Imagine sitting alone in your home.
What do you hear? Is it the humming of a computer or traffic outside your window?
Sound is all around us, even if it is simply the sound of our breath.
The importance and healing capabilities of sound should not be underestimated.
Joshua Goldman and Alec W. Sims have put together a great guide for using sound as a healing tool in “Sound Healing for Beginners.”
You may be aware that physical matter is solidified energy that can be changed in response to energetic patterns. This is one of the reasons why the world of sound is so important.
Ever heard of energy medicine?
The terms vibration, frequency, resonance, and wavelength are synonymous with sound. It is all about patterns of vibration or organized sound.
If you’re unfamiliar with energy medicine, the authors offer several book recommendations on the topic (as well as others throughout the book).
Actually, I’m grateful for all of the book recommendations throughout “Sound Healing for Beginners.” There are plenty of ideas for further study so that we don’t become biased by getting all of our information in one place.
Starting with the basics, it is noted that sound exists only if these conditions are met:
- A substance must have an elastic quality that allows it to expand and contract
- There must be an energy or force that will cause the substance to vibrate
- There must be a medium that the vibration will be carried through
Think of a small pebble hitting the surface of a pond.
Also, everything that exists is vibrating or has a resonant frequency. Whether or not we hear the sound of this vibration is dependent on if it falls into our audible bandwidth.
We are then introduced to the concept of entrainment. This is when the vibrations of one object changes the vibrations of another object, creating synchronization.
Our internal rhythms, such as heart rate, breathing rate, and brainwave activity all sync up via entrainment.
Consider how your whole body reacts to stress and how to best relieve it. This can be attained through slow, deep breathing or making sound.
This leads us to an interesting topic of the mysticism of sound. We can have an intimate connection with sound, given the fact that when the source of a sound vibrates it sends out energetic pressure waves that expand until they touch you.
The connection between sound and sound healing begins.
While the idea of sound healing is usually associated with relaxing, the needs of each individual are most important. Keep in mind that all beings do not vibrate at the same frequency and our starting points are different. Restoring harmony to the whole being may require different frequencies.
I love the authors’ concept that sound is an energetic nutrient that can stimulate and enhance our entire energy system. This could benefit not only emotional well-being but physical well-being as well (So much well-ness).
If we learn how to practice conscious listening, the possibilities could be endless.
I have tried some of the exercises in the book, including chanting. It is a work in progress to be consistent with it though(even though I believe in the power of sound healing). I will keep you all posted.
Have you had any success with sound healing, I would love to hear from you! And thank you for stopping by today!