You are what you eat, but you are also what you listen to. On a basic level, we can feel the positive effects of sound when we listen to our favourite songs or when we sit quietly and listen to nature’s melodies through the sounds of rain, birds chirping, trees hustling. There is a palpable peace when we are absorbed in quiet and a different kind of rejuvenation when we hear the wind in the trees or the song of the mountains. There is nothing more ecstatic than hearing your favourite bands/artists live. It is also no surprise that music has been used in ritual and ceremony since the beginning of time. Mantras have been used for thousands of years to aid in meditation and transformative processes. Women share playlists for the delivery room to welcome new life. You can even hire a hospice harpist to help the transition from a terminal disease. Music education has also been shown to help children’s developing brains. So it is only natural to also place music in a category for mindfulness, meditation, and healing.
There is no doubt that sound has powerful yet subtle and profound effects on our body, minds and spirits. This write-up explores how sound can be used for healing and therapy beyond emotional dependency and entertainment purposes, backed up by science.
Before I go into further detail, I present my meditative, ambient chillout mix laden with solfeggio frequencies and mantras for healing, balancing and travelling to new places in the cosmos. Enjoy the journey as you read on
- Kuan Yin’s Mantra ( Dr Foo Edit) – Lisa Thiel
- Event Horizon – Astropilot
- 741 Hz Consciousness Expansion (Dr Foo Chimes Edit) – Source Vibrations
- Exosphere – Carbon Based Lifeforms
- Transmission/Intermission – Carbon Based Lifeforms
- Worthy – BlueTech
- Spark – Andrew Odd
- Suniaa – Snatam Kaur
- 852 Hz Awakening Intuition – Source Vibrations
- Immersion (Dr Foo Shiva Edit) – Astropilot
- 763 Hz Stimulate Thyroid – Solfeggio Tones
- Not Sensitive – Moby
- Temple – Jon Hopkins
- Mostly – Snowgaze
- Forever & Ever – Guy J
- Whiff of Eternity – Astropilot
- Dream Machine – City Lies
- Euphotic – Carbon Based Lifeforms
- Cornfield Chase – Hans Zimmer
- Autumn (Michael Witness ‘Autumn in Russia’ Reprise) – Jason Bradberry
- Aeon – Rajaju
- The Spring River – See New Project
- Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutram – Imee Ooi
- Mul Mantra – Snatam Kaur
Introduction to Sound as vibration and Cymatics
Music and sound have been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Most ancient cultures understood the magical power of sound. Sound therapy has undergone a period of re-discovery and is now rapidly gaining popularity. Studies (such as Cymatics and Dr. Emoto’s water theory) have proven that sounds / vibrations have strong impact on substance and are able to alter molecules.
The creative and transformative potential of sound has been scientifically verified. Sound vibration actually changes the structure of matter. Cymatics, from the Greek word for waves, is “the study of wave phenomena and vibration.” This science, developed by Dr. Hans Jenny in the 1970’s, demonstrates the power of sound to “shape, transform and destroy the seemingly solid structures the way we see all about us.”
It is fascinating to watch as audible sound generates majestic geometry, manipulating matter in predictable patterns “which mimic atomic, geologic, biological, solar and even galactic shapes and movements.” Moving up the diatonic scale (the white keys of a piano), for example, creates a specific set of spontaneous geometries, and when you reach the octave, the series starts over with the same shapes arising but at a higher frequency. As you increase the frequency the matter keeps forming more complex patterns. Note that these patterns are strictly the result of physical vibration. This action of vibration on matter is known as Cymatics.
Dr Hans Jenny (1904-1972), the father of Cymatics, claimed that physical healing could be aided by vibrational tones. Now we know that he was right. Researchers and sound therapists use specific healing frequencies to bring harmony and balance in the physical body.
Watch this very cool demonstration of science and music through cymatics
Sound as Medicine
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.
Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system–the healer within.
Good vibrations – how sound works
Everything in the universe vibrates at it’s own unique frequency called a resonant frequency. This includes all of the cells, tissues, and organs of our bodies. When we are healthy, everything in our bodies is vibrating in harmony or resonance. Dis-ease results when a part of our body begins to vibrate at a different rate, out of harmony with the rest. Through the concept of resonance and entrainment, sound can be used to change the vibration of the dis-eased part and bring it back to a healthy state of resonance.
The healing power of sacred instruments such as gongs and singing bowls derives from a natural phenomenon known as entrainment – entraining or synchronizing the body to a certain sound. Entrainment occurs when the powerful vibrations of one object actually change the less powerful vibrations of another object.
Entrainment was first discovered in 1665 by Dutch scientist Christian Huygens. He set up a room full of pendulum clocks with their pendulums swinging at slightly different times. When he returned to the room the next day, he found the sway of the pendulums had all synchronized.
As gongs and singing bowls are sounded, the powerful rhythmic vibrations resonate throughout the body. The sound of these harmonic vibrations stimulates the alpha and theta brain waves associated with deep meditative and peaceful states that are highly conducive to healing. They also slow down the heart and respiratory rate, creating a therapeutic effect upon mind and body. When the brain waves and body are synchronized, balance can be restored and stress released.
Our negative thoughts and emotions take on denser form of vibrations. These denser patterns gradually work their way inward into our physical bodies. 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 harmony, a different sound pattern is established in the affected part of the body and we have blockages and dis-ease.
Healing is the state of coming into balance and harmony. Our bodies are genetically pre-programmed to self-heal if we give them a chance. Sound healing is a very powerful facilitating tool. It helps to dissolve the blockages, allowing us to reconnect with our pure essence. In such expanded states, physical, mental and emotional healing often happens on its own.
The healing effects of crystals are widely known. A rich resonant tone exudes from crystal singing bowls can move through our body in vibrant waves, calming, aligning and healing our energy centers.
Through the pure sounds of the Alchemy Crystal Tones singing bowls and heartfelt voices, a special healing space is created for the participants to bring their bodies, minds and souls into a state of balance. From experience playing and receiving, I recommend Sound Universe’s range of crystal bowls and sacred strings, along with their highly attuned practitioners for sound bath/healing sessions.
Solfeggio: Why use healing frequencies, and what are they?
Because everything (including you) is about vibration and balance. Your body and all matter exist at different rates of vibration and have their own resonant frequencies. Therefore, sound and vibration play a fundamental role in your life by affecting physical, mental and spiritual levels of your human being.
By listening to Solfeggio, 432 and 528 Hz music you can:
- release yourself from stress
- raise your energy
- expand creativity and consciousness
- improve memory
- unlock your potential
By exposing the mind and body to the Solfeggio frequencies, you can easily achieve a greater sense of balance and deep healing. The Solfeggio frequencies align you with the rhythms and tones that form the basis of the Universe.
This ancient scale is part of a 6-tone sequence of electro-magnetic frequencies called the Original Solfeggio Scale. These particular frequencies were rediscovered by Dr. Joseph Puleo in 1974, during a wonderful experience that some would describe as mystical. These frequencies are not something new, but indeed something very ancient. We owe Dr. Puleo our sincere gratitude for rediscovering these frequencies and returning them to humanity.
The power of the Voice and Mantra
One of the most powerful instruments for healing and transformation is the human voice. Singing, overtoning and the chanting of mantras profoundly affect our well-being due to their therapeutic and calming influence.
Sanskrit mantras are energy based sounds that vibrate throughout the body and chanting these sacred sounds of power can bring us to a higher level of consciousness. The human body is over 70% water and since sound travels five times more efficiently through water than through air, it is an excellent conductor for sound and vibration.
According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand, author of “Healing Mantras” “These ancient sounds create energy vibrations that can replace negative energy with positive ones. When chanting Sanskrit mantras, the chanter benefits from thousands of years of powerful energy accumulated from the Divine and from the millions of devoted chanters.”
A mantra is a word, phrase, sound, or set of words that seekers use, according to precise guidelines, when they practice meditation. This science is both subtle and profound. It leads to a state in which the meditator allows the mantra to repeat itself internally in the deepest and most subtle way possible. The goal is to give the mind an internal focus, or point of concentration, so that it does not continue its normal, scattered pattern of mental activity. If followed properly, this technique allows the mind to quiet itself and become still.
The power and significance of a mantra does not result from its literal meaning, but from the power of its subtle vibrations. (It is actually the subtle vibrations of the mantras that have the power to encourage and facilitate deeper experiences of consciousness.) But this process cannot be explained or really understood until it is experienced personally at some level.
The ancient Vedic philosophy of India attributes the origin of creation to the vibration of the eternal cosmic sound, aum
Anyone Who Has Ever Om’d In A Yoga Class or sat near a singing bowl has perhaps relaxed into bliss by losing track of whose voice is whose, not knowing whether the sound is coming from within or without. This experience hints toward the true nature of the great soup of sound we inhabit, wherein the individually delicious ingredients are ultimately just one perfect spoonful.
When Om’ing or otherwise singing with others, one may also notice how the combined tones all tend towards attunement. Any group of people is likely to contain those who cannot carry a tune, but so long as the collective voice holds true, the sharp notes are softened, the flats arise and gradually dissipate into the one good song.
This principle of attunement — taught innocuously in every high school physics class — is A Powerful Source Of Hope For Healing, both personal and planetary. Dissonance can exist only so long before it is absorbed and integrated. Vibration tends towards equilibrium; the conductor prefers harmonic resolution over any suspended chord.
Like any instrument, our bodies require regular tuning in order to play in key and in time with the delicate orchestra of existence. Keeping Ourselves Finely Tuned is our most fundamental tool for health and well-being. When our vibratory bodies are properly aligned, we sense an effortless connection with one another and, thanks to the grace of our conductor, are able to create beautiful music to which the entire universe yearns to dance.
If sound is “the first subtle element to arise,” then it will permeate all subsequent form. Therefore, it is a profoundly effective carrier for the innate intelligence contained in our intentions. So if you intend to live a long, happy, healthy life, simply sing! Or hum, or chant or dance every day. Whatever you do, find your rhythm, and realize that surrendering to the sonic flow is truly its own reward.