Many of you have asked how Illuminating Hearts came into being. Thank you for inspiring us to share. Our story doesn't really have a beginning. Every small step and glorious mis-step have led us to what we are doing now and we are so grateful. What has felt to us as an exponential leap in just three years, has really been in the making for decades. Here is a high level glimpse into the magic and flow of our story. Enjoy. We do. Every day.
Illuminating Hearts emerged out of the unlikely equation of a poison ivy break out, a didgeridoo, and some oracle cards. One fateful summer day in 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska, Orion unknowingly brought home the gift of poison ivy oil from an afternoon of landscaping. A few days later Astara and Orion were both itching. Astara had the worst response, and even an emergency room visit, a dermatologist visit, and man-made pharmaceuticals couldn't alleviate her discomfort. Orion remembered from his years of playing and studying the didgeridoo, that it was used by Australian aboriginal healers. Orion asked Astara if he could play the didgeridoo over her, hoping to offer relief. Astara easily said yes; she loved the didgeridoo from her exposure to the amazing instrument during her years living in the California Bay Area. The didgeridoo produces multiple frequencies that can be heard and felt. These frequencies have a beneficial effect on living tissue and emotional well-being; they promote movement and the flow of energy in the body. The primordial sounds not only soothed Astara, but allowed her to have an emotional release expediting her recovery. As the player, it had a powerful energetic effect on Orion. He felt a burst of energy rise in his body, activating his calling.
We were itching for a more soul-aligned life path and life style it seemed. Orion is a powerful ideator, and he suggested that he and Astara combine his knowledge of the didgeridoo with Astara's extensive experience with energetic soul tools, to make a new offering in the world. We began to collect instruments we had around our home, combining their different vibrational gifts. Based on her powerful experience with a gong the year before, Astara recommended finding a gong. The gong actually found us. It was less than an hour away at Gongs Unlimited, the world's happiest gong sellers in Lincoln, Nebraska. Astara had the joy to sound Orion behind the 84 inch Nipple Gong in our first visit to the warehouse at Gongs Unlimited. A few days later, after that life-altering experience, Orion quit smoking. [Ask Orion sometime how a didgeridoo and a large gong saved his life!]
With the help of a fiesty plant, our main passion revealed itself: to empower people to remember and live from the intelligence of their heart. Within a month the simple idea of Illuminating Hearts expanded quickly and effortlessly. Sound instruments or more soul tools suddenly began flying our way. And voilà, Illuminating Hearts was conceived. The vibration of nature, energy, and sound offer medicine to us in unlikely forms, and in this case it led us to our destiny to bring our many empowering gifts to you.