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What is the character of a singing bowl's sound?

What is the character of a singing bowl's sound?

What do singing bowls sound like?

The character of sound you introduce to your or the client's field is probably the most important aspect to consider in the sound therapy practice! If you pay close attention, you will realize that each singing bowl has its own energy. It might be associated with a specific mood, temperature, color, steepness, roughness, smell, season, situation or even scenario. Each singing bowl has its own message and energy to offer. Every instrument has its own personality and character. When you listen to the voice of the chosen instrument, you absorb the non verbal message by making the connection between the sound and the observer within you. This sound can be nourishing or unwholesome. You may want to listen to it again and again or run from it.

The sound alone could trigger PTSD , provoke a memory or an emotion that could penetrate the layers of subconscious knowledge and bring up something very valuable for your daily life.

Some tones could make you cry by covering with a blanket of melancholy. These could be tears of joy or sadness. The message could be so subtly powerful, that you may not even be conscious of what it’s trying to tell you and yet, you'll cry. The sound could also lead to a dark place by bringing up fears or bad memories, or it could do the opposite, make you laugh.

It’s essentially important to give a thought about which singing bowl to use when working with a particular issue. It's essentially important to match the character of your instrument to the client's character. It is essential that you understand the "energy" of your instruments, especially when you are forming the headset, choosing a bowl for the heart center or working with the stomach.

I personally choose to work with very gentle and joyful sounds that carry hidden wisdom and mystery. I would never place a bowl with very rough mechanical vibrations and a darker energy tone on someone's stomach. We digest our experiences and emotions in there, so be careful with that. When selecting a bowl to work with on the heart center, be sure to use plenty of discretion and consideration. Someone may need a grounding sound, a warrior sound or even a darker sound to go through the traumas, while others may need the sound of sunlight or a morning mist.


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More information and comprehensive tutorials about this topic are offered in my online courses "Singing Bowls Art Lab" and "Sound Healing Teacher Training".

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