One of the great aspects of sound healing is that you do not have to believe in it, or even understand it, to benefit from its use. However, lets explore how it works and how it can heal.
To understand the concept of sound healing, we first need to accept some fundamental theories. The first is that the universe is composed of constantly changing particles of energy. From Einstein to Tesla, the greatest scientists of our time have accepted this as fact.
String theory proposes that all matter is made up of tiny vibrating strings infinitely smaller than the atom. Every element of the universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound and energy. We perceive only a fraction of this infinite range of vibration.
The human being is an enclosed pulsating energy system, swimming in a sea of vibrating energy. All energy vibrates at an optimum frequency, including all the cells of the body, from bone structures to organs, and strives for homeostasis, the attempt to maintain balance.
When your energy system is vibrating at an optimal frequency, you are at the peak of physical health, happiness, contentment and well-being.
When your system is out of vibrational balance, you are in a state of disharmony and experience dis-ease until your system regains balance within a normal range.
Sound healing is the practice of "re-tuning" the human system back to ideal frequencies via a universal physical and biological principle known as Sonic Entrainment, where rhythmic vibrations of similar frequencies resonate in unison. The human system knows what feels harmonious and almost automatically tunes into what is needed at any give time.
It is now understood how harmonic resonances influence the direction of planets, solar systems and galaxies. The polyphonic sounds from planetary gongs can quiet the mind, heal the body and awaken the soul.
The gong is arguably the ultimate sound healing tool, as it has the broadest range of tones and frequencies of any instrument. When played intuitively, this vast range of sound deeply bathes every cell of the body - muscles, bones, organs, nervous system, etc. - and via sonic entrainment brings it back into harmonic balance.
The modality of healing with sound vibration dates back to prehistoric times. Indigenous cultures around the world have used primal rhythm and chanting for healing and altering consciousness from time immemorial.
Dr. Hans Jenny of Switzerland demonstrated that liquids, metal filings and sands take on different shapes depending on the frequencies to which they are subjected. These cymatic experiments show that sound has the ability to change the structure of molecules. Since the body is composed mostly of liquids, it is easy to understand how sound can reorganize discordant energies to realign with the body's natural rhythms.
Sound is used in ritual and ceremony as a way of creating sacred space. Group chanting harmonizes the energies and aligns the frequencies of participants. This alignment can be directed by the ceremonialist.
Voice is one of the most powerful vehicles for entering into altered states of consciousness. It can create a bridge between the worlds that awakens the luminous body.
Many structures built on the planet, especially ancient sacred sites have information stored within the stone. In the same way, the bones of the skeletal system also holds information. Sound can unlock doorways within bone that allows this ancient information to flow into our bodies, assisting us in remembering our divine purpose.
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York, said 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 the ears, but through every cell of our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes.
Patricia Everitt is a Sound Healing Ceremonialist, Reiki Master and shamanic practitioner. She leads individuals and groups on sacred sound journeys and teaches workshops on transformation for personal and planetary evolution. For more information: http://www.alchemicalsounds.net/