Updated: Jan 20
Learn what it takes to become a sound healer and how to develop the skills needed.
Sound healing or sound bath (#soundhealing #soundbath) is rapidly gaining in popularity. Its roots can be traced back thousands of years ago in countries all over the world. The transcendental sound vibrations and ease of application makes it easy to want to be a part of the experience. So, can anyone become a sound healer? Can anyone play a bowl or strike a gong? Well yes, and no. Of course crystal singing bowls and gongs can be played by anyone. It's quite easy to make a sound by rubbing the edge of a singing bowl (#crystalsingingbowl #crystalbowl) with a friction mallet or by striking the gong (#gong #gongbath) with a gong mallet. What separates a beginner from a novice are many things including personal development, intention, timing, sensitivity to subtle and gross energies and awareness and experience with how these things interact with the listener. In the medical field, anyone can simply hand a patient a pill, but a skilled nurse knows how to read the environment. She can detect and perceive what is unspoken. She develops skills with intuition knowing what is appropriate in regards to timing and application. She senses what is occurring in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms and knows how to serve each with a well balanced approach.
“What separates a beginner from a novice are many things including personal development, intention, timing, sensitivity to subtle and gross energies and awareness and experience with how these things interact with the listener.”
How to begin
The very first step is to attend a sound healing. See for yourself what it's like to lay on a yoga mat, close your eyes, and experience the sound vibrations. What do you observe? What do you like? What do you dislike? In addition, there are numerous videos and free online instructions you can learn from. My intention is to create plenty of content to help others develop their skills for both the beginner and advanced practitioner.
The next step is to decide on what instrument you want to play. Each has its benefits and limitations. Crystal singing bowls are easy to play and transport, the can be used during yoga classes, meditation (#yoga #meditation), private parties and as a part of bigger events. Singing bowls range in price from about $40 to thousands. Gongs are very powerful. Learning basic strikes can be learned quickly, but finding diversity and approach takes a bit more time. Gongs are heavy and expensive. They are somewhat limited and difficult to travel with. Gong players are in more demand and often collaborate with bowl players. The combination is effective. Other instruments such as didgeridoo, hand pan, hammer dulcimer etc require much more time in developing but are well worth it. Find what peaks your interest, what naturally inspires you. The key is to dedicate time to your practice. The more you do the better you become. This sounds simple, but thus is where most fail. Lots of people have dreams, but very few possess the dedication required to take things to the next level and the difference is palpable.
Taking it to the next level
There is much to say here. Too much to put in this post. What I have described above is the basics of sound healing. The vast majority of sound healers use a variety of singing bowls and gongs. Some include an instrument such as the didgeridoo or hand pan. Advanced practitioners blend various practices such as breath work, guided meditation, and yoga. As I mentioned there is much more on this subject but I will stop here. Hint- study what kinds of sound healing applications have been used throughout the world. Each of these specialty areas is filled with opportunity. If you are interested in advanced training in sound healing please send me a note. Sarah and I will be hosting annual retreats on Maui where we will teaching many esoteric practices.