We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynda Arnold and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lynda, how does your business help the community or world?
My mission has always been to to build healthy communities through the power of sound and music. I’ve done this over the past 20 + years as a music educator, event producer, performer and sound meditation facilitator. There are so many ways my musical life path has impacted, healed, inspired and changed people around me. Music is a great unifier. Music defies boundaries and helps people connect on an emotional, spiritual and physical level more than any other method of communication. I believe sharing music with any positive intention, at the community level, is the main way we can bring together all people of different races, creeds, orientations, etc. My music brand, Divasonic and my newly formed Divasonic Music Academy, assists in igniting the musical abilities and dreams in all of us. Through sound meditation, performance and my course offerings, I see a wonderful blossoming in my clients and students in terms of personal confidence, creativity and desire to learn an instrument or lead groups of their own. This creates a ripple effect on people opening up to new possibilities within their own lives through musical development and transformational, meditative listening. There are many people who come to my sound meditations to destress and achieve deep relaxation. It’s an honor to serve the community by providing these restful spaces to listen and meditate, so they can go out with a more balanced perspective on lifes’ challenges.

Please tell us more about your career. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My artistic life has been full of highs and lows including really dynamic, busy phases and periods of creative draught. Through it all, the phrase ‘don’t give up’ is always with me and has served me from the completion of one project to the beginning of the next. One thing I’ve learned after pouring myself consistently into my art and musical expression is the work keeps getting better as I refine my process and meet the right, supportive community of like minded artists to develop in. The more I push and expand myself artistically with new approaches, methods and experimentation, the more I also have to teach and share about the creative musical vision process with my clients. Collaboration is a key component for bringing large visions to life and I’ve been very blessed to collaborate with some incredible musicians, healers and visionaries. in 2018, I founded the Sonic Devas Divine Feminine Meditation Experience, fulfilling my dream of having a larger ensemble and becoming a music/artistic director. In many ways, the performances that we’ve done at festivals and in churches have felt like my masterwork because the performances bring together all the skills I have learned and practiced in my music career.. Sonic Devas is a sound meditation based music performance project featuring all woman performers, healers, singers and instrumentalists. These women are leaders in the field and have their own robust practices. When we come together it feels like a super group where anything is possible. It’s inspiring and healing for the community to see a large group of women presenting as one and the music we create through our soundscapes, mantras and medicine songs inside these churches is one of the powerful experiences I’ve ever had in my music career.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If we didn’t have restrictions due to COVID 19, which I like to dream of that ending soon, I would absolutely take a visiting friend to one of the best Korean Spas for a day of pampering. I love WiiSpa in Korea town. For a more full day destination spa excursion I also love Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, a spa playground for adults. For more socially distant, outside fun, the hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains/Malibu area are amazing – great exercise and amazing views. I love trying new restaurants, which is a little challenging during this pandemic, but anywhere with a nice outdoor patio and views is the place to grab a meal these days.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have mentored me throughout my life including friends, co-workers and organizations I have worked for that have shaped my offerings, allowed a space for me to practice consistently and given me a place to express myself artistically. My vocal and sound meditation teacher, Silvia Nakkach, changed my life with her certificate program Sound, Voice and Music Healing at CIIS. So much came together for me during that experience and led me on a path to sharing the healing aspects of music and sound through my trainings, performances and workshops. Since I’ve been in Los Angeles the past 6 years, there are a couple big shoutouts to organizations that have made the most impact on my development here after moving from the Bay Area and starting to build my music community over again. Sacred Roots Holistic Healing in Long Beach run by Jocelyn Fee Miller has been a home away from home in terms of sharing my sound healing practice and facilitating trainings with like minded holistic practitioners in the community. Visual Reality, founded by Torkom Ji and Michael Strauss, is a unique multimedia event production company I’ve had the privilege of performing and developing my artistic works and bigger sound meditation performances with.

Website: www.divasonic.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/divasonic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/divasonic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/divasonicmusic
Youtube: www.youtube.com/divasonic
Other: Devotional Voice Online Course – The First Course from the Divasonic Music Academy! https://www.divasonicmusicacademy.com/the-devotional-voice-course-flagship-immersion

Image Credits
Photos: Jon Ramirez (JonKillz), Crisanto Santa Ana, Tanya Nesta

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