Chasing Clouds (meditation music) by Jerald Simon was created specifically for relaxing and meditating. It is to be used individually or with spas, chiropractors, massage therapists, foot-zoners, yoga studios, holistic practitioners, and other health care providers. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and all online music stores.
There are 12 pieces in 12 different key signatures. Each one focuses on a different Zone of emotional healing and well-being. Each meditation piece is set at 60 beats per minute, because that is approximately the heart beat at a calm and restful state. Our hearts respond to, beat to, and follow rhythm. The rhythm of the music naturally calms the individual as their heart beat follows the rhythm.
Here is a personal note from the composer, Jerald Simon.
“I was prayerful before composing each piece and feel that I received Heavenly guidance as I composed the music. I wanted every piece to have an actual melody line, which is something many forms of meditation music do not have. Much of the meditation music currently available is created by using only the tones of the chakras and the intervals (primarily 3rd, 4th, 5th, and some 6th intervals). I used descending and ascending intervals with various instruments and tones of eastern origin and Tibetan quality. I have the ascending and descending melodic and harmonic intervals and various meditation elements and sounds mixed in with the melody. I wanted the melody to be able to stand on its own. I hoped to make the melody listenable and moving while continuing to be relaxing. You will hear some pieces that have ocean waves in the background, and others that have nature sounds, birds chirping, rain, thunder, flowing rivers, and even a heart beat.”
The 12 meditation pieces composed by Jerald Simon are as follows:
1. The Whispering Wind
2. Ocean Breeze
3. Inner Peace
6. Nature’s Song
8. Dream Catcher
11. Endless Possibilities
12. Chasing Clouds
Here are the same titles with their accompanying zone of emotional healing and well-being along with the key signature:
1. The Whispering Wind – Zone 1 (Key of C)
2. Ocean Breeze – Zone 2 (Key of C#)
3. Inner Peace – Zone 3 (Key of D)
4. Reminisce – Zone 4 (Key of D# or Eb)
5. Forgiveness – Zone 5 (Key of E)
6. Nature’s Song – Zone 6 (Key of F)
7. Heartfelt – Zone 7 (Key of F#)
8. Dream Catcher – Zone 8 (Key of G)
9. Ambience – Zone 9 (Key of Ab)
10. Acceptance – Zone 10 (Key of A)
11. Endless Possibilities – Zone 11 (Key of A# or Bb)
12. Chasing Clouds – Zone 12 (Key of B)
Below you can read more information about each of the pieces and how I composed the music.
The Background of Composing the Music:
I had been asked by a friend who is a holistic practitioner and is a co-owner of the Advanced Health Clinic close to my home, if I would create relaxation/meditation music she could use with her clients in EVOX sessions. The EVOX facilitates a process called Perception Reframing. Perception is the way you feel and think about something. Because we perceive more than we are aware of, perception is more often ‘felt’ rather than ‘thought about.’ EVOX uses the voice (VOX is Latin for voice) to map perception about specific topics like health, relationships, work or athletic performance; any aspect of life. It then analyzes that map, called a Perception Index, and creates a playback information packet that the body uses to bring perception to the level of awareness and allow it to be reframed. EVOX is used to improve every aspect of human performance. I created the music so it could be used for a number of other areas as well. For example, it is also intended to be for relaxing and meditating, using it individually or with spas, chiropractors, massage therapists, foot zoners, reiki, yoga studios, holistic practitioners, and other health care providers. I have had a few Reiki instructors who say the music is perfect for what they do. Several foot-zoners have told me the music is ideal for foot-zoning. I personally hoped to create music that was relaxing and could be used during a massage or to meditate.
The EVOX sessions break down the stressors into 12 individual zones. I read through and re-read through every zone explination several times before composing the music for each individual zone. In addition, I prayed before composing the music so I would be led and directed and feel I was. Each zone is in a different key signature. I purposefully set all of the music to 60 beats per minute. I did this because I knew the rhythm and slower but steady pulse of the music would naturally calm the individual down as their heart beat followed the rhythm. With each piece, I intentionally used specific instruments that would harmonize and bring out the positive energy that is meant to be experienced while using various ascending and descending tones to help the body naturally and subconsciously release the negative toxins and self defeating thoughts and emotions. The background sounds were selected and incorporated into the music as I read the focus of each zone. As an example, in Zone 2 (C#), the focus is Repetitive Thinking vs. Creative and Independent Thinking. In the beginning of the piece, I intentionally used repetitive patterns and sequences over and over again to musically illustrate repetitive thinking. Half way through the piece, however, the repetition diminished as the creative thinking took over to replace the repetition. In Zone 3 it begins with a low dark hum in the background depicting the depression that is present within everyone. As the piece moves on, the light appears in the form of higher tones and notes using brighter sounding instruments to help the peace replace the depression. I could go zone by zone and piece by piece to explain every little nuance I incorporated to demonstrate musically what is described below. As you listen to the music, you will be able to, in a sense, visually see what I heard and hope you will hear in the music. In Ocean Breeze (Zone 2) I used the ocean waves to create a constant repetition, but one that is just as emotional as it is logical. The ocean waves are positive and this form of repetition “restores creative abilities”. In “Heartfelt” (Zone 7) I wanted to musically show an example to release “The anxiety associated with anger (that) may induce heart problems with heightened blood pressure, digestive disorders, kidney problems, and adrenal dysfunction.” I did this by including a heart beat in the background to depict focusing on the heart. I also wanted to use a play on words with the title, “Heartfelt”, by helping people see that as we love we let go of anger. There are hundreds of little examples I put into the music and could go on for hours describing what I did, and why I did it. Instead of describing everything, I would love to have you listen to the music and read the information describing each zone below (as I did when I composed the music), to feel the effects of the music on your body, mind, and spirit. I hope you enjoy this music. Listen to the entire album for FREE at CDBaby (Click Here), or you may download the CD from iTunes, Amazon, or any other online music store. The physical CD is also available on my online store by Clicking Here. The Advanced Health Clinic is wonderful and if you live in Utah or surrounding states, you should see what all they offer. You can enhance your experience of Chasing Clouds with the enhanced experience of an EVOX session. If you mention Chasing Clouds, my friend, Lisa, will give you a 50% discount off of your first session. Here are the 12 EVOX zones that were the inspiration for Chasing Clouds:
The following zone description are from Zyto. Their description of the zones is what I attempted to create musically to enhance the relaxation and meditation experience and better facilitate Perception Reframing.
Zone 1 (C)
Unacknowledged vs. Self-Validation
The perception of being unacknowledged or undervalued manifests in stuck patterns of denial, avoidance, and mistrust. There may be an avoidance of or an inability to recognize and accept unpleasant realities, especially those that conflict with the perceptions of being undervalued. There may be an inability to trust and accept one’s own evaluation. Insights and other intuitive abilities may be constrained. The unacknowledged individual may experience defensive thoughts due to a heightened and projected awareness of others’ perceptions and judgments (the individual “projects” thoughts out and imagines reading them from others, which make these ideas much more difficult to uproot). Acknowledgement often appears as low self-esteem with a lack of self-awareness, leaving the individual unable to recognize and value worthy talents and attributes. Even individuals with otherwise healthy self-esteem can experience acknowledgment issues. Such perceptions commonly originate as a young child learns to cooperate with the reward and punishment culturization model, or as a shield against the perceived risk of standing up for one’s own beliefs, desires, or opinions, such as when dealing with a strong authority figure or bully. Other causes include abusive circumstances, internalizing others’ judgments, and harsh self-judgment which makes self-recognition intolerable. Possible physical manifestations are in the area of the eyes, such as weak vision and hypersensitivity to light. As this pattern releases, the individual becomes more able to perceive his/her value as an individual rather than believing (consciously or subconsciously) that one’s worth is dependent on the feedback of others. Trust of one’s own perceptions and intuition is the basis for trusting others. Self-validation leads to increased confidence, appreciation for and enjoyment of one’s talents, personality, and individuality. The individual experiences these traits effortlessly and learns to take reasonable care of his or herself without feeling selfish.
Zone 2 (C#)
Repetitive Thinking vs. Creative and Independent Thinking
Repetitive thoughts may occur if limitations are created to right brain access. The left “logical” brain can run in endless repeating circuits without the right “emotional” brain to filter out valueless thoughts. The reception of new thoughts and creative solutions may be inhibited, and artistic abilities and concrete thinking hampered. Zone 2 subconscious excess often originates from genetic patterns or life experiences that create doubt, fear, intimidation or overwhelm regarding the individual’s creative or physical efforts such as art, music, dance, sports, or verbal and other expression. Repetitive thinking is often a precursor to depression due to mental fatigue and depletion of melatonin. It may negatively affect the brain, hypothalamus, and/or limbic system, and interfere with physical coordination. Releasing transgenerational and life-experience patterns restores creative abilities, a broader perspective, and more effective problem solving.
Zone 3 (D)
Depression vs. Inner Peace
A depressed individual’s thoughts tend to focus on past events with the intention of “sorting out” or “making sense” of them in order to “solve” problems or negative experiences or emotions. Such analysis may be conscious or subconscious, and may be manifested in dreaming symbolically about facing and/or overcoming challenges. Energy levels drop as energy is routed toward ineffective problem solving efforts and the pituitary gland may be affected. Physical and sexual appetite may be suppressed though the individual may turn to indulgence as one of a diminished number of remaining pleasures. Depression may include a propensity to entertain and accept irrational thoughts and may hamper access to left brain skills such as analysis,math, logic, memorization and verbal abilities.Depression is often triggered by genetic propensities or traumatic life experiences such as abuse, disappointments and failures that created doubts, fear, and intimidation in areas of self-value and/or thinking and learning abilities. It may also arise when individuals are pressured to perform such skills before they had adequately developed or grown confident with them. Depression is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and social life; though these may be as much the effect as the cause of the problem. Inner Peace is the condition of self-acceptance and inner-harmony that exists when one lives in the present, unencumbered by chronic worry or thoughts and pressures from the past.
Zone 4 (D#)
Emotionally Disconnected vs. Emotionally Integrated
Emotional disconnection leaves an individual with only limited ability to experience and express a wide variety of emotions. The individual may or may not be aware of this limitation. He may speak quietly and act timid and reserved, even when he has opinions he wishes to express. Alternately, he may grow enamored with logical analysis, enjoy “clever” humor with little connection to joy or mirth, and converse in great detail about topics, even well after the audience’s interest has waned. Even those individuals who come to recognize the absence of feeling, and wish to choose risk over the “safety” of emotional disconnect, have difficulty getting in touch with the very feelings that could enable progress through processes such as grieving and healing. Emotional disconnect may result from abuse, fear of rejection or ridicule, repeated experiences of feeling rejected by significant people in their lives, emotional pain, disappointment or any situation entailing overwhelming emotions. The emotional shutdown acts as a protection from the chronic or mounting stress the individual would otherwise experience.Physical manifestations may occur in the throat area such as a sore throat, laryngitis, sinus problems, thyroid problems, stiff neck muscles, and difficulty swallowing. Multiple personality issues may also be related. The release of the energy that blocks emotions may be aided by actively seeking to experience emotions through the enjoyment of physical activity or entertainment. These help the individual identify their emotions through others. The release is usually a welcome relief as the individual has likely moved beyond the cause and has acquired better coping abilities and healthier perceptions for dealing with the world. Release is often followed by the final steps of the grieving process – sadness, acceptance, and the ensuing peace. Emotional Integration restores the person to a more complete sense of self, and the awareness and understanding of feelings and the ability to express them. Emotions now more easily pervade all modalities (thinking, acting, etc.) and connections with others become deeper, more richly rewarding, and easier to form.
Zone 5 (E)
Self-Critical vs. Self-Love
Self-criticism involves hardness of heart and its accompanying decreased awareness of emotions. The individual turns these criteria inwardly and outwardly, and experiences an inability to trust, feel loved, and to extend love and compassion to others. An individual may exhibit excess energy in this area when they have not grieved the disappointments and losses of relationships and life experiences. These may be conscious or subconscious, emotional or experiential. As this stress increases, the subconscious attempts to suppress it. In the process, it blocks the capacity for compassion and acceptance, especially toward oneself, resulting in self-criticism in an attempt to gain (self) acceptance by focusing on the perceived “bad” or unacceptable aspects of the self with the aim of eliminating or fixing them. Self-criticism may adversely affect the circulatory system including the heart, lungs and arteries, and lead to chronic congestion and chest pain. Healthy grieving may occur naturally as the person gets in touch with his emotions, and increased compassion results. If the individual has blamed past negative experiences on others, forgiveness becomes an important part of letting go.
Zone 6 (F)
Conditional Love vs. Unconditional Love
Conditional love toward others is caused by an immature emotional foundation which uses rewards and punishments in an attempt to communicate expectations and control others’ behaviors. Though ineffective, such expectations are designed to supply the individual’s emotional needs. Punishments are often passive-aggressive in nature, such as the silent treatment, and withering glances, or disapproving comments. The individual usually feels justified in their judgments and often builds a convincing case that they are right and others are wrong. The individual often subjects himself to the same exacting standards, and berates himself for failing to live up to them. He may not take proper care of himself and fail to comprehend and accept appropriate social boundaries. Ironically, people who suffer from conditional love sometimes make a great show of service. This may be motivated by a sincere (conscious) desire to serve, their hypersensitivity to judgment, or their knack for manipulation. Conditional love is caused by the internalization of negative beliefs about the self-inadequacy, which leads to an attempt to generate emotional security through external conditions. Negative self-perceptions may be induced by verbal abuse or worry as the individual (usually when young) blames himself when seeking to understand others’ unkind, unloving, or unresponsive behaviors. Conditional love may impair the immune and lymphatic systems, induce cancer, lung problems, and ear infections. Emotional tolerance is possible only when one feels secure in his emotional self-identity. As the person is able to express tolerance toward self, he is able to extend tolerance to others. As Zone 6 energy releases, individuals grow free to exercise more mature methods of interacting with others and are sometimes surprised to realize how strongly their expectations had influenced their treatment of others.
Zone 7 (F#)
Anger vs. Acceptance of Change
Subconscious anger-related energy may be observed as a propensity toward anger from even the smallest inconveniences or violations of the individual’s expectations. Road rage is a common example. The individual may or may not recognize the anger as irrational, and may or may not strike in an observable way. Anger is a defense mechanism triggered by the perception of various threats. The perception of threats may grow if the individual is not willing to confront and deal with them before the associated stress grows out of control. Thus the threat may come from within. Anger frequently covers up grief issues from feelings of loss or betrayal which the individual doesn’t yet know how to release in a healthy manner. Disappointment and distress may manifest as anger and self-sabotage. Chronic worry, indecision, and dread are also associated with feeling threatened, which may precipitate anger. Anger is frequently associated with muscle tension, twitching, and back problems. The anxiety associated with anger may induce heart problems with heightened blood pressure, digestive disorders, kidney problems, and adrenal dysfunction. Not all anger is irrational or unhealthy. When appropriate, it provides the energy and drive to protect oneself. Anger sends the message that “something must change.” A willingness to initiate or accept change can correct problems and prevent subconscious anger from building in the first place. With a calm security gained through the release of subconscious anger-related energy, completion of the grieving process, and willingness to face challenges, the individual becomes better able to experience harmony and appreciate beauty appropriately.
Zone 8 (G)
Fearful and Overwhelmed vs. Accountability
When life’s demands feel overwhelming, ones capacity for joy and pleasure may be inhibited. This can lead to overworking and taking life too seriously in an effort to “get ahead” and break free from these stressful external situations. The individual may be impatient, have a diminished sense of humor, and feel anger from others or from within. Fear frequently accompanies feelings of overwhelm. Fear and overwhelm may result from feeling always observed and judged (most common in first and second children) and pressured to grow up and be responsible before developing the necessary skills and maturity in life. Enduring a harsh upbringing such as frequent punishment may elicit feelings of guilt and further inhibit the capacity to feel joy and pleasure. Fear and overwhelm may affect the stomach and lower digestive tract, blood sugar issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia, sugar cravings), tense muscles, poor sense of balance, aversion to touch, or lack of physical sensation.
Zone 9 (G#)
Suppressed Emotional Expression vs. Appropriate Self Expression
Fear of confrontation, and an unwillingness to express emotions which may lead to rejection, rob the individual of self-protection. This vulnerability may lead to anger, which is designed to empower self-defense, though the anger may also be suppressed. These suppressions lead to frustration, general apprehension, anxiety, discouragement, manic-depression, stubbornness, lack of self-approval, vulnerability, a sense of futility, a tendency to “fix” others and external situations in an effort to find satisfaction, and thoughts of suicide. Betrayal, abuse, or mistreatment in circumstances where self-defense wasn’t possible or permissible (such as the faults and shortcomings of a parent) may worsen the condition and make forgiveness and letting go difficult.
Stress associated with frustration and apprehension may create problems with the liver, gallbladder, ascending colon, gas, Eustachian tubes, fallopian tubes, urethra, skin, cancer, stroke, neck and shoulder tension and migraine headaches. With the release of Zone 9 energy, the individual often discovers a more generous perception of those who have wronged them. The weaknesses and errors of the offenders are seen with more compassion. Forgiveness then follows and further aids the release of stress and its effects. They are better able to employ their whole emotional self in dealing with life and thereby gain access to many personal resources. Challenges appear diminished and the individual may live a more fulfilling, satisfying life.
Zone 10 (A)
Unworthy/Undeserving vs. Self-Accepting
The belief that an individual is undeserving of love may lead to the perception, or reality, that one’s love is rejected. The absence of self-love may also result in self-defeating behaviors which obstruct the ability to acquire physical comforts and achieve goals whose attainment would conflict with this subconscious belief of unworthiness. These beliefs may lead to hyper-achievement as the individual attempts to justify self-value through accomplishment. The individual may experience feelings of guilt and blame, and have difficulty bonding with others emotionally and mistake physical intimacy with love and connection. The individual may consciously have high self-esteem and remain unaware of this subtle undercurrent. Such beliefs may stem from neglect, abuse or separation from mother or other caretakers at birth or during early childhood, insufficient attention and nurturing, and transgenerational patterns of dealing with such issues. The impact of this stress may cause weak digestion, addictions, and problems with weight, small intestine, thyroid, and reproductive organs (particularly in females). An individual’s healthy connection to his or her mother and a deep sense of worth allows the individual to receive nurturing and to accept themselves in a balanced, healthy way.
Zone 11 (A#)
Rigid Beliefs vs. Open to Possibilities
Rigid beliefs act as an attempt to make the world seem more solid and secure by solidifying opinions about which behaviors are acceptable and how things “should” be. Individuals who exhibit Zone 11 excess may be inflexible, uncooperative listeners who find disagreements uncomfortable or intolerable because they touch on subtle underlying insecurities. They are often perfectionists who require meticulous order for peace of mind, and high-strung overachievers whose enthusiasm can alienate others. They are usually highly dedicated to principles, especially regarding justice and truth. They may feel unloved and unsupported in relationships, and disconnected from the earth. The individual may believe he or she must rely excessively only on him or herself, have trouble connecting and putting down roots, experience limited sexual enjoyment accompanied by feelings of guilt or fear, and lack grace in the legs. These individuals may unconsciously lack a sense of stability or security, possibly regarding their own beliefs, thereby making beliefs “dangerous” to consider, for fear of discovering weaknesses or problems that they don’t wish to face and resolve. On the conscious level, however, they simply exhibit great confidence that they are right. This lack of stability may stem from the lack of an emotional connection to a positive father figure and/or neglect, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, particularly from the father or other early authority figures. Relationship patterns are often transgenerational. Rigid beliefs may adversely impact the pelvis and legs, bladder, kidneys, reproductive organs, digestion, and sleeping. Releasing Zone 11 excess helps the individual to experience greater security as doubts and fears become non-issues. Differences are more easily tolerated. The individual may learn that they need not cling so tightly to their beliefs, that truths do not require anyone to maintain them, and that additional truths can be gathered when not clinging so tightly to others. The individual feels more at home in the world.
Zone 12 (B)
Conflicting Beliefs vs. Congruent Belief and Action
Conflicting beliefs refers to the disparity between an individual’s conscious beliefs and values and his actions. Conflicting beliefs may block an individual’s connection to inspiration and faith as well as the limiting his sense of being present and grounded. The person may come across as spacey, contrary and/or demanding. Blockages in any other Zone may impede functionality in Zone 12. Conflicting beliefs may be associated with mental disorders – schizophrenia, psychosis, multiple personalities, nightmares, sleepwalking, and inability to maintain focus; Personality issues – distant and detached; and Physical manifestations – poor coordination and absence of physical sensation. Blockages in this zone are often triggered by traumatic experiences such as accidents, difficulty in birth, tragedies, and drug or ritualistic abuse, and may stem from transgenerational patterns. These causes may create influential subconscious beliefs related to the trauma (such as “Life is hard,” “People are dangerous,” “I always fail”) which conflict and interfere with conscious “logical” beliefs. Congruent belief and action occurs when subconscious energy releases and allows for being effortlessly and wholly focused on the present, as well as establishing a connection to the infinite. Peace of mind increases.