An Introduction to Tibetan Singing Bowls
The Tibetan Singing bowls appear to originate in the pre-buddhist shamanic Bon Po culture. This culture seems to date back 3000 years to the Bronze Age in China and during its peak extended geographically as far as Burma and Indochina. In modern times, the bowls continue to be made in the regions of Bhutan, Nepal, India and Tibet.
The original bowls were cast by hand and forged from 7 sacred metals which correspond to the 7 known or inner planets. These are: Gold-Sun; Silver-Moon; Mercury-Mercury; Copper-Venus; Iron-Mars; Tin-Jupiter; Lead-Saturn. The process took about one year and each of the layers were timed in relation to celestial events.
The power of sound can be most easily understood from the standpoint of it existing as a waveform. It has been scientifically proven that the act of listening to the singing bowls stops ones internal dialogue. The intellectual center is suspended and the emotional or feeling center is activated. This makes the bowls an excellent vehicle for meditation, creative projects and finding ones center. It can also be used a safe vehicle for becoming aware of and connecting with buried emotions and deep trauma.
The Tibetan singing bowls are used by sound healers to tone and balance the body’s energy field. Since the body is comprised of 80% water, it is an excellent conductor of sound waves. More specifically, the sound of a large singing bowl creates a tone which vibrates through the entire body and is transmitted via the skeletal, muscular, circulatory and nervous systems.
The playing of the singing bowls can be done in a variety of ways. I facilitate individual sessions with people, group sessions and concerts. Each method is unique and each person experiences this differently.