There is a graceful, elegant, pure and beautiful quality to this voice. I would say that generally the world does not put a lot of value on nurturing energy - we tend to take it for granted, but I think it is safe to say that without it no one would ever look after the children, the weak, the old and the helpless. The inability to sing quietly, breathy and softly while still connected and supporting is where the disconnect to this is to be found. Sound is passive, soft and yielding. In music and in the arts, it still has an important place. Human stories are deeply connected to this energy. It is; the in breath, the ability to take in, patiently nurture and to be still in the present moment. Allowing for flow and fluidity and letting go of controlling your environment in any way, but quietly, patiently, gently and without question nurture that which is.
Strengths: This energy is the silent glue that keep us all alive at the most basic level. Patiently yet persistently, doing all that nurtures and facilitate growth in their surroundings. Can you imagine a world without lullabies and sacred music, without the archetypical voices of Nurses, Caretakers, School Teachers, Social Workers etc? Or Farmers, Fishermen and others that work in the primary professions where things like the weather, diseases and other factors are completely out of your control, yet completely dependent on it? It is the quiet and steady force that help shape us all with very little expectancy of reward. Accepting and not trying to control or change the circumstances.
Weaknesses: It is hard to establish boundaries and not be taken advantage of. It is hard to take control and assert your will or express your passion. It can be hard to accept reward or compliments as there is a certain feeling of selflessness and self sacrifice that you pride yourself on. It may feel easy to accept victimhood and be stuck in it.
This sound is direct, assertive and solid. This quality in the voice makes you appear strong, in control and dominant. When there is an imbalance or disconnect here, the voice tends to push and be too aggressive and will power driven to the point where there might be vocal injury. It is easy to get stuck in and feels very square and commanding. When balanced it can be a very satisfying sound that feels secure, heroic and protective. It is; the out breath, the ability to act and gets things done, and it is a dominant, commanding and controlling voice.
Strength: This energy is set to build, maintain and protect us all and our societal structures. It is the basis for all community building songs like Anthems and Traditionals. It is the archetypical voices of soldiers, the firefighters, the policemen and the construction workers. Its the energy that says ‘I got this’ and acts with resolve, for example run toward danger to save and protect, motivated by fear and a sense or duty and honor. Equally selfless as the nurturer, but for the sake of the community, the societal structures, their belief systems, and to take control over the circumstances and maintain or reestablish status quo.
Weaknesses: It can be hard to accept physical limitations and with will power it will ignore and override the bodies signals, there is also an insensitivity to others that are not like it - a tendency to an overly active judging mind. Loss of control and things that leave you unable to act and make you powerless can tear this tower of strength down. Sitting still and thinking or talking about things instead of ‘doing’ can be infuriating or debilitating - this is the ‘lets go to war and conquer’ energy, and I think that most of the time that is a weakness, but if it is not actual, literal war, but rather an attitude it might serve you well in life. There is a rigidity to change of all kinds and change is perceived as a threat
The emotionally, sensual, expressive and dramatic sound. It takes up a lot of ‘room’ with a larger than life attitude and with a microphone can be both really quiet and really loud, medium volume can be difficult to grasp. There is a colorful temperament and an ability to paint emotions on the walls by just letting sound out. There is a great longing to be admired by everyone, and there is usually some struggle (which they tend to cling to) since society conditions them to ‘tone it down’ and they typically suffer a bit under feelings of ‘being too much’ if they truly show ALL of who they are. This voice is born to sing, but when disconnected can be afraid of its own power and hold it back, creating more imbalance and disconnect. There has usually been bad experiences in life because of their emotional nature keeping them from trusting themselves and they are afraid of letting go of tension. The disconnect can also create vanity and other fixations on how they outwardly appear. When balanced and following their impulse they are a true force to be reckoned with.
Strength: This energy lights a fire under us all, sets us in motions and makes us act from our inner, intuitive and emotional convictions. It is charismatic, radiantly present and tireless. It thrives on struggle and conflict and is always ready for an emotional driven fight for convictions. Nothing is too big or too deep for a drama queen including their loving and generous hearts and souls.
Weaknesses: Balance is really hard! It feels boring and uninteresting and that is the worst thing you can call a drama queen. Bland, neutral or steady are just not something they do! Because they like conflict it can be kind of hard to not end up in one with them, even if for them it is just to spice up the conversation. They don’t do small talk - as a matter of fact they don’t do small; small-minded or small hearted either. Details are for boring people and so can things like showing up on time, blend in with the crowd or other such trivial matters be. They can easily be perceived as selfish, but if they are it is usually because they feel emotionally threatened. Overall this is probably the biggest disconnect I see. Having your deepest, messiest and most chaotic emotions, expressing them and owning it is difficult for most voice users.
Sound is bobbly, joyful, courageous or excited. The life of the party! Laughter and sounds of cheering themselves or others on are commonplace. When imbalanced it can be hard to find a sense of depth and passion in the sound or they might suppress joy, because they have been conditioned to be more ‘serious’ and/or use the joy as a shield instead of expressing it from a truthful place, making them appear shallow. Disconnect can also happen due to the poor handling of loneliness, depression and/or grief which does hit them hard because they try to ignore it away. When balanced it is funny and free with lots of laughter, and excitement and courage comes easy.
Strengths: The light hearted and shinning joyous energy that can lift the spirits of anyone anytime. The sense of constant drive and courage of their convictions is contagious. They want everyone to be brave, excited and happy all the time and will go to great lengths to get you there. It is optimistic and diligently positive.
Weaknesses: This energy doesn’t do well when things gets too serious or deep. It doesn’t handle grief, anger and depression and will go to great lengths to ignore all the lower emotional energies or the endless struggle and conflict from the subconscious that the Drama Queen can fire up any day! This may appear shallow or false to some, but the humorist doesn’t see it that way. They see no reason to linger on the hard stuff and it can bring them into some serious levels of denial, disillusion and disconnect. Also they may seem like they are really energetic, but they flame out easily so they need to watch that they don’t burn out energetically if they don’t learn to pace themselves and create energetic boundaries.
Sound is sensible, intelligent and honest. The ability to pick something apart and put it back together in an abstract way through sound and words. Figuring out, knowledge and thinking in systems and structures are fun for them. There can be a reluctance to do something if they haven’t first figured it out. But they can only really get the ‘data’ to figure it out by doing something and usually fail many times before all the pieces of the puzzle starts making a picture, but they are fine with that! Perfectionism, and judgement however, can make them disconnect or become imbalanced. and forget that in order to figure something out you need a lot of data that only curiosity and constant learning can keep providing. When balanced and connected they can share great insight, and even be profound.
Strengths: Great musicianship falls into this category where systems and structures can be studied in great detail either through conscious thought or intuitive sensing. Thinking or intuiting different structural ways of using the voice and the rest of your humanity to make something better understood. This is the side of me that is mostly writing this book and is engaged in teaching on a daily basis. Alway looking for solutions in an intuitive systematic way that can be recreated for better experiences for the singer and the listener.
Weaknesses: Perfectionism and getting lost in the details is a great disconnector. Judging the collected data as good or bad instead of just another piece of the puzzle. Being in your head and trying to figure it out without doing anything is a big trap. Arrogance and loosing curiosity by thinking you already know it all is the other big trap.
Sound is unique, provocative and stand out from the norm. It is original and does not want to be perceived as ‘normal’. They don’t ‘fit in’ and dislike societal norms and other forms of conformity. Disconnect and imbalance may be attempts at trying to ‘fit in’ by compromising themselves, or dangerous experimentation of all kinds because they don’t perceive risk. They have usually been through some kind of ‘unifying’ system, might have been bullied or in someway been told to become more ‘normal’. When balanced and connected they can really change status quo for the better, and tirelessly work to make a less judgmental and better world with room for us all.
Strengths: Willing to stand outside the norm no matter what happens! There is a pride and ownership of being unique and a fearlessness that can’t be found anywhere else. They dance to the beat of their own drum and are independent and fierce. They care little for others approval, but it is important for them to follow their own inner compass and value-system.
Weaknesses: Not knowing or staying in touch with their inner compass and value-system can make them lost and have them make unhealthy and dangerous choices. They don’t perceive risk the way others do and do not take advise or believe tales of danger till they have experienced it to be true for themselves. This can lead to destructive behavior of all kinds.