For centuries, sound has been used as a tool for healing and transformation. Indigenous cultures have understood the healing and relaxation power of sound and now our scientists are catching up to the possibilities of sound and vibration for the wellbeing of this world, not only for humans, but for plants, animals, our universe – in fact, any living organism.
– Each human personality is like a piece of music, having an individual tone and a rhythm of its own.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sound Healing is the application of sound to bring the body, mind and spirit back into balance and harmony. Our bodies, like all things in nature, are vibrating entities, each part of the body, the organs, blood, bones vibrate when healthy at optimal frequency. When the the body is out of balance, through illness, stress or trauma then the body's cells are no longer vibrating at their optimal frequency. Applying sound to the body allows the sound to penetrate to the cells that are out of balance and through the property of entrainment, bring the cells back into their optimal frequency.
This sound can be created using a variety of instruments, including the voice (toning, chanting, mantra, free sounding) and instruments for example, tuning forks, drums, Tibetan/crystal bowls, in fact all instruments can be used for healing – though of course, some are more effective than others. The Human voice is a wonderful healing instrument, it carries all the intention of love and healing in its tones and is very adaptable and intuitive.
Jonathan Goldman describes sound healing as
“Sound Healing, as the name implies, is the use of sound to create balance and alignment in: the physical body, the energy centers called “chakras”, and/or the etheric fields. The sound may be applied by an instrument or by the human voice. Sound Healing is a vibrational therapy and can be understand as being energy medicine.”
Sound Healing is an ancient medicine and thanks to a number of pioneers such as Laurel Elizabeth Keyes, Fabien Mamon, Masuru Emoto, Jonathon Goldman and Tom Kenyon, it has enjoy a resurgence in more recent times. Sound and Music is predicted to be the vibratory medicine of the future. Even traditional medicine and science have been using and researching sound in many areas of medicine, such as the use of ultrasound to break down kidney stones. Many studies have introduced music and sound to calm, reducing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which considered a significant contributing factor in modern diseases including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many more.
For centuries Shaman and medicine men and women have used voice, rattle drums and other instruments to heal body, mind and spirit. Indeed their application of medicine included all of these facets in their healing and as practice. Science and common sense is now re-teaching us that it is essential to heal our entire energy system, focusing on the body alone simply isn’t enough. We are more than body and illness and stress manifests in all of these realms of us. Sound Healing with the voice uses the tools of mantra, toning and sounding from the heart to affect body, mind and spirit, bringing one into vibratory alignment where healing can then take place. It operates on the principle defined by Jonathon Goldman [frequency + intention = healing].
Scientists in the area of physics and quantum physics have shown that the human body, and indeed all matter is energy. This energy is in a constant state of vibration. Sound healing, which is based on affecting cells at the core vibratory level is now becoming a viable complementary treatment capable of creating balance and harmony in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being.
Sound Healing uses our voice to sound and tone with high intention and love to connect with universal sound wisdom calling the client’s energy system back to wellness. The sound tool that I am most passionate about is our natural voice, a tool that we carry around with us everywhere and one which we naturally use, often without conscious awareness, to soothe, calm and heal. Think of how you use your voice, of how a mother’s voice brings comfort and joy to their baby, think of how music opens and cracks open the most hardened heart, Add to that the incredible power of intention and you begin to understand the power of Sound healing.