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SOUNDS OF HEALING:
A New Paradigm for Healing
"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
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SOUNDS OF HEALING : A New Paradigm for Healing: Mitchell Gaynor M.D.
Singing bowls are potent tools for restoring the inner balance of the body and awakening the deeper parts of ourselves. Steve Kahan has been playing singing bowls for 30 years, useing them as an extremely effective tool in his work.
Years before scientists had ever thought to research the relationship between the mind and body, let alone the influence of sound on either, Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan wrote: "The physical effect of sound has also a great influence upon the human body. The whole mechanism, the muscles, the blood circulation, the nerves are all moved by the power of vibration. Healing can be achieved by restoring the normal vibratory frequency of the disharmonious, and therefore diseased parts of the body. We know that sound is vibration and we know that all matter vibrates. We know that vibration touches every part of our physical being."
We understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our body. The sound of our voices, entrained with the sound of the singing bowls, permeates our entire being. Our pulse rate slows and our breath is restored to its normal rhythm. We enter a state of consciousness that allows us to witness our lives from a calmer, more meditative perspective. Singing bowl and sound intervention influence our cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
According to Dr. David Simon, medical director of neurological services at Sharp Cabrillo Hospital in San Diego, California, and medical director of the Chopra Center for Well-Being, healing chants and music have measurable physiological effects. Simon points out that chants are chemically metabolized into endogenous o-piates that are both internal painkillers as well as healing agents in the body.
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, who teaches at the California Institute for Human Science and directs his own center for Neuro-Acoustic Research, has undertaken pioneering studies of the physical effects of singing bowls and other sound frequencies. Thompson has even shown that singing bowls produce a sound comparable in frequency and tone to the sounds produced by the rings of Uranus (emanations are measured with state-of-the-art instruments by NASA scientists). Thompson has translated his research into powerful treatments for learning disabilities and a wide range of physical disorders.
Mark Rider, Ph.D., a research psychologist affiliated with Southern Methodist University, has conducted the largest series of studies to date on the powerful positive influence of music, often combined with imagery, on the protective cells of the immune system, which fight invading pathogens and perform the task of regenerating injured tissues.
-Reference: "Sounds of Healing" by Mitchell Gaynor M.D.
These findings, along with many others have supported the work Steve Kahan has done for the past 30 years. At HPI we have developed specific approaches to well being, wellness, and optimal functioning, performance enhancement, that make use of the principles of sound vibration (resonance) and entrainment.
What is Entrainment?
Entrainment is a physics phenomenon of resonance, first observed in the 17th century, that has an effect on all of us. Entrainment is defined as the tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony. It is also defined as a synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles. The principle of entrainment is universal, appearing in chemistry, pharmacology, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, astronomy,and architecture among other fields. The classic example shows individual pulsing heart muscle cells. When they are brought close together, they begin pulsing in synchrony. Sound waves entrain the human organism, causing that object to vibrate in resonance with the first object.
-Reference: Sound Feeling Publishing.
On one level, sound wave entrainment alters our energetic states, leading to physiological transformations, often very subtle. On another level, sound entrainment can affect us emotionally, which can thus influence us on a cellular level. Numerous studies have shown the degree to which stress, pessimism, and feelings of hopelessness depress every aspect of our immune system. Through the process of entrainment, sound can transform negative emotions into a state of emotional equanimity that has direct and immediate effects on our physiology. Sonic entrainment can also restore harmony between our innermost selves, our essence and the universe, thus awakening the deeper sides of ourselves (spiritual consciousness).
-Reference: "Sounds of Healing" by Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.