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Meet GabrielNelson Sears of Gabriel of the Light in North Druid Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to GabrielNelson Sears.

GabrielNelson, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I attended my first sound meditation or “sound bath” in 2015 at Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore. Those 60 minutes changed my life. The harmonic overtones sent me on a journey of seeing technicolor fractal images and other galaxies. It felt like I was in silent communion with something or someone. Afterwards, there was a deep sense of peace and connection with life.

That experience ignited a passion to learn more about vibrational sound energy. I contacted other sound therapists to learn from them and attended numerous sound meditations. Their generosity and patience led to purchasing crystal and Himalayan singing bowls one by one. I spent 18 months practicing twice a day with singing bowls before hosting free sound meditations at my home for friends and colleagues. I became certified as a vibrational sound therapist, then trained as a master-level Usui and Karuna Reiki® practitioner.

A career in administrative support, marketing and public relations served me well for this new business venture as I targeted holistic healthcare centers and spiritual communities to offer my services.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been incredibly exciting and rewarding. The biggest struggle though was between my two ears. Feelings of self-doubt and of being an impostor. Thoughts like, “Who do you think you are?” and “What will people think?” Old family beliefs surfaced for release along the way. My meditation practice and spiritual community kept me grounded during this startup period.

It has been a rapid uphill trajectory with its own challenges. I have a full-time “day” job so the financial security enables me to funnel profits from my sound practice back into the business. I’m grateful for the security. At the same time, it has limited some business opportunities because of my evening and weekend-only availability. The balance that I preach to students and clients is something that I struggle with myself. I love vibrational sound therapy so have a hard time saying no. This creates long periods of time with no day off for self-care and rest. The vision is to soon be able leave the day job as the practice expands.

Please tell us about Gabriel of the Light, LLC.
Gabriel of the Light, LLC collaborates with spiritual communities, healthcare providers, businesses and universities to develop lectures, sound meditation experiences, workshops and retreats that provide simple mindfulness techniques using vibrational sound.

As a certified vibrational sound therapist, I use singing bowls and tuning forks directly on the body along with channeled Reiki energy for a variety of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional issues.

My specialty is training with multiple course offerings like the 12-hour Sound Ensemble workshop for spiritual communities. I also provide a “train the trainers” course for yoga instructors, psychologists and other healthcare providers who want to use singing bowls for their clients and patients. Most recently, yoga instructors are reaching out for private singing bowl lessons.

I am most proud of the Sound Ambassador Program established through the Trinity Center for Spiritual Living. Trained sound ensemble practitioners volunteer their time providing free sound meditations to communities in crisis or in need like the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Three or four sound practitioners facilitate these meditations as an ensemble with profound impact.

What sets me apart is paying attention to details and supporting people in self-empowerment. In the words of one student, “It is an honor to call GabrielNelson a mentor. From a gentle reminder of “Watch my words.” to “Next time we meet, I want you to have your business cards.”, his encouragement has opened a whole new chapter in my life.”

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have focused more on building my practice and done fewer collaborative sound events.

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