Oncologist Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D. developed a method for uncovering the creation of one’s own life song based in part on Native American, Tibetan, Hindu, and other vocal practices of the great wisdom traditions. He has found the life song to be profoundly healing for his patients, self-created by them and made up of mantralike sounds that transform jumbled thoughts, judgments, and feelings into a harmonious pattern.
As you learn and chant your life song, you will begin to feel it literally flowing out of you, as if your essence, rather than you yourself, were singing. Your life song is unique and belongs only to you. It can connect you with your essence whenever you chant it, either aloud or silently. Here’s how:
If you have a singing bowl, follow step one and two. If not, adapt by simply chanting the sounds aloud as you experiment with them.
Pronounce each of the mantra sounds listed below at the same time that you tap a singing bowl or listen to a tape of pure sounds (such as a CD of singing bowls).
After you complete the entire list, begin to play the bowl by tapping the rim gently three times and applying the mallet clockwise around the rim with firm but gentle pressure. Do not let the bowl begin to vibrate or the sound to become too loud, as the bowl will crack.
As you maintain a soft, sustained tone, close your eyes and allow the sounds to come into your mind. Mentally play with the different sounds in various sequences, until you find the combination that most resonates with you. Begin to sing these sounds aloud, using whatever melody comes to you. If no particular melody occurs to you, simply chant the sounds in whichever order feels right.
Rhymes with “Home”
Rhymes with “Mom”
Rhymes with “Knee”
Rhymes with “Hum”
Rhymes with “Blue”
Adapted from The Healing Power of Sound, by Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D. (Shambhala, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Mitchell L. Gaynor. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Healing Power of Sound, by Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D. (Shambhala, 1999).