9. Singing Bowls for Healing
Singing bowls have obvious healing effects.
The physical vibration of the sound waves, when a bowl is placed
directly on the body, massages the cells and organs in a delicate way,
and releases energy blockages. Their sounds influence the brain waves in
a positive and balancing way, and they have a calming effect on the
nervous system. Singing bowls promote deep relaxation with subtle but
sometimes profound healing effects. Once you have undergone it yourself,
you naturally want to share it with other people. What better way is
there than doing a healing session for your partner, family member or
Make sure the person lies down in a truly comfortable
position. Check them out, get pillows for support, under the head, under
the knees, wherever it is needed. Shoes off, blankets if itís chilly.
When you have more than one singing bowl, put one of them on the chest
and the other somewhere around the body, preferably by the head. When I
start out with a private session, I first intuitively feel out which
bowl the person needs most, and this is the one I place on his chest
(with the anti-slip mat underneath). This will be the most important
bowl to play and the most healing for that person at that time. Do not
strike it too hard, as it is close to the ears of the person. Nor is it
necessary to strike it constantly, as the person will still be able to
hear the sounds well enough even when you do not hear them anymore.
Aside from these considerations it is up to you and your own intuition
to feel how you have to play the bowl.
It is really nice when you
play a bowl to hold it and move it around the body, passing it over the
body, and especially around the head of the person. Not only does this
create a nice sound effect for the person, but this technique allows you
to tune in to the energies, chakras or aura of that person and work to
clear any negative energies you might find by creating harmony there
instead. Remember that healing is not something that has to be done this
way or that way. Healing is more about tuning in and feeling out what
needs to be done. Then transform the energy in a totally naturally way,
without any interference of your ego. You do not heal, you help to
create a space that allows healing take place. The healing will be
whatever is necessary for that person, at that time, and in those
I often put a flat pillow behind the head of the
person, on which I can place a bowl to use in direct relation with the
bowl I have placed on the chest. Working with the two bowls together
creates a link between those two places on the energetic level, and it
seems to have a really good effect on the person.
The chest is an
important area to work on, as a lot of childhood traumas are stored
there. Singing bowls can be placed on the belly too, but the very big
bowls can be too heavy. Bowls on the legs can work too, but the legs
need to kept together, otherwise they will touch the bowl at the side
and dampen a lot of sounds. The back is also a good place to place
singing bowls, as long as the person is comfortable and does not have to
stretch the neck sideways too much. With a little ingenuity in
positioning even hips and shoulders can be worked on.
are but instruments, and how you use them depends on your way of
healing. They can be used along with with Reiki, hands-on-healing, and
massage, or whatever you discover with your own creative imagination .
copyright 2001 by Dirk Gillabel