Tibetan Bowl Healing in Tucson
Nov 29, 2011 01:36PM
By Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis
Tucson-based mythologist, artist and creativity coach Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis has studied Tibetan bowl healing with Diáne Mandle and Richard Rudis. She states, “There are any number of whole-brain, mindbody modalities that, alone or in combination, can bring us to a place of profound connection with our deepest selves. Yet, I have rarely experienced anything as immediately profound as Himalayan bowls.”
De Ciantis uses 15 antique, handhammered bowls, each carefully selected for the beauty of its signature musical note, overtones and undertones, sustained resonance and mutual entrainment with the other bowls. The bowls are placed around and on the body and struck and sung to produce transformative meditative and healing harmonies based on sacred geometry, conscious intention and intuition.
“This is an ancient tradition that came from India to Tibet, and may well be more than 1,000 years old,” says De Ciantis. The bowls are made from seven sacred metals, each with a unique vibratory signature and created with sacred intention by their makers. According
to De Ciantis, “You both hear and feel their intense vibrations. They seem alive. The bowls ‘tell’ me what to do to bring a person’s energy field into balance and alignment with his or her deepest self and the cosmos.”
Books About Sound Healing
Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., author of The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music, is an oncologist who uses meditation with a crystal singing bowl with willing patients to complement allopathic treatments for cancer. He describes a large body of research on the effects of sound and vibration on learning and healing that is available for interested parties to do their own research.
Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives, by Don Campbell and Alex Doman. Just published this fall by Campbell, who coined the term “Mozart Effect,” and getting a lot of media attention. The co-author is an entrepreneur in “sound brain fitness.” Contains two CDs.
How to Heal with Singing Bowls: Traditional Tibetan Healing Methods, by Suren Shrestha. This is an excellent, fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to healing methods the author learned from traditional practitioners in his home village in Nepal. Suren Shrestha currently lives and teaches in Boulder, CO.
Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics, by Jonathan Goldman. On chanting, vocal toning and sonic yoga. The author is a sound therapist.
Tibetan Sound Healing: Seven Guided Practices to Clear Obstacles, Cultivate Positive Qualities, and Uncover Your Inherent Wisdom, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Practical use of the Five Warrior Syllables, in the Tibetan Bön tradition. CD included.