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 is sound made visible?
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
What is the shape of sound?
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.
Crystal bowls help us heal two ways.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.
Nancy A. Watters, MA, is an expert sound therapist, professional singer, psychotherapist and Reiki master.
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