Sound has been used in nearly every culture, for thousands of years, as a method of healing. The mantras of the Hindus, the medicine songs and drum ceremonies of the Native Americans, or of Pythagoras’ esoteric concept and use of intervals and frequencies, a wide variety of sound healing techniques can all work to shift us from a state of unhealthy imbalance, to a state of healthful balance.
How does sound healing work?
Sound can help to shift our brainwave states, by using methods of entrainment, such as binaural beats or isochronic tones. Brainwave entrainment can be used to synchronize our brainwaves with a stable sound frequency, which the brainwaves can become attuned with. By using regular rhythms, and certain frequencies, our brainwaves can be entrained, making it possible to quickly shift our normal, alert, waking beta brainwave state, to a relaxed meditative alpha state, and an even deeper theta meditation state, and a deep delta state of sleep, where the body can heal itself.
Sound therapy is both passive, and participatory. By passive, it means you will become consciously relaxed, by laying down, closing your eyes, and consciously slowing and deepening your breath. It’s in this state of relaxation you will participate, by opening up, and becoming consciously aware of each sound. The sound itself will help to create the mental pathways to help deepen this relaxation, the same way a mantra can help you to arrive at a state of meditation.
Sound not only can help to induce a state of deep relaxation, but also has a unique and profound way of vibrationally moving through our areas of energetic blockage. These energetic blockages can be found in our physical body, as well as our our subtle body, our aura.
The physical body is where we can experience discomfort and pain. Deep relaxation can alleviate pain and discomfort, allowing us to consciously change our relationship to the discomfort or pain, and sound healing frequencies can help to facilitate a physiological reaction, such as the natural release of endorphins.
The subtle body is our energetic body, our aura. The subtle body contains the energetic imbalances and emotional traumas, that can ultimately manifest in our physical bodies. It’s vital to approach healing, both physical and emotional, not only from a physical angle, but as a holistic experience, that encompasses body, mind, and spirit.
What about environmental factors?
Consider the types of sound you experience in your every day environment. Loud, discordant sounds can increase your stress levels, creating energetic imbalances in the nervous system, lowering the immune system or even cause hearing loss.
When we become too stressed, even every day sounds can become annoyingly magnified, contributing to an amplified feedback cycle of stress. When we use sound therapy techniques, we can find our balanced center, and feel grounded. When we do so, we will be better prepared to appreciate the sounds in our every day environment as a unique symphony, constantly playing around us, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the random, and sometimes jarring, noises of a city or work environment.
Our bodies, minds and our spirits always desire to move in the direction of balance, but often, we have too much noise, and not enough time, to dedicate to our meditation experience. Sound therapy is an easy way for us get to the source of our inner peace, and find balance in all aspects of our lives.
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