Contemplative Voices for the Inner Journey
Poignant vocal harmonies, infused with iAwake’s signature brainwave entrainment, provide a beautiful support for inner journeying. Connect with the deepest, truest you and realize you are not alone -- that you are everything...loved, accepted, protected, complete.
Samuel Törnqvist's inspiration for creating Hu Grace [01:39]
We can often feel life is a serious burden. We feel we have to “do it all ourselves,” that we have to “save the world,” “stop climate change now,” “care for all the refugees”… and not only that but also be a better parent, heal ourselves of all our ailments, have no shadows and meditate and exercise two hours a day. Even though these are good and noble intentions that are useful, we have a tendency to take on too much pressure and blame ourselves for not being able to do it all. It often creates more conflict and stress as we push ourselves. This may stem partially from our not accepting ourselves, a deep feeling that something is broken in us.
This program helps us get to that space of acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, and care -- for ourselves and for one another... to see the divine everywhere and in everyone.
Hu Grace was inspired by the practice of chanting Hu -- the secret name of our absolute nature -- that often has a powerful heart-opening effect on all who chant together. Hu chanting creates an experience of unity and wholeness.
Hu Grace supports you in:
- feeling a sense of wholeness and connection
- feeling loved and cared for
- relieving anxiety and stress
- staying with your emotions, letting them come without reacting to them
- letting go of performance anxiety
- being okay with what IS on a deep level, making it easier to see the next necessary step
“WOW! Sublime beauty. Field of grace. Harmony with all that is. In unity. Exquisite tenderness and bliss-charged love.” – Vanessa Hardy
Hu Grace can be used to:
- enhance meditation
- chant along with to deepen experience
- go on a mini retreat
- support a yoga nidra practice
- shift into creative/visioning mode (track 2 targets theta)
- prepare for a performance (especially with track 1 - targets alpha)
- support your prayer practice
- access flow states while you work (track 1 - alpha)
“Where the first track was angelic, the last track was deep and godlike.” – Eric Neeb
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Use of headphones will provide the most optimal experience, but are not required.
To fully experience the potential of this program, please get comfortable, close your eyes, and relax for the next several minutes. Allow the ambient music soundtrack to immerse you in a deep sense of relaxation and peace.
Don't be fooled - this is not just beautiful music - it is the design and technology infused in the soundtrack that evokes the deep relaxation response.
Raves from our Beta Testers
“Everything about these tracks represents GRACE.”
– Cynthia Entringer
“A great way for advanced meditators to get into the now.”
– James Lewis
“The tracks open a huge space in my head and my heart to listen carefully to my soul.”
“These tracks brought me a sense of immediate peace.”
Interview with Samuel Törnqvist about Hu Grace [26:12]
Hu Grace: Love and Acceptance and Grace [01:15]
As you listen to the tracks, open up to what you are: all your problems, concerns, worries, shoulds, and tasks, and just let them be for a while.
Beauty, stillness...holy reverence. Hu Grace. [00:53]
Take a few moments to be okay with all as it is. Let yourself be held in support, care, love, and compassion by yourself and also by the spiritual world.
Imagine the spiritual world singing to you, as you let go, rest, open your heart, sense your body, and allow your emotions to be.
Track 1, Welcoming, starts with welcoming you, and tells you that you are safe and cared for. That you are not alone.
You Are Not Alone [01:28]
Track 2, Journeying, then gently guides you deeper, letting you take your time, but not letting you lose hope, or be on your own.
Lastly, Track 3, Arriving, lets you come home to yourself, and also allows you to explore that (perhaps) new feeling. It encourages you to expand from there, perhaps seeing things you have not seen before, perhaps even inviting more of yourself as you are.
This openness to what is, to what you are, and the realization that you have a lot of love and support available, allows you to tackle the world from a wiser and more grounded self, seeing what is actually important, and how you can contribute.
Practicing Hu Grace with Yoga Nidra [00:59]
Samuel Törnqvist's Inspiration for Creating iAwake's Hu Grace [01:40]
I was once part of a very interesting group, the Diamond Approach, where among many great practices was a chanting practice they called the “huu-chant.” The idea is very simple: everybody sings “huu” on any note they prefer. This idea, with no specific rules apart from singing “huu,” created one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever experienced in my life.
As a composer, I often strive for “music with less limitations.” I think most composers do, in fact. We look for “free flowing” music in the moment. This is no easy task, and in many ways actually quite contradictory when you think about it. I think the wish is to experience “free music” that we can listen to without knowing what it is, and so, feel surprised and fresh, like life is new and alive. Interestingly enough, many composers are discovering that very specific limitations often create more of the free evolving music they were after. Minimalism is one example.
Nevertheless, doing this chant was one of the first times I truly felt music just coming out, without me being able to predict it, and my heart burst open. Being a 5 on the Enneagram, that is saying something.
Every time I have done this practice, it has had similar results on both me and the participants. I have even tried it with groups who were not part of the Diamond Approach, and often they say the same thing.
So naturally, I wanted to see if I could recreate this feeling myself as a composer. The best would be to actually find a big space and invite a bunch of people and start recording. Perhaps I will some day, but at the moment it was too cumbersome and expensive to do so (not to mention finding enough people with the right mindset), so I decided to try it myself with my own voice. I figured with today’s technology it should be possible.
Since I am singing all of it by myself, the randomness of course disappears somewhat; I had to have a plan so that I knew what I was doing and where I was going. But within those limits, I could still be quite free. (If you want to improvise dance, you still need a floor to dance on, as I like to say.) The benefit was that I could “create music” and also form it in a way that seemed appropriate to me. It is absolutely great to chant “huu” and let it take you wherever it wants to go, but I believe that sometimes having a program that gently guides you in a specific way is also helpful. Now, the guidance is very subtle and shouldn’t interfere with where you want to go. But let’s just say the guidance is about going deeper, like what the entrainment does.
The voices you hear in the tracks are all my voices, and I want to stress that the voices have not been manipulated. (You will, of course, hear the entrainment which affects the sound somewhat).
It took longer to create these tracks than I thought it would. Each track is 20 minutes long, and some tracks have more than 16 parts -- all of which I had to sing. I tried many ideas before I arrived at the version we have today. In the end it is not so much a “huu” chant as I originally intended, but rather a creation of its own. Something else came out of this project that has the spirit of “huu”-chanting, but is also something else, something new. Slowly the idea flowered into what this is really about for me, and I hope that is being transmitted to you.
I still encourage you to try “huu”-chanting one day if you can.
Three 20-minute tracks (for a total of 60 minutes)
01 - Welcoming (20 minutes) entrains to alpha brain waves (9 Hz)
02 - Journeying (20 minutes) entrains to theta brain waves (5.5 Hz)
03 - Arriving (20 minutes) entrains to delta brain waves (3 Hz)
Available on Android and iOS systems, as well as MP3 and optional WAV formats for digital download, and an optional CD.
The human voice contains a rich and complex palette of overtones which, on a primal, instinctual level, facilitate a sense of connection, belonging, and unity. The frequency signature nourishes the soul. And though most popular music also contains prominent vocal elements, the resonant nature of elongated vowel sounds in Hu Grace, sounding in consonant intervals and carefully arranged for a deliberate practice of contemplative depth, facilitates a powerful engagement into deep altered states of consciousness.
The state-altering potential of Hu Grace’s rich vocal resonance has been further enhanced by the addition of iAwake Technologies and Douglas Prater’s signature blend of brainwave entrainment techniques, including:
- Spatial binaural encoding of the entire musical soundscape, using the natural elements of the recorded voice for an authentic, full-frequency entrainment response.
- Psychoacoustic Resonance in the overtones of the voice to promote a natural state of well-being.
- Rhythmic Contralateral Modulation Entrainment to strengthen communication between the brain’s hemispheres and increase receptivity to non-ordinary, whole-brain insight.
- Amplitude modulation in key frequency ranges of the vocal soundscape to foster an isochronic response while maintaining the authenticity and integrity of the natural vocal overtones.
All three Hu Grace tracks were created by Samuel recording his own voice several times (up to 16 at a time) into a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that works like a normal recording studio. Samuel applied reverbs to create the sensation of standing in a huge cathedral. He created specific harmonies, but tried to sing quite freely within those boundaries. This is mostly heard on the first track, as the second and third track have more specific harmonies to create specific sensations.
Three 20-minute tracks (for a total of 60 minutes)
01 Welcoming – entrains to alpha (9 Hz)
02 Journeying – entrains to theta (5.5 Hz)
03 Arriving – entrains to high delta (3 Hz)
Doug Prater on Creating Hu Grace's Brainwave Entrainment [01:24]
Hu Grace's Alpha - Theta - Delta Entrainment Technology [01:09]
Hu Grace's three tracks directly transported me into deep relaxation and a state of focus. When using them while working, the work flowed easily, with me being grounded in the present moment. After work was immediately after work. My mind didn't lag behind the present moment nor was it planning into the future. The energy field got warmer during these tracks. Grounding was stronger too. – Paul Ennemoser (www.ki-mo.org)
These tracks are magical in that they take me into a place that is both present and transcendent. It's wonderful to hear something that takes me into a new place. A reminder that there is still so much to uncover in meditation! They are very effective at transporting me into other dimensions, emotionally, consciously, and energetically. The tracks are incredibly evocative. Even the sadness was more of a compassion for myself and who I was in the past. At times the tenderness was so exquisite, I was overwhelmed with emotion. It's hard to put those feelings into words. – Vanessa Hardy
These tracks took me to a place where there was no mind chatter, just awareness. I was able to process things from a deep, true perspective, instead of working through the clouds of additional, random thoughts. Between the music and the voice background it was an amazing heart-centered experience -- gratitude, appreciation, and beauty. When using before bedtime, I would have answers to the intentions I set upon awakening. It has been much easier to just "be." I have a very stressful career, and these tracks have lessened the burden. I am a perfectionist. These tracks help break the hold. – Cynthia Entringer
I enjoyed having the tonality of the creator's voice be the instrument, and I believe this made it easier to slip into a deeper state of meditation. I experienced gaps of what I call “conscious non-thinking.” I was aware that I was without thought - without thinking. I found these gaps to be very pleasant and I wanted to keep doing these meditations. I also found the sessions to go by quickly. I was always surprised when they were ending. It was like I had been away on a trip and did not want to come back. I have been working on being more present and in the moment, and I found these tracks helpful in achieving this. – Robbin
I felt I was lulled into a deep and embodied presencing of the NOW, and in that a feeling of nothing matters beyond breathing and being here and now. What was lovely were the moments in which I went beyond a quiet and observational mind...as if I were able to let go of the observation and melt into the experience of effortlessly feeling into the sensations of my body. – L.K.
I used Hu Grace for the first time a few days ago. When I put on my headphones and settled into my special meditation corner, I was just doing what I do and feeling a bit distracted. As soon as the first track, Journeying, started, I was pulled to a very deep place. I remember thinking, wow, I’m not doing anything here -- not doing any of the practices I usually use when I meditate. I was deeply impacted and felt as if the tracks were meditating me and not vice versa. There is something that is lovely and effective in the beautiful vocal harmonics that Samuel created in these three tracks, coupled with the complementary and ecstatic entrainment music that Doug added. I was gifted with a deep sense of divine presence and protection. I love these tracks. Thank you, team! – John Dupuy
Samuel Törnqvist creates emotive and inspirational music, focusing mostly on orchestral and acoustic music. Born in Sweden, Sam has lived and traveled in many parts of the world and experienced many cultures. All this is clearly felt and heard in his multi-faceted artistry, musical knowledge, and talent. Sam has composed and produced music and sound for film, theater, dance companies, advertising, and musical theater. You can find out more about Sam on his website, samueltornqvist.com and at facebook.com/samthecomposer.
Douglas Prater, who developed the entrainment for Hu Grace, is iAwake's CTO and the creator of Rainstorm Sleepwave, Infinity, Stealing Flow, Stealing Flow – Power Nap, Stealing Flow – Gamma, the technology and soundtrack for The Near Death Experience: Waking Up to Life, and the technology for The Freedom of Forgiveness.
He is an author, meditator, fitness enthusiast, and musician who holds a degree in Music: Sound Recording Technology from Texas State University. He is committed to the art of deep practice in every area of life.
Doug began composing and engineering brainwave entrainment audio tracks for meditation, creative pursuits, and the attainment of peak performance flow states back in 2001, and has continued to refine his approach to composition and development by incorporating uniquely psychoacoustic harmonic signatures and a variety of carefully blended entrainment modalities.
- 3 tracks (total of 60 minutes)
- Tracks accessible on the free iAwake Technologies app for iOS and Android
- High quality MP3 files – Mac and PC compatible
- Optional downloadable WAV files – Mac and PC compatible
- 1 optional CD
- User eManual (downloadable PDF)
- Ongoing support (responsive email, active Facebook forum, FAQs, videos, audios)