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The Complete Guide To Cleansing Crystals and Stones

The Complete Guide To Cleansing Crystals and Stones

Crystals and stones have been popular since ancient times. When we open up the history books, we learn that crystals were used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, Japanese and Indians to encourage healing and enlightenment. Even today, various alternative health practitioners, such as Krista Mitchell, a spiritual teacher and author of the book Change Your Energy: Healing Crystals for Health, Wealth, Love & Luck, claim that crystals have metaphysical properties which can benefit health when used regularly. 

In particular, various alternative health practitioners believe that crystals and other stones have an impact on energy levels by emitting natural vibrations which help with physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our ancient ancestors believed that crystals bring energetic changes by interacting with the human electromagnetic field. In particular, it was believed that they form a bridge between your conscious thoughts and your body. It was further believed that these healing crystals had a  powerful vibratory effect which facilitates the free flow of energy throughout the body. 

In this blog post, we discuss the belief of some alternative health practitioners as to the need to cleanse your crystals. We will also discuss the various different methods of cleansing crystals, including the method of cleansing crystals with a singing bowl. We will then set out a step-by-step guide for cleansing crystals with a singing bowl and conclude by explaining how cleansing and programming your crystals is believed by some alternative health practitioners to have the potential to support your overall wellness. 

Why Crystals Need to be Cleansed 

A crystal travels from source to seller before landing in your hand. During this journey, a lot of energy can become collected in the crystal. In fact, research conducted by Jyngyu Zhang from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom UK has demonstrated that crystals have the ability to store a massive amount of data indefinitely. According to some alternative health practitioners, if you want to start fresh with your new crystal then the first step should be cleansing. This will help restore your crystal to its natural state. 

Crystals have a strong and unchanging physical structure called a crystal structure. In particular, crystals are built in a specific geometric pattern without any randomness. Because this geometric pattern is repeated in a crystal structure, crystals can produce a steady vibration which is commonly referred to as the dormant oscillatory rate. It is believed that when a crystal with these characteristics interacts with you, it brings a balance to your energy field which supports your well-being. But, when unwanted excess energy becomes stored in a crystal, the vibration (or the oscillatory rate) of that crystal becomes disturbed. 

Some alternative health practitioners believe that crystals have the amazing ability to return to their dormant oscillatory rate on their own. However, it is believed that it takes a significant amount of time for a crystal to go back to its original state. By following the methods described below to properly clean your crystals, you can quickly restore your crystals to their dominant state.

Some alternative health practitioners also believe that if you are using your stones for any healing then they should be cleansed before and after every healing session. It is believed that healing crystals work on the theory of ‘vibrational healing’, during which they absorb and release energy. For this reason, it becomes important to remove any built-up negative energy. Put simply, it is believed that crystals work better when they are cleansed regularly. 

There are many ways to cleanse your crystals. Most of the methods are therapeutic, not only for your crystals, but also potentially for yourself as well. 

Methods to Cleanse Your Crystals

Some alternative health practitioners believe that crystals can be cleansed in a variety of different ways depending on their nature, type and color. 

For softer stones, you can use sunlight or moonlight. In general, a minimum of four hours of sun exposure is needed to cleanse most crystals, but certain stones can become faded through this method. While moonlight cleansing may therefore be preferred, that generally requires a significant period of time. Similarly, while crystals are sometimes cleansed by washing using water or salt water, this is not suitable for some crystals or stones which may dissolve or disintegrate in water or salt water. 

One of the best methods for avoiding these and other common problems is cleansing using a sound bath. Each of the methods for cleansing crystals is discussed in more detail below. In general, you should aim to cleanse your crystal at least once per month, and more often if you feel that they have been affected by negative energy.

1. Running Water

It is believed that water can be a great neutralizer for all the negative energy which can become inadvertently stored in crystals. Place your crystals directly under tap water or natural rain, or in a stream, for approximately 4 to 5 minutes. This method is believed to be most helpful in cleansing strong stones like quartz, amethyst and turquoise.

2. Sunlight and Moonlight

One  of the oldest methods of cleansing crystals is to use sun or moon energies. When your crystal becomes a bit dull in appearance or effectiveness, the best way to cleanse it is to return it to natural light. Place the crystal directly under sunlight or moonlight for at least four hours. Sunlight bathing works best with warm-colored crystals like yellow, red and orange crystals. Make sure not to expose them to the sun for a longer period of time, as they may become faded. 

  • For best results, cleanse your crystals during a full moon light or during a cloudless day.
  • Some crystals respond better to moonlight, but it may be difficult to be certain of this without testing each method and evaluating the results.
  • Continue the moonlight or sunlight cleansing for three days. 
  • Recharge your crystals using this process once a month. 

Moonlight cleansing is a delicate method but can be especially effective during a full moon. When the moon is bright with full potential, it can help increase your crystal’s vibrational energy. 

3. Cleansing with Quartz or Selenite

Some alternative health practitioners believe that quartz or selenite has a special ability to purify and cleanse other crystals. This method requires the following approach:

  • Place your crystals on clear quartz or a selenite charging plate.
  • You can also place your crystal in a bag with quartz. 
  • Leave them there for six hours, or overnight.

It is believed that, after following this method, your crystals will become cleansed of any unwanted energies. 

4. Cleansing with Smudging

Smudging is an ancient cleansing method used in many cultures to cleanse items, rooms and other things of negative energy. Alternative health practitioners believe that surrounding crystals with smoke and letting the crystals pass through the smoke helps cleanse them. 

This method, which is believed to work for all kinds of crystals, requires the following approach: 

  • Use a sage stick, sandalwood, cedar, palo santo or frankincense to create smoke. 
  • Allow the sacred smoke to surround your crystals. 
  • Smoke carries low or negative energies away from the crystal, which helps raise the vibrational energy of the crystal.

5. Cleansing with Soil

This cleansing method is based on the theory that crystals can be cleansed by returning them to nature. This method is believed to be particularly helpful when a heavy cleansing is required to remove toxic or otherwise negative energies. This method requires the following approach: 

  • Look for a clean place to bury your crystal.
  • Bury your crystal in the soil just a few inches deep. 
  • Leave your crystal buried for a minimum of 24 hours and for up to three days for best results. 

Some alternative health practitioners believe that the elements present in the soil will help soak up all the unwanted energy present in the crystal, leaving the crystal restored. 

6. Cleansing with Saltwater

Some alternative health practitioners believe that saltwater can be a useful vehicle for absorbing unwanted energy. According to this method of cleansing, stones are soaked in saltwater overnight. It is believed to be ideal to use natural seawater for this purpose. 

Afterwards, rinse your crystals with clean water. Please be warned that saltwater can damage or change the appearance of certain delicate stones, with the result that this method is not suitable for all crystals and stones. 

7. Breath

Cleansing your crystals by breath is most suitable for crystals that are small in size. According to this method, you need to focus on your intentions and with quick exhalations blow away the negative, unwanted energy. This method requires the following approach:

  • Hold the crystal in your dominant hand.
  • Take a deep breath by focusing on your intentions.
  • Exhale on your crystal firmly with short quick bursts.
  • Continue this process for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Allow the stone to dissipate its negative energy. 

8. Visualization or Meditation

Some alternative health practitioners believe that you can use your own thought processes to cleanse your crystal. While this method is often referred to as the ‘visualization’ approach, it is also known as the ‘meditation approach’ given its similarities to meditation. This method requires the following approach:

  • With a clear mind, hold your crystal in your hands.
  • Visualize a bright, radiant light surrounding your crystal and passing through it.
  • Direct your thoughts to impurities flushing out of the stone. 
  • End this process when you feel your crystal has restored its balance.

9. Rice 

Some alternative health practitioners believe that cleansing with rice is suitable for all types of crystals. In particular, it is believe to be beneficial for soft and protective crystals. For this method:

  • Bury your crystal in a bowl of brown rice. 
  • Leave it there for approximately 24 hours. 
  • Dispose of the rice after cleansing.

10. Cleansing with Sound

If you are looking for a simple way to cleanse your crystals, then doing so with sound can be a great choice. Cleansing crystals with sound is one of the most effective cleansing methods available. Some alternative health practitioners believe that gentle vibration created by a tuning fork or a singing bowl can help clear negative energy quickly and effectively. 

In particular, it is believed that the vibrations created with sound helps break up any stuck negative energy in the crystals, and that the musical frequency of the process restores the harmony of the crystal.

In essence, sound sends vibrations into the environment which penetrate the structure of the crystals. This method is particularly useful if you have a large collection of crystals and wish to cleanse them at the same time with minimal labour. 

You can create cleansing sound in a number of ways. The most popular and effective way is to use a Tibetan singing bowl. While it is open to you to play a recording of a singing bowl, most alternative health practitioners believe that the cleansing will be most effective if used in the presence of a singing bowl. 

Cleansing Crystals with a Singing Bowl

Singing bowls have been used since ancient times for therapy, healing and meditation. They are designed to create a long-lasting and powerful vibration. Healing with sound, also known as sound healing or sound therapy, is one of the oldest and natural methods of supporting health and well-being. 

Singing bowls are similar to bells and create a soothing sound which can help quiet your mind. The pure and gentle vibrations created by singing bowls can also help remove the stubborn energy that may become settled in your crystal. 

Singing bowls are not only used for cleansing crystals but are also used for healing, meditation and for creating a sacred place. They use sound to balance the aura and the chakras. They are believed to turn unbalanced negative energy into positive balanced energy. 

This singing bowl originated from Tibet and developed in connection with Buddhism. Traditionally, Tibetan bowls are handmade in Nepal and India using brass, bronze and seven different metals. In order to produce the best sound, it is essential to use a singing bowl made with an optimal metal ratio that is high in copper and which is formed in the right shape. Tibetan sound bowls are available in different sizes.

Tibetan singing bowls are also known as sound bowls, Himalayan singing bowls and meditation bowls. Practitioners believe that the healing sounds produced by Tibetan bowls not only restore crystal energy but can also raise your level of consciousness and support healing.

Tibetan healing bowls create sounds that are believed to reach the chakras and energy points of your body. Chakras are the energy centers of your body. Notes of the singing bowl correspond to different chakras of the body and help to maintain harmony and wellness. It is for this reason that singing bowls can also be called chakra bowls or chakra singing bowls.

Tibetan singing bowls also help to release theta brain waves which are generally observed during deep sleep. The soothing sound creates a deep meditative state in your mind. It helps your mind temporarily distance itself from the busy world around you. Playing one of these sound bowls during meditation can also help to harmoniously return you to the world and keep you grounded.

It is believed that when you meditate with a singing bowl your focus is tripled. In addition, when engaging in Tibetan bowl meditation the power of meditation increases with time. It helps keep your mind away from distractions by immersing you in sound. In fact, a study conducted has revealed that meditation with Tibetan singing bowls has significant beneficial effects on well being, mood and physical pain

When looking for a singing bowl, make sure you keep the following considerations in mind:

  • A small singing bowl is enough to cleanse small crystals and stones.
  • Small singing bowls produce a high pitched sound whereas larger ones produce a deep, resonating tone. 
  • The singing bowl should be accompanied by a wooden mallet. 
  • There are many varieties of singing bowls available, like brass singing bowls, crystal singing bowls and Tibetan singing bowls. 

Guide To Cleansing Crystals With A Singing Bowl

Follow this step-by-step guide to quickly and effectively clean your crystals using a singing bowl. Due to the healing power of singing bowls, this process is also supportive of physical and mental well-being.

  1. Start by spreading a clean piece of cloth on a flat surface or on a table. The area should be clean and clutter-free. 
  2. Your crystals should be placed on the cloth surrounding the singing bowl.
  3. Start playing your singing bowl. You can do this by striking the singing bowl gently with the mallet to let it emit a ringing sound. 
  4. Move your mallet outside the rim of the singing bowl in a clockwise direction to cause it to “sing”. This process will help perpetuate the ringing sound. 
  5. Continue to rub the mallet around the bowl for 5-10 minutes until you sense that the cleansing process is complete. 

Do not place the crystals inside the bowl, as the high vibration could damage them. If you are using the singing bowl for the first time, then you may need to practice to get comfortable. While buying make sure to choose a quality singing bowl. Good quality singing bowls emit a melodic ringing sound which continues for some time and gradually reduces. Poor quality singing bowls produce a dull metallic sound and will be less effective at cleaning your crystals.

An alternative method is to hold the singing bowl in your hand rather than placing it on a table. To apply this method, place your crystals on a flat surface and stand next to them. Put the singing bowl on your non-dormant hand. With the other hand, strike the bowl with a mallet to produce a ringing sound. Firmly rub the outside rim of the singing bowl with the mallet in a clockwise direction. This will continue the ringing sound, which you can stop anytime.

Program Your Crystals

After cleansing your crystals, you will need to program them. Generally, crystals are neutral and they need direction to properly work for you. If not programmed well, they may amplify the unwanted energies in your life. With effective and clear programming, your crystals can help support your mental and physical health and well-being. 

  • To begin with, first cleanse your crystal using one or more of the methods described above.
  • Once your crystal is cleansed, place the crystal in your hand and take deep breaths.
  • Express your faith and connect with your highest vibration.
  • Ask your crystal to let go of all the unwanted negative energy.
  • Command the crystal to hold on to your positive intentions and energies.
  • End the programming process by saying thank-you. 

Conclusion

Whether you are buying a new stone or just looking to maintain an existing one, regular cleansing is important. Using a singing bowl can be a great way to support your meditation practice while also keeping your crystals well cleansed and as vibrant on the inside as they are on the surface.

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History of Singing Bowls

History of Singing Bowls

Singing Bowls: An Introduction

For many centuries, music and sound have been used as tools to promote healing and meditation. One of the first instruments created by mankind to be used for this purpose are called singing bowls. These mystical metal bowls, when struck, can create contemplative and heavenly sounds, which resonate as if the universe is manifesting itself upon one’s soul.

What is a Singing Bowl?

A singing bowl is a type of idiophone, which is a musical instrument that when struck, shaken or scraped, produces sound through vibration. Singing bowls come in a single, inverted bell form, but come in different sizes, ranging from a few centimetres to a meter in diameter. The smaller ones produce more delicate sounds, while the larger bowls produce deeper, full-bodied sounds. To produce a sound, singing bowls are often struck on their rim or side using a mallet. Each method produces very distinctive sounds.

These bowls are often used in religious and spiritual settings, invoking meditation and relaxation. They can also be used in healing and for treating various illnesses through sound therapy. The sounds singing bowls produce create a kind of energy medicine that is said to fix the broken frequencies of the body, mind and soul. Playing these bowls creates a centering effect, which causes the left and right sides of the human brain to synchronize with one another. Thus, various activities such as yoga and other forms of meditative practices sometimes employ singing bowls, as they have the miraculous ability to bring the listener to peace and calmness.

Where did singing bowls originate?

Singing bowls, also known as Tibetan singing bowls, have a mysterious past and not much is known about their origins. Their history began at a time long before the dawn of modern civilization, with the result that written information about them is almost close to non-existent. The first singing bowls were said to be made in Mesopotamia over 5,000 years ago. As such, singing bowls are believed to be one of the most ancient artisan crafts in human history. Although folklore about the artisans behind singing bowls existed in the later centuries, knowledge of that folklore unfortunately died along with the singing bowls’ succeeding owners.

The very first singing bowls were said to be made of pure copper and produced for both medicinal and musical purposes. They were produced primarily inside the homes of the artisans. Knowledge about the metalwork was passed on from generation to generation, although eventually this knowledge chain was broken. Some time later, singing bowls began to be made of brass, which is a combination of various earth metals, including copper. Some anecdotal references say that 2,000-year old brass singing bowls appeared in a Chinese region called Tibet at the dawn of the last century.

The singing bowls’ Tibetan origins added to their historical ambiguity. Although singing bowls could be found inside monasteries and homes, it was said that monks were not allowed to discuss anything about these bowls. As a matter of fact, the monks’ sacred text, called the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, also contained no information about the bowls. Anecdotal references say that Tibetan lamas and monks used these bowls for secret, sacred rituals. It is even said that these rituals were so spiritual in nature that it gave the monks the ability to astral project and travel into other realms and dimensions.

During the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the middle of the 19th century, the lamas and monks were forced to flee, taking all of their valued possessions with them, including their singing bowls. In order to survive the crisis, the lamas and monks were forced to sell their singing bowls and other items of significant value. This circumstance led to singing bowls spreading around the world, as well as causing the esoteric knowledge about them to disappear. Today, singing bowls’ mystical sounds can now be heard in many different places such as healing centers, yoga studios, classrooms, temples, and much more. But one thing remains – singing bowls are still as powerful of a spiritual, medicinal and musical tool as they were thousands of years ago.

What materials are used in singing bowls?

One of the unique qualities of antique singing bowls is the peculiarity of their composition. Local Tibetan legends say that one of the primary metals used in making singing bowls in the past was meteorite iron. Meteorites found in Tibet were said to have come through an atmosphere with very low oxygen levels. These meteorites were usually found in the uppermost parts of the Himalayas. Having come from a location closer to the heavens, these meteorites were considered to be of sacred origins, and thus were highly regarded by the Tibetans. Moreover, the low oxygen composition of these meteorites may explain the miraculous healing powers of singing bowls.

Historically, singing bowls made in the succeeding centuries were believed to have been crafted by combining several types of metals, anywhere between five to nine, and sometimes even twelve types of metals. The most common composition was of seven metals. These metals were consecrated with each metal believed to represent a heavenly body or a planet: Gold (Sun), Silver (Moon), Mercury (Mercury), Copper (Venus), Iron (Mars), Tin (Jupiter) and Lead (Saturn). These metals were smelted and purified prior to being cast, reheated and hammered into form. Old singing bowls were believed to have been imbued with wishes, usually through singing chants or mantras.

Although there were also small traces of other metals, old singing bowls were crafted predominantly with copper and tin, which, when combined, form a type of bronze called “bell metal”. Combining these two metals produces a harder yet elastic enough metal that, when struck, creates better reverberation. This type of metal has been used for ages in creating bells. In India, this type of metal was historically used to create cookware and eating utensils as it is believed to possess potent antibacterial properties.

The manufacturing of more modern singing bowls typically involves only five metals at most, and oftentimes only two. Due to cost, gold and silver  are typically no longer used, but the new singing bowls are still of excellent quality.

How are singing bowls made?

There are two known methods of creating singing bowls. Hammering was, and still is, a common method used today, wherein a flat sheet of metal is hammered by at least three individuals over a bowl pattern or form until it takes on the same shape. The edges are then bent over and hammered further until smooth, while the inside is often machine-polished. Traditionalists prefer singing bowls that have been hammered and can easily distinguish them by checking the hammer marks.

The other method involves pouring a molten metal into a mold, which forms the first of two parts of the modern singing bowl. The other part is called the neck, which is formed and welded together with the bowl, before being polished. This method creates a more confined shape, which produces longer lasting vibrations and sound when struck. The tonal quality is also significantly improved. This type of bowl is usually embellished by acid etching or enameling. 

There are many singing bowls on the market today. They often differ by the sound they produce, which can be attributed to their design and shape, thickness, smoothness, and the combination of metals used.

How have various cultures used singing bowls throughout the years?

Regardless of their truest origin, singing bowls have been used for a variety of purposes throughout the course of history – meditation, alternative healing, religion, music and even as a currency. Today, they have become a popular tool for sound healers, music therapists and yoga practitioners in different parts of the world.

Spirituality and Meditative Uses

With its calming and meditative sound, singing bowls were often used in Himalayan monasteries and homes to indicate the start or end of a meditation period. It was also said that singing bowls were played during an entire session, to help the mind focus and obtain a state of pure relaxation. It is believed that whenever a singing bowl is played, the mantras and good wishes imbued within it while it is was made are released to flow freely into the universe. Hindus and Buddhists have also traditionally used singing bowls in their rituals to aid in their spiritual focus, harmony and inner peace.

Medicinal and Alternative Healing Uses

Hindus believe that the world began with a sound, and thus sound plays a very important role in our bodies and in the universe as a whole. Sound as an alternative healing method has been practiced in many cultures for many centuries. It is believed that the delicate and unique sound of singing bowls can deeply affect our bodies, and can beneficially affect the body’s physical and psychological state. Our bodies contain several energy centers, or chakras, running from head to toe. These energy centers are believed to correspond to specific tones which the singing bowls can naturally produce.

Alternative healing practitioners typically use several smaller bowls with flatter bottoms, and place them on top of these energy centers. The resonance and vibration of singing bowls when placed on top of these energy centers are believed to penetrate more deeply than bigger and heavier bowls which are typically placed above or beside the body. In the traditional Tibetan healing practice, singing bowls are also believed to increase the efficacy of various medicinal herbs. Additionally, when used as an alternative healing method, singing bowls are said to alleviate the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer patients, although there are no scientific studies to support this conclusion yet. However, reports say that singing bowls helped patients develop a sense of peace and well-being, and also reduced pain.

Physical Relaxation Uses

Sound massage using singing bowls is a great natural way to restore harmony to the body. Its soothing properties can naturally bring peace and focus the mind. The vibration and sound produced by singing bowls creates a type of energy that works with the body in many ways and which can engender several positive results, such as a deep sense of tranquility and reduced psychological and emotional stress.

Singing bowls used in sound massages are typically engineered for long periods of use and focus more on the vibration than the sound produced. Vibrational sound massage allows the body to become at peace both at an inner and outer level. Singing bowls of different weights and sizes are usually placed directly on top of the body while being struck. They can also be placed surrounding the body.

The body is composed of approximately 50 to 65 percent water. Water synergizes with vibrational patterns and connects and transports important elements within the body. Vibrational sound massages can help these positive elements flow freely within the body. In most cases, this kind of therapy is said to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and other similar conditions.

Historical Uses

At one time, handmade singing bowls were used as common kitchen, storage and eating items. Although this use may no longer be applicable in the present day, it is worth noting that singing bowls were also used as a kind of currency in the past when coins and other precious objects were the only kind of legal tender available. Traditionally, singing bowls were valued based on their thickness, weight, and purported metal composition. Typically, the heavier the singing bowl was, the higher value it would have. Moreover, singing bowls were often given as wedding gifts or as a dowry.

Conclusion

Singing bowls have been used for centuries to promote healing and meditation in various contexts. We invite you to try one for yourself to experience some of the amazing benefits!

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Guided Meditation with a Tibetan Singing Bowl

A guided meditation with a Tibetan singing bowl is a great introduction to the bowl and their beautiful healing properties. If you have never experienced a singing bowl before or are interested in hearing what a Shanti Bowl singing bowl sounds like, we recommend listening to this guided meditation by Catherine LaBella from Walking Between Worlds. Please enjoy!

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How Singing Bowls Can Improve Your Well-Being

How Singing Bowls Can Improve Your Well-Being

A recent study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine examined the effect of Tibetan singing bowl sound meditation on mood, tension and well-being. In this blog post, we will discuss this study and its findings, which support practices that Ayurvedic medicine has promoted for thousands of years.

In our modern world, stress and tension-induced diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as addiction and mental illness, are becoming increasingly common. Meditation is becoming more mainstream and is often recommended to encourage relaxation, help alleviate anxiety and improve well-being. However, many find meditation to be a challenging practice that can take many years if not decades to master. Fortunately, the benefits of meditation can be much more easily attained (or enhanced) by using a Tibetan singing bowl.

Tibetan singing bowls are metal bowls usually made from a combination of metal alloys and originally used by Tibetan monks for spiritual ceremonies. Over the past several hundred years, years, singing bowls have been used more commonly for sound healing.

But what is sound healing? When played, Tibetan singing bowls make a vibration or sound called resonance which is the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates. Our bodies each have their own natural resonance, and vibrational medicine advocates suggest that disease is a result of those natural resonances becoming out of tune due to stress, illness, or environmental factors.

Interestingly, there is very little scientific research on the subject of sound healing. Accordingly, a team of researchers at the University of California delved further into the subject and recently published their findings.

They studied 62 participants, both male and female, with an average age of 49.7 years. Prior to and following the sound healing session, all participants completed standardized questionnaires to assess tension, anger, confusion, depression, anxiety, and spiritual well-being. Participants also completed questionnaires which included questions regarding any prior experience with meditation or singing bowls, substance use, medications, over-the-counter or herbal supplements, and whether they were experiencing any physical pain and to what degree.

Participants laid on yoga mats with their heads near the instruments and listened to the sound meditation for approximately 60 minutes. The musical instruments used consisted of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, Ting-shas (tiny cymbals), dorges (bells), didgeridoos, and other small bells. The Tibetan singing bowls were primarily played for 95% of the time during the sound meditation, while the other instruments were only played for 5% of the time.

Depending on the size of the room and the number of participants, anywhere from 30 to 80 singing bowls were played with at least two Tibetan singing bowls near each participant’s head. A musician lead the sound meditation using cloth covered mallets to strike the bowls and rub the rims of the bowl.

The results of the sound meditation were striking. The researchers found a significant difference between pre-treatment and post-treatment in tension, anger, confusion, depression, anxiety, and spiritual well-being across participants.

Significantly, tension was most dramatically reduced in participants, thus proving that sound meditation has the ability to increase feelings of relaxation and decrease feelings of stress. Most notably, participants aged 20 to 39 years showed the most significant change in tension followed by those aged 40 to 59 years. Depressed mood and anxiety were also significantly reduced post meditation and feelings of spiritual well-being increased following the meditation.

The study also found that participants who had no previous experience with singing bowls demonstrated larger effects than those with some prior familiarity. For example, participants aged 40 to 59 who were previously naïve to this type of meditation appeared to benefit the most from the sound meditation demonstrated by significant reductions in physical pain and tension.

These findings are significant for many reasons. The results show promise for a low cost form of stress reduction that is simpler to learn than meditation. Tibetan singing bowls are simple to use, and users can expect to feel deep relaxation and inner peace following  sound meditation. In addition, health and counseling professionals such as nurses and councilors could easily provide sound meditation to patients at a relatively low cost or investment in training. Singing bowl meditation could be taught to those professionals and would be simple to provide in many settings to reduce stress and invoke the relaxation response. The study also shows hope for reducing stress-related disease in the body through the use of sound meditation.

We are thrilled to see a study that found significant beneficial effects of Tibetan singing bowl meditations on a number of indicators related to well-being. We encourage you to try a Tibetan singing bowl for yourself if you are suffering from any stress and tension related symptoms such as anxiety, depression, tension, physical pain, anger, and confusion.

If you are new to sound healing, we recommend starting slowly by playing a Tibetan singing bowl in a quiet, dim room for 10 minutes. This can be done by finding a comfortable seat on a yoga mat or cushion and closing your eyes where possible while striking the bowl and rubbing the mallet along the rim.

The vibrations created by the sound of the bowl are not only pleasant to hear but will also be felt in your hand and eventually your whole body. As you become more accustomed to sound healing, you can extend your sessions by up to 60 minutes. After a long stressful day at work or school, even a 10 minute practice can completely transform your day and melt away any residual stress or tension.

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Using a Singing Bowl to "Charge" Water

Using a Singing Bowl to

In ancient Eastern cultures, it is believed that sound and vibrations can help purify and rejuvenate the body and mind, and thereby improve health and well being. Such sounds and vibrations can be created by various instruments, including singing bowls.

Some practitioners also believe that the quality of water can be improved by charging it using the vibrations created by playing a singing bowl. In this blog post, we explore the practice of charging water using a singing bowl.

Benefits of Charging Water Using Singing Bowls

When a singing bowl is played, the movement creates sound and vibrations that reverberate throughout the bowl. When you pour water inside the bowl and play it, the water will begin to vibrate and create waves and droplets that are a spectacular sight to behold.

In particular, when you play the bowl by rubbing its rim with the mallet, the water inside the bowl will begin to resonate with the vibrations as the sound waves move through the water. This will manifest itself in a rippling movement and water droplets will start leaping out of the water. This occurrence produces a gentle but mesmerizing sound akin to raindrops and water ripples.

Listening to sounds that are organic and natural, such as the resonance produced by the water in a singing bowl, can be very relaxing and help lower stress levels. Studies have discovered that the sounds of nature help the body decrease the sympathetic response that causes the “fight or flight” reaction, and increases the parasympathetic response which works to help the body relax and function in normal circumstances.

In addition, some practitioners believe that drinking or cleaning oneself with water that is charged using a singing bowl can provide the body with special healing benefits. This stems from the belief of some practitioners that singing bowls can be used to charge objects and infuse them with the energy and properties of sound. Sound can be a vessel of energy that carries healing and revitalizing qualities.

Some practitioners also believe that water charged with a singing bowl is not only beneficial to humans but to flora as well. You can try pouring the water from your singing bowl into your potted plants after you have finished your meditation session. Some practitioners believe that the plants absorb the positive vibrations, which helps them grow.

How to Charge Water with Singing Bowls

It is very easy to charge water using your singing bowl.

It is recommended that you pour enough water to fill the bowl at half of its capacity. Be careful not to pour too much water into your bowl, or else you may have a difficult time playing the singing bowl as it may continuously spill. Doing so may also mute the sound of your bowl and decrease the vibrations.

There are two methods to charge water using your singing bowl, and these two methods can also be applied in combination with each other.

The first method is to take your mallet and circle the bowl’s rim. After circling the rim a few times, sound waves should soon be visible on the water’s surface. Intensifying the circling movement around the rim will cause droplets to emerge.

The more intense the circling movement around the bowl’s rim, the more you will see patterns in the water begin to emerge. After enough time has passed, you should reach a  point where the water becomes unstable and droplets begin to form and become suspended at the center of the bowl or jump out of the water’s surface.  

The second method of charging water using your singing bowl is to strike the bowl’s rim with your mallet. This will produce patterns on the water’s surface and will be observable through the nodal points where the sound waves manifest. The first point is where the mallet hit the bowl, and the second point is exactly opposite to the first point. The third and fourth points will be located at the two points where the first and second points meet halfway.

The sound produced while there is water inside the bowl can be very therapeutic for the body. However, you should be cautious about drinking water that has been stored within your singing bowl. In some cases, certain metals in your singing bowl can leach into the water, which may make it unsuitable to drink.

Various studies have been conducted to scientifically explain what happens when water is affected by the vibrations of singing bowls. Science indicates that sound waves that are visible in the water are essentially created when the bowl’s sides become excited by vibrations caused by playing the singing bowl.

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