Sound Healing uses the power of sound and vibration to restore one's body, mind and spirit to a sense of balance and harmony. Imagine receiving a gentle bath of sounds. Your relaxation deepens as your body and heart soak in the subtle vibrations of singing bowls, tuning forks and the didjeridoo playing over and around you. Sound is medicine for your whole being.
Indigenous cultures all around the globe understand this and have used some form of sound healing since the beginning of time. Sound Healing has begun to resurface in the modern world and is rapidly finding its way into hospitals, clinics and hospice centers as a powerful means of promoting health and well-being. Sound Healing techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the physical and subtle bodies through the use of instruments including the human voice.
Nature is Sound:
Everything in creation has a pulse, from the movements of the planets to the beating of our heart. Every atom, cell, tissue, organ and bone in our bodies is vibrating and that vibration produces sound, whether or not the sound is audible to the human ear. Really we are a veritable symphony of sounds and pulses and are connected to nature through these rhythms and beats. It makes sense then that if we are all vibrating with sound, we can use sound to promote health in our lives. Through sound, we can change the rhythms of our brain waves, our heart beat and our respiration affecting our overall health not just on a physical level, but emotionally and spiritually as well.
Principles of Sound Healing:
- Vibrational frequency
- Sacred Sound
Everything vibrates at a certain frequency. The frequency of wave forms is measured in cycles per second or hertz (hz).
Resonance is the rate at which an object vibrates. When two objects of similar frequency come together, they are resonating. When you meet someone and feel like you "click" you are resonating at a similar vibrational frequency.
Sympathetic resonance results when sound waves of similar frequency enter into phase with each other such as when we experience "falling in love."
Entrainment is the ability of a strong rhythmic vibration of one object to change the less powerful vibration of another object, and cause them to synchronize their vibration, as in the ability of a good speaker (Martin Luther King Jr.) to lift the vibration of a large group of people.
Harmony is created through forced resonance. Forced Resonance is when you apply a powerful harmonic sound vibration to a person or object and that person begins to resonate or entrain at the cellular level to the harmonic sound. If someone is out of balance, out of sync and you apply a strong harmonic sound as in a sacred sound healing session, they will begin to synchronize in harmony and return to balance.
Sacred sound means to make sound from the heart. When Patrice offers a sacred sound session, she is always in contact with her heart, with love, joy, gratitude and compassion. Whether she is using her voice for toning, or using an instrument (such as singing bowls or didgeridoo), the sound waves that she creates carry the vibration of the intention set in the heart. The greatest benefits of healing come from this level of intention.
Personal Healing with Vocal Toning:
Patrice shares her story...
From the very beginning of my personal introduction to sound, I began toning with my voice for my own healing. Toning to balance my chakras is still one of my daily practices. It balances and aligns me, strengthens my core self, nourishes my brain and spinal cord, balances my hormonal sysem (which greatly helped me through menopause), and leads me to a quieter heart and mind, deepening my meditation practice.
The definition of toning is making elongated vowel sounds with breath and intention. Intention is the thought/visualization we hold in our hearts as we tone. Sound waves are the carriers of our intentions. So wherever our thoughts are, the sound waves will travel.
In the example of chakra balancing, setting the intention to balance, clear, energize and align our chakras as we focus on each energy center in the body, visualizing the color and shape associated with the chakra as we tone the sound, will vibrate the chakra into balance.
Toning can also mean making the "ah" sound (which is the sound of the heart chakra) or toning the "ohm" sound (which is the sound of the universe). The choices for toning are endless, and the results depend on your intention and the focus and presence you put into the practice.
If you are interested in experiencing the healing effects of sound in your life, developing a daily toning practice is a necessity. A daily practice of toning can take as little as 5 minutes a day. Remember when you do your practice, it is not about having a pretty, musical singing voice. It is about feeling and listening to the vibrations of your own voice inside yourself. Toning is directed inward for your own personal healing, unlike singing which tends to be projected outward for others.
I am passionate about promoting self healing through the use of your voice. If you are interested in learning how to invite this practice into your life, check out my CD Harmonic Gateways: Guided Vocal Toning for Chakra Balancing. I also offer classes and private tutoring.