following is an excerpt from "The Power Of Harmonics, Men's Drumming and
Chanting", an interview with Jonathon Goldman, Sound Healers'Association
by Sita Murti.
book, "Healing Sounds: The Power Of Harmonics" focuses on sound healing,
but it explores a fascinating aspect of the human voice, the ability to
create two or more notes simultaneously.
Yes, this is called "vocal Harmonics" or "multiple overtones." It is a
very powerful and ancient esoteric technique that has been employed in
various shamanic and spiritual traditions, including Mongolian shamanism
and Tibetan Buddhism. It also has been used in various magical schools
that probably date back to ancient Egypt, if not before.
What exactly are harmonics?
Harmonics, or overtones, are a phenomenon of sound that occurs whenever
sound is created. All sounds that are produced are not single tones, but
mixtures of pure tone frequencies or harmonics. There is a fundamental
tone as well as overtones which make up the spectrum of sound. These harmonics
are geometric multiples of the fundamental, meaning that if the fundamental
frequency is 100 cycles per second, and the next overtone vibrates twice
as fast, at 200 cycles per second, and the next overtone vibrates 3 times
as fast, at 300 cycles per second and so on. Harmonics are responsible
for the tone color or the timbre of different instruments and our voices.
Just as you can hold a prism to white light and refract the different colors
of the rainbow, it is possible to learn how to use your voice to break
up these harmonics into specific sound frequencies.
Your book examines the use of harmonics in shamanic and spiritual traditions,
as well as in their application in scientific and medical arenas. What
is so special about these "vocal harmonics"?
From a spiritual aspect, harmonics may resonate different etheric centers
and subtle bodies and fields and invoke specific deities and energy forms.
From a more scientific and physiological viewpoint, harmonics seem to be
frequencies that affect the nervous system and the brain. As Dr. Alfred
Tomatis, M.D., indicates, high frequency sounds may actually charge the
brain. They are extraordinary tools for relaxation and may hold a major
key to the use of sound for healing and transformation.