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Vocal Medicine: Transformation Through Sound

Vocal Medicine reveals Kathleen Karlsen’s personal journey with mantras, chanting and kirtan. This book is also the culmination of years of research into the power of sacred art and sacred music.

Topics include:

  • Achieve improved emotional health through mantras
  • Create a happy brain through singing
  • Extensive discussion of sound and the chakras
  • Connections between sound, color and healing


Features extensive illustrations by Rose Karlsen. Includes musical notation and descriptions of over two dozen mantras and chants for transforming the body and mind. 

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186 pages
30 Illustrations


Vocal Medicine Book Content

Part I: Introduction to Mantras
Chapter 1: Reforge Your Heart with Mantras
Chapter 2: Science of Mantras
Chapter 3: Building Blocks of Sound
Chapter 4: Formulas for Freedom
Chapter 5: Sounds of the Cosmos

Part II: Transformation and the Chakras
Chapter 6: Wheels of Fire – The Seven Chakras
Chapter 7: Establishing Safety – Base Chakra
Chapter 8: Healing Relationships – Sacral Chakra
Chapter 9: Honoring Intuition – Solar Plexus Chakra
Chapter 10: Giving Devotion – Heart Chakra
Chapter 11: Mastering Power – Throat Chakra
Chapter 12: Holding a Vision – Third Eye Chakra
Chapter 13: Finding Unity – Crown Chakra

Part III: Enhancing the Power of Mantras
Chapter 14: Synergy of the Body and Soul
Chapter 15: Sound, Color and Kirtan
Chapter 16: Mantras and Yantras

Part IV: Songs of Transformation
Chapter 17: Finding Bliss through Kirtan
Chapter 18: Goddess Chants
Chapter 19: Chants for Peace
Chapter 20: Chants of Divine Love
Chapter 21: Chants of Victory


Vocal Medicine Book Cover

The cover of the Vocal Medicine book incorporates a painting by Kathleen Karlsen with an original illustration of the ancient Sri Yantra symbol by Rose Karlsen.

Yantras are geometric forms similar to mandalas that have been in use for thousands of years. In fact, there have been stones found in India with drawings of yantras dating back 10,000-12,000 years. Yantras are a central part of the practice of using visual aids for meditation. 

Prints of the Sri Yantra are available. An extensive article on the mystery and power of yantras can be found here: Yantra Meaning & Sri Yantra: Powerful Sacred Symbols.

See all of Kathleen’s Universe Art.

Responses from Readers to Vocal Medicine

Vocal Medicine Book Signing Event

Kathleen Karlsen, Book Signing in Boise, Idaho

"Vocal Medicine is a beautiful book! I had only been involved in Kirtan a few times when I was divinely guided to Kathleen Karlsen. I knew that I loved the way I felt when I was chanting but I didn’t understand exactly why. This book dives into the breakdown of the chants and was exactly what I was looking for without even knowing it! Highly recommend!!"

S.M., Kirtan Music Fan

"I went through your book last night and found myself looking in each chapter for your personal story. I was inspired by your determination, your love of learning and your patience. Your years-long search has brought you healing, answers and a gift which you can share with others."

S.H., Intuitive Coach

“I just finished your book. Wow. What an incredible resource. It is truly wonderful.”

M.C., Kirtan Leadership Institute

"As a health practitioner I can truly recommend this book for those who are seeking authentic empowerment.  Considering that your voice is your very own personal instrument, Kathleen’s book gives us the research and the understanding of heart felt chanting which may contribute to your transformation and awareness of the power of healing yourself, your family and your community at large."

CRH, Massage Therapist

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