Voice as Our Birthright
I am not sure as to why working with the voice is so compelling, but I think it has something to do with man’s spiritual self and his emotional expression as a living, breathing and feeling human being. That moment at birth when we ingest our first breaths and exhale on a wail or a cry gives evidence that we are alive an sell and have truly landed on planet earth, where we are frightened, sad, angry, in pain, or so overwhelmed by the birthing experience, we know little else to do.
Voicework conjures up that most primal experience of going from the warmth and security of our mother’s womb to the freedom of separation and endangerment. We are indeed most vulnerable when freshly extracted and the umbilical cord is cut, sending us out into a world brought with excitement, wonder and trepidation. We are at once thrown into the world and made separate from our mother’s internal protective care. Perhaps it is at that moment that we come to a realization (at least on the subconscious level) that we are a singular human entity, no longer dependant on another for nourishment, security or salvation. I suspect even a subconscious acknowledgement of that inevitable fact is enough to force us to cry out with the first exhalation of breath.
“I am!” bespeaks the birth cry, whose meaning is deep and ancient even if it does not reside in cognition as yet. I am resounds from the root of our being: the darkest, deepest and most chthonic region of the human body. This profound connection between the voice and our mortality stays with us the rest of our lives, whether or not we find we have forgotten it.