A thing happened. It reminded me that I can never educate enough and that under all circumstances we must choose wisely and consider carefully the powerful currents of belonging over fitting in.
Let me explain…
If you have followed me even for a short time you know me, I can exist in the black and white…the science, yet I am a lover of the beyond and the unseen world, that elusive area of grey. More so, I love to explain and educate and share insight about the unseen world as it applies to the black and white world and vice verse. There is more to the story… always!
I gotta tell you, I feel pretty well trained to exist in the black and white science of the world. My education post-high school and “evidenced-based” profession of 25 years have trained me well. And to be honest, there is this part of my brain that thrives and craves the sciences, facts of life forms and physics. It literally makes me tingle. Odd but true for a practitioner who resides, lives and works in the gray area of the unseen world…that of the beyond.
There is no irony here. This combo actually makes me a pretty good channeler of information, wisdom, and insight from the unseen world. I am a Channeler. I am a Messenger. I get to share with humans, my experience as relayed to me from spirit, the universe. It is through that sharing I can help others access this ability to hear, see and experience the unseen world.
My job, as I see it, is to give things that are hard to explain, a language for those who are interested, intrigued, and want to know the bigger part of the story of our BEing-ness.
For those of you who have not had a session with me, sound and vibration are a HUGE part of the session. Everything from vocal toning and accessing the sound current, the use of my sound table with specifically chosen tracks to assist in the movement of energy, to the 7 gorgeous crystal quartz sound bowls that are truly like having 7 additional healers in the room with me. Essentially, my energy medicine sessions revolve around and through sound and vibration. Click here to learn more about Energy Medicine, Sound Medicine, and sessions with me.
A relevant little sidebar…
Most of you know that my husband Ed & I moved our practice to a professional suite following the sale of our beloved James St building last September. In the pursuit of finding a place to practice, we specifically sought an environment that was professional, clean, accessible, and great parking.
We actually found our new place pretty easily and have been practicing there, sharing a suite up until about a month ago when I got an email from the manager who requested a meeting regarding a complaint of the “vibrations” that were coming from our suite and how it was violating the lease agreement.
I was impressed that the language was that of “vibration”, which was dead on accurate! All the rest was an affront, noxious, and offensive to MY senses. Clearly, I did not belong in this place, nor did I have any desire whatsoever to fit in!
I moved my energy medicine practice because this quite literally was the opposite energy through which I carry out my sessions. I was not going to battle, because I knew I would not win, and for me, it would never be about winning. These simply are not my people, not my monkey, and no amount of convincing or debating would resolve the issue of dissonance.
[Dissonance: Lack of harmony among musical notes. A tension or clash resulting from the combination of two disharmonious or unsuitable elements]
As I read through that email and lease agreement, it struck me that there is so much opportunity for education on Sound Therapy and Sound Medicine. Unique to sound compared to other modalities of Energy Medicine, there is actually quite a lot of science and iteration to explain the efficacy of how sound heals.
Yet truthfully, there is an aspect of it that simply must be experienced.
Again, one of my passions is being able to understand the science and apply it to grey areas of our existence in the unseen world of energy. Some of the unseen world can be explained through science, but many people have been programmed to think of energy work as snake oil, hippie, woo-woo and wackadoo!
Fair enough for those uneducated about it. Judgment is one way to approach the unknown, for sure.
But for those of you who are intrigued by how you are impacted by sound, who want to know more about why your hearing or body is so sensitive to sound in your environment, why you resonate with certain musical artists, why/how the rhythmic and tidal sounds of the ocean calm you, how sound actually heals and why I have found it so profoundly powerful in my treatment session.. here is your information! Brought to you by the newest episode of Mindstruck! Meditation & Awareness Studio podcast.
Closing the loop…
As for the abrupt yet so very perfect, significant and expansive move from that professional suite, I am now practicing out of Bellingham Yoga Collective, a gorgeous Yoga studio on Bellingham’s newly developed waterfront overlooking Bellingham Bay. It is a stunning space with a lovely community of people. Some of you might remember that I had already begun to teach my weekly Breath & Meditation class at this studio. Now, because my bowls are already in the healing room where I carry out my sessions, I can easily move them to the yoga studio for my weekly Breath & Meditation class. If you are local, come experience Sound, Breath & Meditation every Tuesday 8:15- 9:15 am.
As for Ed…he moved downstairs to another suite in the same building (the manager was very apologetic & accommodating and went out of his way to help us) to a slightly smaller room since he needed less space. Apparently, my bowls took up quite a bit of space! Meanwhile, I get to see my pediatric clients in this room as well. a perfect solution!
It couldn’t have summated any better. All is well. The move, albeit inconvenient, really served to remind me to keep educating. Even more so, this particular episode of life reminded me that belonging is a gift. We should take this seriously and choose wisely, not just fit in!
Brene Brown’s Netflix special aired in a very timely way for me and has proved to be one of the most supportive and powerful talks I have had the pleasure of witnessing. In a very synchronistic way, it created so much buoyancy to this phase in my life as I expanded through vulnerability into integrity with what is right and true for me and for my clients.
“Fitting in is becoming who you think you need to be in order to be accepted. Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens, you belong to you” ~Brene’ Brown
SOUND THERAPY…Details, Physics & Healing Sessions
“When properly mobilized, sound can specifically entrain the human organism toward greater harmony and homeostasis that it requires to remain vibrant and to regenerate after injury or illness”
~ Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD
An array of Sound Therapy Modalities are utilized within Energy Medicine Sessions:
Crystal Quartz Sound Bowls:
7 crystal quartz sound bowls, each representing the frequency of the 7 major chakras
Sound Table & Sound Pillow:
The sound table is used to impact an array of body parts focusing on specific challenges in the body, such as anxiety, tendon repair, endocrine balancing, and the digestive system.
Tuning forks entrain the body’s vibration and return it to its “optimum”, natural healthy resonance. Tuning fork frequencies are effective tools for use in Sound Therapy and are used in conjunction with singing bowls, sound table, and vocal toning.
Just as with the other sound therapy modalities, the sound and vibration of Elizabeth’s voice creates a shift in the vibration of tissue or a body part of its inherently healthy state. Vocal sounds send a ripple of vibration through the client’s physical body and the energy body surrounding it.
The vibration of the tone ripples through the body and subtle energy system, drawing upon the client’s own body’s natural inbuilt systems of self-healing to strengthen and balance the electromagnetic field.
Clients are also encouraged to carry out vocal toning as a home practice. Our thoughts and feelings are carried in the tone of our voice through vocal toning it is possible to restore health by stimulating the circulation and releasing held emotions and impacted memories.
HOW SOUND HEALS & WHY IT’S RELEVANT
Sound as therapy can provide results for a variety of issues including:
- Sleep disorders
- Stress management
- Pain management
Water is the key to sound as a healing modality
We know for sure that water is of major importance to all living things. In fact, up to 90% of some organism’s body weight comes from water. For humans, the adult body is composed of up to 60%water.
According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry: Major Organisms & Their Water Composition
- Brain & Heart ~> 73%
- Lungs~> 83%
- Skin ~> 64%
- Muscles & Kidneys~> 79%
- Bones~> 31%
Water is essential for all major functions in our body:
- BUILDING MATERIAL: A vital nutrient to the life of every cell
- REGULATES our internal body temperature through sweating and respiration
- TRANSPORTS & METABOLIZES carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food in the bloodstream
- FILTERING flushing waste mainly through urination…
- SHOCK ABSORBER for the brain, spinal cord, and fetus
- DIGESTION forms saliva and digestive compounds.
- LUBRICATES soft tissue & joints for movement
There simply would not be you, me, or any other living thing without the existence of ample water supply on Earth. There is not one cell in your body that is not affected by and made up of water.
IT’S A MATTER OF PHYSICS…Water + Vibration + Sound
Everything in the universe is vibrating
- Physical matter
Everything in the universe has its own frequency at which it vibrates (this can be measured by science).
Though it has been proven by science it is sometimes very challenging to imagine that sound vibration can have an impact on the cells of our body.
Take for example diagnostic ultrasound used in the soft tissue of the body; ultrasound techniques used to break up kidney stones, and ultrasound you might receive to facilitate rehab of a tissue injury by your physical therapist. These are examples of inaudible sound as healing or diagnostic modalities.
Sound Vibration & RESONANCE
Resonance is the ability of one thing to cause another to vibrate.
Sound & Vibration Experiment with Water
Taking a large quartz sound bowl and fill it about half way with water The bowl has its own natural frequency a specific note and when played will sound that note, let say E.
The vibration that is produced through the solid quartz when the wand rubs the bowl produces a vibration. This creates water movement. The vibration produces waves, which move the water.
First, it looks like shallow rippling waves. With consistent playing over a few minutes, the waves begin to bump into each other and off the walls of the quartz creating what looks like sparkling water with waveforms.
As the water increasingly vibrates, it spits up, effervesces and bubbles as long as the wand on the bowl is producing the vibration. At the same time, an actual sound is being produced, the E note that is the resonant frequency of the bowl.
The bowl and the water resonated. This is the basis in which sound can facilitate health and well being and even change cells from challenged to healthy states.
“When properly mobilized, sound can specifically entrain the human organism toward greater harmony and homeostasis that it requires to remain vibrant and to regenerate after injury or illness” ~ Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD
Entrainment is when one rhythm causes another to synchronize.
Remember that everything has a natural inherent frequency
- Everything vibrates at its own natural frequency.
- You vibrate at your own natural frequency.
- The chair you are sitting on
- The car you are driving
- The bed that you sleep on, and
- Every cell in your body has its own natural frequency.
In effect your body, and its natural frequency is made up of the compilation of the vibrations of every cell in your body and is impacted by the following two laws:
- Resonant Dominance is the law of resonance that a stronger vibration will overcome and entrain a weaker vibration into the same vibration of the more dominant frequency.
- Transformative Resonance is the law that a stronger vibration can actually transform the resonant frequency of an object so that its resonant frequency becomes that of the dominant frequency.
Sound Therapy uses the law of resonant dominance and transformative resonance to shift cells, organs, and the body as a whole toward its inherent natural healthy resonant frequency.
Sickness/Dis-ease/is essentially a result of some part of the body becoming out of tune with its natural frequency
In shifting from sickness, or dis-ease, it is a matter of resonating with the healthy frequency of that part of the body, helping it to return to its natural healthy vibration where it can once again resonate at its natural healthy frequency.
In Sound Therapy we entrain the body part with dis-ease and retune the body part to its natural state of health.
An inquiry from a client:
Q: Hi Elizabeth,
I recently purchased a crystal-singing bowl tuned to C and designed to resonate with the root chakra. My husband was just diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and has started treatment (which has already shocked his system making him very sick). I am just wondering how I might structure the use of the bowl (morning/night etc.) to provide healing support for him. He is open to complementary experiences along this current path. Just curious…
A: Dear Lucinda,
I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s current health challenges. It is so beautiful and serendipitous that you have found yourself with such a gorgeous healing modality at this time. I use singing crystal bowls in my Energy Medicine practice for healing. The C bowl, Root bowl, is lovely in supporting the physical structure through the cancer treatment. It reminds the energy body of its inherent natural state of health which is mirrored through the first (etheric body) layer. It helps people stay present in their physical form through the discomfort of health challenges and treatments.
Chanting Chakra sounds along with the singing bowl are profoundly healing. Further, your husband toning sounds as he plays the bowls is like him finding his own power in his healing, his soul’s song. As you can see there are layers to this healing process. The bowl creates the sound, which is the vehicle and frequency for deep transformation and healing. Like any practice, if your husband can step into using the bowls for himself he has a lifelong, ongoing tool for self-healing. Likewise, if he can fully receive as you facilitate healing, he is healing on another level.
The following are the sounds for each major Chakra: all of these sounds rhyme with “mom”. I suggest toning with the bowls using these sounds. The actual note you tone is less important than your intention and the vowel sound you form. I suggest joining the bowl in creating frequencies for healing. I also remind you as a healer to allow the sound to move through you for your own healing. You too are a channel. Allow and trust the sound to do the work. The sound will drench the parts of his physical and subtle bodies where it is most needed. Trust your knowingness and teach your husband to trust knowingness in this exercise of allowing. Energetically speaking when we hit a health crisis it is our beings way of asking us to pay attention and care for ourselves in deep and profound ways.
Chakra 1 “LAAAAAAAM “
Chakra 2 “VAAAAAAAM”
Chakra 3 “RAAAAAAAM”
Chakra 4 “YAAAAAAAM”
Chakra 5 “HAAAAAAAM”
Chakra 6 “OHHMMMMMM”
Chakra 7 all sounds combined
Sending you and your husband heaps love and light.
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Until next time, if nothing else… remember, peace in your internal world largely and profoundly… if not miraculously, transfers over to peace in the external world.
Peace In~ Peace Out!