The Vibrational Nature Of Reality
Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another.”—Gottfried Leibniz (1670)
“With compassion, one can love unconditionally. With unconditional love, one can heal boundlessly. With boundless energy, one can ascend spiritually.”—Yogi Sharanananda
What is meant by “vibrational healing?” To answer this question, it is necessary to attempt to understand the vibrational nature of reality. Human understanding of what matter is composed of, and of how different forms of energy interact, is mostly based on two sources, metaphysical psychic/intuitive/direct knowledge, and scientific experimentation/measurement/verification. This is such an exciting time on planet earth, because science is now proving and verifying what spiritual seekers and teachers have been telling humanity from the beginning. The truth being measured and verified is that time and space are one, that individual particles are also coherent waves of energy, and that what we based our assumptions about reality on as a culture, the Newtonian view of reality, focusing exclusively on what can be observed and measured, is a very limiting and elementary approach understanding the truth of the matter.
“Having recognised that the individual points in Newton’s absolute space have no physical reality, we must now inquire what remains of this concept at all.”—Max Born
What is “the truth of the matter?” The most ancient spiritual teachings we know about tell us that the material universe is an illusion, that what we can see and touch is Maya, a grand dance of thoughtforms and projections, a myriad of mirrors, reflecting the light and shadow of the mind. What does this really mean? How can we integrate this understanding, and apply it to our experience? How do we interface with this alternate version of reality that is being shown to be the truth of things? Practitioners working with what has come to be called “vibrational medicine” are reviving this ancient science, utilizing color, sound, light, crystals, water, electromagnetics, aroma, and other energetic modalities to help people stabilize and raise their vibration, and hold more natural, healthful resonances within their consciousness and their energetic and physical bodies. In this course, we will explore these ideas, looking at a variety of these modalities, and we will also check out the research that is scientifically verifying the effectiveness of the practice of vibrational healing.
The Quantum Connection
“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is. Infinite.”—William Blake The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a Metaphysical think tank/retreat center located on 200 acres in Petaluma, California. They put out a study guide to go with the movie “What The Bleep Do We Know,” found at www.noetic.org/research/files/Bleep_Study Guide.pdf.
The guide gives some great information on the history of the paradigm shift from classical physics to quantum physics “in a nutshell.” (By the way, we are still in the midst of this shift!)
From the study guide, we learn that the basic foundational ideas in classical physics are the “four basic assumptions about the fabric of reality that correspond more or less to how the world appears to our senses.” They are: Reality: The assumption that the physical world is “objectively real…that it exists independently of whether anyone is observing it…”
Locality: The assumption that objects occupy a fixed position in space, and “can [only] be influenced through direct contact.”
Causality: The assumption that the “arrow of time points only in one direction…that cause and effect sequences occur only in that order.”
Continuity: The assumption that “space and time are smooth…” with no gaps or jumps occurring. This view of reality was rocked when it was discovered that light could act like particles, “…like billiard balls…separate objects with specific locations in space;” or like waves, similar to “undulations in water…not localized but spread out…soft in that they can interact with each other without destroying each other.” With the acceptance of the mysterious wave/particle phenomenon of atoms, a new set of foundational “rules” emerged to attempt to explain this fantastic discovery of the nature of the building blocks of matter. The shift from the “four basic assumptions” follows:
Reality: The idea that “things” exist in a concrete way, independent of conscious awareness, can no longer be assumed. We now know that the nature of matter can change when observed.
Locality: The idea that objects have a fixed position in space, and can only be affected by direct contact, gave way to the understanding of non‐locality, which says that “objects that are apparently separate are actually connected instantaneously through space‐time.”
Causality: The idea that time exists as a linear dimension is now known to be a misunderstanding, and that we could more accurately say “sequences of events [or the lack of…] depend on the perspectives (technically called the frame of reference) of the observers.”
Continuity: The idea that space and time are predictable and simply defined is no longer viable; we now know that “reality” is not the stable construct we once assumed it was, and that “space and time are neither smooth nor contiguous.”
“Quantum physics has now proven that everything we see is an illusion, that the physical world is an illusion…Everything is made up of interacting energy. Energy interacts on a subatomic level to form energy fields which physicists call subatomic particles. These subatomic energy fields interact to form atomic energy fields, atoms, which interact to form molecules. Everything in the physical world is made up of interacting atomic and molecular energy fields.” —Robert Burney, The Dance Of Wounded Souls (1995) Joy To You And Me Enterprises, Cambria, CA
There is a huge paradigm shift occurring in human consciousness, at this moment, as the stable, safe, dependable, predictable world we once inhabited, is falling away like the leaves on a tree in the fall, while the spring of understanding, the dawn of humanity’s realization of the magical, mysterious, fantastic nature of creation is blossoming in the minds and hearts of men and women all over the planet. We may have to winter in the void, but our awakening in spring will reveal a brand new world, our conscious creation!
As this information becomes available, through both pathways, science and direct knowing, these two, once separate paths are coming together. As these parallels merge, much energy is being released, and we experience this in the seemingly extreme polarities on the planet right now, extreme weather, increases in violence and cruelty toward others, destruction of the delicate ecosystem, and an increase in disease and illness.
All these extreme negative energies are coming to the surface, while at the same time, amazing and beautiful revolutions of heart and mind are awakening as well. The seemingly “negative” occurrences are a symptom of this merging of parallels, as these once deeply buried aggressions and stuck thoughtforms and emotional energies are purged from the planet. As we bring our attention to the growing wave of awakening consciousness, as we realize what we are truly capable of, as we connect with the truth of “who we are,” we are, each and every one of us, experiencing the affects of these merging parallels in our own lives. This is the place to begin to mend, within. The many forms of vibrational healing can be effective ways of facilitating this shift, integrating our experiences, as we wake up more and more to the fact that we have one foot in this world and one foot in the next, as we recognize the truth of our own multidimensionality. Through the use of the universal languages of color, light, sound, aroma, crystals, living plant energies, homeopathics, direct transmissions of information and resonances, and other vibrational communications, we can align ourselves with this shift, and move through it with grace and clarity.
“We see the world, not the way it is, but the way we are.” —Talmud
In Light Emerging (1993), Barbara Brennan develops the understanding of a holographic universe, of a holographic view of oneself, and of the healing process. She introduces the idea (based on research and theories developed by Stanford University brain physiologist, Dr. Karl Pribram, (1969) that what we perceive with our senses is our brain’s interpretation of energetic information. Our brains, in this view, are capable of focusing on energetic information, interpreting it, and projecting a holographic image for the eyes to perceive. It also creates scents out of information received by the nose, and sound out of energetic signals that the ears perceive. Brennan describes this process as Pribram theorized it:
“Pribram states that our brain acts like the hologram that projects the true reality of the energy beams into an illusory apple [or whatever we are focusing on]. Our brain, using our five senses, picks up the energy field of whatever we bring our attention to in the moment and translates that energy field into an object. What this means is that the object we perceive represents the secondary reality. It is but a signature of a deeper reality…from which the projection of the object comes.
“Pribram says that all our senses act together in a way to create the illusion of our world around us…so far, only the hologram using the visible sense—light from the laser beam—has been built. Probably, some day, holograms using the kinisthetic, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory senses will also be built.”
When we begin to think about the world in terms of this information, we tend to have a radical shift in our understanding. If everything is composed of vibrational frequencies, and our brains have the ability to interpret these frequencies to construct our experience, how does this affect how we will choose to approach our health?
Vibrational Medicine, Past, Present and Future
“When all your energies are brought into harmony, your body flourishes. And when your body flourishes, your soul has a soil in which it can blossom in the world. These are the ultimate reasons for energy medicine—to prepare the soil and nurture the blossom.” —Donna Eden, “Energy Medicine”
The understanding that matter is really “condensed energetic information” has been around since before recorded history. Those who have gained their knowing directly from the source of the information, who have had the ability to tune into the vibrations of crystals, the resonance of sound, the rays of colors, the energies of Gaia, the sun, plants, animals, and the communications of non‐physical beings, have, throughout time, used their knowledge to help others, utilizing what we now commonly call vibrational medicine.
The ancient Egyptians created healing temples in which sunlight would pour through glass or quartz prisms, bathing patients in the healing rays of the color spectrum. Within these temples, they also used sound to achieve vibrational resonance. The Tibetans have used “singing bowls” for hundreds of years, using the clear tones to release stuck energies in the chakras and tune the frequencies of the energetic bodies to achieve balance and harmony. The Chinese have developed, over thousands of years, a very sophisticated system of vibrational medicine, using acupuncture, moxabustion, and knowledge of the energetic “meridian” lines in the body to restore health, vitality, and free flow to the energetic system. Indigenous people all over the planet have been using very effective, time tested methods of balancing, harmonizing, and integrating energy fields for many generations, with powerful practices being used by Hawaiian, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, and Maori of New Zealand, as well as many others. Vibrational medicine is the oldest and most appropriate form of healing, because it is really about coming into harmony with all of creation, to realize our true form and potential!
Everything has a vibration. Each and every stone, star, plant, animal, human, etc., has a unique vibrational signature, which is the expression of divinity within form. This planet, Gaia, is a vastly complex experiment in the balancing of millions of vibrational frequencies, to realize a harmonic state, to create “Heaven on Earth.” Within these myriad vibrational frequencies, polarities exist, and it is in the manifestation of polar states that all beings are challenged to become “grounded,” and continue to maintain resonance at the unique vibrational frequency that is his or her natural state.
In an essay entitled “Vibrational Therapies,” found at www.luminanti.com, vibrational medicine is defined: “Vibrational Therapy, also called Vibrational Medicine and Energy Medicine, is based on the scientific principles that all matter vibrates to a precise frequency and that by using resonant vibration, balance of matter can be restored.” This clear definition leads naturally to the understanding that the process of matching resonant vibrations to restore harmonic function is a safe and highly effective treatment for dis‐ease, mental and emotional imbalance, and restoration of the vibrant health that our amazing physical systems are capable of!
Another great essay can be found at http://groups.msn.com/VibrationalHealing/vibrationalhealing.msnw, written by Kellie Jo Conn. I really like her description of frequencies and how they translate to matter: “When we speak of vibration, we are merely using another synonym for frequency. Different frequencies of energy reflect varying rates of vibration. We know that matter and energy are two different manifestations of the same primary energetic substance of which everything in the universe is composed, including our physical and subtle bodies. The vibratory rate of this universal energy determines the density of its expression as matter. Matter which vibrates at a very low frequency is referred to as physical matter. That which vibrates at speeds exceeding light velocity is known as subtle matter. Subtle matter is as real as dense matter, its vibratory rate is simply faster. In order to therapeutically alter our subtle bodies, we must administer energy that vibrates at frequencies beyond the physical plane. Vibrational medicines contain such high‐frequency subtle energies.”
There are a great many forms of healing modalities that address this frequency maintenance and enhancement, and as we come more and more fully into the Aquarian age, we are beginning to gain clarity about the interplay of energy fields, and we are receiving and realizing more and more information about these methods of healing. Like the ancient Atlanteans, Egyptians, and Mayans, we are evolving our consciousness, and beginning to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, to understand ourselves as creative spiritual beings, and to live with the intention of continuing this evolutionary path, awake and with focus, to continue to unfold the mystery, and to see our true faces.
Many of us are leading the way, and we are calling ourselves “lightworkers.” Many lightworkers are receiving and implementing new information concerning our understanding of vibrational medicine, and so this field is very, very quickly and constantly evolving. Ten years ago, vibrational medicine was still considered a fringe phenomena in the West. Homeopathy and Reiki were just beginning to gain in popularity, and color, light, and sound therapies were being practiced by some. Today, there are countless forms of vibrational medicine, and many of these modalities, such as reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and flower essences have become popular therapies, which are now used and accepted by even the mainstream people who are not specifically spiritual in their approach to life. Lightworkers know, and others are coming to understand, that all healing is essentially vibrational, and that all dis‐ease begins with an imbalance in the energetic fields. It won’t be long before this truth becomes even more mainstream and revolutionizes the quality of life on the planet.
Many are beginning to foresee a time when doctors and hospitals will no longer exist as they do now. One possibility is that in the not too distant future, people will undergo energetic readings by medical intuitives, trained in the scanning of the energetic systems of the body/mind/spirit. The practitioner will receive information, and give a report to the client, helping them choose an appropriate vibrational and/or traditional western therapy. Many therapies will also be used to compliment each other for optimal results, such as homeopathy with reiki, acupuncture with flower essences, toning with aromatherapy, color with crystal healing, sun therapies with living foods, reflexology with light therapy, and many more. Even western medicine and vibrational medicine will and can be combined for effective results. Soon people will begin to become experts at recognizing what climates, geographical locations, foods, people, plants, animals, fabrics, stones, sounds, smells, colors, thoughts, and emotions act to support, maintain, and/or raise their vibrational frequency. Many who are sensitive to energy are already doing this, yet soon this will be a commonplace way of maintaining optimal health and vitality as we continue our planetary and personal evolutionary path. After all, over the past fifteen years, health food stores have become a huge and profitable business venture, and this in itself shows that mainstream consciousness is rising to meet new views on health and well‐being.
A Closer Look: Vibrational Medicine As A Holistic Approach To Health
“The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” —Paracelsus
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”—Thomas Edison
Vibrational medicine, for some, is a complementary choice to use along with more modern, conventional medicines. Others are recognizing the need for a revolution in our thinking about wellness as a culture. The rise of modern medicine is largely based on the Newtonian view of science and the body, and as we move further away from this view of reality in our cutting edge sciences, it is necessary to look at how we have come to view our bodies and our understandings of health, to see where the mistaken assumptions of the past have shaped how we take care of ourselves. This is not to say modern medicine does not have its value. It undoubtedly has some applications, but we definitely need a little perspective. We need a wake‐up call, to shake us from the complacency of allowing someone else to be responsible for our health. When we give someone else responsibility for our health, we give up our power, and we stop being who we are. We get further and further from our own truth. Richard Gerber, in A Practical Guide To Vibrational Medicine (2001), gives a comparison of conventional medicine and vibrational medicine, and how each views the world. I have included it here to emphasize these points.
Major Differences Between Conventional Medicine & Vibrational Medicine Worldviews
CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE MODEL VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE MODEL
Based on Newtonian physics Based on Einsteinian and Quantum physics
Views the body as a biomachine Views the body as a dynamic energy system
Sees the brain as a biocomputer with consciousness as a by‐product of the brain’s electrical activities
Mind and Spirit are true sources of consciousness (the actual operator who runs the brain/biocomputer)
Emotions thought to influence illness through neurohormonal connections between brain and body
Emotions and spirit influence illness via energetic and neurohormonal connections between the body, mind, spirit
Treatments with drugs and surgery to ”fix” abnormal biomechanisms in the physical body
Treatment with different forms & frequencies of energy to rebalance the body/mind/spirit complex
One of the most important, and radical notions of holistic medicine, that is, medicine which addresses the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, is the idea of personal responsibility. If our thoughts directly affect our sensory perceptions, if our feelings color our experience, if our cells respond to the electrochemical and energetic messages we offer in each and every moment, how will we decide, with this understanding, to approach our health and well‐being? For many, this is a tough question. As a culture, we have become quite dependent on doctors, who have spent many years of their lives sacrificing to understand the body, to understand all the chemical interactions in the body, and to understand how the introduction of hundreds of different chemicals will affect the body’s functions. They have learned how to cut into the body and apply fantastical methods, using incredibly precise technologies, to seemingly work miracles. Who are we to question their knowledge, their expertise? Especially when, embarrassing as it is, we know so very little ourselves about the workings of our own bodies, our own extraordinary physical systems. When we are ill, or in pain, when we are feeling how very vulnerable we are, especially when we are in crisis and scared, afraid to suffer, afraid to die, it is very comforting to think that someone else has the answers. It is so much easier to let someone who is very wise, all‐knowing in these things, take over, and heal us. In some ways, for many of us, it may take us back to when we were children, before we had to worry about so many responsibilities, someone bigger, more experienced, and wise in the ways of healing, could help us, hold us, comfort us, and make everything okay.
The problem with this scenario is that everything is not okay within this model. There are many problems associated with modern medicine. Yet the root of these problems lies in people giving up personal responsibility in favor of an elusive, but ever promised, sense of safety. So this is the issue that holistic medicine, of which vibrational medicine is a part, strives to address. How can we connect with our own personal power, how can we as humans come to remember the truth, that the body is naturally very efficient as it’s own healer. We have only to live in accordance with the natural laws, those of the physical world as well as the world of spirit, to realize vibrant health and well‐being. We can remember our body’s brilliance, the miracle of life, and begin to thrive and co‐create with Nature, with Gaia, with God. The miracle is within us. This is the difference between modern medicine and holistic health. The miracle is not in the technology, in the doctor’s education, or in a bottle of pills. It truly and unequivocally lies within, and is always present, has always been, and always will be. We are never without the miracle. We are the miracle. When we know ourselves, we know how to take care of ourselves. It comes naturally. We don’t need any other authority. Besides God, we are the only true authority when it comes to our own health. That is personal responsibility, that is personal power, and that is personal truth.
Vibrational medicine helps us understand who we are. All these modalities inevitably point us in the right direction; within. Through vibrational medicine we begin to ask questions, and eventually we find the right questions to ask. We find release from old painful patterns. We find positive, empowering ways of being in life. We face our demons, and we find out that our only undoing lies with the beliefs we carry that are not in line with our own truth. We find ways to forgive, to clear blocks in our energy systems, to open our chakras, to receive the sweet, steady, constant flow of lifeforce energy that has always been available to us, in every moment. The only ones who deny us this are ourselves. Maybe someone else taught us by example, maybe we have weak genetic inheritance, but these patterns can be addressed right here, right now, and we can heal our whole genetic lineage in an instant. We can do this, and vibrational medicine gives us the keys, and reminds us how to use them.
Vibrational Medicine Modalities
Auric Field, Chakras, Light, and Color
“First of all, I always see the sun! The way I want to identify myself and others is with halos here and there halos, movements of color. And that, I believe, is rhythm.” —Robert Delaunay
Vibrational Medicine operates from the understanding that dis‐ease begins with our thoughts, in our etheric body, or auric field. Energy enters into the auric field through the chakras, and is distributed through the meridian channels. These systems are the pathways through which universal life‐force energy creates the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual vehicles that spirit inhabits to have this earth‐based experience. (Refer to the UMS course “Chakras And Auras” for a refresher on these concepts.)
Much of the digestible energy received through the chakras comes in the form of light waves. Light energy is the primary nutrient of life on this planet. White light is full spectrum light containing all frequencies needed to manifest life on Earth. As this light enters the earth’s energy field, it is “stepped down” into the frequencies of visible light, or color. These colors are the energy frequencies which give life to planet earth and all life‐forms upon earth. They are the building‐blocks of life, the “vitamins and minerals” for the energy body, and are needed in the appropriate proportions to create a healthy mind, body, and life experience. The chakra system of the human body is the channel through which these frequencies of light are metabolized to form the different human systems, including the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body, and the spiritual body. When the chakras are functioning fluidly, spinning freely and digesting the light frequencies needed to nourish and energize each system, health is maintained at an optimal level. If the chakras are not functioning freely and fluidly, then these frequencies are unable to be used by the human energy system and imbalances occur. Most often, fear and negative thoughts are the cause of inefficient chakra function. Each chakra relates to a level of consciousness, a psychological function, an emotional state, and certain organs, glands, and nerve centers in the body. For optimal health of these systems, the chakra absorbs the appropriate amount of color and light frequency, and feeds the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual levels that need that specific frequency. This is a very delicately balanced, complex, and absolutely miraculous system, and vibrational medicine addresses the needs of the system as a whole.
Color therapy is the modality which specifically addresses the digestion of light frequencies. The basic premise is that color is applied to the chakras and meridians directly, giving a boost of energetic nourishment, so that effortless absorption is facilitated. This directly affects the systems that are nourished by the specific frequency, and balance is restored. With this form of therapy, as with any, the thoughts underlying the imbalance must be addressed as well, but the extra energy provided by the treatment helps to support this shift as well. Color is applied therapeutically in a variety of ways. In advanced pranic healing (see section on pranic healing) color frequencies are absorbed in through the left hand of the practitioner (through conscious intention and visualization) and flowed out (again, through conscious intention and visualization) through the right hand into the energy field of the receiver. Often the colors are softened and blended with white light in order to be gentler to the system to avoid shock or damage that can occur in a weak system. Somatic healing and Alchemical Hypnotherapy, healing modalities channeled and taught by David Quigley, CHT, founder of the Alchemy institute (www.alchemyinstitute.com), use color through conscious intention and visualization to drain out emotional and mental energy stuck in the body, as well as to nourish and heal the body/mind/spirit.
Other applications of color healing involve the use of colored elixirs, oils, gels, prisms, and various means of projection and focusing, including color/light acupuncture, which uses a penlight to project colors into the chakra and meridian system. Color therapy can also be practiced very effectively as a self‐healing modality, through clothing choices, environmental (home and office) color choices, and meditation and visualization on certain colors. These are all effective ways to absorb these light frequencies into the chakras to realize and maintain vibrant health and wellbeing. The ideal way to maintain the appropriate balance of these frequencies are the ones provided by nature, which include developing the higher mind, opening the heart, focusing on love and joy, and absorbing the colors provided by the sun in just the right full‐spectrum light frequency nutrient combinations. So many psychological, emotional, and physical imbalances can be avoided entirely by living a natural life, with lots of time outdoors, in nature, moving, breathing, and interacting with all the natural sustenance energies on the planet. These other methods could be likened to taking a supplement to get the necessary nutrients your body needs, instead of getting it from your food. Try to get your nutrients directly from Source as much as possible, but do use the supplements when you feel you need an extra boost in order to make shifts and realization of well‐being possible for you.
“Rhythm is there in the cycles of the seasons, in the migrations of the birds and animals, in the fruiting and withering of plants, and in the birth, maturation and death of ourselves.” —Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead, said to Senate panel studying music therapy.
According to many ancient religious traditions, the universe was created through sound. The word, the sound or voice of God/dess, went out into the void, and began to create. Scientist have called this “The Big Bang,” though this once cherished theory can no longer account for new discoveries about the Universe. However, the name tells us something. Indigenous cultures often have mythology teachings that tell of one who sings the universe into being. Vibration is sound. Everything that is in existence, everything that has life and breath, everything energized by the mysterious force of nature, has a sound, a frequency, a musical, rhythmic quality. The relationship between the planets is called “The music of the spheres.” We can consider nature, and any system within nature, to be one great symphony so vast we cannot even conceive, and yet we are playing our part, as each cell in our body, each molecule, each atom, each proton and neutron has its own rhythm, it’s own note, it’s own frequency.
In Shamanic traditions, apprentices are often encouraged to listen to the sounds around them as if coming from one source, as if all the sounds are orchestrated to create harmony. This is practiced in wild places, forests, deserts and beaches. Nature’s symphony is magnificent to tune in to, to awaken to. We know that all Indigenous traditions used sound for healing in one form or another. Whether through drumming, singing, bells, the lyre, flute, didgeridoo, conch, brass bowl, chanting, repeating mantras, toning, keening, throat singing, whatever the chosen instrument, sound is the most faithful, valuable, and consistent form of healing we know. It even surpasses touch as a more universally recognized and utilized method of maintaining health, connectedness, balance, harmony, and well‐being. Music truly is a universal language, and it is closely related to another universal language, mathematics. Music brings people together like nothing else (Oh, except that other universal language: food! And they go so well together!)
Sound healing is the practice of applying vibrational frequencies within the audible range to the human energy field, to bring the energetic bodies, chakras, organ systems, cells, and all parts into harmony, supporting optimal health and vitality.
The ear may well be our most important sense organ. Through the medulla, the auditory nerve is connected to every muscle in the body. Strength, flexibility, equilibrium, and muscle tone are all affected by the vibrational information received by the ear. In addition, through the vagus nerve, the inner ear is connected to the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, larynx, bladder, and intestines. All the systems in our body are informed by vibrations as they enter the ear. On his website www.holographicsound.com, Paul Hubbard describes sound healing: “In the biblical writings of creation, ‘First was the Word (sound vibration), And from the Word All Things were created (sound vibration moving into physical manifestation). ‘All things are created from sound vibration. There is a phrase in the Vedas, an ancient text found in India, which is, ‘Nada Bramin,’ meaning ‘The World is Sound.’ There is nothing in existence that was not created from and with sound vibration. Sound is the seeded vibration of creation.”
Resonance is when two objects vibrate in harmony with each other. When an opera singer shatters a glass with her voice, she has achieved harmonic resonance with the matter and shape of the glass. As she increases the volume of her voice, the forces that holds the glass together gives way, and the glass shatters.
We know that every organ, cell, and bone in the body has its own resonant frequency. Together all these frequencies create a compound frequency, as the instruments in a well‐trained orchestra does. When one organ in the body is “out of tune,” the whole body is affected. Sound healing addresses this by bringing the organ back into harmony, to restore resonance, and in turn, health. When a harmonious sound is projected at a person, if that person is in a state of disharmony, he or she will eventually shift into a state of harmony through resonance with the sound being introduced. This is called sympathetic vibration.
Sound healing takes many forms. According to Quabalic wisdom, chanting one of the many names of God can activate the tree of life and lead to enlightenment. What are these symbolic of? Do the names of God represent musical tones, and when we find the right tone for our body, we activate the life force within ourselves, aligning us with the Divine, and leading, with repetition, to ascension? Just an idea… The practice of chanting mantras is explored in the UMS class Mantras And Mudras, and Meditation Skills, where the bijas, or seed sounds, are discussed, and related to the names of God. The bijas are combined to form Mudras, which magnetize certain qualities of the Divine. These two practices seem to be related, and I wonder if they achieve the same goal. Undoubtedly, the practice of aligning with Divine energy through sound has been around for a very long time. The East Indian Yogic traditions attribute a different musical note to each one of the chakras, and Traditional Chinese Medicine relates each organ system with one of the five elements, fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. These elements also have a musical note attributed to them, and these five notes make up a pentatonic scale that has long been used by Chinese composers. This system has been used also to create elemental music, with a combination of indicated correspondences that are considered balancing to the chakras and healing to the organ systems.
Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist in the 1960s, experimented to discover how sound waves affected various materials when placed on metal plates. Materials like mercury, gel, iron fillings, and cornstarch were placed on the plates, and different sound frequencies were generated under them. He found that low frequency tones produced simple geometric shapes. As the frequencies were increased, the materials would break up and begin to form more complex patterns. The sound “OH” produced a well‐ defined circle, while the sound “OM” produced a pattern very much like the vedic symbol for this sound, the Shri Yantra. Jenny’s conclusion was that sound creates form.
In 1974, Fabien Maman, then a jazz singer, noticed the affect certain keys had on the audience and the musicians. He got together with French physicist Joel Sternheimer, and they began to study these affects. They found that every tissue, organ, meridian, and system in the body had its own resonance with a musical note. Maman later worked with Helene Grimal, a scientist with the National Center For Scientific Research in Paris. They studied the affects that sound has on normal as well as malignant cells. What they found was that when cells were exposed to certain notes, it affected their size, shape, color, and vibrancy. They found that when cancer cells were subjected to a chromatic scale, “their intracellular components started to lose definition as the scale ascended, and generally disintegrated between A (440 hertz) and B.” Maman theorizes that this research has important implications for the stimulation of health and vitality for normal cells, harmonization for healing or absorption of abnormal cells.
Masaru Emoto found the most amazing proof of how sound affects matter. He introduced certain sounds to water, and then froze it so it formed a crystal. What he found was that when he played classical music to the water, it formed beautiful, complex, well‐defined, clear crystals with varying soft colors when frozen. When he played heavy metal music to the water and froze it, it formed a crystal that looked fragmented, with a disorganized, undefined shape, and a rather sickly grey‐green color. Healing music, Tibetan mantra, and folk music all produced beautiful, healthy looking crystals as well. Japanese pop music, on the other hand, formed square crystals with less complexity and attractiveness. He also experimented with directing certain attitudes and emotions toward water, like gratitude, thankfulness, anger, sadness, and so on. This also produced definitive patterns in the water crystals.
We can be sure that since our bodies contain 70% water, and every cell responds to the vibrations it is exposed to, what we listen to has a huge affect on our quality of life. So how can we use this knowledge to our advantage? There are a great many modalities using sound for healing. As discussed earlier, sound healing is one of the oldest and most prevalent methods of shifting into balance and health. According to Mayan astrology, each of us comes into birth riding a wave of energy. This wave is part of a cycle, and has correspondences of energy, action, and a specific tone. Each tone is an expression of an energetic quality, and each tone has a complimentary tone as well. When this tone is sounded in one ear, with its complimentary tone sounded in the other ear, the higher brain can be accessed, and health and well‐being realized.
Many practitioners using sound healing develop their own methods of using sound as medicine. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., developed a system he calls “BioSonic repatterning.” This process uses tuning forks calibrated to specific frequencies, which are used to “tune” the energy bodies and stimulate resonance, health and vitality. A very interesting aspect of Beaulieu’s work is his research into “nitric oxide,” a substance which is released from the cells of the body when health, well‐being, and vitality are being experienced. There is a rhythmic movement to the releasing of this substance, called “puffing.” The cells puff up and release the nitric oxide with a measurable pattern and rhythm. When this rhythm is disrupted, the cells do not express in a whole, plump, healthy way, and lethargy, confusion, depression, and ill‐health is experienced. BioSonic repatterning is a way of stimulating the rhythmic release of nitric oxide, through the use of sound and plant energy (a specific blend of herbs is used, called “EnRhythm”). Beaulieu has developed many tools for use in sound healing, and these products, as well as a lot of great information on nitric oxide and sound healing, can be found at his website, at www.biosonics.com.
Let us not forget about Royal Rife and his Rife machine that was discussed in the UMS course Metaphysical Technologies. He invented a machine that generates whatever frequency you desire, and has mapped out, with the help of many scientists after him who continued his work, which frequencies kill which viruses. He even had a nearly 100% cure rate for cancer patients with his invention. Unfortunately it was blocked by the American Medical Association, but it goes to show that sound can truly heal. I not only heals, but can destroy unwanted organisms, viruses and bacteria. One of the biggest proponents of sound healing today is Jonathan Goldman. He is the author of Healing Sounds: The Power Of Harmonics (2002) and the director of the Sound Healers Association. Below is an excerpt from an article entitled “The Sound Of Healing: An Interview With Jonathan Goldman, which came out in the March/April 2003 Nexus, Colorado’s Holistic Journal. The interviewer was Ravi Dykeman.
RD: Please describe sound healing.
JG: First, let me point out that modern science is now in agreement with what the ancient mystics have told us—that everything is in a state of vibration, from the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom, to planets and distant galaxies moving around stars. As they’re creating movement, they are creating vibration, and this vibration can be perceived as sound. So everything is creating a sound, including the sofa that we’re sitting on, or this table, or our bodies. Every organ, every bone, every tissue, every system of the body is creating a sound. When we are in a state of health, we’re like an extraordinary orchestra that’s playing a wonderful symphony of the self. But what happens if the second violin player loses the sheet music? He or she begins to play out of tune, and pretty soon the entire string section sounds bad. Pretty soon, in fact, the entire orchestra is off. This is a metaphor for disease.
I have the greatest respect for traditional allopathic medicine. But with regard to our string player who’s playing the wrong music, allopathic medicine currently has the approach of either giving this player enough drugs so he or she simply passes out, or cutting the head off with a broad sword—analogous to surgery. I ask the question, “What if we could somehow give the string player back the sheet music?” What if we could somehow project the correct resonant frequency to that part of the body that is vibrating out of harmony, and cause it to vibrate back into its normal, healthy rhythm, restoring it to a condition of health? That’s the basic principle of using sound as a healing modality. Goldman has been working on developing methods of sound healing for over 20 years. He creates healing music using chanting, singing, and many instruments, working frequently with indigenous sound healers and ancient practices. His website is www.healingsounds.com, and much information can be found there on this powerful vibrational healing practice. Another quote from Goldman, from an interview with Lane Badger, found at the above mentioned site, will close this section:
What are your highest ideals for your work in sound? Jonathan: I have this vision that everything in the universe is vibration, including our emotions, and the energy of love. We will discover the frequency of love and that it will be recordable. We’ll be able to put this frequency within our instruments. It will be pouring out of every juke box and every radio station in the world. And it will just change the vibrational fields of people, make everybody wake up. You know it’s a dream I have. It’s a nice one.
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