In a long ago teaching — one of the teachers at Nine Gates, but I no longer remember which — mentioned a quote about never trusting a person whose laugh doesn’t come from their belly. It was about the sound and feeling the energy in it — if it comes from the belly there’s a difference resonance. One of those moments that struck deep for me and I’ve remembered it and pondered and listened to voices with more care ever since.
The listening has helped me be aware that you can learn a lot from voice resonance and, if you’re really listening you can hear if there is sound coming from the lower chakras and/or the heart or only from the top.
I’ve been noticing a trend in which more and more people’s voices are high pitched — shrill to me — and come only from their heads. It started with hearing lots of women on House Hunters whose voices made me wonder how their spouses managed to live without earplugs.
Increasingly I’m noting it as a spreading phenomenon. Now I’m hearing these voices all over television, in public places, etc. and it’s men too though their naturally deeper pitch makes it a little harder to catch. To me they sound like they’re 5 and just took a suck off a helium balloon.
A voice pitched only in the head is the voice of someone cut off from their body, cut off from emotions. This doesn’t mean you have to make some kind of judgment, but when you hear it and understand there’s a disconnect it’s an important piece of knowing who someone is.
It tells me this is someone who’s likely stuck at some childhood stage with buried emotions. This kind of stuckness usually has impacts on behavior and can make it much easier to understand what’s going on when faced with sudden withdrawal or fury or tears, etc.
I’ve also, to the best of my ability, followed changes in my own voice, from tiny and only in my head to generally feeling vibrations in my heart and solar plexus when I talk that I — at least to myself — feel have changed the quality of my sound. A few long-time friends have commented a number of times that my voice sounds different from one time to the next and often there’s been a round of emotional release or body work opening muscles in the interim.
In another direction, listen carefully to the voices of people who’ve meditated deeply for years or, even more notable, pay attention when someone you know comes back from a week at a meditation retreat. Their voices hold many more vibrations and tones, a fullness and richness.
What I’ve been contemplating is what it means in our spiritually disconnected society that we have such growing numbers of people whose voices are only in their heads. Who have buried traumas so deeply they’ve created blocks that separate their heads from their bodies so they’re always living in their heads.
The epidemic of people with neck issues is a major symptom of this — one of the big ways people cut themselves off from their bodies and from the tones of the root, second, third, heart and, often, throat chakras.
Don’t have any answers or suggestions for government intervention 🙂 , just noticing and wondering…