The sound of healing

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In today’s world of chaos and stress, it’s hard to reset yourself and feel grounded. When I moved to Australia 15 years ago and functioned in a chaotic mode, which we are conditioned to in Pakistan, I started to feel like I was lost and couldn’t find my purpose in life. Focusing on work day in and day out and finding ways to settle abroad, with the responsibility of two young children as a single parent, has been quite a challenge.

However, not giving up and being resilient made me productive and motivated me to keep going. God has been very kind to me and been my support for my children and myself. But I never spent time understanding the need to shut down and pause to think about where this attitude would end up without a work-life balance.

After qualifying as a registered nurse in Australia, I was fortunate enough to care for the dying (palliative care) and their families. Ah, what a learning curve. The lessons I received, about how short life is and that we should all return to the one and only, just gave me goosebumps on a daily basis.

Early last year, I came across the term “quantum physics.” I started looking for books on quantum physics and how it works. Then I was introduced to some quantum physicists, including Deepak Chopra. He is one of the people who has worked on the effects of ‘vibration produced by sounds’ on the human cell and its healing effects.

Sound therapy has been used for thousands and thousands of years. Experts also believe that this healing method is considered a form of meditation and was used by the ancient ‘Pyramids of Gaza’. Sound healing is an ancient practice, originating from the Tibetan and Himalayan tribes. Commonly, sound healers use Tibetan singing bowls made of quartz crystal or metal bowls.

At the same time, if we take a closer look at the rich history and current research regarding sound healing, it can be concluded that sound healing helps to align and balance a ‘false’ body. To explain this phenomenon, according to the American Institute of Stress, ninety percent of doctor visits are stress-related—experienced by individuals. In the current era, we all have stress caused by different stressors. It’s all about how we deal with it – a disgruntled body caused by stress begins to experience anxiety, insomnia, allergies, food sensitivity, and physical and emotional pain.

In addition, research has identified the effects of sound baths, which have proven to be a great way to pamper yourself to calm, heal and discover. It brings an alert and focused body and mind to a relaxed state, where healing can take place, while also reducing stress levels. Scientifically proven, human cells and organs vibrate when exposed to different sound frequencies. During the time I was being pampered and researching the benefits and origins of sound meditation/healing, I was given the opportunity to physically attend a sound healing session. I have always been an open-minded person, ready to experience new things, without any judgement.

It was a sunset beach session under the trees. Even the sound of it was so mesmerizing. During my first sound healing session I was welcomed with open arms in a group of like-minded people. I laid my yoga mat on the grass and used a blanket and an eye mask. Before the session, the email I received instructed me to drink water because sound flows better in liquid, which I did. I relaxed and waited until 6:30 pm (that was when the session would start). Sanchia, a high school teacher, was the sound healer during my first session. She asked us to breathe in and out and set an intention for the week ahead. Sanchia, then started playing the crystal bowls that she said match each chakra. Chakra (cakra in Sanskrit) means ‘wheel’ and refers to energy points in your body. They are thought to be spinning discs of energy that need to stay ‘open’ and aligned as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs and parts of our energetic body that affect our body’s emotional and physical well-being. She also played the “rain stick” and the “chime” over each of us. I felt every beat, every frequency in my body and eventually my body relaxed and I slept during the session.

The whole experience gave me something to hold onto and I felt like all the stress and tightness left my body. It was something else. So magical! The following days I felt clarity in my head and I had more confidence in making my decisions. I started going every week and started to feel the shift – the shift in energy. Currently, after almost a year of regularly attending sound bath sessions, I feel like I have a purpose in life. I can love people around me with an open mind and I can forgive easily. The energy in my body does not feel blocked, but flows freely.

A gentle loving memory; to grow you need to flow physically, mentally and spiritually. Stagnation is not part of life; instead, exercise should be incorporated into our daily routine. Physically, we need to detoxify and cleanse our body by eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Create mental movement by keeping a diary, by putting thoughts on paper. Last but not least, spiritual movement can be created through meditation including sound healing, so that you connect more deeply with your spirit, call it ‘nirvana’; call it ‘enlightenment’; call it “bliss.” Start living with a new sense of being in this world.

*The writer, based in Perth, Australia, is a registered nurse by day and a spirituality seeker by night.

The sound of healing

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