In his book, The Rhythmic Language of Health and Disease, Mark Rider chronicles his use of sound and music intervention. In his healing workshops, Rider encourages participants to use their voices to express themselves and connect with the essence beyond the self.
Eventually, the cacophony drowns out and gives way to more gentle sighs of relaxation. Slowly, however, more tonal melodies start to emerge. Unfamiliar lullabies begin to rock in the air while others center on a single tone, chanting over and over in a mantra-like style. More and more like vocalizing blends, forming ethereal chords which take on a power greater than that of any single individual’s sounds. Like an aurora borealis, it hovers there in the air above us, then glides across the room to another location. A second peak is reached, only harmonic this time. People will remark later that this was the point in the choral improvisation that they were “Taken out of themselves and connected with some energy or power much larger than themselves.”Mark Rider – The Rhythmic Language of Health and Disease
His description of the vocal harmonies reached by the participants of his workshops leaves me contemplating the rich harmony of Tibetan Monk Chorales.
We have briefly discussed the healing power of the voice, but we have hardly touched on the spiritual aspects of healing sound. Yet, ultimately, this is where the journey of healing sound will lead us.
In his book, Sounds of Healing, Mitchell Gaynor states it best:
We tend to think of techniques that elicit the relaxation response as antidotes to tension and anxiety, and they are marvelously effective in achieving that goal. However, Using sound, meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation methodsMitchell Gaynor – Sounds of Healing
soleyfor stress reduction would be like taking a pleasure cruise and never coming out onto the deck. When we use sound to become entrained with our personal psychologic rhythms – our heartbeat, pulse, brainwaves- we build a bridge that can transport us from the tranquil state to a deeper level of spiritual revitalization, one that links us with the infinite energy and spaciousness of the universe.
As you approach sound and sound healing, please do so with an open mind. I consider myself a reformed Catholic and have found Dance Church to be a viable bridge to my own spirituality. As we continue exploring sound as a healing tool, we will inevitably cross this bridge again. Sound and spirit are linked. If you can allow sound to penetrate you, you can take the journey through body, mind, heart, soul