Therapeutic Benefits of Sound Healing



Imagine the void. It is profoundly empty and full at the same time. A paradox. Soon you begin to hear a very subtle hum. The hum becomes a song, the song becomes a choir, the choir begins to create light particles, the light particles begin to magnetize towards each other, and then…BANG! Light particles that were once frequencies smash into each other in a choreographed dance of sacred geometry and matter appears out of “thin air.”
Many cultures have creation myths where the world was “sung” into being, thus we are born from this song and will return to the primordial sound of creation. An epic story that says that vibration underlies all creation.
That vibrations affect the human body is explored by Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. in his book, The Healing Power of Sound. He says, “I had come to understand illness as a manifestation of disharmony with the body. Thus, the Tibetan singing bowls, with their distinctive resonant tones, not only permitted me access to the “cosmic symphony,” but also a means by which harmony could be restored within the body on the physiologic as well as psychospiritual level.”
There is more and more research being done on the many different effects that the power of sound frequencies have upon our well-being and spiritual growth. Sound researchers have discovered that after a period of time listening to certain types of music and sound vibrations, the parasympathetic nervous system in our bodies gives our organs and cells the, “just relax,” message. In turn, this lowers our blood pressure, respiration and heart rates which leads to a great reduction of stress and its accompanying hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones, in excess, lead to degeneration of the body’s vital systems.
Sound therapies like Gong concerts, Crystal singing bowl “baths”, Tibetan singing bowl concerts, toning, and some classical music compositions bring profound states of balance back to the physiology of the body, mind, and soul. The brain begins to synchronize and drop into the alpha/theta brain wave states, producing reduced anxiety levels, lowering blood pressure, creating an increase in immune cell messengers and a boost in natural opiates, called endorphins. These hormones are the body’s natural pain killers.
Dr. Raymond Bahr, director of coronary care at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, is quoted in The Healing Power of Sound, “Without a doubt, music therapy ranks high on the list of the management of critical care patients. Its relaxing properties enable patients to get well faster by allowing them to accept their condition and treatment without excessive anxiety.”
Sound therapies can be applied in so many different settings such as, birth scenarios, death and dying experiences, chronic pain management centers, pre and post-surgery rooms, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, mood disorders clinics, creative and artistic careers, spiritual growth retreats and lucid dreaming workshops.
Integrating the different types of music, sound therapies and vibrational tools into your life on a regular basis will lead to deep peace, insights, emotional well being and healing on many levels. Some of the ways to do this are to join a choir, work with sound healers in your local area, play Mozart often, learn an instrument, get a “sound bath” or a “sonic massage!” There are so many ways to invite the power of sound into your life. Your vibrational journey starts…NOW!

By Sean Levahn