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Saturday
Feb052011

Healing Gardens, Healing Stones; a Product Review

Healing Stones and Gardens, a DVD/Postcard Gift Set by Sherry Black and Everett Buss, Five Star Publications 

The concept of the healing garden is relatively new to North America. A study of Asian landscapes shows that such gardens have been in use for a very long time. We are only now beginning to understand their power to relax the visitor.

Since the industrial revolution of the early 18th century, our lives have grown more complex as the pace of life has steadily increased. Finding peace and tranquility becomes more challenging with each generation. Those who have a commitment to a strong belief system may find comfort in their religious rituals. However, for many, that refuge is elusive and the need for a spiritual experience to sooth, relax, and re energize, remains unfulfilled.

A large number of people engage in serious sports, dance, yoga, meditation, or massage. Others use recreational substances. Many do not know where to turn. Fortunately for some of us, each time we step into our gardens, we experience a euphoria that defies description. The touch and aroma of the soil, the fragrance and color of the flowers, the sounds of the birds, the fresh air and the wind, the warmth of the sun, and the exercise all contribute to a feeling of well being.

Spending ten minutes watching this DVD will be a relaxing spiritual experience both for those who cannot garden during winter and for many who do not enjoy gardening at all. The creators hope that the viewer will be able to suspend time while watching the breathtaking images of peaceful, flowering gardens alternating with and superimposed upon multidimensional stones and crystals.

The imagery for the postcards and the DVD are supplied by Sherry Black and Everett Buss. Ms. Black is a nature photographer who has created advanced technology slide shows that blend her photographs together on large screens using three projectors. The haunting and ethereal shows are in demand for music concerts, gallery openings, and museums. Everett Buss, who has a gift for seeing the universe in stones and crystals, is responsible for bringing us the awesome imagery embedded there. Through his lapidary art, he finds and shares spirituality. Each of his images is abstract art of extraordinary depth and feeling.

On the DVD, garden images not only alternate with the designs found in the stones, but each stone image echoes the pattern and design of the next nature image. Throughout, the inviting background sounds of birds and insects are calming. Watching the DVD had as powerful an effect on me as a glass of wine, a hot bath, or a Shiatsu massage. It must be the continuous bombardment of the eye, with pleasant, breathtaking images, that creates the calming, visual experience. The compact size of the combined DVD and postcard set makes this a unique and thoughtful gift item.