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The Healing Sounds of Music

I am quite excited to share my thoughts and a bit of research that I have done lately about Music, Sounds, Energy and Healing.


Music is so powerful, and its vibrations can be felt in our bodies and energize you. Ever gone to a concert…wow…that can be quite the feeling. Music and certain sounds can make you want to jump up and dance, while others have the very opposite effect, like wanting to grind your teeth!


So how does music and sounds relate to energy and healing?


There has been some research into the effects of sound on the human body for many decades. Some most notably by a Swiss researcher by the name of Hans Jenny. Jenny found that sonic generators emitted certain frequencies that caused drops of water to vibrate and assume unique shapes depending on the frequencies the drops were subjected to. These tests were done repeatedly, with the same shapes being replicated each time. As soon as the sound was turned off, the water droplets would resume their normal oval shape. Jenny made the link that frequencies of sound could alter physical structures of living organisms and wondered about extrapolating this knowledge to the human body. Dr. Jenny’s observations were recorded and printed in a monumental work entitled CYMATICS.


All of this works well in a laboratory, but how to apply this theory in real life? The key to healing a human body with sound is to know which sonic frequencies should be applied for which various physical disorder, I would think.


In researching Sounds and Healing, I found a website www.healingsounds.com that is fully dedicated to tones and sounds and how healing can be done. I have myself experienced what is called Singing Bowls. The practitioner works with bowls of different sizes that emit humming sounds that differ tremendously based on the size of each bowl. The smaller bowls emitted higher pitch sounds. I found the higher pitched sounds pleasant to listen to, but the larger bowls actually made me grind my teeth. Very difficult to experience. I am not sure if I experienced any “healing” from the singing bowls, but it was an interesting exercise.


I follow the Shift Network website and have read about a Mr. Alex Sims who is the Networks’ Healing Sounds Correspondence Director. Alec recently hosted a Sound Summit featuring over 35 luminaries in the field of sound and music healing. So, it appears that there are practitioners out in the world that do embrace sound as a healing modality.


In doing more online research I came upon the following information which I thought to be quite interesting:

“Acoustics pioneer, John Stuart Reid's mission is to educate, inspire, and excite the world in the field of visible sound, known as “Faraday Waves.” Reid points out how sound underpins almost all matter in the universe, and he thinks that sound was a potent force in the creation of life in the primordial oceans, and it also carries the power to heal life.

In his frequent lectures, John reveals ground breaking information on the mechanisms that underpin sound therapy, and how they can be applied to improve health naturally.

His CymaScope invention has changed our perception of sound forever by giving us the ability to "see" sound and better understand this omnipresent aspect of our world and universe. His cymatics research is helping to elevate this important new field in the scientific and medical arenas, including a study on differentiating between the sounds emitted by healthy cells and cancer cells, published in the Water Journal. In Reid’s words, “The old adage 'seeing is believing' takes on an important new meaning: To see the sounds that create light and life is to open a new window on our world — one that has been veiled for all time, until now.” (Copied and pasted from the following website - Sound Therapy: Medicine of the Future | 2021 Sound Healing Summit (soundhealingglobalsummit.com)


The above is quite interesting, but how can we apply sounds and music to our lives to help speed up healing or start on a healing journey? I advocate the theory that stress can start up disorders and upend the energies within our system (the auric field as well as our physical body) to cause eventual illness.


My answer is music!!


Decades ago, I experienced music in the most unlikely place and time that made a very large impact on me. I was managing an audit in South America, more specifically Ecuador. I had the great opportunity to take a side trip to visit Machu Pichu in Peru. A once in a lifetime opportunity! So off I go: a taxi ride to the airport, a long plane trip from Ecuador to Peru, bus ride within the small town we had landed in to meet an old train (train went into service during the first world I think), then another bus trip up and up into the tall mountains to the ancient Inca site. Hours of walking and gazing at the beauty of the site!! At the end of this 2-day hectic trip, I was seated in an open air market with my fellow travelers waiting to be bused back to the ancient train.


I was exhausted to say the least. And frazzled from the sight and sounds that surrounded me, as well as the smells of many unwashed bodies that emanated from the vendors who were trying to get our attention to sell their wares. I was in no physical danger but strongly felt the assault on my senses and felt like I was going to explode. I closed my eyes to try and tune this chaos out, and then it happened. The sweet sound of a pan flute. Then a few more in harmony.


A quartet had set up and were playing the best sounds that I had ever heard in this most chaotic place! Within several seconds, calm very gently descended on my body – just like warm water from a shower. Taking 2 or 3 long breaths, I felt like my old self again. The anxiety, the fatigue and exhaustion were gone! Well, the quartet made a sale that day.


I have since loved hearing the sounds from an Andean Plan flute band. To me this means calm and love to make me feel safer!


If the sound of a pan flute can have this effect on me, who was at her worst (I rarely feel like that, but I think I had good reasons to be on that day!), you can achieve the same or even better by trying out different songs and/or artists and types of music to help replace the stresses you might be experiencing.


It might be Elvis crooning his love songs (my aunt’s favorite when she was battling cancer), or a hard core hit that make you feel energized.


Try it! And let me know the results you get. I would love to hear from you.


I hope that you have enjoyed this Blog today, as much as I did creating it.


Until next month,


Reiki Blessing,


Suzanne

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