I studied with sound healer Jonathan Goldman this summer at a nine-day sound healing intensive, and came to have a deep respect for his understanding of sound’s healing effects, both personally and globally. I’ve asked him to write a blog post for us about how sound can healing the Earth.
By Jonathan Goldman
These days we seem to find our planet and ourselves in a difficult situation. Without judgment about why this has occurred, I’d prefer to focus on what could be done to assist this current situation.
Much of what’s going on seems to be a result of what is often called the “footprint of man”–the result of human interaction with each other and with our planet. From this perspective, if we caused it and if we are part of the problem, then we can be part of the solution! Humans are an amazing species and once we become aware of something, we can often focus our attention on it and find a solution. All that may be needed is for a portion of human consciousness to awaken to the reality that there is something that needs to be fixed. The question is: “How does this happen?” How can we as a species begin to become awakened?
A number of different scientific studies have validated the effects of meditation and prayer on a planetary level, including the Global Consciousness Project in Princeton, N.J. Through the use of random number generators (called EGGS) spread throughout the world, researchers have found that during certain events in which large portions of the consciousness of the population are engaged, the numbers from these EGGS become less random. When this occurs, the data may be collected and the numbers charted. Anyone who has ever seen the results of this knows that it creates a wave. These waves seem to indicate that global events are measurable. It is almost as though the consciousness of the planet can be charted through these EGGs.
In order to be registered via the EGGs, these global events are not based upon excitement, such as the Super Bowl. Instead, they must effect the shared emotions of the consciousness of those involved in the event. In particular, the emotion of compassion seems to be of primary importance with regard to this. Events of cataclysmic natures, such as an earthquake or a tsunami, can be charted. So can positive events such as global meditations and peace prayers.
Studies on Transcendental Meditation (TM) have also shown the positive effects of meditation and prayer on global events. In studies such as in a paper published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, there is data to indicate that during peace meditations, violent behavior in areas where these meditations had occurred declined considerably. The power of our consciousness is astonishing.
The power of sound to enhance these activities cannot be underestimated. Sound acts as a focusing mechanism for our consciousness. This understanding is encapsulated through formulas I’ve created, which include FREQUENCY + INTENT = HEALING and its corollaries VOCALIZATION + VISUALIZATION = MANIFESTATION and SOUND + BELIEF = OUTCOME. Our intentions, visualizations, feelings, and beliefs are all able to amplify the power and effect of sound. Conversely, sound, frequencies, tones, and vocalizations are all able to boost the power and enhance the effect of our meditations and prayers.
Together, these two elements of sound and the consciousness encoded in the sound combine in a synergistic manner to create a truly potent force that can move mountains. It is no accident that most prayer on this planet is chanted aloud–the ancients knew of the ability of sacred sound to amplify and empower our prayers. We are once again beginning to rediscover this.
One of the most powerful sounds on this planet is “AH.” This is an extremely powerful sound–particularly useful for generating compassion that many agree is truly a key to transformation of consciousness on this planet. The “AH” sound is a sacred seed syllable–a sacred mantra in many Eastern traditions including Tibetan Buddhism. It is also considered a divinely inspired sacred sound in many different Western traditions including Kabbalah of Judeo-Christian mysticism. Yet, despite the power and sacredness of the “AH,” because it is a vowel sound, it is non-denominational, and is therefore acceptable by everyone regardless of their background, culture or religion.
The “AH” sound is found in most of the God and Goddess names on the planet (Tara, Buddha, Krishna, Yah, Yeheshua, Saraswati, Wakantanka, Quan Yin, etc.), as well as many of the sacred words (Amen, Alleluia, Aum). As a seed syllable, the “AH” is universal and may be utilized differently in different traditions, depending upon its purpose. Throughout the planet, “AH” may be encountered in “MA,” the root sound for “mother”.
The “AH” is a powerful sound. It is the first sound that is made when we are born–the sound being birthed on the inhalation of the first breath. It is also the last sound that is made as we pass on, riding on the energy of our final exhalation.
Many mystical traditions worldwide find that the “AH” sound is the sound of the heart chakra. This energy center, located in the center of the chest, is associated with love and compassion. Indeed, when most people think about the energy of love, they express it as an “AH” sound. The activation of the heart chakra is important for achieving higher consciousness and enlightenment-the energy of love generated through this center is the fundamental, essential energy of the universe.
Numerous planetary sound healing events have taken place over the years, including World Sound Healing Day, which takes place on Feb. 14 of each year. We are now initiating a Global Sound Healing, which will occur on Sept. 21 of this year in conjunction with the U.N.’s International Day of Peace. This event will take place at noon New York Time (EDT), as well as noon in your local time zone. Together we will sound the “AH”–the universal sound of love and appreciation in order to assist the creation of peace on the planet. We will first begin by spending one minute in silence at noon to honor the International Day of Peace’s moment of silence. At 12:01 p.m. we will start the toning, until 12:05, or longer if you want.
Our intentions–our feelings, visualizations and beliefs–are encoded upon the sounds we make. Sound has the power to focus and amplify our thoughts, prayers and meditations. When we project the energy of love and appreciation while sounding the “AH” on Sept. 21, we will be able to shift and raise consciousness and awareness on a global scale.
At noon on Sept. 21, please go to .. www.templeofsacredsound.org. Read the protocols in silence and then enter the “AH TONING CHAMBER” and tone along with all of us throughout the Earth for this Global Sound Healing event! Temple of Sacred Sound is the world’s first interactive cyberspace sacred sound temple with extraordinary visuals as well as the beautiful sounds of the thousands of people toning together. If you’d like a special treat, plug in a pair of headphones and a microphone–it will feel like you toning in a virtual King’s Chamber or Taj Mahal.
I invite you to join us in creating a global tone of peace and harmony on this day. I also invite you to contribute your thoughts and understanding of how such events as this may assist and awaken the consciousness of sentient beings on the planet.
Note: If you are reading this article after Sept. 21, 2008, please visit www.healingsounds.com for future global sound healing events.
Jonathan Goldman is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He is author of Healing Sounds, Shifting Frequencies, Tantra of Sound (co-authored with his wife Andi), winner of the 2006 Visionary Award for “Best Alternative Health Book” and his latest The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing. He is director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music Inc. in Boulder, Colo.