“Stepping into the Universe through Sound” 
by Renee S LeBeau © 2014-2024

Vibrational Sound Healing is a proven modality that shifts brain wave states, alters consciousness and create a deep sense of well being and improved health. In all sound healing traditions, there is the awareness that the mind, heart, body and spirit are an inter-connected system.  From this ancient wisdom, the sound instruments create a carrier wave designed to re-align your physical, emotional and spiritual energies.  The person generating the sound and the space it is generated in are also factors in the experience.

The scientific perception of sound, called psycho-acoustics is currently limited to a certain range of frequencies. For humans, hearing is normally limited to frequencies between about 20 and 20,000 Hertz (Hz).  However, the body is receiving and affected by all frequencies.  The human brain emits electrical impulses which correlate with various mental and emotional states.  During the waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is Beta which is measured at 12-30 Hz. Beta is associated with attention to the outer environment that is alert, engages the sympathetic nervous system and creates more stress related hormones. 

Using sound can entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha, Theta and Delta brain wave frequencies. Generally speaking, these are the frequencies that generally induce deep meditative states, inner peace, clarity of mind and a greater connection to one’s intuition.  Each brain wave state has a particular state of attributes.
* Alpha is measured at 8-12 Hz and is associated with a state of relaxed attention.  It can be used to increase the capacity to learn as well as increase athletic ability.
* Theta is measured at 4-8 Hz and is associated with deep internal awareness and the ability to access your own perception.  It tends to be the gateway for a transformational experience to occur. 
* Delta is measured at .5-4 Hz and is associated with deep relaxation and sleep.  In this state the mind simply becomes aware of itself with no awareness of the outer external world.

Acoustic alchemy creates harmonic tones to generate an inner state of balance. These multi-tonal instruments create harmonic vibrations and overtones which impact the nervous system directing your brain waves to synchronize with the sound.  They direct the body to slow down the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and brain wave activity.  As this happens, the receiver can shift its relationship with pain and discomfort by moving into a non-judgmental space and reconnecting to its own inner knowing.  Initially, the somatic intelligence of the body is more easily accessed through altered states of consciousness until the person has shifted his/her awareness to include the inner planes.

Immersing yourself in pure sound is a guided journey into your inner landscape. Every experience is different and includes the creation of a sacred container in which you can dive deep.  Each time you enter this space is an opportunity for growth using vibration, frequency, tone and intention.  The benefits are fundamental shifts in clarity, joy, inner awareness and harmony.

Sound Therapy and Healing
Sound healing is an alternative form of treatment for the symptoms of long term stress, anxiety, and depression.  According to Edward Cayce, “sound will be the medicine of the future.”

What is sound therapy?
The basic principle of sound healing is that all matter is energy which is eternal and in a constant state of vibration or resonance. This vibration is the basic foundation for all existence.  The process involves the use of musical instruments and/or the human voice to heal; this can take the form of humming, drumming, singing and toning.  The Natural Resonance Center believes that music can alter our physiology.

History of sound healing
Sound therapy and sound healing has been used by ancient beings in many cultures. Chants and mantras are believed to have positive healing effects.

How sound healing works
We know that our bodies are made up of 50-60% water. Thus, the healing vibration during sound healing would ripple through you. The healing vibration will be stimulated through the use of human voice or sound baths with the aid of tuning forks and singing bowls.

The Method of Sound Healing?
The British Academy of Sound Therapy uses tonal and rhythmic instruments, as well as voice to create their sound therapy techniques. They use Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, gongs and tuning forks. For their vocal techniques, they use toning, over-toning and mantra. 

What is sound therapy used for?
1.  Sleep Disorders
such as insomnia can be treated.  According to Sound Therapy International, sound therapy “cuts mind chatter and allows the mind to move naturally into the slower rhythms that lead to sleep.”

2.  Depressionthe brain can to produce more neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin through using sound. With more of these neurotransmitters, the feelings of depression decreases and positive feelings increase.

3.  Anxietycan be alleviated by re‐training your brain to relax, unlearning the fight‐or‐flight response and nurturing the relaxation response.

4.  Stress Managementreplacing brain energy with high-frequency sound calms the brain and nervous centers and induce a more balanced neurochemical response.

5.  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD)According to studies, music triggers the brain to “release chemicals to distract the body and mind from pain.”  For PTSD patients, what works best are songs with words, also low-pitched music and sounds or slow music.

6.  Pain managementthe change in brain wave states create deeper relaxation, wherein the body begins to regenerate and eventually heal.

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