It is well known that our universe is created through patterns of frequency. Science is now documenting what mystics of many traditions have known forever. Everything that exists in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms does so on a vibratory basis. Even matter that seems to be firm is made out of waves.
Since the body is also made of frequencies all healing interventions must influence the body by somehow altering its frequency resonance. Based on that energy, healing techniques like sound, light, music and chanting can contribute to heal an individual.
Sound and light are important for us to understand our environment in the first place but they can also influence us in a healthy or unhealthy way because our system is influenced by all frequencies. Whenever sounds enter our ear and meet our eardrum it creates a vibrating effect that varies according to its frequency and volume. The sound propagates through bones and tissue and reaches every cell in our body. Our brain has a tremendous ability to analyse sounds and interpret them by using highly complex chemical and electrical networks to process them. From that respect our sound absorption mechanisms are quite similar to our digestive systems.
The fact that sound reaches every cell of the body can be used for healing with music or chanting. The sound creates vibrations which move deeper through the whole body, releasing pent-up energies and negative emotions. The sound helps a person relax by soothing the nerves and generating positive endorphins and easing many stress induced symptoms caused by a depletion of the energy within a person. It cleanses the mental and emotional systems.
Ancient sound techniques from different backgrounds
In most cultures, music arose from devotional chants and invocations.
1. The Greeks revered Apollo, the god of music and art as well as healing. The Pythagorean school of philosophy had discovered mathematical laws to create what is called 'the music of the spheres“, and had developed the sound therapy to bring mankind in harmony with the celestial spheres.
2. In Chinese silk-weaving exercises, the only sound that should be heard is that of the body inhaling and exhaling.
3. Similarly, the polyphonic quality in many strains of western classical music originated from the Gregorian and other chants used in the 9th century for ritualized religious purposes and healing.
The effect of sound on the heart and mind
The mystics and saints from ancient to modern times have shown how sound can kindle the higher centres of the mind and enhance quality of life. Sound has a very powerful therapeutic effect on the human mind. It is not just nourishment for the heart, but also for the soul infusing a spark of the Divine in human beings.
Yoga believes that the heart and other organs of the body vibrate at particular sound frequencies. Each chakra (energy centres of the body) has its corresponding syllable. The sound which resonates with the seven charkas of the body can thus energizes and re-tune the body.
Mantras, or chants used in the West, repeated monotonously, help the mind to achieve a sense of balance. A combination of the sounds in Sanskrit mantras produces certain positive vibrations and elevate the mind to a higher lever of consciousness. It cleanses the system of its negative energies and vibrations.
The OM sound is considered to be the manifested sound of the Divine and holds a powerful influence over the human mind. It is believed that vibrations created by the circular structure of the syllables define the entire cosmos.