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SOUND BATHING YOUR SOUL

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The history, science and magic of sound are all wound together. For me, that's where the core of sound healing lies. We can draw on the ancient and the new to build a practice that has so many health benefits.

But for many of us, myself included, it's a deeply spiritual practice, our subconscious gets space to dance, insights, messages, ancestral healing, trauma release, and deep soothing is all part of the journey of sound. 

 

I came into soundbathing a few years ago now, the clarity I got from the bowls was second to none, for a few brief moments the noise of my mind quietened and I could listen to myself again. It felt like a fast track to Samadhi.

 

Later on my journey into sound healing grew deeper and I began to train and learn internal sound healing. After the hardest year of my life, where I encountered trauma, loss and unbelievable challenges, sound was the only thing that saved me, healed me and brought me back to equalibirum.  

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SPIRITUAL LAYERS OF SOUND HEALING

On this page, I'll be sharing briefly some of the spiritual connections to sound healing and sound baths. It's up to each person and client on how much they connect to this part of the practice and how 'deep' they want to go.

+ Mindfulness aspects of the practice

+ Awareness of ourselves

+ Connecting to the heart

+ Intention setting

+ Chakra System

+ Ancient sound systems

+ Ancestral Healing

+ Trauma recovery

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practising mindfulness can involve breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

When we step into a soundbath, with a similar focus as mindfulness we can let go with more ease and be aware of the patterns of the mind. 

Practising with sound, for some, can take time, if we are overthinkers and very anxious it can take a few sessions before we let go or start to train the brain to stop thinking and gripping. 

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practising mindfulness exercises can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.

For me, in al my sessions as a teacher and healer, I guide with compassion and kindness, I aim to help clients let go of shame, regret, fear and anxiety. 

In some session at Echo, we draw meditation and sound together, check out the video below for a dream meditation, using the singing voice along with a guided meditation. 

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AWARENESS

Considering that on average about 65% of what we think on a daily basis is either redundant or negative, the need to talk differently to ourselves becomes obvious.

In order to achieve that and reach a dominant mindful state of existence, the brain needs to be re-trained and the dialogue between our ears requires to be changed. The committee in our heads requires to be put in its proper place. 

 

This begins with awareness, being conscious. For thousands of years sound has been a proven method for increasing one’s awareness. The humming of your own voice, the sound of water, the sound of a gong or a singing bowl, wind or the marvelous song of a bird can serve as a powerful bridge to the present, the place where awareness lies, the moment at hand. Awareness then allows you to notice downbeat thinking, to stop yourself and challenge it and replace it with a positive outlook.

GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF

For many of us we reside in the mind for most of the day, checking off the to-do list, grappling with the past, reaching towards the future. We may forget to take a deep breath, or get so caught up in work we forget to sip some water. 

When we take the time to lie down and be enveloped with sound, we give ourselves permission to check in. This might bring about awareness of tension, pain or hidden grief that we've kept ourselves busy, so we don't have to feel what's really happening. 

In the safe space and wisdom of sound we can curate a deeper relationship withourselves, in turn, we can manage our perception of others, we can be less reactionary and discover space and depth of awareness. 

THE HEART

The un-struct chord, the seat of our truth, our compassion, wonder and love. 

All organisms broadcast unique vibratory signatures. The heart is the receiving and responding organ that reads our energy fields.

The average human heart, a hollow muscle, beating at 72 beats per minute, will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during an average 66 year lifespan.

It pumps blood throughout the body, which is made up of about 50 trillion cells by repeated, rhythmic contractions. The heart orchestrates a harmony of rhythms which serve as barometers of the heart’s status and health.

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They have found that an amazing 60 - 65 % of heart cells are neural cells like those in your brain. These cells are clustered in groups, or ganglia, just like the neural groupings of the brain, and the same neurotransmitters function in both places. These connections provide the pathway of nonstop, direct dialogue – or resonance – between our head and heart. In addition, the heart’s ganglia connect to many other tiny ganglia, or “nonlocalized brains”, scattered throughout the body. The “heartbrain” communicates within the body neurally, hormonally, and energetically.

The heart’s electromagnetic field (EMF), which is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain, is strong enough to be measured as far as 15 feet around the body.

Heartbeats are like the contracting and expanding movements of the universe. Your heart is as essential to life as the sun to our solar system.

Among the first sounds you experienced in your mother’s womb were the internally resounding rhythms of her heart. Sounds that can also be interpreted as the steady beat of a drum or the rhythmic drone of gongs.

The heart’s physical centrality to your existence has its correspondence in the undeniable reality of emotions: variable heartbeat frequencies indicating different feelings of affection, desire and delight, as well as pounding out our rages, fears and vulnerabilities.

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SETTING AN INTENTION

Intention is everything when it comes to working with Sound.

I often ask all my clients to set an intention, as it can make the journey more profound.

It is however important we do not cling to the intention, as different things can arise during a soundbath. 

Self-awareness is important when setting intentions. It’s the ability to possess the knowledge, understanding, and recognition of who you are. Knowing yourself means being mindful of your disposition, character, motives, strengths, weaknesses, passions, and desires.

 

An intention is a commitment to yourself. It’s something to be, rather than something to achieve. Intention-setting involves focusing your thoughts in the particular direction of what you want to bring about or manifest. The first step is deciding that you want to accomplish something specific or, more importantly, to make a change.

Working with Sound can be hugely transformative, so it's vital we call in intentions to cultivate change, joy, peace, harmony and love.

CHAKRAS

The chakras are an integral part fo sound healing, whether you are using the Solfeggio Frequencies or a Chakra singing bowl set, we can rebalance the whole system through sound. 

What at Chakras?

The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body. You've probably heard people talk about "unblocking" their chakras, which refers to the idea that when all of our chakras are open, energy can run through them freely, and harmony exists between the physical body, mind, and spirit.

Chakra translates to "wheel" in Sanskrit, and you can imagine them like wheels of free-flowing positive energy.

Below I've included 7 sound meditations, to help rebalance and unblock your chakras. In each video, there is a full description of each Chakra. 

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