A daily practice of toning and mantra chanting helps to boost our immune system and aids in healing asthmatic symptoms. Low humming helps to equalise brain waves, generating relaxation and clarity of mind.
As well, regular vocal exercises have been known to increase lymphatic circulation to as high as three times the normal rate.
Healing is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as simply “to make sound” and throughout history there has been an intimate relationship between music, health, and healing.
In Greek mythology, Apollo is the god of medicine and of music, often depicted playing his lyre to cure sickness. Among Eastern philosophies, the Indian Goddess Saraswati, usually seen carrying her veena (a South Indian stringed instrument) is revered as the Goddess of both music and medicine, while the God Shiva is frequently pictured carrying the flute with which he played healing music.
The voice is known to be the highest healing instrument of all for the voice resonates deep inside the cellular body and is directly tuned into the personal emotions, feelings and positive intentions to heal and harmonize the body/ mind back into balance.
Contemporary medical research has shown that toning, chanting and other forms of vocalisation actually oxygenate the cells, increase levels of melatonin in the brain, reduce stress related hormones, release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers) as well as boost the production of interleukin-1 (a protein associated with blood and platelet production).
One study conducted in Paris discovered that women with breast cancer significantly reduced the effects or eliminated tumours through toning and chanting several hours each day for a month. From eating disorders, schizophrenia, hyperactivity, arthritis, heart disease, recovery from surgery and trauma, to Alzheimer’s disease, vocal sound is proving to be a vibrant healing energy.
Through toning and chanting on a regular basis the body/mind begins to drop into a calm place of relaxation yet alert and vibrant!
As mentioned earlier sound is practised in various cultures around the world. For example in the “Qi Gong” discipline of the Chinese culture healing vocals sounds are used to heal the body’s organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, lungs and heart.
The Sufis, an esoteric branch of Islam has a great knowledge of vowels, which they use in there healing work. The Book of Sufi Healing writes “The three basic sounds are the long vowels sounds of A, I, U.”
These are what the Sufis call the universal harmonic constants, and are used in all mystic paths that utilize sounds.
In the Eastern practice of the “Science of Yoga” chanting the frequencies of the chakra energy centers on a regular basis can bring about much change and transformation in the body, mind and spirit.
In alignment with this concept of sound, every organ, bone and tissue in the body has its own resonant frequency. When an organ or another portion of the body is vibrating out of tune disease can set in. When disease sets in, a different sound pattern is established in that particular part of the body which is not vibrating in harmony.
However it is possible through the use of external sound as well as vocal toning / chanting to help re-introduce the correct harmonic pattern into that part of the body.
The Egyptians practiced vowel sounds to invoke healing energies and attune with the universal , cosmic energy world!
Dr. Alfred Tomatis a well respected French physician (ear specialist) believed that sacred chants from different traditions such as the Gregorian chanting and the Tibetan tradition, are rich in high frequency harmonics and have a positive neuro-physiological effect which charges the brain, stimulating the central nervous system and cortex of the brain.
Harmonic toning also affects the flow of cerebral spinal fluid through the cranium, which may be the physical counterpart to the kundalini energy. It is also thought to be possible to create new neural synaptic connections in the brain using vocal toning/harmonics.
In the Native American tradition the use of sound and chanting is predominant in healing rituals, and other cultural ceremonies. Joseph Rael, of the Ute-Tewa tradition, is known as Beautiful Painted Arrow.
Rael works with what he calls the Five Vibrations. In 1983 he had a vision during a Sundance in which he was shown sound chambers placed throughout the world. In these sound chambers, sacred sounds were chanted which allowed attunement and resonance through all the created beings on the planet.
There are now 18 of these chambers throughout the world. The sacred sounds used in the chambers come from the tradition of his lineage, but also in every other major lineage on the planet. The vowel sounds are AH, AYE, EE, OH, OOO.
Sustained use of toning and chanting over a long period of time will inevitably vibrate every cell., every atom and every molecule of your being, bringing the body, mind and spirit back in to balance, back into harmony – dancing along with the natural flow of universal energies.
Sound has been predicted to be one of the most prominent healing modalities of this 21st Century ! AUM!