TONING AS AN INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE
If you’re toning regularly, for whatever reason, and however you do it, that’s a good thing.
For the scientist in all of us, it’s supportive to know there are well-documented health and emotional benefits to making sound, including relaxation, enhanced cellular healing and clearing of emotions, expanded self expression, self-empowerment, and heightened creativity.
But all you really have to do is check how you feel after you tone. You probably notice the positive evidence radiating all through your mind and body.
So keep right on toning. It’s good for you.
TONING AS A GROUP PRACTICE
If you tone with a group, there are different — additional — dynamics at play, and that’s what I want to talk about today. In a group, there is usually a clearly stated intention for toning, often related to healing.
How does that work?
In other words, what makes the toning session a healing session? How do we “get there?” How do we know we’re actually accomplishing what we set out to do? Is the healing for you? The group? The world?
Wow. A lot of questions within the question.
But if you’ve ever toned with a group, these musings (or similar) have probably crossed your mind….
Logically, to offer a healing space to another, it probably helps to be in a pretty free and relaxed place one’s self.
So I check in and ask: What is my state of being during this toning session?
I’ve been in toning groups that are expressive, sometimes quiet, sometimes all over the map. Sometimes the sound is beautiful. Sometimes not. But in either case, at the end, I wonder if we accomplished something meaningful. It’s not that I think we didn’t accomplish our purpose for being there — I just don’t know.
Maybe there’s no way to really know.
In some vocal toning groups, I find that rather than being in a state of calm and that wonderful flowing way that I love to feel when I sing — instead — I’m in my head. (Not fun.) I’m thinking, not being and certainly not flowing.
Which made me wonder about the difference — why am I in a wondrous state at one time, and “in my head” in another?
And I wondered — how do I personally contribute to the intention of the group, which is healing myself and the world? What kind of a singing state is ideal for contributing to the group’s intention?
What to do?
Here are my top 5 steps.
1. If you’re not in a great state upon arrival to the toning session, that’s fine. No big deal. We’ve all been there — life smacks us over the head sometimes and we go reeling. We’re all human and we’re all in this together.
So what to do?
Just start where you are and move toward ease and relaxation. Miracles happen when there’s ease. Healing happens naturally when there’s ease.
2. Sing in a way that moves you into a easier, more relaxed, happier state one note at a time. Expecting yourself to go from annoyed or frustrated or grieving — straight to bliss — is a tall order. Too tall, in fact. Don’t expect yourself to do that. It’s a big jump. It’s not even necessary to try that hard.
Start easy. Start in a small way. Start where you are and then reach ever so slightly to some sound that eases your emotion or state of mind.
3. Then do it again.
4. Pause for a micro-second and notice differences. Don’t think, just notice.
5. Then do it again.
It’s really easy — if you start easy. Let sound help you get where you’re going. That’s the idea of toning.
Go for the small stuff and you’ll be moving in the direction of ease. Then you’ll be running, then leaping with the gracefulness of a deer, then soaring and communing with the divine. You’ll be creating and feeling healing vibrations in no time.
The personal state of being we’re in when we tone makes a difference. This state determines what we manifest. The state you’re in will produce a result which matches your predominant vibration.
You’ll know because you’ll be thought-less.
You’ll be riding the group sound wave in a state of bliss.