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Masha B
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Just wanted to share my experiences with humming, which is a form of sound healing for self, a really simple tool that is among those taught on my current sound healing practitioner course.

In a moment of insanity I booked myself onto a 7 day intensive exercise bootcamp earlier this spring, and during that had to use all the self-help methods I had in my toolkit in order to survive the experience (and to stop myself from murdering all the trainers!) There were moments when I was so exhausted and in so much pain, that I physically was unable to do something like EFT (which would normally be my first port of call for pain management or overwhelming emotions) - I couldn't even visualise or meditate as I couldn't keep my focus of attention. So I hummed instead - and found it lifesaving! The vibrations of humming soothed the physical pain very quickly, apart from it being very calming and relaxing.

When we talk about sound healing many people associate this with the use of instruments such as singing bowls, drums, rattles, tuning forks etc - but actually our own voice is the most fabulous tool, and even as a humble hum (which may not seem like much) it is so powerful - and portable as well! I'm pleased that the course I am doing at the moment via the College of Sound Healing makes an emphasis on the use of the voice, though other instruments are included in the syllabus as well.

If you haven't tried it before - try humming gently to yourself and directing the vibration mentally to any source of physical discomfort in your body. Or, if you are not experiencing any discomfort and just want a bit of balancing, then hum into individual chakras, starting with a low sound from the base (you can also visualise the chakra colour at the same time if you like) and going a little higher with each chakra. I often do this as I drive (though have to be careful not to get too relaxed!) and have noticed that my annoyance with bad drivers has decreased considerably! 🙂

Masha

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Celia
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Interesting - thank you Masha

Must admit I have only ever heard of singing/ chanting for using your own voice so this a gentle intro maybe.

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Masha B
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Yes, singing, chanting, toning, overtoning are the most commonly known approaches, and humming rarely get a mention - but just in those particular circumstances it was quite life-saving for me, so I felt it deserved more acknowledgment 🙂

Masha

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tigress
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I attended a great 'voice/sound' day with Chloe Goodchild recently.
We chanted the aum and broke the sound into 3 parts

AH-the outer world
OO- the dream world
MMM- the void, the emptiness from which everything appears.

she encouraged us to let the lips vibrate as we sounded the mmm...like Masha's humming maybe?
taking us (back) to zero

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