History of sound healing and therapies
Sound therapy has been around since the beginning of recorded history—the oldest surviving scriptural texts tell us so—and science may finally be catching up with sound-healing practices used by ancient civilizations.
Most cultures share myths of creation that begin with a sonorous event. In the ancient Vedic texts, Lord Vishnu rests on the cosmic, shoreless ocean. The silence is broken with the cosmic hum we know as Aum. In the Bible, John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word…”
At the first vibratory universal note a system of mathematics and harmonic ratios is revealed. From macrocosm to microcosm, we exist and live in a sea of sound. Geneticists have decoded the musical expression of our DNA; NASA has captured the sounds of all the planets, even the sound of black holes; and the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe recorded the sound of a comet. It’s no wonder our bodies respond to therapeutic sound. Throughout our written history we find references to healing temples built with the intention to harness the three most powerful universal forces: sound, light and magnetic. These temples were constructed on magnetic vortices with architecture designed to capture the power of sound and light waves. People would travel to these locations and spend anywhere from one to several nights for a resonant recalibration of body, mind and spirit.
Resonant architecture to assist in vibrational health can be tracked throughout history. Vastu Shastra, a portion of the Vedas, contains the art and science of construction and is still implemented today. Sitting or standing in this resonant architecture, one cannot help but experience a sonic realignment from head to toe.
Since 4000 B.C., sound, light and magnetic have been inextricably linked. Tracing the thread from the Egyptian pyramids, Greek Asclepian temples and the Gothic styles of cathedrals and churches, we see common themes of resonant architecture. Many of these ancient sites were built near the sea or river, which contains relaxing, therapeutic sounds. Some say these were our first hospitals and recovery centers, with priests and priestesses serving as medical staff.
Today, each therapist creates their own version of a healing temple.
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul.
The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy medicine that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and most forms of dis-ease.
Healing processes are initiated through entraining our brainwaves to synchronize with the perfect resonance of the bowls. Unique tones create the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages.
The pure sonic waves that ring from Tibetan Singing Bowls wake up our ability to hear with more than our ears. We feel the sound Tibetan Singing Bowls as much as we take it in with our ears.
“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 planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.” Tibetan Singing Bowls don’t only affect a great deal of physical healing but also have far-reaching implications that occur on emotional and spiritual levels. It is a regenerative process married to a spiritual awakening that can have profound consequences on illness, disease, and all aspects of our lives.
In fact, programs that link body, mind and spirit to the treatment of cancer. Cancer prevention centers are utilizing sound as a vital part of the healing process for patients with astounding results.
Using sound including Tibetan Singing Bowls and chanting in work with cancer patients for many years. The medical director found that the sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as chanting are chemically metabolized into ’endogenous opiates’, that act on the body as internal painkillers and healing agents.