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    Sound and self-transcendence

    What is your relationship with sound?

    What is your relationship with sound?
    Maybe it’s just a sense that allows you to take in information. Maybe, it’s a musical composition that releases the dopamine essential to get you through life or a quiver of frequencies that challenge the ‘off’ vibrations in your body.
    Regardless of what sound is to you – and if you’re privileged enough to have the ability to hear – the relationship between you and your ears is longterm. So just like any other longterm relationship, it’s in your best interest to understand how it works. And, more importantly, how we can best understand it to become our transcended selves.

    Using sound as a therapeutic tool is an ancient concept.

    Scientifically, the way in which sound interacts with the body in relation to healing still has no valid explanation as a phenomenon, but the theory behind the movement is becoming progressively stronger. Using sound as a therapeutic tool is an ancient concept. It was used in daily life and rituals by the Aboriginal people with the didgeridoo, Tibetan Monks with singing bowls and a wide spread of other cultures around the world – all with the intention to bring harmony to the body and heighten a state of meditation.
    Sound healer and frequency guru Avishai Barnatan explains that the modern context of the practice is ever-evolving into a widespread modality. The primary concept is derived from quantum physics in the sense we are living in a vibrational universe. As humans, our personal cluster of vibrating atoms can be brought out of harmony by our external environment. When there is dissonance we experience physical and mental pain.
    Certain frequencies produced by therapeutic tools (be it a crystal bowl or Tingsha cymbals) are believed to realign the vibrations in our body. Avishai’s sound healing ceremonies are based around Tibetan singing bowls. I’ve personally experienced a handful of his ceremonies and would mostly describe them as a blissful deep meditation that takes you out of your body. it can definitely bring about immense discomfort at times – kind of like the vibrational equivalent of a masseuse working through a knot in a muscle. At first, it hurts but after you work through it, the sensation is of pure euphoria. The aftermath of your holistic wellbeing post sound therapy is hard to put into words, but simply, you just feel harmonious. Vibrational sound therapy has been said to help with stress, anxiety, menstrual pain, muscle pain, and many more health issues.
    If you don’t have the resources or time to seek out a sound healing ceremony a more accessible sonic tool is soundscapes. These are acoustic or digitally made sound environments that are primarily ambient sounds with no spoken words.
    For years I used to wake up between the 1:27 am and 1:35 am every single night. I had no explanation for it. I was told it could be my liver cleansing my blood or it could be a dietary issue at play. It was a problem because it normally took me an hour or sometimes longer to get back to sleep. But, after doing a deep dive into the potential cause, I solved it in a day: I started going to sleep listening to the acoustic soundscape of rain and native American flutes. The sound of flutes literally cured me, allowing me to get a full night’s sleep for the first time in months.
    I know it sounds ridiculous at first, but this coincides with the Binaural Beats theory that suggests brainwave frequencies synchronise to specific hertz when listening to tones through the ears. In my case, the rhythmic ticking sound of rainfall and soft flute tones send my brainwave frequencies into a state of rest.
    Although it’s still theoretical, I see sound as one of the most powerful and underappreciated forms of healing. Between sound healing ceremonies and hour-long soundscape videos on YouTube, I’ve been transported into states of deep relaxation and tapped into powerful creative focus.
    *If all the rain and flute soundscapes on the interweb combined to make artificial intelligence that went on a conquest for world domination, I would literally pledge my allegiance.*
    Check out a few of my go-to soundscapes via YouTube.
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