10. Opening Chakras
When I bought my first two bowls from the
Hungarian shaman Joska Soos, I asked him what effect they had on the
human body. He said that their sounds affect the chakras and the aura in
general. By way of example he showed me how to activate the third eye,
by first hitting a bowl and then gently touching the vibrating rim of
the bowl at the ajna chakra, located between the eye brows.
years I have done many group sessions, and there always are people who
feel strong sensations on places in their bodies. It is interesting that
these places correspond to the seven major chakras. Usually it is the
ajna chakra, (also called the third eye) or the solar plexus chakra
between the sternum and the navel.
For people who work intentionally
with the chakras, with Reiki or hands-on-healing, and for people who are
just open and sensitive, the singing bowls can be a big help in
awakening and developing one’s awareness of these energy centers. There
is no one bowl that corresponds specifically to a certain chakra. A
particular bowl might work on the solar plexus of one person, but not
that of another person. As we are all different, so are our energies.
Thus singing bowls have different effects on different people. It is a
matter of experience to find out what the singing bowls you happen to
have will do to other people or to yourself. As time goes by you will
notice that during a particular time you will have a preference for a
certain bowl. This is the one you will need the most during that period.
Later it can change, and the same bowl might even leave you indifferent,
while another singing bowl catches your attention. This is due to the
fact we are not static beings, we change over time, along with our needs
and preferences. Because of this one needs to remind oneself to be aware
of ever changing energies in oneself, in others and in one’s
environment. On the other hand, remember that your intentions in using
the bowls can affect the results. A single bowl can be used in a
meditation on all the chakras, coordinating attention, breathing and
inner focus through all of the centers one by one. Experiment with what
you have and see what works for you.
copyright 2001 by Dirk Gillabel