TONING

‘Toning is the simple and natural process of making vocal sounds for the purpose of balance. Everyone practices toning. When tired, we tone ourselves with a yawning sound. When in pain we tone ourselves with a scream or perhaps a moan. Sadness is expressed through the toning sound of crying and happiness is expressed through laughter.’

‘To be free to make sounds is an integral part of healthy functioning. Fully expressed sounds are powerful and effective balancing mechanisms. Imagine touching a hot iron and not making a sound. Without release of sound the body would tighten. Sound is necessary for restoring the body’s balance.’

‘Toning sounds are sounds of expression and do not have a precise meaning. In the process of learning language, most adults underestimate the importance of making spontaneous sounds. Children are excellent examples of uninhibited toners. They have a natural intuition and playfulness around sounds. Listen to children engrossed in play and you will hear a symphony of toning sounds.’

TONING EXAMPLES

Yawning, grunting, groaning, whistling, screaming, sneezing, belching, whining, snuffling, moaning, panting, humming, signing, laughing, sobbing, cooing, yelping, crying, breathing, sniffling, gurgling, farting, clearing throat, gasping.

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SILENCE

‘The deepest level of listening is silence. The center of all sound is silence. All sounds rise from and lead back to silence. Listening is the art of discovering silence. Silence is the key to the many adventures the world of sound has to offer. Through silence we are truly safe and free. We know the beginning and we know the end.’

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ELEMENT LISTENING

‘To begin understanding this level, imagine different environments. For example, Alaska is cold and windy. The Sahara desert is hot and dry. The rain forests of the Amazon are hot, humid and wet. The natural elements in these environments mix in different ways to create realities within which people live. Their customs, dress, thoughts, and physical appearances can all be understood in relation to the elements’

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MUSIC REALITIES: Do you reflect the music you listen to?

An excerpt from the book Music & Sound in the Healing Arts written by John Beaulieu.

“Music has the power to bypass our conscious focus of attention. We can actually become the music. And conversely, we are what we listen to. It is not that difficult to recognize people by the type of music they listen to. People who like punk rock appear different from the people who listen to early classical, and people who listen to jazz are different from others who listen to rock ‘n’ roll.”

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