John’s early work was typical of many acousticians—helping adjust noise and sound in various environments. In 1997, however, his life took an unusual turn because of an extraordinary experience he had in the Great Pyramid King’s Chamber. He had become interested in studying the acoustics of the pyramids, and got funding to pay for some experiments. Shortly before flying to Egypt, he sustained a back injury that put him into extreme pain. Nevertheless, he was determined to carry through with his project. He describes how someone had to carry all his equipment for him, and how he literally crawled into the tomb on his hands and knees. They stretched a membrane across the sarcophagus, and placed a sound system under it. The membrane had sand on it, and they were hoping to replicate a Hans Jenny type experiment, by which the sound would create patterns in the sand. When John’s sound system was turned on under the sarcophagus, the membrane above it revealed Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Egyptian guard, who up until then had been quite indifferent, got very excited seeing these ancient symbols being revealed. Meanwhile, within 20 minutes, John’s back pain left and never returned. At the end of the experiments, he walked out upright, carrying all his heavy equipment. When asked, “How does sound heal?” John said, “To move cells from G1 (ill) to G2 (well), they need rest, nutrition or sound.” Egyptian pyramid experiments
How do scientists make sound visible? They use a CymaScope, a precision-engineered lab instrument that is the equivalent of a microscope for seeing vibration.
Recently I was delighted to hear the inventor of the CymaScope, John Stuart Reid, on Healing Sounds Radio. John is an acoustic-physics researcher who has studied sound for 40 years. John says, “The CymaScope has applications in almost every branch of science because vibration underpins all matter. The ability to see such vibrations permits a depth of study previously unavailable to scientists, engineers and researchers. Readers will have seen our list of research topics covering subject areas from Astrophysics to Zoology. Just as great advances in medical science have come about as the result of the microscope, and huge strides have been made in understanding the Universe with the telescope, the CymaScope instrument holds enormous potential to reveal the hidden realm of sound and vibration.” www.cymascope.com
And now there’s an app for that! You can watch, in real time, the patterns created by sounds around you. You can also sing into your smart phone, see the beautiful mandalas you create and save them as a video. Music Made Visible app
John Stuart Reid, a British acoustician, has demonstrated that sound is actually shaped like a bubble—not like a wave, as we’ve all been taught. Picture a bubble pulsing in and out. The distance between the inward pulse and outward pulse, is what we have been measuring as a wave. This idea of a pulsing bubble makes sense to me, because, when I sing and play the crystal singing bowls with a group of people, I actually feel a large dome of sound develop above and around us. It’s palpable. We’re in a bubble, literally! Take a look at these gorgeous videos that show the effect that music has on us.
The first way is through the physical vibrations (sounds) that the singing bowls emit. Crystal bowls create pure, soothing sound waves that travel through the body and entrain every cell in our body. This causes the cells to return to a healthy vibration––a state of “sound health”.
Alchemy™ crystal singing bowls each have an additional energy signature because they are fused with gemstones, minerals, and precious metals that add their own specific vibrations to the crystal. Amethyst for example, “is an extremely powerful and protective stone,” according to Judy Hall. “It’s a natural tranquilizer and blocks geopathic stress and negative environmental energies.” It promotes emotional centering and alleviates sadness and grief. It is one of the most spiritual stones, encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom. (The Crystal Bible, p. 54)
The second way crystal bowls help us heal is by amplifying our loving intentions. All healing ultimately happens through love. Crystals boost that love by gathering, focusing, and strengthening our positive affirmations for ourselves and others.
Learn to use crystal bowls for healing at the November training institute.
Marcel Joseph Vogel (1917 – 1991) was one of the most prolific scientists in IBM history, with over 100 patents in his name. His areas of expertise were phosphor technology, liquid crystal systems, luminescence, and magnetics. In the 1970s Vogel did pioneering experiments, showing how quartz crystals can amplify, store, focus, transfer, and transmute energy. These properties make crystals useful in many applications, including radio and TV equipment, timepieces, laser tools, computers, microphones, and healing work.
Crystals are very sensitive and precise. When used in timepieces, for example, they never deviate from the frequency they are set to, making the timepiece perpetually accurate. Vogel also discovered that crystals act as amplifiers of the bio-energetic fields surrounding the body. In healing work, crystals accumulate a charge from the individual who uses them, amplify that charge, and transmit it through the crystal to a designated destination via intention and breath.
Vogel's colleague, Dr. Bernard McGinty, said it was his “great spiritual strength, and his wonderful capacity to love” that he most remembers about him.“I was one of a group of 16 physicians privileged to work with him over a number of years with body energies, especially the capacity to focus healing energies with crystals in the treatment of illness."
"Under Marcel’s guidance, some of us began to learn the process of transmitting thought, especially loving thoughts, unconditionally, to our patients. . . . [We learned] the incredible presence of unconditional love and its capacity to trigger transformative shifts in a patient’s psyche.”
Vogel's discoveries are truly vast and exciting! They are a place where science and spirituality intersect. The large website about his work explains much more, including how to clear and program crystals.
“I had the most restful sleep that night. My mind was not doing its usual spinning. In the morning, I felt totally refreshed. When my friend phoned me, she thought she had the wrong number as my voice was so ‘light’.” (VH)
Many studies have shown that listening to soothing music improves sleep. One study, for example, found that 45 minutes of music at bedtime for three weeks cumulatively helped participants fall asleep more easily, sleep longer and better, and function better during the day. In another study, tests showed that people who listened to soothing music had longer REM sleep, the restorative stage of sleep linked to psychological and emotional well-being.
Researchers at Tufts University are studying the effects of crystal singing bowls on brain waves. They find that the bowls create a “sound bubble”. As long as the bowls are playing, people stay in alpha and theta brainwave states, regardless of other noise in the environment. The result? It’s a lot easier to drift off to sleep.
People are surprised at how much sensation they feel from crystal singing bowls, and how quickly the bowls induce deep relaxation. Mesmer, the inventor of hypnosis, used “mesmerizing” sounds like these as part of his technique.
How does sound work?
Healthy sounds bring the body into to a state of resonance—vibrational balance—through the physics of entrainment. Sound penetrates every cell of your body (like ultrasound imaging does), traveling through the fluid parts of your body 4.5 times faster than through the air. Heart rate and breathing are tethered to brain waves, so those slow down too. In this way, the sound of crystal singing bowls quickly induces a drowsy state that makes it easy to nod off.
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November 6-12, 2016 is National Pain Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Pain Coalition of Canada (CPC). Royal Jubilee Pain Clinic is sponsoring a therapeutic crystal bowl concert by Kaasay on November 4th, 1:30-3:00 pm. All are welcome to experience this beautiful new and effective healing modality. It’s open to the public by donation.
The CPC says, "Approximately 20% of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, creating a substantial burden on the individual and their family, health care system, and economy. Chronic pain conditions vary considerably in their etiology but it is generally agreed they all involve a complex combination of biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Due to this complexity, pain clinics that offer a wide array of interventions targeting multiple dimensions of pain are considered to be "the gold standard" for treating chronic pain."
Options at the Victoria Pain Clinic include mindfulness meditation, Tai Chi, yoga, pool therapy, body tuning, art, Qi Gong, headache support groups, a pain education series, and three webinars by Neil Pearson.
How does sound therapy ease pain? Briefly, sound is a physical vibration that penetrates the body. It's used in ultrasound imaging, for example. Sound travels through the fluid parts of your body 4.5 times faster than it moves through the air and 12 times faster through your bones. People are surprised at how much sensation they feel from crystal singing bowls.
When pure, calming sounds penetrate the body, the nervous system synchronizes to those soothing vibrations and generates less pain. Brain waves, heart rate and breathing also entrain to the calming frequencies. In this way, sound quickly induces a hypnotic, meditative state. One young woman reported that it was the first time since she was traumatized as a little girl that she had been able to feel fully relaxed and safe.
Linda Cundiff, OT, Pain Clinic Coordinator said, "30 people gathered and were delighted at the strength of the bowls to vibrate their bodies and induce profound sense of relaxation and healing. Many people said it was the first time that they truly calmed in a relaxation exercise. Your presence was warm and inviting and our audience appreciated your stories of healing and various directions and journeys the bowls had provided for you."
Kaasay (Nancy Watters) has been doing sound healing sessions with crystal singing bowls for 6 years. She sees consistent results. For example, BH whose knee pain had been bothering her for years was rid of it in one session. As we began her session, she didn't even tell me was an issue, because she had assumed it would never go away. She is a masseuse and acupuncture therapist, and had tried everything.
BH reported, "I 'saw' energy and 'felt' pain being drawn out of my left knee (the knee had recently been 'stiff' and giving me difficulty when going down stairs). The release of pain was simultaneous with a crescendo of bowls and Nancy suddenly bursting into song... At that moment all the etheric energy around me (that had been moving longitudinally along my left side) was suddenly 'pulled' into an arrow shape toward and above Nancy, thus facilitating the release of pain and blocked chi from my knee."
Why are some people irritated by the sound of crystal singing bowls?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get.
There could be numerous reasons for adverse reactions. It’s like asking, "Why do I have a headache?" One must assess the total situation. For example, one woman told me of an experience she had while shopping. The sales person came to her with a large classic frosted bowl, put it next to her head and started to play it loudly. It instantly gave her a headache. This sales person was obviously not trained in the subtleties of using sound for healing. Placing a large bowl that close to the head without warning is definitely not a good technique!
Another situation is when people report that the bowls make their hearing aids squeal.
They may be using lower-priced hearing aids, or not have them set properly. I use two high quality hearing aids, and I never have problems with the bowl sounds.
To avoid irritating people with crystal singing bowls consider:
1) What type of bowls are you using? Classic Frosted (white) ones have one fundamental note, and not many overtones, so the sound can be harsher. Alchemy™ bowls have pure tones with many harmonic overtones that create a richly soothing effect.
2) How loudly are you playing the bowls? Try playing them softly, so that there is no buzzing. In my courses I teach a variety of subtle playing techniques.
3) How sensitive is the person's nervous system? Some people have very sensitive nervous systems from birth. They may also be extra sensitive at times due to noise pollution in their environment, illness, or stress. When I do individual sessions, I do a thorough assessment of the client's sensitivity levels. I communicate throughout the session, and gauge the "dose". My students learn how to do this.
4) What emotional associations are coming up? Sometimes people burst into tears, releasing grief. Sometimes they suddenly feel connected with their True Self, and cry tears of joy. Some people don't easily talk about their feelings. Instead they just report being uncomfortable or irritated. It’s important to allow time to explore feelings, if the client is receptive to that.
5) What’s happening when discomfort arises in the body during a session? Sound penetrates the whole body and goes through the nervous system, acting like an acupuncture treatment. Stuck energy may cause discomfort. Usually the sound energy will release it and the discomfort will go away.
In short, there are many reasons crystal bowl sounds could be irritating. A trained sound therapist will take a holistic approach to finding solutions for each client.
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How does crystal sonic therapy work, and is it the solution for you? Watch as Dr. Oz interviews oncologist, Dr. Mitch Gaynor, who reveals how this ancient form of healing can help you curb cravings, improve your memory, sleep better and tame migraines.
Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D. is Founder and President of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and Clinical Assistant, Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College, affiliated with Cornell University and New York Hospital. He has held the position of Director of Medical Oncology at The Strang Cancer Prevention Center where he still serves as a consultant. Dr. Gaynor is constantly sought after as an expert practitioner of sound therapy.
He has lectured widely, both to medical institutions and lay conferences, seminars and spiritual institutions. Recent appearances include the United Nations, New York"s 92nd Street Y, Marble Collegiate Church and Unity Village, Unity Church, Missouri. He conducts on-going healing sessions using meditation and chanting with Tibetan and crystal singing bowls for patients and families.
For additional information about Dr. Gaynor, his book and recordings, visit www.gaynoroncology.com
Nancy A. Watters, MA, is an expert sound therapist, professional singer, Registered Clinical Counsellor (MA, RCC), psychotherapist and Reiki master. She has a private practice in Oak Bay, British Columbia.
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