Daily Om Week One

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Sound Healing
by Jonathan GoldmanLesson 1: The Physics Of Sound


Greetings and welcome to this, the opening week of the Sound Healing
On-line Course. It is my pleasure to introduce you to the extraordinary
world of sound as a healing and transformative modality.

During our time
together immersed in the world of sound, we will first begin by
bringing your awareness of the power of sound by both stimulating your
mind/brain as well as your ears. Then, we’ll endeavor to focus on the
power of your breathing and the importance of your breath. Next, I’ll
introduce the beginning of working with your voice and your own self
created sounds. We’ll continue with this aspect of sound—your own voice
as the most powerful and natural sound healing instrument—in the weeks
that follow. It is my intention that by the end of this lst Sound
Healing Online Course, you will gain the ability of using your voice to
resonate the energy centers in your etheric body, called the “chakras”,
as well as being able to project your own sound to different parts of
your physical body.

Please note that the
world of sound healing is more than simply a quick six or eight week
course. This is an introduction to the subject, with many important
exercises and much important material contained within. But in truth,
to truly understand and explore the world of sound healing is a
lifetime’s endeavor. Nevertheless, this Sound Healing Online course is
an extraordinary way of learning about the power of sound for
self-healing and transformation. Sound is an amazing tool for shifting
energy and accelerating consciousness. . It is my great desire to
introduce you to this tool and to take you on a journey to begin
establishing rapport with the energy of sound healing.

Please note that while
you will receive plenty of written material about sound, as well as
actual sounds that you’ll be able to download here, the majority of the
work/play with regard to your journey into the area of sound healing
has to do with your own personal experiences. The world of sound and
sound healing lies truly in the experiences that you have and not
simply from left brain written material. Both knowledge and experience
of sound are important and both are presented in this Online Course..

As I write at the
beginning of my latest book, THE 7 SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING (Hay
House), “I used to be a walking encyclopedia of sound” and this was
true. I could relate various theories, beliefs, systems and ideas about
sound from different sound healers and different spiritual masters. At
one point long ago in my research, I even put together an 800 page book
on this subject. It was all very fascinating, but perhaps less relevant
with regard to truly learning about the power of sound than the actual
experience of creating sound. While I could cite statistics, systems
and facts, the real understanding of sound healing seemed to elude me.
It wasn’t until I had experienced it myself, taking it from my mind
into my body that I truly began to understand the power of sound. .

Thus, I’m asking you
now not to place too much emphasis on the facts. I certainly want you
to have an understanding about the basic principles of sound. This
information is important, particularly for providing information on the
power of sound to effect us on a third dimensional level. But I also
ask you to realize that what truly matters is how your actual
experiences with sound affects you. Much of the emphasis of this course
will be on the exercises that accompany each of your lessons. The
experiences that you receive from these exercises are the true teachers
of sound.

Knowing our busy
schedules, I realize that asking more than 30 minutes of your time per
day to engage in any of these exercises may not be realistic. I do,
however, ask that with each of these exercises and techniques that you
devote at least 10 to 15 minutes per day to this.

For most, the world of
sound healing is subtle. If, for example, you want to experience the
vibrations of the “Oh” vowel sound in your solar plexus, you’re going
to need to really focus your attention. You’re also going to need to be
in a place where you will not be disturbed. Being in place of relative
quiet is also highly recommended.

The way you become
attuned to this subtlety is simple: you need to practice these
exercises in order to experience them. And the way you practice them is
equally simple—you must set aside enough time to do them.

For those of you who
are really enthusiastic, I’d like to suggest that you participate in
these exercises for more than 45 minutes, or at best an hour a day, but
no more. I tell you this, because sound can be extremely powerful. For
the time being, I ask you to dedicate, 10 to 15 minutes and no more
than an hour for these exercises. If you’re going to want to spend more
time with it, find yourself a local teacher on the physical plane who
can work with you and your needs.

I’m a big
believer in balance and from my perspective, a half hour a day is very
nice for maintaining balance in your life.

Now, it’s time for use
to begin our journey into sound through understanding some basic
principles about sound healing. At the conclusion of each chapter will
be exercises which embody the material we have focused on.

 

In the Beginning

If we examine the basic
tenents of most of the major spiritual traditions on this planet we
find a commonality in their ancient understanding of the creation of
the world through sound.

In Genesis, from the Old Testament, one of the first statements is
“And the Lord said ‘Let there be light!'”

In St. John, from the New Testament, it is written “In the beginning
was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

From the Vedas of the Hindu tradition comes the writing that “In the
beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word. And the Word is Braham.”

The Ancient Egyptians believed that the god “Thot” created the world
by his voice alone.

The Aztec legends tell the story of the creator, who sang the world
into creation.

In Polynesia, there were originally three great gods, who created the
world through the sound of blowing the sacred conch.

Many African legends, from different tribes, tell of the creation of
the world through sound.

The Hopi Indian’s story of creation tells of the animation of all
forms on earth by having the Spider Woman sing the Song of Creation over
them.

From Japan, the creator god uses sound to work with the sun goddess
to create the world.

In the Popul Vuh, from the Mayan tradition, the first real men are
given life by the sole power of the word.

The Dogon tribe of Africa has the same word for word for “speech” as
their word for “creation”.

The ancient mystery
schools which existed thousands of years ago in Rome, Athens, Egypt,
India, China and Tibet had vast knowledge of the power of sound to
heal. The various writings which have survived from those times
indicate that in those schools, the use of sound as a therapeutic tool,
was a highly developed spiritual science, based upon an understanding
that vibration was the fundamental creative force of the universe.

For those skeptics
among us, please note, that the power of sound to create form and shape
matter has been scientifically proven. In fact, here’s a quote from the
NY Times Science Section: “Sound shaped into dazzling new tool—can
make, break or rearrange molecular structure and levitate objects.”

If you want more proof,
I invite you to investigate the work of Dr. Hans Jenny and many other
pioneers in the field of Cymatics. Hans Jenny was a Swiss scientist who
spent many years of his life observing the effects of sound upon
inorganic matter. Many of us back in high school science might have
seen an experiment performed where a teacher scattered sand on a steel
plate and then played a violin next to it. The sound would begin to
move and take on very symmetrical shapes–very geometric and organic
looking. These experiments were based upon the work of an l8th century
German physicist named Ernst Chladni. Dr. Jenny’s work was a further
extension of this work. But instead of using sand and a violin, he used
various liquids, pastes, plastics and dust, and a sound generator
coupled to a crystal oscillator which created pure vibrational tones.

What Dr. Jenny observed
with these experiments were recorded and printed in a work entitled
CYMATICS (Macromedia press). As you can see, these inorganic
substances, take on. Within the hundreds of photographs taken by Dr.
Jenny of liquids, pastes, dust and plastics exposed to sound are
incredibly organic looking shapes and forms that resemble starfish,
human cells and organs, underwater and microscopic life, but are in
reality inorganic materials which had looked like lifeless shapes
moments before they were exposed to sound. The following are some
images of Dr. Jenny’s work. Here is proof of the power of sound to work
on a three dimensional level.

 

1. Cymatics -water 2. Cymatics -water
Image 1 Image 2

 

Images 1 & 2 are by Dr. Hans Jenny from his book CYMATICS (Macromedia).
They are of two different frequencies creating two different geometric shapes of water being vibrated
on a steel plate.

 

3. Cymatics- Liquid Plastic 4. Cymatics - Liquid Plastic
Image 3 Image 4

 

Images 3 & 4 are also by Dr. Jenny from the same source. These are of liquid plastic on a steel
plate being resonated by different sounds. One image looks almost like a sea anenomie and the other
shape resembles a cell of the body undergoing mitosis.

 

5. CymaGlyph Octagon 6. CymaGlyph Decadon
Image 5 Image 6

 

Images 5 & 6 are Cymaglyphs by Erik Larsen, using John Reid’s Cyma-Scope to photograph the effects
of sound upon water. From THE 7 SECRETS OF SOUND HEALING (Hay House), these
beautiful geometric images, which demonstrate the power of different frequencies to create different
shapes, are a further extension of Dr. Jenny’s work.

 

7. Shri Yantra 8. Tonoscope Shri Yantra
Image 7 Image 8

 

Images 7 & 8 are from a book SHRI YANTRA (Thames). Image 7 is a picture
of an ancient Hindu image (mandala) called the Shri Yantra, that many believe to be the visual
depiction of the sacred mantra “Om”. Image 8 is said to be an electronically enhanced tonoscope
(a device much like Jenny’s instrument) image into which someone chanted “Om” through a microphone
with the sound effecting the form of colored sand on a steel plate.

Let us now examine some of the principles of using sound for healing. To begin, let us examine sound.

Sound

What is
sound? Sound is a vibrational energy or a form of energy caused by
vibration. Sound energy takes the form of waves. These waves are
measured as cycles per second, called “Hertz”, and are the rate at
which an object vibrates. For example, if you hit a tuning fork and
that tuning fork vibrates back and forth l00 times a second, it is said
to have a frequency of l00 hertz (l00 hz) or l00 cycles per second.
Frequency is the scientific or objective terms for what we subjectively
understand as pitch.

Our Range of Hearing

Sound that is audible
and can be perceived by human ears is limited to vibrations
between l6 and 20,000 cycles per second. The slower moving the sound,
the longer the sound waves and the lower, and more bass is the sound.
The faster moving the sound, the shorter the sound waves and the higher
and more treble is the sound. On a piano, for example, the lowest note
that you can hit will produce a frequency that vibrates at 27.5 hz
(vibrating at 27.5 cycles per second). The highest note on a piano that
you can hit vibrates at 4,l86 hz (vibrating at 4,l86 cycles per
second). Sounds that are below l6 hz or above 25,000 hz are said to be
below or above the range of human hearing. Sounds below l6 hz are
called ELF’s for Extremely Low Frequencies. Sounds above the range of
about 25,000 hz. are called ultra-sonics.

The following are tones
of different frequencies. The lower the frequency, the deeper and more
bass it is. As these tones go up in frequency, they become more treble.


 

100 Hz.

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250 Hz.

 


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500 Hz.

 


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1,000 Hz.

 


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5,000 Hz.

 


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7,500 Hz.

 


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Different animals cannot only hear frequencies much higher or lower
than those within the human range of hearing, but some can also produce
them. Sounds in nature as high as 40,000 hz made by crickets have been
recorded, though these are not audible by humans. Our friends in the
ocean, the dolphins, can receive and project frequencies upwards of
180,000 hz. This is ten times our range of hearing. To us there is
nothing going on, but dolphins may be exchanging encyclopedic
information with each other, or perhaps discuss the best place to find
tuna that day.

As the ancient mystics
declared: “Everything is sound!” From the electrons moving around the
nucleus of an atom to planets in distant galaxies revolving around
stars, everything is in vibration and, therefore, conceptually at
least, everything is creating a sound. Whether or not we can hear these
sounds is another story.

Resonance

One of the basic
principles of using sound to heal is the concept of “resonance”.
Resonance is the vibration or frequency at which an object most
naturally vibrates. Every object has a resonant frequency, whether or
not we can audibly hear it. This book has a resonant frequency, as do
the individual pages. The chair you may be sitting on has a resonant
frequency, as does the glass you may be drinking from as you read this
stimulating work. In fact, you have a resonant frequency. All your
organs, bones, tissues and parts of the body have their own separate
resonant frequency. Together they make up a composite frequency that is
your own personal resonant frequency.

The Human Orchestra

The human body may be
metaphorically understood as an orchestra, with each organ, bone,
tissue and part having a resonant frequency. This is actually more
truth than metaphor as we shall shortly understand, for modern science
is indeed verifying this phenomenon of bio-resonance. Each body part
has its own frequency and together the body resonates as a composite
frequency, what could be defined as a harmonic tone which is the sum
total of all the frequencies that are resonating. We are like a
marvelous orchestra, playing some fantastic melody that keeps us whole
and sound.

How it works

If we continue with
our metaphor of the human body as an orchestra, we could view the
concept of disease to be when the second violin, for example, loses his
sheet music and begins to play in the wrong key, and ultimately causes
the entire orchestra to play poorly. In his book, STALKING THE WILD
PENDULUM, scientist Itzhak Bentov used the concept of resonance to
theorize that if disease sets in, what happens is that portion of the
body which is diseased becomes out of tune. If it were possible to
somehow project the proper resonant sound frequency for that diseased
part into the organ that was affected, it might be possible to cause
that which was out of harmony to vibrate back to its natural state of
health. This is one of the basic principles of using sound to heal,
that of resonant frequency healing.

Medical science seems
to have several approaches to this problem. One is to drug this
violinist, in hopes of getting him to stop playing poorly. Perhaps
he’ll pass out and stop playing! Another, solution is to cut off the
head of this musician as occurs in surgery. But what if it were
possible to give the poor musician his sheet music back and let the
whole orchestra return to normal? This in essence, is the concept of
using resonance to heal with sound.

This principle of using
resonance is one of the fundamental concepts behind the use of sound to
heal. It may be found in nearly every technique and practice discussed
in this seminar. This idea that sound may be used to resonate that
which is diseased back into a state of health may at first seem too
simple and easy. Yet as we examine this principle, we will discover
more and more realities to this.

Entrainment

Another important
aspect of the principles of vibrations is that of entrainment.
Entrainment is considered to be a subcategory of resonance. Entrainment
is a phenomenon of sound in which the powerful vibrations of one object
will actually change the vibrations of another object, causing this
second object to lock in step or synchronize with this first. This is a
phenomenon of nature that seems to have to do with the conservation of
energy.

The Dutch physicist
Christian Huygens, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, discovered
entrainment in the 17th century. Huygens was also the inventor of the
pendulum “grandfather” clock. He had a room full of these types of
clocks of various sizes. One day he went around the room starting the
pendulums of the clocks in motion at different times. When he left the
room, the pendulums were all swinging individually. When he returned
the next day, he found that all the pendulums of the grandfather clocks
were locked in step with the largest of these clocks.

Entrainment is found
throughout nature. Fireflies blinking on and off will entrain with each
other. Even human functions will entrain together. Female college
roommates and other women living together will often have a menstrual
cycle that synchronizes together. Muscle cells from the heart, when
they move closer together, will suddenly shift in their rhythm and
pulse together, perfectly synchronized.

We experience
entrainment quite often, shifting and changing with the different
external vibrations we’re exposed to. We also experience entrainment
all the time with regard to our internal rhythms. Our heart rate,
breathing rate and brain wave activity all entrain with each other. If
you want to experience this immediately, simply take a few deep, long
breaths. By slowing down your respiration in this manner, you are also
slowing down your heart rate and your respiration. Conversely, when you
slow down your brain waves, you also slow down your heart rate and
respiration.

Rhythm

Sound is a powerful
tool for changing our internal rhythms. There are many different ways
of doing this. One way is through rhythm. If you want to experience
this for yourself, simply listen to this excerpt of music and check
yourself out. How is the music affecting your heart rate or your
breathing?


 

Listen to an excerpt from “Celestial Yoga”


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That music was pulsed slowly and it most probably caused you to be
relaxed and still. Now listen to this brief excerpt of music that is
rhythmically much more active and check yourself out How is the music
affecting you?


 

Listen to an excerpt from “ChakraDance”


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Most
probably your body wanted to move with this music that was designed for
dance and active movement. This is just an example of how the external
rhythms of music can affect us.

Let’s get back to a more relaxed state of being by listening to this excerpt from “Ultimate Om”.


 

Listen to an excerpt from “Ultimate Om”


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A phrase I like to use for this phenomenon of entrainment is “frequency
shifting” It means changing the vibrational rate of an object to a
different rate. For us, we will be working with changing our
vibrational rates to achieve more balance, harmony and health. This is
something we will be working with throughout this seminar. When we
shift the vibrations of an object—perhaps an organ, or perhaps our
chakras to another level of health and resonance, we are actually
shifting frequencies. If a part of our physical or etheric body is
vibrating at a level that is disharmonious and we entrain it to another
vibration, this is frequency shifting.

Listening

The two most powerful
tools I know of for frequency shifting are interrelated. They are
creating sounds with our own voice and listening to sounds with our
ears and our body. We will begin to explore the use of our voice as a
healing instrument very soon. However, for this week, we will first
explore our most primary method of perceiving sound—and that is our
ability to hear.

Focusing our attention
on the active act of hearing—what we call “listening” can actually be a
powerful vehicle to tune us into sound. There are, in fact, many
spiritual traditions, such as Shabd Yoga, which use listening as a tool
to bring enlightenment. Participants in this type of yoga learn to
listen on such a deep level that they are said to be able to reach
different planes of consciousness.

On a physiological
level, the process of listening (and hearing) is interrelated to our
organ of hearing—the ear. The ear is an organ, not only of hearing, but
also of balance. Nearly all cranial nerves lead to the ear. The ear is
understood to be neurologically involved with the optic nerve, the
oculomotor nerve, as well as nerves responsible for the musculature of
the neck. The ear is also understood to be tied in with the l0th
cranial nerve or the vagus nerve. This nerve affects the larynx and is
responsible for vocalization. The process of listening is interrelated
to our process of creating vocal sounds. The bronchi, the heart and the
gastro-intestinal tract are also affected by the vagus nerve and thus,
the process of vision, breathing, heart rate, digestion as well as many
other bodily function are also effected by sound and our ear. The ear
is, in these terms, may be understood as our primary sensory organ. In
addition, research by people such as Dr. Alfred Tomatis, indicates that
the sounds we listen to can actually charge our brain and nervous
system. Thus the sounds that we hear are actually sonic nutrients for
our brain, body and energy systems.

Listening is truly a
powerful and important conscious activity. Thus our first exercise for
this course involves developing and honing our ability to listening on
a very deep and conscious level.

Exercises for Week 1

Exercise 1

This first exercise of
this first week of the Sound Healing Seminar is to re-awaken you to the
power and the importance of listening. We live in a world of sound.
This exercise is designed to remind you of that and to allow you to
establish a relationship with the sound in your surrounding
environment. Our sense of hearing is the very first sense to be
activated in ourselves, even before we are born, and it is the last
sense to leave us once we pass on. We actually become sensitive to
sound as early as the ninth week in utero. According to those who have
had a “near death experience” we are able to perceive sounds even after
our breathing and heartbeat have stopped.

Our perception of the
world and the reality that defines this comes from our senses. When we
enhance our ability to use any sense, it actually changes the way that
we perceive the world and reality.

Find a relatively quiet
place where you will not be disturbed. Sit comfortably in a chair. Look
around and observe the different components of this space, as you may
perceive them. Now close your eyes. Instead of using your eyes and your
sense of sight to receive, encode and explore information from the
outside world, use your ears and your sense of hearing. Is there a
difference? What do you notice? Become aware of all the subtle nuances
of sound that may be occurring. Do you hear your refrigerator humming
or the clock ticking? Is there a dog barking in your neighborhood? Do
you hear a neighbor’s TV or perhaps their lawn mower?

Be as still as you can.
Become aware of your breath. The quieter you become, the more conscious
you will be of the myriad number of different sounds in your
environment. The more you focus upon these sounds and become aware of
them, the more this awareness will change the information you receive
about your environment and your world. As you practice this exercise,
slowly begin to shift your focus of awareness from the sounds nearest
you to the sounds farthest away. What can you hear in the very
distance? Are you able to visualize or feel the energy of whatever it
is you are hearing? Now, bring your focus of sonic awareness back to
the sounds of the space you are sitting in. Practice this form of deep
listening and become aware of the changes that occur with your
consciousness through this exercise.

Note: If you like, you
can repeat this exercise as well as every exercise in this Sound
Healing Online Course on a daily basis. Daily repetition of these
exercises will provide beneficial results heightening your awareness of
the listening process and the power of sound. Each time you do them,
they will most probably be a little different and will further open you
up to the extraordinary world of sound.

Exercise 2:

The following sound
clip is an excerpt from “Dolphin Dreams”, a recording I made for the
birth of my son many years ago. “Dolphin Dreams” has been successfully
utilized for many different activities, including the birthing
experience, pre and post natal events, and soothing infants and their
parents. It is a recording I still use for relaxation. That however, is
not the purpose of this exercise.

“Dolphin Dreams” has
also been the subject of many listening experiences. The college
textbook “MUSIC IN OUR WORLD” featured a chapter on “Dolphin Dreams” in
terms of having students listen to this sonic environment. “Dolphin
Dreams” consists of the sounds of ocean, heart beat, choral voices,
quartz crystals and dolphins. Listen to the recording and see if you
are able to individually hear these different elements.


 

Listen to an excerpt from “Dolphin Dreams”


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Harmonically Yours,

 

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