Free sound energy healing event: Sunday, 10.30am, Gladstone Hall
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to give gratitude for surviving her own breast cancer battle and to help others affected both directly or indirectly by any cancer, Gladstone-based, sound energy healer Bernadette Ginnane (Bernie for short) will hold a free sound healing event at Gladstone Hall, this Sunday (7th) from 10.30am to 11.30am.
The event will follow on from The Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer breakfast fundraiser at Organised Chaos Emporium in Gladstone from 8am to 10am.
All are welcome to drop in for even just a couple of minutes of sound healing or for the full 60-minute session. Children are also welcome.
Tea light candles will be available to offer an intention or prayer. During the session participants can sit on the chairs, stand, sit on the pillows on the floor, or lay on the yoga mats, while Bernie uses gentle therapeutic bowls and solfeggio tuned pipes during the sound energy healing. Afterwards, there will be free tea and cake, and an opportunity to chat.
Bernie’s breast cancer journey
Australian Breast Cancer Research statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer by the age of 85.
To help raise awareness for breast cancer during October, Bernie also wants to share her journey with the disease, which has claimed the lives of around 3,128 women and 28 males this year according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Bernie was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013, and underwent a lumpectomy, followed by months of chemotherapy and radiation.
“I lost all my hair, which was a big thing for me. Losing my hair, felt like losing my control,” Bernie said.
“I recall it gradually falling out, until one very windy day in Port Macquarie, it fairly well blew off my head while I stood at the lookout at Town Beach. I watched as it blew away.”
“I wore a wig for work until I caught it on a client’s clothes line, causing the wig to spin round on my head so that the fringe sat over my ear.
“I recall having one solitary eye lash, and applying mascara to it, defiantly fighting to hold on to the last hair that I had. I eventually cut it off with scissors,” Bernie said.
It was the support from loved ones, and her own fierce determination to not give up that helped Bernie through it all.
“I was determined to survive and rise up! For myself, and for those who didn’t make it,” Bernie said.
“I give thanks everyday for being alive! I give thanks for those who helped me make it through, physically, mentally and emotionally!
“I too have lost loved ones to cancer, both family and friends. I send them love. And to all those affected by cancer, I send love.”
A shamanic practitioner, sound energy healer, yoga teacher, empowering workshop facilitator and writer, Bernie incorporates yoga, sound healing, ceremony and meditation to assists others to gently release tension in their physical body, and to calm and quieten their minds. Through gentle shamanic drumming meditations, she assist others to go within and connect with their own inner knowing and wisdom.
Sound energy healing is a gentle but powerful and proven modality that uses vibrational sound to shift energetic blockages, re-balance and increase the flow of energy within the body. Bernie says it assists in calming the mind, reducing anxiety and feelings of overwhelm, stress, burnout and encourages a greater sense of peace and well-being.
Check your breasts for changes
Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.
Changes to look for include:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
- a change in the size or shape of your breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
- an unusual pain that doesn't go away.
Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer, but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes. Read more at CancerAustralia.gov.au.