Jonathan Goldman is an author, musician and teacher in the fields of Harmonics and Sound Healing. He is based in Boulder, Colorado. His career spans over 30 years. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential People in the World.
Goldman's interest in using sound as a healing modality originated from his own experiences during live performances as a guitarist in the Boston punk scene in the late 1970s. While playing, he became aware of how sound could be made to affect listeners, determined, in part, by the intention of the musician, not just the physical act of playing an instrument, nor the emotional energy expressed by the musician while playing. Based on these experiences, Goldman began to research the science of sound and music psychology, directing his overall studies towards the use of sound as a healing force.
His research and desire to connect with like-minded people led to his founding of the Sound Healers Association (SHA) in Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1982. SHA was a small, informal gathering of musicians, artists, scientists, teachers and authors, and anyone interested in sound healing. Meetings were organized by Goldman; they were held in his home once a month and typically included a guest speaker's presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. Guest speakers included Steven Halpern, John Beaulieu, Randall McClellan and Dr. Peter Guy Manners. Subjects discussed at SHA meetings included the work of Hans Jenny; Resonance; Musica universalis; Harmonics and Entrainment.
During this time, Goldman worked on his master's degree program in Independent Study from Lesley University, researching the Uses of Sound and Music for Healing. This work would later become the main source of material for his first published works. He also began recording his own music and he formed Spirit Music, one of the first record labels dedicated to the therapeutic use of sound and music. Spirit Music has recorded and released music by Goldman, as well as Don Campbell, Sarah Benson, Sam McClellan, Laraaji, the Gyume Monks and more recently, Lama Tashi, among others.
Goldman's healing music and writing has been heavily influenced by the early SHA meetings as well as mythology; psychology; multi-cultural music traditions; ancient religions; mathematics and speculative fiction. In short, Goldman has a three-part theory that runs beneath all of his written and music works:
- That everything in the universe is in a state of vibration. Everything is in motion and produces a sound or frequency. This includes the various parts of our body, organs, bones, tissue, etc.
- When we are in a state of "sound" health, everything in our bodies is vibrating in resonance or harmony with itself. When something is vibrating out of harmony, we call this "disease".
- Sound is an energy that can entrain or change the vibrational rate of objects. Therefore, if something is vibrating out of tune or harmony, it is possible to create the correct, natural "resonant" frequency of the out of tune object, project it to that out of tune portion and cause it to vibrate back to its normal, healthy state. This, in turn, can be summarized as: Frequency + Intent = Healing.
Connection to Tibetan Buddhism
During his research, Goldman worked with the Gyume Monks, whose sacred chanting of ancient mantras is said to be encoded with healing properties and to be of great benefit to its listeners. Goldman met and became a student of the monks during their 1988 US Tour. During this time, Goldman recorded and produced a concert of the Gyume Monks' chanting, and he learned the art of deep voice chanting and the 'One Voice Chord' technique from the monks.
He later went on to meet the Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Rinchen Chugyal, then Chant Master for the Drepung Loseling Monastery. In 1995 Rinchen Chugyal ordained Goldman as a Chant Master, empowering him to teach Tibetan Chanting in the West. Goldman also met and became close to the aforementioned Venerable Ngawang Tashi Bapu (Lama Tashi), who followed Rinchen Chugyal to become Chant Master of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Lama Tashi recorded several sessions of Tibetan chanting with Goldman. His 'Tibetan Master Chants', recorded and produced by Goldman, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.
Goldman's chanting has been featured on several recordings, notably the 1999 Grammy Award winning album by Kitaro, 'Thinking of You'; his own 'Chakra Chants' series; 'Chakra Dance', which was produced for the opening of a holistic dance club in New York City, and 'Medicine Buddha', made for the US teachings of HH Dalai Lama in 2001.
Goldman produces and hosts an annual 'Healing Sounds Intensive' course in Loveland, Colorado. He also hosts private clinics for small groups or individuals. He has lectured and taught internationally at major sound conferences and health expos, including National Music & Health Conference, Harvard University, Wesak Festival, American Association of Music Therapy Conference, Tufts University, Global Sound Conference and the University of Hawaii. He also is the presenter of a monthly online radio show on www.healthylife.net.
Discography & Bibliography
As of May 2010, there are over 30 albums of Jonathan Goldman's own music released on Spirit Music and other labels. His music has ranged from new-age, chanting, ambient, minimalist, to techno as well as music intended to be played during specific activities such as meditation, reiki yoga and massage. In 2011 Jonathan Goldman was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
As of May 2011 Goldman has written six books in the field of sound healing which have been published. Four of Goldman's books have been published in numerous languages and are Best Sellers.
Goldman continues to work out of his private recording studio, Spirit Studios, which is located in his home in Boulder, Colorado.
|1990||Dolphin Dreams||Spirit Music|
|1991||Gateways: Men's Drumming and Chanting||Spirit Music|
|1991||Angel of Sound||Spirit Music|
|1991||Trance Tara||Spirit Music|
|1992||Song of Saraswati||Spirit Music|
|1992||Sacred Gateways||Spirit Music|
|1994||The Angel and the Goddess||Spirit Music|
|1995||Celestial Reiki||Spirit Music|
|1998||The Lost Chord||Etherean Music|
|1999||Chakra Chants||Spirit Music|
|2000||Celestial Yoga||Spirit Music|
|2001||Medicine Buddha||Spirit Music|
|2001||Celestial Reiki||Spirit Music|
|2002||Ultimate Om||Spirit Music|
|2002||Holy Harmony||Spirit Music|
|2003||Healing Sounds DVD||Spirit Music|
|2004||Chakra Dance||Spirit Music|
|2004||Chakra Chants 2||Spirit Music|
|2004||Celestial Reiki II||Spirit Music|
|2005||Healing Sounds||Spirit Music|
|2005||Vocal Toning the Chakras||Sounds True|
|2005||Tantra of Sound Harmonizer w/Andi Goldman||Spirit Music|
|2005||Frequencies: Sounds of Healing||Spirit Music|
|2005||The Divine Name w/Gregg Braden||Spirit Music|
|2006||Reiki Chants||Spirit Music|
|2007||Waves of Light||Spirit Music|
|2008||2012: Ascension Harmonics||Spirit Music|
|2009||Crystal Bowls Chakra Chants||Spirit Music|
|2010||2013: Ecstatic Sonics||Spirit Music|
|1992||Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics||Healing Arts Press|
|1998||Shifting Frequencies||Light Technology Publications|
|1999||The Lost Chord||Spirit Music, Inc.|
|2005||Tantra of Sound||Hampton Roads Publishing|
|2008||The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing||Hay House|
|2010||The Divine Name: The Sound That Can Change the World||Hay House|
Goldman grew up in New Jersey, at a family-owned kosher hotel. Many celebrities of the time performed there, including Jackie Mason and Rodney Dangerfield. Henny Youngman performed at Goldman's bar mitzvah.
Goldman's father, Irving B. Goldman was a pioneer in the field of Ear, Nose and Throat. His patients included Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Goldman's brother is a dermatologist to the stars in Beverly Hills, who has treated many luminaries of Hollywood, including Frank Sinatra.
His wife, Andi Goldman, is a licensed therapist and was one of the first therapists in the US to adopt a phone-in service for patients in crisis.
- 100 Spiritual Power List Watkins Review. Issue 26, Spring 2011
- Rosenbloom, Stephanie: What's the Buzz? Sound Therapy The New York Times. November 24, 2005
- Ear Wars and the Ultimate Om Arkansas Democrat Gazette. June 10, 2010
- History of the Sound Healers Association
- Interview with Jonathan Goldman Perfect Sound Forever. Online Music Magazine. Furious.com
- Goldman, Jonathan Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics Healing Arts Press; 1992. ISBN 0-89281-993-6
- Thich Nhat Hanh Chanting from the Heart Parallax Press; 2006. ISBN 1-888375-63-9
- Tibetan Monk Nominated for Grammy www.phayul.com. December 10, 2005
- Grammy nomination for Buddhist monk The Hindu. January 26th, 2006
- I am only a monk "Medicine Buddha" at Shoreline Ampetheatre, May 17–20, 2001
- All Music Guide: Chakra Dance, 2004