Introduction to Sacred Chanting with Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal minister using a different vocabulary than 21st-century Gregorian Chant specialists would use, but the below video may also resonate with Catholics who are familiar with the healing work of Hildegard de Bingen, or with Boethius’ 6th century work “De Musica” describing the connections between musica mundana, musica humana and musica instrumentalis (music of the spheres, human health, music we hear). Her vocabulary may indeed be more accessible to our 21st century sensibilities.

Video Sum-up:

“Sacred Chant is universal” in all traditions, because it unites two “centers”. It unites the center of the heart, of the emotions, with the “vibrational intelligence” of the body. Sound is composed of two things: vibration and intention.

Story of the monastery in Southern France where the monks got sick after Vatican II, when they no longer sang Gregorian Chant.

“Om” of Buddhist tradition has similarities with the open vowels singing of Gregorian Chant.

In Western cultures, it is a way to overcome our fears. Finding our “true voice” is way of finding our “true self”.

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