If you recognize something of yourself in this music, it's because it comes from a place in Janet Sussman that is so deep and so genuine it transcends the personal and becomes universal. By itself, this would be a major achievement, but it's nothing short of astounding when you realize that Bridges was entirely unrehearsed. Janet Sussman-who has taught meditation and spiritual unfolding for the last twenty years-simply sat down, closed her eyes and began playing. Unrehearsed, though, doesn't mean unstructured. The music is presented in three intimate and gorgeously reflective movements, all bridged by atmospheric interludes whose loftier purpose is to establish the fine, high presence of universal spirit toward which the rest of the music, and all life, points. As the first section opens, it conjures the mood of a rainy day-contemplative, reflective, safe, sweetly melancholic perhaps, an ephemeral feeling for the world and your place in it. From there, a series of melodic transistions move you forward, revelation emerging out of the background and taking shape in bell-like chords, pure affirmation, with hints of the spiritual soaring to come. The second movement seems to burst with uncontainable compassion and acceptance. Changes of key are frequent yet so natural they become metaphorical, symbolizing the way change unfolds in the embrace of permanence. Again, bell-like chords herald change and celebrate it. The held-breath pause at the beginning of the third movement announces something entirely new, something very fine and elevated. Emerging from all that has preceded, these musical epiphanies take flight on melodic phrases of astonishing beauty. Everything comes together-darkness and light, grief and joy, hope and growth and realization. The final epiphany...well...just listen to it. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Janet Sussman uses transformational music as a means of relaxation and as a point of departure into a journeying process of the spirit. Her highly developed vocal skills bring the listener into a direct, primary knowledge of the chakras (human energy centers), acting as a core indicator of blockages and anomalies stored in the field. Janet's loving, clear translation of subtle imagery opens the participant to a clear, insightful examination of their inner state. She specializes in researching the movement of energy through the heart chakra. She views this model in terms of 'stations' through which primary energetic conduits transfer knowledge from one spiritual chamber of the heart to another. The emphasis is on opening the individual to a deeper experience of receiving from both personal and Divine sources of love. This can then be transferred to the 'giving chamber' of the heart which governs the flow of energy to the environment. As a musician, Janet works with transformational music and sound to clear and awaken the energetic centers. Her earlier CD, Bridges, is a 'beautiful, exquisite, and uplifting' example of her musical philosophy. A pioneer in the field of time and consciousness, Janet is the author of The Reality of Time (2005) and Timeshift: The Experience of Dimensional Change (1996), both published by Time Portal Publications. Both books has received consummate praise by notable individuals such as Jean Houston and Fred Alan Wolf.