The 5R Model was developed by Liz Cooper and her colleague Clifford Sax. Liz Cooper is the founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST). In this video, I will make a quick overview of what the model represents.
For many years they researched how people process their experiences, what stimulates their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. They were studying this from a phenomenological perspective. Phenomenology is a field of philosophy, where researchers study conscious experiences from the individual point of view.
The first thing you can see is that this model is not linear. Also, each stage is interchangeable. In the middle, we can see ‘human flourishing’ which is a concept that goes back to the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle. This means in our current language, ‘become the best version of yourself’. How can we do it? We can take Responsibility for our own wellbeing. We can accept that the way we view the world comes from our own set of beliefs and conditioning. Then, through the law of Resonance we become aware of the moments when we are in harmony with life and ourselves. At this state of being, we feel confident, calm, and full of energy. But when we feel pain, tension, and negative emotions we experience Resistance which helps us recognise that we are out of balance. We don’t need to fear resistance and run away from ourselves because our ability to feel and recognise resistance gives us the key to healing. With help of sound, we can Release the resistance. Releasing means letting go, surrendering – becoming free again. Our life can flourish only if we make space to Reflect – to be still and ‘hear’ our thoughts, stay with our feelings, and see ourselves from a higher perspective. Only, if we can self-reflect, we can learn from our experiences and stop repeating the same mistakes. This also means we stop blaming ourselves or the world. Instead, we heal and make space for more energy to come to our lives. This way we can flourish as human beings.
Before I finish this short video, I want to add that the principles presented in the 5R’s Model are universal. They work very well with sound and voice therapy but they can work as a ‘stand-alone’ model for your life. For example, you can start exploring what people, places, activities and things resonate with you. What do you resist? When do you feel you hold your breath? Where in your body do you feel the tension? When do you usually feel it? Then, think about someone or something that you love. How does it make you feel? Listen to sounds to find out what sounds and music make you feel in resonance and what makes you feel resistance…
In our next video, we’ll explore how you can use the 5R’s model when listening to the Voice Bath.