Sound Healing

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by Leah Frame

Explain the premise of sound healing?

Before responding, I would like to acknowledge with great honour and respect, the Yalukit Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung people, Traditional Owners of the land and to Elders both past and present. 

In effect, we are healers of our own body. If we think in terms of electricity, the earth is used to ground the energy current of a house. Our bodies work much like this, being we create energy, attract it, give it, receive it, release it, ground it and so forth.

Sound can be used for shifting energy as needed in many forms. Indigenous Australians have been using the deep vibrations of the didgeridoo as a device for healing dating back as far as 50,000 years ago. In Tibetan tradition the singing bowls have been used to evoke a deep state of relaxation, naturally assisting one into a meditative state going back centuries, along with the teachings of the Buddha. In modern times, sound is used for restorative health in a myriad of ways; having direct work on an affected area with the use of tuning forks, restoring ‘missing’ sound through voice (sound entrainment), shifting trauma at a soul level with deep rest and presence with singing bowls, mantra singing, in a sound bath or massage among many other variations. 

 

What can one expect in a session (e.g. how long, do you sit, what to wear, is movement involved)?

One is encouraged to wear warm, comfortable clothing to a session. In the beginning, we are standing for deep breathing exercises (known as pranayama in some traditions) shifting our body into a higher vibrational state. We then transition into some body movements then come back to a standing meditation. One’s are guided to their mat, where they can choose to continue sitting in a meditative practice while the singing bowls are played around the body, or they can lay down which is most common. Bush sounds are used to brush the aura for a cleanse to begin with the scent from palo santo wood burned. Binaural waves and focused frequencies around the varying chakras are played, while rainstick sounds are orchestrated around the body. By this stage, everyone is ready to receive the vibrations of the bowls for significant restoration at a soul level. After varying transitions of sounds, (much like moving through different emotions in the body) one is left to rest. We then transition into a sitting meditation chanting Aum with the group. Words of intent are noted in the body for the ‘now’ moment and the week ahead unfolding with gratitude and love. We then use our own sense of touch to ground back into the body with a light, guided self-massage. It is a wonderful experience.

What kind of venue is sound healing held in?

At West Beach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda in the outdoors by the bay under the marquee in summer, and indoors by the fireplace in winter. With Tibetan flags, candles, soft music and my intents for the session ahead, a beautiful safe container is created for people to ‘drop in’, which is most important for me to hold space for those coming to restore themselves.

Is there a way of practising sound healing at home?

Bare feet on the ground, deep breathing in form of meditation, and stilling the mind in natures surround sound is the best form of sound healing in the home, creating a safe container to ‘be’ as you are.

Meditation with leah

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