Although I had always found comfort, solace and peace in music in general, and in particular songs that spoke to me, my formal introduction to sound healing and the recognition of it’s power came from my late psychic and medium-ship teacher Claudette in one of our circles. She had half of our group (those being healed) sit in the middle of the circle with our backs to one another while the other half and herself (the healers) were evenly spread around the circle. I was fortunate to be one of those receiving healing that time and to truly immerse myself and benefit from the healing. She led the healers through a relaxation and then instructed them to make whatever sounds they felt inspired to make using only their vocal chords. Each person made different sounds and at different volumes but the combination of all their contributions was absolutely amazing. I felt the vibrations deep inside my body and blocks I hadn’t even realised were there being shifted and released. Claudette was an amazing sound healer with just her voice and I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with her and for her sharing this gift.
Sound healing is a form of sensory therapy which brings vibrational balance and harmony to the body by slowing down our brain waves and bringing a deep relaxation which allows the body to self heal. It supports mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, which in turn reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Research has also shown that sound healing can help with sleep disorders, chronic pain, autism, cholesterol and high blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Sound therapy has been well used traditionally by all indigenous societies around the world for centuries in their healing ceremonies and there is so much we can learn from them. It is suitable for both humans and animals and almost any kind of instrument can be used if it is done with the proper intention. Some more recognizable methods of sound healing are drumming, hand clapping, singing, humming, chanting, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, tuning forks, gongs, Tibetan bells, binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies.
Sound can also be used to clear and balance spaces and our environment. When Katrina did a balance on my meditation garden she recommended adding something to make sound and I chose to add a wind chime, immediately feeling (and continuing to feel) a shift in the overall energy to a more relaxed, peaceful and harmonious environment.
There are so many ways to add sound to your day to help relax and heal both you and your animals. From apps you can download that play binaural beats or solfeggio frequencies, to CDs or music downloads of crystal or Tibetan bowls or other forms of music on YouTube and other channels.
And if you find yourself without anything available and need some peace and harmony, try humming or chanting a mantra or tuning in and listening to nature’s sounds. You may be pleasantly surprised at how your body responds and how relaxed you start to feel. 🙂
with love always,