There's an idea that some in the 'mystical' realm of the sound healing world present that says we each have a personal note or "signature note". The implication being that we each have a particular primary or essential resonant tone and that discovering that tone would naturally be a good thing for us. Certainly if such a tone exists I'd agree 100% that it be of great value to discover this note, embrace it, play with it, sing it daily. However, I question whether such a singular note actually exists in some fundamental unalterable place within us.
I feel that one of the most, or maybe I should say I feel that the most important aspect of being a sound healer/therapist is opening up, making friends with, uncovering the deeper dimensions of our own voice. The journey that unfolds from such an endeavor is a profound and life changing one. Learning to awaken our own heart center, to uncover its expanse and depth, learning to live, move and motivate from that place, to ground our existence there is an awakening to the true core of the self. To do so through the soundings of our own voice is possibly the main line connection into and out from this spiritual/body/mind/essence ground center of our multidimensional being. Such a journey into our own 'heart sound center' will surely bring us great personal transformation. Likely, it is a journey that may offer ever unfolding gifts and new awarenesses throughout the pathways, challenges and revealings of our lives.
But is it really about one single “signature note”? Again, in my experience I have not found this to be the case. In my experience I believe that I see myself (and therefore each of us) as an ever changing and fluid energetic entity. Yes, there can be a place of peace and centeredness and grounding within. Yes, there is a core essence that we can discover and develop and strengthen through all sorts of practices (sound, qigong, yoga, meditation etc, etc,...) that matures into a place of relative or reasonable stability regardless of the vast and varied onslaughts of human experience. And yes, there can be a discovered and cultivated nature or quality to the sounding we find within and emanating from this core heart center. However, no, I do not experience this as a single unchanging note. I do not perceive such an absolute residing in and as the essence of who we are. In my experience, and thus my belief, our core sounding exists within a quality of being and it sonically exists within a malleable range of tones, notes and frequencies.
One particular sound healer proclaims: “...we each have a note, and when we sound that note we resonate the very conviction of our truth, and therefore it is the song of our soul.” (I am not naming this person as my intention here is not to make this about any individual or to set anyone up as 'other' or 'the wrong one' etc, or to try to tear anyone down.) Well, that statement 'sounds' nice, but again, I just don't see it that way. To me this is yet another act of oversimplification, of taking a complex, multidimensional and fluid reality and paring it down to a pithy phrase or a simplistic and easily absorbed thought that unfortunately misses the greater essence from which it comes.
So, I ask any and all of you readers and fellow sound explorers: do you have any experience with this concept of a personal note or signature note and if so, what is your perspective? And of course, as with all things posted on this forum please feel free to disagree and to offer differing perspective and experience if you have it.
© 2016, Rich Goodhart