There exists a shift in consciousness about how we can better live in harmony with our environment. Part of living in harmony with one’s environment includes the balanced use of the senses. This can prove to be a challenge, however, as we are constantly barraged with external sensory input on a daily basis. Apart from external noise, we also deal with our internal sounds – thoughts – which may be shaped in large part by the external sounds.
Why does sound heal?
Everything in nature vibrates at a particular frequency, including plants, rocks, rivers, animals, and of course, our bodies. But when our natural frequencies become “out of tune,” the body may become out of balance and we may become ill. The same process that can cause our vibrations to be unhealthy can also be used to restore the vibrations to homeostasis. Sound healing seeks to return our vibratory patterns to their natural state. Sound not only heals physical, mental and emotional trauma, but it also is a conduit for progress on our individual spiritual journey, as some sounds lead us to higher levels of consciousness.
Tibetan Singing Bowls:
Tibetan singing bowls are handmade bowls, composed of various types of metals, usually combinations of bronze, copper, gold, nickel, silver zinc, tin and iron. The sound waves from the bowls spread, as the concentric waves from a stone dropped in a pond, into larger and larger circles through blood, flesh, organs and even bones, relaxing them and at the same time harmonizing and energizing them. In this way, the more than 100 trillion cells that are the building blocks of the human body are receiving a gentle cell massage.
Kirtan is the practice of chanting, or repetitive singing, various names of the Divine. The voice may be the instrument, but the singing comes from the heart. The vibrations caused by the singing allow the participants to connect with their inner being and with each other. This can be perceived as a singing meditation in which you bath yourself in the healing vibrations of your own voice. Similar to a mother singing to her kin.
Mantra is a means for contemplation, meditation, and internal shifts. Mantras unite the mind with the pure sound. Mantras create or restructure the vibratory patterns in the subtle body, which effect changes in the physical body. Just as asana puts the body into a certain energetic posture in which higher forces can be released, so too each mantra puts the mind into a certain pose in which it can become a conduit for a higher flow of energy and grace.