How It Works
Music-making is a life-changing practice that brings the body, mind and spirit that can help bring the body back into harmony and vitality. Whether it’s a rigid body such as a chair or an elastic body like our own, everything is in a state of vibration!
This cymatics experiment shows us that the structure of matter changes depending on the frequency of its vibration.
On a physical level, vibration is the periodic pulsation of particles from the center of an aggregate to its edge and from the edge back to its center.
This might sound complex but we can see a really simple example of it in our own hearts. The heart is pulsing from its center to its outside membrane. This continuous expansion and contraction of our heartbeat is the vibration that tells us that we are alive and well!
Since sound is an expression of vibration, it is possible to use the power of sound to bring us back to a vibration of health, harmony and wholeness.
Resonance is the rate at which an object most naturally wants to vibrate. For example, a “C” tuning fork has a natural frequency of 256hz (hz is the unit used to measure sound vibration). So, when we strike the tuning fork, it vibrates at 256hz and we hear a ‘C’ note. Now lets say we struck this ‘C’ tuning fork and another C tuning fork five feet away also starts to vibrate without anyone striking it. This is the phenomenon of sympathetic resonance: when vibrating one body sets another body into motion because it has a similar harmonic vibration. In the case of the tuning forks, the first fork imparts some of its energy to the second one, which caused the two to vibrate together in harmony. If the second fork had been a “D” fork instead, the “C” fork could not have made it vibrate because it didn’t have the ‘right vibration’ to set it into motion.
The principle of sympathetic resonance is key in sound healing because it is the bridge that connects the sound healer’s voice/instruments to the bodies’ energy centers. When I tune my voice to the frequency of an energy center, they are in sympathetic resonance due to sharing a similar vibration. If I feel that the energy center is already in a state of harmony, my harmonic voice can easily deepen the natural resonance of the center. However, if I feel my voice is resonating with a disharmonious energy, then I will need to shift the energy back to its natural frequency. In either case, I am relying on the process of entrainment to return the energy center to a deeper state of harmony.
Entrainment is a phenomenon of sound in which the powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object will cause the less powerful vibrations of another object to lock in step and vibrate at the first object’s rate. For example, if I had a large grandfather clock and a smaller one whose pendulum was swinging at a different speed, the stronger vibration of the large clock would entrain the weaker vibration of the smaller clock to swing in unison with the large clock.
Therefore, when the musician's voice or instruments create harmonic vibrations, these can entrain the listener on a physical, mental and emotional level to return to a deeper state of harmony. Entrainment shows us that it is always possible to shift our energy from resonating with stressful frequencies to resonating with the natural frequencies of health and vitality.
We usually think about intention as what we want to happen. In your sound experience, a ‘good’ intention is not “I want to be healthy and wealthy” but “I am healthy and wealthy.” These two intentions carry completely different weight to them! The “I am” intention tunes us into how we already have what we want within us while the “I want or I need” intention sends the message to our cells and the universe that we lack a certain state. Like attracts like so the energy we put out is what attracts more of that same energy!
Therefore, the key to intention is to feel into how we already resonate with the energy of intention so that the sound can deepen our resonance with the intended state. This is how we entrain ourselves to be in harmony! Your intention will not be effective if you don’t have the power of belief behind it. If you say “I am wealthy” but your wallet is empty, your subconscious mind will not believe you and you will still feel poor. But, if you put a few dollars in your wallet and say “I am becoming wealthier every day,” this shift in perception can make your subconscious mind believe you are becoming wealthier! This is not substitute for taking concrete action, but it is important to acknowledge that a positive mindset makes a big difference!
The musician Steve Halpern states, “Sound is a carrier wave of consciousness.” According to Jonathan Goldman, “This means that depending on where an individual’s awareness is placed when he creates a certain sound, the sound will carry information on that state to the person receiving it.” So, one has to be very focused to keep the conscious intent clear because the quality of that consciousness is felt by the receiver!