This is a time of uncertainty. The news is plastered with worry and stress of recent events and amidst the concern we all feel, we strive to find peace and harmony.
But how can we, when all we hear on TV is worrisome news of the pandemic and the never-ending update on the football codes. It’s as if we have forgotten the core of who we are and one of the most powerful healing messages. A calm mind will always produce the best outcome.
In our salon we are noticing that people who were once focused on how they look are now focused on how they feel. Everyone has a story on how recent events are impacting on their lives. But what can be done to adapt and even flourish in these uncertain times?
Now we see the best day spas are offering a specialised service – the unique and beautiful Tibetan singing bowl therapy.
Sometimes the best way to move forward is to look back, and in this case over 2500 years to ancient China.
My introduction into these remarkable singing bowls occurred some months ago in a small crystal shop in Cooranbong called the Elephant shop. In the very back of the shop is a room where these large crystal bowls were set up with a sign saying Do Not Touch -ask an attendant for assistance. I had to ask.
The attendant came and rubbed the bowl with a wooden mallet to produce a deep tingling resonance, a beautiful sound that seemed to embrace the entire room; As peaceful as floating under water. Feeling like I was in a dream, I had to have one and I use it everyday. What a pure delight!
What Are Tibetan Singing Bowls?
Singing bowls are a type of bell known as a “standing bell.” The bowls are played either by rubbing a mallet around the rim as one might play a crystal wine glass with your finger, or striking the side of the bowl with the mallet. The two playing methods produce quite distinctive sounds. Though they are often referred to as Tibetan Singing Bowls, they are more accurately called Himalayan Bowls, as they are present throughout the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, India and Nepal. They can also be found in various manifestations in Japan, Korea, China and Mongolia.
The bowls can be made of various materials including quartz, bell metal, which is an alloy of coper and tin, or even brass. When rubbed they resonate at a musical pitch which when aligned to a particular chakra can produce a healing effect.
When used in sound healing, singing bowls are sometimes referred to as healing bowls or chakra bowls. In sound healing, or “sound massage,” the bowls are played around and sometimes placed on the body of the person being treated. The practitioner uses the resonance of the bowls’ harmonic vibrations within the human body for balancing and relaxation.
Some sound healers seek to activate or balance the body’s chakras, or energy centers. The “singing” sound is remarkable, a powerful, long-lasting harmonic hum that can be both invigorating and calming at the same time.
How do they Heal?
Our body is made up of about 90% water and it can not be compressed. Just like throwing a stone into a calm lake, our organs resonate and when there is an illness or disease the body is not in balance and the vibrations or frequency changes.
When you use the singing bowl aligned to the charkas, the frequency of the bowls interact with the frequency of our organs. Exactly like two waves in the ocean that collide with each other to create a union or balance. This balance produces a calm mind and body and has healing properties.
Tibetan music frequently associates the bowls with relaxation, as well as attributing them with healing powers and the ability to create some sort of altered state in the mind of the listener. It has been argued that the altered state whether meditative or spiritual is a key association with Tibetan music and the ancient culture of Tibet.
The Great Pyramids
Another fascinating concept with sound healing is a controversial view that frequency healing has been used back in ancient Egypt at the Great Pyramids.
One view is that certain chambers inside the pyramids resonant at a particular- frequency which is aligned to an organ of the body to promote healing. That is why you can get a 15 ton piece of rock resonating perfectly at the pitch of A or 440 hertz. Now I am by no means an expert in ancient Egypt but there is evidence to support the view that the pyramids played a crucial role in healing.
The Tibetan Singing bowls are one more step in creating a tranquil Life. They seem to suck the negative energy out of the room and when played. For anyone who has not experienced them before, it instantly arouses the senses. I would definitely suggest experiencing the beautiful resonate singing bowl.