â€œ…it was clear that something wonderful was happening. I was being moved by sound, my whole body was light and vibrating.â€ – Vancouver Yoga Review
â€œ…truly, and without question, unique. [Kocelâ€™s music] is a thing of spiritual beautyâ€¦ best experienced in meditation or healing…â€ – Whats Up! Magazine
Vancouver, BC based throat singer Matthew Kocel is being recognized as an emerging leader in the world sound healing movement. Kocel combines Tuvan/Tibetan throat singing and European overtone singing in a free form, contemplative style that some say sounds like Tuvan throat singers, Tibetan monks and Eddie Vedder jamming in heaven.
Kocel simply calls it â€œhealing music for a world at the thresholdâ€.
How can music or sound be â€œhealingâ€? Everyone knows music can move you in profound ways â€“ even shift your whole outlook instantly. The medical profession has been using ultrasound for years, music therapy is practiced in hospitals and hospice worldwide, and sound healing is being recognized as helpful for cancer patients in reducing stress and aiding pain management.
Kocel says â€œUltimately, the body is equipped to heal itself. The ancients knew everything in the universe is in a state of vibration, and quantum physics has shown this to be true. Subatomic particles arenâ€™t really â€œparticlesâ€ at all, but vibrating fields of energy. So when we use sound in a conscious, intentional manner it is possible to access a deeper knowing within that everything is truly connected; all is one. This deeper knowing goes beyond a mental concept when you can actually feel it in your body.â€
Apparently people from all walks of life are feeling it. Tom Lich, Assistant Music Director at Mile Hi Church in Colorado says â€œThe sound is heard but it is so much more than auditory; it is experienced in the body… I have no earthly idea how he generates the sounds and overtones from his throat; it is mesmerizing and draws you in as only the human voice can… Matthew Kocel is in a league all his own.â€
Clearly something is going on here. â€œPerhaps when you are able to fully relax and take a detached view of your life, you gain perspective and a deeper understanding. You feel peaceful.â€ Kocel says.
Who wouldnâ€™t want that?
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