natural health highlights: sound therapy

the Universal Sound

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  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  John 1:1 King James Version


AUM  commonly known as OM is the essential vibration of creation. According  to spiritual tradition everything was created from vibration and OM  represents the vibration of creation and the universe and can be felt  during deep meditation. 

OM  is believed to be the sound  present at the beginning of the universe  from which all creation spawned. When we consider that  all perceived matter is condensed energy vibrating at certain  frequencies that keeps sub atomic particles together then idea that  creation originated from a vibration/sound is plausible.

 AUM consists or the three basic sounds; A-U-M. These are the sounds  that we can utter without the use of our tongue. Press your tongue down  with your finger and you will see that the only sounds you can make are  A-U-M. The sound commonly uttered as “O” is what we utter as we attempt  to blend A and U together (O is pronounced as diphthong blending A and U  together). When we utter AUM we can feel the vibration move upwards  from our stomach and chest to the head. A and U generate a vibration  from the stomach and chest while with M we feel the vibration in our  head.

These  three sounds work in the same was as the three basic colours from which  all other colours are derived. From AUM all other sounds and vibrations  can be created. We position our tongue in various locations in our  pallet and use the vibration of the basic sounds A-U-M to produce all  other sounds. As all sounds/vibrations originate from OM/AUM the  traditional view that the sound represents creation makes sense.

Although  we associate OM chanting with eastern traditions of Hinduism and  Buddhism it is prevalent in Christianity. If you observe “AMEN” chanting  from ceremonies in the Vatican or the Greek Orthodox priests of Mount  Athos, they utter the “AM” part of AMEN in the same was as OM (i.e.  prolonged AU and M). It seems that there is a shared knowledge between  spiritual traditions and religions that has been lost or not shared with  the masses.   (Read more)


 

Music

 

Music, art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of form or emotional expression, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony. Both the simple folk song and the complex electronic composition belong to the same activity, music. Both are humanly engineered; both are conceptual and auditory, and these factors have been present in music of all styles and in all periods of history, throughout the world.


Music is an art that, in one guise or another, permeates every human society. Modern music is heard in a bewildering profusion of styles, many of them contemporary, others engendered in past eras. Music is a protean art; it lends itself easily to alliances with words, as in song, and with physical movement, as in dance. Throughout history, music has been an important adjunct to ritual and drama and has been credited with the capacity to reflect and influence human emotion. Popular culture has consistently exploited these possibilities, most conspicuously today by means of radio, film, television, musical theatre, and the Internet. The implications of the uses of music in psychotherapy, geriatrics, and advertising testify to a faith in its power to affect human behaviour. Publications and recordings have effectively internationalized music in its most significant, as well as its most trivial, manifestations. Beyond all this, the teaching of music in primary and secondary schools has now attained virtually worldwide acceptance.


But the prevalence of music is nothing new, and its human importance has often been acknowledged. What seems curious is that, despite the universality of the art, no one until recent times has argued for its necessity. The ancient Greek philosopher Democritus explicitly denied any fundamental need for music: “For it was not necessity that separated it off, but it arose from the existing superfluity.” The view that music and the other arts are mere graces is still widespread, although the growth of psychological understanding of play and other symbolic activities has begun to weaken this tenacious belief.

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Sound Therapy has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras' use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.

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Ultrasound imaging

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Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It’s also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Your doctor will instruct you on how to prepare, including whether you should refrain from eating or drinking beforehand. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.