Singing bowls are a wonderful support for the healing process. Remarkable things happen when people play singing bowls or listen to the sound of singing bowl recordings. The effects of the sound are so special that the experience can be life changing.
Singing bowls produce a uniquely warm vibration that feels great. They produce a clear fundamental tone that sounds as pleasant as any musical instrument. They also produce multiple harmonic overtones that sound angelic. The combination of the smooth vibration, warm fundamental tone and singing overtones makes listening to singing bowls a very unique experience.
However, the real magic is in you. The bowl produces a nice vibration but what happens next? We do the real work. We are self healing and self regulating systems. Our system uses the vibration in various ways.
We consciously listen and experience the sound. It is enjoyable and our own enjoyment, comfort and good feeling is an important part of the healing process.
We feel the vibration and it has a relaxing effect. Like sinking into warm water, the gentle sound of a nice singing bowl has a relaxing and comforting effect.
The harmonic overtones interact with our nervous system. This is a controversial and little understood part of the experience. But one can deduce from the pleasing effect of the sound, the tendency for people to become relaxed and even go to sleep, and the deepening of meditation practice that the singing bowls have some effect on our brains.
While the so called “Mozart effect” has largely been dismissed, there does seem to be some effect of sound on our brains. Tomatis and others have worked in this field for many years. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about alpha and theta waves, but nothing conclusive. Hopefully in the future someone will research and better understand the hidden power of sound.
Singing bowls are tools and perform a function in this regard. They do one thing extremely well, perhaps better than any other object. Singing bowls vibrate and produce a spectrum of sounds that are universally loved due to the pleasant quality of the tone, calming effect on people and the environment.
But the responses are not limited to that. Singing bowl sounds elicit surprising responses including wonder, joy, creativity, personal breakthroughs, deep relaxation and support profound healing experiences.
Singing bowls facilitate our own process of growth and healing. However, singing bowls themselves have no ability to help anyone. In fact, they need us to perform their function at all. We make them sing. How we play them is part of our own awakening and self knowledge. Any experience we have with the sound is really from our own mind. The effects and even the sounds themselves are in fact created within us. The bowls just vibrate. We do the rest.
It is our own profound ability to listen – to perceive, feel, grow, create and heal that brings about the profound effects.
The magic is in you – singing bowls do not heal. They vibrate and the vibration is translated into sound in our minds. Sound does not heal. People feel the sound, hear it and vibrate in resonance with it. There is no sound, really, there is only vibration and even that is our perception. We perceive the vibration, experience it, interpret it as sound. If there is any lasting effect it is because we then utilize the experience as part of our spontaneous life processes.
We can leave the experience changed or refreshed or calmed by the vibration, but the vibration did not change us – we change ourselves. Healing is part of the spontaneous life process. It is happening all the time. We can use singing bowls and other wonderful tools to help us in this amazing process of life.