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.
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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