The ancient civilizations of India, Africa, Europe, and the Orient have used sound and music as powerful healers for thousands of years. Our ancestors believed that the sacred vibrational sound could adjust any imbalance affecting our physical or emotional well-being. Based on this concept, listening to crystal sounds is believed to balance and re-energize your body and mind.
Each crystal singing bowl is tuned to a particular sound that resonates with an area of the body. These bowls are also pleasing to look at and pleasant to listen to. They are used in sound healing, yoga, crystal cleansing, at the beginning and end of meditation, and daily for relaxation and peace. Crystal singing bowls can produce the most calming and restorative of sounds.
A famous oncologist, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, used crystal singing bowl therapy on his patients to minimize and relieve pain without medication. His studies have claimed that sound healing helps to create natural inner harmony in the body.
Crystal singing bowls are powerful tools to help enhance your mood and soothe your soul. Some of the healing properties of these bowls include the following.
Relaxes Your Mind
Your mind is constantly processing thoughts, often on perpetual repeat. Crystal singing bowls help stop this thought process, allowing you to relax deeply. Some of the benefits of this relaxing sound include the following:
- Effectively reduces stress and anxiety
- Relieves physical pain
- Improves mental and emotional clarity
- Cleanses and balances the cells in our body
- Stimulates the immune system
Sitting quieting, listening to your singing bowl, can bring more awareness to your mind. Being aware of your thoughts can help you change negative thinking patterns and move towards positivity. In particular, positive thoughts create balance and harmony in your mind and soul by activating your physical, emotional and energy centers.
As you listen peacefully to your crystal singing bowl, you can become immersed in its soothing sound. Health and harmony happens naturally while you are enveloped by the overwhelming, magnificent sound.
Due to the nature of our modern, industrialized lives, many pure, natural sounds that would attune us have disappeared from our lives. We no longer commonly hear the beautiful sounds of nature, such as singing birds, rustling leaves, gentle winds or running streams. Because of the high pitched noises surrounding us, our mind tries to shut out sounds from reaching us in an effort to protect us from constant distraction. During this process, even the beneficial sounds are filtered out.
It is believed that the pure sonic vibration from crystal singing bowls can help wake up our ability to hear. Vibration from these quartz crystal bowls moves through your body, creating a relaxed, meditative feeling. Alternative health practitioners believe that they help to bring health and harmony to your life by balancing the energy areas of your body.
History and Origin of Crystal Singing Bowls
Singing bowls began their journey in the ancient time of Buddhism. It is believed that singing bowls were an integral part of practicing Buddhism. Notwithstanding these origins, the use of positive sound has traveled across many religions and cultures throughout their history.
The significance of sound and its essential role in supporting the human spirit and our physical, mental, and emotional health has been well-known through the generations. Our ancestors used sound and vibration in music and repetitive movement to resonate with the body’s energy centers and support optimal health.
At the outset of their history, singing bowls were crafted using different metals. In accordance with an ancient Tibetan formula, many singing bowls were made of “panchaloha”, which is a Sanskrit word meaning a five-metal alloy that includes copper, zinc, iron and traces of gold and silver. These bowls are commonly known as Tibetan singing bowls.
While metal bowls are still very common, modern technology has permitted the invention of crystal singing bowls, which require complex manufacturing processes and the ability to heat crystal and sand to extreme temperatures. Today, it is thought that pure quartz crystals greatly promote the overall health of our body. As a result, many wish to benefit from what are believed to be the properties of healing crystals.
How Singing Bowls Are Made
Singing crystal bowls are mostly made of a natural element: pure quartz. These crystals are molded to shape at 4000 degrees, which is a temperature at which most impurities are burned away. Different methods of manufacturing are used for different kinds of quartz singing bowls. For example, to make frosted bowls, the mold is spun into shape, whereas to make clear bowls, quartz tubing is used. Singing bowls may also be manufactured using different kinds of quartz. For example, rose quartz singing bowls are a popular variation.
During the manufacturing process, it is very important to consider the tone of the sound that will be produced by the end product. Frosted bowls have an octave higher tone when compared to clear quartz singing bowls.
Each quartz singing bowl is digitally matched to the musical scale – C, D, E, F, G, A, B – which relates to different energy centers in our body. Bigger bowls produce deeper sounds which have a more grounding effect and resonate more strongly with the physical aspect. Smaller bowls have a higher pitch which stimulates other areas of the body/mind.
How to Play Your Crystal Singing Bowl
Large crystal singing bowls like yours are beautiful to look at and add beauty to your home. Playing your singing bowl is an enriching activity that helps in both healing and meditation. Crystals are believed to have a living energy which, when matched with your energy, can help you feel happy, calm and relaxed.
Steps to Play:
– Use your singing bowl in a quiet and calm space.
– Use the rubber ring that comes with the bowl on a flat surface and set your bowl on it.
– Grasp the mallet or striker provided with the bowl.
– Gently tap the outer rim of the bowl and glide the mallet around the outer edge of the rim.
– Continue gliding with constant, firm pressure to continue the ringing sound.
– You may have to practice a few times to achieve that perfect sound.
– Always use light pressure while taping the quartz bowl as they are fragile. When handled
with care, these bowls can remain vibrant and beautiful for a lifetime.
Enjoy and Savor the Sound