In my personal practice, I use sounding as a meditative process to tap into streams of universal wisdom and creative potential. I sit at my altar, light a candle and a bundle of sage, and envelop myself in the cleansing smoke. The scent carves out a sacred space. It asks me to be present here and now, to open my throat and ears, and elicits memories of metamorphic catharsis.
In my heart or out loud, I articulate a question or concern. I call in the ancestors, my spirit animal companions, angels and guides, and offer gratitude for their unconditional love and presence.
I start with a gentle "ohm" repeating several times, or some kind of rhythmic vocal play that feels good to me. Sometimes it moves my body. I welcome this because the movements unlock any blocks I am holding. Sometimes an 'ugly sound' is revealed. I allow the sound to expand and morph organically, releasing and reharmonizing with breath and rhythm. It feels so good to ride this wave, watching each soundscape unfold like a watercolor painting in my inner vision. As the sounds pour like liquid stars in my ears and through my throat, down into my heart, belly, and pelvis, rising up through the crown of my head and out into the ethers, I feel fully activated; the definition of ALIVE and totally tapped in and turned on to the Creative Source.
In this state of awareness, I receive words, colors, textures, images, and messages that I explore more deeply with my sounds to flesh out my understanding and interpretation. Sometimes I am surprised by what I see and hear, and sometimes my inner knowing of some personal situation is validated or clarified. It is a valuable tool, to trust and follow the soundscape and to listen with every cell of my body, linking to a Divine channel and the limitlessness of love and wisdom readily available. In it is the capability to mold this 3D life experience through the focus of intention and action to create anything I desire. You can do it too. Here is an example.
This past spring when I was launching my business, I challenged myself to a 21 Day Sound Meditation to focus my intention. I had applied for business funding and because of the novelty of my work, it was a tough sell and required extra work to build the confidence of the decision makers. I decided to use my own 'product' to influence the situation and support myself energetically.
Day 1. I begin with my big, fat, ultimate desire: "I serve humanity and the planet with my sacred work, and all of my material needs are met with ease and grace."
I start to sound, traveling through various layers with shifting vocal expression. It is 100% intuitive, spontaneous, and good. It brings awareness of the 'monkey-mind' soup I am stewing in. Thoughts about mundane stuff - dirty dishes, weeding the garden, walking the dogs - contaminate the potency of my intention. This is part of the process, digging through the pithy gravity of physical experience to the heart of the intention, the spiritual seed of manifestation. Then arrive worries about bills and financial obligations and worthiness issues over funding and finding clients; and finally, nagging drones about not doing enough, not being present enough for the people in my life, etc., etc. I realize then I have been seeking distraction in all the small stuff to avoid rolling up my sleeves to do the job I came here to do. With this awareness, I am released. I float for a while in a lovely void of roaring silence.
I realize I am missing my tribe. I have isolated myself. I want a trusted sister/brother to reflect back to me what I need to see. I need to venture out, meet new people who can "dance" with me.
With that, I begin to dance and sound, drawing on the vitality of my inner sun. Jumping up and down, slapping my thighs and butt, clapping my hands and stomping my feet! AAAHHEEEEHHAAA!!! I crow magnificently like a bird and flap my feathers in a vigorous mating dance. I visualize myself in a field, encircled by the pounding of one hundred drums, and I dance harder and faster. My sounds are bouncing like waves on rolling lava rocks of an infant beach. My inner vision fills with the color orange - the juicy hue of creation, rejuvenation, potency, pleasure - I make a mental note to buy myself something orange to wear.
In my dancing, I release old relationships that have held me back, people who do not return my calls and those who cannot meet me where I am now. It does not matter. I make room for resonant beings in my life!
Day 2. I question: how much faith do I have - in myself? In my Source? I am challenged. What do I do with faith? Sit around and wait? No. I must begin to create marvelous things and the resources will arrive.
Day 3. To help me focus, I choose an Earth Magic card: the Desert. I sound the empty barrenness of hot endless sand until I find an oasis. Assessing my current life, I realize I have arrived at the place of my heart's deepest wish. What an awareness! I encounter a blank canvas, a fresh page, and empty bowl - all symbols of creative potential and possibilities to be fulfilled. I recognize the certainty of my path and I feel profound abundance and the freedom to move forward.
Day 4. I am asked by the funding committee to submit letters of support for my application. I reach out to previous clients, colleagues and my teacher. I focus on drawing in powerful letters of support within the next seven days. I sound a call to action! With my expressions and body movements, I call to me beautiful, potent, grounding letters of influence. Then I relax into a gentle flow of soft tones, fully trusting in the timing, my direction, and my inner guidance.
My daily sounding so far makes me feel very clear, strong and purposeful. Each morning I wake up with butterflies in my belly, feeling my manifestation is coming, knowing I will soon be arriving at my destination.
Day 5. I am energized by the messages of support coming in. I bathe in the sounds of awesome support. Day 6. I sound an anchoring of my supportive foundation and begin to plan my creative fortress. Day 7. I sound for clarity of the value of my service and how that value translates into personal exchange. Day 8. I affirm all is well and that I am fully supported.
Day 9. I receive several letters of support. I print them out and place them on my altar. I sound to connect with the hearts of each committee member (whom I have never met), calling in beneficial, unconditional loving support from all directions, time and space, infusing the paper and digital copies with my powerful intention. I direct my sounds to all four directions, swirling and dancing, proclaiming in giant "whoops!" and soft, gentle "ooohs" that the letters will speak to their hearts and stir their belief in my success. I feel certain, huge waves of love pouring into action. I send the letters.
Day 10. I sound to draw in further support as necessary, and to the committee again to balance the decision making with additional letters of support coming in. "ALL COMPONENTS ARE ALIGNED WITH YES & SUCCESS!" Out of my sounding comes a song of alignment and calling to people across Canada who need and want what I have to offer. I experience an unforgettable vision of flying over the country with wings of stars, finding pockets of golden energy beaming up from locations where I am called. I see myself crossing bodies of water, climbing mountains, and trekking through forests, encountering beautiful, resonant humans, animals and sacred places.
Day 11. I receive more powerful letters which I again infuse with sound and intention. My partner joins me in dancing and sounding in celebration and certainty, animating the letters with his support and energy. I send them along to the committee. Then I focus my intention forward, doing a sound exploration of the feeling of reaching my destination, being relaxed and refreshed and ready to settle into a new reality. I find a feeling of clarity and stability in my financial situation through this practice.
Days 12 & 13. My sounding focuses on my creative potential and what potent action I can make while "waiting for something to happen." Day 14. I sound to illuminate my shadow side for a deeper embodiment of the full spectrum of my spiritual service work. I gain incredible insights for integrating deeper intention into my services. Day 15. I am challenged by inner rebellion and self-sabotage and so I sound radical self-acceptance. Day 16. My intention is to relax into the flow and timing of resources in my life.
I make plans and take inspired action. One step at a time is all I need to take. Each step forward, the ground is under my feet. God guides my best direction.
Day 17. I ask: "How much fun can I have today?!" My sounds are silly, playful, not serious at all! I feel renewed energy, pleasure, and purpose. I am swimming in possibilities!! I make a list of creative dreams to be realized over the next seven years.
Day 18. Fears surface because I have no news about my application. Again, I question myself. I wonder if I am completely deluded. I choose to be gentle today with my sounding. "I observe all is well."
Day 19. I use Earth Magic cards again to focus my intention. With these two cards, Rainbow and Fire, I sound and receive beautiful insights about how my work can best support healing and transformation for myself and others. Day 20. I nourish my heart and dreams with loving sounds. My intention today is "I appreciate my vast supply of inner resources."
Day 21 arrives and I still have no word about my application. Regardless, I decide to sound my readiness to launch, the inevitable success of my business, and celebrate my 21 days of sounding! In doing so, I am fueled by the energy of what I can create and manifest and it motivates me to sound directly to the heart of the person managing my file. Like never before, I make a phenomenal display of sound - roaring in every direction, weaving my sounds and body movements to direct a desired outcome and bring me the YES I seek. I visualize my application as a majestic elephant. It is outrageously obvious and impossible to ignore! I stand firm, boldly sounding in earnest as she tries to hide the elephant in a drawer, push it under her desk, contain it in a corner, wish it away. The elephant is knocking decor off the walls, sitting on her keyboard, creating an enormous distraction. My elephant and my sounds are a call to decisiveness, clear communication and confirmation. I feel seen, heard, and utterly invincible.
A few days later, I receive a phone call that my application is approved.
This structured sounding ritual has proven to be a powerful practice for building clarity of focus and fueling manifestation. The daily commitment builds discipline and improves situations of leaking life-force energy and inner polarity imbalances. It is a valuable process to deepen personal insight, recognize where focus and attention is needed, and helps shift negative thought processes and habits that no longer serve in the course of personal evolution.