Sounding and Toning Essay
The Power of the Voice to Heal
By Nancy Fuoco
“Man is not only formed of vibrations, but he lives and moves in them; they surround him as the fish is surrounded by water, and he contains them within him as the tank contains the water. His different moods, inclinations, affairs, successes and failures depend upon a certain activity of vibration, whether these be thoughts, emotions, or feelings.” Khan, 1983, p.5
The Origins of Sound Healing
In the beginning, word or sound scriptures worldwide express the idea that the first cosmic manifestation was vibration, whether sound, light or breath, and that this primal vibration, differentiating into sounds, colors or rhythmic breathing, formed the basis for all that has followed.1 The more we progress, the more it seems scientists are revealing and affirming that the universe is made up of constant dynamic movement expressing itself as an interplay of vibrations.
Every human being, all living and non living things are made up at their most essential level of vibrating. pulsing energy. Since every atom in our body pulsates and vibrates to its own frequency, sound has an enormous potential to affect us in a positive healing way.
The use of sound as a healing force has been around for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations knew about the power of musical healing. Primitive peoples used voice and instruments such as drums and rattles to magnify the healing effect of various herbal medicines. It was the medicine men (witchdoctors) who were responsible for the health and wholeness of individuals in society by the use of group ceremonies and various kinds of dance, and they maintained equilibrium in the physical, mental, and spiritual welfare of the people, in concerted faith with the spirits and gods of nature. These methods haven’t completely fallen off the face of the earth, they are still in use among native cultures and minority groups worldwide.
The ancient mystery schools of Greece, Rome, Egypt, Tibet, and India had great knowledge of sound as being the primary creative force in the universe. In Greece they used the flute and the lyre for treating illnesses such as gout and sciatica. It was said that Alexander the Great’s sanity was restored by music played on the lyre. Pythagoras used special songs and incantations with particular melodies and rhythms, to cure diseases of the body and mind. “In his school, Pythagoras taught of the music of spheres and how the movement of the heavenly bodies could be perceived and reflected in the intervals of plucked strings.” 2
One wonders why the seemingly civilised and advanced part of the world has taken so long to catch up to what these primitive and wise mystics always knew and had the ability to accept without any empirical data to back it up. “The ancients knew what the modern physicists now understand, that all is in a state of vibration. “The world is Sound!” these ancient mystics proclaimed, and indeed it seems to be so.”3
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