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Sound meditation is a very accessible and beneficial self-care practice. Passively listening a singing bowl, a drum a harp a wide variety or other musical tools or instruments and/or actively singing or chanting or playing an instrument, “can positively affect our minds as well as our physiology” (Gaynor, pg. 16, 1999). These positive effects are often called the relaxation response, which is “the response that is opposite of the ‘fight-or-flight’ or stress response” (Benson, pg. 56, 2010). What we feel in this state is a calmer mind, a decrease in heart rate and respiration and more ease overall.

Entrainment is one was that sound can elicit the relaxation response. Entrainment is a “phenomenon of sound in which the powerful vibrations of one object actually change those of another” so that the second object will “synchronize with the first” (Goldman, pgs. 16-17, 2017). The counterbalance to sound, which is equally important, is silence. Most people in lack any time in their waking lives to experience silence, unless they actively cultivate that practice. New research now shows that ,”silence relieves stress and tension in the brain and body”. The sound and the silence are both beneficial.

Many of the mind/body benefits of using sound as a wellness practice have been written about by Dr. John Beaulieu. His book, Human Tuning, specifically describes the effects of musical intervals on the mind and body. The following italicized sections about the musical intervals are excerpts from pages 76-81 in Human Tuning. The italicized descriptions of the singing bowls alchemies are from the Crystal Tones website. Choose a recording based on the effect you would like to experience based upon the musical interval and the crystal alchemies of the singing bowl pair.

It is optimal to set aside a time for silence after listening to the recording. Explore setting a timer for 10 minutes. Each recording lasts about 5 minutes and then you will have 5 minutes of silence after the sound has stopped to experience the integration of the practice. Each person is different and each day is different. Be open to being drawn to different recordings on different days or at different times of the day. This sound meditation library is my final project for the Integrative Sound and Music Institute‘s certificate program through the Open Center. Please reach out if you would like to experience a live sound session customized for you.

SOUND MEDITATION LIBRARY

A SECOND

INTERVAL: Enhances creative thinking and interrupts cyclic thinking; balances ovaries, promotes fertilization and enhances attachment of fetus to uterine wall.

ALCHEMIES: C# Ocean Gold- energies that encourage loving communication; a remarkable sonic tool for mastering the art of flow; D# Aqua Aura Gold-helps balance the overly analytical mind and transmute blockages that cause disharmony & deeply and quickly entrains the auric fields for shifting & Dead Sea Salt-sacred healing and purification; a grounding transmitter to support physical healing by aiding our own self-healing energies.

A THIRD

INTERVAL: Motivation; focus on goal; getting things done; stimulates digestion; balances liver and upper GI tract; balances respiratory diaphragm.

ALCHEMIES: D# Aqua Aura Gold-helps balance the overly analytical mind and transmute blockages that cause disharmony & deeply and quickly entrains the auric fields for shifting; & Dead Sea Salt-sacred healing and purification; a grounding transmitter to support physical healing by aiding our own self-healing energies; F# Charcoal-the ultimate sound portal for clarity, personal vision and release of physical, emotional, and spiritual toxins; can help dissipate confusion and achieve balance.

A FOURTH

INTERVAL: Down-regulates amygdala; a grounding interval for our thoughts; balances temporal bones and TMJ release.

ALCHEMIES: C# Ocean Gold-energies that encourage loving communication; a remarkable sonic tool for mastering the art of flow; F# Charcoal-the ultimate sound portal for clarity, personal vision and release of physical, emotional, and spiritual toxins; can help dissipate confusion and achieve balance.

A FIFTH

INTERVAL: General tonic; immune enhancement; balances sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system; directly stimulates nitric oxide release; balances pituitary gland.

ALCHEMIES: C# Ocean Gold-energies that encourage loving communication; a remarkable sonic tool for mastering the art of flow; G# Pink Aura Gold-a companion of unconditional and courageous love; resonates the enacting of all activities from a heart-centered origin; guides the heart to inspire the mind.

A SIXTH

INTERVAL: Stimulates the pineal gland; gives insight into problem solving; works with moods by clearing our past processes, including past lives and lifts our spirits.

ALCHEMIES: C# Ocean Gold-energies that encourage loving communication; a remarkable sonic tool for mastering the art of flow; A# Malachite-a transformational doorway to our ancestral connectedness; the sacredness of ceremony, and the importance of the work we are doing now on this planet & Platinum-unifies astral and physical body fields; a super harmonizer/balancer; calming, steadying, grounding effect for perfect attunement resonance.

A SEVENTH

INTERVAL: Stimulates cerebrospinal fluid; releases cranial sutures; balances parietal bones; shapes inspirations into dream forms.

ALCHEMIES: D# Aqua Aura Gold-sacred healing and purification; a grounding transmitter to support physical healing by aiding our own self-healing energies & Dead Sea Salt-sacred healing and purification; a grounding transmitter to support physical healing by aiding our own self-healing energies; C# Sedona Red Rock-a transformational doorway to our ancestral connectedness; the sacredness of ceremony, and the importance of the work we are doing now on this planet & Platinum-unifies astral and physical body fields; a super harmonizer/balancer; calming, steadying, grounding effect for perfect attunement resonance.

AN OCTAVE

INTERVAL: Space, openness, freedom of expression; joint flexibility; balances sacrum with occiput.

ALCHEMIES: C# Ocean Gold-energies that encourage loving communication; a remarkable sonic tool for mastering the art of flow; C# Sedona Red Rock-a transformational doorway to our ancestral connectedness; the sacredness of ceremony and the importance of the work we are doing now on this planet & Platinum-unifies astral and physical body fields; a super harmonizer/balancer; calming, steadying, grounding effect for perfect attunement resonance.

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