Resonance - Singing Bowls...

Resonance - Warmth, Complexity, Variability, Freedom, Multiple Harmonics, and Tonal Balance
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Resonance

Have you ever met an individual whom you felt instantly drawn to? Perhaps this person became a good friend whom you just liked being around. Did you ever wonder why you were so attracted to that person? Chances are they did not have that effect on everyone they met, although there are such magnetic people in the world. It is likely there was something else at work in that invisible attraction - vibration and resonance....

Back when I was studying ethnomusicolgy I became very interested in the sounds of the Tibetan Singing Bowls and the effects that they had on my physical and mental states as I played and/or listened to them.

Recently, I began doing research for an upcoming project that once again brought me to the science of vibration and how we relate to it. Once again, I was drawn to the art of singing bowls.

Now before you continue reading, you may go to the website below to see a great video on singing bowls. However, this link is listed again at the end of this blog so if you prefer to wait, that's fine too:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/758444/positive_vibrations_tibetan_buddhist_singing_bowls/

Each singing bowl is very different just like people. Some love to sing with the full moon while others love to sing with the wind. The vibrations of these bowls can touch each of us in our own special way, helping us to hear our own inner song (if we are willing to listen). At the same time, it can quiet and calm you. This is the power of singing bowls: to help us get in touch with ourselves, our own vibration(s).

Modern physics and ancient wisdom have taught us that the universe is made of tiny particles in the ocean of space. These dancing particles are in constant motion. Motion can be thought of as vibration, as oscillation. Our cells, and the smaller particles that make up our being, vibrate constantly. Vibration can be measured in terms of frequency, which we may think of as the size and speed of a vibration. Our internal systems vibrate at certain frequencies which scientists are beginning to measure. Technologies like ultrasound work because different types of tissues vibrate at different frequencies. Dentists uses sound to blast the plaque off teeth. Sound is regularly being used in many types of therapy to help reduce pain and speed healing. Ancient wisdom has long understood the nature of internal vibration. Traditional texts from India tell us that the universe is sound and in cultures around the world, sound is part of spiritual practice and everyday life.

There exists within all matter the potential for certain vibrations. In very complex organizations of matter, such as a human being, and in less complex organizations, like a singing bowl, there exists the potential for many different vibrations. In the case of a singing bowl, factors such as the composition of the alloy, age of the metal, the shape, thickness and size of the bowl will produce various frequencies and tonal qualities. In a human being, there are many types of tissues which vibrate at different frequencies. The potential for vibration is activated when an outside force in introduced and sets the vibration into motion. In other words, when a bowl is struck, it rings. In the case of a human being, we are always 'ringing' because we are always moving (think of movement not only in terms of walking around, but also the subtle movement of our heart beating, breathing, and even the activity of our nervous system).

Each of us has certain unique characteristics, and therefore certain unique vibrational frequencies. Just as our voices are different, the vibrational qualities of our entire being varies slightly from one person to the next. This subtle variety of frequencies is part of our individuality. There is a lot of material on the internet about the 'correct' tone for various chakras and organs. This material should be used as a guide to get people started when learning about frequency and vibration. It is not completely possible to say that one frequency will have the same effect on every person. It is not as simple as saying F is a heart tone, B is a crown tone, however it is a good place to begin. As the individual starts to experiment more with tone and frequency, they will become more tuned in with what really resonates to them and the particular chakra they are working with. You see, it is likely that each heart will vibrate at a slightly different frequency. Perhaps this partially explains why we fall in love with one person and not another; our hearts resonate, vibrating together at a frequency which feels like beautiful music.

You can take two singing bowls which sound very similar - virtually identical - and place them on the floor very close together. When you strike one of the bowls, the other bowl will begin to sing without touching it. However, only some of the tones will sing. The frequencies that sing in the untouched bowl are the frequencies which the two bowls share. Each bowl has the potential to vibrate at many frequencies, but only common vibrations will sing through this sympathetic vibration.

Antique singing bowls produce many frequencies at once. The complex tone is delightful to hear and to feel. The multiple harmonics and the sympathetic vibration they induce are the main reasons we enjoy the tone of singing bowls. Many people feel that singing bowls sound 'almost human.' To me, that means the listener is responding to the complexity and warmth of the multiple harmonics. The human voice also produces multiple harmonics. The most pleasing voices also share some of the characteristics of a fine antique singing bowl: warmth, complexity, variability, freedom, multiple harmonics, and tonal balance.

To see a great video on singing bowls, go to:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/758444/positive_vibrations_tibetan_buddhist_singing_bowls/

3 comments

  • Marlene Rodriguez, LMT

    Marlene Rodriguez, LMT

    Thank you for the beautifully written article on resonance and singing bowls. I have been interested in acquiring one for some time now, and was gifted one by my wonderful son this holiday. It is absolutely beautiful dyed a cranberry color and inscribed with lotus flowers and sanskrit writting of "om mani padme hum" I have never received a more wonderous gift. I will be using it for healing of myself and others. I too am researching and so I enjoyed reading your blog and wish you health and prosperity in life. :love::love::)

    Thank you for the beautifully written article on resonance and singing bowls. I have been interested in acquiring one for some time now, and was gifted one by my wonderful son this holiday. It is absolutely beautiful dyed a cranberry color and inscribed with lotus flowers and sanskrit writting of "om mani padme hum" I have never received a more wonderous gift. I will be using it for healing of myself and others. I too am researching and so I enjoyed reading your blog and wish you health and prosperity in life.
    lovelovesmile

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