The late psychic Edgar Cayce predicted that sound and music therapy would be the medicine of the future. And thanks to ongoing research into the power of sound vibrational healing, this is proving to be the case. Sound healing was also the medicine of our past. Many ancient civilizations used sound therapy to heal all kinds of afflictions of the mind, body and spirit. And whilst only a few cultures have continued their sound practices through the centuries into the modern era, we are now beginning to remember and utilize powerful practices from hundreds of years ago that have been long forgotten.
Energy is the basic foundation for all existence. All matter is energy and in a constant state of vibration, including the human body. There is significant research in modern day physics, and in particular, quantum physics, that shows that we are vibrational beings. And vibrational medicine is now becoming a powerful complimentary form of treatment capable of creating balance and harmony in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being.
Sound healing is one of the most common forms of vibrational medicine where musical instruments or the human voice are used with the intention to heal and have been effectively used by many cultures in healing rituals for centuries. Until recently, however, the power of these traditions have not been explored or tested in modern day scientific realms.
Shamans used chanting and drumming to heal people, while ancient mystery schools in Greece, Egypt and India developed sound into a sacred science. The ancient Greeks used the flute and the lyre to heal the body and soul and to treat illnesses such as gout and sciatica. Pythagoras is known to have used specific songs and incantations to cure diseases of the body and mind. There are even theories suggesting that the great Pyramids were constructed using sound.
While the use of sound and music can be found in many spiritual and sacred cultural traditions, sound healing is only now being rediscovered in the healing arts. Supported by scientific research, the basic principle of sound healing is that all matter is energy which is eternal and in a constant state of vibration, or resonance. This vibration is the basic foundation for all existence.
The body has approximately 100 trillion cells, and every one of these cells is controlled by an electromagnetic field, which is resonating at its own unique sound frequency. So in effect, your entire body, including your bones, tissues and organs, has it’s own personal vibratory rate, which is as unique as your own fingerprint.
When all aspects of our being are balanced, and our body is vibrating at its’ optimum frequency, we are in a state of health. However, when this frequency changes and different parts of the body become dis-harmonious, we enter a dis-eased state. The science of Cymatics (specific frequencies are projected into a clients body via musical instruments to create physiological, emotional and mental changes) shows that bringing a diseased organ such as the kidney or liver back into harmony using corrective frequencies will cause it to return to a state of health.
A leading pioneer in the sound healing field, Jonathan Goldman, states that an extremely important factor in any healing relationship is intention, and that combining intention with frequency creates the transformation experience that encompasses sound healing.
The human voice is considered to be the supreme instrument of healing. Toning refers to the use of the voice for releasing pain and stress and helps to balance the body with healing frequencies. Overtoning is a technique whereby a practitioner allows themselves to be a channel to allow sacred healing sound and will then voice intuitively inspired sounds.
The practice of overtoning can have astonishing results. When you consider the scientific research acknowledging that sound can literally rearrange molecular structure, it is entirely possible for miraculous changes to occur including release of tension in the muscles, reduction or elimination of chronic pain, emotional release, realignment of the vertebrae and much more. Following a treatment, recipients of overtoning report feelings of deep inner peace and relaxation, blissful emotions, feeling light headed, release from physical pain, increased feelings of well-being and much more.
Fabien Maman, a French composer and bioenergeticist, experimented with the impact of sound waves on healthy cells and uterine cancer cells using a camera mounted on a microscope. When musical scales were sung to them, the diseased cells became disorganized. Maman also experimented with toning using two breast cancer patients. Each of the patients toned for three and a half hours a day for a month. In one case, the tumor completely vanished, while, when the other woman had her tumor surgically removed, the surgeon reported the malignant tumor had shrunk significantly in size and there were no metastases; the patient made a complete recovery.
Scientists at Michigan State University have found that listening to healing music significantly increases levels of interleukin-1 in the bloodstream. Interleukins are a family of proteins associated a variety of physical benefits including cellular protection against AIDS, cancer and other diseases. This same study also reduced levels of the stress hormone, cortisol in participants, which suppresses the immune system and is considered a significant contributing factor in modern diseases including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many more.
Healers and therapists working with sound and music today are fortunate to be able to follow in the footsteps of ancient traditions by combining the magic of healing sound with science and technology. We are rediscovering that we are open instruments of energy, from the tiniest sub-cellular level of our own bodies to the far reaches of our universe. By utilising this knowledge, healers and therapists are guiding humanity back to the roots of the most ancient healing practices, and creating a new frontier in the healing arts with sound as healer.