Of Sound Mind and Body

All matter takes its form and shape from the vibrations that surround it. You, I, all things in Existence assume the role of sympathetic resonators in a harmonic relationship with the entire cosmos. Each cell within our body is in a vibration that is sounding it's key note frequency.

These cells cluster into cords that make up the human symphony called life.

When our cells become dissonant due to diet, stress, environmental hazards, etc, the harmonic relationship shifts and this dissonance becomes disease. The body strives toward its natural harmonic template which is holographic and energetic. When dissonance invades our harmonic field the immune system will increase the power of cellular resonance and in most cases will succeed in overpowering the non-harmonic area and thus keeping the body symphony in tune.

Study of the geometric and multidimensional patterns of sound predate written history. Just about all of our creation myths find the birth of the universe stemming from a vibrational source. A Pythagorean theory states that all things within the universe emit a tone, but for the western mind it took until the publication of Discoveries Concerning the Theory of Music in the year 1787 by physicist Ernst Chladni for this theory to take hold.

Chladni laid the foundation for that discipline that came to be called acoustics, the science of sound. Chladni made visible what sound waves generate. With the help of a violin bow which he drew perpendicularly across the edge of a flat plate covered in sand, he produced geometric patterns and shapes that today are called Chladni figures.

Others have developed concepts and investigations into the design, oscillation and mathematics of sound but it wasn't until the publication Cymatics—The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibration in 1967 by the Swiss doctor and researcher Hans Jenny that sound as a healing modality was to be studied by contemporary medical practitioners.

Jenny developed the toneoscope — a device that enabled him to view the complex motion and the three dimensional dynamics of sound waves. Jenny soon became aware of the inner connection of all life and matter as living vibrational spiral energy. As Jenny viewed the continuous circular motion of frequency he soon became aware of the similarity of sound and that of sacred geometry. Indeed, some sounds that he inputted into his toneoscope — such as certain ancient vowels of Hebrew and Sanskrit — would generate and produce the same shape as the written symbol for these vowels. How did the ancients know this? Do these words and vowels have the power to influence and transform physical reality? He also speculated that every cell has its own frequency and that a number of cells with the same frequency created a new frequency which was in harmony with the original, which in turn possibly formed an organ that also created a new frequency in harmony with the proceeding ones. In other words, Jenny was saying that to understand a healthy body is to understand a complex arrangement of tone and harmony produced from and absorbed into the body as all times.

Sonic Cellular Damage

The body may be seen as a composition of vibrational energy patterns that work in synchronicity to form the whole. The nervous system impulses occur serially and can be described as frequencies. Much the same applies to the active muscle system. It is from this vibrational field that all the bio-electric, chemical, mechanical, energetic, thermal, structural, kinetic and dynamic processes take their course (Jenny, 1974). The body surrounds itself with a sort of sonic force field or vibrational aura. What happens when this field is penetrated by waves of sound that are out of synch with the body's protective frequency? One result is "Vibroacoustic Syndrome". When a person is exposed to an environment of prolonged level of sound exceeding 110 decibels at low frequency bands below 100 hertz, the body's vibration changes, and this change may lead to depression and interference with behavior and performance. Studies have shown that long term exposure to excessive levels of High Intensity Low Frequency sound can actually lead to cellular damage. Highly amplified base music, airplanes, and battlefield noise can cause cellular re-patterning and damage. The body views this cellular damage as trauma.

The brain then releases endorphins and adrenaline into the blood to anesthetize this physical change. Endorphin is the body's natural pain killer that acts like a form of morphine. This can lead to an addiction-like state, with the drug mistakenly identified as the loud music or any other type of High Intensity/Low Frequency sound repeatedly listened to over and over again.

Vibrational Restoration

We all know that certain sounds and undesirable music can put us in a state of stress and dis-ease, but how do we restore the body to it's state of natural resonance? There are as many ways as there are people. Each person must choose what's right for them.

Some proven choices are drone sound, toning, mantras, chants and the sounds produced by nature. They will assist in the releasing of blocked energy and help in the restoration of the body's own resonant field. Life In Balance, the sound healing group that I am co-founder of, utilizes the Shakuhachi, Analog Electronic Oscillators and several Quartz Crystal and High Frequency Crystal Bowls. The Shakuhachi is an ancient Japanese flute made from the root of the bamboo plant. It has a breathy and organic sound which enables instruction to flow from the "source" to the performer then to the listener. Using cutting edge technology we process these instrument to create organic loops that cycle at about 55 cycles per minute. This allows for the slowing of the heart rate and facilitates a deep comfort zone. The Electronic Oscillators connects with the listener on a deep electron level, This opens and enhances consciousness and awareness as well as unblocks one's own degree of intuitive abilities. Bringing the listener into a pure state of singularity.

The Crystal Bowls that we use are 99.92% quartz crystal. It is through the pure crystal tones that one can travel into an altered state of consciousness, as the sound affects brain wave activity. The body has a natural affinity to quartz as it is composed of many crystalline substances. The bones, blood and DNA are crystalline in structure as well as the liquid crystal-colloidal structure of the brain. Even on a molecular level, our cells contain silica, which balances our electromagnetic energies. We use the tones of these bowls (each one tuned to a Chakra center) within our sessions as a form of vibrational medicine with the intent of transformation and wellness.

There are many different approaches one can utilize in this vast and growing field of Vibrational Medicine. Try as many as you can, for we live in wondrous times and the journey is forever unfolding. It is time to blossom.

Sound Creates and Sound Organizes

"The forms of snowflakes and the faces of flowers may take on their shape because they are responding to some sound in nature; it is possible that crystals, plants, and human beings may be, in some way, music that has taken on visible form."
— Cathie E. Guzetta

In the beginning was the divine outbreath that has carried the seed vibration into the void. This spectrum of sound into light contained — energy — matter and intelligence. Sound in its many forms reaches into you more than any other source from the natural world, for not only do you hear with your ears, you listen with every pore of your body. Everything is in vibration and everything is giving you information and knowledge.

We hold deep inside ourselves the key (note) that opens the doors to new creations, new thoughts and new behavioral patterns that have not yet been imagined. Everything that you require is encoded within your DNA. Helixes and galaxies imprint circular forms of spiraling geometric tone patterns that make up the design for the human expression called life. Your distant ancestors knew this and you are them.

We live in a holographic sea of energy, vibration and consciousness and it is through our cultural biasing and our place in the evolutionary chain that we view this spectrum. Realize that it is truly our spirit that is the guide of measurement. Know that you are harmonious energy living an experience called life — a life in balance. Oscillate — Activate — Oscillate

References and Reading Suggestions:

Vibrational Medicine — New Choices for Healing Ourselves By Richard Gerber, M.D., Bear & Co.

Sounding the Inner Landscape, Music as Medicine By Kay Gardner, Element.

The Music of Life By Hazrat Inayat Khan, Omega Publications.

The Annals of The International Shakuhachi Society, Vol. 1.

God Talks With Arjuna — The Bhagavad Gita By Paramahansa Yogananda, The Self Realization Fellowship

Sounds of Healing — By Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., Broadway Books.

The Healing Tones of Crystal Bowls By Renee Brodie. Aroma Art. Ltd.

Feeling The Music Can Be Dangerous To Your Health — A Comprehensive Review By Bart P. Billings, Ph.D.

Cymatics — Healing by Sound By Bill Mills, Fountain Magazine No. 46.

Cymatics — The Science of the Future? By Peter Pettersson.

The World is Sound. Nada Brahma by Joachim-Ernst Berendt

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