The power of sound has been utilized in one form or another since the Big Bang. Humankind has used sound as a tool in war, in peace and everything in between. From sirens blaring in battle to sending Beethoven’s beautiful Fifth Symphony into space in the hopes of communicating with other life in the universe. It is understood that sound carries meaning within the harmonic resonance of it’s vibrations, both positive and negative. Whether it is used as a means of communication, comfort or even fear, sound is, without question, one of the most powerful and versatile tools at our disposal. The question is whether or not this power can be used as a means of healing through sound; or sound healing, as it is now known.
While it is generally known that sound affects our minds, our bodies and our spirits; we do not always fully grasp the how. People simply accept the fact that a certain song offers us the feeling of peace or joy or anger. We intrinsically know that listening to the sounds of nature results in a sense of calm and people then seek out those sounds in times of great stress. Many living creatures instinctively turn to sound when in need of healing and this power of sound and potential for tangible, physical healing deserves our further examination.
From the collective resonance of monks chanting in a temple to a newborn baby turning towards the sound of their mother humming softly; sound penetrates deeply into every layer our being. Understanding sound and it’s true effect on the body; down to our cellular structure, could hold great potential in the medical field. This could then be potentially utilized more extensively in the treatment room. While there has been some research into sound as healing, it is relatively limited. Further research into tools such as tuning forks, singing bowls, gongs and music itself, on the state of our bodies could prove vital to our understanding of illness, recovery and prevention of disease. Nikola Tesla once stated, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” And what are our bodies but intricately orchestrated pieces of the universe.

By Stacey Hayes

 Gong Sound Healing