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If you thought talking about energy and vibrations was only for hippies and mistics, think again.
Now, it’s science that’s digging deeper into the hows and the whys and the what the f*#&s.
As it turns out that a lot of what scientists have been learning about how energy and vibrations work together is absolutely mind-blowing.
What has this got to do with Tibetan singing bowls I hear you ask?
That’s what singing bowls are all about…
They work on the law that energy levels can be changed through vibrations.
Basically, they help you sync your mind and body and find a state of deep relaxation through sounds and vibrations.
They’re something that are close to my heart because they’ve been so useful in helping me with my meditation practice.
So, I decided to share some very cool Tibetan singing bowl techniques.
You can use these to enhance your meditation practice.
But before I do, let’s quickly look at energy, vibrations, and chakras.
…And, how singing bowls work their magic, and what their magic actually is.
I’ve also made a video about the Singing bowl techniques I like to use…
Singing bowl techniques:
- Energy and Vibrations
- How Singing Bowls Work and Their Benefits
- Around the Rim
- Wah-Wah Technique
- The water Technique
Energy and Vibrations
Believe it or not, but everything is vibrating… Yes everything!
… no sh#t!
But don’t take my word for it.
Check out this article in Scientific American magazine about a new theory of consciousness, sprinkled with talk about vibrations, frequencies and synchrony.
Or this article on Braine Wave Entertainment…
“[…] any procedure that causes one’s brainwave frequencies to synchronize with a periodic stimulus (sound, vibration or light) having a frequency corresponding to the intended brain-state (for example, to induce a trance, dreams, sleep or relaxation.)
It is also called the Flicker-response because of how staring at a campfire or the flickering of a burning candle can lull you into a state of calmness and serenity.
Most wisdom traditions have employed methods that allow the subjects’ brain waves to slow down such as meditation, [Hindu] kirtan, [Gregorian, Menzuma or Sufi] chanting, Hebrew davening, Native American drum circles and rain chants, Tibetan prayer bowls, and whirling dervishes and African trance dancing.
The rhythm of these wisdom tradition technologies actually slows people’s brain waves from their normal busy brain frequency we call Beta (13-30 cycles per second or Hz), to Alpha (8-13Hz) – meditation, Theta (4-8Hz) – deep relaxation and dreaming, and Delta (.5-4Hz) – slow wave or dreamless sleep.”
If you prefer simpler terms, let me try to explain the relationship between energy and vibrations in my own words.
Basically, we’re all made of it, but we also give out and take in energy and vibration.
Just think about when you’re sad or angry.
There’s a whirlwind of emotions and sensations going on in both your body and your mind.
Then think about how your loved ones are immediately affected by your state.
They pick up on it and they get sad or angry too.
Or, how when you meet a friend that’s just had a major breakthrough in their lives.
You instantly pick up their joy and feel more energized.
Yep, it’s all real.
It’s not just in your head.
Basically, each of us has our own frequency and energy and sometimes these frequencies happen to go out of whack.
That can happen for any number of reasons.
Stress, anxiety, worries, injury, or trauma.
Think of yourself like a guitar and your energy like the strings.
They need re-tuning and fine-tuning sometimes to sound just right.
Well, so do you.
Singing bowls help you relax and re-sync your mind and body and find your natural state of peace.
They bring you back in tune with your energy through rebalancing vibrations and sounds.
We need to address the concept of chakras for a little bit if we’ve talked about energy and vibrations till now.
Chakras are energy centers in our bodies.
There are seven of them:
1. Muladhara (Root chakra)
2. Svadhisthana (Sacral chakra)
3. Nabhi-Manipura (Navel chakra)
4. Anahata (Heart chakra)
5. Vishuddhi (Throat chakra)
6. Ajna (Third-eye chakra)
7. Sahasrara (Crown chakra)
They are located along a vertical line, from the base of the spine to the top of our head.
Chakras are believed in many cultures to affect our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Specifically, that when your chakras are balanced, you are more balanced in life.
In every aspect.
Using singing bowls regularly is supposedly a great way to re-harmonize your energy levels and balance your chakras.
Whether you believe in chakras or not, techniques like the use of singing bowls and meditation are proven to help clear negative energy and anxiety and bring your body’s frequencies back to normal.
How Singing Bowls Work and Their Benefits
Without going into too much detail, let me give you the summarized version of how Tibetan singing bowls actually manage to balance our energy frequencies with the use of vibrations.
It’s not rocket science.
What singing bowls do is they induce relaxation by emitting sounds and vibrations.
By creating certain frequencies that positively affect our brain waves.
It’s a popular technique used in sound and vibrational therapy.
The effects of playing a singing bowl are calming your breath and calming your mind.
This lowers your blood pressure and your heart rate and helps you reach a deep state of relaxation.
If you’re hungry for more on what makes Tibetan singing bowls so effective, you can dive deeper into that here.
We’ve got you covered.
As far as the benefits are concerned, there are plenty of them…
Now, without further ado, let’s get into the 4 cool singing bowl techniques.
I’m sure you find this one pretty self-explanatory.
It’s a technique generally used to mark the beginning and end of a yoga or meditation session.
As you guessed, this technique is simple and only involves a gentle tap of the singing bowl’s edge.
It’ll cause it to vibrate and emit a humming sound.
There are two ways you can go about it.
Most of the time with the smaller singing bowls you’ll have a striker with suede material on one end.
Both ends can be used and give a slightly different sound.
The female (wood) end of the striker…
Since this end is not covered and you’ll be tapping wood on metal, it’s a good idea to be gentle so you don’t crack the bowl.
Using the female end means the sound you’ll get from the bowl will have a slightly higher pitch.
The male (suede) end of the striker…
In this case, you can be a little bit firmer because it’s got padding on it.
Using the male end means the sound you’ll get from the bowl will have a slightly lower pitch.
You can tap the bowl at the start and end of your meditation practice or just sit there and gently tapping over and over again.
There are no rules… just have some fun with it!
Around the Rim
My first tip to get the bowl singing is to hold it in the palm of your hand at a slight angle towards your other hand.
That’s easier on your wrist and more comfortable for when you’re moving the striker around the rim.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll find it easier to get the bowl singing if you start with a little gentle tap.
It’s always best to use a slow, gentle but steady pace when you move the striker along the rim.
If you go too fast, the bowl will start to vibrate too much (chatter).
If you watch the video on singing bowl techniques, you’ll see me doing just that and also how to control it.
Using the male or female end is optional also for this technique.
I prefer the male end, not being sexist…
But, I just find it’s a bit smoother and it has a lower pitch sound that I like.
But both are very effective and they’re definitely going to help you a lot with your meditation practice.
The first two techniques – the tapping technique and playing the bowl around the rim – are by far the most common.
Now the next two that I’m going to talk about are a little bit less common but are still fun to learn.
You can use them if you want to mix things up or if you want to try something new.
The wah-wah technique is basically altering the vibrations that the bowl produces with your mouth.
What you need to do is to get the bowl singing with the around-the-rim technique above.
Then, you raise the singing bowl up holding it close to the opening of your mouth.
Open and close your mouth as if you were saying ‘wah-wah’ but only let the vibrations make the sound.
What this does is it causes the vibrations of the singing bowl to bounce around inside your mouth and make a cool sound.
It’s kind of like being a singing bowl DJ.
…Well, not really but anyway.
The Water Technique
The next technique that we’re going to have a look at is the water technique.
This singing bowl technique is basically just putting water into the bowl and playing it around the rim.
Simply pour some water in your bowl (about a cup depending on the size of your bowl).
Then, start moving the mallet around the rim to get the bowl singing.
You can also start off with a gentle tap.
Check out the video to see how I do it.
This technique will make it a little more difficult for you to get the bowl to start playing.
That’s because the water in the bowl creates a little more resistance.
I find it’s a good singing bowl technique if you want to spice things up a little and try getting different vibrations.
Once the bowl starts to vibrate you can actually see the water dancing around in the bowl.
It’s pretty cool!
I’m not the kind of person to talk or be interested in the woo woo side of meditation.
But, when it comes to Tibetan singing bowls and how they work I can make a slight exception.
Tibetan singing bowls, singing bowls, meditation bowls, whatever you want to call them…
The sounds produced by these bowls help you reach a relaxed and meditative state much easier.
They also help you improve your focus and stay consistent with your meditation practice.
Check out our beautiful Tibetan singing bowl collection here.
This is the reason I want to do my part to share them with the world.
Through difficult times they have helped me so much, and I know they can help you to.
Until next time,
Co-founder of Lamajo.
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