on drop-in classes and unlimited memberships. Sign up now and look forward to even more perks for being a founding Swaha! member. Workshops, private performances, and private session discounts are now at your fingertips... 
Your opportunity to  play every day of the week  begins on  December 4th. To sign up and start playing, literally PLAYING MUSIC, click on your preferred days on the calendar below:

Meet The Committee

(05/20/2017) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px Cochin} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px Cochin; min-height: 17.0px} I believe that there are many, many, many facets to each of us. I believe that every single moment we have lived, every person we have met, every movie, book, song, food, we have experienced, has shaped us. We don’t even have to be conscious of it while it’s happening or remember it to be affected by it. In fact, there’s so much going on in every instant, we can be grateful that we have developed the skills of focusing on what we choose to and discerning what is important and what is not.  But over time, as experiences occur and memories are stored, perspectives are created. You know, touch a hot stove and realize that touching a hot stove is painful and not something you’d like to repeat. Or taste something delicious, and form the memory of feeling good while eating that particular thing and boom, you’ve got an association. Added in to all of those sorts of memories and associations are the locations, temperatures, other people, time of day and more that were present at the time of the experience. Add, like, millions of these together, and you’ve got a bona fide human life. A life full of memories and associations and corresponding feelings and thoughts and hopes and fears and dreams and and and. Instead of being all jumbled in a pile of experiences, everything seems to get categorized in very interesting ways. And things can be in more than one category. Like, the hot stove experience can be categorized as painful, and educational. The delicious food can be in the feeling-good and nice-summer day and home-with-the-family and sad-cause-now-aunt-elsie-is-dead categories. In fact, things can be in an infinite number of categories. Associations are endless. If you play the game that starts with a glass of water and ask yourself, “What does this glass of water remind me of?” and keep repeating that question for every answer you think of, the game can literally go on forever and ever. I love playing this game with people. One person might be reminded of a swimming pool which reminds them of summers 20 years ago which reminds them of apple pie which reminds them of fireworks, and another person might go from a glass of water to a river to fluidity to the cosmos to the flow of their emotions. Water, fireworks, the Universe. Ad infinitum. So we can never really know what’s going on in someone else’s head unless we ask and keep asking. We will never find someone with the exact same associations in the exact same order. We’re all snowflakes. Totally, utterly, completely unique and special. And in that uniqueness we are all totally the same. To the degree that we can recognize our incredible uniqueness and delight in each other’s totally one-of-a-kind perspectives brings increasing ease and wonder and adventure in life.  As I developed this ability…to ride on the awareness of all of our unique experiences and associations, I first had to get really acquainted with my own associations. The good and the not so good. The ones that lifted me up and the ones that pulled me down. Especially the ones that pulled me down. And as I started to wake up to the patterns of my mind, I realized the patterns had their own sort of regularities and personalities. I know, it may sound like I’m saying I have multiple personalities and hear voices in my head…and, well… That’s exactly what I’m saying.  I think we all have lots of voices and patterns and perspectives and personalities in our heads. And they’re all vying for attention. They’re all wanting to be heard because they all believe they have something very important to tell us. It’s quite precious really. More than that, it’s quite amazing that we’re all managing this rush of influences at any given moment.  I lovingly refer to these voices now as The Committee. Soon we will talk more about The Committee.  Like I said, all of these experiences and memories and sensations aren’t just stored as one big blob in our bodies and brains. Though it is easier for some more than others and easier for some circumstances more than others,  we humans have a really awesome ability to see things one way and then choose to shift our perspectives to see the same thing in another way. ​

Everything Is Everything

(05/20/2017) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 19.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #464760} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 19.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #464760; min-height: 15.0px} "If Everything is Energy...And all Energy Vibrates...Then, Everything is God...God is Everything...Everything is Everything." When I first said this to my dear friend and business manager, his eyes did that glaze-over thing they do when I say something that makes his brain frantically search for a connection to anything it could possibly be related to in order to help him make some sort of sense of it.  And to be honest, sometimes my brain does the same thing when it comes to this topic. But let me give it my best shot...stay with me...this could be a long one till I learn how to boil it down to it's most precious simplicity: Ok. Good ol' science has helped us see that what we once thought of as the smallest thing in the world, the atom, is nowhere near the smallest thing in the world. In fact, they've found cool things like subatomic particles and quarks and strings and tiny little electrons zipping around and all sorts of things that are way, way smaller than an atom.  Then, once we started hangin' out and playin' with these teeny things, we started to see that they're not even solid matter as we once thought everything was. In fact, they are more like holographic energies that blink in and out of existence and are both unpredictable AND influenced by the very act of US observing them! Sometimes they behave like individual drops in the ocean, other times they are the ocean, and even other times they are the invisible force that creates the waves in the ocean. Sometimes they're tangible, other times they're conceptual. Sometimes they're "real," other times they're pure potential.  What?! Once we settled down from this mind-blowing discovery, we had to admit that life, as we knew it, wasn't anything we "knew" at all. We especially had to open our eyes to the incredible implications of us all being made up of these little, tiny, vibrating-in-and-out-of-existence waves of energy. We had to try to understand what it meant to be pure, vast, limitless potential. And if we are all infinite energy, are we even REAL? Which then leads to the question: What the heck is "REAL" anyway? But I digress. The subject of what's real and this whole thing we call "reality" will be saved for another day. Back to Everything Being Everything: If everything, including us and rocks and trees and chocolate and thoughts and dental floss and everything, is made up of energy, and that energy is sometimes appearing as solid and sometimes pure potential, then we must be BOTH "solid" particles AND pure potential. We must be vibrating in and out of existence, capable of experiencing "solidity," AND existing as vast, limitless, pure potential. We might say that we are both the experience of being solid (getting to feel, touch, see, smell, etc) and the awareness of being way more than just solid.  Here's the kicker. It's not that everything is made up of different energies or even different kinds of energies. It's that everything is made up of the same energy because IT'S ALL ONE ENERGY.  If that's the first time you've heard this, it may be a tough pill to swallow.  One question that may arise is, " If everything is just vibrating energy, then why do things look different? Why does a tree look and feel and smell one way and a candy cane looks and feels and smells another?" Because this ONE energy can vibrate at infinite frequencies (rates of vibration). Energy, and packets of energy, have a limitless range of rates that they can vibrate...and they can essentially combine with each other, just like two notes on a piano, to create a synergistic energy. Think about the implications of this! The food we eat is vibrating energies. The people we surround ourselves with are vibrating energies. The thoughts we think, the beliefs we believe, and the emotions we feel are all energies vibrating at their particular frequencies. What happens when we start to combine all of these??!! For those of you who this is old news for, help yourself to a cup of tea or a restroom break. For those of you who have never heard these sorts of thoughts, take some deep breaths, notice where you feel confusion, resistance, or even anger...then help yourself to a cup of tea and a potty break.   Then switch gears for a moment. Many religious and spiritual traditions invite us to consider that God is pervasive, all-knowing, all-inclusive, infinite. God is often personified into a "He" simply because our current way of relating to each other, our world, and this powerful, all-knowing, being is through our own lenses of having bodies and genders. But if we combine this idea (that God is pervasive, all-encompassing, etc) with the idea that everything is energy vibrating at infinite variations of frequencies, then it's not really a stretch anymore for our left, linear, logical sides of our brain to join the right, artistic, woo-woo sides and say that "God" is the word we use to represent something/or some being that unconditionally includes Everything. Thus, God is Everything. Every rock, tree, baby, sneeze, particle, wave packet, atom, subatomic particle, sound, emotion, taste, fruit, vegetable...you name it or not...this word "God" includes it. And if God is Everything, and Everything is Energy...then Everything is Everything. So now what?! Well, for starters, we may as well be a lot nicer to ourselves. We're God. And to those around us. They're God too. And to everything we see, touch, smell, hear, taste, and intuit. For it's all God. And it's all infinitely connected...just as parts make up a whole and without the parts there would be no whole.

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