6 Tips For Visiting Sacred Sites -

3 of 6: The Healing Power of Sound

What: A short series of syllables that are sung on or intoned to the same note and sound frequencies created by gongs or Tibetan bowls.

Why: Many of the world’s ancient cultures used sound in order to access different portions of the mind (portions we are just becoming aware of via modern science).

“A recent study evaluated the possibility that tones at these frequencies might specifically affect regional brain activity. In a pilot project, 30 healthy adults listened to tones at 90, 100, 110, 120, and 130 Hz while brain activity was monitored with electroencephalography (EEG). Activity in the left temporal region was found to be significantly lower at 110 Hz than at other frequencies. Additionally, the pattern of asymmetric activity over the prefrontal cortex shifted from one of higher activity on the left at most frequencies to right sided dominance at 110 Hz.

These findings are compatible with relative deactivation of language centers and a shift in prefrontal activity that may be related to emotional processing. These intriguing pilot findings suggest that the acoustic properties of ancient structures may influence human brain function, and suggest that chanting might have been used to enhance right brain activities.”

Please see this article for more information. http://www.scribd.com/doc/14079961/Time-and-Mind-The-Journal-of-Archaeology-Consciousness-and-Culture-

How: Intone a prolonged vowel sound, such as, O pronounced OOOOOOOOOooooooooo. Other popular vowels for intoning are I, U and E. Do not expect too much at first. Simply repeat the sounds, listen to examples online (YouTube is a good resource), and simply try to do your best. With practice, you will see positive benefits and experience feelings of well being.

Gongs or Tibetan bowls can also be used to bathe people in certain sound frequencies often resulting in an increased feeling of happiness and inner peace.

Where: the Kings Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Newgrange in the Boyne Valley Ireland, The Hypogeum of Malta, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. All of these structures provide examples of sound amplification which can be interacted with.

Example: Gary Evans & Pyramid Acoustics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTC9iA96Nc

Health Benefits: There is a growing body of research which suggests certain sound frequencies can help reduce stress by creating a deep sense of well-being. In some cases this can promote healing for a variety of illnesses. Sound therapy can be used alongside traditional medicine.

“In the last few decades there have been numerous controlled studies, clinical experiments and case histories, which confirm benefits of the Tomatis method [of Sound therapy] for a variety of conditions. A number of studies have been done since the 70s in Canada, South Africa, Australia and Europe.” Sound therapy research summary available from Rafaele Joudry, Director and Founder of Sound Therapy International.

Give it a try: Sound healing modalities are becoming increasingly popular. If you are interested, try searching for sound healing events by typing “gong bath” in to your search engine. You may find that your local yoga studio or meditation center arrange events as part of their regular schedule.

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This is an extract from a FREE full article here Ancient Origins.net

Our next tour to Egypt is in March 2014.


About the author: Gary Evans


The tours I help organize often have a self-development or spiritual theme, my role on tour is to share techniques developed to help guests obtain deep insights and find inner peace. I have spent many weeks on the road traveling with open-minded people from all over the world. The techniques I encourage others to use are a combination of ancient metaphysical wisdom and scientific understandings. These tips can also be incorporated into our daily or weekly lives when we need a moment of calm.

I have spent considerable time studying ancient wisdom traditions that have survived until the present day. We have very little information on the spiritual practices of the ancient Egyptians or the Druids in Europe. How can we get an idea of their mindset? Perhaps we can look elsewhere for clues? I feel very grateful that the world has one area that acts as a spiritual library for the whole planet: India and Tibet. By following the ancient spiritual practices from the east during my visits to sacred sites, a whole new world has opened before my eyes.