Amy Camie, recognized as “The Healing Harpist,” is a Certified Therapeutic/Clinical Musician, 35 year professional harpist, speaker, author, and 2-time breast cancer thriver who empowers individuals, groups, and organizations with unique perspectives on music, resonance, and honest self-exploration.
Certified in Intercultural Creativity®, she recognizes the opportunity for learning in every experience and encourages audiences to open their mind, expand perceptions, and be curious to discover deeper connections within and around them.
As a pioneer in the field of harp therapy, Amy has co-authored two clinical trials exploring the use of specific music with cancer patients. She continues to deepen the conversation about music, creativity, and self-discovery through talks, programs, articles, and interviews.
My passion is helping individuals, teams, and organizations TUNE IN & THRIVE!
I jokingly say, "If people understood resonance, sympathetic resonance, forced resonance, and entrainment, we'd have world peace."
As a realistic dreamer, I understand the odds of that happening, so I'm passionate about playing my part by demonstrating these concepts in fun and memorable ways - using music and the harp as metaphors to compassionately embrace the fullness of who we are.
My heart soars as people begin to expand perceptions, courageously start taking personal responsibility and consciously choose to change some of their familiar choices, ultimately creating more clarity, peace and harmony within and around us.
Yes, I'm passionate about creating bridges of compassion within and around us - one "aha" moment at at time.
More than 100 miles
I always get paid for speaking
A story from my TEDxStLouis talk:
What’s been fascinating to me over the years, is how listening to music in a different way - not just for entertainment, background atmosphere, relaxation or wellness – but rather, listening to music as an expression of another human being, has helped me increase self-compassion, and develop my skills of tolerance, and empathy.
It started years ago for me, with heavy metal music.
Our boys love metal music, so we listened to it every day on the way to school.
• I didn’t understand this music,
• I didn’t like it,
• it felt angry, loud and forceful,
• it was uncomfortable to listen to,
• and yet I endured it because the boys loved it.
Then, one day I decided to stop judging it, because, as a mother, I was curious to understand why they liked it. So I asked one question, “What are they saying?” That one question opened a floodgate of unexpected connections. The boys told me about the myths and legends conveyed through the music, and stories of pain and tragedy the musicians had gone through.
In the days that followed, my heart opened, mind opened, to hear this music as an expression of another human being.
I learned a lot and understood why the boys liked it. It became easier to listen to. My tolerance increased, and I felt a deeper connection with the boys and the musicians.
I was surprised how one questions could create these feelings of Empathy - which is the "ability to understand and share the feelings of another."
I grew up surrounded by unconditional love and support, adopted by music teachers who nurtured my natural gifts. Despite all the opportunities for connection, I carried a deep melancholy and sense of not belonging. Unconscious walls of protection perpetuated the illusion of safety and feelings of being rejected and abandoned. Life became a house of mirrors when I married, had children, and began co-creating music, programs, and research intended to inspire connection.
The first of many mirrors broke with a breast cancer diagnosis in December, 2010 and another in December, 2012. I took this opportunity to slow down and discover how to love myself rather than seek it from the outside. Patterns and unconscious beliefs surfaced as the energy necessary to hold them down was redirected toward healing. Self-compassion grew as reflections of past actions revealed the often true motivation was fear and my need to feel accepted, valued, and loved.
Recognizing the fullness within, I now use music as a metaphor for life to continue my journey of self-discovery while offering Programs for Thriving; programs that empower individuals, teams and organizations with ways to develop skills that build trust, understanding, empathy and connection.
"Listening for common strings in chaotic times"
Music connects us, separates us, comforts and irritates us.
Music is a personal, social, and cultural expression that can transform chaos into harmony within and around us - when we listen consciously.
Through fun demonstrations of resonance and evidence-based research, Amy reveals how an expanded relationship with music can help develop our skills of tolerance, empathy, and self-compassion – skills necessary to navigate our BANI (Brittle Anxious Nonlinear and Incomprehensible) future.
As participants begin to recognize the unique fullness of each individual, and the underlying human feelings and emotions that connect us, unexpected bridges appear that transform chaotic uncomfortable environments into more tolerable, compassionate, and harmonious ones.
1. Intentional development of Empathetic skills through an expanded relationship with music
2. Heighten listening skills for respectful understanding
3. Recognition of sympathetic resonance that reflects physical and emotional responses
4. Transference of personal skill development with music to respectful relationships with others
5. Increase connection and sense of community within Teams and Organizations
Growth outcomes from perceiving people and relationships through this metaphoric lens of music include:
• Individuals are inspired by their potential and excited to contribute
• Managers are motivated to discover and develop common connections that improve team synchrony, performance, and meaning
• Leaders are enriched with an expanded perspective that cultivates curiosity, encourages creative adaptation, and actively builds skills necessary to navigate these chaotic and ever-changing times.
Based on this article: https://uplift.love/building-tolerance-and-empathy-through-music/
Enjoy this glimpse: https://youtu.be/2b0Fg0wUtAo?t=131