Responses to Sound
From even before we are born we become aware of vibrations and frequencies of sound from the movement of the organs of our mother, her voice and the vibrations of sound that penetrates through to the fluids in the womb especially during our mothers movements and all these vibrations flows though us because we are 80% fluid. We respond to music, lullaby’s, tones of voice to the point of knowing who’s voice it is, doors banging, shouting.
These sounds resonates emotional responses of comfort, fear, shock, love, insecurity, joy and so on. Studies have shown that babies and children that are exposed to classical music are stimulated mentally, physically and emotionally. These responses to sound continue after birth throughout our live.
We can experience the influential effects of sound and music every time we hear music especially with a heavy or defined beat or tone. Just think of the last time you heard a favourite dance hit and couldn’t help but to start dancing along. This is due to not just the music and our emotional response to the sound but also to our association (memory) to music. Likewise upbeat words are usually with upbeat music; sad words are usually with low, sad emotionally evoking music. Scientists have found that music is processed in the older, deep part of the brain, the parts we share with our animal ancestors.
“Music is not mere entertainment, but a profound bond between all living things.” Patricia Gray, a concert pianist, and bio-music study group director at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D. C.
Now think back to the last time a sick or distraught friend called and remember how their voice was different than normal and this in turn created a response in you; your empathy responded to the tone of their voice, their emotion, hence creating emotion in you. It is completely normal, in the animal world and in humans to have profound reactions to certain sounds and tones. A good example is of a real scream, or the high pitched violins in the horror movie Psycho. It has also been said that Japanese Ninjas learned and used a special battle cry that help disarm their enemies.
Knowing the power of sound and music and that the voice changes with emotional states or illness consider for a moment how our health or mood can be strongly affected by music, mantras, chanting, and singing. Examples of our response to sounds are apparent in our everyday life...
The Bulgarian Psychiatrist, Gorgi Lazanoff was able to show an increased capacity for learning and referred to super learning even, by playing Baroque music (1700’s Bach, Vivaldi, Telemon, Handle) and having his students breathe in rhythm with the beat. It is all evidence to show that sound and music can have a profound effect on our health, and well being, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally as well.
Frequency Patterns of Sound
In the growing field of “energy medicine” it is well known that our universe is created through patterns of frequency. Science is now documenting what mystics of many traditions have known forever. Everything that exists in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms exists on a vibratory basis. This is obvious if you consider that electrons are always moving and vibrating.
Principle instruments such as Singing Bowls, Tibetan Bell and Tinshas have proven to be effective in creating frequency patterns that can be used as healing tools to accelerate the effect of therapeutic processes within Sound Therapy and Meditation. The Tibetan Bell represents wisdom. Its hollow symbolizes the wisdom recognising emptiness and the clapper represents the sound of emptiness in all its forms. When used in meditation, a playing stick may be used around the rim, and the sound produced reminds of the emptiness of all things, and the quality of wisdom one must develop to attain this realisation.
The Tibetan double dorje that I use is called, ‘vishva vajra’ in Sanskrit. The Tibetan dorje symbol represents the ‘thunderbolt of enlightenment,’ which is the pivotal point in Tibetan Buddhism as enlightenment is the thing that all Buddhists hope to achieve. The dorje also stands for compassion and became associated with the path to enlightenment, and the union of the material and spiritual worlds. In Tantric Buddhism it is the masculine element paired with the bell (ghanta) which is the feminine element that stands for wisdom. The Tibetan Buddhist Tantric philosophy represents the ability to overcome obstacles and destroy evil.
Tingsha bells are cymbals which are used by people of the Tibetan Buddhist faith as well as non-Buddhists. Always in a pair the two cymbals are joined together by a leather strap or chain. Tingshas are very thick and produce a unique lasting ringing that produces harmonic overtones. To play tingsha, strike one cymbal against the other, generating the penetrating ringing, clear and high pitched tone. These cymbals may be rung as part of rituals and ceremonies, and they are also used during prayer and meditation. The distinctive sound of tingsha also appears, incidentally, on many new age meditation and relaxation tapes.
Tibetan Buddhists have been making tingsha for centuries. The sustained note of a tingsha chime is one of the more distinctive features of these cymbals; tingsha can ring for several minutes when they are of high quality and they are manipulated well.
These ancient instruments, including Tibetan Singing bowls which are 'struck and sung' in specific rhythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics at the same frequency of "AUM" or "OM". This sound frequency impacts the sympathetic nervous system as your brain waves synchronize to the vibrations of the bowls. The harmonic vibrations engage a relaxation reflex that slows down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and disrupt the pain reflex creating a deep sense of well being. Gongs, songs, colours, Crystals and visualizations may be integrated into your treatment to help move energy to benefit you.
All healing interventions influence the body by altering its frequency resonance. Healing has often been affected by such modalities as sound, light, music therapy and various other energy medicine techniques that alter the frequency patterns of an individual. By using my Singing bowls, Tinshas, Tibetan Bell and Dorie the instruments are used to harmonise and attune the entire energy system supporting our being to progress on a spiritual, mental and emotional level, and encourage healing and feelings of well being. Therefore recent experiments indicate that one of the most powerful ways to heal individuals is to play missing frequencies at an octave that corresponds to the brain wave frequencies. What happens here is quite remarkable and really beautiful. The body is simply helped to heal itself by activating the control centre in the brain that looks after this healing. This coupled with the effects we experience on a physical level as we are 80% fluid, resonating throughout our physical being and beyond.
My journey into Sound Therapy
It has felt like a natural progression for me to be working with sound. As I have been working with energy since I was a child and my healing abilities were then enhanced through Reiki that came with an appreciation of the Eastern world‘s beliefs and philosophies including an appreciation of the use of sound instruments but it wasn’t until many years later that I felt drawn to using them myself.
I first became interested in Tinshas to clear the energy from my Crystals and the rooms in which I practiced. Next I became drawn to the Tibetan Bell and Dorie, not really knowing why, and finally I discovered the medative and healing sounds of Singing bowls.
During my research and training I became inspired by Suren Shrestha’s traditional Tibetan Healing Methods where I found the Eastern connection between the Tinsha, Tibetan bell with Dorie and Singing bowls and realised I was on a journey leading me to facilitate sound therapy in the West. Having realised that I actually had all I needed to start to practice Sound Therapy, I began experimenting and incorporating Usui Reiki and Crystals, which also is part of the traditional practices.
Using the instruments to positively influence self or the individual, with the opportunity to use the Singing bowls with warm water directly on the body to resonate the vibration directly onto the body is most exciting work with exciting results. Having worked with Kevin Goulding and practiced my techniques, my feedback from individual client work and group work has been positive.
I am particularly excited finding and working with therapies that offer ‘hands off’ benefits which is optional and found the feedback to treatments to be both fruitful and encouraging.
Benefits of Sound Therapy
We have established how sound provides specific frequencies to resonate and support the body. In addition to the deep relaxation, general promotion of healing and meditation influences we have seen incredible results with this form of Energy Medicine with client’s ailments including:
After sessions most clients do experience improved memory, clarity, vitality and the ability to take action. Many report out of body experiences, a deep sense of tranquillity, sleep soundly and feel the effects of the treatment for several days.
The experience of Sound Healing can be profound and depending on the effects we experience defines how we feel immediately after; experiences of feeling nurtured, cleansed, healed, shifted, balanced, grounded, peaceful, relaxed, medative, empowered have all been reported, some of which continue long-term.
In the words of Jocelyn Godwin, ed. Cosmic Music, Inner Traditions, Rochester, Vermont 1989:
“Research has shown that when we are deprived of certain light frequencies we can become sick. One of the most fascinating scientific facts to emerge recently is that sound behaves in a similar fashion to light. In other words, sound and light act like vitamins and minerals in our body. Most people are deficient in certain tones and this is traced when the human voice is recorded and monitored. We need a certain balance of sound frequencies, which may vary from one individual to another, in order to maintain our bodies in a healthy state”.
Sound Therapy ............................ 50mins £30
Includes all of the above instruments and I will also we using Tuning Forks.