Richard Schrei is a classically trained musician who began studying violin at the age of 9. He is a member of the Sound Healers Association and a 2003 Graduate of the Mind/Body/Spirit Professional Training Program offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, DC, and Co-Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. Richard is also a Reiki Master-Teacher, and a Certified Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra teacher. His other studies include: musical qigong, Chinese modal music, qigong breathing techniques, Nada Yoga, Sui Zen, and Biosonic Repatterning.
Healing music composer and musician Richard C. Schrei shares his life's mission
An interview by Oral Ofori of The African Dream, LLC - July 23, 2019
Richard C. Schrei is an eclectic flutist with great musical experiences that mainly delves around the healing music he composes. He not only plays the flute but makes them and heals through the music and positive spirit within his flutes. I was recently blessed with an opportunity to feature this musical gem on TheAfricanDream.net which is also my blog.
Richard is known for being versed in Classical, New Age, Ambient, Blues, Jazz, Chinese Modal Music, Tibetan & Sanskrit Chanting, and Native American music of which he masterfully plays on flutes. It is not hard to realize the amazing depth of his music which easily permeates one's spirit and mind. I highly recommend this kind of music for meditation, relaxation, and concentration.
I started my interview by asking what the inspiration behind his project was. It became obvious that I had used the wrong word as his response was…
"I lay in the dark and opened my eyes. Through the mist, I could see the Elders were there. I asked them 'why am I here?' And a voice answered, 'You were chosen.' Then Grandfather and a small boy came to me with folded wings and in the dark of night said to me 'This was given to me many, many, years ago. A beautiful golden-hone flute lay in my lap. And they left with folded wings."
Just being told this was enough to get my rapt attention, at this point I was excited to hear the other part of this vision which Mr. Schrei humbly went ahead to share with me: "the second vision simply said, 'You must go play for the Hopi Elders.'" Almost half a decade after these visions the healer was, in 2007, invited to the Hopi Reservation to play for their Special Needs Day, the opening of a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit honoring the Codetalkers, and for the Hopi Elders.
While there, he was sitting at Third Mesa playing for the land and the following vision was given to him as he recounts in his own words: "We have given you a gift we rarely give; the ability to look into the hearts of others and to hear their songs. Now is the time to play those songs and bring harmony back to the homelands."
Fascination! That was the only word that took hold of me upon hearing Mr. Schrei share his visions. It made me ask who the target audience for his music is, he explained that "everyone is my target audience. My music is currently used by bodyworkers, alternative healers, mental health counselors, meditation leaders, and yoga teachers."
Before I sat down to write this piece, I gave my eardrums a good listening to the soothing music of Mr. Schrei and couldn't help but notice how soft and yet deep it is, it felt as though it was made just for me at that very moment I sat listening to it, and so I paused typing and listened to another tune, and another. Let me just say they are absolutely healing music, do visit richardcschrei.bandcamp.com to find out for yourself.
He humbly defends the fact that there was nothing "peculiar" about what he does, but I knew for sure that this very special man with his very well-kept and carefully-twirled handlebar mustache is a gift to humanity. This became obvious when he told me that he is able to connect in some way to the universal music that is always present and to make it audible to others in a way that brings visions, healing, and a sense of profound peace to those who hear it.
So, how does a healing music composer get in the zone for their purpose? Richard answers by saying "one thing I've found out from experience is, you can't go into a patients room with a negative heart. You have to go into a patient's room with a positive heart. Your heart is like a bucket of water. If the water is dirty, you can only pour out dirty water. If the water is clean, you pour out clean water.
"You can only release what is in the heart, negative or positive energy. Negative has no healing energy," Mr. Schrei points out.