From the founder of Bells Of Bliss and Sound Wellness Academy
My name is Guy Yair Beider. In 2007 I was introduced to the sound of Himalayan singing bowls. This experience has literally changed my life. It impressed me so much, that I decided to dedicate a significant part of my life learning all about the singing bowls. Nine years later I became the founder of Bells of Bliss.
Thank you for giving me a chance to offer you the highest quality singing bowls and to share with you my experience. The singing bowl may very well change for good some aspects of your life (read my story in the next article). It could be a valuable present for your loved ones, or you may simply want to invest in antique items that are becoming rare and more difficult to find from year to year. Singing bowls raise in value approximately ten percent every year.
Bells of Bliss is a project that I came to after I realized that there is a large demand for singing bowls and little knowledge about how to utilize these sacred tools correctly.
I was once hunting for high-quality singing bowls and now suppliers and collectors are coming to me with authentic jewels they find in different parts of Himalayas. It literally knocks on my door and it is now my honor to share this with you!
I am tired of hearing the lies that many dealers spread about singing bowls, such as describing machine-made instruments as a "seven metal antique Tibetan bowl" or the "chakra bowl". In response to this, I offer you the educational section, "Blog".
Thank you for your trust and for allowing me to share with you the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years of dedicated work. My agenda is to give you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the sound, to go to your depths by opening yourself to the sonic harmony. I also offer you practical tips and food for thought. I would ask you to refer to your own heart and logic when you read my articles before you make a decision to believe what I say. I learn so much every time I examine a new bowl, and I still receive new impressions and energies while working with people.
A little information about my teachers: In 2011 I took a seven-day master class with Mitch Nur I have so much respect and gratitude for Mitch, for bringing me to the door of my path. I would also like to thank Frank Perry and Alexandre Tannous for guiding me along the path of the sound healing arts. I trust them both very much in everything related to singing bowls and sound as a healing modality.
There are some very valuable points of the practice that I picked up from my personal research, and extensive work with the instruments. My personal understanding of the mental, emotional and spiritual responses that sonic patterns evoke, I’ve gained largely through working with Amazonian healers and sacred plants. My approach to sound healing modalities and singing bowls is based on a combination of scientific and intuitive work.
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE SINGING BOWL (MY STORY)
Singing bowls have been known to Westerners since the late '50s. They came to the US and Europe with Tibetan refugees who escaped the Chinese communist occupation. Now almost every yoga studio and wellness center has one of these instruments and even though every Tibetan gift shop sells singing bowls, very little is known about their origin. There has been much speculation about the nature of this mysterious bell-like instrument on the one hand and mounting scientific evidence showing the many health benefits it delivers on the other. The beautiful complex simplicity of the singing bowl's voice helps to achieve relaxation, reduce stress, anxiety and physical pain. It has also been known to help normalize blood pressure and simply clear your mind if you give it a chance.
Focusing on the complex harmonic overtones is a great way to enhance the ability to concentrate and sharpen memory. Singing bowls are a perfect tool for meditation and brain function enhancement.
Although little is known about how singing bowls were used in the past, modern practitioners of sound healing are developing new skills and reinventing techniques of utilizing singing bowls for balancing and harmonization. There are many skeptical opinions, but if you know what to do with the bowl - you'll see that it works! In section "blog" you may read about the nature of monaural beats and how the pulsating voice of the singing bowl positively influences the brain activity.
If you are interested in finding out more about singing bowls, I strongly recommend the Nine ways academy website, founded by my teacher Mitch Nur. Also the website of the incredibly knowledgeable and intuitive healer Frank Perry His book "Himalayan Sound Revelations" is a great source of information and inspiration.
Instead of offering other articles and sources about the origins of singing bowls, I'd like to share with you a story about my healing and a great singing bowl master that I met while I was in Tibet.
In 2007, I heard the sound of a singing bowl for the first time. Although it felt like this sound was squeezing my heart, a sense of well being penetrated my whole essence. It felt like I was being blessed by some higher intelligence. Shortly after this, I purchased a bowl for my wife and me.
We didn't know what to do with the bowl, besides striking it and listening, but there was something about that sound. The bowl was sitting on a decorative cushion, which rested on a coffee table and we couldn't pass by it, without taking the stick and playing the bowl for at least a couple moments. The bowl was receiving so much attention as if it were a member of our small family.
Like a normal couple we had our ups and downs, but every time the bowl made a sound, the atmosphere at home would change for the better, also a more peaceful state of mind was created.
Back then, I was reading a lot about the influence of sound on mental, emotional and physical health. I was looking for some art to occupy myself with and knew that it would be related to sound. The field of “sound healing” triggered my attention.
Most of the information I found on the internet and books just made me skeptical. I couldn't accept for example that the notes of the modern Western musical scale somehow are related to chakras. Also, having a degree in mechanical engineering, I had a hard time believing that singing bowls are made of several metals such as mercury, lead, and copper that have such a huge gap in melting temperatures. Even if that was true, why for God's sake people would use poisonous metals for healing? I had so many questions and there was no one around to give me the answers. I purchased a few more bowls and was running my experiments. The knowledge started to flow towards me straight from the source - my instruments!
At this time, heavy arguments began to occur between my wife and me almost every day. Our relationship became very heavy on both of us and we decided to provide space to each other. Two months later my wife flew to Nepal. She was planning to take the hiking trail to Everest Base Camp. On August 24th, 2010, the plane she boarded with 13 other people departed from Kathmandu to the village Lukla and it never landed.
She died in an airplane crash on her 30th birthday and my heart died on the same day.
The trauma I experienced couldn't be described and It isn’t my intention to focus on these dark times.
Many days passed until I pulled out one of the bowls from my collection again. The sounds were reminding me of the times spent with my little family and this was causing me a lot of pain. I temporarily moved away from my passion for singing bowls.
Months later after the accident, I pulled out the same bowl my wife and I used to play together. All of a sudden, I noticed that this bowl had a very interesting character. Once struck, the melancholic sound of a time that will never come back was flooding the room up to the ceiling. My mind was stolen by this fluctuating sad tone. Listening to this bowl was just painful. However, something had shifted inside of my chest and the moment of instant healing took place!
I noticed a subtle overtone that I had never paid attention to before. It was the sound of pure joy! It was a ray of sun, so pure and delightful! I asked myself, why was I choosing to listen to the melancholic tone if there is something so delicious about this other tone showing up at the same time?!
That evening I stroke the bowl countless times. I remember myself listening and smiling. I was smiling and skipping a heartbeat each time the sonic serpent was showing up and pulling my sadness from the chest away to the void. It felt like some sacred knowledge is being unveiled to me. Something that can't be told, but can be heard.
Since then, the meaning of the words "happiness is a choice" became clear to me. I started to practice listening to and choosing my mood, my thoughts, my emotions, my judgments, my reality. I became hungry for life, adventures and new experiences! I decided to take my life back.
A couple of years later, overcoming my fear, I visited Nepal and Tibet. While in Nepal, I did the Everest Base Camp trail hike. It was an act of closure on my past and the beginning of the next chapter of my life.
I also made a very interesting and fruitful connection with the local singing bowls authorities. I learned so much during this time! For a few weeks, I was spending ten to twelve hours each day, testing thousands of singing bowls in the house of the biggest collector in Nepal. I finally walked away, having made my first big purchase of 56 “Stradivarius” bowls.
In Tibet, I intended to visit the holy mountain Kailas, but the Chinese government blocked the way to the foreigners for a month. Instead of doing a Cora around Kailas, I joined a small group of tourists going to Central Tibet to visit five caves of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). We also visited lots of Buddhist monasteries, some of them had never seen tourists before. Surprisingly, none of these monasteries were equipped with singing bowls. I learned about the ceremonial usage of Tingshas (small flat round bronze bells) and gongs, but I was so unsatisfied, seeing no Tibetan bowls in Tibet. A part of me was still hoping to see the Buddhist monks do some practice using the singing bowl, besides collecting donations in them.
At some point along the way, I met an old monk who was playing a singing bowl. I asked the guide to come with me to talk to the elder. I asked the monk what exactly is he doing with the bowl? The guide translated my question and the elder struck the bowl with a wooden stick and smiled. I noticed that he was missing a couple of teeth, but I didn't care, I just waited with childish excitement for the explanation. The explanation didn't come. The monk just struck his singing bowl again and smiled like a mischievous child. I asked my guide to translate the question, how exactly does the monk use singing bowl? Is he just collecting donations with it, or is he using it for a specific ritual? Does he meditate using the sound? Or maybe he is cleansing his space? Maybe he is doing some healing work? The guide understood my point and patiently translated the request. The answer of the elder was one word only, which was translated into English as "listen"!
Yes, I said, I know the sound of the singing bowl, I have a collection of these at home. I am a sound healer! I have a master level certification! Could you please ask him how he uses the singing bowl? After talking for a while with the monk, my guide looked at me and simply said, “he just told you: - listen!” The monk struck the bowl again as if to emphasize what I just heard from the translator. He then smiled and said in Tibetan the word that I now knew the translation of.
No kidding, it was a great teaching for me! Listen!
When I came back home, I found new qualities in my instruments. After meeting the monk, I was inspired to become an even better listener to my clients and most importantly, to myself and the life around!
I now listen to my body and soul more carefully. I listen to the universe. I am focused on listening, thanks to that short, yet profound meeting with the monk.
Singing bowls brought so many profound lessons into my life, so many beautiful people, new life and new love. I facilitate sound meditation events at least once a week and I am still excited every time I prepare for the new event.
When I facilitate group meditations, I play very gently and quietly. I make long pauses and allow the meditators to quiet their minds and to listen to their inner silence.
By sitting quietly, and allowing yourself to be without any opinions of who or what you are, or how the world should be, by just breathing carefully, without disturbing the harmony around, you will hear the universal love. By just listening to the silence between your thoughts, you realize that love has always been there, like the sky. This is the most important part of meditation and sound healing for me.