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The Healing Power of Sound

Sound has been used to invoke changes and aid in the healing in people in virtually every culture since the dawn of recorded history. Using instruments such drums, singing songs and chants is one of the earliest uses of sound healing that has been practiced by practically all major religions and spiritual traditions throughout the world. People, animals and even plants naturally respond (mentally and emotionally) to vibrations of certain frequencies and rhythms of sound.

We know that certain sounds or music make us happy while others make us sad or even angry. A song or a piece of music can stir our emotions and change or enhance our mood. Certain music can have a calming effect while fast-tempo, upbeat music can excite a person. Music can calm a child, incite passion, excite a lover or energize people in a stadium. Some children and adults hum or sing when they are happy. Nature offers many vibrational tones that can have a positive healing affects including a whale songs, babbling brooks or the wind in the trees. Rhythm is the pulse of life that affects us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Being exposed to a normal steady rhythm often triggers the same response in our own body and can restore us to a normal healthy pulse. Certain sounds and rhythms seems to stimulate our brain, touch our soul and at times create a feeling inner bliss. It's obvious that certain sounds, music and silence have healing properties.

Sound is often combined with energy healing work, crystal healing work, meditation and other healing and spiritual modes. Sound is a powerful tool that can be used to restore circulation and rebalance of our Chi vibration which then allows us to embrace harmony and joy in our lives. Vibration can be influenced by other vibrations. Sound and music waves have the ability to trigger and set off a similar frequency vibrations in our body. Certain tones stimulate certain energy centers known as chakras, internal organs, and can release negative and clogged Chi within the body.

Sound healing (a.k.a. Sound Work) is a term used to describe using certain sound vibrations from the voice or instruments to stimulate and rebalance the body's own (Chi energy) ability to heal itself. Sound healing is a safe and gentle practice that is suitable for all ages regardless of their health conditions. It can be done anywhere, at anytime, and does not require prior musical knowledge.

Sound healing instruments include the use of bells, bowls, tuning forks, gongs, drums, chimes and rattles. Our voice is a natural instrument that is considered to be a very powerful healing force. Various forms of vocalization including singing, humming, toning and positive self-talk can be very therapeutic. These sounds can really help cut through energetic blocks and stagnant energy.

The objective of singing, humming and toning in sound healing is to create various resonant vibrations in our body. It doesn't matter whether it sound good or not. Your body knows the right frequency for you so don't worry whether your voice is perfect. What does matter is that we create sound vibrations that move and resonate throughout our body while we sing, chant and tone. Low base sounds often work well to create vibration waves. Use your imagination to feel and move the vibrational waves moving throughout the body. It's important to take deep full breaths. As we deepen our breath, we increase the energy life force within us.

Toning is an excellent way to gently ease your mind into a highly enjoyable relaxed concentration form of meditation and it's relatively effortless. Vocal Toning is simply making elongated vocal sounds on a single vowel. Sighing, moaning, groaning and other sounds are all aspects of toning.

To start toning, you can simply create whatever sounds wants to come out. Just take a deep breath into your diaphragm, open your throat and allow the sound to come out of your mouth.

Try using: AH - OM - UU - OH - EY - EE - MM

The sounds often something like Ahhhhhm, Ohmmm, Eeeeeeee or Mmmmmm

Combine vowels patterns: "UU-AH-EE-MM" or "MM-EE-AH-UU" or " Eeee Ahh Ohhh".

Create your own combinations and be creative. The results will be different each time to do it so experiment to see which ones work best for you. You may feel nothing or you may just feel the waves vibrating or feel the wave vibrations as a heat, tingling, itchy or muscle twitch sensations. You can focus on moving and feeling the waves but don't expect something to happen. Just let it happen naturally.

Afterwards sit in silence and feel the vibration waves effects resonate deep throughout your body. Be open to everything the vibrations may be awakening in you.

Sing, hum or tone whenever you can. You'll feel better for doing it!

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