We are one voice
by Heather Frahn
“Hallelujah!” hails the gospel spiritual choir… “Ohm Shanti!” chant the yogis… “You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one!” sing the peace loving John Lennon fans. It’s true, no matter what culture you’re from, throughout history, the role of the human voice to connect, inspire and lift up the human spirit, has been second to none.
Singing and chanting has spanned across cultures, centuries, and languages. When individuals come together with their unique voices to “sing as one voice”, a special magic happens. This magic can be felt at rock concerts, churches, ashrams, temples, community halls, around campfires, and harmonically acoustic spaces in nature, such as caves. We’ve all felt that union in voice and harmony as we’ve joined in with a sing-along, or chanted an ancient Sanskrit mantra.
Singing from a young age, I’ve always known intuitively that singing felt good, but it wasn’t until I met one of my sound healing mentors in 2009, Shirley Roden, that I started to piece together why. Shirley showed me that the most powerful instrument we have available to us is, our voice. Why? Because it’s a part of us, literally! It’s not an external musical instrument. It’s in our bodies, and when it’s sounded it creates a vibration that can be felt directly in the body, and also sent outward into our subtle energy. When adding to this vocalisation our positive intention, we can create a healing formula. Harmonic singer Jonathan Goldman said it… “sound + intention = healing”.
A study penned by musician Fabien Maman demonstrated that after only seven minutes of someone singing/toning their “fundamental note” in close proximity to their own cancer cells under a microscope, that they could destroy these cancer cells. (Note: Your fundamental note is unique to you, it’s your natural tone, and feels expansive and resonant in your body-being when it’s sounded). When this same person vocalised their fundamental note to their healthy cells, it showed an increase in the vibrancy of the cell’s aura and strengthening of the cell wall. It has also been shown that injured cats purr deeply for hours in a quiet place undisturbed, and it’s these deep healing frequencies from their own purr that heal them. Another study by the late Dr. Masaru Emoto, revealed that beautiful symmetrical “water crystals” form in water that’s been exposed to chanting, prayers, and singing. Humans are 70-80% water, so this is an interesting explanation as to why singing harmonises and feels so good.
There is no doubt that coming together to sing as one voice is healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s been shown through many studies with community choirs that singing benefits us by increasing brain function and neural pathway connections, blood circulation, and better ability to fight disease by giving our immune system a boost. Singing can improve posture, breath control and lung capacity, and our brains release pain relieving endorphins. The social and emotional benefits enhance self esteem and confidence, a positive mood, creativity and bonding, all within the forum for sharing, fun, support, understanding, and laughter.
So whether you’re a closet bedroom singer, or a professional vocalist, I encourage singing from your heart, allowing your fundamental note flow, and uniting your voice with positive uplifting lyrics that have meaning in your life.