Sound Healing Sounds Good! – Presented with gratitude to Alan Cohen for his beautiful story below, which I love handing out in my Sound Healing classes.
The African Song of Soul, Alan Cohen
When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. The women attune to the song; they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.
When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.
Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.
In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them.
The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.
A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused. Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home
Alan Cohen is the author of many inspirational books, including Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment. For more information about Alan’s programs, including his Life Coach Training program, free daily inspirational quotes via email, and other books and programs, visit www.alancohen.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 1‑808‑572-0001.
If only every child could be raised in this way. If only our community, our society, could care for each other in this way. It all starts within us, of course. Sound, the most ancient healing modality, I believe will be our saving grace.
As a parent, you can be in tune with sound as a release of emotions and with sound as a creative expression. You can develop this in yourself and you can allow for this in your child. As a mother, imagine if you had to suppress your sounds during labor and birth, the most extreme process you’ve ever experienced.
Dads-while attending the birth of your child, go ahead and support your partner’s release in sound with your own sounds; simultaneously giving voice to your own emotions. Parents, recognize in your child’s sounds, the joy, the creative expression, the physical or emotional pain release, and the power of healing. We can use sound to balance, to heal, and to express ourselves. And we can give our children the opportunity to keep their innate and sacred power alive.
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