There are many "authorities" in sound healing and some of them are misleading the subject by spreading unreliable teachings. I know that some of these people were misled themselves and they strongly believe that there is nothing wrong with the knowledge they teach. They have the best intentions, projecting so much love and care, but yet, if you choose to follow the path they offer, will you discover the truth?
Unfortunately, there are also fake gurus and I will allow myself to say BE AWARE OF THE SPIRITUAL FRAUD!
When I started my research on singing bowls, a major part of the information I was absorbing was from different books, websites and teachers that to me, seemed to be nonsense. One of my big doubts was related to the resonance of chakras to the frequencies of the modern musical scale.
Many websites or physical stores that offer singing bowls for sale, will tell you what chakra a particular bowl is good to work with. Even when you go to India, Nepal or Tibet you will be offered to purchase the "chakra attuned healing singing bowls". The authentic Tibetan sound healing teachers will give you the technique which is based on western musical scale system. More than that, the placement of the bowls around the participant's body by this "authentic" technique is nothing, but a combination of consonant sequence - perfect fifths of the modern European music scale! Example of singing bowls placement: F, C, G, D, A, E, B (when F bowl is being placed by the feet or first chakra, note C next to the second chakra, G solar plexus, D heart, A throat, E third eye and B crown chakra). Another "authentic" way to place the bowls is C, D, E, F, G, A, B.
I strongly believe that the confusion these teachers spread around, doesn't make them bad people. They simply make their sales this way because the westerners brought them the idea how to sale it. When I interviewed elder healers in Nepal and Tibet, and spoke to a shaman of a Bon Po tradition they weren't familiar with the concept of western musical scale, or relating certain notes to chakras. Yet, if you are looking for a singing bowl someone may just say to you: - Yes sir or madam, you tell me you are having difficulties with self expression- here is a throat chakra singing bowl! You have a Broken heart? - I have just the thing for you! The note "F" will work with your heart chakra!
I have a friend who supplies singing bowls to USA and he says that salesman today have no other choice, but to offer bowls with the chakra relation attached for sale. The consumer has gotten used to it!
When I first read about this system, I wondered how it was even possible that the note "C" of the second octave and the same note, but three - four octaves higher, yet would activate the root chakra? I am still wondering why people believe it!
The coloration of the sound, meaning it's character, the intensity, the direction and the intention behind it, not the pitch only, will invoke a certain mental, emotional and physical reaction!
It is MUCH MORE COMPLEX than just working with the musical notes to heal the aspects and areas related to the chakras, and you MUST educate yourself before you call yourself a SOUND HEALER! Do not be blindfolded by a good salesman!
However, if you tend to believe in the chakra - musical notes system, the questions you should ask are:
How many chakras does the human body really have?
What system do I believe in? Sumerian- Egyptian, Ayurveda, Tibetan, Chinese, Modern Medicine?
How many notes does the Indian, Tibetan, etc traditional music scales have?
What are the frequencies of these notes?
How many chakras do these disciplines describe?
However, if you ignore the questions written above and want to move on, there are some more challenges.
What were the original frequencies of notes, when Pythagoras came up with the definition of musical scale?
What about the semitones?
What is the Solfeggio scale and why not use it for healing chakras?
Why the modern musical scale octave starts with "C" (Do) and not let's say "E" (Mi) (in terms of the tone, not the name of the note)?
Was it always a note C (Do) at the beginning of a count?
How did the notes sound before Hertz defined the frequencies?
What about the overtones of a singing bowl, that sometimes are highlighted and dominating over the fundamental?
And a final question: is the note "F" (Fa) produced by the running engine of a tractor heals the heart chakra as effective as the guitar string of the same note?
"Bells of Bliss" is taking a chance to speak the truth, and the truth is that the modality of sound healing is being reinvented NOW! You are a student, your instruments are the teachers. Together you create AN AUTHENTIC TEACHING!