Lifestyle Feature – Sound Journey to Self-Healing: A Gentle Natural Healing Tool. So there I was, completely submerged in a bath of sound and vibration coming from some of the most amazing instruments I’ve ever seen (or heard) before. My body was tingling and vibrating so intensely it felt like I was levitating a foot off the ground!
Then, for the first time in years, my mind was still, quiet and empty. I cannot express in words how much that meant to me. I had spent years in a depressed, anxious state working as a veterinarian. Unable to smile or even properly digest my food, I had extreme anxiety, depression, panic attacks and crazy mood swings.
As Albert Einstein said,
“Everything in life is vibration.”
On a relentless search for natural healing approaches, I discovered the incredible power of sound. I attended my first “sound journey” in Costa Rica and experienced something beyond my comprehension. Soon after, I went to another one with my partner, Jerad. It was clear from the beginning: we were both hooked and could not get enough.
So what exactly is a sound journey?
It is an experience — sometimes referred to as a “sound bath” — in which gongs, singing bowls and other instruments are played in a manner that relaxes the body and calms the mind.
Participants take a comfortable position, usually laying on their backs, and simply listen. The sounds guide listeners through states of deep relaxation, meditation, healing and self-discovery.
Sometimes, physical sensations are felt while at other times they are more emotional. People might also see colors, shapes or images similar to a waking dream.
One way sound can help create deep states of relaxation is through altering our brainwave states. This refers to the progression from normal waking state (beta) down to alpha (conscious relaxed state), theta (dreamlike state) and sometimes even delta (deep sleep). In the process, we experience a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, our bodies relax, our breath deepens and we move into a receptive state where deep healing can occur.
It is easily explained with simple physics. As Albert Einstein said, “Everything in life is vibration.”
Einstein was referring to everything in the universe, including our body. Every organ and every cell in our body vibrates at a particular frequency. Sound and vibration travels up to five times more effectively through water. Since the human body is made up of over 70 percent water, we can understand how sound and vibration can affect us at a cellular level. In essence, your body, mind, and energy have an opportunity to shift to a higher frequency and let go of “lower” vibrational thoughts, emotions and other issues.
The benefits of sound therapy have been demonstrated in children, adults – including pregnant women – and the elderly. It’s easy to see why Jerad and I were hooked. Even more remarkable, I could never have imagined how far my self-healing would go and where it would lead: I am now providing sound journeys in the community.
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