In the beginning was the SOUND. It has been said in countless myths, sagas, legends and tales that the first act of creation was the creation of sound. All sound emerges from the stillness. All structure is created from sound. Webster defines healing as “to become sound".
Sound Healing, through various techniques and technologies, is the educated and conscious use of the energy of sound to reach identified goals and promote wellness in the human system – including the expansion of consciousness. Sound Healing is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. Sound Healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body and mind of a person, with the intent of bringing them into a state of harmony and health. Science has proven that sound, or vibration, has a strong impact upon substance geometric patterns in matter. Dr. Masaru Emoto who wrote “The Hidden Messages of Water”, has proven that sound changes the molecular structure of water. Since the body is composed of over 75% water, it is therefore easy to understand how sound can create change in the body. However, more importantly, sound changes consciousness.
Many ancient civilizations and modern indigenous cultures have used sound to heal and access higher levels of consciousness for thousands of years. In the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Greece, India, Egypt and other centers of knowledge, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. Sonic vibration was known to be the fundamental creative force in the universe.
The basic principle of Sound Healing is that of resonance; everything in creation is actually energy, vibrating at different frequencies. Every object is in a state of vibration and therefore creates sound. Sound travels as a wave form. These waves have a number of variables that give a sound its unique quality. Among others, there are velocity, or the speed at which the waves travel; frequency, which is the number of waves per second that an object produces; and intensity, which is a measure of a sound’s loudness.
Very slow waves make very low sounds. Very fast waves make very high sounds. The lowest note on a piano is about 24 cycles per second. The highest note on a piano is about 4,000 cycles per second. Humans hear from around 16 to about 16,000 cycles per second. Yet just because we can't hear something does not mean it is not vibrating, nor creating a sound. Dolphins can project and receive information upwards of 180,000 cycles per second, more than 10 times that of humans. And this to them is sound. Just because you cannot hear an object does not mean it is not vibrating or making a sound.
Every object has a natural vibratory rate. This is called its resonance. As an energy form, we as human beings are also vibrating energy. This includes the various parts of our body, such as our organs, muscles, bones, etc. If these parts of our body are vibrating at their normal, healthy frequency, we call this state "health". If a portion of our body begins to vibrate at a frequency which is not harmonious to us, we call this "disease".
One of the basic principles of using sound as a transformative and healing modality is to understand the idea that part of the body is in a state of vibration. Every organ, every bone, every tissue, every system are all in a state of vibration.
It is possible to use sound to project the correct resonant frequency of that part of the body which is vibrating out of harmony back into the body, causing it to return to its natural frequency and return to a state of health. Different areas of the body respond to the sounds made and begin to vibrate at the same frequencies, thus bringing harmony and healing. Sound Healing, as the name implies, is the use of sound to create balance and alignment in the physical body, the energy centers "chakras", and in the auric field.
SOUND HEALING TECHNIQUES
There are a wide range of techniques that utilize sound as a tool for change. The most common and basic use of sound is for meditation and relaxation. Chanting, toning and overtone singing are some of the most powerful methods for resonating sound throughout the body. The use of nature sounds and natural instruments, such as crystal bowls and tuning forks, have specific healing frequencies and harmonics. Shamanic drumming takes people into altered states of consciousness.
On a biological level these various instruments and techniques affect a great deal of physical change but also have far-reaching implications that occur on emotional, spiritual, and physical levels. It is a regenerative process married to a spiritual awakening that can have profound consequences on illness, disease, and all aspects of our lives. In fact, many mainstream medical facilities have added programs that link body, mind, and spirit to the treatment of cancer. Cancer prevention centers are utilizing sound as a vital part of the healing process for patients with promising results.
Music Therapy and Healing Music
Music has been used for years to simply help relax people and put them in a better state of mind. It has been proven that when someone releases tension and relaxes, their immune system benefits. Application-specific audio includes pain control, relaxation and stress relief, meditation, sleep, accelerated learning, enhanced productivity, consciousness raising, and connecting to spirit. Sound therapy musicians use specific tones and chords associated with the chakras, various musical instruments and natural ambient and environmental sounds as part of the healing music. Many also use sounds that are inaudible but have a high frequency that can alter our brainwaves.
Chanting and Toning
Perhaps the greatest instrument of healing, one that is natural, cost effective and does not require batteries or electrical outlets, is the human voice. Toning is a generic term to describe the use of the voice for release of pain and stress, and to help align imbalanced portions of the body. Sighing, moaning, groaning and other sounds we frequently make are all aspects of toning, as are the sounding of different vowels. Chanting techniques are used for vibrating different areas of the body through certain words, vowels, mantras or singing. It can provide a deeper awareness of the way sound resonates naturally throughout the body.
This is a method of utilizing the natural power of rhythm and music and applying it to an individual or group for the purpose of healing. Rhythm is our natural inheritance. It exists in our bodies, our hearts and in our breath. It exists in the vibration of atoms, the cycles of the seasons, the ticking of clocks, the orbit of the earth. There is no part of creation that is without rhythm.
Meditation Bells (Tingsha)
When the two pieces strike each other they produce a deep and lasting sound which can be used to focus the mind before and after meditation. Tingshas can be used for healing, space clearing, crystal cleansing and unblocking the Chakras. They can also be used to mark the beginning and end of a meditation.
Sounding the Tingshas around a room or space allows the pure sound to remove any unwanted negative energy and helps create a harmonious environment.
The powerful sound vibrations of tuning forks can be used to clear the blockages that are impeding the body's flow of energy. The forks work in a similar manner to acupuncture, only without the use of needles.
The various types of tuning forks include chakra, planetary, angelic, Ohm, cosmic, crystal tuners, Pythagorean, C&G tuners, just to name a few. Each tuner has a specific resonance measured in hertz. A hertz is a unit of frequency and equals one second.
When the correct tuning fork is placed next to the organ or chakra that is out of harmony, that area will raise its vibration or "pitch" to that of the fork by the process of entrainment. When you strike a tuning fork however, you'll notice how it causes the air around the fork to vibrate, sending out very strong vibrating impulses through the air.
All you do is strike a fork and place it near or on any body part you wish to heal. They are also used in by putting them in the vicinity of the different chakras located along the spine. The Chakra centers are where the nerve centers are found along the spine and these nerves send impulses to the different organs, so by energizing these areas, you stimulate the organs into greater health-giving activity.
Singing Bowls/Crystal Bowls
Singing Bowls are from the magical Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet & India. They are made from a mixture of metals and when rubbed with a mallet, they produce a complex and beautiful sound full of wonderful harmonics and overtones. The alloy used affects the overtones of the sound and has been said to have an impact on the healing properties.
Sound from the bowls entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. Used within meditations and physical healings the bowls’ characteristic blend of harmonic resonances are used as a vibrational tool to induce stress reduction, chakra balancing, energy synchronization and spontaneous healing. They effectively alter consciousness into a peaceful and expansive meditative state.
Crystal Singing Bowls have a unique sound, which is different from the Tibetan bowls made of metal. These produce a single clear tone rather than the complex harmonics of their Himalayan counterparts. Depending on the size and thickness of the crystal bowl, it will make different notes. Crystal bowls are renowned worldwide for their powerful resonance and ability to tune the energy of the body at optimal frequencies. They are made from 99% silica sand (quartz) and are literally spun into being in a centrifugal mold which is heated to 4000 degrees and an electric arc in the centre fuses the individual grains into one whole.
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