“We have anecdotal information from many people who have had problems sleeping for a variety of reasons, trauma, cancer, etc. who are reporting being able to sleep as a result of listening to the Magic Mirror CD.”
William Collins, Ph.D.
Reintegrative Health Institute
St. Louis, MO
“Stress is such a natural and normal part of life. In fact, it is doubtful we could live a productive and creative life without it. Stress keeps us on our toes and motivates us to make changes and accept challenges. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and we fail to find ways to reduce it or to take care of ourselves, stress can become a danger to our wellbeing. Stress is the leading cause of most disease and illness. Self-care is the key to stress reduction and a healthy life. There are numerous ways for us to do self-care, such as meditation, guided imagery, exercise, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing and of course, music. Music is used to enhance almost every means of self-care. When listening to The Magic Mirror, you will discover a rich and healing tool to reduce stress and bring balance into body, mind, emotion and spirit. The Magic Mirror has been shown through research to restore balance to brain waves disrupted by stress and trauma, and to bring a sense of calm to one’s self. Close your eyes and allow yourself to float on the waves of sound. Stress will begin to melt away and you will be renewed.”
What has really surprised me with your music is that it is not giving me the feeling I usually have while I am listening to other music. Usually, music keeps my mind busy because it follows some kind of harmonious rules (such as when I experiment with classical music). Instead, with your music I feel more connected with what could be called the abstract mind (right brain) and the music makes the border between the two minds (lower and abstract) more apparent (it is a funny and pleasant feeling). I feel your music "speaks" to the right brain and stops the left one from running and being locked in negative patterns of thought (where I think tensions are expressed). This probably allows the entrance of positive and balanced energy in the body and then we feel better and eventually start to heal.
Dr. Sébastien Cayzac
Centre de Neurosciences Intégratives et Cognitives
Bordeaux 1 University, France
Dr. Susan Schulte
Doctorate of Science in Holistic Health
I am now working in the ASF at Scott. We too see the sleep problems with our troops that are coming back from overseas. Many of them have told me that music is what helps to relax them when their pain meds are having trouble working.
I have listened to this CD and then my neighbor had a stroke so I gave it to him to listen to daily!! I loved it and it created a peaceful space for me. I fell asleep and lately that does not happen.
Mary F., Missouri
I just wanted to let you know how much your Magic Mirror C.D. has helped me with sleeping. As my life ( now that I'm retired ) has not been that of rest and relaxation that I had intended it to be, and has become more hectic (GOLDEN YEARS ?) I have had increasing difficulty sleeping. Three hours a night just doesn't work for me. Last week I had a brain storm (what little is left of it ). Why don't I listen to Amy's Magic Mirror and see if it makes a difference. To my delight, I found that there was a lot more to the Magic. As I was listening on the first night my thoughts were crowding my head as I was bemoaning the fact that I couldn't tune them out. Upon completion of the music I turned over and immediately fell asleep. I should add that I also have Fibromyalgia and restful sleep just doesn't happen with this disease. Well after the first night I awoke rested.I have made a habit of listening to the Magic Mirror upon retiring each evening and am delighted that it works better each evening. The other benefit that I have received you may question but I awoke the other night with knee pain and couldn't go back to sleep so I grabbed the head phones next to the bed and turned on the C.D. and relaxed enough to have the pain subside and resume a restful sleep. Thank you for your music and the passion you put forth into your research.
Sandy Goeken, Illinois
Once again, I want to thank you for your gift of music to our family. My father died Oct. 18 and when my my son arrived, he brought "The Magic Mirror" CD with him. He put it on continuous play for days! Not only can I testify to its help with getting some sleep, but it sure did help ease tensions for family gatherings.
Thank you so much for the CD. We listen to it often just before we go to bed and we always have a good night's sleep after listening to it. Thank you again.
Carroll & Mary Ann K., Illinois
Just want to let you know my experiences of listening to Magic Mirror and A Space WIthin. Both are very relaxing to me. Each differently help me to listen to my emotions and to breathe more deeply. I feel like I connect to myself so that I have more Energy available to me and I am in touch with the Source of All Energy. The day/evening after I listen is more peaceful and calm. Thanks again.
Kate Lally, MSW
My sister is on hospice and the massage therapist comes out and plays the CD for her. She really enjoys it. It helps her to relax and forget about the pain from her tongue cancer.
Carol Q., California
These reviews are from GuideStar's survey of nonprofit organizations:
REVIEW:As a hospice volunteer I have attended training sessions conducted by Amy Camie of the SAF, and I am aware of her work with our patients at the de Greeff Hospice House in St. Louis. Amy's presentations on vibrational awareness and the positive effects this type of therapy can have via the mind-body connection (as suggested by research conducted by the SAF) challenge the tenets of conventional medicine and offer intriguing promise for the future treatment of disease.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... how it has opened my eyes to the possibilities of alternative therapy in the treatment of disease and the well-being of patients.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... conduct the research that would allow it to responsibly advance the possibilities that music/vibration therapy can offer. Amy Camie is the right person at the right time to overcome institutional resistance to fundamental change.
Ways to make it better
One thing I'd also say is that... Amy is uniquely qualified, personally and professionally, to "speak truth to power" regarding music/vibration therapy. Simply put - if she gets research funding, she can change the world.
As an author and educator on the use of guided imagery in the medical world, Amy's music has been phenomenal in providing a supportive foundation for many. Because it is ONLY when a person feels strong enough on the inside that they can ever then find the strength to "rebuild" ... and actually "lift" themselves up to a newer and healthier place! What better gift can any musician give but a heart that is filled with the intention to heal? Thank you Amy, for all that you do to "gift" us just that!
Sandy Jost, PhD
I've seen the results of this organization in... even the traditional medical world.
Ways to make it better
One thing I'd also say is that... it is always great to see the many ways in which our science can support the efforts of holistic health.
I work within the breast cancer community in St. Louis and have had countless miraculously positive experiences with the Scientific Arts Foundation, specifically Amy Camie and her music. I will TRY to condense these experiences to specific venues. Most importantly, Amy have gifted me with CD's to put into the hands of patients struggling with the side-effects of breast cancer treatments. The stories I have heard as a result of my clients' experiences with this music is beyond profound. I have chills all over my body and tears in my eyes as I recall some of the stories...sleep achieved with the help of her music made many of my clients feel more able to move through the rest of life (motherhood, professional, wife, friend) more peacefully and feeling more 'like themselves'. Amy has presented to all of the support groups/educational programs I have ever requested. Everyone loves her and feels the spirit of her intention instantly. I've witnessed miracles within these 'presentations' as well...tears and joy too. Some women, feeling consumed by sadness or anger, felt relief as she played her music for them in person. A day after one of Amy's presentations, a woman I knew for years struggled with grief and anger said she resisted coming to the Amy's talk because she only liked the 'clinical' presentations to keep up with research, etc. She said with tears in her eyes, "I felt different after Amy played. I took her CD and played it when I got home. I cried tears that I hadn't allowed and slept more deeply than I have in years. I plan on making her music a part of my every day, thank you." With years of stories like this one accumulated in my heart, it's difficult to put into words the "experience" I've had with Amy and the Scientific Arts Foundation. I also want to note I appreciate the foundation's commitment to clinically document the effects of the music...I know that is what it will take to get it into the hands of more cancer patients and others who would benefit. As a caregiver, I use Magic Mirror and the other CD's as a way of taking care of myself.
I've seen the results of this organization in... the lives of the cancer patients exposed to Amy's music on physical, emotional and mental levels...and then some.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... its clarity of intention. There is no ego involved. The Scientific Arts Foundation wants to help empower individuals in their own healing.
Ways to make it better
My experience would have been better if... everyone diagnosed with cancer was handed the Magic Mirror CD. The research had documented a change in "chemo brain" which is one of the worst side-effects my clients speak of.
One thing I'd also say is that... I am grateful, professionally and personally, for the Scientific Arts Foundation.
As a researcher and individual who has come to value the work that the Scientific Arts Foundation is accomplishing on a person to person level that I am amazed that cancer is still around. The director, Amy Camie is so dynamic and purpose driven that with such great energy behind the SAF efforts it seems that cancer does not stand a chance.. and when it comes to the dramatic research they are doing it seems that a cancer trouble spot "chemo brain " can be lessened significantly. My hat goes off to the efforts of the SAF for their public educational seminars, low cost distribution of research music proven to reduce chemo related stress, personal intervention on a case my case basis and of course the time and talent of the director Amy Camie.
I've seen the results of this organization in... The looks on the faces of the individuals who are battling cancer when they came in contact with the SAF research and of course Amy herself
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... The willingness to communicate, share and dream without regard to time ...it's only the person who matters most
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were... exceptional
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... make a huge impact in the war not only with cancer but other morbidities such as diabetes, obesity, ADHD, and autism
Ways to make it better
My experience would have been better if... there were enough funds to carry out the SAF already approved IRB hospital based study.... if only a small grant of $60 - 70K could be realized then folks could start winning in the battle with cancer
If I ran this organization, I would... take the need for grant $$$ directly to the public through media interventions
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... money alone
One thing I'd also say is that... if wishes, good deeds, tremendous effort, unfailing determination and humble heart-felt prayers could generate dollars than the SAF would be a household word and forever identified as an organization who played a huge role in enabling mankind to thrive
Amy Camie is a living angel. We are a hospice organization, and we have all of Amy's CD and use them all the time with our patients and families. Music has always been a source of comfort and enjoyment for most people, but Amy's harp music is theraputic and holistic...the body, mind and spirit in rhythm. She made a personal visit to one of our patients who stuffed all her emotions inside. While Amy played for her, the patient had an emotional release and wailed for quite some time. Amy just continued to play. She stopped playing when the patient stopped wailing and had drifted off into a deep sleep. The patient's response to the music was a life changing experience for one of our nurses present. It touched Amy too, and was an awesome example that what she is doing at the Scientific Arts Foundation is what she needs to continue doing in the art of music and healing.
Namaste Mary Magill Founder and Executive Director Alternative Hospice
I've seen the results of this organization in... Amy vibrates at an angelic vibration, and so does her music because she puts her heart and soul into reaching out to others.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... miracles happen, angels are all around us and Amy is one of them
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were... genuine
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... fly, with miracles all around.Christ said we would do greater things than He did,... and in the art of healing we can when we use the gifts we have and take a leap of faith.
Ways to make it better
My experience would have been better if... not applicable
If I ran this organization, I would... not be productive because Music is not my gift. My gift is being a wise old medicine woman.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... Growing at a faster rate that she can handle alone.
One thing I'd also say is that... We love you Amy Camie!
After having prostate cancer surgery in 1996, I used the New Love CD for relaxation and meditation to speed my recovery. The last time I saw my urologist he said "13 years cancer free." I attribute a lot of this to my change of lifestyle by using the music on the CD. Since then I have given other CD's to friends and family who had cancer and informed them of the research proving its effectiveness on cancer patients. As the Scientific Arts foundation continues its goals and objectives, I want to help spread the word to others facing cancer to use the CD to improve their quality of life.
I've seen the results of this organization in... the way the New Love CD helped me change my lifestyle and attitude while facing cancer.
Ways to make it better
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... getting money to continue the research to benefit all cancer patients
I have used the music of Amy Camie personally, given her cds as gifts to my friends and included it professionally with clients in my private practice. I am a licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders. Listening to the cd New Love is not just enjoyable its therapeutic benefit has been demonstrated by research. I strongly recommend that you reward the Scientific Arts Foundation's serious work.
Ann Crowley, PhD
I've seen the results of this organization in... the consistent quality of the work of Amy Camie.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... the diligence that has been demonstrated to refine the work and validate its usefulness.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were... knowledgable, dedicated, and committed.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... reduce the suffering of untold numbers of cancer victims.
Ways to make it better
My experience would have been better if... I could have found a broader audience to share the experience. I host a television program entitled Guidelines for Mental Health and have had Amy Camie as a guest on the program several times over the past 4 years.
If I ran this organization, I would... Search for a professional writer to prepare the research findings for a highly respected journal in the cancer research field.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... finding a vehicle to carry their exceptional knowledge and ability to the public.
One thing I'd also say is that... an enormous amount of work is being done by the Scientific Arts Foundation without compensation and that needs to change.
Magic Mirror, a CD for patients going through chemotherapy to promote healing is fabulous. This is possible due to Amy Camie and the Scientific Arts Foundation. We have had great feedback from our patients about this CD. Please recognize the fine work of this group.
Sincerely, Michelle Keating RN, OCN St. John's Mercy Medical Center Cancer Information Center 314-251-6400
I've seen the results of this organization in... in our patients experiencing better coping with chemo
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is... the ease and helpfulness
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were... wonderful
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could... provide more CD's and s ervices to help patients
Ways to make it better
My experience would have been better if... we could use this CD with every patient
If I ran this organization, I would... continue this work
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... funding to continue this great work
One thing I'd also say is that... Amy Camie is wonderful!