Sound has been used by ancient cultures for thousands of years for healing the physical body, mind and emotions and for spiritual development.
Sound is the energy produced from the vibration of things. Motion generates vibration, vibration generates frequencies and frequencies generate sound.
All matter consists of atoms which are in constant motion. Everything moves, vibrates and circles. Everything on Earth vibrates. Planet Earth itself vibrates, and so it is with everything within and that is the Universe.
Whether we hear it or not, everything has a sound, a vibration all of its own.
Sound is generated through every cell in our body. All parts of our body and each aspect of our being (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) possess a different resonant frequency and their own unique vibration. We are constantly vibrating at cellular level by a plethora of unheard frequencies whose vibrations influence rhythm and resonance in our bodies.
It is said that illness and disease is characterised by a hindrance to the flow of energy, resulting in a manifestation of disharmony within the body. When energy flow is hindered our natural resonant frequency becomes out of sync, which creates dissonance. When a dissonant (imbalanced) vibration is established within one or more levels of our being, dis-ease or ill-health occurs.
Sound therefore has a tremendous influence – both positive and negative, dependent on the frequency - over human functionality at all levels.
Since all matter is energy vibrating at different rates, by influencing the rate of vibration, we can alter the structure of matter. Loud, harsh unnatural sounds have a negative effect on a person, causing dis-harmony and dis-ease. Therapeutic, natural sounds however, have a positive effect on us, creating harmony and ease.
A body is in a healthy state when all parts resonate in harmony with the whole being.
Therapeutic sound healing is on the frontier of modern neuroscience. It is a phenomenon which works through the universal, emotional and biological principles of entrainment and sympathetic resonance. Entrainment occurs when one entity resonates synchronously with another, in response to the dominant frequency of vibration. Brainwave entrainment is the changing of brainwave frequencies whereby rhythmic vibrations of similar frequencies resonate in unison, synchronising our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brain can attune to. Entrainment alters our brainwave frequencies from Beta - the awake and active state, to Alpha - the awake but relaxed state, to Theta the awake and relaxed but in an altered state of consciousness - hypnotic/meditative) state.
Humans are attuned to the magnetic frequency of the Earth. ‘Schumann resonance’, which is the vibratory rate of the magnetic field of the earth, oscillates at an average rate of 7.8 Hz. This frequency corresponds with the theta brainwave frequency.
Natural, therapeutic sounds transport us into an altered state of consciousness induced by meditative brainwave frequencies. Science has proven that meditative brainwave frequencies enable us to access our deeper subconscious and are key states for healing - on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.)
The effects of sound in a therapeutic context are – but not limited to:
Triggers the relaxation response, releasing tension and blocks in the body, and reducing pain.
Helps regulate breathing and heart rate.
Helps improves circulation.
Has a positive effect on our cardiovascular, autonomic, endocrine, nervous & immune systems.
Helps bring about resonance and harmony at cellular level.
Alleviates symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Improves cognitive functioning.
Helps release suppressed toxic emotions.
Harmonises the bio-field and balances the chakras.
Increases mauri, prana or chi, our vital life force.
Sound is therefore an effective medium to restore the balance and optimise the flow of energy – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Dissonant vibrations can be restored back to our natural resonant frequency; thus having a positive effect on the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Bringing us back to a state of balance, peace and harmony.
Optimum health occurs when we are vibrating at our natural, inherent, resonant frequency.
Dr Bruce Lipton on Sound Healing
"If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.
One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual levels. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiological functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder."
Dr Mitchell Gaynor - Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Centre, New York and author of The Healing Power of Sound
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