An Authority on Sound Healing & Pioneer in Harmonics
Jonathan Goldman is the director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. A Grammy nominee, he has created numerous best selling, award winning recordings. He’s a double winner of Visionary Awards for “Best Healing-Meditation Album” and “Album of the Year” and a lecturing member of the International Society for Music Medicine.
Jonathan has dedicated his life to the path of service, helping awaken and empower others with the ability of sound to heal and transform. He was our featured guest on First Wednesday in November 2020. WATCH FOR FREE.
State of Vibration
With regard to the power of sound, I’d like to go through some basic principles of how sound can heal. Now, our ancient mystic masters and our modern quantum physicists are in agreement. Everything is in a state of vibration.
From the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom to planets in distant galaxies, moving around their suns are all in motion. They’re all creating a vibration. This vibration can be perceived of the sound. “In the beginning was the word and the Lord said, ‘Let there be light’.” Sound preceding light.
Ancient Creative Force
So, the idea that sound is the essential creative force in the universe is ancient and also understood by science. Once again, being in vibration, just because we hear from around 16 of these vibrations, which is called cycles per second or hertz, 16 hertz. And this is called its frequency to around 16,000. Our finny friends in the ocean, the dolphins can hear upwards of 180,000 cycles a second.
They can actually encode and project holographic frequencies of sound. So, what we may perceive of as nothing being there, dolphins can be exchanging extraordinary information. So just because we can’t hear something, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a sound.
Vibrational Harmony for Health
Now with regard to things being in vibration, everything is in vibration. From the chair you might be sitting in to whatever. And this includes our body, every organ, every bone, every tissue. Every part of our body is in a state of vibration. And when we are in a state of health, we’re like this wonderful orchestra that’s playing the symphony to the self and we say we’re in sound health.
But what happens is with that orchestra, if the second violin player loses their sheet music? What if they begin to play out of harmony, out of the right notes? The entire string section will go off and pretty soon the entire orchestra will go off. This is akin to a part of our body losing its normal, healthy, resonant frequency. What happens of course, is that it begins to vibrate out of ease, out of harmony. We say it is “disease.”
Basis of Energy Medicine
And the concept of using sound for healing is simply what if we could restore back to this string player, the proper sheet music? What if we could somehow encode the proper resonant frequencies back into the organ or part of the body or etheric field, chakra, whatever you like that is vibrating out of ease or out of harmony using sound? And this idea actually is also the basis of most subtle energy medicines.
Everything from aroma therapy, naturopathy, to homeopathy, to chiropractic, to acupuncture, to light therapy, you name it. It’s the basis of almost every healing modalities. The idea of putting back in harmony something that is being imbalanced through some sort of modality. So, that’s the basic principle of using sounds as a healing modality.
Effects of Sound
And then we move into two different ways that sound affects us. The first is called psychoacoustics. This means the sound is going into our ears, into our brain, affecting our nervous system, our heart rate, our respiration, our brainwaves. And when we are listening to music, when we are speaking, when we are singing, then we are being, shall we say, cycle acoustically affected by the sound.
For example, here, I have a set of tuning forks and these are tuned to a specific sacred ratio. And when I hit them together and then listen to them, it really causes a very deep, powerful deepening of myself. It’s a great way to get into a relaxation, great way to reduce stress.
Or listening to nice calm and relaxing music is wonderful in these times that people are so stressed out. Even our voice, when we are speaking, we can literally affect someone else. So, be very cautious about how you’re using your voice and the words that you speak because you’re affecting other people. And you can either use your own sounds that way to heal and transform the opposite. So, that is psychoacoustics.
Creating Vocal Sounds
And then we have vibroacoustics. Vibroacoustics is when sound goes into our body and into our cells, going down to our DNA, and even shifting on molecules. One of the most powerful ways that we can create vibroacoustic sounds is with our voice and with something that I’ve been sharing really a whole lot, particularly with my wife, Andi. In fact, we’ve written a book that’s doing very well called The Humming Effect.
We came up with this because I’ve been in this field for about 40 years. I’ve worked with all sorts of different mantras and sacred sounds, but a lot of people confuse sound healing with needing to have a truly gifted voice (be a skilled musician or whatnot). So my wife, Andi and I, at one point were saying, “Okay, what is a sound that everybody can make that nobody’s got judgment for them?” We looked at each other and we went, “Hmm.”
Effect of Humming
So, the hum and we thought, “How many people are going to take humming seriously?” Okay. So, what if you did the first chapter and you made it what they call peer review information about how sound and particularly the hum can affect us. And we did. And therefore that was sort of the key to getting people’s attention.
Here are some of the things that happen when you’re making this really powerful vibroacoustic sound:
- The reduction of heart rate, respiration, your brain waves go down.
- You get the release of endorphins, those wonderful feel-good hormones.
- You get the release of melatonin, which is really good for helping enhance sleep and it’s also an antiviral agent.
- Particularly also you get the release of nitric oxide. This is not nitrous oxide, which is wonderful in the dentist’s office. This is nitric oxide, which is a vasodilator. So it basically expands your bloodstream and makes it more fluid, so the blood goes through your body there for bringing more oxygen, all sorts of healing abilities to you. And it’s a fabulous antiviral agent.
So, we’ve come across a number of doctors literally who have been recommending to people that they hum. And through humming, particularly in your nasal cavity, which is one of the places where some nasty viruses encode themselves at first, it literally can help assist and perhaps heal ourselves. I really wanted to share that because humming is something that everybody can do. Children do it, the elderly do it. We do it naturally.
What we have come up with in The Humming Effect is a term we call “conscious humming.” I’m going to lead you, if it’s okay, in a process of this in a minute, where rather than humming zip-a-dee-doo-dah or whatnot, which is great, you simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths. Taking deep breaths are mandatory. So you take a few deep breaths and then you basically just make sure your lips are closed and you begin to hum.
Sound of Creation
In order to hum properly, it’s the only thing, you have to have your lips closed. You can’t go, “Ah.” That’s not a hum. Hmm is a hum. So you’ve got to have your lips closed. I’d like you to begin humming for about 10 seconds and start humming and then just pinch your nose. You can’t hum if your nose is pinched. Release the mute.
I say to people, “It’s okay if you didn’t know that, most people do not. I didn’t know that until I began researching the effects of humming.” Do you think that there may be other aspects of humming that may also be really powerful and effective? The hum is actually believed to be the predecessor of the Om.
In fact, in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is an ancient, ancient book, some of my translations of it had said, “In the beginning was pranava, the humming of prana.” They had to give this a name, so they called it Om. The Om even is, if you like, an extended hum. It could well be the first sound of creation, the cosmic hum.
5-Minute Humming Exercise
So with regard to doing a hum, and I’d like to suggest that anybody who’s reading, try this. We’re just going to do it three times, and I’d like to suggest that when you do the conscious hum, you do it for at least a couple of minutes, maybe up to five minutes. If you don’t have a timer, 25 hums complete with extended deep breathing is about five minutes. Then, you’ve got to allow yourself a few minutes of just sitting there and being in silence.
Silence is really the profound place where it is the yin to the yang of sound and is a place where the true shift and change can occur. So once you’ve made or experienced sacred sound, being in silence so important. Sit up straight and find yourself a place where you will not be disturbed or potentially disturbing others. Because you don’t want to be in the middle of a process and all of a sudden have somebody go, “What are you doing?” Because that’ll be a little jarring.
Sitting up straight, taking nice deep breaths, having your eyes closed, making a nice, relaxing tone as well. Something that is in your comfort zone, not straining. Louder is not better. And then just pay attention to the first time that you do it to the effects of sound. Where are you feeling it? Is it in your head, in your chest, or in your throat? You’ll find that when you project intentionality, which is so very important, on to the hum, you can literally shift and change the power of the hum.
Intentionally Projecting Sound
For example, if you have, shall we say a headache? And you want to work with that, just close your eyes and make the hum, projecting it intentionally to that part of your head that is giving you pain and you well may find that it is assisting you. Or if you’ve got some sort of congestion in your chest, you could basically make the hum and focus it on your chest area. With a little bit of practice, you will find that you can do this. Because once again, particularly working with sound, like working with any other practice, is a cumulative effect. The more that you do it, the more adept you will become and the more powerful your experience is.
First begin by taking a couple of nice, deep breaths. If you are stressed out at all, if you have any sort of thing that’s stressing you out, take a nice, deep couple of breaths and then do a few hums. You’ll find your heart rate, your respiration, your blood pressure will drop on a level that’s literally pharmaceutical. In fact, Bruce Lipton for The Humming Effect book, wrote a nice little blurb saying, “The Humming Effect is a natural, non-pharmaceutical way of achieving balance and harmony.” It’s really true.
Heart-Mind Coherence Technique
That’s why I’m sharing with you because everyone can do it. Humming is an inclusive sound. It’s not exclusive, everybody can hum. Everybody can basically experience the healing effects of sound. I’ve written some extraordinary books on this topic. Greg Braden worked with me on one with chakra frequency, Chakra Chants. I oftentimes call the hum, a gateway sound, because it opens up portals to other dimensions that people can get to simply by using these very simple yet profound sounds.
I want to encourage everyone to do it, and I want to encourage everyone to also share it. And I’m also doing humming as a global guided sound. So you basically work with a little heart-brain coherence in conjunction with that, which is another technique for another time. You then project it out visualizing a three-dimensional earth floating in front of you and projecting the energy to the earth. And it’s amazing, because we heal the planet. We heal ourselves. We can make a difference and we have a choice.
Sacred Sounds for Healing
One of our best selling albums is called Frequency Sounds of Healing and it’s a compendium of about a dozen different excerpts from different albums. You can learn more about this or our books at my website. Go to healingsounds.com for extraordinary information, free downloads, and all sorts of tools. It’s actually an award-winning site unto itself so I strongly encourage people to go there. You’ll find a gateway into the dimension of sound healing, which can be particularly helpful during this extraordinary time.
My wife, Andi and I just did a program yesterday on using humming for post-traumatic stress disorder. We have something in our book about that, because it’s real and it’s profound. I just touched the surface on the power of what can be done with the hum. It’s a step-by-step process of vibratory consciousness activation using the sacred sound of the hum, the conscious hum. Blessings of light and love through sound to you and everyone. Bye now.