How to use Sound to Heal.

The first impulse to emerge from the silence of the absolute, or the field of Pure Potentiality, was the sound “OM” or more correctly “AUM,” according to the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures).

Even the Bible and modern science agree that the initial spark of creation came from sound or vibration. The Gospel, according to John says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God... and the Word was made flesh."

If you substitute "Word" with "Sound," it becomes, "In the beginning was the Sound and the Sound was God... and the Sound became manifest."

In modern science, they talk about the Big Bang Theory, again sound.

It’s this original, primordial sound that diversified: "The One became many". Each separate vibration evolved to reflect the whole in infinite disguises, giving rise to the world in which we live. Universes within universes, each vibrating at their own frequency, interacted with every other frequency to produce the variety of life. Every organ, tissue, and cell has its vibration which, when in harmony, creates the most wonderful symphony imaginable, the human body.

If disharmony arises or a break in the unfolding of the vibration occurs, there develops a loss of wholeness leading to discomfort and disease.

Sound has been used since the beginning of history to create certain moods in the listener. Different sounds affect people in different ways. Fingernails scraping a blackboard elicit a very different reaction than a violin (unless it’s being played by a 6 year-old). Shamanic drumming can create a trance-like state, marching bands are used to fire-up an army or sports team, and a mother’s lullaby soothes a troubled child. The different ragas of Indian classical music are attuned to different times of the day or different seasons to harmonize the listener with the rhythms of nature.

With the right sounds, you can align yourself with the vibrations that foster health, happiness, and unity.

In the Vedic tradition, sound vibration is known as Nada. In the practice of Nada Yoga, sound is used not only to restore physical and mental well-being but also as a path to spiritual awakening. Nada Yoga divides sound into external sounds, Ahata and internal sounds, Anahata.

External sounds are perceived through the ears and Nada Yoga can be as simple as listening to non-vocal music while gently focusing on the individual notes. You can listen to the different notes within the music of nature-birds singing, rain falling, or the wind through the trees. Or you can chant sacred mantras such as OM or AHUM (I am), with the focus on each individual letter. The aim is to allow awareness to move inwards.

Through Nada Yoga it is said that you can remove all impurities in the physiology. It starts with awakening the inner fire through the use of Bhramari Pranayama (humming bee breath).

The Vedas also recognize four stages of the manifestation of sound.

  • The grossest form of sound, Vaikhari is normal audible sound, including speech.
  • More subtle is Madhyama, a whispered sound with no audible effect
  • As you move within, you experience Pashyanti. These are mental sounds such as songs in the head or a dream. It is also the visualization of sound such as silently listening to your thoughts or the silent repetition of a mantra.
  • Finally you reach Para or transcendental sound. This is pre-manifest sound in its subtlest state as light or pure silence. This is the root or potential of all sounds, sometimes referred to as the “unstruck sound.”
  • Chanting has been used in all cultures for thousands of years to uplift the spirit and activate certain archetypal energies within the self.
  • Choose a simple repetitive chant, one that you can learn easily so you’re not always trying to remember it. It can be from any tradition but it should be one you feel comfortable with.
Mmm Sinuses
Nnn Ears
Eemm Eyes
Lmm Nose
Paam Stomach
KaaGaaGha Throat
Yaa Yu Yi Jaw
Haa Diaphragm
Mam Reproductive Organs
Ma Heart
Sssss Lungs and large intestine
Shhh Liver and small intestine
Wooo Kidneys and bladder
UU-AH-EE-MM Energizing, Wakeup
MM-EE-AH-UU Relaxing, Bedtime
1st Chakra, Base of the Spine LAAM
2nd Chakra, Sacral Area VAAM
3rd Chakra, Navel Area RAAM
4th Chakra, Heart Area YAAM
5th Chakra, Throat Area HAAM
6th Chakra, Between Eyebrows KSHAAM
7th Chakra, Crown (top) of Head OM

Bells, gongs, or bowls that have a clear ring when struck can be used for balancing and clearing energy. Unless a metal bell, gong, or bowl has been tuned to a specific frequency, they can only be used for general purposes.

To clear the body’s energetic field, strike the instrument and circle it clockwise around the body, move it up and down the limbs, move up upwards along the front of the spine.

To clear a room or home, play the instrument while standing in the center of the space or move around the edges of the space in a clockwise direction, striking/ringing the instrument.

Crystal bowls are manufactured to specific vibrations, usually to the vibration of one of the chakras. They can be used for general balancing and clearing as described above or played in front of the specific chakra, with your attention on that chakra.

There are mantras for just about anything you can imagine. There are mantras to restore health, bring wealth, change the weather, remove problems, cure snake bites, welcome a new baby, and create peaceful coexistence, just to mention a few.

In the Vedic tradition of India, mantras are often associated with a particular deity and by chanting the mantra you activate the archetypal energies associated with that deity. It’s important to remember that the deities are really a projection of your true self. By chanting these mantras, you are simply activating the energies already lying dormant within you.

Perhaps the most well known of the deity mantras is … OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

Lord Shiva is considered to be the first yogi and this mantra activates the pure silence, pure awareness, and pure potentiality within you.

Play, chant, listen, meditate, be open to the great silence, and enjoy the blessings of the magnificent, eternal symphony that surrounds you.