What is sound healing?

Vibration creates everything in our reality!  We all have experienced what it is like to go into a space of “good vibes” and leave IMG_7739feeling joyful and rejuvenated, as well as the opposite. There are many books and philosophies that also encourage people to become mindful of the vibration of their thoughts, which will affect and create their realities.  Sound healing embraces the idea that when vibration shifts, healing and integration can occur.

bowl in grassSound healing is a form of energy healing work that uses vibration, frequency, sound, toning, chanting, song, and music to bring a shift in the body, mind, and energy. Intentional application of sound and music can bring release, transformation, and balancing to many people. Like all forms of energy healing, sound healing works with the principle that all physical issues in the body begin as energy imbalances in the energy body ~ the field that surrounds the physical body. Just as certain thoughts can bring particular feelings ~ both body based feeling and emotion ~ and can cause us to feel good or bad, or even make us sick, the intentional creation of sound and music with healing in mind can help the body to relax deeply, allow the mind to release its fixation on thoughts, and we can easily enter into a flow: gentle, present, dreamy, inspired, imaginative.  From this space, we are able to release tension, worries, heavy energies, obsessive thinking, control, pain, and fears. As these things release, there is more lightness, inspiration, freedom, openness, and creativity, and insight and wisdom can emerge. Also, from this space of openness and presence, the body is more able to heal, regenerate, and release on all levels. Sound and vibration have an incredible capacity to facilitate this healing process ~ as the sounds come to you (from voice, drum, singing bowls, flutes, gong, etc), the qualities and vibrations of sound will facilitate all kinds of shifts.

This video is a beautiful illustration of the power of vibration to bring balance and facilitate shifts and healing!

Angela drum 1The drum may help to focus the energy, clear the mind, bring strength and steadiness, and ground. The energy and textures of the voice can call up a wide variety of feelings and sensations, and can move and shift and clear energy in many ways ~ from powerful clearing to gentle lullabies that calm and nourish.  Words, syllables, and sounds from many languages have been used for thousands of years in this kind of healing work in cultures all over the world. The flutes, in their elemental flow, are wonderful tools in creating movement and connection where there are blocked energies, and often are powerful in opening the heart. The harmonic complexities of both crystal and brass Himalayan singing bowls are often used for healing purposes, and many are created with particular intention to resonating in the energy of certain chakras. Though there is quite a contrast in the resonance of crystal bowls and brass bowls, they all create powerful healing frequencies that are capable of clearing and balancing the chakras. Finally, the gong! One of the most powerful tools in vibrational healing, the incredible tones and harmonics of the gong actually bathe the body and energy field with vibration. The wide dynamic range and otherworldly qualities of the Chau gong can take people on profound and mysterious inner journeys, clear and balance the energy in a thorough way, and open them to receiving deep personal insight. Together with a clear intention on the part of a good practitioner, these instruments offer a wonderful energy healing toolkit that can bring people to experience remarkable inner transformation, peace, and lightness.

Finally, it is essential to understand that sound healing and sound medicine are not intended to take the place of any allopathic or alternative medical care. While energetic healing and balancing can bring tremendous shifts in the energy body that can, in turn, facilitate deeper physical, mental, and emotional healing, there are no guarantees. If you have serious health concerns, please seek appropriate treatment.

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