In the beginning there was sound.
Have you ever noticed how sound can affect your mood? Sound vibrations have an incredible power on the body and mind. They can get your feet tapping and help the mind be still with a resonance that communicates on multiple levels.
In religious culture sound has been used since the beginning. Bells are a consistent feature in the Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Judaism faith. Before religion the Earth worshippers such as shamans, pagans and druids also used sound as a way of connecting with the 'source', finding the divine through instruments such as drums and bells that create that magical space between notes.
Whether it be through music, birdsong or merely the the sound of thoughts in one's mind and words one chooses; there is a constant sound vibration permeating around and they can create.
Atoms vibrate at different frequencies in order to manifest. This includes all of the cells, tissues, and organs of our bodies. When we are healthy, everything in our bodies is vibrating in harmony. Dis-ease results when a part of our body begin to vibrate at a different rate, out of harmony with the rest which is normal in a growingly fast paced urbanised world.
Put two swinging pendulums together and in time they will assimilate one another to create balance.
The Shanti Space uses the resonance sound of the handmade Tibetan Singing bowls as a way of providing sound therapy.
The healing power of gongs and Himalayan singing bowls derives from a natural phenomenon where the body synchronises with a certain sound.
As gongs and singing bowls are sounded, the powerful rhythmic vibrations resonate throughout the body. The sound of these harmonic vibrations stimulates the alpha and theta brain waves associated with deep meditative and peaceful states that are highly conducive to healing. They also slow down the heart and respiratory rate, creating a therapeutic effect upon mind and body.
When the brain waves and body are synchronised, balance can be restored and stress relieved.
Sound in the Modern World
You don't need singing bowls to find 'shanti' in the modern world. Increasingly we are living in cities where police sires, construction and traffic are all features in the day to day urban world that one must accept.
If one is too sensitive to the sounds of modern day life there are some solutions that really help create space and time apart from it. Firstly music. Music is the most beautiful gift.
It can make you smile, dance, forget your mind and let go of the world. It can take you to new places and teach you the things you need to know.
One might find that some of the most profound insights can come through the healing and enchanting power of music and sound.