Tuning Forks – overview
By Jonathan Goldman:
Sound Healing, as the name implies, is the use of sound to create balance and alignment in: the physical body, the energy centres called "chakras", and/or the etheric fields. The sound may be applied by an instrument or by the human voice. Sound Healing is a vibrational therapy and can be understand as being energy medicine.
While the use of sound and music for healing is ancient and can be found in many spiritual and sacred traditions, “Sound Healing” is a relatively new modality in the traditional (allopathic) and complementary healing arts. The current field of Sound Healing is enormous in its scope. Sound encompasses virtually all aspects of the auditory phenomenon–from music to nature sounds to electronic sounds to vocal sounds.
Tuning Forks: in which a client will receive the frequencies from specially designed tuning forks for relaxation and balance.
The use of sound as a healing modality dates back to prehistoric times, when shaman chanted and drummed to heal people. In the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Greece, India, Egypt and other centers of knowledge, the use of sound and music for healing was a highly developed sacred science. Sonic vibration was known to be the fundamental creative force in the universe.
In modern times, the Cymatic experiments of Swiss Medical Doctor Hans Jenny demonstrated how various substances such as plastics, liquids and sand would take on different shapes depending upon the frequencies they were subjected to. These experiments showed that sound has the ability to affect and change molecular structure. Since the body is composed of over 75% water, it is therefore easy to understand how sound can create change in the body.
Some pioneers in the field of Sound Healing created through instrumentation, include: Peter Guy Manners, MD from England, whose Cymatic Instrument projects specifically tabulated frequencies into the body, Alfred A. Tomatis, MD, from France whose Electronic Ear, uses sound to treat many learning disabilities and emotional problems and Robert Monroe who discovered how to use sound waves to synchronize the hemispheres of the brain and cause accelerated consciousness.
The theory about how it works
The basic principle of Sound Healing is that of resonance; every object is in a state of vibration and therefore creates sound. This includes the various parts of our body, such as our organs, muscles, bones, etc. If these parts of our body are vibrating at their normal, healthy frequency, we call this state “health”. If a portion of our body begins to vibrate at a frequency which is not harmonious to us, we call this "disease". It is possible to use sound to project the correct resonant frequency of that part of the body which is vibrating out of harmony back into the body, causing it to return to its natural frequency and return to a state of health.
Since sound can potentially rearrange molecular structure, the possible healing applications of sound are limitless. Stories exist of terminal or incurable diseases that have been instantaneously healed through sound.
For further information
The Sound Healers Association offers training seminars by Jonathan Goldman, sells a nationwide directory of sound healers and other sound healing related books, CDs and products and prints informational literature.
HEALING SOUNDS by Jonathan Goldman (Element Books, 1992)
SOUNDING THE INNER LANDSCAPE (Caduceus Press, 1990)
MUSIC AND SOUND IN THE HEALING ARTS by John Beaulieu (Station Hill, 1987)
MUSIC: PHYSICIAN FOR TIMES TO COME edited by Don Campbell (Quest, 1989)
SOUND HEALERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY (SHA 1995)
Available Tuning Forks
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