In this episode of HOW DO YOU LIVE? we feature a Sam Smith’s and Jermain Jackman’s voice coach – Anthony Wade aka Dr Voice. Anthony explores the big question: What’s the biggest killer on the planet?
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I gave the talk to these doctors once it
was amazing and I asked the doctors in
the room: “tell me – what’s the biggest
killer on the planet?” and they said:
“stress”. Exactly, stress, right, okay – what is
stress? Stress is a chemical it’s a
chemical reaction that goes through the
bloodstream. It turns into acid and burns
holes in the arteries and depletes the
organs. So… there’s another chemical in
your body worse than stress. It’s so
dangerous it can annihilate every other
chemical in your body believe it or not.
It’s a very powerful chemical and this
chemical is natural to us. It’s called
oxygen. So when you fill your body full
of oxygen you are getting rid of stress!
You are becoming still and calm and
you’re saving yourself from aggravation,
irritation, pain, anything that’s going on
in your mind or body because you’ve
actually done that technique and it
would take you to that place where
there’s no stress. Oxygen… and where this
oxygen comes from… the first day you were
(Imitating child cry) – with the voice, the breath and the
voice married – true authentic self. There it
was and there it is in you, now, and on
the day you die you have your last
breath. I realised there’s something
bigger than what everybody’s doing
there’s something bigger than what
everybody’s trying to do and I thought
it was God so I became a religious nutter.
I became a Mormon a Christian a
Pentecostal a Methodist you name it I
claimed every denomination studied it
read the books Bhagavad Gita the
Quran, Ramayana the Aquarian Gospels
the Bible, I studied and read because I
was so hungry to know what God was. So
what is God? Well, for me, I’m not
religious I don’t want to get into
religion even though I’ve been through it
and did it so many times but now I’ve
become very very aware of who I really
am and this was the journey that I took.
Looking for generator operated destroyer
G O D was my whole quest, and it started
when I was 9 when before the Beatles and
I really wanted to know why we’re alive
why we had a body why am I here I had to
know the answer to this, and it pushed me
and forced me to emigrate because I
couldn’t find it in England around the
family which was, my family was very much
limiting me in my pursuance of education
and growth so I had to get out of that
area. That’s why I went to Australia. Now
in Australia was incredible
because I was able to see and learn so
many different types of things from
well, how people were and it was this
time that really made me hungry to know
the truth even more and was until one
day I found myself sitting on a park
bench at the age of 20 throwing religion out
of the window, throwing my belief in God,
Jesus, Buddha, anything at all, to realize
there’s no such thing.
I’m sorry it doesn’t exist and it wasn’t
until I realized, with my bottle of
whiskey, that I was finished. I actually
did want to take my own life.
While sitting there a man came over to
me with a corks around his hats, an
Australian character and he looked straight to
me in the eyes and said: “don’t you know,
God is within you”.
There I was. God is within me. Not in a
book, not in a religion and there was
that that took me on the journey to
pursue the real truth of my existence
and this took me to a place where I
started to learn about so many people so
many things out there, were people
talking about “go within”.
Go within what? Coffee shop in Damascus? Go
within what? Your body. How do you get
inside your body – you put your feet up
into your mouth and start walking? What
do you do? How do you go inside? Well,
first you have to close your eyes. Now…
how many people understand what closing
your eyes does? Most people close their
eyes only to sleep. We do it just to
go to sleep but to close your eyes to go
on a journey is a different experience
and you can’t do it on your own. It’s
like anything else. Some people might
be able to do that but most of us can’t
and it was my quest to find a guru,
someone who could show me, a person, an
able-bodied person who could tell me,
show me how to go within. This is when I
found the person I needed to find so
there I was, really intrigued and I
waited for 18 months before I could
receive this thing called knowledge
which I did and it was that, from that
moment I realized that I was not just
this mind and not just this body. I am
something else and so it is for all of
us we are not just a mind and just this
body, and how do we know that? How do we
know that it’s very simple. I want you to
try this, try this. I’m sitting here now
looking at you and my hand is, my left
hand is here and I don’t know if you can
see my left hand but my left hand is
here, now. I’m looking at you and as I
look at you I can also see in my peripheral
vision in my left hand. I would like you
to try that now, don’t look at your hand
but just have it a little bit away. As
far as you can and just feel that that
hand is there as you’re looking at me.
Now as you’re doing that, you see in your
peripheral vision your hand – it’s just
floating there. Just indulge a thought
with me: that hand… it could be someone
Does it feel like yours? It’s like it’s
just there… no – you know intellectually
it’s yours, but feeling just seeing it in the
peripheral vision it’s like – hang on, it’s
floating. We are floating in a body, we
are not this mind. We are not this body.
We are something inside, floating in a
body. Now this became a very powerful
realization for me in my time of
meditation of which I did 10 years
roughly 8 hours a day to find out, to
uncover, to look who I really am.
Inside – not the outside, because we spend
too much time going out. We look out, we
listen out, we taste out, we feel out and
yet these five senses have the
incredible capacity to go in and no one is
bothering and it is the same with the
voice. Our voice is the echo of who we
really are. Our voice has a very powerful
presence. There, as I speak, you can hear
me, as I speak, [ you can hear ] that I will use my breath
on my voice, like this: “aaaa..” – my breath comes
first – “aaaaa…” – then sound comes afterwards – “aaaaa…”.
It’s rather like a surfboard on top of
the water. The water is like the breath, the
surfboard is the sound. We all make sound – “aaaaa…” –
that’s what we’re doing. I want you to try that, try
that with me now. It’s mad I know
but try it! Go: “aaaaa!”. Just feel your breath,
take breath in, go: “aaaaa!”. Isn’t that incredible?
You’re making a sound. Now I want you
to say a word with me today. This word is
a word that describes you perfectly and
this is something I’ve learned on my
journeys. I just want to share it with
you I hope you don’t mind.
Just indulge with me, it’s like, it’s
interesting because you might have some
insights and learn something from this
So you take a breath in and you say this
word please and this is the word I want
you to say, take a breath in and the word
is: “me”. It’s mad isn’t it?… “me”. I want you to listen to that.
You’re at home you’re watching, listen to
that word. Here it goes;
breathe: “me…”. Did you feel that?
What did you feel? Do it until you feel it.
Keep doing until you feel it. Breathe:
Close your eyes and feel that me and you.
Just feel that “me” in you. Do it again.
Breathe. You can feel the vibration in
your chest. Vibrating. You can feel the
air vibrating. It’s your chest vibrating.
This is a resonator in your body which
makes sound. Do it again so you can feel
“me”. Did you feel that? Did you feel you
in that me? If you did… if you’re
thinking a lot you won’t. If you’re
wondering a lot or you criticising me and
thinking: “oh I’m an idiot”- which is….
I understand – you’re not experiencing
that feeling. So have another got, one
more time: “me”. Feel it. Breathe and go: “me”. Did
you get that? If you got that you’re
experiencing the “me” in you and that “me” in
you is free it’s divine it’s not
attached to anything but the sound.
The “me” in you doesn’t criticize,
doesn’t judge, doesn’t live in the past,
doesn’t live in the future. That sound
you made – “me” – is here, now, in this moment.
As you make sound – “me”.
The self, however, judges. The self
criticizes. The self is saying all sorts
of comments to you but the feeling of me
has nothing attached to it. It’s honest,
it’s your sound, is who you are making
sound. Now that, believe it or not, is the
root and [is] connected to the root of your
authentic self. It’s the part in you we
forget and don’t look at everyday and I
asked that question to you: how many of
you want to be your true authentic self?
How many of you really want to feel who
you are when you speak or when you talk
or when you live? You see… when you feel
your voice, when you feel your sound
you’re in the moment. Right now, as I
speak to you I have no thought. There is
no thought in my body.
I’m listening to my sounds and I’m
connecting with you only, in the sound of
my own voice. Reaching out to you to ask
you to look inside, to look for that
truth in you, to look for your sound in
you and when you can and when you feel
that sound in you and that breath in you
and you understand that – you will be
transformed. It doesn’t take long for
transformation to occur. It doesn’t. All
it takes is understanding. When the
understanding is there, immediately,
transformation takes place.