Healing Yourself with Sound

Sound healing has been known since ancient times as one of the simplest and most effective ways to bring balance and calm to your entire being. This wonderful excerpt gives step-by-step instructions for making a series of sounds that can align your body, mind, and spirit. No fancy equipment or expensive ingredients are needed here, just you and your voice.

Even if you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag, this method can make you feel better, clearer, and calmer in just a few minutes.

“Chakras” are energy centers located along the center of the body that correspond to major glandular systems.

All sounds should be made softly and gently, for no more than five minutes each.

1. Begin with an “UH” sound (as in the word “huh”) that is the very deepest sound you can make. Focus your attention on the base chakra, located at the base of the spine. If you would like to add a color visualization to this exercise, use the color red. The sound you make can be very soft and gentle. It does not have to be loud. Close your eyes while you are making this sound. Become aware of where the sound is resonating in your body. The sound will always resonate in your throat, but become aware of where else that sound is resonating. Now visualize the sound resonating at the base of your spine and in your reproductive area. Feel the sound vibrating the area and, as it does, become aware that the energy center associated with that area is also resonating, becoming balanced and aligned. Make this “UH” sound for a minute or two, or however long you feel comfortable. We suggest that you do this for no more than five minutes.

2. Now focus your attention on the second chakra, located about three inches below the navel. The vowel sound for this chakra is “OOO” (as in the word “you”). A color that will compliment a visualization for this sound is orange. Begin to tone an “OOO” sound, making it a little less deep and a bit higher in pitch than the last sound. Close your eyes and become aware of where the sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on the second chakra and project the sound there. Experience this energy center balancing and aligning with the other charkas. Make this “OOO” sound for a minute or two.

3. The sound for the navel chakra, located at the navel area and several inches above, is “OH” (as in the word “go”). Yellow will compliment your visualization. Begin to tone a very soft and gentle “OH” sound, that is beginning to fall in the mid range of your voice. This sound should be higher than the last sound. Become aware of where that sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on the navel and solar plexus area and focus the sound there. As the sound resonates this area, experience this energy center balancing and aligning with the other chakras.

4. The vowel sound for the heart chakra, located in the middle of the chest, to the right of our physical heart, is “AH” (as in the word “father”). “AH” is often a sound we make when we are in love and the heart chakra is the center associated with love. If you wish to add a color to compliment this sound, use green. Begin to tone a soft and gentle mid-range “AH” sound, higher in pitch than the last sound. Become aware of where the sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on your heart chakra and project the sound there. As you resonate the heart chakra with sound, experience this energy center balancing and aligning with the other chakras.

5. The vowel sound for the throat chakra, located at the throat, is “EYE (as in the word “I”). A color to compliment this sound is blue. Begin to tone a soft and gentle “EYE” sound which is still higher in pitch than the last sounds. Become aware of where the sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on the throat chakra and project sound there. As the sound resonates the throat chakra, experience this energy center balancing and aligning with the other chakras.

6. The vowel sound for the third eye, located in the forehead between the two eyes and slightly above them, is “AYE” (as in the word “say”). A color that works well with this sound is indigo. Begin to tone a soft and gentle “AYE” sound higher in pitch than the last sounds. Close your eyes while making this sound and become aware of where that sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on this chakra and project the sound to that area. As the sound resonates the third eye, experience this energy center aligning and balancing with your other chakras.

7. The vowel sound for the crown chakra, located a the top of the head, is the very highest “EEE” (as in the word “me”) sound that you can create. A color that is used here is purple. Begin to tone the highest “EEE” sound that it is possible for you to make. Make this sound soft and gentle. Close your eyes and become aware of where that sound is resonating in your body. Now focus your attention on your crown center, and begin to project sound there. As the sound resonates the crown chakra, experience this energy center balancing ad aligning with the other chakras.

At the completion of this exercise, you may feel light-headed. We suggest you sit in a state of meditation and enjoy this experience. Are there any images or thoughts which are coming to you in this state? Take adequate time when you have completed this exercise for processing the experience you have had with sounding the charkas in this manner. What did you feel like before you began this exercise? What do you feel like now that you have completed it? If you wish to ground the energy that you have moved up from the root chakra to the crown chakra, tone the deepest “UH” sound you can make.

Adapted from Healing Sounds by Jonathan Goldman (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Jonathan Goldman. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Healing Sounds by Jonathan Goldman (Inner Traditions, 2002).

12 comments

Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

music heals the severe beast

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago

thanks

Faith B.
Faith Billingham5 years ago

great article, thanks :)

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks.

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.6 years ago

THANKS!