Imagine a world where everyone's voice is unique. A world where it is acknowledged that your vocal sound or frequency in its uniqueness, is part of a puzzle, and each and every person brings their piece of that puzzle to create the WHOLE. The whole sound. Imagine the concept of that WHOLE sound holding the key to all healing on the earth, for communities, individuals, for all. Imagine a world where the sound of your voice is honoured for its frequency. Your spoken voice, your sung voice, your sounding voice. Every aspect of your voice. Imagine that your voice could never be labelled as something bad, shrill, off key, unworthy, useless, small (am I hitting any nerves yet?), you get the picture.
Imagine a place where your sound contributes to community, expression from the heart, your very sounds whether sung or spoken could bring joy and love to those around you. In being honoured for your sound, you honour. In being respected for your sounding contributions, you respect. A world where your voice is honoured for the natural healing it brings your body, your nervous system, your tired and overloaded mind. Not just singing in a choir for wellbeing once a week, but exercising this incredible vagus nerve stimulating instrument that we all hold inside, every day like going to the gym. Imagine immediate access to and regulation of your nervous system responses, from just simple humming a few times a day and this being considered a NORMAL practice. Imagine being taught this in school, actually being taught that you can control your stress response with simple and immediate tools, using stress when you need it, and switching off when you don't. Imagine. All this from being able to access the authentic and simple sound of a vocal hum.
Now this is really far out. Imagine being able to connect with your sadness, your despair, your anxiety, your pain and instead of sweeping it under the carpet and pretending it's not there, being able to access it, calmly and from a place of objectivity. What would that feel like? Imagine if you could connect to all these stored emotions in your body with simple vocal tone, using your mind and intention to navigate every vibrating cell and particle in your body. No, it can't be I hear you cry. Believe me when I say, it CAN be, and what if you could offer this to others? What if you could use your voice as a sonic healing tool, and move not only your own energy, but the energy of others, to assist them with their pain and trapped emotions, in finding their joy and their authentic inner voice?
Yes, you can, we all can. I do it all the time as part of my job and I teach others too. As you may have gathered from my profile, I wear many voice related hats, but they are all connected. Helping people connect to the sound of their voice without judgment, whether as professional performers, healers, those looking to discover the real self under all the conditioning, those called to use their voice for singing, speaking, sounding, and healing for whatever reason. That's what I offer, and sometimes the strangest scenarios present themselves. I meet people where they are at, in the workplace, in school, in a 1-2-1 healing session, in a voice coaching, in a technical singing lesson, in community singing. It's all the same. It's about discovering the Sound of You, unlocking the unique vibration that is you, the missing piece of the puzzle. Voice is the key to personal development and healing on ALL levels of being. Where you are at right now, is the right place. Now sound, voice, sing, speak and let it flow. Notice the effect that doing this has on your body. Notice what your mind throws up. Notice. Are you free to sound? What does your work voice sound like? What does your family voice sound like? What does your singing voice sound like? What does your groaning voice, your sad voice, your happy voice, your scared voice sound like? It's all you! It's all right. All of it. Stop the judgment. Allow and keep noticing when you suppress your sound, when you alter your sound, when you doubt your sound, and ask yourself WHY. Why are you feeling this way. Start there. Start with the response and begin to unravel the conditioning around your sound. You owe it to yourself to find out. This is for you, the Sound of YOU. And Hum.