Music has always been recognized as having a powerful effect on human consciousness. But in the past few years research has explained why different kinds of music and sounds have the effects that they do on the body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
Science tells us that all life is energy in one form or another, eternal, changing and morphing from one form to another. Each ‘energy shape’ has its own particular pattern of frequencies or vibrations. When one form experiences a matching frequency in the form of a musical note, the form will begin to vibrate in sympathy with the note in sympathetic resonance. A strong enough vibration can even cause a form to restructure itself, as has been noted with cancer cells. With the Himalayan bowls (aka Tibetan Singing Bowls), every note creates sympathetic resonance with every other note producing harmonic overtones that commence the healing process.
Healing is a movement from disharmony to harmony, from duality to Divine Awareness. The journey of healing then is a spiritual awakening with consequences on our physical well being. As we awaken, our perspective shifts, our vibration shifts, our cellular make up shifts. The shifts can not occur as separate entities- they affect the whole of who we are. This link between body and spirit has been much ignored by the medical profession but the link is quite clear.
Healing is a process where we are released from an ego centered finite perspective of ourselves in the world and move into our essence where our vibratory energy is connected with the universe. Without sufficient healing, the core issue that caused a condition in the first place is likely to manifest again. A vital step in the healing process is that of establishing resonance with rather than resisting the condition in question. You cannot release that which you do not own. Sound is the train that helps us get to healing.
We know that different pulses stimulate different brainwave centers, that we can create brainwave entrainment through a process of sympathetic resonance and that we normally entrain or fall into vibrational step to the strongest vibrations in our immediate environment. Nerve bundles in our spine transmit vibrational sensory data to brain stem and limbic system (our emotional processing center) through the water in our system so placing the bowls directly on the body significantly increases their effectiveness. The bowls vibrate at the frequency of perfection, otherwise known as the Sanskrit mantra ‘AUM’. They create harmonic overtones in which each note contains all other notes and none is a separate entity on its own. These bowls are made of seven metals which were collected, smelted and pounded into shape and sound in a ceremonial manner with the intention of healing and consciousness transformation.
Their sound entrains our energetic system to resonate with them in their perfection. The harmonic resonance of the bowls literally pulls us back into a more universal energetic flow as they transmit their soothing and peaceful vibrations through our water body in a way that affects our entire nervous and immune system, initiates the relaxation response and brings us into a, Alpha/Theta brainwave state. Their frequencies balance the hemispheres of the brain, initialize our parasympathetic nervous system and help to raise disease fighting immune cells, while also reducing our stress response and creating the synchronized flow of our brain, respiratory and heart rate waves). Our capacity to heal from any illness is predicated on our body’s ability to achieve this synchrony. When they are placed directly on your body, as in a private session, then the healing potential is greatly increased because you are receiving the vibrations in your muscles and organs in addition to hearing them.
Let’s not reduce the healing that takes place only to science. We have already seen that healing is predicated on spiritual awakening. The bowls can be seen as great teachers as they help us reconnect with our wholeness. The ensuing sympathetic resonance between brain and bowls reawakens the intrinsic blissful self in us.
Our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors will either engage with or sabotage the healing potential as well. Combining the sound vibration of the bowls with positive affirmations can greatly enhance the healing experience. Thus, sound is a type of energy medicine that creates the sacred space in which people can heal from stress disorders, pain, depression, the emotional roller coaster and more. It also creates the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages. The healing process is initiated by entraining our brainwaves and creating sympathetic resonance with the perfect vibrations of the Himalayan singing bowls.
Diáne Mandle, Certified Tibetan bowl sound healer is an author, teacher, healer and recording artist based in Southern California. She tours nationally with her concerts, maintains a private practice, operates a sound healing school and is part of the Integrated Therapy Team at the San Diego Cancer Center. Her has comprehensive multimedia home study course in Sound Healing and several acclaimed CD’s are available on her website soundenergyhealing.com