JONATHAN GOLDMAN, M.A. is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He is author of numerous books including HEALING SOUNDS, THE 7 SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING, and his latest, the best-selling THE HUMMNG EFFECT which won the 2018 Gold Visionary Award for “Health Books”. Jonathan is director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. A Grammy nominee, he has created over 25 best-selling, award winning recordings including: “CHAKRA CHANTS”, “THE DIVINE NAME” (with Gregg Braden), and “REIKI CHANTS”. Jonathan has been named as one of Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine’s “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People” . Healing Sounds can be found here
What excites you the most to do your work?
There are so many things that excite me. But perhaps, it’s the absolutely incredible feedback I get from people who have had some sort of experience with sound and how powerful sound can be. When they come to the realization that sound can heal and transform and understand that they be the people who not only are able to receive the healing and transformation, but also can be the ones who transmit this powerful energy to others, it’s truly life changing. How extraordinary that when they become reawakened to the power of sound! We all have this ability to use sound for healing, but so few of us are aware of it. I am grateful that every day, this awareness continues to expand and grow!
How do you remain confident in your ability to produce what you produce? After all, there’s so much noise in the world, especially media noise! And how do you keep “sane” in this time of “turmoil”?
I like to believe that what keeps me balanced in this time of turmoil is simply that I practice what I preach. I use sound— experiencing the effects of self created sound through humming, toning or singing, or by listening to music or using tuning forks or Tibetan Bowls or some other sonic instrument–to achieve balance.
In your opinion, what is your most prized accomplishment?
I don’t know. There are several, including the discovery of the Divine Name, helping spread awareness of the power and importance of humming and of course World Sound Healing Day. Overall, I suppose you could say it’s simply that I’ve been helpful in awakening people to the power of sound to heal and transform—both on personal level and on a planetary level!
How do you maintain a balance between artistic and creative integrity and commercial success and/or finance?
This is an excellent question that I can’t truly answer except to say that I like to believe that all of my projects are spiritually guided. I’ll hear an inner voice or get the idea that something needs to get done. And then I’ll make sure someone else hasn’t done it first—I don’t want to copy the work of someone else. There are too many things to do that haven’t been done. Then I do my best to manifest whatever this idea is. And thankfully, most of the time there has been a wonderful balance between creative integrity and commercial success. These projects have worked and often become very popular. My primary focus when I create something is to have the intention that it’s going to be of benefit to the people and our planet.
What would you like to do that you have not done yet?
I suppose I’d like to somehow do some sort of project that would encompass bringing as many people as possible into understanding that we are all one and that we need to generate compassion to each other. Sound can really assist this. I think that once we realize that instead of competing with each other , we can work with the spirit of cooperation and we can change and fix many of the things that as a species we’ve helped create—things that are not necessarily positive for our continuation on this planet. Many of these problems we’ve created. And so, if we work together, we can most probably find solutions to these problem,. That would be incredible.
How would you best inspire or empower someone who wants to go into your field?
I’d begin by first having experience the power of their own sound. Either through conscious listening (called “psycho-acoustics”—the sound goes into our ears and into our brain, affecting our nervous system, heart rate and respiration) or through conscious humming (called “vibro-acoustics”—the sound go into our body, and resonates our cells down to our DNA). Once someone experiences this, there’s no turning back. It’s as though one of our senses has become enhanced and our consciousness becomes expanded. That’s all that’s necessary. If you give someone this experience, they will want to share it with someone else. It’s that simple and that powerful.
It’s an awareness that we need to love ourselves and to love others as well. And that by generating kindness and compassion we can do this. In addition, I guess, there’s an understanding that we need to be in a state of gratitude and appreciation for all that is. And finally, it’s a consciousness that knows that we are ultimately all connected to each other and to the Divine. Most frequently, I use sound in order to manifest these various aspects of being.
What is the last concert you experienced?
The last live concert I experienced was in a very small venue. It was a brilliant flamenco guitarist named Miguel Espinoza and his jazz ensemble, Flamenco Fusion. I’ve seen many musicians and been playing guitar for over 55 years. Miguel did things when he played that I’d never seen a guitar do before. It was really amazing.
The last concert I experienced that was not live and in person, but filmed, was Paul Simon. There’s not much that can be said about Simon that hasn’t been said. The more I experience his music, the more I am truly impressed by the genius of this man. His work on “Graceland” was truly incredible. It was only years later, upon watching a documentary about the creation of this work that I realized not only his brilliance, but also the importance his decision to go against what was at the time considered “politically correct”. During the recording of “Graceland”, South African musicians were off limits. But Paul Simon didn’t care. And he created a new form of music while expanding South African music. How awesome
What was the first musical performance you experienced?
The first musical performance that I experienced goes back too far in time for my memory to recall. I was exposed to many, many different types of music from a very early age. The first musical performance I experienced that I remember was of me playing in front of an audience when I was about 15 years old. It was a four piece rock n’ roll band—I was playing guitar—and we did a lot of pop songs at the time. I remember one song was “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. It was so much fun playing. What a blessings!
10. Do you have a favourite motion picture?
Having a degree in film making from Boston University, I’ve got a lot of motion pictures that I really like. I suppose, I could say that among my favorites is “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, Steven Spielberg’s amazing film about the first extra-terrestrial encounter. I usually watch it every year on my birthday.
At times like these, with so much news of dysfunction and chaos, how do you prepare for your day so that you can maintain your integrity and autonomy—without going insane?
This is very much like the 2nd question. Usually, to start the day, I do something that is calming and meditative. Often, I will do something with sound, such as listening to soothing music. Or I will hum for a few minutes. It’s really important that if possible, we don’t immediately begin to race into the day. It’s much too easy to burn out that way. So, beginning the day slowly with a state of gratitude is so important. Many people have stated that the most important thing we can do to calm and heal ourselves is to remember to breath—by this, of course they mean to take some nice deep breaths throughout the day.
I would add that if possible, adding humming to this. From my perspective, humming may be the most powerful technique we can do that will calm us down. It lowers heart rate and blood pressure. It reduces levels of stress related hormones. Humming increases levels of melatonin (great for sleep enhancement and also to reduce depress). It also increases levels of nitric oxide (N0), a molecule that is a vasodilator and causes our circulatory system to relax and become more fluid. Humming release endorphins—those wonderful self-created opiates that work as natural pain relievers. Humming also causes the release of oxytocin, the “trust” (or “love”) hormone, which breaks down barriers between ourselves and other people. These are just a few of the scientifically validated effects of humming.
What would you recommend to anyone who wants to go into your field?
This is very similar to question #6. I would recommend that if anyone wanted to go into the field of using sound as a healing and therapeutic modality, they need to experience firsthand the effects and power of sound. It’s that simple and that profound. In addition, I would suggest that everyone could benefit from expanding their awareness of how sound can heal and transform. We are all sound healers.
Is there a story or an experience that you encountered and/or exposed or helped to bring to the surface that you are the most proud of?
Perhaps that which I am most proud of is the present. By this I mean that in less than a week, we will be celebrating the 17 Annual World Sound Healing Day. And I am very excited about this because I truly believe this event has the potential of helping shift the consciousness of all beings on our planet. The idea of World Sound Healing Day came to me nearly 20 years ago, when I was in a deep state of meditation. I heard this inner voice say: “You have been working for nearly twenty years, helping bring awareness of the power of sound to heal and transform on a personal level. And you’ve been quite successful at this. It is now time to expand this work and bring awareness of the power of sound to heal and transform the planet.” I thought this was a great idea, but after that whatever inner voice I was hearing cut transmission, so I had to figure it out myself.
Seventeen years ago, I created a day in which people throughout the planet would sound a tone encoded with the energy of love and compassion to the planet. I chose February 14th as the day when this would happen. And the sound created was the “Ah” sound—a sound that’s almost universally understood as being a sound of appreciation, compassion and love. I gave this event the name World Sound Healing Day. And every year, awareness of this event has grown and grown. There’s even scientific data to indicate that it may well be possible to for human consciousness such as manifests on World Sound Healing Day with what I call the “Gaia Matrix”—the field of consciousness of our planet. If this is possible, we may indeed be able to shift and change the awareness of all sentient beings, allowing a higher vibratory level of evolution to occur. And I think, more than ever, events such as World Sound Healing Day are important and necessary. For more information, I ask that you go to www.worldsoundhealingday.org
JONATHAN GOLDMAN, M.A. is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He is author of numerous books including HEALING SOUNDS, THE 7 SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING, and his latest, the best-selling THE HUMMNG EFFECT which won the 2018 Gold Visionary Award for “Health Books”. Jonathan is director of the Sound Healers Association and president of Spirit Music, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. A Grammy nominee, he has created over 25 best-selling, award winning recordings including: “CHAKRA CHANTS”, “THE DIVINE NAME” (with Gregg Braden), and “REIKI CHANTS”. Jonathan has been named as one of Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine’s “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People” . For more information, visit: www.healingsounds.com