My children and I have each embraced your songs. Hearing my little boys sing, 'Mother, Mother, ocean heart, shine your love on all the world', the more thankful I am to you. Your gift has reached this heart and has helped it through so many struggles over the past months."
Your chantwave music is incredible. Recently as I was listening to Shanti Allelujah I had a very blissful and profound experience of feeling at one with God, which was opened by some very releasing tears. Thank you so much for that gift!"
-C.C., San Diego
"I see music as a way to bridge the barriers of the heart, and as a method for reinforcing attitudes nd awarenesses crucial to our survival.
Music is a transportation system ideally designed to shift us from a linear to a wider perspective, a view which includes our intellect but goes much further, accessing the genius and the starfields, the wonder child and the ancient sage. All aspects coexist within us, yet often live in hiding. Music coaxes
our whole self out to play, so we can once again
learn how to truly live our full radiance."
ChantWave is a practice of singing to remember who we are when we 'get out of the way'. The result can be a feeling of connection to the source of life, to ourselves, and to each other. The practice of vocalizing chants and songs of sacred or healing lyrics, to shift from a 'head consciousness' to a 'heart consciousness', is an ancient tradition with contemporary interpretation.
“Michael has created a most accessible journey. All we have to do is jump on board and take the ride.” -Deva Premal and Miten, Recording Artists
ChantWave provides participants with a sense of peace within themselves while feeling connected within a community of individuals.
Hosted by Inner Harmony founder Michael Stillwater, ChantWave often includes other musicians and songleaders skilled in the art of supporting community singing experiences and is held in community centers, concert halls, churches, schools, and other places where people gather.
"Michael Stillwater's songs create a portal into the vibration of loving kindness itself. The music invites you to open your heart and let out your own song of life." -Claire Victor, Music Director, CSL, Santa Rosa, CA
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The 'wave' in ChantWave refers to the way in which feelings may be less restricted, and to an energetic dynamic encompassing both the shadows of our soul and the radiance of our light. ChantWave is also part of a greater 'wave' sweeping the world in the early 21st century, as more people are finding the power of chant to be undeniably healing and heartfully appealing.
The Power of the Chant
The word 'enchantment' has its roots in 'chant'. Everytime we sing a repeated phrase, we are 'enchanting' or entraining ourselves. Writers of radio jingles know this fact, and are skilled in creating indelible melodies that we can't get out of our head. Thus it's important to be aware of what we are chanting and choosing to align with those words- or not.
European chantwave, 2009
Discovering Your Own Song
We each descend from different lineages, or 'SongTribes'. Discovering one's frequency can be a lifelong pursuit, but once it is known, one can go anywhere and find others who are in their frequency. Both ChantWave and SongSourcing are designed to accomodate people from different backgrounds and 'SongTribes', being a place where they can find their way back to their song through free harmonic association.
One Spirit by Many Names
At ChantWave, lyrics are aligned with a universal spirituality honoring many traditions within an overarching awareness of One Spirit by Many Names. We chant to awaken from the dream of separation, and to have an embodied remembrance of our innate mystical connection.
There are two basic themes of ChantWave chorus lyrics- those which acknowledge our underlying Self as One, accepting the union between our individuality and the great I AM- and songs which refer to a devotional, loving relationship with Great Spirit, with Thou.
Verses acknowledging challenging circumstances we pass through, often intensified by an underlying resistance to a Greater Plan for our lives, honor the human in us. The recognition of such a Plan, or yearning for the peace that such a Plan would provide as we do recognize it- is the chorus which the songs return to.
Beginning in 1974, drawing upon the practice of eastern Bhajan and Kirtan, Michael cultivated the art of western contemporary chanting. Together with Maloah Devi he offered The Miracle Singing Experience and The Heavensong Celebration from 1978 to 1989 in California and Hawaii.
A contemporary musical form designed for community fellowship and universal worship, ChantWave encompasses a wide range of dynamics and reflects both contemplative and energetic aspects. ChantWave offers an ever-evolving litany of chants touching thousands of lives and hearts throughout the world.
ChantWave moves between song and silence, interspersed with inspired words and spontaneous healing songs. A playful spirit weaves with reflective depth, reflective of those who are participating.
ChantWave is hosted in various locations, led by Michael Stillwater. Frequently featuring guest artists, ChantWave is an experience of musical healing and celebration. (see schedule)