How Do You Optimally Prepare For a Sound Healing?
Make sure you don’t arrive on a completely empty stomach, nor on a full stomach. Best is to have finished eating about 1.5 hours before the Sound Healing starts. Also, make sure you are well-hydrated and no alcohol 24 hours before.
What Should You Wear During a Sound Healing?
You can wear anything you are comfortable and warm in. As you will be laying down for a longer period of time without movement, your body will naturally cool down. In order to not feel cold, we encourage you to wear a warm jumper or cardigan and long, comfortable pants.
What Are Chakras?
Ancient Vedic texts and ancient healing traditions tell us that there is a subtle, divine energy that is the foundation of all life, of the whole universe. This life force energy is called “prana”, “chi” or “ki”.
Chakras are energy centres in our body. We have many energy centres in our body, of which there are seven main ones that are located along the spine, through the neck and the crown of the head. The word “chakra” from Sanskrit translates to “wheel”. Each of these potent energy centers has a unique vibrational frequency. And each crystal bowl at Seed of Life Healing is tuned to one of the chakras.
It is believed, that unbalanced chakras - or blocked energy in and around the chakras - can lead to physical and emotional imbalances, distress and even disease.
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The Root (or Base) chakra is located at the base of the spine. It includes the first three vertebrae, the bladder and the colon. It is the ‘survival’ chakra that carries the energies of stability, security, groundedness and your deepest emotions regarding your physical body. It’s associated with physical needs, survival and self-preservation.
Musical note: C
Bija Mantra/Sound: LAM
Gland: Reproductive glands
2. Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is located between the pubic bone and navel and encompasses the genital, reproductive and urinary systems. It is associated with creativity, manifestation, control, sexuality, sensuality and relationships.
Musical note: D
Bija Mantra/Sound: VAM
Gland: Endocrine system
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The solar plexus chakra is located between the navel and the breastbone. It is associated with self-definition, self-esteem, willpower, power, vitality and courage.
Musical note: E
Bija Mantra/Sound: RAM
Planet: Mars and Sun
Gland: Adrenal glands
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The heart chakra is located in the middle of the chest, next to the heart. It is the central chakra; it is the bridge between the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit - the meeting point of body and spirit. It includes the entire circulatory and immune systems. It is the chakra of love, compassion and generosity. It is associated with friendship, kindness, self-acceptance and empathy.
Musical note: F
Bija Mantra/Sound: YAM
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The throat chakra is located at the base of the neck and includes the neck, thyroid, jaw, mouth and tongue. It is associated with communication, self-expression and speaking our highest truth.
Musical note: G
Bija Mantra/Sound: HAM
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The Third Eye chakra is located between the eyebrows. It is the center of intuition and associated with spirituality, self-reflection and visualisation.
Musical note: A
Bija Mantra/Sound: OM
Gland: Pineal gland
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. It represents enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher self, others and God. It is associated with understanding, self-knowledge, cosmic awareness and integration with the source energy.
Color: Violet or white
Musical note: B
Bija Mantra/Sound: OM
Gland: Pituitary gland
What Are Brainwaves?
Your brain consists of billions of little nerve cells, known as neurons. In order for your brain to work, these neurons communicate with each other using electricity. When millions of neurons are communicating at the same time, this all generates a significant amount of electrical activity. This combined electrical activity in the brain is known as a brainwave pattern.
At any point in time, we have a "dominant" brainwave pattern. Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling, and how relaxed or focused or stressed we are. When slower brainwaves are dominant we may feel relaxed, sleepy or dreamy. The faster brainwaves are dominant when we feel wired or hyper-alert.
Here are the main brainwaves explained:
The descriptions that follow are only broad descriptions - in practice things are far more complex, and brainwaves reflect different aspects when they occur in different locations in the brain.
Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second) and they are divided into bands delineating slow, moderate, and fast waves.
GAMMA WAVES (38 TO 80 HZ)
Gamma brainwaves are the fastest of the brain waves (high frequency), and relate to simultaneous processing of information from different brain areas. Gamma brainwaves pass information rapidly. The most subtle of the brainwave frequencies, the mind has to be quiet to access gamma.
Gamma was dismissed as 'spare brain noise' until researchers discovered it was highly active when in states of universal love, altruism, and the ‘higher virtues’. Gamma is also above the frequency of neuronal firing, so how it is generated remains a mystery. It is speculated that gamma rhythms modulate perception and consciousness, and that a greater presence of gamma relates to expanded consciousness.
BETA WAVES (12 TO 38 HZ)
Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, or focused mental activity.
Beta brainwaves are further divided into three bands:
Lo-Beta (Beta1, 12-15Hz) can be thought of as a 'fast idle', or musing.
Beta (Beta2, 15-22Hz) is high engagement or actively figuring something out.
Hi-Beta (Beta3, 22-38Hz) is highly complex thought, integrating new experiences, high anxiety, or excitement, stress, overwhelmed. Continual high frequency processing is not a very efficient way to run the brain, as it takes a tremendous amount of energy and can eventually result in burn-out, depression, disease.
ALPHA WAVES (8 TO 12 HZ)
Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present. Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
THETA WAVES (3 TO 8 HZ)
Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to learning, memory, and intuition. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. It is that twilight state which we normally only experience fleetingly as we wake or drift off to sleep. In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.?
DELTA WAVES (0.5 TO 3 HZ)
Delta brainwaves are slow brainwaves. They are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep and deep meditations are so essential to the healing process.
What Are Crystal Singing Bowls Made of?
Crystal singing bowls are made from silica sand, which is pure crystal quartz in nature. The sand is dropped into a centrifugal force spinning mold. At the right moment an electric arc is struck in the center of that mold. This raises the temperature to about 4000 degrees Centigrade and the silica fuses into amorphous glass. The bowls emit a powerful, pure resonance. The thickness of the bowl, as well as the height and diameter, determine the specific vibrational frequency of the bowl.
Most commonly crystal bowls are white, frosted. Some are clear, like glass. And others are frosted, coloured, often made from gemstones (such as amethyst, smokey quartz, carnelian, citrine, etc.) that are crushed and fused with the basic quartz.