Tibetan Singing Bowls for Sound Healing

tibetan bowls for sound healing

As our understanding of how energy and sound frequencies affect our physiology expands, the application of this powerful healing modality is beginning to be embraced in the West. In our waking state the normal frequency of brain waves is that of Beta. Specific sound frequencies can alter the brain's waves and allow them to move into deeper Alpha and Theta frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm sound as a means to promote healing.
Ancient Singing Bowls have been used for centuries to deepen meditative states and alter consciousness. The harmonies and overtones that the Singing Bowls produce, interact with a person's Body, Mind, and Spirit allowing a deep sense of peace and wellbeing. Some of the many benefts of an alternate state of consciousness is that when the brain is responding to the Theta Waves (a frequency which the bowls resonate) the Body, Mind, as well as the Spirit consciously reacts in sympathetic resonance* thus allowing the body systems to become wholly aligned with the harmonious affects of these higher vibrational frequencies.
The Singing Bowls come from different regions in the Himalayan mountain range; Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal. Although their exact age is not known, many of these sacred instruments date back for thousands of years!

 
Tibetan Singing Bowls are considered a type of bell which vibrate and produce a deep rich tone. These vibrations produce beneficial changes in the body by harmonizing the cells and balancing the body's energy system. Different bowls have different sound frequencies that address various physical and emotional ailments. Tibetan Singing Bowls are “struck” as well as “sung” in specific rhythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics at the frequency of “AUM” or “OM.” This sound frequency known as that of perfection, impacts the sympathetic nervous system. Your brain waves and your physical body synchronize to the vibrations of the bowls. The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory system, the brain, the heart rate, and disrupt the pain reflex thus creating a deep sense of balance.

*Sympathetic Resonance is a harmonic phenomenon where a formerly passive vibratory body, now responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness. Tibetan Singing bowls for sound healing have a sacred energy of prayer imbued into them with the intention of healing and transforming consciousness. The role of intention in healing is a strong one,  when combined with sound in the form of mantras, prayer, or affirmations such as OM or AUM can greatly increase the vibrations and thus positively affecting ones healing. What is a Tibetan Singing Bowl? A Tibetan Singing Bowl is a type of bell, shaped like a bowl. The bowls can be played by striking the rim with a wooden mallet or singing the bowl by guiding the mallet around the outside rim of the bowl. The sounds produced are complex harmonic tones which are the third and fifth tone of an octave thus causing the bowl to sing. In Tibet the Singing Bowl has been in use for over 2000 years! The earliest known bowls have been dated 480 to 560 BCE. The monks use these sacred instruments to support meditation and assist spiritual seekers to achieve a state of enlightenment.


 
With the passage of time, the Tibetan Monks moved to Nepal, Bhutan, and India bringing with them their Singing Bowls. The people of these countries adapted to these bowls in different ways. The Nepalese used the bowls for eating food. They believed that when they ate from these sacred metal bowls they would receive long life and protection from disease. In the Buddhist monasteries of Nepal the Bowls are also used for healing and meditation. The people of Bhutan used the Singing Bowls in the same ways as the people of Nepal. The people of India use the Singing Bowls only for cooking and eating. Metallurgical tests have found seven different metals in the composition of the Singing Bowls. This verifes what has been passed down through generations. Each metal used
represents a different planet in our solar system. The metals are: Gold, representing the Sun. Silver, representing the Moon. Copper, representing Venus. Iron, representing Mars. Tin, representing Jupiter. Lead, representing Saturn. Mercury, representing the planet Mercury. It is known that the old traditional method of crafting the Sacred Singing Bowl, is now a lost art. It is believed that the traditional way of creating a Singing Bowl was to pour the molten mixture of the Seven Sacred Metals onto a flat rock, allowing it to cool, and partially harden, then hand shaping was fnished by using hammers of different sizes thus giving the indentions and peen marks noted on the fnished bowl. It is said that the Monk creating the bowl would not stop until the bowl was fnished to his accepted specifcations. To stop before the bowl was completed would stop the divine flow and would change the spirit and tone of the bowl.

 
Today with modern machines taking over, the hand craftsman's job is now sadly obsolete. To the ancient craftsman each bowl reflected the care and precision of that Artisan. Each Bowl had it's own identity, thick lip, different shapes, and sometimes the artisans own identifying prayer or symbol was stamped on to the bowl. Every sacred bowl crafted had its creators own spirit and soul essence stored within. Singing bowls are used for Diagnosis, Healing, Meditation, Purifcation, Relaxation, Stress Reduction, and Offering. 


May your interaction with the Tibetan Singing bowl bring much joy to your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul.
Blessings of peace and joy, 
​Mark and Denise