I had tea with a dear friend who leaned in during our morning together and said, “You should try sound therapy.” It was like a lightning bolt went off in my body. While I am a big believer in music to free an environment, I gravitate toward the senses of sight, touch and smell far more than sound. This gaping hole in my own experience of space was ready to be activated! Let’s get a bit into sound today and understand its nature.
First off, lets start with the idea that sound is actually waves. Our ears can take in certain waves in the air and our brains decipher them. Based on the quality and type of wave, we have different emotional responses. I am so fascinated that our ears can’t “hear” the waves of cell phones and computers but then, these devices translate waves like other brains for us, into sounds we know and understand. That said our air is rife with more “waves” of sound than ever. This is all energy. It’s part of why I am so sensitive to high-electronic environments, for at some level too many waves around me tend to make my own thoughts feel dispersed. Do you have that response?
We are electric. We need to recharge our own energies. I write a lot about color effects on our lives, and color is a wavelength as well. Some rare (and I feel, lucky!) individuals can actually see music as colors. They have a form of what is called synesthesia that defines how their brains and bodies process certain sensory information. I happen to feel things intensely and physically when I see them, which is how I account for my own personal aesthetic and my work in interiors and environments. Synesthesia is a big topic that we will delve into soon, but for today, lets look at magical sound.
Singing bowls produce different “notes” of music that are said to help integrate your body energy, help you to focus and get aligned physically and emotionally. Big stuff, I know. Now, I can’t make a real claim for the ability of anything to heal your body or mind, but I can share my experience. When I “sang” my own bowl that arrived yesterday, both dogs were engaged and at attention. The house felt at ease. My own thoughts became very still for a moment. As I play with it, I love it more and more. Mine is a D note, I feel… very creatively inspired. Each singing bowl plays its own notes. The notes vibe with different areas of your body’s energy . This I definitely feel for myself. It’s a new experience to enjoy!
This neat chart from breaks down the energies and notes that correlate with different parts of your body, different colors, and your life. I thought it was a fascinating way to integrate sound and color and life.
I will be using my beautiful bowl to clear the air at home. It really is beautiful!