September 27th, 2022
This was me giving my first "sound bath" to a small group of people. It took place in my father's backyard in Arizona this past March. With the sun shining brightly, the five people who sat in their lawn chairs were mesmerized by the sound. The smiles that spread across their face, mixed with the raised eyebrows of intrigue made ME smile. And THAT was my intention... to help ease their stress, help them to relax, help ME to feel better that my father wasn't so stressed out! Getting rid of the stress in our life, or reducing it even a little, makes a profound impact on our health. Sound can help facilitate healing in our body.
Did you know that up to 90% of visits to a physician's office are stress related?? Well, according to the American Institute of Stress anyways. "STRESS", which is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize", has been apart of everyone's lives the past few years. AND knowing this by my first hand experience, if we can reduce the stress, we can eliminate the number of trips to see the doctor.... which is the goal of our healthcare system, RIGHT????
Reducing stress and helping the body feel better can begin as soon as you become aware of knowing how. So, here's one way that YOU can help ease the stress, eliminate the stress in your lilfe. Recognize when you are starting to feel stressful and then use SOUND vibrations from musical instruments to change how you are feeling. The mind works in wondrous ways!!
Healing with sound vibration isn't new. It has been around for thousands of years. And just because it may have disappeared in our/your area of the world for awhile, doesn't make it a new age phenomena or new healing modality.
It has been found that the didgeridoo from Australia appears to be the oldest form of sound healing. It has been found that the Aboriginal people of Australia actually used sound vibrations to heal broken bones, muscle tears, and illnesses of every kind!! Hard to believe after all the things we've been taught over the past 30, 40, 50+ years, ... right?!?
Tibetan and Himalayan cultures of the far east are also very well known for their practices in sound healing. My crystal sound bowls, similiar to the Tibetan singing bowls, resonate as you lightly strike the bowl or glide the wand around the sides. In Nepal, monks make and use these bowls to use in many ceremonies for various purposes. The metal bowls the monks use have been the most widely known for some time, but the crystal bowls, made from quartz crystal, are well known for their healing properties as well. Quartz itself is an amplifier.
By the way, using our voice to sing or "tone" words, syllables, and the like have also been practiced to heal the body. I had personal experience with this also. It was in 2017 when I went to the Big Island Hawaii that I met a man that had the most beautiful voice. He would tone various sounds while standing behind me. I knew that he was doing something "magical" but at the time, I didn't know much about "toning" or chanting.
There's some pretty cool research on sound healing if anyone wants to know more. Like that of English doctor, osteopath, Sir Peter Guy Manners in the 60's. His research demonstrated that sound stimulated the human body's natural healing abilities. (I DO KNOW... THE BODY HEALS ITSELF!! ~ EXPERIENCE AGAIN!) He was treating chronic inflammation, arthritis, and bone calcification. A french musician also discovered how to use sound in healing therapies. In 1977 he began making discoveries and shaped what is known as tuning forks for sound healing. These tuning forks communicate vibrations to the body, just as singing bowls do! The positively effect our DNA and the magnetic field!
In the United Kingdom, the UK sound Healers Association aims to promote sound healing. True healing does not require multiple visits to doctors offices, which again, SHOULD be the goal, RIGHT??
iAs someone who has begun working with sound, and knowing the role of the mind in our healing journey, and that the body heals itself, not I, not a doctor, not a procedure, The body does the job itself!!
May you find inner peace! May you receive exactly what you need! May the vibrations of love fill you and hold you in that space for healing.
Until next time... chill to some high vibe music!
Love & light,