Since ancient times countless cultures have utilized the power of sound as a healing medicine.
Recorded as the first people to use sound as a healer the Aboriginal people of Australia have used their sacred instrument, the Vidaki (didgeridoo) to heal physical injuries and psychological issues for at least 40,000 years.
Sound Medicine was long forgotten in the West until acoustic researchers rediscovered the medical properties of ultrasound during the 1930's.
It is now becoming apparent that much of the wisdom held by the ancients was based on “sound” principles.
There is now a mass of research into the healing benefits of ultrasound, including its use in breaking up
kidney stones and even shrinking tumours.
In today's medical societies both infrasound (inaudible) and audible sound are now recognized for their
powerful healing properties.
The low frequency sounds from drums and the ultra sound created by rattles are both now known to
A Greek traveler, Demetrius, circa 200 B.C., wrote that the Egyptians used vowel sounds in their rituals:
“In Egypt, when priests sing hymns to the Gods they sing the seven vowels in due succession and the sound has such euphony that men listen to it instead of the flute and the lyre.”
Acoustics research within the pyramids of Egypt has provided a solid basis that suggests that the Egyptians designed their temples to be highly reverberant to maximize the power and effect of ritualistic chant and toning.
It is, therefore, very likely that the ancient Egyptians were aware of the healing properties of sound long before the Greeks.
Although Pythagoras (circa 500 BC) is commonly credited as being the first person to use “music as medicine", a fellow Greek traveler by the name of Demetrius wrote (circa 200 BC):
"In Egypt, when priests sing hymns to the Gods they sing seven vowel in due succession and the sound has such euphony that men listen to it instead of the flute and lyre."
The flute and the lyre were two of the primary instruments used by Pythagoras and his followers for healing purposes.
He is also credited with being the first to understand musical intervals from his work with the monochord, a single-stringed instrument in which the string tension was established by a fixed weight.
In the Greco-Roman period healing temples were used for “incubation”, a process in which patients underwent “dream sleep”, among other known modalities.
Of Pythagorus Iamblichus noted that:
“Pythagoras considered that music contributed greatly to health, if used in the right way “He called his method ‘musical medicine” To the accompaniment of Pythagoras” his followers would sing in unison certain chants” .
At other times his disciples employed music as medicine, with certain melodies composed to cure the passions of the psyche…anger and aggression.”
Funadmental principles of sound healing
Resonance may be the most important principle of sound healing and has various definitions. In the context of healing humans or animals it can be described as the frequency of vibration that is most natural to a specific organ or system such as the heart, liver or lungs.
Resonance is the scientific principle where one vibrating object can force a second object into vibrational motion.
Entrainment is a physical phenomenon where the frequency of one object changes its own frequency to match another object.
In other words, it matches or comes into harmony with another object.
An example of this is when pendulum clocks placed in the same room eventually fall into a rhythmic harmony, each swinging in unison.
In sound healing, resonance and entrainment principles are utilized to re-harmonize cells that have become disharmonious as a result of disruptive frequencies.
The revolutionary work of Dr James Gimzewski, of UCLA, Ca, within the field of Sonocytology, has uncovered
that every cell in our body has a unique sonic signature and ‘sings’ to its neighboring cells.
Sonocytology is a potentially powerful, diagnostic tool for identifying the sounds of healthy cells versus those of injurious ones.
It also introduces an even more exciting prospect: the ability to play the destructive sounds of rogue cells back to them greatly amplified, so that they implode and are destroyed.
In this scenario there would be no collateral damage to surrounding tissue since healthy cells would not resonate with these frequencies.
Another possible explanation of how sound is able to trigger the healing response relates to cellular ion channels. Situated within a cella membrane, ion channels are the means by which the cell receives nourishment and communicates with neighboring cells.
In dysfunctional cells it is proposed that some of these vital channels are shut down causing cell senescence, so literally the cell is sleeping.
In this hypothesis, sound opens the closed channels, supporting the cell to awaken and resume normal functioning and replication.
It is now widely accepted that electromagnetic interactions are fundamental to the workings of biological tissues.
However, the important point to remember is that all electromagnetism is created as a direct result of sound collisions.
Sound is always the precursor to electromagnetism.
The role of intention in sound healing
Sound is a highly effective tool for healing and, fortunately, an individual does not need to believe in it for it to work. There is a factor that can greatly amplify the effectiveness of healing: creative intention.
When the power of intention is held, the chances of a successful outcome are greatly intensified.
Intention consists of using your focused thoughts, feelings and visualizations to attract whatever is desired, such as enhancing one’s health.
It seems possible that the energy of intention is carried on the frequencies of sound and many believe, “Sound is a carrier wave of consciousness.
‘One’ intention is the spiritual counterpart of the sound and the combination of sound and intention create the outcome of healing.
Another American sound healer, Jonathan Goldman, created this simple formula:
Sound + Intention = Healing
The power of intention involves consciously drawing on the universal field of energy.
Utilizing this potent, universal force along with healing sounds has been found to dramatically accelerate the healing process.
Many people fall into the trap of fear, or negative intention, particularly in regard to health issues.
It is all too easy to fixate upon the possible consequences of a health challenge rather than on the positive expectation of enjoying a healthy, vital life.
The universe, it seems, is neutral and will return in kind whatever we focus upon.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we use the force of intention either positively or negatively every moment of every day.
Our thoughts, feelings and imaginings are the templates for the results and experiences of our lives.
In this context, like attracts like.
When using creative intention, there is the sense of being deeply inspired. (The word inspiration means in-spirit.)
We are motivated to respond to a deeper calling with a firm belief, an absolute knowing, that our desire has already been fulfilled. When we merge the mind energizing force with the universal field of energy for the purpose of healing and creation, our health and the quality of our lives can be transformed.
One may ask how it is possible to have absolute certainty about a desired outcome before there is any apparent proof.
People tend to believe things only when they see them.
However, the art of creative intention calls for a new way of thinking: when you believe it, you will see it!
It is highly beneficial to the creative process when you act as if you already have what you want.
See, feel, and think as if your body is currently vital and whole.
When you act as if your desired outcome has already happened, the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between what is factual and what is imagined and believes your intention is actual reality.
The mind holds immense healing and creative powers and will continue to work on your behalf as long as you maintain your conscious focus of intention.
Perhaps the most important element in “acting as if is to feel the experience of having already manifested your desire.
Some people have used these and similar tools of intention but have not experienced the successful outcome for which they had hoped.
Generally it is not because they have applied it incorrectly or missed an important element in the process.
Their lack of success usually stems from unresolved issues and detrimental beliefs that are harbored as internal fears in the subconscious mind; issues so old and ingrained that the person may not even be aware of them.
Buried fear-based issues and limiting beliefs tend to set up an internal conflict.
The conscious mind may want to create a desired outcome, but the overpowering, conflicting influence of unresolved issues and beliefs block success.
Nothing can become a part of your reality unless your feelings and your conscious mind are in alignment with the more powerful subconscious mind.