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Meditation

Springfield multimedia artist provides spiritual consultation

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David Cain: His professional interest in wellness came when he hit 40 and “my 40,000-mile warranty ran out.”
PHOTO BY BECKY AUD-JENNISON
Gentle, soft-spoken David Cain wears many hats — artist, businessman, practitioner of the healing arts — and the blossoming of his career closely parallels his personal development. Cain graduated in 1981 from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in music composition and performance. In 1983 he received a master’s degree in communication, with a focus on video and media arts, from the University of Illinois at Springfield. After a three-year stint with Apple Computer, employed as a consultant and “evangelist,” in 1989 he launched his own company, Umedia Inc., which offers interactive training, video and audio production, online and Internet design and consulting, conference and meeting presentations, and CD and DVD production. In 1981 Cain also developed Unbroken Media/Arts to create music, animation, video, drama, dance, writing, audience-interactive performances, guided meditation and visualization, and what he calls “well-being sensory environments.”
In 1998 Cain produced an interactive software program, Human Saver, that teaches well-being techniques to computer users through a series of guided meditations, breathing and awareness exercises, stretching, massage, and visualization. Over the years Cain has been involved in the performing arts — staging original productions, playing in a rock band and collaborating on many performance-art projects. “At times,” he says, “I get the urge and have to create something — I never can really predict how or when that happens.”
Cain could be described as a man that travels to the beat of his own drum, literally. For instance, after the flurry of controversy in response to Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Cain says he wondered, “What would it be like if, instead of a cross, Christ carried energy of love?” His musing led to a one-time theatrical presentation, The Passion of the ______, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The focal point of the production consisted of Cain onstage sending “loving reiki energy” (pronounced “ray-key,” reiki is Japanese for “universal life energy,” the energy found in all things) out to the crowd, and culminated with drumming. Cain says, “Sometimes I get an idea for creative expression and I just have to do it.”
How does a creative businessman morph into a creative mind/body practitioner? “I’ve always been a seeker,” Cain says, describing himself as a young man always hearing and seeing things in his mind such as music and animation and wondering where it all came from. As he studied various religious traditions, he began to see the synchronicity between art and spirit: “Learning the source of creation is the source of everything made sense. “Then, 10 years ago, when I turned 40, my 40,000-mile warranty ran out.” Cain started experiencing health problems. He wasn’t exercising and or eating well. He changed his diet and began meditating as a means of decreasing his blood pressure and boosting his immune system. As his personal focus on wellness grew, so did his professional focus on the subject. Cain noticed that because of the beat, most of the music he heard while being treated by massage therapists distracted rather than relaxed him because of the beat. He created a CD of music that flows in a timeless way. He has several other relaxation productions, some combining video and audio. About a year ago, Cain’s exploration of integrative medicine practices intensified. He studied reiki with Franciscan nun Sister Anne Mathieu and has been providing reiki treatments in his office. Reiki practitioners place their hands on various areas of a client’s clothed body, allowing reiki to flow through the practitioner to the client. The transfer of energy may be perceived by the client as a variety of sensations: heat, cold, tingling, vibration, heaviness. Reiki can bring a physical response of relaxation of stressed muscles, accelerated healing, and decreased pain. Cain does not advertise his reiki practice, perceiving it as something he can provide to the community and friends to be a part of the flow of universal positive energy. He says he may start treating his practice more like a business at some later date: “I’ll see how the Reiki practice evolves.” After reading some of Deepak Chopra’s work, Cain called the Chopra Center and has since begun training with Chopra, a popular practitioner of holistic medicine who integrates ancient Indian practices and traditional Western medicine. In Springfield, Cain is offering classes based on Chopra’s work. He is an instructor of Primordial Sound Meditation, a technique espoused by Chopra. “Interestingly, there is no audible sound involved,” Cain says. Every participant is given a personal mantra, based on his or her time of birth, to use during meditation. Cain also periodically conducts a seven-week course on “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success,” which is also the title of one of Chopra’s books. The next course begins in mid-January. Cain is also available for one-on-one consultation and “spiritual coaching.”
For more information, contact David Cain at dc@umedia.net, call him at 217-528-3333, or visit www.rememberperfection.com for a comprehensive description of his services.
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