“It takes serious dedication to kind of chip away at rules and the contracts that we’ve picked up over our life that we didn’t get to choose.” ~Ryan Herrick
Healer, humanitarian, and homebuilder Ryan Herrick wears many hats. But the topper that compliments every aspect of his life best is the one labeled musician. The ongoing pandemic has forced Ryan to explore alternate methods of delivering his sonic magic and his interdisciplinary approach to healing. He recently produced Of Sea, a collection of new music dropping February 12, out of a desire to connect through difficult times. In this episode, Ryan shares his music with us, as well as the pandemic-prompted lessons reminding him of what it means to be fully human.
“As therapists-slash-healers, we are often the perceiver and the perceived. We’re kind of going through this process of, like, self-work which is never-ending.” Ryan’s words echo the spirit fostered in every Wounded Healer episode: leaning into the dynamic joys (and, often, pain) of healing self while healing others.
On his journey from family of origin in Massachusetts to his family of choice in northern Chicagoland, Ryan’s had the honor to connect with multiple healing techniques and spiritual practices. His explorations drew him to the North Dakota tribal lands of the Lakota people where he met his future mentor and business partner Judi Hendricks. Today, he’s the director of abundance at Bliss-Ninny Airy-Fairy Woo-Woo Wellness Collective. The collective manages a difficult feat – to provide profoundly transformative energetic healing while not taking itself too seriously.
But back to Ryan’s artistic passion. “Music is energy and music can stimulate different kinds of emotions,” he says. When lockdown prevented him from live gigging, Ryan recorded Of Sea in response. He also began a weekly morning practice via Facebook. There, he invites listeners to log on as they are and experience sound as they choose – for meditation, for yoga, for background, for healing. “As performers, as artists, we’re often wounded, people… Music has such a unique way of permeating a mental, emotional, spiritual experience. That’s the potential of music.”
His simple acknowledgement of that power wrecked me a bit, y’all. Listen in for a sample of Ryan’s beautiful, vibrational medicine.
Ryan Herrick is a musician, humanitarian, spiritual activist, teacher, healer and homebuilder. Based in North Chicagoland by way of New England, Ryan sojourned to the Midwest to deepen his work as a healer and clairvoyant with Judi Hendricks in 2015. No matter the task, Ryan seeks Spirit in all things, and his expanded perspective helps him create, teach, and heal from a cleaner, more neutral space of compassion. He loves dogs, the outdoors, psychology, and carries a deep passion for Native American rights and advocacy.
Ryan’s new EP, Of Sea, will be available everywhere on Friday, Feb 12th.
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Chants Of India – by Ravi Shankar / produced by George Harrison
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