Two Approaches to Healing with Sound

Ever since childhood I knew sound and music affected me.  It would help me chill out, invigorate me or help me go to sleep.  Perhaps you’ve heard a piece of music and noticed how it emotionally, physically or spiritually moved you.  Or maybe you felt the relaxation listening to the vibrational sounds of the ocean, a gentle spring rain or the song of birds.  All in all, sounds have a powerful effect on the human body.

Every system in the body has its own cycle, rhythm, and pulse; and every cell its frequency.  Our physical bodies, which produce sound, can be thought of as an orchestra. Each cell is like an instrument. For the sound to be harmonious, each instrument must be in tune.  If not, then a “dischordant” sound emerges – we are then out of balance.

Mitchell Gaynor, MD explains, “You can look at disease as a form of disharmony.  And there’s no organ system, in the body that’s not affected by sound and music and vibration.”  All the vibratory components of our bodies should be in tune and in sync with each other.  Our role as conductor is to orchestrate harmony.  Leonardo da Vinci believed, “Our soul is composed of harmony.”

As we work with the energy fields, we have the capability to tune the energy system, making it more efficient, while reducing the effects of stress in the body.  One approach is using precisely calibrated tuning forks designed to be used on the body.

Tuning forks use sound to make profound changes in the energy levels of the body, transforming physiology, human emotions, and energy patterns by transmitting beneficial sound to the affected area.  Fabien Maman, recognized as the father of vibrational sound therapy, created the increasingly popular practice that uses stainless steel tuning forks in place of needles on acupuncture points, in 1977.

In 1981, Fabien conducted a revolutionary sound/cellular biology experiment at the University of Jussieu in Paris showing, for the first time under a microscope, the impacts of acoustic sound on human cells and their energy fields.  Using Kirlian photography, he shows that through a certain progression of musical sounds, cancer cells would explode and healthy cells became strengthened and revitalized.  His documented findings changed the shape of “sound healing” as we know it today.

Another approach to heal with sound is acoustic sound therapy, which uses acoustic (not electronic) instruments and elemental sounds around the body to release anxiety and stress, balance the energy fields, and create a resonance between the human body and the higher Self.  The healing power is in the sounded overtones between the 2 sounded notes, and not the notes themselves.  Overtones are the presence of a series of higher frequency pitches after one frequency is sounded.  These can be heard when plucking a violin string or playing a note on the piano.  The overtones create the resonance and healing.

Western medicine continues to use the energy of sound vibrations.  For instance, ultrasound treatments have been used in sports injuries to relieve pain.  More recently, medicine has demonstrated the effects of directing powerful sound wave frequencies to break up kidney stones thereby decreasing the need for surgery.  Hospitals are acknowledging the benefits of using the “energetic” designs of sound, music, color, and light in their patient areas to alleviate stress and anxiety, and reduce fear and pain.

As medicine continues to advance, the use of vibrational sound medicine will also increase significantly as a viable avenue towards health.


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