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September 26, 2015

THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE AND SOUND

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Summary:

Communication by using language evolved slowly, and three

primary sounds emerged fairly universally. The sound “ee”

was used for to express this sense of threat, fear or

emotional stress. The more relaxed “aah” sound was (and

still is) an expression of comfort and satisfaction. The “oo”

the sound expressed pain or discomfort of some kind. These

letters became the primary vowels. Consonants slowly

emerged from the primordial grunts of human

communication.

One of the oldest languages to have survived up to today

with its traditions intact is Hebrew. The three letters of the

Hebrew alphabet forming the foundation of the Kabalistic

tree, known as the “mother” letters (Y,H,V,), are associated

with physical parts of the body, in descending order, the

head, the heart, and the abdomen. These different vowel

sounds were used in ancient times to resonate specifically to

different parts of the body, and also to manage the

emotional tone of the prayers using the resonances of the

letters and words themselves. These resonant

contemplations were enhanced by the use of chanted

melodies. Many references to phrases such as “opening your

heart” in the Bible are derived directly from such sonic and

harmonic contemplations linking bodily form to harmonic

tones. The resonances produced in communal prayer

therefore create not only external resonances with the

cosmos, but also a communal resonance among those

participating, as well as internalized resonances focusing the

harmonic vibrations to key areas of the body such as the

heart. In this way the physical body, or parts of the physical

body might be linked, connected with or tuned into the

cosmos, or parts of the cosmos. In the Hebrew prayers (as

well as in other ancient religious traditions) therefore, one

would expect to find frequent use of the “ah” sound. It

should also be noted that the Bible tells us that God

“breathed” life into Adam and the sound of exhaling air is

“aahh”. Therefore this sound resonates directly to God

himself. When the “aahh” sound is added to the 3 mother

letters described above in the form of an H, the very name

of God (in Hebrew) is produced (YHVH), emphasising that

crucial importance of sounds and harmonics in Judaism. In

the same way, the name of God in Islam, Allah, begins and

ends with the very self-same sound.

THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE AND SOUND cont.

Of all the grunts and basic sounds used by primitive

humans, it was the vowels that provided and gave meaning

to the consonants. Letters such “n”, “m”, “k”, are basic

sounds but it is the vowels that link these sounds together to

give harmonic resonance to words. It is therefore the vowels

that form the basis of language, linking of the consonants to

form words, giving the words the meaning and even feeling.

It is the harmonics generated by the vowels, uttered with

the physical body, that may resonate into the spiritual

realms. Therefore tuning the vowel sounds particularly is

believed resonate with the different centers of the physical

and the spiritual bodies.

Most ancient cultures and primitive peoples regarded sound

as a creative, generative force associated with the creation

of the Universe, and capable of being harnessed to produce

impossible physical and spiritual feats.

Many primitive cultures were aware of the inherent physical

qualities of sound. It was considered to be a God-given

language.

 

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