Orna Ralston

The first station was the encounter with sounds of singing bowls and with the KoTaMo. "Once I heard that the wing-stroke of certain angels has a sound so beautiful that all description would be surpassed. That through the motion of the wings sounds would break away which have never been heard on earth, so fine, so ethereal, so... just angelic beyond all description. These casually said words engraved themselves in my mind as ardent desire to once be able to hear and experience the sound. Yes, perhaps even to find a sound in an instrument that possibly could nearly match it. As often the case with things one seeks most, they usually are very close by. At that time already, I played an instrument which found its way to me in an enchanting manner. It is an instrument with 48 strings which actually covers three in one: A Koto, a Tanpura and a Monochord. The Koto is a Japanese string instrument, the Tanpura comes from India and the Monochord is a so-called prime instrument. One could call it the mother of all string instruments. On my Monochord I fixed 31 cords tuned to the same pitch thus intensifying the hearing pleasure of the upper notes. To play this instrument has always meant something special to me because - to my knowledge - it is unknown how this instrument is to be played in a concertante manner. It is used for meditation and healing purposes but not played at concerts. This means that the audience and I can submerge with "fresh ears" into the world of sounds. Another peculiarity ist hat ist sound is somehow fragile and yet very strong, somehow spheric. More than with my other musical projects I take good care where and in which setting we are engaged. The sea is not spilled into a lake. Churches and meditation halls have proven to be rewarding vessels giving the sound the needed space to unfold. Or is it perhaps also because it is said that angels are attracted by such environments? At times when the instruments sound rises it feels as if by its tones on is carried to another world. Then one is suddenly in the Himalaya and does not even notice that actually wings would have been needed..." Orna Ralston 1994

The journey goes on. Now it is he singing bowl that fascinate Orna. But it will take a long time until she will find the right ones....

Back to her professional career. Between 1996 - 2000 she undergoes a training as a art- and expressional therapist which she finishes with a MA, Magister Artium in art therapies with psychology as her minor subject.

4 years later Orna Ralston gets an invitation to the cinema. They are showing a documentary about shamans. As she leaves the cinema, the first thing she says is: " I am so happy that I am not one of them". Without knowing that just a couple of weeks later she will meet shaman and matakit (seer) Wai Turoa-Morgan from New Zealand. "Do you know that you carry shamanic energies in you? You need a special training" Wai said and accepts her as her personal assistant and student. From this time on Orna accompanies Wai to many of her workshops all over Europe. She is taught how it has been done in former times: she is helping her teaching and is making her own discoveries and experiences. Memories start to bubble up and get alive and gradually she has to recognize that she learns to re - connect herself not to new stuff but to old one.

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