Published in Rainbow News, New Zealand

by David Gaughan

Soul Voice The haunting sound of the Karanga, the traditional calling of the Maori, opened Karina Schelde’s book launch in Goodies Bookstore in Auckland. And it was an appropriate introduction, in keeping with the theme of Karina’s book because, as the one performing the Karanga, Ruth Tai explains, the calling is a prompt for people to wake up. As Ruth says, the caller stands in the archetype of Papatuanuku Earth Mother and Hine nui te po, the Great Lady of the Night. She is the caretaker of the invisible – of the metaphysical realm.

Ruth goes on to explain the meaning of the Karanga, where ‘ka’ means ‘to activate’, ‘ra’ is ‘light and sound’ and ‘nga’ is ‘soul heart’ … ‘to activate light and sound in the soul heart’. Karanga is a call to awaken the sound within.

Similarly, Karina Schelde’s new book SOUL VOICE encapsulates this theme, summarised by the subtitle ‘Liberate your voice, enhance communication and unlock creative expression’. As Karina explains, the voice reflects all parts of our being and is a mirror for our inner universe. Therefore it is a helpful tool for anybody who wants to grow and live an inspired lifestyle.

As Karina says, doing some of the exercises on a regular basis, as outlined in SOUL VOICE, will give you new insights and enhance your general wellbeing and health. She explains that SOUL VOICE is an invitation to dive deeper into that voice you might have forgotten but your soul remembers. It is a map that will help you unravel the unknown and the unexplainable, an opening to become familiar with the most important instrument we have been given, our innate voice.

To emphasise this point, Karina’s friend, Ruth Tai, breaks into song with Po Kare Kare Ana, a tune that all New Zealanders grew up with. Ruth describes it as ‘the song of the feminine’ and she compliments this with the quivering of her hand to simulate the rippling waters of the Waitemata. Although most people are familiar with the name Rotorua rather than Waitemata, Ruth has learned that the words pre-date Rotorua, therefore we can substitute the name of the waters (river,lake,ocean) with the one that is near us. She explains that the hand movements also symbolise the rhythmic energy that is pulsing through all of us in the form of sound-waves.

Translating some of the lines of that well-known song, including ‘you shine forth … calm becomes widespread … because I am beset with love’ does compliment what Karina Schelde says in her book that the light will show only when we face the night or darkness within ourselves. As she explains, the yin and yang coursing through us is brought into harmony by the cosmic resonance that we all have the power to release.

Says Karina, sound sculpts us. All our tissues, organs, bones and cells are made up of sound. We are held together by sound as each part of our body has its own sonic frequencies which travel and pulsate like a wave, in an inhaling and exhaling breath. Sound utilises the power from the diaphragm, which allows it to emerge from deep within. From that place, sound links us and connects us to the world, to the universe and to humankind, as sound holds the vibration of the universe.

Quoting Dr Deepak Chopra where he says Primordial sound is the mystery link that holds the universe together in a web that is the quantum field, Karina goes on to explain that the human voice is a mirror of the inner universe. It reveals our moods, fears, hopes, tensions, thoughts and desires and reflects who we truly are. The sound of the voice can tell us more about a person than words communicate. She emphasises, The tone of our voice is often more important than what we communicate.

Explaining the term ‘Sounding’ or ‘toning’, Karina says it is a method that brings us immediately out of our heads and deep into our bodies. It is a creative force, a body-voice that lives within all of us, a voice which brings us back to our true gut feelings, and which embodies the voice into its centre. It enables us to speak and communicate from our essence. Explaining further, she says it is a form of singing, although it does not require any melody, rhythm or lyrics. We do not need to hit the perfect note or sing on-key. It is a higher, non-linear vibration that re-awakens the spontaneous and untamed self and brings us beyond our control and linear thinking. It is our feelings that influence our chemical structure, so only when we find a way to release emotional blocks in the subconscious can we begin to feel liberation. Sound has the ability to penetrate the subconscious and release these blocks.

Karina concedes that our voice is dominated by the mind and usually follows its instructions but, she says, there is a call deep in our hearts and guts to be freed and heard. It is a voice that nurtures and sustains us, guiding us beyond the illusions we build our lives on. Any part of the person that is out of balance, having headaches or back pain, weight problems or fatigue, to emotional, mental and spiritual problems, can heal with sound. We own an instrument we barely know, yet it is a direct doorway to Source and ultimate healing. Indigenous cultures have used this knowledge for eons.

To emphasise this, Ruth Tai compares western oriented nursery rhymes and Maori mythology. Ruth demonstrates that songs like bah-bah black sheep, which apparently originated as a protest about taxes, and ‘ring- a- ring a-rosie’, which was about the great plague, pale in comparison to the melodious songs that Maori children are immersed in, from babyhood through their childhood to adults. The chants take them back to their metaphysical roots.

Picking up on this point, Karina says that as adults many of us move away from our natural and spontaneous expression, away from listening to the inner voice, which tells us the sweet secrets of truth.

Soul Voice, says Karina, is for people from all walks of life; whether you have already consciously explored the voice for spiritual growth or are a novice; whether you are a communicator or you are shy; whether you are a housewife or a business manager, this book explores how to liberate your voice, enhance communication and unlock creative expression. The voice is your natural source of power and wisdom that longs to be explored and experienced with trust, self-love and patience. Let your voice unfold as an opening flower; enjoy its fragrance and beauty as it blossoms and opens. Listen, then let the sound itself guide you on your unique journey.

David Gaughan is a freelance writer who lives in Auckland. Contact him through or PO Box 101-396 NSMC Auckland.