Updated: Dec 28, 2020
Everything has a sound and rhythm. From the plants, the trees, the birds, the wind, the ocean waves, your breath, and your heartbeat, everything produces a sound and rhythm. Nature establishes the healthiest rhythm for us within our natural surroundings and our own bodies, but sometimes, that rhythm can be disrupted. Within ourselves we can become "out of sync" and feel erratic, tired, stressed, and angry without being able to pinpoint why. One way to get back into your natural rhythm is through sound healing.
What is sound healing?
Sound healing is the belief and practice of using sound to heal emotional, mental, and sometimes physical wounds. It is not a cure all, but it is a start to healing yourself and returning to your natural rhythm. There are many ways that sound, and forms of sound, can help cleanse your energies. Tibetan singing bowls are one of the most popular forms of sound healing and meditation. But did you know that wind chimes are also a sound healing tool?
How does sound healing work?
Sound healing works in a few different ways. The idea and belief is that our spiritual energies are affected by the vibrations sounds produce. As an example, think about your favorite song and what you experience, both physically and energetically. Sounds affect how we feel and the spiritual reasoning behind this is because our ethereal body is directly touched by those energetic and sonic vibrations.
How to perform or use sound healing?
Depending on the severity of the healing needed, your active involvement in a sound healing session will vary. If you are feeling deeply stressed, then you will need to put all your focus into the sound healing session. This then becomes somewhat of a meditation session combined with sound healing. If you are feeling just a little distracted or don't know where to start whatever it is that you need and want to do, then you can be less active and let the healing happen naturally by letting the sounds wash over you as you carry on with your task. In other words, you can perform your own sound healing by playing some music in the background or you can do it by focusing on that music or sounds and meditating with it.
Benefits of sound healing.
Incorporating sound healing into your spiritual practice will have many benefits. The results tend to be immediate, even in severe situations. After a sound healing session, you will feel a lessening of whatever stress was affecting you, a slowing down of your thoughts allowing for clarity, and new found energy. A word of caution: a sound healing due to severe spiritual and/or mental wounds will result in feeling better but you will be very tired, or you might get hungry, or both. This is because you just spent a lot of energy processing through whatever it was that was negatively affecting you and then actively removing and releasing it. This act of self-cleanse takes a lot of energy and before your body can readjust or recalibrate to the change in your spiritual energies, your body needs to recharge either by sleeping or eating, or both. This is a normal reaction to performing a deep sound healing session. You should also keep in mind that for serious problems multiple sound healing sessions may be needed. Regardless, the results are immediate, no matter how small the energetic change is, you will feel it.
In a broader sense, regularly practicing sound healing will result in you being calmer in your day-to-day. You will also gain a deeper awareness of your spiritual energy and will have a keener intuition. Overall, practicing sound healing can have a multitude of results depending on how you practice, how much you practice, and what your intentions with your practice are.
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