New research and understanding about how sound works and travels is fascinating.
In this article The Therapeutic Power of Vocal Sound written by John Stuart Reid the author states that ‘The concept of sound as a wave is simply a label used to describe the fact that sound bubbles pulsate in and out rhythmically. It is this pulsation of the bubble’s outer surface that is typically illustrated as a wave-like graph.
Put differently, when teachers and scientists describe sound as a wave they are referring to its rhythmic pulsation depicted graphically, not its actual shape in space. The result of this confusion is that most people incorrectly visualize sounds wiggling their way through the air rather than visualizing beautiful, shimmering sound bubbles.”
He goes on to explain how the voice actually transforms into infrared light.
“The implications for knowing that your voice creates infrared light are profound because every cell in your body “sings” in the infrared spectrum of light.
The electromagnetic component of cell-to-cell communication also occurs mainly within this spectrum…… Therefore, when we sing we are actually singing the language of cells, and not only our own cells but those of everyone who are in our close proximity.”
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Jonathan Goldman is another person who has spent a lifetime learning and researching sound and sound healing. In the Temple of Sacred Sound you can enter into various toning chambers to join in and experience chanting or learn about the uses and origins of various healing sounds.
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. ..”
Time for some chanting!
© Raili Tanska
PS : Sound – Music is so much more than notes is a continuation of this topic