Jeremy de Tolly

music ● spirituality ● voice ● awakening ● creativity ● healing

E039 - iGwijo: healing anthems for South Africa

vocal liberation Nov 23, 2020


Can something harmonise and electrify simultaneously?

Is it possible to harness the traditionally fractious, violent energies of certain public spaces for a common good? Is it necessary, or even wise, to always shy away from full on emotional expression?

We often associate safety with seclusion and being walled in, and, by extension – bottling things up. Cue road rage, tension headaches, and anxiety attacks.

One listen to a Gwijo squad singing its a cappella style call and response in full force, and an ancient memory is awoken. We’re reminded at the DNA level that humans evolved to sing together: through good times and bad, and from sickness into health. It was an adaptive strategy for wellbeing in the face of the vicissitudes of life: grief, overwhelm and dispossession.

But group singing was also a means of staking our claim on this earth, and giving shape to our triumphs and passions. 

The received wisdom of modern psychology tells us that big feelings...

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E038 - 5 Gifts for Your Voice

I'm my own harshest critic.

I underestimate the value of a well-chosen environment. I know just how to undermine my innate sense of power. I seem to be working against self-emancipation, and often lapse into autopilot – dimly aware of the life force draining out of me.

Do any of the above ring discordantly true for you? You're not alone, but you're in luck. Why? Well, aside from being in this together, any of the following golden five vocal gifts are just a conscious sigh away. These five gifts are ready opportunities for immediate vocal enjoyment, and, over time, more fundamental well-being.

So, if you could use a ready toolkit for good vibrations, watch this episode, read the blog below and unwrap Five Gifts for Your Voice!


During the course of our daily experience, we can feel drained, tense, enfeebled, or trapped. Unfortunately, rather than take that good medicine our soul is craving, we tend to...

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E036 - Consistency, Showing Up and Focus

Are you good at being consistent and showing up?

Are you focused, or do you tend to get distracted and pulled into 1000 things?

Do you have a lot of interests that you dabble with, or are you following through with just a few and going deep?

If you want to be more successful in the world, heal your trauma and negative conditioning, or empower and heal your voice, watch this episode about How to Be Consistent, Show Up and Focus.

 Enjoy the video, or read the blog below!

Hello there!

So the new episode today is about showing up and consistency, with a side order of focus.

And really what I'm going to look at are the keys to succeeding, whether this is out in the world or successfully healing from and overcoming trauma for example. It's also about succeeding at what you could call it 'awakening' or 'illuminating yourself' or becoming incredibly present. And there's kind of a baseline in all of this, which is learning to live a more joyful life and succeeding at that.

Now many...

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E035 - Content vs Context (Get Out of Story)

In a world flooded with content, moving into context is our way into sanity, peace and 'waking up'. What this means is to move focus away from the inner dialogue of the mind, and into... one's senses, the body, and the present moment. It's also a way of bringing deep sanity and connection into conversation.

 Enjoy the video, or read the blog below!

Today, "content versus context": we will go deep into what this means. So this means story versus context, but we are also at the end going to investigate "the six nails of the tahini maker", which can be a game changer for a stopping the narrative mind, for stopping this busy entity that's inside our heads and arriving into presence.

What we're investigating today is all the content that comes out of our mouths or the content that lives and breathes and gets spoken inside our heads all the images and words inside our heads every day, and the distinction between that and the opportunity to move into context, which is spacious,...

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E034 - How to Wake Up & Heal in 2021

awakening trauma waking up Oct 19, 2020

Here's my take on what 'best practice' is for waking up, healing, and thriving in 2021. In essence, it's my opinion on how to develop a sense of harmony and wellbeing while living this wild, beautiful and rather short human life!

Get ready to give me your opinion on whether this rings true for you. Start warming up those typing fingers right now

Hello there!

Welcome to this blog where we are going to dive into the path to healing and waking up in 2021. How to do all the things leading to feeling good in 2021.

Now why 2021? Because – I think things are evolving. Things are changing. We're understanding new things. And while I hate this term, there's probably a kind of 'blunt cutting edge' to this that is worth looking at and paying attention. If nothing else, I'm going to put out a big fat, hairy opinion here and you can decide if you think what I'm saying is interesting or true, or maybe you've got some other input to share about what it looks like to wake up, heal...

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E033 - About Awaken Your Radiant Voice

Awaken Your Radiant Voice is my 9 week signature online course for liberating voices. If you're curious about what and how I teach, and what it can do for your voice, enjoy the blog or watch the episode!

So in this video, I'm going to be diving a little deep into Awaken Your Radiant Voice, the beautiful nine week online course that I facilitate.

Now before you run for the hills, I'm going to make this kind of interesting, and I really want to just talk from my heart about what this course is, what it does, and why I love teaching it.

So I'm just going to make a bold claim here: what it aims to do is change the course of a person's life through their voice, through unblocking their voice. Now you know it's incredible the degree to which our voices determine what happens in our lives –  when we go to a party, or when we're in a work meeting, or whether we show up in the world being willing to say, "Hey, this is what I do, this is what I care...

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E032 - How to Put Yourself Out There (Be Authentically Extra)

vocal liberation Sep 28, 2020

Would you like to show up more in your world? Do you feel like you might be hiding, but want to put yourself out there? Are you ready to be authentically extra?!

Get ready to stretch the conditioning that keeps you playing small: enjoy the blog or watch the episode!


Hi, welcome to this episode about how to put yourself out there in the world, with full force or with full confidence ! I'm going to say this is not easy. But I'm going to talk about some of the steps that I've gone through and some of my clients have gone through in this act of liberating our voices in the world.

One of the first things I want to say, though, is that a really important first step, is focusing. Getting a little bit quiet beforehand. And knowing what we're going to say and why. So I'm going to just take a little deep breath, as we're hanging out together.

Getting a little bit more grounded, a little bit more present. So I think one of the most powerful things that I've done at times in my...

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E031 - How to be Happier in Life (Sing with Confidence)

vocal liberation Sep 21, 2020

Most of us have a dysfunctional relationship with our singing voice. It's never good enough, and we long ago lost the joy of singing for fun. In fact, our whole culture has taught us that only a chosen few are 'singers', and that the rest of us have ugly, undesirable voices.

Reclaim the joy of singing: enjoy the blog or watch the episode.


Why don't you sing every day?

I'm just going to remind you – go back to being five years old, when you danced and sang and played, and you were just a crazy little fool, with no sense of having to be perfect or no sense of what a good voice sounds like. It just came out and there was one emotion that predominated. It was joy. You had joy when you sang.

And then you got older, and it stopped being joyful. So what happened? And the real question is, most of us want more joy. We spend our whole lives trying to minimize stress and buy nice things and go for walks or go for a run, or see people to feel better. And at the bottom of...

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E030 - Shut Down Voices (What to do if your Voice is "Too Little")

Do you speak too little, or does your voice shut down in social or work situations? Is your voice unreliable, so when you're triggered or emotional it lets you down? Do you hide online - in your social media or online presence? If any of these resonate, you may have a "too little" voice – enjoy the blog or watch the episode to learn how to uplevel your voice!

Well, hello there. Welcome to this blog about "too little" voices.

What are we talking about here? We're talking about the voices that shut down at parties. We're talking about the voices that hide online. We're talking about the ones that disappear or freeze during an argument.

Are you one of those? Do you know some of those? Do you have some of those in your family? So we're going to be talking about what I'm going to call a polarity of voices. Last week's episode was about "too much" voices. Today we're going to be talking about "too little" voices. And there is of course a continuum all the way between...

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E029 - What to do if you Talk Too Much (and then Shut Down)

Welcome to this episode, which explores voices that are "too much". These include blurters, or binge-voices that let it all out and then shut down afterwards. I work with a lot of clients and students in ym courses that have this polarity of voices. It's opposite is a "too little" voice, that doesn't speak up for itself and tends to withdraw.

Enjoy the blog or watch the episode! 

Hello, and welcome to this episode about voices that are what I might call "too much".

These are voices that flood. It all comes out at once. You could say that there's almost a binge element to it. In other words, we're going to withhold, withhold, withhold, withhold and then BAM! it all comes out. And then when it all comes out, sometimes there's a bit of damage or shaming, and then it's time to shut down again.

So, before I go any further, I really just want to drop in my body, and get a little bit more connected and speak from the heart and say that I'm going to talk a lot about some of the...

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