Episode Six: The Secret Healing Superpower We All Have (But May Not Know About) … with Galitta
Galitta is unique – a singer who combines very personal, very creative work with an almost magical healing vibe that includes Kabala, shamanism, and more.
Galitta translates those healing tools into art forms … which you can experience firsthand through the very cool videos on her website at http://happygoddessa.com/ Her zest for life is infectious and this episode will put a smile on your face!
Galitta’s desire to heal people arrived when her daughter was in intensive care, having a life or death procedure. In those agonizing hours, she discovered her own ability to handle stress by singing and chanting. Until then, she’d simply been a big band and jazz singer who loved music … but now she had more to share.
Her stories are warm and generous, and her passion is overflowing! You will be enlightened and inspired by what Galitta has to say.
Interesting things I learned … and you will too:
- The mysterious connection between healing and the creative arts
- How we can tap into our body’s innate knowing as a way to heal trauma and more
- How to use your creative expression to hang in the midst of a major crisis … even if you’re not ‘creative’
- What happens mechanically in the body when you sing or chant … and why it’s so healing for the soul
- How we can tap into our own ‘Inner Voice’ that guides our creative expression … and our own healing
- How you can use this even if you’ve never done anything ‘creative’
- The power of achieving balance between our masculine and our feminine
As a healer Galitta is a certified practitioner of Theta Healing and Reconnective Healing and has practiced since 2000, the Sound Healing and Shamanism. Galitta is an inspiring force in the world of artistic expression and personal development. She is a happiness guide and transformational midwife, a mother and a woman with a passion for voice and self-expression. She is on a mission to share the creative force, scientific nuggets and mystical knowledge and secrets about happiness.
Galitta grew up with strong tribal traditions and her own journey took her through Europe as an accomplished artist, entertainer, coach and sound healer. An inspiring force for female creative expression and personal development, Galitta has performed and spoken at hundreds of events around Europe.
Galitta’s tribal heritage, prolific artistic range, and entrepreneurial drive led her to produce the Grand Dessert show, sound healing album “The Thirteen”, and The Fertile Ground Studio, which is a center for learning.
Galitta is the founder and originator of the Happy Goddessa teaching program.
To date Galitta has led hundreds of events and workshops in Europe, inspiring countless numbers of people to find their voice and live a better life.
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Transcript of Interview with Galitta
Suzanne: This is Before the Afterlife, all about healing, spiritual growth and how to be happy before you go. I’m your host, Suzanne Falter. We are coming to you from Oakland, California, and points beyond.
Suzanne: Is it possible to heal a broken heart with singing? Me, I never would have suspected it. Singing is about the last thing you feel like doing when you’re down and out. But now, looking back, I can say it has actually been a big piece of my own healing since my daughter, Teal, died in 2012, but believe me, it didn’t start out that way. After Teal’s death, I refused to sing for more than three years, even though singing was always one of my great loves. Over the years, I’d performed in New York cabarets and regional theaters in the Fringe Festival circuit. Teal was also a singer. In fact, our theme music on this podcast is sung by Teal. But, slowly and eventually, I found my way back to happiness again by singing.
First, there was kirtan [kur-tahn]. Some people call it kirtan [keer-tahn]. This is a form of chanting that lives in the world of goddesses, yoga, Hindu, Vedanta. I found kirtan where I did yoga each week, when Kashi, my yoga teacher, would suddenly start to play a small harmonium, like a little organ, at the end of each class. Somehow, the call and response we did as a group was extremely soothing. Even though I really had no idea what the Sanskrit words meant that I was singing, I just knew it felt marvelous and I wanted more.
Pretty soon, I was a regular at kirtan get-downs all over town that featured drummers and dancers, and all kinds of layers of sound. Just hearing the entire room of 100 strangers chant the universal sound for God – Om – it made my soul breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Not long after that, I began singing backup with a lesbian rock band called Leave it to Diva. Oddly, I had the same sensation, even though, this time, I was singing harmony on oldies like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, “I’m Yours”, and “Dancing in the Streets”. I felt oneness, not only with my fellow musicians, but with all the gyrating, dancing women sweating it out on the dancefloor in front of us. Again, I found that innate connection that makes singing so gratifying and so special.
Now, I sing in a Unitarian church choir in Oakland that covers both Gospel classics and J.S. Bacharels. I’m lit from within as I dive into these pieces, and I find that both styles of music really do fill me up to the brim. Now, I’m working with a simple piano accompaniment, instead of the bass, and sax, and guitars, and drums, but that hardly matters. As I attune to the voices around me, again, I’m surrendered to the oneness of our sound and I am soothed.
This is the magic of singing, and it’s exactly where Galitta, my guest in this episode, goes to heal others. Listen as she explains her work in our fun and exuberant conversation.
But, before we go, why not do something fun right now? Why not join me in a quick ‘Om’? Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, it just might make your day go a bit better. Are you ready? One, two, three…
Hello, everyone, it’s Suzanne, and today, I am interviewing the extraordinary Galitta. Galitta does many healing and creative things, all of which, I have found on her website, are woven into this gorgeous, welcoming, abundant, I just want to say, zestful presence that I just couldn’t resist. And when I found her work, I just had to interview her for this podcast. So, I’m very happy you’ve come to join us today.
Galitta: Oh, very, very, very much thank you to you.
Suzanne: So, Galitta, how would you begin to describe this unique healing work that you do?
Galitta: It is a combination of a few things. It is the creative and the performing arts combined with some very heavy-duty mystical techniques, like Shamanism and Kabbalah, and the expression of those depths into art forms. So, I find that very powerful. It helped me a lot, and so, I spread it around.
Suzanne: I love that. And in terms of, I mean, this is such a cool thing, that you can take an artistic expression and make it a healing tool. Can you say a little more about that?
Galitta: Well, I believe that all the creative forms have a power to heal. We are all, by essence, creative. And when I say ‘creative’, it’s not only singing and painting and dancing. It is definitely that, but the essence of us is very much in connection to the big picture, the Divine, and from that comes creativity in the way we express ourselves on Earth.
So, I was a singer and I was performing Jazz and Big Band, and I loved everything about singing music, but when my daughter was in intensive care, there was a very scary moment where I had to leave the room and leave her with the doctors during a scary procedure, and I remember that being in the room of the parents, and there was no family for me around, the only way I could breathe was singing.
Suzanne: Wow. Wow.
Galitta: And that was my turning point because I started to sing a chant that had a secret language, it sounds like Hebrew, but it just connected me to the fact that I breathe, one by one, in connection to what I’m asking for her to go through, or to survive. So, that turned me around, realizing that music is not only for entertainment, which, that was my background, but it had a profound effect on our wellbeing, and our connectedness to the Divine force, and to our body. So, I’ve definitely researched it since then, and that was my path.
Suzanne: Well, we could just spend the next hour talking about that, although, I’m sure we’ll find many things to touch on in our conversation.
You know, a lot of my work now around healing is informed very much by my experience with my daughter who passed away in 2012, and her life as a healer. And her most emphatic request was that we tune into our bodies and we listen to our bodies, and that our bodies hold these big repositories of wisdom. So, say more about that, would you?
Galitta: Yes. I once worked with traumatized women in a shelter, and I was very, very much afraid to go there because those women went through the worst nightmare I can imagine. What really surprised me, that working with them, with their voice and their body, and let them find their singing voice, their speaking voice in the most playful, theatrical way, brought a part of them out that healed me. I never realized what a connecting power it is when you move your body in dance and you express yourself with a voice.
When we do it very physical, you know, in the theater world, we do those things on a very physical level, and use the body, and the singing, and the dancing, and detaching, to let the giant, brilliant part of us come out. This was something that showed me that, even in the darkest, darkest moment, when a person really went through a lot, there is a way to bring them out into themselves. And because I also paint, and I work with people on all kinds of creative things because I, myself, cannot not do it…
Suzanne: Not create, right.
Galitta: Yes, this is absolutely my job. Then, when you connect people to their creativity, even though lots of people think they’re not creative, because in Western thinking there is a different way of looking at creativity. You’re supposed to make money from it; only then, you are worthy, and only then, you can do that, and it is completely against my upbringing. I come from a tribe where creativity is woven in everything, in the way you do your daily life, your practice, your spiritual practice.
All of my family, now, we live in the Western country, but all of my family are doing embroidery, and jewelry, and the cooking. It’s a very, very creative tribe as a way of life. And I see more and more, that when people are becoming connected to their voice and to creativity, and bring their true essence through the thing they express, if they paint, or if they dance, or if they sing, a magical thing happens. You see them making a connection to the biggest power they have, which is themselves.
So, I’m very passionate about it. And this is about healing of healthy people, of regular people, people who want to expand their life more than it is. But, when you do that with sick people, that has, also, a dimension that is undeniable.
Suzanne: Well, okay, so this brings up this question of, for me at least, of chanting, kirtan, Gregorian chant, the history of singing in spiritual guidance and spiritual connection. Do you suppose that was all originally… I mean, I learned a little something about Gregorian chant recently, that it had to do with the fact that these monks were needing to recite these very long prayers eight times a day and they got bored, so they put them to music. But, isn’t there kind of a healing essence to all of that religious music that started so long ago?
Suzanne: And now, of course, so much chanting has come back, you know, with the yoga movement, for instance.
Suzanne: I really have observed that, and I just think that there’s something about the vibration of music in the body that attunes us. You know?
Suzanne: Because I sing, as well, and when I sing every Wednesday night in the chorus that I sing with, and I come home, I’m just buzzing on a totally different frequency. I feel so lit up and alive, and I couldn’t possibly just sit down and veg out in front of the television. I feel energized, you know?
Galitta: Yes! Well, singing is the healthiest thing you can do. It really opens all of your vibration, all of your self, and all of your meridians, and it doesn’t have to be good, or it doesn’t have to be formal.
Suzanne: Yes, yes.
Galitta: I urge people to sing in the shower just because it opens everything.
Suzanne: Ah! That’s beautiful.
Galitta: So, I developed a method called the Four Voices in the Happy Goddessa because I wanted to sing as a child, but I didn’t have a voice. I literally lost my voice, most of my childhood. So, when I was working very hard to develop my physical voice in singing, I discovered that the physical voice was not the only voice. It came, first, from an inner voice. It came from a connectedness to something bigger. And this inner voice was one voice. And then, I had the physical voice, and it connected to the emotional voice, where the emotions are. And every artist will tell you, your emotions are one of the biggest tools you have to express and really connect to your audience. And then, there was also the mental voice.
So, I realized that, not only, that it’s good to sing physically. If you do it in connectedness to the bigger part of you, which you do when you chant, (it doesn’t matter which religion you are; you do that in connectedness to the Divine force), and you bring your emotional in, and you use affirmation like you do in mantra, these four voices, together, is one of the most powerful things and the most joyful things you can do. And that’s why I say, in the Happy Goddessa, it means that the soul and the personality work together, and then there is happiness.
You know, when the personality can get out of this little, little fear and jealousy and doubt, and all of those things that’s sitting on it, and connect to the soul that is eternally joyful, it will bring us that unity. And I find that all of the art forms does it, and I call it all of your voices. It doesn’t matter what art form it is. It’s singing, or speaking, or painting, or dancing. It’s all lifeline to greatness and to happiness.
Galitta: So, I think everybody should do that.
Suzanne: What do you say, then, to the person who’s never done anything creative, anything? You know, they’re just like, they’ve really run away from it, hid back. Maybe they were the kid in high school or chorus in grade school who got told just to mouth the words and not sing, you know, or maybe they think they can’t draw, so they’re afraid to paint. What do say to someone like that?
Galitta: I would say that you have so much power in your mind, and in your body, and in your voice, and in any expression that you will choose. Scribbling on paper where nobody sees. Actually, I don’t believe that there is a person who never did that. I believe that any person will tell you about some aspects of their life where they do feel. Even if a person is fixing motorbikes and has nothing to do with creative art, they can find this channelling of bringing their own unique expression.
Galitta: I think everybody has a genius part that, if it’s expressed a little bit, it’s a pity. I mean, my job in the world is to encourage people to express that unique part of them.
Galitta: They do need to know who they are. So, the first thing, always, go to learn about yourself, and that self being expressed. I tell you, this is the express way to peace and happiness.
Suzanne: Tell us a little more about Happy Goddessa, and what that is, and how you began it.
Galitta: Okay. I realize, lately, that it actually started 19 years ago, which was very slow cooking, and it started when I had a big crisis. The world fell on my head and I lost everything, and I really thought that there is nothing beyond. So, I thought, if I’ll hide myself in the house and not see anybody, I will just shrivel and die. I really thought that that would help me release myself from the pain.
But, what actually happened is that I closed the world so I could go in to hear my own voice. And then, I had a period when I really went in, what we call in Shamanism, the underworld, the world of our subconscious, where I got connected into my pain, into my mother’s pain, into my grandmother’s pain, and to the whole family line, and started to realize how I became who I am. And that started my spiritual journey.
Now, the last few years, with everything, what I do, Happy Goddessa became from doing workshops and teaching the principles of the femaleness of us, which is the subconscious, which is the emptiness, which is the divine feminine, which is where all creation comes from. It started to become something, that I could take all of those tools that I developed, and I bring it out for people to discover their own power and their own voice.
So, in those years that I closed myself, for two years I didn’t see anybody. It was kind of drastic. I felt, “I’ll die,” but what happened is that I started to write songs, I started to write stories, I started to create all kinds. I became a really compulsive creative because it was my way to access to the unknown, and to bring the knowledge from there, and then I got connected to… It sounds, maybe, funny, but King Solomon is one of my ancestors. And Solomon, and Queen Sheba, and Queen Sheba came in, and I wrote a book with her, and it introduced me to the world of the femaleness.
Suzanne: All right. So, first of all, none of it sounds funny to me because I’m doing all these podcasts and everything with my now dead-five-years child. So, we’re all aligned on this, believe me.
But, listen, this feminine… Please talk about this feminine goddessy presence that you connected with in this period of introspection.
Galitta: Okay, so what I will say now is some things that we learn in Kabbalah, some things we learn in Shamanism, some things we learn in Healing Tao, all of those modalities that I work with and enjoy, but it’s a universal knowledge that the world we live in. Also, science is catching up to that. The world we live in is a 1% out of the 100%, so reality is 99% not seen by us. It is in our subconscious.
That part, the part where everything comes from, the part where everything is being born out of, the void, what the native Americans call, the emptiness, the unknown, is the feminine aspect of us as a species. So, the balance between the female and the male, we have both. The manifestation of it, the masculine part of it, is electric. It’s going forward. It has this energy of doing. As I say these words, you can see that in the life we’re living, especially in Western society, it’s very masculine. It is the conscious part of us, the doing, the achieving, the wanting to conquer. Not that it’s bad. It’s exactly a part of us that we need.
The other part of us is the part of us that is the female, the empty, the huge, giant creation part, where everything we know in our daily life comes from. It’s where we come from and where we’re going back to. But, in a practice, we all have both and we all need to balance ourselves out between the right brain and the left brain, the intuitive and the intellectual, between the conscious and the unconscious, between the expressive part and introspective part.
So, I find I was so driven, and I worked so much with my young energy, the masculine energy, that I crushed myself more than once because my female part could not be heard. I wanted so much to have a different life than my mother and my grandmother, and I left my tribe, really going, crashing into this wonderful Western life where individualism and freedom is! And I forgot the part where we are quiet, where we are connected to the universe through our inner world.
So, when I say ‘Goddessa’, a lot of time people think the Happy Goddessa is for women, which it is because the whole work of working with women to find their power and their voice is even more complex than the one I have for men. But, it is about the balance between the female and the male in ourselves, and when you have it okay with yourself – body, mind, heart, and spirit – then it’s the way you balance it out in your relationships. So, a family or a love relationship has, also, a balance between the yin and the yang, the female and the male.
It sounds very abstract, but I can bring it down to the practical things that we need to do. So, everybody knows that if you meditate, if you take time to recharge yourself with your inner world, you become a stronger person in your outer world, and that’s basically it. And I say the creative world will always connect you to this inner kingdom of yours, and that’s where your power is. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping people find their voice through the creative arts.
Suzanne: How does one get going with that? Now, I’m sure we have people listening to this podcast who are sitting there going, “That applies to everybody but me because I wouldn’t have any idea how to get started creating to get back to a more whole happy self.” What would you say to that person?
Galitta: Well, it starts with an intention. I made a video, actually, saying, “5 Minutes and 4 Steps”, how to get connected to your inner world. It’s very, very simple.
First, you have to decide that you want, that you take this five minutes to say, “I’m going to go and see, what is it, how does it feel.” Very simple, it’s a decision. If you do it consciously, it makes it even more clear. If you take five minutes’ time to do that, you’re already coming closer to yourself.
And then, closing the eyes, which is also very simple, but it does something in our brain, where we close out the outside world and go within.
Then, breath. Even if I’m not going to teach you now anything about breath, but just becoming conscious about your breath.
And then, giving yourself clear instructions of, what is it that you’re visualizing. It’s such a huge world. Just by closing your eyes and saying, “I would like to meet myself when I was 10,” even such a specific intention. You say, “I have to go to this party and I feel nervous about it. It reminds of this. Let me talk with myself, the part of me that is afraid to go. When I was 10, these things happened, and I would like to talk to that part of me.”
It’s simple, but if you have intention to do that, and you take a minute and close your eyes, when you give yourself the breath that helps your body and mind quieten, you already can start to feel yourself in another reality.
Suzanne: You know what I love about this? And thank you for that very, very clear breakdown, Galitta, because the thing I really love is that it’s acknowledging something that I find to be very true, which is, if you listen, the creative expression is always there. It’s not like you have to suddenly become a great artist and be Picasso, and pick up your paintbrush and do something brilliant. It’s not about the quality of the output, it’s about connecting with the part of the soul that yearns to express itself that has not had a platform to be heard.
Galitta: Exactly. So, the moment you give it permission, if you say, “Today, I’m going to live creatively,” and you’re just going to invite that giant part of you to be with you while you drive in your car, while you’re cooking for your family, and you do that with consciousness, you are already entering the world of your own creative life.
Suzanne: I love this. I love this, I love this. I knew, the minute I looked at your website, that you were going to have some extremely juicy, fertile, beautiful ideas to share here because, really, anybody listening to this, you have to go see Galitta’s website. It is so fun and alive. This morning, while I was getting ready for our conversation, I posted one of your videos, which is just so fresh and so fun to watch, and it had such a great message, and it had a healing effect, you know. I’ve shared it on Facebook just with such delight.
You see, I think there’s a quality to what you’re talking about and what you’re creating in the videos that I’ve seen so far, and even, I listened to some of the cuts on your album that’s on iTunes. There is that specific energy that informs really fresh creativity with genius in it. You know, it’s got this very, very distinctive, very individual voice to it, and that is only accessed when you go within.
You know, I remember once, there was this guy, at the time of Michael Jackson’s success, who said he was going to be as successful as Michael Jackson by copying everything he did. And he became this sort of Michael Jackson clone, and he was not successful. Why? Because he was not tapping into his genius, he was trying to tap into somebody else’s, and it wasn’t even his genius to tap into in the first place.
Suzanne: That’s what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the innate ability to heal.
Galitta: Yes. And finding your authentic voice, that’s what I say that I’m interested in doing, is really unique to you. I mean, if you will get how powerful you are, your specific qualities, from your DNA, to your soul family, to your experience, to the vast, vast knowledge that you store in your subconscious, it’s so genius and so beautiful. If I think, “How do we make the world a better place?” Just unleash this power. Just, every person, take responsibility for bringing themselves to happiness and to fulfillment.
And nobody can say they don’t know how to do that because we have enough tools. We live in a time where we’re rich, we’re rich with knowledge and connectedness, and yeah, you know, we are stretching our arms and we are shrinking the darkness. And that’s what we wish for this world. I, anyway, do that.
Suzanne: Well, I do, too, and the purpose of this podcast is to spread happiness and joy through healing, and we are all capable of doing that, and what you’ve been teaching us today is a very specific process for connecting within. And what I’d say, as we begin to end this conversation, is that I would invite people to go within and tap into their inner knowing, just in the way Galitta’s been describing to us, just to see what’s there, because you never know.
Today, I’ll just share a little thing. I belong to a business networking group, and a fellow approached me who’s a very serious businessman in a very serious profession, and he said, “Hey, I have a historic novel I wrote. Can you help me show it to someone?” And I thought, “Oh, that is so juicy! Good for him for being somebody who’s not just about serious business, but has a historic novel up his sleeve. How cool is that?”
Galitta: Yeah. I think, actually, you can say there’s an epidemic. A lot of people… We are in a time where people are hearing their inner voice, and they’re making shifts in their work, in their life, in their relationships because they have to honor it. We really cannot avoid our authentic voice. That’s the only way we can really be in tune to what our soul wants us to do, and that’s the path to happiness, to be in line with your soul.
Suzanne: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. A hundred percent yes.
You know, we need more champions for the soul because, really, the soul is all about love, and is all about embracing what is, and is all about the flow of life and allowing ourselves to just go with the flow instead of overthinking, or being caught in the ego and the jealousy, just like you were describing earlier. And our soul is where all the healing happens, as well as all the great creativity, and really, our own personal genius.
Galitta: Yes, and it’s our duty and our right to bring it out to this world, especially now.
Suzanne: Galitta, will you talk a little bit, just to help our listeners understand how they can work with you? What is the Happy Goddessa teaching program? Are you doing that work right now, or what’s the best way for people to connect with you?
Galitta: Yeah. I will say, I am doing, now, something that I would like everybody to join. It’s free. And I do that because I believe it has the power to change a lot. It’s called Inner World Peace, and this is, we meet online, it is a kind of a live meditation that, I take all of us, live, virtually, we see each other on video, and we go through a sound journey meditation that I create. I create these sound journeys, which is a combination of guided meditation with shamanic drumming and with sound healing.
And I found that, after years, doing it with people, that it’s the fastest way, how I can bring people into the power of their inner kingdom. And when we create a meditation like that and we do it together, so we synchronize our intention, and our voice, and our heart, and our physical body in this time and space, we are not only bringing ourselves into inner peace, but we are cultivating fields. So, I have a dream of having 1,000 people meditating with me and singing at the same time.
Suzanne: Gosh, that’s beautiful.
Galitta: So, I just started it last month, but we’re continuing every new moon, and I invite everybody to join me on that.
Suzanne: And this is something people can connect with virtually online?
Galitta: Yes, yes.
Galitta: And also, if you cannot make it on the same time, you’ll get the recording, and it is all in the same energy of being connected, from my inner peace to world peace. This is the basic idea.
Suzanne: We will put a link to this and your website, and your other free offer, which looked really intriguing, which was “What Is Your Intuition Superpower?”, a little quiz, which looked like fun.
Galitta: Yes. That’s a quiz I made, yeah.
Suzanne: All of that will be in our show notes page so people can find you and connect with you. Such a great thing. You know, you’re a giver. You’re a giver with a great heart, and that’s what we love to attract here in the Before the Afterlife podcast, yeah.
Suzanne: Well, thank you. Thank you, immensely.
Galitta: You’re welcome.
Suzanne: I’m very touched and delighted to connect with you and to meet you. And, again, please go to Galitta’s website and look at her fun videos because they are just so alive. And they were a delight to discover, as are you.
Galitta: Thank you so much, Suzanne.