Listening. Sound. Hearing. It’s not as straightforward as you might think it is. Jonathan Goldman, director of the Sound Healers Association, has over twenty years experience in sound therapy. Listening to his music is soothing and calming.
His book Healing Sounds, is a fascinating read about scientific and spiritual views on the power of sound as a tool for healing and transforming Mind, Body and Soul. In it he identifies five different levels of harmonics and listening :
Level one is about opening up to the sounds that are within our audible range of hearing (anywhere between 16hz to 16,000 hz). An example of this is a psycho-acoustic phenomenon called ‘the Cocktail Party effect’. Imagine being in a crowded, noisy party with everyone talking about the same sound level yet you can communicate with just one person.
Level two occurs when you become aware of a sound not heard before – like water dripping in a sink. It is tuning into sounds within sounds – becoming aware of the differentness of the harmonics and overtones.
Level three involves the addition of imagination to music, thus being transported to places deep within.
Level four builds onto the experience of level three. It is in this space that it is possible to ‘become the sound’ thus using it as a vehicle for an advanced level of meditation.
Five, the final stage is silence. “As we began in silence, so we end in silence. For all sound comes from silence and returns back to silence.
It is said that the creation of the universe occurred through sound. ..”
© Raili Tanska