YHOLDIA: THE HEALING VOICE
During my workshops, (Yholdia is the name for the voice workshops) specially the longer ones, we work with increasing intensity and at deeper levels, touching quite often on areas of the psyche long buried. Through the therapeutic use of the voice we are able to bring these areas of hurt and pain safely up into the light of clarity and illumination, often ridding ourselves of traumas which have beset us since early childhood.
One of the effects of chanting is the dissolution of boundaries and when this happens something new can take place in the psyche and body of a person. Chanting seems directly to stimulate the emission of certain chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, which give rise to states of enhanced awareness, blissful calm and other deep meditative states.
People of all ages and backgrounds come together for these workshops. I have people from 15 to 70, from professional musicians, singers, psychologists, teachers, therapist who want to extend their work, to those who were told at school that they could not sing in tune. The workshops also attract people who want to work on emotional or physical blocks, as well as professional educators, actors and healers.
People often report great healing experiences: headaches, and backaches may suddenly vanish, or emotional burdens quickly lift. Others report feeling more confident and powerful.
And when singing overtones in particular, it can facilitate visionary experiences.
My teaching begins with instruction in breathing, which is the good basis of any sound healing work, then we begin to tune our voices together, discovering the effect of the voice on the body, mind and spirit. We learn exactly what the voice does, and its power to heal. We also explore ancestral lines. We go back through our families and by means of the voice we exorcise family unacknowledged deaths, redundant themes and patterns, and other ancient hurts.
At the same time we uncover the particular blessings, the gifts which we receive from our ancestors. Often we find what the Native Americans call “our medicine” the gift which we are to the world and how this relates to the essence of our family patterns. One person who did this work managed to release and heal his relationship with his mother, which had been untouched by years of therapy.
Depending on the time of the year, we do ceremonies to access the spirits of the moment so that we can remain in harmony with it. We also work with the elements, the nature spirits. We discover how these forces affect our place of birth, our childhood and the health of our family lines, and what we can do to balance these forces of nature to bring our lives into harmony with them.
We also work with our power animals, dreams, purification practices, mantras, ceremonial chanting, and connecting voice work with conscious movement, creating ceremonial dances which are the most ancient form of healing, the power of vocally induced trance. …..sacred chant.
Underlying all my work is the premise that the voice is the key to spiritual transformation. Because the sound of voice is directly linked through the breath to the activities of the mind, through working with the voice we can learn to enter the state of awareness that combines emptiness with clarity.