Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


What is Sound Healing?

Cultures the world over use sound to attune to, invoke, and transform consciousness. Sound is a powerful tool, because it is vibrational in nature, and we are vibrational beings. Indeed the most modern science shows us that all life is vibrational in nature. This is in line with age-old mystical thought of most cultures, which often alludes to the vibrational nature of Creation. The Hindus have a saying, "Nada Brahma", which means: all is sound, or all of creation is sound. They suggest that the primordial sound of manifest creation is the sound of ‘Aum’, or Om, and that if we were to attune to the creative spirit, we would hear this sound.

Science and Western allopathic medicine are validating what shamans have known for millennia. Long before history and the written word, music and healing have been inseparable in the practices of shamanic healing and of mantra as a musical prayer for healing. Contemporary holistic healers, spiritual healers, reiki masters, shamanic healers, practitioners who work with crystal healing and chakra healing, and with the myriad other aspects of the alternative medicine healing arts: all are increasingly aware that with the introduction of the healing energy of sound, energy healing is catalyzed to potentate their healing abilities and the miraculous touch of their healing hands. Sound healing is increasingly embraced as the oldest, most gentle and most profound method of healing there is.

Whatever one's beliefs, we all know the power of the spoken word, of music, of chants and sung melodies, which can move us into ecstatic states of rapture or deep states of despair. There is an inherent potency to the very nature of the sound itself and its emotional content, which can be amplified or enhanced by the spoken or sung verse. While so much music in Western culture has moved more into the secular arenas of entertainment, music in many cultures has historically held a deeply sacred space in the hearts and minds of their peoples, used as a catalyst to deeper insight, wisdom, transformation or growth.

Sound itself has an inherent transformative power. Sound is attuned to the creative matrix of the universe. By coupling sound, or music, with pure intention, to attune to, invoke, or transform one's consciousness, we indeed have stepped into a powerful place.

Sound healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment which becomes a catalyst for healing in the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual aspects of our being. To become healed simply means to become whole.

While intent is not a necessary ingredient to effect change with the use of sound, pure - or clear - intention brings power to every facet of our being. We cannot function without our intention (you are intending now to read this page). The more we are able to couple our actions with clear or pure intention, the greater our acts can manifest.

The intentional use of sound adds power to the conduit, whether it is through the use of an instrument or voice. By surrendering to the highest good, we ourselves become that conduit, or instrument, for peace, for healing, change, or growth. By coupling our highest and clearest integrity with our intention, we come into the greatest focus in the use of sound or any healing modality. While sound can be generated from voice, instruments, recorded sounds or music or tone generators, the more deeply and clearly we have coupled clear intentions for the highest good of the recipients in generating those sounds, the greater the outcome.

Whether you call it the Word, Aum or Om, or something else, creation stories around the world identify sound as the creative force by which the Divine Source manifested first light, and then the material reality. It follows that which created all that is, can also transform all that is. Reported benefits of sound healing include the unique, deeply relaxing (and therefore healing) benefits of harmonic overtones, which induce the rare state of Theta brainwave activity while still conscious; the pizo-electric stimulation of meridian lines, acupressure and acupuncture points by the vibration of sound (enjoyed in the comfort of your home and without needles); and the alleviation of energy blockages in the chakras as the karma you are ready to release disappears quickly and with minimal effort.

Theta brainwave activity-inducing harmonic overtones of healing instruments include:

  • Tibetan singing bowls
  • Crystal singing bowls
  • Didjeridoo sounds
  • Gongs
  • Flute
  • Tuning forks
  • Solfeggio frequencies
  • Binaural beats

World Sound Healing Organisation

On-Line Sound Healing website

“There will come a time when a diseased condition will not be described as it is today by physicians and psychologists, but it will be spoken of in musical terms, as one would speak of a piano that was out of tune.”

Rudolph Steiner

At Anam Cara we run regular Sound Therapy Workshops, often combining the experience with integrated meditation, relaxation and visualisation exercises. This all helps individuals connect more deeply to their inner, cellular, body intelligence as well as their deeper, authentic, emotional intelligence. It encourages stepping into a greater inner confidence and trust of their true selves. And it enables a higher, altered state and expansion of consciousness to be experienced - the realm of our potential, growth, altruistic and self-healing capabilities.