Review: The Divine Name by Jonathan Goldman
Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan Goldman is unique in the field of sound healing. He makes sounds, embodies those sounds, follows them into alternate realities, and then makes them available to us. He says in The Divine Name: “sacred sound occurs when a sound is encoded with the intention of a positive outcome and beneficial results, such as healing”. I believe that Jonathan has the special gift of focusing his intention, journeying on sounds, and discovering the essence of the mystical.
I have watched him do this for many years. I am always amazed and humbled by his talent. His new book The Divine Name is the result of his latest journey. He tells us his journey started when he was a child in synagogue on high holy day awed by “the secret name of God”. Thus began his “seeking” and in this context I think all of his work or “sound journeys” that he has shared with us are resonant soundings of his seeking the Divine Name.
However for Jonathan he wants to sound it even more clearly, to instruct us all so we can sound together. His new book, The Divine Name, gives us precise instructions on how to sound. It is an amazing work. It is like a “novel of sound”. Your eyes see words and your ears do the reading. The story goes through sounds within sounds as the Divine Name seeks to reveal itself. Only Jonathan, with his accomplished writing style, which we writers like to call “our voice”, can bring the sound journey into such a high level of focus.
Quite simply the Divine Name has to be sounded. Jonathan tells us how to sound in every way possible. He even includes an instructional CD. The word healing means “to make whole and complete, and “to be of sound mind and body”. The journey to wholeness and completion for Jonathan Goldman is through sound resulting in resonance with the Divine Name. In the presence of the divine, mind and body become sound. The sounder becomes the sounded. YHVH
Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., author MUSIC & SOUND IN THE HEALING ARTS