SOUND : The Healing Power of Sound
adapted from an article by Constance Demby
adapted from an article by Constance Demby
Sonic Geometry: The Language of Frequency and Form
By Alanna Luna
By Alanna Luna
Spiritual, or religious, states all over the globe are often equated with light. However this may be, one primal fact remains: matter is formed not only by light, but also by sound. Hence, the vintage expression: “In the beginning was the Word…” - or, sound in the form of divine speech.
Throughout the ages, sound and music, originally a highly developed science in the ancient mystery schools, have been used as vehicles for healing. This healing was based on concepts of life that recognized vibration as the fundamental creative force.
Sound and Light are the building blocks of the universe, the very framework upon which all of creation is hung. Every molecule of matter is intoning its tone. Every leaf, atom, particle, planet, galaxy, every cell in our body is humming its own tune. Even as we were being born, as our bodies were being formed, a chord was being intoned; our own individual chord.
From 'Sharing Health From the Heart' Inc:
"Royal Raymond Rife, a researcher in San Diego in the early part of the 20th century, successfully eliminated cancer and other diseases using an electronic device he invented that emitted specific frequencies..."
Dr. Hulda Clark, Ph.D., N.D., and author of 'The Cure For All Cancers', "studied the work of Rife and learned that every living creature has a vibration..."
Music affects the physical body in profound ways. Sound waves enter into our physical body and move atoms around, re-arranging our cellular structure and putting us back in order. Music - in its higher forms - has the power to lower blood pressure, alter the breathing rate, re-organize and harmonize molecular structure, elevate mood, take us beyond the everyday world to the spiritual world, transform consciousness and ultimately liberate our spirit.
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Nietzsche
Some music will actually dis-arrange or de-range the embodiment, and there have been studies done by Dorothy Retallack on plants to prove this. Dorothy placed three groups of plants in glass enclosures and played various types of music to the plants for a period of 30 days. The first group of plants were played acid rock music, and actually leaned away from the speakers in an attempt to get away from the sounds, becoming dishevelled, with stunted growth. The second group of plants listened to Bach and similar music, and experienced better than normal growth. The third group was played devotional music, and leaned towards the speakers, twining around the speaker wires to get closer to the sound. They had the most luxurious growth and most organized coherent patterns of all. Dorothy's comment on the experiment, in regards to the first group of plants: "If this is what this music does to plants, what is it doing to our children?"
From an energetic standpoint, the human body, when weakened or shifted from equilibrium, oscillates at a different and less harmonious frequency than when healthy. This abnormal frequency reflects a general state of cellular energetic imbalance within the physical body. When a weakened individual is unable to shift their energetic mode to the needed frequency, a certain amount of subtle energetic help may be needed. When supplied with a dose of the needed energetic frequency, it allows the cellular bioenergetic systems to resonate in the proper vibrational mode, thereby throwing off the toxicities of the illness.
Richard Gerber M.D., in his book "Vibrational Medicine"
There is a report of doctors in the south of France who prescribe specific pieces of music to be listened to three times a day in place of medicine. There are reports of cows yielding more milk when played classical music in the barn. Higher consciousness music enhances life-affirming decisions and results. Lower vibration music can direct the listener towards negative destructive thoughts and sometimes even suicide.
“A tone is a living cell... It is a microcosm reflecting faithfully the macrocosm, its laws, its centre. A tone is a solar system." - Dane Rudyar
Music holds the key to remembering our origin and reconnecting with source. Our spirit, regardless of nationality, creed, time or space recognizes sound as the doorway to the infinite. Hence, music is the universal language.
"Sound is God - Nada Brahma".
The image below plots the frequencies against the relative magnitude of the sound of a didgeridoo. As you can see the strongest frequencies of a typical didgeridoo are in the 50-200 Hertz range (the two big spikes on the left) with several harmonics going up to about 1000Hertz. What is interesting is that the didgeridoo also seems to produce near infra-sound as is indicated by the small spike near 0 Hertz, especially if you consider that our brain waves are in the 2-20 hertz range.
Dis-ease, dis-harmony within the cells, is ultimately spiritual in nature. The ‘separated’ self, feeling separate from Source, begins creating dis-ease-ment from this feeling of separateness. Certain kinds of music can help one remember that connection with Source, and the listener can go as high, as deep and as wide as the composer went when receiving and composing the music.
"Through music, one can reach God." Ravi Shankar
Vibration is the basis of life. Every sound you ever made echoes still. Sound waves never entirely disappear. Every part of our body has its own frequency. Resonance occurs when frequencies come into synchronization. Different frequencies influence genes and cells. Form is created by underlying vibration. A solid is actually a wave, created and organized by pulse.
Sound energy can be used to heal when entities vibrating at different frequencies come into resonance with one another. Sound can trigger memories, release past memories, stimulate joy.
The difference between physical matter and etheric matter is only a difference of frequency. Because of their differing inherent frequencies, physical and etheric matter can co-exist in the same space, just as radio and TV waves can pass through the same space without interference.
Find your inner hum in the centre of your being and let it resonate through your body. Music mimics nature, the cells, the organs, the internal workings of the body. Ideas are sound when they ring true. We each have a unique tone. Our body needs attunement. Our wounds must be opened to release.
Genesis tells us that God began the process of creation by speaking.
He said "Let there be light" and the universe began.
Is sound so powerful? Well, sound does more than ripple through our eardrums. We know it can be a dramatic destructive force - the high-pitched note that shatters a wineglass, the sonic boom that cracks plaster, the gunshot that sets off an avalanche.
Scientists are now researching sound's impact on the brain. Certain kinds of classical music, like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, have a range of positive effects, including temporarily raising IQ, expanding memory and speeding learning. Some alternative medical practitioners are experimenting with using specific tones to heal the organs. Other researchers are looking at the effects of some of the sounds that originate in the human voicebox - prayer and chanting
For centuries, mystics have been telling us that sound actually creates matter. (A mystic is someone who seeks direct contact or union with God.) The mystics believe the world is a reflection of infinite combinations of sound patterns. They say that all things - from the biggest star to the smallest flower and even you and I - are coagulations of sound waves.
Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor is Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Centre, which is affiliated with New York Hospital. Since 1991, he has used sound as a complementary therapy, treating patients with crystal singing bowls, chanting and music. Gaynor presents solid evidence of the medicinal capacities of sound across cultures and wisdom traditions. Examples include the vocalizations of shamans, the songlines of Australian aborigines, Hindu oceans of vibrations, the Kabbalistic belief that the universe reverberates with heavenly song, and the Sufi practice of sound as "food for the soul."
This may be difficult to understand, let alone believe, but science has provided some corroboration for the mystics' assertion. On a cosmic scale, there may be evidence that sound has left its imprint on the galaxies. Some scientists argue that the galaxies are not arranged at random but in a regular pattern of clusters. Now researchers are suggesting that it was primordial sound waves that helped create this pattern of clusters.
On a smaller scale, Dr Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist, passed sound waves through various kinds of malleable matter, such as paste and sand. When we look at the patterns created by these waves, we can begin to imagine how creation by sound might occur.
(See article – ‘SOUND’, which describes and illustrates 'Cymatics - Sound of Creation', including videos of the experiments of Dr Hans Jenny.)
How can Sound and Music be used for Healing?
In order to understand this question, we must go back to understanding the basic principle of how sound can be used for healing. To do this, we must become aware of three things:
1. That everything in the universe is in a state of vibration. Everything is in motion and produces a sound or frequency. This includes the various parts of our body; organs, bones, tissue etc.
2. When we are in a state of "sound" health, everything in our bodies is vibrating in resonance or harmony with itself. When something is vibrating out of harmony, we call this "dis-ease".
3. Sound is an energy that can entrain or change the vibrational rate of objects. Therefore, if something is vibrating out of tune or harmony, it is possible to create the correct, natural "resonant" frequency of the out-of-tune object, project it to that out-of-tune portion and cause it to vibrate back to its normal, healthy state.
I like to use the metaphor of the body being this wonderful orchestra that, when in a state of health, is playing this "Suite of the Self", creating an overall harmonic of health. But what happens if the 2nd violin player loses his sheet music? He begins to play out of tune, out of rhythm, out of harmony. Pretty soon the entire string section sounds ‘off’. Pretty soon the whole orchestra sounds funky. This is what happens when imbalance or disease sets in.
But what if it were possible to restore the sheet music back to this violin player? What if it were possible to project the correct resonant frequency back into the part of the body and cause it vibrate back into health. This is the basic principle of using sound and music to heal.
And how could this be done?
There are a number of different ways to do this. The frequency, or frequencies, could be projected into the body via an instrument creating this sound. There are other devices, as well as different recordings and devices that either project the frequency into the body, or into the brain (via the ear). These also seem to be effective.