Archive for July, 2010

Diamond, Citrine and Ruby

July 21, 2010

The next two bowls I knew I wanted were a combination I had heard with Bev Wilson in Mt. Shasta. She had a diamond bowl and a citrine bowl that promoted cell generation. They were exquisite together, and I thought about how these two could help all kinds of people addressing dis-ease, especially cancer. I also felt a ruby was needed to bring out and elevate the emerald bowl.

Bev and I talked about the combinations. She had no harmonic citrine and diamond on site, but she found a 7-inch, round-bottom diamond D# and an 8-inch citrine A# at the warehouse that could be shipped. “That’s a great duet,” she said. As for ruby, some bowls were at her store, and we could listen to them. So we did. One possibility was a 9-inch ruby bowl which had a deep rich B note that I loved. She noted that it was very grounding, not the elevated ruby I had mentioned. But I loved the sound. I had to have it.

So the bowls were shipped. And when they arrived, I had grave doubts. The diamond and citrine were beautiful together. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect pair in terms of sound. However, the diamond was a somewhat tall, round-bottomed bowl and tilted when I played it, if it wasn’t “just right”. The most expensive bowl I had was the least stable, and therefore prone to possible damage. I wasn’t sure I could keep it.

The harmonics saved a “return.” I needed to learn to be okay with my most expensive bowl being the one that could tip over. That was my lesson, how to maintain my groundedness and balance, while being knocked off my feet by the beauty and quality of the diamond bowl. The citrine was gorgeous blushing and yellow. In addition to its colorful and harmonic beauty, a heart shape had somehow found its way as an imprint on this bowl. This occurred by chance, not by intention. 

Diamond was ready to work, but then this diamond bowl is always ready to perform. And I realized that I would never find a combination again that was so collaborative. So I kept the diamond and citrine.

When ruby arrived, I thought I had made an even bigger mistake. I remembered seeing this bowl in Bev’s store and not being interested in it. Now I had purchased it! This ruby bowl was not the deep, deep red I had imagined. No, its  blue and red colors swirled together. If you know about ruby, it comes from corundum, which I consider the hydrangea of gems — it can go red for rubies or blue for sapphires.  This bowl displayed both characteristics. And the “B” note was deep, not elevating. I thought for sure I’d ordered the wrong bowl. Yet the bowl was here to stay. Get over it, it seemed to say. So now Divine Order was moving the players around for the best possible combination.

I put ruby next to emerald, and they were beautiful together. Then, for some latent reason, I played the Grandmother bowl at F# with those two. I couldn’t believe it. Here was the elevated combination I’d been looking for. Emerald and ruby needed  Grandmother to complete their harmonic, which was higher than just ruby and emerald could muster — huzzah. This combination would open hearts top to bottom. No question. Ruby found my “conversion” somewhat amusing, especially when I realized I was attracted to this deep, stable bowl, because it was like me. Aspirations were part of this bowl, beyond what its grounded sound belied.

Now I had seven bowls, and I was asked to play at the Coventry Road public library in Cleveland Heights on July 9, 2009. This would be my first public performance. Diamond and citrine shone. And ruby brought out the best in emerald. Grandfather and grandmother chimed in. Once I started talking about the bowls, I had no fear. My love for these bowls superseded everything.