V. Sound Healing: Tibetan Bowls
History of Tibetan Bowls
According to Tibetan tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 - 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava. Since eons in history, singing bowls have been used for Tantric Buddhist practices, meditation, healing, getting in touch with the void, for trance induction, and of course for religious practices. Singing bowls were initially made in Tibet and then trickled down to India, Bhutan, China, Japan and Korea.
By the 6th century B.C. the Chinese, being far advanced in the manufacture of metal alloys, made perfectly tuned bowls. During the time of Confucius in the 5th Century BC, the ancient kings were ever careful about things which affected the heart. It was said that sound vibrations came from the heavens & were interpreted by the heart, the place where harmony arises. In those days it was through tones & music in rituals, which brought people's inner feelings & external conduct into balance to establish inner peace.
Tibetan bowls vary in size and are traditionally made using Panchaloha, meaning an alloy of bronze, copper, iron, zinc, bronze, gold and silver (copper and silver are supposed to have strong anti-bacterial properties). The bowls create a celestial harmonic sound that resonates with your own human energy field, and the Earth’s field. These haunting and somewhat chilling sounds engage you into a deep state of healing, meditation, and altered state centering the mind, body and soul.
The tones set up a frequency wave response that creates a balancing for left and right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls, catapults one into expansive awareness giving access to the sounds of the Universe. Singing bowls have a history that teaches us about the void or vacuum of the universe; that nothing exists independently rather everything contained in the universe is interdependent. When these bowls are struck, the sound is rooted in the sacred sound which quells the ceaseless noise within the mind.
Modern medicine can now measure and confirm the practice of sound as a means to promote healing. Thus, sound is a type of energy medicine that creates the sacred space in which people can heal.
Benefits of Tibetan Bowls
Reduces Pain & Depression
Vital part in the healing process
Alters ones Consciousness
Deepens meditative states
Synchronizes the left/right brain
Improves memory and clarity
Creates a deeper sense of tranquility & peace
Induces deep meditative and peaceful states
||For I will restore health unto thee and will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.
~ Jeremiah 30:17
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