Sound Healing..

Basically…the power of healing through a better term…music…

No we’re not talking just your usual radio, favourite song or beats in your ear blasting on the bus or in the car on the way to work, or a good sing along with your friends on a Saturday night, we are talking sounds and vibrations through to your Chakra.

 You’ve probably heard about it, Sound Healing that is, some heavily utilise it, others experienced it, others it has changed their lives.

For some readers.…you may be coming across this term for the first time.. whatever level of ‘sound healing’ understanding  you may inherit to this day, I want to share my experience whilst in Bali at the Pyramidsof Chi.

Now take from this what you will, it’s not a sponsored or paid post, but more to share my personal experience and to provide awareness of ways of internal or soul healing, one may not have explored.

So firstly, a little explanation on what Sound Healing actually is… well be sure to know it’s nothing new, or a fad people are trying to put on to us. Healing with sound dates back as far as Ancient Greek times.

 You may recognise the name of a few of these Gods.

-           Apollo (God of music and medicine)

-          Aesculapius (God of curing mental disorders with songs)

-          Plato and Aristotle claimed that music affect the soul and emotions (we all know this is true)

-          Hippocrates played music for his patients too.

Even back in biblical times, instruments were used to vanquish evil spirits from human souls. Also Native American culture uses song and dance to heal the sick.

Even as to a more recent examples in the 1940s, when the United States military incorporated music into their programs for the recovery of army personnel during World War II. Instances of Sound Healing therapy are limitless.

Fast forward to today…Sound Healing is still considered an alternative to modern medicine.

Although scores of evidence suggest that it is highly effective — and necessary — to our emotional and psychological health. Music therapy, or sound healing, has a basis in both neurology and psychology.


What actually is the process of Sound Healing?

Healing with sound happens in a number of ways. The Type we are going to explore is what I experienced first hand at Pyramids ofChi in Ubud, Bali.

Sound healing is this particular process in which a practitioner uses music through gongs, chimes, bells, didgeridoos, while you lay in a relaxed state comfortable in the surrounds of the Pyramid  — The sound healing session is with purpose to improve the state of emotional, psychological, spiritual, physical, social, and mental health.

So I booked in my sessions, (I say ‘sessions’ as I wanted to experience it several times to see what it would bring up, or help with as I had heard such incredible things from friends who had found healing) and after the thorough briefing we received by our  informative gong master and the passionate owner ( a fellow aussie!) I eagerly walked barefoot into the pyramid, chose my bed and laid down comfortably.  Ooh and boy was that comfortable.

What to expect?

Prior to going in I had friends tell me of their ‘out of body experiences’, and many unblockages. Knowing I had some deep demons inside – I’m not going to sugar coat it I was shitting myself as to what might come up. It’s important to go in with an open mind, and not compare. 

This hour in the pyramid, is your hour, not your friends/ lover/ partner or family member… it’s a deeply personal experience that brings up different stuff for different people. The sounds begin…and you’ll hear rhythms of beats, and feel vibrations of the gongs through your body, as well as drums and Didgeridoo in this flow that puts you at ease. Some literally instantly. Within two minutes people around me were asleep.  (I could tell from their snoring.) They were clearly relaxed and into the flow. I was jealous. This is a demonstrable fact, and there has been much research into the benefits of meditation on blood pressure and other stress related conditions. It has also been claimed by various authorities that 20 minutes in a ‘Theta state’ can be equivalent to 3 – 5 hours normal sleep in rejuvenating the body.

I was more conscious and alert trying to calm myself…as I was anxious about what may come up…

 The sound is hard to describe, its magical, rhythmical and mystical. Absolutely beautiful.

We were informed that some people are very receptive to the vibrations as their Chakra System synchronizes with the vibrations and the pyramid’s energy, to clear any emotional or mental blockages. (This is what I had heard about prior to booking hence my intrigue of the whole experience)

You’re also informed prior to entering that many visitors often have profound healings relating to physical, emotional or even mental issues by re-aligning one or more of the energy centres within the body.

This reaction is referred to as a ‘release’ and if experienced, it is a true blessing and wonderful gift to receive I am told…

The Pyramids of Chi, so lets stop and explore that for a minute…why a Pyramid..?

An architectural delight.

What significance does it bring? Since the birth of well… history, pyramids have made their appearance all over the globe with hundreds discovered on earth and even below the ocean.

It was thought they were to have been built with the purpose as tombs, recent research into the structures – findings show the real reasons why seems to be steering and suggesting otherwise. With theories yet to be confirmed, what is known is the amazing mathematical precision and the Northern Polar alignment with which all the pyramids were built. Yes back in the day with no GPS or calculators… crazy huh!

‘Golden Ratio’, was the Golden rule for construction. All the Ancient Pyramids around the world are built according to something called “Sacred Geometry”.

*‘The Golden Ratio otherwise known as Phi is present in all of nature, the universe and in the human body down to our DNA. It is also present in the harmonic structure of Sound. This offers a possible explanation as to why Sound and Pyramids are so effective in harmonizing and balancing our being because they mirror the harmonic structure of the universe themselves and resonate that into our being when we are exposed to it.

‘’The claims by many are as diverse as healing the body of disease, keeping blades permanently sharp, increased energy, improved memory and eyesight, quieting the mind, and enabling a deep state of relaxation and we have also heard many other claims from guests who have experienced the power inside our Pyramids.’’

*Courtesy of ‘Pyramids of Chi’ website.

So ..what can sound actually heal?

Using sound as therapy can provide results for a variety of issues including:

·         Sleep disorders

·         Anxiety

·         Depression

·         Stress management

·         PTSD

·         Depression

·         Pain management

Is our environment a factor?

It's important to consider what kinds of sound we take in from our existing living environments.  Do you live in a busy city, or a quiet suburban or rural area? How does sound interact every day in your world?

Take New York City, constant sirens, and trains, traffic etc. Loud sounds can elevate our stress levels, create imbalances in our nervous system, lower our immunity and in extreme cases, cause hearing loss.

When we are stressed, our whole relationship to sound changes, and regular everyday sounds can become magnified and contribute to the feedback cycle of the stress, amplifying it even more. By utilizing sound therapy techniques, we can become better listeners and more aware of the sounds we take in and how to manage this stress.

So .. completion of my session… I had a few things come up.

Visions in particular… to which I researched post my session and found I saw similar or relatable visions, which was apparent to Dr Emoto’s research. That’s a whole other blog! But in a nut shell..

’Dr. Emoto’s research shows that healthy emotions produce harmonic geometric shapes whereas negative emotions produce disarray. The same thing applies to our bodies which are up to 60% water so when we expose ourselves to stress, electromagnetic fields, and unhealthy lifestyle, our system can be affected adversely.

Sound is also vibration and when it is applied to water through the science of Cymatics, it also produces geometric shapes similar to those observed in Dr Emoto’s research or in Sacred Geometry.’’ *courtesy of Pyramids of Chi Website.

So these visions correlated with the research, and mine were not pleasant. I had horrible nightmares that night. So I went back two days later and had another session to which I wanted to see what would be revealed… I had a much more relaxed state of mind leaving the pyramid and that night, I slept like a rock, feeling at ease and also strangely enough my digestive system went back into normal state.. I didn’t have the outer body experience, nor did I have immediate release, but I definitely felt I had a sense of calm following this experience.  My friends and I highly recommend a session. It may not be for everyone, but no harm in trying.  Either way it’s a beautiful rhythmic mediation experience, and in a beautiful setting. There are other forms of Sound healing which are available locally – try it! And let us know how you go!

Raw Lifestyle team.

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