Fundamentals of Sound Healing
"In Egypt, when priests sing hymns to the Gods they sing the seven vowels in due succession and the sound has such euphony that men listen to it instead of the flute and the lyre."
The healing chapel at Deir
el-Bahari, Thebes, was dedicated to Amenhotep-son-of-Hapu, a deified
healing saint closely associated with ''Imhotep'' who is largely recognized
under the title of 'physician.'
Imhotep's repute was
so tremendous that, 1,500 years after his death, the Greeks identified
him with their healing god Asclepius. These two deified men ''Amenhotep-son-of-Hapu
and Imhote'' were usually worshipped together in the same Egyptian
healing temples. My acoustics research in the pyramids has provided
strong evidence that the Egyptians designed their chapels and burial
chambers to be reverberant in order to enhance ritualistic chant. (See
Egyptology section of this web site.) It is, therefore, very likely that
the ancient Egyptians were aware of the healing properties of sound long
before the Greeks.
Pythagoras (circa 500 BC) is credited as being the first person to use "music as medicine. The flute and the lyre were two of the primary instruments used by Pythagoras and his followers for healing purposes. He is also credited with being the first to understand musical intervals from his work with the monochord, a single-stringed instrument in which the string tension was established by a fixed weight.
considered that music contributed greatly to health, if used in the
right way "He called his method 'musical medicine" To the accompaniment
of Pythagoras" his followers would sing in unison certain chants" At
other times his disciples employed music as medicine, with certain
melodies composed to cure the passions of the psyche...anger and
Development of sound
healing in modern times
Resonance may be the most important principle of sound healing and has various definitions. In the context of healing humans or animals it can be described as the frequency of vibration that is most natural to a specific organ or system such as the heart, liver or lungs. This innate frequency is known as the prime resonance.
All cells emit sound as a consequence of their metabolic processes. There is an interaction between the cells own sounds and those imposed by the environment, including those applied by sound healing devices. The resonance principle relates to the cellular absorption of the healing sounds and/or their harmonics. In sound healing, resonance principles are employed to re-harmonize cells that have been (hypothetically) imprinted with disruptive frequencies. Such troublesome imprints may have been a result of toxic substances, emotional traumas, pathogens, or long-term exposure to noise pollution.
Another possible explanation of how sound is able to trigger the healing response relates to cellular ion channels. Situated within a cella membrane, ion channels are the means by which the cell receives nourishment and communicates with neighboring cells. In dysfunctional cells it is proposed that some of these vital channels are shut down causing cell senescence, so literally the cell is sleeping. In this hypothesis, sound opens the closed channels, supporting the cell to awaken and resume normal functioning and replication.
The work of Herbert Frohlich (Frohlich 1968) predicted that crystalline molecular arrays, within the structures of the human body, would be extremely sensitive to electromagnetic energy fields in the environment. (Again recalling that sound is always the precursor to electromagnetism.) His prediction was confirmed by a number of laboratories and his later work showed that cells also share data via electromagnetic transmissions, an effect termed ''coherence'' by Frohlich. (His work was later confirmed by Callahan 1975; Popp et al 1981, 1992.) It is generally believed that biological coherence is the means by which the body integrates processes such as growth, injury repair and defense.
All sounds have structure and form when manifest on membranes, including the surface membranes of cells. We are involved in research in our U.K. laboratory to image such sonic structures in order to further enhance our understanding of cellular mitosis cell division. It is possible that when the arrangement pattern of ion channels on the surface membrane of a cell is triggered by sonic energy pattern that match or at least come close to the geometric arrangement of the ion channel's, the ion channels will be stimulated, triggering the replication response.
The following graphic is an artist's impression of what we may see when the cellular cymatic imaging technique has been perfected:
Micro cymatics simulation by Dean Baker. The white arcs represent the
incoming sound field.
The pattern on the cell surface is caused by the interaction of the sound with the cell.
The role of intention in sound healing
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