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Learning Overtone Singing for Accessing the Higher Self

The following techniques are guidelines to help you get the feel and sound of the high, medium and low register overtones. Once you are familiar with the sounds and comfortable in creating the overtones, you will discover your own techniques and unique sounds to explore. These techniques should in no way strain the vocal cords. In fact, the quality of the voice and breathing capacity should improve with practice. Have fun with the techniques! Remember, no forcing or straining. The overtones come when you are deeply relaxed!

Higher Register: the harmonics sound similar to high whistling.

  • Tip of tongue behind the upper front teeth
    Make small movements with the lips and tongue to get the overtones vibrating.
  • EE as in “year”
    Listen especially during the transition between the “y” to “ee” sound, and then from “ee” to “rr” sounds.

The listening part is most important. Take note of how the sound changes with very slight movements in tongue position. Experiment with volume (low to high). The EE sound corresponds to the spiritual eye and crown centers. Pay attention to these areas as you practice.

It is also important to note that you are already creating harmonics with your voice. This is what makes your voice unique. The techniques you are learning are just ways to tune into and magnify certain notes or “partials.”

Mid Register: the harmonics sound like ethereal flutes.

  • OH as in OM
    Lips slightly round and tongue flat on bottom of mouth and slightly pulled towards back of throat. Visualize small grapefruit expanding the space in the mouth. The sound of OH corresponds to the root chakra (at base of spine), giving a sense of grounding and connection with Earth energies.
  • UU as in “you.”
    With slightly round lips, sing UU and then move the tongue slightly and slowly forward. Listen to the changes in harmonics. Repeat. Again, experiment with volume. The sound of UU corresponds to the throat area, the seat of creativity and expression.

Lower Register: The harmonics sound guttural (similar to Tibetan Buddhist chanting). The lower register can also sound like low notes of a flute or like someone blowing sideways on the opening of a bottle. The harmonics are produced in the back of the throat in general but can also be produced throughout the mouth with practice.

  • OH as in “OM”
    Relax the throat and open up the back of the throat and nasal passages. As you tone the sound of “OH” create a cavity in the mouth (visualize the grapefruit) and push air out through the mouth and nasal passage. This takes a bit of practice. Experiment with going back and forth with pushing air out mostly through the mouth and then a combination of through the mouth and nose.

Sound of motor: with lips closed (no air going through), make the sound of a motor (kind of like a sawing sound) high in the nasal cavities. When you get this sound, try opening the mouth to add overtones from the expanded space.

In practicing the upper, middle and lower range harmonics, keeping the nasal passages open and allowing some air and vibration to pass through this area is a great help in producing the harmonics. In the beginning, however, it may not feel natural and so to get a feel for this, practice with mouth closed for a little while. Hum through the nose and listen to each of the aforementioned sounds.

With time and practice you will learn to hear a wide range of harmonics and will begin to project greater energy in sounding out different overtones at the same time. You will then be able to create your own unique combinations of overtones that will help you towards a greater sense of well being and balance.

Have fun with your practice and let me know how you are coming along.

Bruce Manaka

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Power of the Mind – Dropping All Regrets and Resentments

One way of getting into the moment and dropping all regrets and resentments is by using sound. The video is of me playing the digeridoo (an ancient Australian Aboriginal  instrument). The harmonics created and the use of “circular breathing” helps to connect with the Earth Mother and the spirits of Nature. The following post is from a dialog with Higher Self regarding the power of the mind…

Drop all regrets and resentments by focusing strongly upon what you are feeling in the moment, whether fear, sadness, or resentment. Immerse yourself in the consciousness of now, in the fullness of what vibrates within. Drop all anxiety! It is a repeating loop of agitation brought on by thoughts and memories of past hurts that threaten future suffering. Get out of the recurring time loop that keeps you captive on the roller coaster ride of fear!

For now, throw away the need to “make sense” of the world. It will only cause frustration. Too many stories and beliefs have already been erected around “Life and all of its mysteries.” Focus on this thought: Build the magnet! Build the attracting force that will create the dimensions you wish to manifest. The magnet is created by powerfully revolving the thoughts and feelings around the objects of your noble desires… IN THE MOMENT! The vibratory field created will then be a living energy grid that cannot be impinged upon by anxieties of the past or worries about the future.

Use the mind as the creative instrument it was intended to be, not the instrument of torture that it has become. The mind was not intended to constantly churn out stories and memories of past hurts. With the mind, you can tap into the deepest layers of any mystery. Layer upon layer can be pulled aside to uncover the infinite subtleties of existence.

With mind you can create anything, any circumstance. At present you believe yourself subject to certain laws and restrictions of the world. You have bought into the mass hypnosis that the billions on earth are subject to. Awaken now to the gifts that are yours. The connection you have with your surroundings are not only through the body, as consciousness is not limited by the physical senses. The senses are merely filters that show certain spectrums of the Infinite Consciousness. And the power of the senses need not be limited as the consciousness of any filter can be ramped up to apprehend the finest nuances of the physical and spiritual universes.

Let the mind do the work it is meant to do. There are no limitations save in your own unwillingness to venture beyond the pale of the senses. Let yourself flow with the power as you allow the channels of body and mind to merge with the Universal Currents.

We understand that it is difficult to go against the tide of the worldly dream…suffering and pain is all so real to those who live in the realms of the earthly nightmare. It doesn’t go away by just wishing or hoping. And yet the dream has many layers, dimensions that can be unfolded to reveal all the lessons contained. Use the vibration of your focus combined with your voice to change the dream. With the use of harmonics you can melt the boundaries that separate you from the path you are meant to walk.


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Creativity – Observing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Observe the patterns that emerge from your drawings and even your doodlings. Fall to your center. Listen to the overtones and harmonics that emerge from music and even the cacophony of noises around you. It is all a swirling mass of energies that can be shaped and reshaped into forms and matrices that can then be used for art and healing.

Move energy! Let yourself dance and sing. Move and allow Creation to express through the infinite patterns of heart and mind, through body and soul. Release lethargy and smallness. There are vast worlds to explore, dimensions that would astound with infinite beauty and subtlety!

There is vast consciousness in places beyond the ability and capacity of the linear mind to comprehend. Can you grasp the significance of this?
Dear Higher Self, please explain.

There are levels of creativity that are still beneath the surface of perception waiting to be uncovered. Tune into the pulse beat of what is expressing in your very environment. The vibratory field of your thoughts, feelings and environment is singing its song of Creation and you can play with that resonance in a way that builds a layer of creative sound that penetrates the very atoms of your being, singing and speaking to you in a way that upholds the very ground of what you are here to manifest.

Learn to experience and absorb the sounds and subtle vibrations of that which is beyond the reach of what is familiar. There are colors and sounds beyond what your eyes are able to see, yet you can experience them in a way that allows you to appreciate their beauty. Likewise, there are sounds that are beyond the ability of your ears to hear, yet you can experience them in a way that allows you to dance to their beautiful rays.

Take note of the impressions that rise up to the surface of your consciousness when you drum or chant; or when you do any creative work, like drawing or writing. The flow of creativity is boundless and goes on expressing in deeper and wider ways, unlimited save in your hesitancy to explore the realms of imagination. There are no limits! Prove to yourself now and break the fetters of limitation. Go deeply into the frontiers of your dreams and meet the Powers of your own consciousness. Call them angels or spirits, it doesn’t matter, it is all a part of your “Being.”

When you think you are hemmed in, cornered or without inspiration, know that it is only a thought that has made you captive, and that thought can be dissolved and replaced with the understanding of your infinite power. Inhale deeply, exhale and relax into your center where all powers of creativity are born.

All powers are borrowed from the Infinite Source allowing manifestation of any dream. Inspiration is never far away. It is really only a breath away. When you are able to watch your breath and experience the beauty of the moment, then veils of the ordinary part allowing glimpses of the extraordinary. Not that the ordinary falls away; you begin to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You behold exquisite beauty in what was once thought to be mundane. And with these perceptions greatly magnified you will be able to gather and distill deep expressions of art and music.

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