How Sound Healing Works

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"There will come a time when a diseased condition will not be described as it is today by physicians and psychologists, but it will be spoken of in musical terms, as one would speak of a piano that was out of tune." - Rudolf Steiner   

 

Sound Healing is an ancient healing art, that was practised in ancient civilisations, in Egypt, Greece, India and in many indigenous cultures.  It is currently enjoying a resurgence, as ancient knowledge is arising to align with modern physics, supporting the fact that the physical world is made of vibrating matter, including us!

Here are a few of the principles of Sound Healing:

 

  • Entrainment is one of the major principles of Sound Healing. It takes less energy to pulse and vibrate in a synchronous manner, so the source with the less powerful vibration locks into the most powerful. When entrainment occurs small amounts of energy are transferred between the two sources. To watch an example of entrainment click here

  • IntentionFrequency + Intention = healing” – Jonathan Goldman

When we use sound in its sacred context, the power of intention and connection to the heart are very important. Thoughts are created by vibrating energy particles. Sound amplifies thought, and the healing intention of the practitioner will be carried on the sounds produced for the person receiving the healing. Dr Masaru Emoto was a Japanese scientist, who researched how human consciousness could affect the molecular structure of water. Sound travels at a great speed through water. As we are made up of about 70% water, our bodies respond well to sound.

  • Resonance – everything is in a state of vibration and has its natural resonant frequency, including the human body; organs, bones, tissues, cells, etc. If the body feels unwell or ‘out-of-sync’, it is vibrating out of harmony. We can bring the body back into alignment and to its natural harmonious state by using sympathetic vibrations and resonance. Cymatics is the study of wave-form phenomena. John Stuart Reid is a leading researcher in the new scientific field of cymatics, following the work of Ernst Chaldni and Hans Jenny. He developed the CymaScope, an instrument that makes sound visible. Through this important scientific research, I believe humanity will be able to understand the Universe and reality in greater depth.

  • Harmonics - when we sound a pitch or fundamental frequency, there are a series of lighter tones above that note. These are created by harmonically related wavelengths and the number ratios are the same for each pitch (2:1, 3:1, 4:1, into infinity) These exact mathematical ratios, each related to its fundamental note, are known as harmonics or overtones and are part of the harmonic series. You may become more aware of the harmonics if you are in a good, resonant acoustic space, such as a church; here the harmonics are accentuated, and a richer sound is produced. Ancient cultures understood the power of harmonics and used this knowledge to build their sound chambers in sacred sites, such as Stonehenge and the King’s Chamber in in the Great Pyramid in Egypt. When we hear or sing music rich in harmonics, it can induce an altered state of consciousness.

       “Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music” - Goethe

  • Intervals - musical intervals are created by two notes played at the same time. Depending on the space between them they will create a consonant or dissonant sound to our ears and senses. Each one will affect our mind, emotions and body differently. In Sound Healing, dissonant intervals can disturb and move energy, and the more harmonious intervals can offer resolve and resolution.  Each interval creates a mathematical ratio, eg the fifth is a ratio of 2:3. This can be found in Gregorian chant, and induces a state of calm and homeostasis. We also find these simple ratios in nature. The Fibonacci sequence is nature’s natural numbering system and appears everywhere from the geometric shapes of leaves, flowers, shells, beehive, etc. Architects used these ratios to build cathedrals and other sacred buildings.     

       “The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics” – Galileo Galilei

  • Chants - singing short repeated simple melodies, words or sounds can help the mind become relaxed and clear.  When we chant in the ancient and sacred language of Sanskrit, we awaken dormant parts of the brain.

  • Prayer - when we work with prayer in healing, we are working with pure intention and acknowledgement with and connection to the Divine Source.

  • Rhythm - we can be influenced and affected many ways by rhythm. Our breathing, heart rate and brainwaves can be entrained with different rhythms. Rhythm can relax us or energise us. Slower tempo music slows our breathing rate. Drumming can be used to slow down our brain rhythms to expand our conscious awareness or experience trance-like states. It can also be utilised to lower our heartbeat, reducing stress levels, bringing the body to a place of deep relaxation.

  • Silence is an important part of the healing process. When we go into the silence, our mind becomes quiet and the body’s natural healing mechanism is activated. The sound facilitates, leading to the silent space, where the body, mind and emotions can integrate and heal themselves. It is in the silence that we listen to our hearts, minds and our intuitive self.

  • Voice - when we use our voice, it clearly shows our mood and state of being. When we use our singing or toned voice, there is nowhere to hide; it exposes our vulnerability, beauty and true self. The voice is our greatest gift and teacher and goes right to the core of who we are. It has transformative healing powers when we engage with it. As we remove judgement about our voice, we begin to unlock our personal stories and unleash our true human potential.

      “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration” – Nikola Tesla

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