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The Sound of a Toutouwai

Updated: Jul 31



I visited the forest yesterday and I remembered the korero of the little toutouwai/robin who was singing.

I could feel the beautiful sound piercing through my aura especially around the top of my head/pineal area. It felt like it was re-balancing me but also sharing with me. I compared the Toutouwai’s waiata to that of a trickling stream. They are both similar in frequency. The toutouwai has specific piercing tones that go straight to the core with a surgical like procedure. I observed where the frequency was going in my body and noticed that it was concentrated around the top of my head. At the beginning of the Toutouwai’s waiata the sound penetrates the area just above the head then moves down to the pineal. If this area is blocked or dense the sound will move down the left or right side of the head depending on the density that needs to be moved. The waiata has a lovely spinning sensation at one point toward the end which is where the frequency is threading together what was pierced originally. This mahi occurs in just one chorus. The Toutouwai will keep going until the mahi is completed.

When I initially arrived at the forest entrance the Toutouwai was already in full swing bellowing out his waiata. He was not in his usual habitat, he was perched in a tree above the road. I walked over to the Rimu tree to where I normally visit him and waited. Sure enough he came and gave me his full attention with mahi a waiata. He came closer to me and I looked at him kanohi ki te kanohi and I began to cry. I cried because I was in awe of this little creature who was healing me. I cried because people do not see him. I cried because for a fleeting moment I saw Papatūānuku in him. I felt sadness and grief. He kept singing and soon I was feeling in awe once again. Perhaps these feelings were not just mine. Perhaps these feelings were also coming from the little bird in his whaikōrero to me.


The next time you visit the forest and you hear a bird singing, listen. That waiata is probably for you

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