The Healing Power of the Human Voice: Mantras, Chants, and Seed Sounds for Health and Harmony

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 27, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 177 pages
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A complete introduction to using the sounds of the voice to promote healing

• Explains the emotional meanings and healing attributes of human vocal expression, from vowels and consonants to natural sounds such as laughter or sighs

• Includes easy-to-follow vocal and breathing exercises

• Contains chants and mantras from cultures around the world

As infants and children we use our vocalizations to express our needs and emotions. As we grow older these vocalizations become confined to language. The suppression of emotional sounds because they may be considered childish or undignified is quite commonplace in Western cultures. Yet when done with vigor, the sounds made by laughing, groaning, humming, keening, and sighing hold within them great power for healing.

In The Healing Power of the Human Voice James D'Angelo introduces the concepts behind sound healing and provides simple, practical exercises for beginners. He explains in detail the meanings and healing attributes of the whole range of human vocal expression, from vowels and consonants to the natural sounds of laughter or sighs. He praises the power of singing and reveals the ways in which group singing can contribute to physical and mental health. He also presents authentic classical chants and mantras from cultures around the world and shows how we can combine various vocal sounds to form our own mantra to help clear chakra blockages. All of the sounds discussed, as well as the techniques for producing overtones, are placed in a ritualized context and are accompanied by simple movements to enhance tuning the body toward inner harmony, health, and peace.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Sound Healing
1
The Nature of Sound and Vibration
7
The Power of the Resonating Voice
15
Complements to the Resonating Voice
23
Breath and the Resonating Voice
30
Meaning of Vowels and Consonants
44
General Instructions for Toning and Chanting
57
Natural Sounds
65
Mantras Chanting and Vocal Improvisation
89
Toning the Chakras
108
Overtoning
131
Notes
139
Resources
142
Recommended Reading
164
Index
171
THE HEALING POWER OF THE HUMAN VOICE CD DIRECTORY
178

Discovering Your Fundamental Tone
84

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About the author (2005)

James D'Angelo is an American musician, composer, educator, and workshop leader based in the United Kingdom. Since 1992 he has developed and led therapeutic sound and movement workshops in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States, and he is considered an authority on sound healing therapies.

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