By Kara Johnstad


We swim in a wondrous sea of sound waves, light waves and invisible electromagnetic energy; pulsating beauty. Dive into the mystery of sound and discover how your unique frequency influences your health, your relationships, your well being and has a powerful impact on our world. Voice your essence, and everything falls magically into place. We are sound, we are light, and we are love.

Think about it.
How do we express ourselves?

How do we release and find ease in our lives to flow with what is? And when we feel stuck what do we do? Watch yourself.

 What do you do when you feel tense? 

Do you go to the phone and have a deep share with a friend? Do you vent? When you feel tight, do you grumble and grunt? Do you swallow it all down and slap on a smile? Do you distract yourself with TV and emails and avoid feeling?

When you feel joy, do you giggle and laugh? When you feel empowered do you shout one big WOOO HOOO? How do you express yourself in sound? 

How are you using your voice in all its many colors? From saying thank you to the cashier at the checkout line to asking directions from the bus driver to whispering “I love you” softly into the ears of your beloved.

The voice not only releases power,
but it can direct energy out into the world,
and also into certain points in our body.  

The voice is there as a communicator,
and also there as a healer.
The voice integrates and releases blocked energy
so that we can stay at ease and in flow with our lives.

Laurel Elizabeth Keyes wrote in her book “Toning,”

Toning is an escape valve for pain, because it breaks up the tension which we label pain, and brings new life energy to that place. It is an inner sonar massage.

The voice re-connects, re-arranges and brings us into balance. But watch out, it can also bring us out of balance. If we surround ourselves with noise or rhythms that are hectic and jarred or if we scream and vent with no connection to what is happening inside, we can lose our center and harm ourselves and our environment. 

The voice is a rare gift.
If we listen in, we will discover new found wisdom. 

A tone is a living cell. It has the power of assimilation, of reproduction, of making ex-changes, of growing; it is a microcosm reflecting faithfully the macrocosm, its laws, its cycle, its centre. A tone is a solar system, Dane Rudhyar writes in his book, The Rebirth of Hindi Music.

This is why it is so important to understand how powerful your voice is. Words can heal and words can harm, sounds can heal and sounds can harm, the voice carries frequency and light into the world, and voice also penetrates our bones and skin and affects our organs. 

Why can it be so powerful to practice toning and even more powerful to sing and tone  in a group situation? Because not only are you re-balancing your own Mind-Body-System, you are helping to bring the room, your community, the world that you live in back into balance. And it is this inner peace and new way of listening and expressing yourself, that you carry with you every minute of each day.

This is why it is so important for me to serve and share with you how you, yourself, hold the keys to happiness and well being in your hand. 


Truth is in your throat.
Each person has a unique fingerprint,
each person carries a unique voiceprint,
and yes, 
each and every one of us carries a unique spirit song. 

In the Voice Your EssenceSong Circle

we gather and explore tapping into our own unique rhythm and sound prints through the use of powerful chants and healing tones.

 We work with adding tone to our visions and melodies to our heartfelt prayers. We listen to the rhythms of our heart and voice our deepest dreams. We are explorers, sounding our inner landscapes.

We know that by bringing our inner worlds into “Einklang,” harmony with our outer worlds, we are basically re-sounding with the universe at large. Things become magically easier. We receive new insights and inspirations and in this opening we can more easily receive the gifts that have been given to us. 

Here is an exercise you can work with and explore. 

Share with me how it resonates within your body. 


Come to a quiet place. Perhaps you lie on the carpet, or lie on a yoga mat. Bring awareness to your breathing and allow your breath to enter you and gently release. Feel a calmness arrive and continue gently breathing. Observe your breath but do not try to control it. Simply watch it go in and out and observe. 

Allow a vowel sound to come to you. It might be an open sound like “Ah” or it might be a more narrow sound like “Eeeeeee.”

Whatever vowel appears, allow it and let a tone come and be sung on the vowel which is revealing itself to you. 

Do this a few days in a row.It might take a few days or a week of listening in to find the vowel that resonates with you and the tone that wants to be expressed.

If you feel that a certain tone is crystallizinghold the tone and walk towards a piano or sing it into the recorder on your phone or use a pitch pipe to discover which tone it is. 

Each day, arrive at this quiet place of self-discovery, and without checking the note beforehand, do the exercise.

Allow whatever vowel wants to be expressed to appear and allow a sound to be released naturally.

Afterwards, once again, check the note on the piano or use a pitch pipe or you can sing into a recorder, I use the audio memo app. on my smart phone.

Allow a few weeks of daily practice for this exercise.

After a few weeks of exploration, go to your pages or listen to the recordings and see if there is a certain tone and vowel that appears more often than the others.

Embrace this as being your own very special tone for this phase of your life. It is most likely the tone that will give you quick healing and relief if you have had a hard day at work or need to tap in and re-generate quickly.  

Your own very special tone
will give you comfort and relaxation in times of stress

If you are a songwriter, you might want to explore writing in this key and creating melodies with the note being the midpoint.

This tone is a bit like finding a treasure. It is works wonders. And just like everyone has a fingerprint, this is your unique sound-print and frequency; the note and frequency that will help you to tune out the noise and tune in and focus on the inner joys.  

Leave your comments below or share with me at how you were changed by meeting someone who brought you smack back into the NOW.

Stay Gold,  



P.S. Get ready for a valuable experience that opens your VOICE and your heart. Join our

Voice Your Essence™

On Mondays, starting Oct 15th. to Dec 17th., 2012

7:30 to 8:30 P.M. (GMT +1)

60 Minutes of songs that empower and heal

Come add tone to your visions and melodies to your heartfelt prayers. Explore the rhythms of your heart and voice your deepest dreams. We are explorers, sounding our inner landscapes. Together we will be creating a concert to celebrate the dawn of the NOW AGE on December 21, 2012. 
I look forward to sharing with you one of the most beautiful spaces available to us and singing with you in concert.    

Please do! Just be sure to include this complete blurb with it.

Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, creator of The Essence Radio Show™, and founder of the  Voice Your Essence™ Program.If you are ready to take your voice and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription of her weekly eZine, at

Image Credits:
Photo of Kara by Joerg Grosse-Geldermann,
Artistic Makeover by Val Resh
Image: “Abstract Fire Background” by digitalart /
Image: “Hippy Van” by federico stevanin /
Image: “Freedom” by graur razvan ionut /

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About karajohnstad

Kara Johnstad is a creative visionary, transformational catalyst and a powerful voice in the time and age of transition. She is a singer / songwriter, creator of The Essence Radio Show™, and founder of the Voice Your Essence™ Mastery Program. Leading change agents, healers, personal development speakers and others recognize her as being a unique source of powerful truth and wisdom. As a top voice expert she has helped thousands with her "break-through" voice techniques and shares with us the secrets behind this powerful instrument and the role the human voice plays in fine tuning our Mind-Body-Spirit systems. Kara connects each and every week with subscribers from around the world via her Voice Your Essence™ eZine. Enjoy listening to Kara's soulful music as part of your daily ritual of reconnecting to source or jump onto the next level and experience personally the power of your true authentic voice with Kara Johnstad's VoiceYour Essence™ Mastery Program

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