When I first did singing on my sound healing training course I was suddenly struck by a number of things. This was unlike any other kind of singing I had done before; and I had sung in a number of choirs back in schools and at college – so why was this different? It was all about sharing. A sharing of love. When you vocalise in a group, especially if you are singing sacred chants, it takes you back to a place you have long since forgotten. That sense of community, of sharing something special with others. You often find yourself looking around the group and smiling at others. If you think back to Victorian times when there was little else to do but entertain themselves, what would they do to while away the evenings? They would either play the piano or sing – or very often, do both! We have since lost the impetus of wanting to sing. The entertainment’s all in front of us in the form of a box which we sit religiously in front of, day in & day out. Isn’t it time that we got back to the ‘old ways’ and did something different for a change?
Let’s not also forget that singing is really good for you. If you sing it lowers your blood pressure. There have been studies done on people who sing in choirs who have less diseases and illnesses because they are free to express themselves, even if they are singing a particular piece and it is controlled and conducted, they are still doing themselves a great deal of good.
Singing gives you that ‘feel good’ factor. It will produce ‘happy endorphins’ which help you feel alive when you are singing. Also, if you sing in front of an audience their response when the performance is finished will also give you an immediate rush that makes you feel just amazing. I remember suffering post performance blues when I was younger whereby I experienced such euphoria of a performance, that the next couple of days afterwards it was like I was coming down slowly and it took a while to get my mood back up again. Well, there’s an antidote to this problem. Don’t stop singing! Always do a little everyday. Even if it’s in the shower or in the car you’ll find it will help you feel better and you’ll get more confident in doing it, so why not give it a try?
Why is it so good for you? It opens up your lungs and allows more oxygen to come into your body. It releases tension when you really allow yourself to ‘go for it’. As mentioned, it creates the happy endorphins which give you a healthier nervous system. To get back to the group chanting sessions – these are designed with meditation in mind. The chants allow you to create a central sense of peace which is often experienced by people who do yoga or who meditate regularly. The chants will also connect you to the divine energy. In my sessions I use Sanskrit, Native American as well as pagan chants also. The Sanskrit chants are often the most beautiful and the language is so sacred and powerful it really does give you an instant connection to the universal energy source. The Native American chants are fantastic and great fun and will fill your body with energy. Some of these will also feel very sacred when you do them. The pagan ones are all about feeling a connection to the elements that surround us. If you can’t get outside to connect, then do it from the inside. Singing about the earth, air, fire water and the ether is an amazingly powerful way to connect you to the earth and all its magicalproperties.
So if you chant in a group you’ll experience another amazing gift. At the beginning of this article I mentioned it was all about sharing. Sharing of love and of harmony. If you sing your chants with love for yourself and for the group then this really is the most powerful way of singing there is. A mutual giving and receiving of love though the power of sound. What better way to share an hour or two? If you like that idea then you’ll also love being part of a ‘Sound Bath’. This is when you are immersed in beautiful sounds from the group who sing powerful & positive affirmations into your body. It can be a very moving and emotionally releasing experience.Not to be missed.
If you’d like to learn more about my chanting, workshops or sound baths then please get in touch or have a look at my website, [email protected]
I trained with Simon Heather through the college of sound healing – He runs courses and workshops throughout the UK and throughout the whole year so I would recommend having a look there also.
The best way to experience this joy of group singing is to try it for yourself. Start up with a group and just give it a try. You’ll never know what you’ve been missing out on. Finally, enjoy each day as if it were your last and ‘Live in Bliss!’
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