I told her to look at the exposed pipes, on the other side of the shower. Since we had recently remodeled the bathroom, and you could see the hot pipe and the cold pipe running into the shower. The faucet controls how much hot water gets in, and also how much cold water gets in.
BINGO. Thats exactly how sound therapy works. Some of my best thoughts come to me, while in the shower, isnt that where the germ of all genius is borne? Still dont get it? Let me explain what sound can tell us about ourselves.
What is Sound Therapy?
The word is leaking outsound is the creative force of the universe. In the beginning, God spoke the world into being. Jesus is quoted as saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by very word of God.
The very fact that speaking into existence a thought become the most creative and defining aspects of our lives demands that we evaluate the use of sound for healing, and, ideally, that we use our voices accordingly. Since time immemorial weve used music to calm the soul, sooth the nerves, and put our babies to sleep. Hospitals are seeing that the therapeutic use of sound has recuperative power as well, affecting heart rate, blood pressure, our nervous systems, and more. All of us use sound in one manner or another, whether its to scream our joy in ecstatic halelluias, or scream at our kids. We all are speaking our healing into existence, listening to it, or not.
Modern medicine has identified that the pathways that are used to realize (feel) pain are the very same ones we use to feel pleasure. Sending in pleasure via sound and music or other vibrational therapies is the ultimate distraction. Recently, my three-year-old daughters finger was slammed in a door by her brother, and we werent able to reduce the pain. She cried on until we did the hokie pokie with it. We put the finger in, put the finger out, we did the hokie pokie and we shook it all about. Thats what its all about! Minutes later, I asked if her finger was ok, and with a shocked look and a grin, she said she was fine. This works great with three-year-old children. We need to return to a place where we can convince our all-knowing adult minds that such childish pranks are still useful to us. Healing should be childs play, but somehow, as adults, weve complicated the whole matter with reasons why we cant heal.
Sound Therapy versus Music Therapy
Sound therapy is content oriented, where music therapy is process oriented. Sound therapy provides a way to measure specific energy in the body based on computerized assessments, in much the same way we measure brain wave activity or heart wave activity with EKGs or other electrical monitoring equipment. The voice print is a map or blueprint of the current energetics of the body as a WHOLE. In sound therapy, via the computerized Voice BioAnalysis, anyone can determine the presenting energetics of the individual. The computerized analysis is not subjective and quantifiable. Results do not depend on the orientation, skills, or evaluation of the practitioner. The energy is simply codified by the practitioner, via the computer, and the results are shared in private conference with individual.
Music therapy, by definition, is the prescribed use of music by a qualified person to effect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive, or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems. Music therapists enjoy university training, certification through regulatory bodies which measure the effectiveness of therapists work. Music therapy evolved through the use of music in hospitals with patients recovering from war injuries, and later developed into institutional programs that serve emotionally, mentally, and physically challenged populations.
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In the initial office visit, the client gives 3 voice samples to the technician, who records them on a computer. Using the samples, the computer graphs the tones onlynot the verbal content of the samples. The technician utilizes the computer-generated report to analyze and then discuss what frequencies are present and missing, and possible energetic remedies. Appropriate suggestions to harmonize or bring the body into balance are made available.
Now, back to the plumbing analogy I started with: when your voice print demonstrates an excess of energy in a particular tone, like too much cold water in the shower, you supplement with the missing, complimentary tones, just as you would add more hot water to the lukewarm shower. For example, if you have too much F# energy in your voice, your goal would be to INCREASE the tone of C energetically, through music, toning, or other vibrational therapies that are compatible with the frequencies that you are lacking. Since you cant take away a tone that you have too much of, the only way to constructively deal with that energetic stress or toxicity is to expose the body energetically to its opposite. In harmonizing the frequencies of the body, we recognize that music, just like color, forms inverse relationships that can be defined mathematically. The use of sound is emerging as the most scientific model of energetic evaluation available to us in this new millennium.
The therapist will be able to show you any changes in your voice print, from evaluation to evaluation. Your response to the tones you are listening to will be your biggest indicator of success of your therapy. It is important to realize that you should never allow anyone else to listen to your custom frequencies in the tone box. These tones were derived specifically for you from your unique Voice BioAnalysis voice print. Because all the tones are different for each person, its impossible to predict when and what changes will occur. The goal of sound therapy is to normalize and harmonize the bodys energetics, using the voice as a tool for evaluation. Because the body is self-healing, harmony only increases its ability to combat stress or dis-ease.
Healing with the Voice
There is no better instrument to use than your own voice to create a healing vibration. Its not necessary to be skilled in singing or even technically correct. Anyone who has experienced the joy of singing in a crowd or alone in the shower can testify to the communion that our inner being senses from our own sweet noise. In Christian terms, the Lord inhabits the praise of his people. There is clearly no better way be in the presence of God than in vocalizing praise. The popularity of chanting monks defies our best rationalizations, and as we listen along, reluctantly humming, we find we are changed, too.
In his book, Discovering Spirit in Sound in Chanting, Robert Gass says the silence following our own intonations creates a sacred space that allows us to enter into powerful periods of meditation. All cultures utilize chant for healing, worship, and unity. In using crystal singing bowls, either alone or in groups, often one of the most profound effects of the sound isnt the sound of the bowls being played but the pregnant silence that follows. Chanting with the sound of crystal singing bowls can provide another excellent medium for acoustically tuning your own voice in a playful way.
Sound Therapy is an exciting emerging field with the potential to re-create our healing paradigms. I believe that understanding and using the exact tones that support your bodys energetic blueprint will soon become as accepted as MRIs and EKG readings have become in modern medical science. In the words of Albert Einstein, Todays problems can not be solved in the consciousness in which they were created. Sound analysis offers a map of the body in energetic terms, that is rich for research and further exploration. Learn what energetics exist within your own body first. Then use the references in this article to learn more about the relationship between healing and the vibration of sound. The more that we discover energetic patterns in our lives, the more we are able to embark in conscious choices for healing.
In the words of Martin Lass, If the Universe is a cosmic symphony, then we are the music, and Healing is our ascending melody (http://martinlass.com/spheres.htm).
Ms. Webster is also a certified Voice BioAnalysis practitioner. Through computerized Voice BioAnalysis, we can now evaluate electronically the energetics of the entire body system through the holograph of the voice. Ms. Webster is a nationally known therapist, educator, lecturer and researcher of vibrational therapies.
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