Below are some of the more popular practices of sound healing.
Sound Bowls are an ancient technology and are believed to date back over 3000 years. However, as with many ancient civilizations, sound vibration was found to have been used within structures dating back over 10,000 years. Just like the new technologies of Binaural Beats, the vibration and sound resonates through the human body on a cellular level.
Sound Bowls have the ability to produce a vibrational tone that promotes a feel good feeling and relaxation. One could be “toned”, so their bodies match the vibration of the sound bowl frequency. So with that, one can deliberately experience different states of mind and body.
The vibrations generated from Sound Bowls are a type of energy that promote healing from stress, pain, depression, and many forms of dis-ease. Unique tones and certain frequencies result in the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages. The sound vibrations impact the human nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflexes and softening the stress and pain responses.
Through Sound Bowls, one’s internal dialogue (noisy mind) is quietened. The vibrations and sounds synchronize brain waves and enhance the awareness of the mind, body and spirit connection.
Modern technology now has the capabilities to measure the effects of Sound Bowls and their ability to heal.
Drumming may well be the oldest form of meditation/spiritual practice known to humanity.
It is a powerful and effective way to quieten the noisy mind and induce an altered state of consciousness. As Drumming puts one into a meditative state, it is extremely quick and powerful in connecting one with a power greater than themselves and the energies in which surround them.
Drumming also heightens the ability of perception and enables one to see into the deeper realms of the self. Within a drum induced meditative state, one may reconnect with their deepest core values and their highest vision of who they are and why are they here.
Drumming can also –
Releases negative feelings
Heals emotional trauma
Releases negative cellular memories
Induces deep relaxation
Lowers blood pressure
Produces deeper self-awareness
Induces synchronous brain activity
Effects ones state of mind
Creates a resonance with the natural rhythms of life
Supports the introduction of spiritual factors
Creates a sense of wholeness and community
Integrates the body, mind and spirit
Creates situations where people may efficiently and directly encounter external spiritual forces
Can create a sacred space
Aids in summoning spirits or energy into a ritualistic setting
Defends against malevolent spirits
Defends against intrusive energies that cause depression, disease and disharmony
There are many other benefits and uses in drumming for spiritual practices and personal wellbeing. Along with Chanting, Binaural beats and Sound bowls etc Vibration plays a massive part in our lives on a physical and spiritual level.
The purpose of Meditation bells, especially the Dorje bell, is to awaken one to the present moment, the right here and the right now. One may ring the bell or strike it with a mallet. “Dorje” translates to thunderbolt in Tibetan as it describes the strike of the bell to be like a bolt of electricity that surges into ones consciousness in order to subdue the crazy mind and transport one instantly back to the present moment and into a state of mindfulness. This bell is a sacred symbol of wisdom in Buddhist belief. Its most common use is in meditation.
Bell Wind Chimes
In Buddhism and within other indigenous cultures, wind chimes and wind bells were used to promote a peaceful environment, aid in spiritual rituals and practices, and protect against malevolent energetic forces.
The chimes were often hung upon shrines, temples, caves and pagodas. They were also used, as with the Meditation Bells, to awaken one to the present moment spontaneously, driven by the natural forces i.e. wind or breeze.
In Buddhism spirituality, a gong is struck at the beginning and end of each day. In certain Chinese temples, the gong is hit 108 times (similar to the amount of chants chanted within Hindu culture). It is believed by the Chinese because that human beings have 108 types of worries, and the vibration of each gong strike would dissipate one worry at at time. The philosophy is understood that in the place of worry, wisdom would take its place.
Just as the previous Sound instruments were mentioned, the Gong too was traditionally struck to create a deep vibrational sound which would have the power to chase away evil spirits, warn of incoming invading armies, heal the sick (Spiritually and Physically) and invoke the spirits of the dead within a ritualistic practice. In recent times, modern practices use the Gong in similar ways to the ancient traditions.
Cymbals are often used throughout the world for deeply spiritual purposes. Indian, Buddhism, Nepali, Chinese and Turkish cultures all use the cymbal(s) in various ways. Tingsha cymbals (Buddhism) are often used in rituals to create a symbiosis with the spirits of nature and with the environment. Cymbals are often used in prayer, meditation, offerings and rituals. As with all the sound healing, the sound and vibration both play a massive part, not only on the acoustic level but deep down on the cellular vibrational level.