by Jodi Roberts
Sound Healing is a relatively new discipline in the healing world, yet transformation through sound has been part of human life from the beginning. Nature sounds, song, voice, chants, pounding two rocks together, hitting a hollow log with a stick are all ways in which our ancestors used sound to create ceremony and transformation. In modern society, music as a part of ceremony is commonplace. For example, religious services, presidential inaugurations, sporting events, and ribbon-cutting ceremonies all incorporate music as part of their event to either bring spectators into the feel of the moment or to reflect on and absorb what they just saw or heard.
According to sound healer Kenny Parker, “Sound is primal. Quantum physics and science are only now discovering what the mystics and ancient cultures knew long ago: the matrix for the Universe is a seamless super-conscious energy field, composed of light, sound and celestial harmonics. Plato called this sound “the Music of the Spheres.” Eastern cultures refer to it as the “Divine Melody” or “Sacred Sound.” In Christian teachings, it is called ‘the Word.'”
Creation myths from indigenous cultures —Aboriginal, Christian, Hindu, Mayan, Native American—say that creation started with the word, usually chanted. Breath and sound creates reality.
A Native teacher by the name of Joseph Rael taught me many years ago, before music came into my life as the modality of healing, that I think it, I speak it, I create it. Be accountable and responsible for my creations. The most basic form of sound healing begins with the voice. In healing sessions this is an exploration of belief systems, thoughts, shadows and the setting of clear intention as a container for the transformation the music facilitates.
Sound healers use a variety of instruments to bring a state of resonance to the client. Instruments include the voice, tuning forks, rattles, Tibetan and crystal bowls, drums, flutes, didgeridoos, harps, piano and gongs. As a sound healer dis-ease is seen as lack of balance and harmony. Paul Hubbert says “certain tones represent perfect health or balance. When our body is in dis-ease, we are literally out of tune, or vibrating off key. Disharmony can manifest mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. I use ancient Tibetan bowls and gongs. The gongs screech and the bowls sound dissonant before the client’s balance and harmony is reached. When working with Cornell Kinderknecht on flutes the bowls or gongs and flutes build a resonance on and over certain parts of the body that are out of tune. Once we have reached harmony the instruments play a symphony with the body reflecting the auditory beauty of health and balance.
Through the original intention we reach into the place Quantum physicists call the Field or the Matrix. Sound Healing is an intentional transformation of this Field. Everything is vibrational frequency in this field. The matrix holds frequencies of peace, unconditional love and perfect health as possible realities. Through sound healing: clear thoughts, clear words, clear vibrant energy and sacred prayerful music, we choose these realities. We bring our vibrational frequency into the state of health, peace and love.
The use of music reaches into a part of our experience that goes beyond logical thinking and the ego’s attachment to control. The body and brain release endorphins and relax. The brain waves can go into an alpha, daydreaming, creative and relaxed state, into theta – the state of dreaming, meditation and subconscious. Music becomes the avenue for the brain to let go of the hustle of our everyday thought patterns (“Where do I need to be in an hour?”, “I need new shoes.”, “How long will this take?”) and become fully engaged and concentrate on our intentions. People often fall asleep (the delta state) during healing concerts and sessions, especially with the use of the big gongs at their heads.
Raymond Bahr MD – Director of Coronary Care at St Agnes Hospital in Baltimore states in Mitchell Gaynor’s book Sounds of Healing “half an hour of music produces the same effects as ten milligrams of valium.” Dr. Gaynor is an oncologist in New York City who begins each of his consultations for cancer therapy with a crystal or Tibetan bowl and toning by the patient. The modality of sound healing is being used in both alternative healing and mainstream applications.
Sound healing is a powerful and enjoyable tool for bringing harmony to all aspects of health-spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.
Jodi Roberts is a sound healer and concert musician who uses sound to weave a meditative, ceremonial experience of peace, joy and beauty. She is a cultural anthropologist trained in cross-cultural shamanic ceremony & healing, spiritual counseling, energetic healing, Zen meditation, Tibetan sound healing, Holographic Sound Healing, Action Method Training, Ropes Course Facilitation and Reality Creation. She and Cornell Kinderknecht have One Cosmic Giggle as their vehicle for transformation through sound to create collaborative consciousness. www.onecosmicgiggle.com. Please come visit our booth and Paul Hubbert’s booth at the Wellness Expo in Addison, TX, October 18-19, 2008.
About Tony Cecala
Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind.