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How Singing Bowls Work: The Science of Singing Bowls

How Singing Bowls Work: The Science of Singing Bowls

Have you ever wondered how singing bowls work? In this post, we answer that question by discussing the science of singing bowls. Read on to learn how these incredible creations produced their incredible sounds. We also explain how singing bowls can be used with water to change their sounds as well as discuss the physical effects of playing singing bowls.

Introduction

While the enthralling sounds of singing bowls might calm you, they might also spark the question, “how exactly do they work?” Like all musical instruments, Tibetan singing bowls rely on friction and vibration to create the sound we hear. What makes singing bowls so special are the different sounds that can be created by them depending on their qualities and the various circumstances and conditions in which they may be played.

Scientists and musicians alike have recently become interested in the singing bowl and the manner in which it  creates sound. The science behind the sounds of singing bowls is quite simple and can best be compared to playing wine glasses filled with water. However, the science behind the healing properties of singing bowls is not quite as familiar or established.

In this article we discuss: 

  • How do singing bowls work? 
  • How can singing bowls be used with water?  
  • What are the physical effects of singing bowls?

How do singing bowls work?

To play a singing bowl, one must either strike the bowl or rub the rim with a mallet. The action taken with the mallet is the first step in creating sound with a singing bowl. As explained by Science Made Simple UK, the friction created either by rubbing or striking a singing bowl creates vibrations. These vibrations create the sound we hear and can feel when holding the singing bowl. As you continue to rub the rim of the bowl, the friction keeps the sound going. This is called resonance. Resonance is the note we hear even after the player ceases contact between the singing bowl and the mallet.

To make matters a bit more complicated, the note we hear can differ between singing bowls and mallets. Most singing bowls are made from a bronze alloy of either copper, tin, zinc, iron, silver, gold, or nickel. The material with which the singing bowl is made can change the sound, as can the mallet. Crystal bowls will not sound the same as bronze alloy bowls. Wooden mallets and padded mallets will produce different sounds as well. The size, shape and weight of the singing bowl can also affect what tones are produced. Adding water will change the note of the singing bowl as water is more difficult to vibrate than the air inside an empty singing bowl. Cushions, rings, or other accessories also alter the sound of singing bowls, often dampening or softening the sounds. Despite these differences, how singing bowls work can be boiled down to a simple idea: excitation of the rim causes the singing bowl to vibrate, creating a rich tone.

Singing Bowls and Water

Source: BBC

Many of the studies revealing the inner workings of singing bowls focus on singing bowls filled with water. In particular, there are multiple studies devoted to observing the way water is excited when playing a singing bowl. Two studies, one done by Octávio Inácio et al. called “The Dynamics of Tibetan Singing Bowls,” and another by Denis Terwage and John Bush called “Tibetan Singing Bowls,” have studied just that. These groups observed singing bowls filled with water being played with slow motion video and sound recording. In turn, their studies were summarized in a BBC article by Jason Palmer.

They found that as the singing bowl is played, the rim begins to change shape, switching back and forth between slightly oval shapes. The energy of the bowl transfers to the water. The energy charged water creates waves, which create droplets of water that bounce and skip on the surface. This phenomenon is known as Faraday waves. These studies have much larger implications than just acoustic music or sound meditation and healing--the study of the singing bowl’s Faraday waves can actually be applied to processes such as fuel injection.

A figure from the study, “The Dynamics of Tibetan Singing Bowls”, showing the different shapes of singing bowls when being played.

Adding water changes the frequency of the singing bowl. The addition of water often lowers and creates a deeper, longer-lasting resonance. Incorporating water filled singing bowls can create additional tones used for meditation or sound therapy, but it can also be an example of an interesting science experiment. How singing bowls work is based on scientific studies and physics. On the other hand, the effects of singing bowls on our bodies and well-being is on less solid scientific ground but should be discussed nonetheless.

What are the Physical Effects of Singing Bowls? 

Researching the scientific physical effects of singing bowls has yielded lots of contradictory evidence. Overall, most publications focus on the beneficial side effects of using a singing bowl in sound therapy rather than scientific proven fact that singing bowls can heal a variety of ailments. In fact, Chris Kyriakakis, a professor of audio signal processing at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has said that there are no “scientific published peer reviewed papers” that support the claims that sound therapy “unblocks or redirects energy in the body” or that the vibrations produced work in tandem with humans’ own vibrational frequencies.

Despite Professor Kyriakakis’s statements, positive testimonials from other professionals and practitioners is overwhelming. One of the biggest proponents of using singing bowls for healing was Mitchell Gaynor, an oncologist and professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Gaynor, who began working with singing bowls in the 1990s, championed the use of sound healing in addition to conventional treatment and medicine. The reason for this, Gaynor argued, was that sound therapy eased the psychological and physical effects of those with disease. He also argued that sound therapy gave patients “lower stress hormones and stronger immune systems.” The pulsating tones of the singing bowl help practitioners feel good and relax.

Practitioners will also sometimes provide the afflicted with sound therapy as an alternative treatment for problems such as anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and PTSD. These practitioners maintain that sound therapy places listeners in a meditative state, in turn, allowing them to de-stress, relax, and heal.

There are numerous articles on the internet written by sound healers and those that incorporate singing bowls into their treatment for a variety of illnesses and disorders. Singing bowl vibrations can have various physical, emotional, and spiritual effects on the mind and body. Sound therapy can be a great additional or alternative treatment to a number of physical or mental problems or just added relaxation to meditation or yoga classes.


Source: Awakening Wellness Center

The Bottom Line

We now know that singing bowls sing not because of magic or mystical forces. Singing bowls sing because of physics! Vibrations and resonance are created by striking the bowl with a mallet. In addition, while the scientific evidence is not clear, a wealth of anecdotal evidence indicates that singing bowl tones have positive physical, mental, and emotional effects on those who hear them. Tibetan singing bowls have been used in religious practice for about 2500 years and are now increasingly found in sound therapy practices, meditation, and yoga classes. Singing bowls work like any other instrument but their implications to improve our lives are endless! 

We invite you to get your own singing bowl today!

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Singing Bowl Pillows, Cushions, Pads and Rings: The Complete Guide

Singing Bowl Pillows, Cushions, Pads and Rings: The Complete Guide

Are you looking for an accessory for your singing bowl? In this post, we explain the benefits of using a singing bowl cushion, compare different kinds of singing bowl cushions and explain their pros and cons. By the end of this post, you'll know which singing bowl cushion is right for you. Let's get started!

Introduction

While there are various guides for choosing the correct singing bowl or mallet, there is also a need for a guide on the singing bowl’s many accessories. From embroidered or felt pads, to brocade rings, to square silk cushions, there is certainly a lot of variety available when searching for something to put under your singing bowl. There are many benefits to using something under your singing bowl but each option has its various advantages and purposes.

Why Should You Use a Singing Bowl Cushion?

Certainly, singing bowls can be used without having anything “extra” under them. Most frequently, singing bowls are held in the hand of the person playing them. However, there are certain benefits to using something under your singing bowl.

When not being used, having something under your singing bowl provides two things: protection and ambiance. A cushion under your singing bowl will likely prevent any scratches or dents if the singing bowl is bumped or moved by accident. A cushion also provides a more stable sitting surface and would likely prevent a fall. If you want your singing bowl to last a long time and remain in excellent shape, a singing bowl cushion is the perfect affordable investment to provide protection when your bowl is being stored.

In addition to adding security, a cushion under your singing bowl is bound to make your singing bowl the center of attention in any room. Often times, the cushions sold for singing bowls are made of delicate silk or brocade with colorful, gold-detailed fabrics. Any of these cushions will beautify any room!

Additionally, if you are using singing bowls in a professional setting, such as in sound therapy or sound baths, guided meditation, or yoga classes, a display of your singing bowl on top of a beautiful cushion is a great mood setter. The ambiance provided by a beautifully crafted cushion can improve the overall setting you are providing to your clientele.

Using something under your singing bowl while playing it also has its benefits. Similar to the protection provided when not being played, a singing bowl cushion adds extra security while being played. A common way of playing a singing bowl is to strike it. Of course, hitting the singing bowl with a mallet will cause it to move but a cushion underneath the singing bowl will help it stay put. You do not want to accidentally drop or cause the singing bowl to roll away during its use. Not only would that seriously interrupt your session, but it could also result in damage to your singing bowl.

Playing your singing bowl while resting it on something can also provide better quality of sound. All singing bowls and mallets are different and interact differently, thereby creating unique sounds. However, the surface on which you play your singing bowl can affect its sound. A surface which is too hard will dampen the sound, producing a dull tone. In this case, it would be beneficial to use a softer surface that is specifically made for singing bowls.

Additionally, you may find that some singing bowls require the use of a cushion. In particular, larger singing bowls are harder to handle and play by hand. In this case, using a cushion would be necessary in order to get the most out of your singing bowl.

Lastly, it can be very useful to use a cushion under your singing bowls when playing multiple singing bowls at the same time. Having cushions under each of the singing bowls will make them accessible to the player and produce even tones.

What Are the Different Kinds of Singing Bowl Cushions?

Singing Bowl Pads

Source: Dharma Shop

Pads generally come in a variety of sizes and fabrics. They range in size in order to correspond with the size of your singing bowl. For example, a singing bowl with a diameter of 20-23 cm should use a pad of about 17 cm. A smaller bowl with less than 12 cm should use an 11 cm pad and so on. However, the thickness of these pads remains about the same at less than one centimeter thick.

Most often you will find pads embroidered with Buddhist or Tibetan symbols or covered in a rich, brocaded silk fabric. Pads can be an affordable yet stylish option. Placing your singing bowl on top of a pad will provide protection from scratches or dents and will also allow for a fuller tone.

Square Cushion


Source:
What the Whiz

A square cushion is often the most luxurious option when choosing a singing bowl cushion. They are often larger, thicker and more detailed, making them excellent for display. Square cushions are often made from silk or brocade fabric and include a button in the center of the cushion and four tassels at the corners. The thickness of square cushions will often raise the height of your singing bowl for playing which makes these an excellent option for professional settings, such as with sound therapy.

In order to pick the right square cushion for your bowl, you should pick a size that corresponds to the diameter of your bowl. For example, a singing bowl with a diameter less than 12 cm should use a cushion that measures 12 x 12 cm. A bowl with a diameter between 12 and 20 cm will use a 15 x 15 cm cushion and so on. A general rule of thumb is that you should not use a square cushion that is much smaller than your bowl. Your bowl needs to nestle into the indentation made by the button in the center. This keeps the bowl from moving when played.

Round Turban Cushion


Source:
Tashi’s Treasure

Similar to square cushions, round turban cushions are quite thick. In professional settings and sound therapy these cushions come especially in handy. For example, round turban cushions can be used to nestle the singing bowl near the client’s body. When using a round turban cushion, the bowl can be placed between the client’s knees, thighs, feet, or between their arms and body. These cushions should be about the same diameter as the bowl and will prove great support for your singing bowl.

Ring Cushion

Source: Dharma Shop

Ring cushions are debatably the most functional of all the cushion options while also remaining very pleasing to look at. As the name implies, ring cushions are donut shaped with a space in the middle large or small enough to fit your singing bowl. They are generally made from silk or brocade fabric.

With this particular kind of cushion, choosing the correct size is very important. If your cushion is larger than the diameter of your bowl, the singing bowl will sink into the ring and the sound will be dampened. If the ring is too small, the bowl will not be secured and will fall off when struck. Generally speaking, the cushion’s diameter must be 85% of the diameter of the bowl. A correctly sized ring cushion will create the best sound quality and keep your bowl safe from accidents. 

Felt Cushion

Source: Himalayan Healers

Felt cushions tend to be the most functional and simplistic in style as well as the preferred cushion of many Nepalese Buddhists. Felt cushions have been traditionally used underneath singing bowls, provide a steady surface to rest on, and create clear, full sound. Most often, these cushions are hand felted by communities in the Himalayas.

While not appearing luxurious or sometimes even perfectly round, felt cushions should be considered your bowl’s best bet, as after time the felt will form to the shape that best fits your bowl. Felt cushions come highly recommended by many singing bowl sellers. Once your bowl is placed on one of these fine, thick cushions you will understand why they are tradition’s choice.

Temple or Cover Cloth

Source: Spiru Shop

Temple or cover cloths are less about functionality and more about what is customary for Tibetan singing bowls. In Buddhist temples and other places of worship, singing bowls are often placed on an altar cloth. Using an altar or cover cloth in your own space can provide quality sound as well as a display of traditional ambiance. However, due to the thinness of the material, they do not offer as much height or protection as other options listed here. However, these cloths can also cover the bowl when not being used, protecting it from scratches and preventing the buildup of dust.

Rubber Ring


Source: Sound Travels

Similar to ring cushions, rubber rings are donut shaped and can be placed underneath your singing bowl to provide extra security while playing your bowl. They work best with crystal singing bowls. A correctly sized rubber ring will help stop your bowl from slipping around but may not be appropriate for all environments. The rubber rings are generally quite thin and require a sturdy, flat surface to be used. Their slim design, however, make these a good option when traveling to play your singing bowl for others.

Tibetan Wool Mat


Most similar to the felt cushions, these Tibetan mats are flat and made from wool in the Tibetan community in Kathmandu. When placed under a singing bowl, these mats help create an amazing resonance. Not to mention the care and artistry that goes into making each individual mat! Each mat is unique and handmade, making it not only functional but a special piece to add to your space.

Wooden Stand

Source: Rakuten

For many of the examples of cushions listed here, they serve both a function and an element of style. Wooden stands, on the other hand, are recommended only for the display of your singing bowl. Wooden stands do not provide the necessary security and stability to be used underneath your singing bowl while playing it. As wooden stands are only recommended for displaying your singing bowl, the size of the stand should be to your liking, not necessarily the diameter of the bowl.

Zen Ultragrip Handle Tool

Source: Sacred Sound Shop

This last option for your singing bowl is the most modern among those listed above. Similar to PopSockets you might use with your cell phone, the Zen Ultragrip Handle Tool uses suction to attach itself to the base or center or your singing bowl. The Ultragip is strong enough to be placed on the inside or outside of the bowl. This is an option that should be considered if you use singing bowls in sound therapy practices that require you to move the bowl around a patient. Although the rubber is attached to the bowl, while moving and playing the bowl the vibration or sound should not be distorted or dampened.

In Summary

For the most part, choosing something to put under your bowl will be based on personal preference. Perhaps you prefer the look of something more elegant to display your bowl when not in use, like a brocade cushion. On the other hand, you might find yourself choosing practicality and functionality over beauty and choose a felt cushion. Either way, we hope this article has pointed you in the right direction when searching for the right singing bowl accessory for your needs and wants.

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Sound Baths: The Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Sound Baths: The Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Welcome to the complete guide to sound baths! In this post, we discuss sound bathing, its history, how it works, tools that are used during sound bath meditation and how to prepare for your sound bath. We also explain the health benefits and ways to have the experience in the comfort of your home. Let's dive in!

What is a Sound Bath?

What is a sound bath? The practice of sound bathing, as the name suggests, is the practice of being deeply immersed in sounds and vibrations that have the power to cleanse and heal. It is a journey of self-discovery through deep relaxation and meditation.

Taking a sound bath is taking a holistic approach to relaxation and healing. It can be a perfect escape from the modern stresses of life. A sound bath can cleanse your soul and restore your balance. This stems from the immense power of sound and vibration. Sound has a great influence on our emotions and health and can make us feel happy, energized and relaxed.

During a sound bath, a profound sense of peace and tranquility will surround you. If your sound bath is being conducted using singing bowls, you will feel the healing and cleansing power of various different singing bowls which surround you. All your stress, tension, and depression will become washed away with these vibrations. Both your emotional and physical trauma will be released, making you feel vibrant and lively.

In this article, we discuss the beliefs of  energy practitioners in respect of the health benefits of sound baths, sound healing and sound bath meditation. We will also explain how sound bathing works and describe the tools used during a typical sound bath. We will then discuss how to prepare for a sound bath and describe the experience of participating in a sound bath. We will conclude by discussing the healing properties of sound bathing and how you can create your own sound bath in the comfort of your home.

History of the Sound Bath

When we open up the history books to learn about the origin of sound bathing, we are taken back to the age of the ancient Greeks. Back then, sound frequencies were often used to treat various health ailments, including indigestion, mental disturbance, and insomnia.

It was believed that sound waves could calm the nervous system and balance the physical and spiritual aspects of the body. It was believed that a holistic approach which utilized the power of sound could help to relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety and depression. In fact, in the famous book De Anima, which was written by the ancient Aristotle, there is mention of how music can help purify the soul.

In addition, sound healing has been used in various other cultures for healing and wellness, and has led to the creation of various ancient instruments, from Tibetan singing bowls to Aboriginal didgeridoos. For thousands of years, these instruments, along with chants and mantras, have been used to balance the chakras by awakening consciousness. Healing with sound is the most ancient and natural form of healing.

At the end of the 19th century, researchers began to study the application of music in medicine and healing. Those early studies study revealed that music can affect physical responses, and reduce blood pressure and heart rate while improving the metabolic process.

How Sound Bathing Works

Sound has a powerful impact on our lives and is all around us. Whether or not you use sound-producing instruments such as singing bowls and tuning forks, there is always music around you. Even a simple walk in nature will surround you with the harmonic music of the wild. Music provides relief from pain and discomfort and makes you feel relaxed.

Sound bathing is the practice of intentionally creating waves of harmonic sound which envelop and surround your body. Whether you are actively participating in the creation of the sounds or acting as a passive receiver, you will feel the healing effects of sound bathing.

Sound healing practitioners use different methods of sound therapy to enhance your emotional and physical well-being. These practices are based on the belief that sounds and vibrational forces can directly influence your health and well-being.

According to quantum physics, every cell is made up of small pieces of vibrating matter joined together by magnetic forces. It is believed that during illness or disease the vibration in the cells is less effective or there is a reduction in the frequency of the vibration. Alternative health practitioners theorize that when your body is exposed to healing sounds, the sound vibration helps to raise the frequency of your body which brings health and spiritual enhancement. This is the basis for the belief of alternative health practitioners that sound therapy helps you to achieve an optimal vibration.

Sound Bathing Tools

Energy healing practitioners use different instruments or sound tools to create different frequencies depending on a person’s particular needs. These vibrations influence different energy fields of the body affecting the chakra or aura to bring balance to a person’s life force energy (prana). This encourages physical, emotional and spiritual growth and healing.

These are some of the tools commonly used during sound bathing sessions:

Tibetan Singing Bowl - This sound tool has its origin in ancient Tibetan Buddhism and is made using different metals. Practitioners strike the bowl with a mallet to create a vibration that helps to balance your energy. Singing bowls used in sound baths are often referred to as sound bath bowls, and sound baths which rely largely on the use of Tibetan singing bowls are often called Tibetan sound baths. Singing bowls are known to have excellent health benefits and have been used since ancient times.

Crystal Singing Bowl - These bowls are made of quartz crystals. Crystal singing bowls are designed to produce a specific tone to align with your specific energy center. Crystal singing bowls are often used in sound baths in conjunction with other crystal singing bowls or Tibetan singing bowls.

Tuning Forks - These are made of steel and produce a single precise tone. The practitioner will often tap the fork and hold it near your body.

Crystal Pyramid - Quartz is molded into the shape of a pyramid. The practitioner uses a mallet to strike different parts of the pyramid that produces a ringing sound which helps balance your energy.

Chimes - It is believed that wind chimes can cleanse your aura. They are commonly used by practitioners in feng shui.

Gong - This tool plays soft sacred music in a geometric pattern. It is also believed that loud sound vibration from a gong can release stuck or trapped energy from your body.

Drum - In many ritual practices, drums are used as a symbol of divinity. Drums help to heal by improving focus and stimulating your energy center.

Digital Sound - In this modern age, sound bathing can be performed using digital sounds generated by smartphone applications or digital recordings. Although this method is not as effective as vibrations that are produced in your physical presence, they can still help to relax and balance your chakra.

How to Prepare for a Sound Bath

Preparing for a sound bath means preparing yourself for physical and emotional cleansing and healing. Bringing any emotions or thoughts to your sound bath session can inhibit the healing and cleansing process. Be aware of your thought process and try to avoid distraction in order to fully benefit from the practice.

Being mindful in anticipation for your sound bath will help relax and prepare you for the process of sound healing. On the day of your sound bath, spend your day reading and relaxing.

Some things to consider before your sound bath:

  • Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Sound waves travel better through water. When you are well hydrated, you will have a better experience. 
  • Eat light and healthy food. A sound bath becomes more impactful when you have an empty stomach.
  • Set your intentions and be positive.
  • Wear warm, comfortable and flexible clothing.
  • Try to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to your sound bating ceremony. Settle yourself in the space with a calm mind. 

The Sound Bath Experience

Sound baths are offered in either individual or group sessions. Follow your instincts during the session. If you feel like standing, then you should stand. Alternatively, if you feel like you want to lay down in savasana, do that.

During a sound bathing session, everyone will feel intense vibrations surrounding their body. Some will receive those vibrations and feel themselves moving to a meditative state. Others may experience emotional release. Have a clear intention and let go of your stress. Whatever you feel is all good, so let your feelings come and go. Being open in this manner will help you release deep-rooted emotions. You might have moments where you feel very happy or very sad. You might even cry during the session. Whatever happens is fine.  Let your emotions flow and accept the release.

During sound bathing, your facilitator may use a variety of tools to create sonic space, which is the frequency range that an instrument or a vocal sound takes up when it is played. Generally, a collection of singing bowls are used, although some sessions may also use tuning forks, chimes and drums. Each instrument creates its own frequency which will help guide you to a meditative state. These sound waves are known to trigger the creation of theta brain waves, which are associated with deep relaxation and healing.

Sound bathing generally starts with a light breathing exercise which gradually quietens your mind. You will likely be told to lay down in savasana to feel comfortable and relaxed. The session may last for 60 to 90 minutes. At the end of the session, the instructor will bring you back to reality using some focused breathing. Every person experiences sound bathing differently. It may shift you into a state of deep relaxation or an altered state of consciousness, or you may even find yourself falling asleep, which is fine. The room will usually be dimly lit to set the mood.

Different sound bath instruments serve different purposes. Crystal and singing bowls help to keep you grounded, resonate with your chakra and allow you to attain a meditative state. Bells and gongs help to remove deeply stuck energy.

Group sessions for sound bathing generally cost between $35 to $60, while individual sessions often cost a bit more and often between $150 and $250.

After completion of the sound bathing session, spend the rest of your day relaxing. Have a light meal and go to sleep early.

Healing Properties of the Sound Bath

Experiencing deep rest, relaxation and bringing balance to your chakra is the goal of the sound bath. The harmonic vibrations produced by singing bowls, gongs or other sound bathing tools are intended to stimulate alpha and theta brain waves which resonate and trigger the deep meditative state of the brain in a way that stimulates healing. When done regularly, sound bathing can have profound health benefits. The following are a list of some of the health benefits of sound bathing:

Helps to release stress and anxiety - Sound vibrations help to reduce anxiety and stress. They also help your brain enter a deep meditative state, which creates an environment conducive to cleansing and healing. In fact, studies have shown that meditative therapies can reduce anxiety and that relaxing music can reduce stress and anxiety.

Decreases blood pressure and balances your nervous system - The sound vibrations produced in sound baths bring physiological as well as psychological benefits. When you enter a mindful meditative state, your blood pressure and heart rate are reduced. In fact, research published in the Journal Of Psychiatric Research found that mindful meditation practice can decrease the physiological markers like heart rate, systolic blood pressure and cortisol levels.

Helps you to focus better and achieve a deep meditative state - Meditation has many healing benefits but attaining a full meditative state with a completely clear mind is not easy. The vibrations produced during a sound bath compel you to focus on the intense sounds, which helps you keep your mind clear of thoughts and distractions. As a result, a sound bath is a simple way of attaining a full meditative state.

Helps balance your chakra and makes you feel relaxed - Sound bathing creates a completely safe and relaxed space. When you are lying in savasana, a comfortable and restorative pose, sound bathing can allow your body to feel more relaxed. It helps your mind let go of thoughts and rejuvenates and recharges you.

Helps you find inner peace - A sound bath helps you completely reset your mind and reconnect with yourself. The healing vibrations expand your consciousness and bring inner peace. In fact, studies have  revealed that the use of Himalayan singing bowls in meditation practice greatly enhance physiological and psychological responses before attaining complete relaxation.

How to Create your Own Sound Bath

Attending an organized sound bath or an energy healing session is always impactful. But, when that is not possible, there are ways you can harness this powerful practice in the comfort of your own home. The easiest way to do this is to use singing bowls, which are very effective healing tools and very useful for use in sound bathing. Accordingly, it is a great idea to always have at least one singing bowl at home.

You should follow these steps in order to create your own sound bath at home:

    • Begin by clearing out negative energy from your space. Hold a singing bowl in one hand and use your other hand to strike your bowl with your mallet as you move around your house.
    • Once you have cleansed your space, sit in a comfortable position and surround yourself with your singing bowls. If you only have one singing bowl, hold it in your hand.  Light a candle to set the mood and increase the flow of spiritual energy. 
    • Set your intentions on peace, love or hope and play your singing bowl. Connect with the sound resonating from your singing bowl.
    • Breath deeply and focus on your intentions. Feel relaxed and let the sound vibration bring deep harmony and inner peace.
    • Singing along with your singing bowls can make you feel empowered. Let your intentions guide you. When you give yourself completely to your practice, you will have a wonderful experience and feel vitalized.
    • When you are finished, sit silently for a few seconds and express inner thanks for your practice. Show your gratitude for your singing bowls and for your own efforts.

    As an alternative to the above, you can also consider creating a sound bath by listening to digital recordings of singing bowls or other sound bathing tools. The benefit of this method is that you need not occupy yourself with playing any singing bowls. Instead, you can lay down in savasana and listen to the digital sounds while attempting to attain a deep meditative state.

    However, please note that most alternative health practitioners believe that the healing benefits of sound bathing are greatly increased when you are physically present with the tools that are creating the vibrations, rather than merely listening to a record of a previous sound bathing session conducted elsewhere.

    Conclusion

    The sound bath is the most natural and primal form of healing. This powerful practice brings a sense of relaxation and peace, which resets and rejuvenates your mind and body. Although sound bathing sessions can be somewhat expensive, you can create your own sound bathing experience by purchasing your own Tibetan singing bowl and following the steps set out above.

    We invite you to get your own singing bowl today!

     

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        Chakra Notes and Singing Bowls: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

        Chakra Notes and Singing Bowls: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

        Singing bowls can have a powerful positive impact on the chakras. In this post, we explain the benefits that singing bowls can have on the chakras, discuss which types of singing bowls correspond to the different chakra notes, and describe some ways to align or heal chakras with singing bowls. Let's dive in!

        Introduction

        Tibetan singing bowls, or simply singing bowls, are great tools for meditation. Singing bowls have been used in Buddhist traditions for hundreds of years and have gained popularity in the Western World in the past few decades. Most commonly, singing bowls are used to guide meditation or accompany yoga in the West, but there are many different, beneficial uses of singing bowls. One use that practitioners of singing bowls have found is that singing bowls possess the ability to treat and realign chakras. This guide is for anyone interested in learning more about the special relationship between chakras and Tibetan singing bowls. 

        This guide covers the following subjects: 

        • What are chakras? 
          • What are the different kinds of chakras?
        • How do chakras relate to singing bowls? 
        • What are the benefits that singing bowls can have on chakras? 
        • What types of singing bowls correspond to the different kinds of chakras? 
        • What are some ways to align or heal chakras with singing bowls? 
          • Chakra awareness meditation 
          • How to balance chakras 
          • How to use a chakra singing bowl set

        What are Chakras?

        Perhaps you have just recently purchased a singing bowl and are researching the various ways and methods singing bowls can improve your life and you’ve come across the link between chakra healing and singing bowls. You may have read that singing bowls and their notes can heal chakras, but you may or may not be familiar with what chakras are. If that is the case, let’s first begin by discussing what chakras are. 


        Source: 
        The Law of Attraction 

        Chakras are energy centers located in certain parts of your body. Chakras originate in Hindu and Buddhist traditions and date back as far as 1,000 B.C.E.. Thousands of years later, the concept of chakras has transcended its humble beginnings and is now recognized across many different cultures and countries. There are seven primary chakras, or seven energy centers, located along the center channel of the body, commonly thought of as the spine. While these seven chakras are the most recognizable of the chakra system within us, there are hundreds of these energy centers elsewhere in the body and around the body’s energy field. The seven chakras are present to facilitate a harmonious flow of energy within our bodies, while subtle body/minor chakras play a much subtler role. 

        The seven primary chakras are ordered by color and have associations with specific elements, symbols, gemstones and musical notes. When these chakras are working together in a healthy flow of energy, you should feel like the best version of yourself. Unobstructed chakras are associated with good health and well-being. However, when one or more of these energy centers are out of balance or blocked, this is when you might find yourself with a great number of emotional, mental or physical problems. Singing bowls are said to balance and unblock these chakras, restoring balance within the body. When using singing bowls to cleanse your chakras, it is very important to know which chakras are affected so that you can better focus your healing on specific chakras. 

        What are the Different Kinds of Chakras?

        As stated previously, there are seven main chakras. These chakras will be the focus of our discussion about singing bowls, but remember that most literature identifies hundreds of chakras within our bodies and around us. 

        Root Chakra 


        Source: 
        The Law of Attraction

        The Root chakra, also called the First or Base Chakra, can be found at the base of the spine. This chakra is related to our emotional and mental stability. When this chakra is aligned, we feel more grounded and have more trust in the world. It is also associated with prosperity and health. When this chakra is out of balance, you may feel afraid, anxious or fatigued. Physical ailments that may arise when you root chakra is out of balance include bowel and intestinal issues, depression and back issues. This chakra can become blocked or unbalanced if something threatens your basic survival needs. The corresponding element to the root chakra is earth and its corresponding gemstones are obsidian and garnet. It is associated with the color red and the musical Note C. 

        Sacral Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Sacral Chakra, also known as the Second Chakra or the Sexual Chakra, is located in the middle of the abdomen between the navel and the pubic bone. Not only does this chakra relate to your sexuality and relationships, but it is also key to your creativity. A balanced sacral chakra brings about creative inspiration and passion to create not only art, but improve your relationships and connections with others. When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience boredom and frustration or feel uninspired. You may also struggle emotionally in your relationships. Physical symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra include low sex drive, reproductive issues and urinary discomfort, which is why sacral chakra healing can be so important. The sacral chakra can become misaligned if you are in an unsatisfying relationship. The corresponding element to the sacral chakra is water and its corresponding gemstone is carnelian. It is associated with the color orange and the musical Note D. 

        Solar Plexus Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Solar Plexus Chakra, or Third Chakra, is located in the upper abdomen, between the breastbone and the navel. This chakra is sometimes called the “personal power” chakra because it is associated with our emotions, self-esteem, autonomy and determination. When this chakra is balanced and unblocked, we feel more empowered and have a clearer view of our future successes. When this chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience poor self-esteem or overcompensate your lack of confidence by being overly aggressive and dominant. Physical symptoms may include digestive and stomach issues. This chakra can become misaligned if you experience failure or unpleasant social interactions. The corresponding element to the sacral chakra is fire and its corresponding gemstones are citrine and topaz. It is associated with the color yellow and the musical Note E. 

        Heart Chakra


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest. As the name might suggest, the heart chakra is related to compassion, friendship and empathy. It also governs our ability to create more love in our lives. When this chakra is working properly, we can experience more love and peace within ourselves and the people around us. When the heart chakra is blocked or unbalanced, our relationships with others suffer because we’ll often struggle to relate or empathize with them. Physical symptoms of a misaligned heart chakra include high blood pressure and a weak immune system. The corresponding element to the heart chakra is air and its corresponding gemstones are aventurine and rose quartz. It is associated with the color green, though sometimes it may be shown as pink, and the musical Note F. 

        Throat Chakra


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Throat Chakra is located at the base of the throat. This chakra is often associated with our ability to communicate, express ourselves and speak our truth. When the throat chakra is in perfect balance, your communication with others will be effective and efficient. However, when the throat chakra experiences misalignment, you may struggle with keeping secrets or not be able to express yourself clearly. Physical symptoms of a blocked throat chakra include pain in the neck, sore throats, stuttering or mouth ulcers. Instances of poor communication, such as a bad interview or argument, can shift the throat chakra. The corresponding element to the throat chakra is ether and its corresponding gemstone is azurite. It is associated with the color azure blue and the musical Note G. 

        Third Eye Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The Third Eye chakra, also called the Ajna center, is located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. This chakra relates to our ability to understand and visualize the bigger picture in life. It governs our intuition and potential psychic abilities. Unlocking or balancing the third eye chakra nurtures intuitive ability and improves memory and imagination. When your third eye chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you may experience feelings of worthlessness or doubt yourself. Additionally, you may have trouble sleeping and struggle with learning new things. The corresponding element to the third eye chakra is extrasensory perception (ESP) and its corresponding gemstone is lapis lazuli. It is associated with the color indigo blue and the musical Note A. 

        Crown Chakra 


        Source: The Law of Attraction

        The final primary chakra is the Crown Chakra, sometimes called the Head Chakra or “thousand petal lotus” chakra. The crown chakra can be found at the top of the head. It is associated with spirituality, cosmic awareness and wisdom. The highest of the chakras, the crown chakra is responsible for creating a life you love and achieving inner peace. A balanced crown chakra allows you to be in harmony with your life and the world around. You will be more thoughtful and be better prepared to face life’s challenges. A crown chakra that is unbalanced or blocked may cause you to feel lost, confused and depressed. Physical ailments associated with a blocked crown chakra include chronic headaches and fatigue. The corresponding elements to the crown chakra are thought and pure light; its corresponding gemstone is amethyst. It is associated with the color violet and the musical Note B.

        Subtle and Minor Chakras

        Subtle body and minor chakras are chakras inside our bodies and around our energy fields (in addition to the seven primary chakras). There are several layers of vibrating energy that make up the energy fields around us and each of these levels contain a number of subtle body chakras. Some important subtle body chakras to note are:

        • Om Chakra
        • High Sacral Chakra
        • High Heart Chakra
        • Soul Chakra 
        • Soul Star Chakra 

        These chakras are associated with many different things, from spirituality to clairvoyance. Subtle and minor chakras tend to correspond with musical scales with sharp key signatures. For example, the Om Chakra is cleansed with Note C#, while the Soul Chakra corresponds with the Note G#. These chakras do not function the same way the primary chakras do. You may find that focusing on balancing just the seven primary chakras is a better use of effort and time as these chakras have a greater affect on your health and well-being. 

        What are the Benefits that Singing Bowls Can Have on Chakras?

        As we noted above, singing bowls possess the ability to realign or heal chakras. This is because each of these energy centers has a “unique vibrational frequency.” These frequencies can interact with the vibration frequencies that are created when playing a singing bowl. Like any musical instrument, Tibetan singing bowls rely on friction and vibration, like striking or rimming the bowl with a mallet, to create sound. According to Jevon Dängeli, an Authentic Self Empowerment (ASE) Facilitator and Trainer, the sound waves created when one plays a singing bowl interact with the unbalanced chakras causing them to self-correct. Chakra balancing with singing bowls restores a “harmonious flow of energy” to the chakra system in a natural and calming way.    

        What Types of Singing Bowls Correspond to the Different Kinds of Chakras?

        Crystal singing bowls are often the type of singing bowls associated with chakra healing. However, you will find that many different types of singing bowls will help tune your chakras. The type of singing bowl you need can also depend on the chakra that needs healing. Some specialists believe that specific tones work for specific chakras. In the section about chakras, each chakra was listed with a particular musical note. Most practitioners work with the C major scale, which has seven notes, each of which corresponds to one of the primary chakras. Additionally, there are other musical scales that contain more notes that correspond with subtle body chakras.

        If you know which chakra needs balancing, you can select a bowl that corresponds with this chakra. It is generally believed that lower tones work for lower chakras and higher tones work for higher chakras. For example, if your crown chakra is blocked (the highest chakra), the note B (the highest pitch on the C major scale) should be played. There are many singing bowls available that are tuned to specific notes on the C major scale, making it possible to purchase a singing bowl for each chakra individually or in a set. 

        Source: Jevon Dängeli

        It is also possible to heal chakras without the use of specifically toned singing bowls or a chakra set. While corresponding tunings may target specific chakras more effortlessly, any singing bowl can be used with chakras as long as you are intentional with your playing and meditation. As long as you believe that there is a relationship between singing bowls and chakras, this creates an environment that allows healing to occur. Another general rule if you are not in the market for a specifically tuned bowl is to remember that higher chakras respond to higher pitches and vice versa. Smaller singing bowls, such as Manipuri or Remuna bowls, tend to produce higher pitches. Larger singing bowls, like Jambati or Ultabati bowls, produce lower pitches. Keep this in mind when selecting a singing bowl to balance your chakras. 

        What are Some Ways to Align or Heal Chakras with Singing Bowls?

        As we have already discussed, if one or more chakras are unbalanced or blocked, they can cause a troublesome amount of mental, emotional and physical problems. This is why there are many practices, methods and meditations available for those wishing to realign their chakras. When first learning to balance chakras with singing bowls, it is important to note that it may take practice and patience before you are able to heal your chakras. 

        Chakra Awareness Meditation 

        The best way to restore harmony to your chakras with singing bowls is through Chakra Awareness Meditation. This meditation allows you to discover and pinpoint which chakras are unbalanced or blocked. To begin, create a quiet, relaxed environment through the use of candles, calming scents, soft lighting and whatever else makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. You may also want to incorporate gemstones in the environment. It may help to have present the corresponding gemstones that each chakra is associated with. Sit or lie down comfortably but maintain an aligned and straight spinal column. Start by relaxing your body, taking deep breaths and clearing your mind.

        Once you are fully relaxed, focus on the location of the first chakra, the root chakra, at the base of your spine. Observe the energy in this area. What is happening there? Is energy flowing? Is it a small center of energy or a large one? How is it moving? Once you feel that you have an understanding of the state this chakra is in, move on to the next chakra, the sacral chakra, and repeat this process. Observe each chakra in this manner, moving from lowest to highest chakra. It may be helpful to take notes on what you see. 

        How to Balance Chakras 

        After completing the Chakra Awareness Meditation, you may have discovered that one or more of your chakras are misaligned or blocked. Therefore, you are now ready to begin balancing your chakras with a singing bowl. The singing bowl can be played by yourself or by another person who is assisting your healing. If another person is helping you or you are helping another person, the individual tuning their chakras should lie comfortably on the floor or bed. Avoid using any pillows, as pillows elevate your head and lift it out of alignment with the spine. If you are alone, sit or lie comfortably with easy access to your singing bowl. 

        Begin playing your singing bowl by either striking it with a mallet three times or rubbing the mallet around the rim to create resonance. Then, similar to the Chakra Awareness Meditation, focus on the specific chakra that needs healing. Visualize the way this chakra will heal: fill it with light or love. Imagine that the energy center is warming up in the light. Envision the energy or the vibrations aligning along your spinal column. Take as much time as you need. Once you are satisfied with your visualization, move on to the next chakra that needs your attention or end the meditation. If you wish to heal or realign each primary chakra, repeat this process with each chakra starting with your lowest chakra, the root chakra, and making  your way up to the highest chakra, the crown chakra. Once reaching the crown chakra, you can then work your way back down and end on the root chakra. 

        This is just one way of meditating and healing chakras with your singing bowl. There are other methods of playing your singing bowl or meditating that might work better for you. There are also meditation practises that recommend placing your singing bowl on your body near the location of the chakra and playing it there. The vibrations shared between the skin and the bowl can be quite healing, though please refer to our guide about the dangers of singing bowls before placing a singing bowl on your body. Regular chakra cleansing sessions with your singing bowl can be done daily if you wish.

        Remember that there is no wrong way to do this type of healingas long as you are intentional and open to healing, you are doing it right. 

        How to Use a Chakra Singing Bowl Set

        Finally, it is possible to balance your chakras with a chakra singing bowl set, also known as chakra bowls. In this case you will need seven singing bowls, each of which are tuned to one of the seven notes on the C major scale. Before meditating and visualizing, play the specific bowl that corresponds to the chakra you are cleansing. Between each chakra, allow the sound of the previous singing bowl to fade away or gently place your hand on the side of the bowl to stop the resonance before playing the next bowl. Some people find that singing bowl sets work great when wanting to make body contact with the bowl. The seven different chakra singing bowls can be placed on or around your body and played by someone assisting you. 

        Conclusion

        Chakras are potent energy centers that have the power to allow or prevent you from being your best self. One way to live a fulfilling and healthy life is to meditate and keep these chakras balanced and unobstructed. Purchasing and playing a singing bowl is a perfect and natural way to correct misaligned chakras within the body. We hope that this guide has been informational and has provided a better understanding of the special relationship between singing bowls and chakras. 

        We invite you to get your own singing bowl today! Happy playing and happy healing! 

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        How to Get Rid of Negative Energy: The Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

        How to Get Rid of Negative Energy: The Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

        Have you ever wondered how to get rid of negative energy from your home? In this post, we explain the signs of negative energy in the home and explain how to get rid of it using a singing bowl and other methods. Let's get started!

        Introduction

        The home is a fundamental human need. It welcomes you after a tiring day and protects you from the elements. It is where you and your family thrive, and where relationships are built and strengthened. Whether you live in an apartment, bungalow, mansion or flat, it is essential that your home allows you to recuperate and rejuvenate your body and mind.

        Because human beings absorb and exhibit a particular kind of energy, your home may, at certain times or during specific occasions, make you feel energized, relaxed, or even stressed. Particular areas or rooms of your house can evoke feelings of joy, or maybe feelings of gloom.

        These energies are namely positive and negative. Perhaps the principles of feng shui have best tried to grasp and explain this phenomenon. The negative energy is identified as sha chi (translated as killing or attacking energy) and si chi (lifeless and dying energy). On the other hand, positive energy is referred to sheng chi and is the bright, uplifting energy that refreshes and invigorates.

        There are various factors at work which create the energetic atmosphere of your home. It can be caused by the design, the cleanliness and orderliness of the objects, or the emotions and conditions that were manifested by the people living within it. There are easy and practical ways you can try to cleanse your home of negative energy, simply by opening the windows, repairing broken objects, or clearing a cluttered space.

        Clearing Negative Energy with Singing Bowls

        One way of clearing unwanted energy in your home is with sound. An empty and quiet house can easily absorb negative and stagnant vibes, and bells have often been used to drive these energies away from a particular space.

        A special kind of bell known as the singing bowl produces a pure, resonating tone and is an effective instrument in clearing negative energy. These bowls are also valued for their capacity to bring the body’s energy levels into balance. In fact, they are used in meditation sessions and Ayurvedic sound therapy treatment.  

        Tibetan singing bowls are frequently used in cleansing the home and ridding it of low and confined energy. In feng shui, singing bowls are often utilized to create positive sounds which causes negative energy to disperse. When negative energy is cleared, fresh new chi can flow through the house. Singing bowls also help improve the effectiveness of feng shui.

        There are specific steps to follow when using a singing bowl for space-clearing sessions. Firstly, position the bowl on the palm of your hand, taking your time to feel and appreciate the bowl’s weight. Then, when you are ready, start to play the bowl by striking its rim gently. Hit the bowl a few more times and get familiar with the sound that is produced. This is a good time to immerse yourself in the bowl’s sound and let its purifying effects flow through your body. Another way of playing the bowl is by circling the rim clockwise with the mallet.  

        Move through your home one room at a time. In each place, produce a sound from your singing bowl by striking it three times. Pay attention to the tone that the bowl produces. You may be able to notice that in some sections of your home you will hear a dull sound being emitted, while in other areas the sound may be bright and sharp. These differing tones represent the “dead” and “alive” energy of your house. Playing the singing bowl can help bring these energies into positive balance.

        To release negative energy from within the walls of each room, stay near them as you play the singing bowl. You may also focus on the doors and windows as these are considered portals from which energy outside flows inward. You can do this by playing the bowl and moving it clockwise around the door and window frames several times.

        For spaces within the home that you feel especially troubled and anxious, you may place the bowl on a table in the center of the room and play it for a longer duration.

        Other Ways to Clear Negative Energy

        Prior to playing the singing bowl during cleansing sessions, you may wish to burn some incense in each room. Good choices include sandalwood, sage, and lavender. When used for this purpose, it is believed that the aroma summons spiritual forces that facilitate the creation of positive energy.

        Salt is also known to have cleansing properties, and you can pour it into each corner of the room and allow it to absorb the negative energy for 48 hours. After this time, ensure you dispose of it and not allow it to remain in your house. Crystals are also believed to possess the same capability. One of the most recommended crystals is the black tourmaline, which is used as protection from bad energy. Place black tourmalines in a jar with water and position them in the corners and entryways of your home.

        With this understanding of how energies can affect your house and living space, you may wish to purchase a singing bowl of your own. If you are shopping online, make certain that the weight of the bowl is listed in the description. This way you can ensure that it will be comfortable for you to hold while you move around your home using it.

        Although these practices are not easily defined in a physical manner, they do influence your well-being. If you are feeling heavy, negative vibes in your home, consider trying these easy tips to help usher in fresh and positive energy. You can also get your very own Tibetan singing bowl to use in ridding your home of negative energies.

        We invite you to get your own singing bowl today!

         

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