Welcome to Holistic Emotive Practices
Holistic Emotive Practices uses scientific evidence from the field of psycholinguistics to link individual speech sounds into word formulas. These formulas, or mantras, when used in a prescribed manner, can help you maintain emotional balance. Used in a meditation setting the practices can help you reach the spiritual goal of self-transcendence.

The concept of using words for their inherent emotional quality goes back thousands of years. Perhaps the oldest examples are Vedic mantras which Hindus still use today in their religious services. Other somewhat younger religions, including Buddhism and Islam, also have a rich history of using words, or mantras, to evoke a specific feeling or to petition God for a specific quality in one’s life.

I first become interested in the use of speech sounds for emotional impact over thirty years ago through experiences with various Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic mantras. But I wasn’t satisfied with accepting mantras on a religious or spiritual basis. I wanted to understand how they worked… how they could affect my physiology in a way that could change my emotional state.

This desire for a rational explanation of the power of mantras led me to enroll in grad school and earn a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics and conduct research that forms the basis for Holistic Emotive Practices. Thus you could say that Holistic Emotive Practices were inspired by religious mantras, but they stand by themselves outside of a religious context.

You can read about the fascinating story of how I came to develop Holistic Emotive Practices in my memoir: Seeking Sound Judgment

I was a inspired to drop out of college by listening to Ram Dass. After years of adventures and misadventures at ashrams and communes, and strange encounters with psychics and shaman types, I returned to academia where my research has revealed physiological connections between individual speech sounds and emotions. I have collected evidence from scientific experiments, conducted by others and by myself, that supports these sound-emotion connections. It has been demonstrated that the physiological components of speech, the speech articulators, including the tongue, lips and jaw, each modulate a particular aspect of emotional experience making it possible to use speech to modulate emotions in a predictive and controlled manner.

See the Science page of this website for more information on these important discoveries.

Click on the links to learn what constitutes the actual practices, how you can learn the practices, and events related to Holistic Emotive Practices.

Also Check out the Spirituality page for some of my essays and presentations on spiritual topics of interest.