As a close derivative of light energy, sound waves are one of the purest forms of energy. Many ancient civilisations and cultures such as the Egyptians, Tibetans, Aborigines, etc have all used sound, sacred music, and mantra chanting in their respective healing rituals. Hence, vibrational sound therapy is one of the most natural forms of healing known to mankind. Supposedly, the Tibetans even made use of acoustic levitation to move large boulders. In our modern day and age, holistic healing practitioners use the term “toning” to describe the use of sound waves to balance, harmonize and synchronize cellular frequencies back to their original, natural and healthy state of vibrational resonance.
Sound energy is not only heard, but can also be felt via vibrations and can even be seen. Cymatics is the art and science of making sound wave patterns visible through the medium of water, sand, pastes, etc. The resulting patterns look like beautiful and intricate sacred geometrical mandala shapes. The late Swiss medical doctor and scientist, Hans Jenny who did an investigation of periodic wave phenomena by conducting experiments using pure tones and simple sine wave vibrations within the audible range, pioneered Cymatics. He managed to animate powders, pastes, and liquids into life-like, free flowing shapes and forms, which mirrored geometric patterns found throughout nature, art and architecture that is based on the golden ratio.
When sound waves enter the auditory canals of our ears, they are immediately converted into electrical signals and impulses by the auditory nerves as they travel up into the auditory cortex, which is the part of the brain that processes sound. Once the sound vibrations reach our brains, various chemical responses are being triggered and produced. This process alters our emotions by the release of happy, feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters that positively affects both our physiology and our moods.
Music is the language of the soul and has the ability to cross cultural barriers, and unite people together. Sound in the form of music inspires and uplifts us. Helping us to better express ourselves and communicate with one another. Listening to music floods our brains with the happy chemical dopamine, as well as oxytocin, a natural painkiller that allows us to better bond with others. Music has been shown to increase our IQs and improve our memories, so suffice to say music can technically makes us smarter. Harmonic overtoning, humming, chanting mantras, speaking in tongues or light language are also forms of vibrational music that heal and empower us.
Our modern day musical standard tuning is the A 440 Hz frequency and is slightly out of sync from the original musical tuning used by our ancestors. The current 440 HZ frequency that is being adopted and used by the current mainstream music industry is more dissonant and disharmonious, and was deliberately changed from the original 432 HZ frequency used by classical music composers which is more harmonious with nature and our bodies. The difference of 8HZ is the electromagnetic energetic frequency being emitted by the Earth itself, or what is known as the “Schumann Resonance”, named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who first discovered and documented it mathematically back in 1952. This magical 8Hz is technically the heartbeat of our planet. Thus, 432Hz as a multiple of 8Hz is the harmonic intonation of nature and the natural order of things. By listening to 432Hz tuned music, we release resistance and energetic blockages, while expanding our consciousness by intuitively connecting with the vast storehouse of knowledge of the universe that surrounds us.
Singing Bowls and Gong Baths
When an organ or body part is healthy, it creates a natural resonant frequency in harmony with the rest of the body. When the vibration of a part of the body is out of sync, we have dis-ease. With dis-ease, a different disharmonic sound frequency pattern is established in the affected part of the body. When harmonic sound is projected into the dis-eased area through the use of sound healing tools and devices such as singing bowls, tuning forks, steel tongue tank drums, and meditation gongs, the correct vibrational patterns are then being spontaneously restored and re-established. Remarkable results of healing, transmutation and transformation takes place as body-mind-spirit realignment occurs.
Crystal singing bowls are therapeutic sound healing energy tools made from 99.99% pure crushed quartz crystals and heated to about 4000 degrees in a centrifugal mould. They are the modern day alternative of the traditional Tibetan singing bowls, which are created from alloys of different metals. Some crystal singing bowls are even infused and plated with precious metals such as gold, platinum, silver, titanium, copper, etc. The result is a combination metallic look and crystalline sound that results in the best of both worlds.
Singing bowls emit a pure and powerful resonance of crystal clarity that transmutes negative frequencies to positive ones. The larger bowls are much more reverberant, with the tones lingering longer because of their bigger sizes and higher percentage of crystal content. Larger sized bowls generally sound lower octaves and notes, while smaller bowls usually have a higher pitch. Pairing the crystal bowls with singing, chanting or other musical instruments can be very effective, soothing and therapeutic, especially when also combined with other kinds of healing modalities such as Reiki.
Another new age meditation trend that is rapidly picking up momentum globally are “gong baths”. In Asia, most of us associate gongs with Chinese temples and ceremonial rituals. Gongs are one of the most powerful sound healing instruments on the planet. They are made of an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, which results in deep, melodious overtones and enigmatic resonances. Originating during the Iron Age, gongs were made in China, Vietnam, India and the Middle East. Their manufacture was considered sacred and those who made them had a divine purpose and strong spiritual connection. About a century ago, the technology of modern gong manufacture spread to Europe and currently the best gong makers are now based in northern Germany.
“Gongs are idiophones. Which means the entire instrument sounds when played. When a gong is being struck with an accompanying mallet, the sound wave moves to the edge of the gong and then backs again and again like ripples in a pool of water. The resulting sound vibration creates a nearly instantaneous shift of consciousness from awake into a lucid dream state. In this state you are ‘awake in a dream’ and although your mind may be active, your physical body is not. Your inner organs then operate optimally, effectively, and efficiently without any energetic blockages.”, says Martha Collard, the founder and resident gong master of Red Doors Studios which is a large 2000 square feet purpose-built meditation space that houses the largest collection of sound healing, planetary, and symphonic gongs in all of Asia.
ABOUT Luke Elijah
Multi-talented Luke Elijah is a true renaissance man. He has garnered a myriad of accolades and trophies in several disciplines, and has also represented Singapore in various international competitions and brought home several awards. Luke hails from a family lineage of healers, physicians and spiritual practitioners dating back four generations. He travels the world with his family to teach meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and holistic healing at various spiritual fairs and holistic festivals such as Mind Body Spirit Festival, Burning Man, Bali Spirit Festival, Heart Mind Body Festival, SoulScape, WonderFruit Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, and many more. Together they also run a holistic healing center called “Heaven On Earth”. Luke is a much sought after speaker and has been extensively featured in the local and international media such as The History Channel, Channel News Asia, CNN, The Strait Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Style, Her World, Elle, and much more.