Sound Healing

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Sound changes form. When sound is used in healing, the deep vibrations permeate your physical and energetic body, creating a unique “sound massage” experience.

Sound Therapy or Sound Healing is the use of sound to create balance and alignment in the physical body. The sound may be applied by an instrument or by the human voice. Sound Healing is a vibrational therapy and can be understood as being energy medicine.

The human body is a symphony of rhythm, pulse and tones. Dis-ease is stagnant energy stored in the body from life events and trauma. This can include physical and energetic congestion from emotions that have been suppressed. The application of sound can transform these deposits and create more fluidity, restoring health in the body, as well as in the mind.

Studies Confirm “Sound Therapy” Heals Arthritis, Cancer, Tinnitus, Autoimmune Disease and More Using Vibrational Frequencies.

Sound healing is the practice of using audio tones and vibrational frequencies to repair damaged tissue and cells within the body. It works on the basis that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies, and sickness, disease, depression and stress causes human beings to vibrate at a lower frequency. Playing tones that promote healing, happiness and vitality will allow DNA strands to repair themselves, and several scientific studies have been conducted on the potential healing benefits of audio sound frequencies. Sound has been used as a healing tool for centuries, and is still regularly utilized by many different alternative healthcare centers. Tibetan singing bowels, tuning forks, drumming therapy, the didgeridoo and chanting are all used in sound therapy and many participants experience strong emotions during therapy sessions. Advocates of sound healing claim that it has the power to heal mental illness, arthritis, autoimmune disorders and can even shrink cancerous tumors.

Sound will be the medicine of the future

The subconscious mind is most easily accessed through the expression of emotions and sounds that do not involve words. Once there, another part of the problem in articulating the subconscious has been the amazing complexity of what is held there. Articulation as a substitute for really experiencing and feeling the subconscious is not necessarily helpful because the subconscious has already been suffering from an overdose of that, but once the subconscious is really moving, articulating it becomes an important part of forming the links between it and the consciousness so that the subconscious can be rescued from its plight of being held outside of the consciousness. Without receiving this information from the emotional body, mind cannot conceive beyond itself and stays limited and apart from the subconscious.

Emotional movement creates a magnetic draw for Light/Spirit to come to it.

Dr EMOTO’S MESSAGES FROM WATER

Dr Masaru Emoto is a Japanese researcher at the Yokohama Municipal University who stunned the world with the release of his book, Messages from Water. Dr Emoto designed an experiment to test the effect of spoken words and music on water molecules. He placed several bottles of purified water next to each other and exposed each bottle to different spoken words, music or pictures. The words ranged from ‘I love you’ to ‘you make me sick’, and Dr Emoto experimented with different forms of music such as heavy metal and Mozart. The water was then frozen and Dr Emoto used a very powerful microscope to take high-speed photographs of the newly formed water crystals. The results were astonishing, and all of the samples that had been exposed to positive words and relaxing music formed beautifully intricate patterns and symmetrical, geometric shapes. By contrast, the samples that were exposed to heavy metal music and angry words were distorted and disharmonious. Dr Emoto claims that the results show that water is directly affected by outside influences such as sound, vibration, and frequency, and as human beings are 70% water, our health and wellbeing are also affected by these stimuli.

CYMATICS AND SACRED GEOMETRY

Cymatics is the visible representation of sound and its study has been documented as far back as the 1600s in an essay by Galileo Galilei. It began gaining popularity in the 1960s when Dr Hans Jenny conducted several experiments that showed how sound could be converted into physical form. Jenny’s experiments involved placing some form of powder of crystallized substance over a flat surface and connecting the surface to an amplifier or tonoscope that could cause the surface to vibrate at different musical tones and frequencies. As the tones were played, the powder would shift into different geometrical patterns which became more complex as the frequency was increased. The results of Jenny’s experiments have been recreated by thousands of people all over the world, and typing cymatics into YouTube will bring up some truly startling videos showing how sound can influence physical matter.

MODERN FORMS OF SOUND HEALING

Clinics offering sound therapy can be found all over the world, and many offer a wide range of different treatments. Crystal bowls, shamanic drumming, tuning forks, and even didgeridoos are all utilized in sound healing and patients often take part in group sessions or workshops. Music therapy is a form of sound healing and is widely used in hospitals in the US to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, amnesia, depression, and can even assist those recovering from a stroke or other serious brain injury. Binaural tones are also widely used to promote different mental states, and musicians sometimes insert them into their music to create an effect on the listener. A wide number of guided meditations are available online that use binaural tones, particularly 528Hz which is known as the divine frequency, to bring the listener into a deep meditative state that allows the body to heal and repair itself.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR SOUND HEALING

A two year study supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation in Germany proved that sound therapy was able to significantly reduce the symptoms of chronic tinnitus. Not only did sufferers report a significant decrease in their symptoms, MRI images of the subject’s brains during treatment showed that sound therapy was able to activate certain areas of the brain that researchers believed were responsible for the unpleasant symptoms associated with tinnitus.

A study that examined the effects of music therapy on those with Huntington’s disease was conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester in 2005 and involved the use of group singing, drumming, and music assisted relaxation. All of the 5 subjects who participated in the trial responded well to the use of sound therapy, and further trials are being organized to test the therapy on a wider range of subjects.

Researchers in the UK have found that sound wave therapy successfully cured 90% of male patients that were suffering from prostate cancer, and did so without any harmful side effects whatsoever. Dr Hashim Ahmed, who led the study at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation, stated “We’re optimistic that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may soon be able to undergo a day case surgical procedure, which can be safely repeated once or twice, to treat their condition with very few side-effects.”

Words and sounds are much more than just a method of communication. They are tangible forces that have a direct effect on our health and wellbeing. The study of quantum physics shows that the human body and the entire universe is made up of tiny pieces of matter vibrating at certain frequencies and joined together by magnetic forces. Exposing the internal organs and brain to different musical frequencies will encourage them to heal from within, and sound therapy helps to raise the frequency of the human body promoting health, vitality and spiritual wellbeing.

SOUND WILL BE THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE

Sound therapy healing and what some therapy is used for. If you are constantly suffering from ailments like stress, anxiety, and depression, there are alternatives to modern medicine. One quickly growing option is sound therapy or sound healing. People nowadays are leaning towards more natural ways of healing and sound therapy is fast becoming a trend in the alternative medicine world. In fact, Edward Cayce, an American Christian mystic who has answered questions on healing and reincarnation and was nicknamed “The Sleeping Prophet”, has said that “sound will be the medicine of the future.”

WHAT IS SOUND THERAPY?

The basic principle of sound healing is that all matter is energy which is eternal and in a constant state of vibration, or resonance. This vibration is the basic foundation for all existence. Sound therapy is often used as a “complementary” medicine alongside orthodox medicine. It is one of the most common forms of vibrational medicine. Sound has been used for centuries as a healing or calming tool. Thus the process of sound therapy or sound healing involves the use of musical instruments or the human voice to heal certain afflictions. It has been used by different cultures in their healing rituals and has been found to be effective by most. However, it was only explored recently in the scientific realm. According to some studies, whether it is through humming or drumming, “the influences of certain rhythms, sounds, and vibrations can help us resist and recover from a wide variety of ailments.” — the healing power of sound.

The Natural Resonance Center believes that music can alter our physiology. “Soothing music can produce a response characteristic of relaxation in which autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems are altered. Likewise it produces desired psychological responses such as reductions in anxiety and fear. Some responses have been linked to effects on the hemispheric functioning of the brain and the limbic system. High psychophysiological stress levels inhibit or block learning. Thus music can be the catalyst to facilitate mental suggestion, and enhance our own learning ability and self-healing capacities.” –Natural Resonance Center.

HISTORY OF SOUND THERAPY

Sound therapy and sound healing has been around since the ancient times. It has been used across different cultures all over the world. It may be performed by a Tibetan Lama, a Jewish priest, a Nomadic Shaman, or a cantor. “Shamans used chanting and drumming to heal people, while ancient mystery schools in Greece, Egypt and India developed sound into a sacred science. The ancient Greeks used the flute and the lyre to heal the body and soul and to treat illnesses such as gout and sciatica. Pythagoras is known to have used specific songs and incantations to cure diseases of the body and mind. There are even theories suggesting that the great Pyramids were constructed using sound.”  — Conscious Wealth Institute  Chants and mantras are believed to have positive healing effects. According to Wellness Vibe, “mantras with Sanskrit sounds are used to balance the chakras and heighten consciousness.”

HOW SOUND THERAPY WORKS. According to Joshua Leads in the Power of Healing, “everything has a sound, a vibration all its own.” This is true “whether or not we hear it.” That certain sound is called resonance – it is the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Each part of our bodies has its own natural resonance. Vibrational medicine such as sound therapy or sound healing is based on the concept that when our natural resonances get out of tune, a certain type of disease will surface. Now, we all know that our bodies are made up of 50-60% water. Thus, the healing vibration during sound healing would ripple through you. The healing vibration will be stimulated through the use of human voice or sound baths with the aid of tuning forks and singing bowls.

“Sound baths relax our nervous system and activate right brain activity (creative,intuitive side). Our left brain (logical side) relaxes, resulting in less mind chatter. During our waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is that of Beta. During the sound bath the brain-waves move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain-waves frequencies, where profoundly deep healing can occur. Some people might enter the Delta brain-wave state, which is the healing deep sleep frequency.” —GuruMitar

Compared to the faster vibrations used in ultrasound, “sound therapy works more gently – but just as powerfully – to return the body’s own vibrations to their natural states.”

HOW IS IT DONE?

The British Academy of Sound Therapy uses tonal and rhythmic instruments, as well as voice to create their therapeutic sound and their sound therapy techniques. Just like most sound therapy techniques, they use Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, gongs, and tuning forks. For their vocal techniques, they use toning, overtoning, and mantra.  Toning is a form of singing with one tone only, which usually utilizes a vowel sound. Overtoning is similar to toning, however, it uses more than one tone while simultaneously singing. Mantra is the chanting of Sanskrit words. 

 WHAT IS SOUND THERAPY USED FOR?

SLEEP DISORDERS Sleep disorders such as insomnia can be treated through the use of sound therapy. According to Sound Therapy International, sound therapy “cuts mind chatter and allows the mind to move naturally into the slower rhythms that lead to sleep.”

DEPRESSION Those with depression have been found to possess lower levels of serotonin or dopamine, which are responsible for helping people experience happy emotions. Sound therapy or sound healing is believed to enable the brain to produce more neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which are responsible for making people happier. With more of these neurotransmitters, the feelings of depression decreases and positive feelings increase.

ANXIETY Sound therapy can help you alleviate anxiety by re‐training your brain to relax, cooling down your “fight‐or‐flight response” and nurturing your “relaxation response”. — AntiAnxietyWaves.com

STRESS MANAGEMENT Sound therapy can help reduce stress as well as its physiological effects. This is done by replacing brain energy with high-frequency sound. Sound therapy calms the brain and nervous centers through the delivery of the energy required to the appropriate “brain centers”. With the calmness that was achieved through sound therapy, neurochemicals are more in balance.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PSTD) Music has long been proven to help in the treatment of PTSD. According to studies, music triggers the brain to “release chemicals to distract the body and mind from pain.”  Aside from music, songs that have words, whether sung or spoken has, has an effect on PTSD patients. What usually works best for PTSD patients are low-pitched music and sounds or slow music.

PAIN MANAGEMENT During sound therapy, we are taken from the active beta state to the alpha, theta, and delta states. These are states of deeper relaxation, wherein the body begins to regenerate and eventually heal. That’s why sound therapy is often used for chronic pains and migraines, as well as more serious illnesses like cancer.

Conclusion: Sound therapy might not be that popular right now, but it is gaining popularity. However, as stated in the article, The Healing Power of Sound, many experts believe that sound therapy is “at the cutting edge of healing.” They believe that sooner or later, it will finally belong in the mainstream, just like yoga and meditation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How is sound therapy effective?

A: Sound therapy is effective because everything is constantly vibrating; the colors you see, the sound you hear, the feelings you emote, everything from the atomic level to the farthest reaches of the galaxy has a vibration. Every organ, every muscle, every brain cell in your body also creates a vibration; when the vibration of a body part is in harmony with the rest of the body it will be healthy. Frequency coupled with intention produces a phenomenon called entrainment, which harmonizes and restores the body to it’s natural healthy order.

Q: How is intention used?

A: Intention is a clearly formed thought or prayer that creates a high frequency used and focused for healing.

Q: What is entrainment?

A: Entrainment is a phenomenon of sound in which the powerful vibrations of one object will actually change the vibrations of another object, causing this second object to lock in step or synchronize with this first.

THE VIDEO BELOW DEMONSTRATES THE ENTRAINMENT PHENOMENON:

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SOURCES:

http://www.whatthebleep.com/water-crystals/

http://www.collegeofsoundhealing.co.uk/pages/methods.html

http://attunedvibrations.com/solfeggio/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2130824/Sound-wave-treatment-zaps-prostate-tumours-debilitating-effects.html#ixzz2jz7Bd4UP

http://www.tinnitool.com/en/klinische_studien/klangtherapie.php

http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00178360

http://www.healingsounds.com/articles/overview-sound-healing.asp

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