Friday, September 22, 2017

What is the science behind Mantra chanting?



There are a number of different “sciences” behind mantric chanting. Some of these are the “hard” science—physics, psycho-acoustics, etc. Some of these are spiritual sciences such as the different yogic practices that work with sound. I write about many of them in Healing Sounds.

On one level, one can see that mantric chanting, as observed years ago by Dr. Herbert Benson, helps induce the “relaxation” response, causing reduction of heart beat, brain waves and respiration. On another level, as Dr. David Shananoff-Khalsa believes, mantric recitation enables the tongue to stimulate the acupuncture meridians inside the mouth (particularly on the roof), thus enhancing help. Dr. Ranjie Singe found that the chanting of specific mantras caused the release of the hormone melatonin and is investigating the importance of this in the healing process. He has found that there are many benefits including shrinkage of tumors and enhanced sleep because of this. He writes about this in his book Powerful Self Healing Techniques.

It’s also been found that self created sounds such as chanting will cause the left and right hemispheres of the brain to synchronize. Such chanting will also help oxygenate the brain, reduce our heart rate, blood pressure and assist in creating calm brainwave activity. In addition, listening to certain chants has great beneficial effects.

Dr. Alfred Tomatis has utilized the sounds of Gregorian Monks to stimulate the ears, brain and nervous systems of clients. His work is very important with regard to the scientific and medical uses of sound and chant. He found that certain sounds that are particularly high in vocal harmonics will stimulate and charge the cortex of the brain and the nervous system. Some years ago, there was a very popular recording of Gregorian chanting that occurred just when this research was being made public. I know that many other types of chanting from different traditions have very similar effects. These are just a few of the hard physical phenomenon of mantric chanting that have been observed. There certainly are others, as well.

Some believe that the recitation of sacred mantras actually causes the physical and etheric bodies to change their vibrational frequency level-becoming more attuned if you like, with divine energy. Thus, when one chants a mantra for an extended period of time, to invoke, for example some deity, the higher energies of that deity will encode itself upon the chanter. This is one purpose for much mantric chanting—to become one and unite with the energy of the deity that one is chanting for. If the person has some sickness or imbalance, this imbalance can frequently be released by having the energy of the deity encode itself upon the person. This actually comes from the concept of vibrational (as opposed to allopathic) medicine, which is the basis of many healing modality, including homeopathy and acupuncture—that all the universe including our bodies, is simply made of vibration—a concept, incidentally, that the new Superstring theory of physics supports. Everything is in a state of vibration and when we are in a natural, resonant vibration, we are in a state of health. But if some part of the body begins to vibrate at a counter frequency, the energy becomes stuck and disease sets in. Therefore, by mantric chanting, one can cause stuck energy to become released, and we can return to our natural state of resonance, effecting a cure.

I have, incidentally, observed this phenomenon many times during workshops. We will be reciting a mantra to invoke a specific entity—perhaps Tara, Tibetan Goddess of Compassion for example, in order to better embody the energy of compassion. However, during and after the process, I’ve seen people with chronic health problems emerge from the chanting quite healthy. It’s amazing.

There are of course, actual healing mantras as well as specific mantras to balance and align the chakras. The Bija Mantras are an example of this. We work with these in workshop and healings will also occur due to the balancing and alignment of the chakras. Chakras are the energetic wheels of light that transduce subtle energy into the body. They come from the Hindu tradition, but as my book Healing  Sounds notes, they are found in almost all of the esoteric traditions on the planet. Psychic and mystics from all different spiritual paths can sense—see, feel or hear these energy centers. We may not yet have scientific equipment that can adequately detect the chakras, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. And incidentally, the equipment to measure chakras is actually being perfected, so it is just a matter of time before the scientific and medical communities will acknowledge the chakras, as they are beginning to acknowledge acupuncture meridians.

There are 7 main chakras. For over 20 years, I have studied the use of sound to effect the chakras. It’s quite powerful—mantras are particularly effective at creating this of the chakras. Thus, one can use Bija mantric chanting as a preventative tool, or to help assist an imbalance.

1 Hour Sacred Chanting and Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Music

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Incredible Healing Effects Of Tibetan Singing Bowls


It might come as a shock, but there are real reasons Singing Bowls have been used for centuries.
Turns out they’re not just for fun! Their whole purpose is to restore vibratory frequencies of the body, mind, and soul that are out-of-harmony and diseased. The sounds they emit work as a type of energy medicine that has been known to heal pain, depression, and stress disorders.

Interestingly, the healing process works by training the brain waves so as to synchronize with the sounds of the bowl. These unique tones emitted will prepare you for deep meditation, intuitive messages, as well as creative thinking. For those who have tried this technique before, you know the sonic waves emitted by these bowls awaken our ability to hear much more than what we would normally. As we listen to these sounds, we tend to feel them just as much as we hear them.

The director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York, Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, says,

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”

So with all this interest, it begs the question: How exactly do these Singing Bowls work in the healing process?

In the east, health is looked at much differently than in the west; illness is thought of as a manifestation of disharmony within the body, such as an imbalance in the cells or a given organ. Having said that, since matter is energy that vibrates at different rates, the structure of matter can be changed when you alter the rate of vibration. The body is said to be healthy only when each cell and organ resonates in harmony with the entire body.

What these bowls do is cause the brain to switch to Theta brain wave frequencies that heighten one’s intuition, clarity of mind, as well as deep meditative and peaceful states. This positively affects our nervous system and engages our relaxation reflex while also inhibiting the pain or stress response.

When this alignment occurs, health and healing all come into balance, creating deep harmony within and without. This can easily lead to spontaneous healing. As the great Tibetan master, Bodhisattva Gwalwa Karmapa puts it so finely, these Singing Bowls emit the “sound of the void” which is really the sound of universe.

Given that the science behind this method is slowly being uncovered, modern medicine is just starting to measure as well as validate its ability to heal our body, mind, and soul.


1 Hour Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation Music

Thursday, September 7, 2017

BENEFIT OF LISTENING TO BINAURAL BEATS WHEN MEDITATING



The phenomena of binaural beats and brainwave entrainment can induce the same mental state associated with traditional meditation practice, but quickly.

Our brains have been called “random thought generators.” We think thoughts to the tune of 50,000 per day and up to 70% of those are believed to be negative. Negative thoughts cause chronic stress which in many real ways changes the function and structure of your brain.

Every thought you have changes neural pathways and the output of brain chemicals, creating a cascade of effects on health and emotional well-being. The best way by far to limit negative thoughts and reduce stress is with meditation. Even beginners will find meditation helpful.

Over 1,000 studies have shown that meditation can make you smarter, happier, and healthier. Regular meditation can reduce stress, stimulate new brain cell formation, and slow down the rate of brain cell aging.

But anyone who has tried traditional meditation can tell you that quieting your mind this way is not easy. It can take years to master. For those who struggle with focus and concentration, meditation can be frustrating and can become an additional source of stress.

In the past 50 years, technologies have been developed that can induce the same brainwave state as meditation by simply listening to certain sounds. the most popular form of sound technology used for this purpose is known as binaural beats. Using binaural beats bring about the same state as meditation, just in a much faster and easier way.

Mindvalley, one of the world’s largest personal development publishers, surveyed their customers to understand “why people don’t meditate.”
Their customers were certainly aware of the benefits of meditation.

So what were the obstacles to their actually practicing meditation?
According to the 400,000+ people who responded, the main reasons people don’t stick with a meditation practice are:

They can’t tame their mental chatter.
They can’t focus.
They feel physically restless.
It takes too long to get the desired results.

Using binaural beats provides an easy shortcut. All you have to do is put on a set of headphones or earbuds, relax, and listen. This brings the brain into the same state as deep meditation, very quickly.
(courtesy of https://bebrainfit.com)


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How do Binaural Beats increase your Intelligence

Binaural beats are a brainwave entrainment technology designed to put your brain into the same activity state as when you are meditating using traditional methods. Traditional meditation can be very difficult because it’s difficult to hold the mind’s focus, so many people miss out on its benefits. Brainwave entrainment puts you in the meditative state easily and quickly. It gives anyone a chance to use meditation as a tool for personal growth, relaxation or spiritual practice.

You’ve heard of the Mozart effect? People who listen to Mozart’s work tend to score higher on various cognitive tests and demonstrate higher mental performance. Binaural beats do the same thing: they help create a synchronicity between the brain’s hemispheres. This helps you think more holistically. Instead of being predominantly a left-brain analyst or a right-brain creative, you become a whole-brain thinker.

Although it seems like some far off science fiction technology, it really is possible to increase your IQ by listening to binaural beats. Actually, it’s not as far off as we may think as it’s already been proven that certain music such classical can actually improve brain function. But when we use binaural beats to increase our IQ, these sounds are specifically engineered and thus they are much more effective than other music for getting us smarter.

Although it’s not possible for us to obtain new levels of knowledge simply by using brainwave entrainment, it is possible for us to amplify the knowledge that we already have. This includes processing information faster, thinking more clearly, staying more focused, becoming more aware, and tapping into the storehouse of the subconscious which is much more powerful than the conscious mind. A combination of these things is essentially what increases our IQ and allows us to problem solve at a new levels beyond our current awareness.


The most interesting thing about increasing our IQ with binaural beats is that it has more to do with our physiology than our actual brain function. By regulating our physiology, and regulating our heartbeat, we can actually think much more clearly. This has to do with the flight or fight mechanism that has been passed down to us from our ancestors. When we are under any type of stress (which is the normal operating state for many of us), our frontal lobes shut down and even the simplest of tasks can become a challenge. By becoming in control of our physiology, we become in control of our feelings, our emotions, our state, our actions, and thus the results we produce. This frees up all of our wasted energy and allows us to direct it towards increasing our brain function.

By listening to IQ increasing binaural beats, your brainwaves will begin to resonate much more consistent and slowly lower into the alpha range. Once they are in this range the body will then begin to regulate itself and our physiology will begin to improve. Once this happens everything else will align and you will find yourself thinking on a much higher level than previously. If you were to take an IQ test and then take another test after 20 minutes of listening to these recordings, you will see a dramatic improvement in your test scores.

Using these recordings every day will also help you achieve whole-brain-functioning which has huge amounts of benefits. This is where you are able to access both sides of your brain and allow you to creatively problem solve where you would otherwise be more creative or more analytical.

The most important thing to remember when listening to these audios is to be aware of your breath. Take slow consistent breaths throughout the entire entrainment process and you will get much better results. Whether you are a student trying to get better grades, becoming better at your job, or just simply want to become smarter then listen to these audios a few times a week and you will begin to see permanent changes that will give you new skills to carry with you for the rest of your life.
(courtesy of binauralbrains.com & mindvalleyacademy.com)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Sound of Silence – Remarkable Brain Entrainment to unlock the Unconscious Mind

Why is silence and stillness so powerful? What’s the benefit of silence? Here’s an exploration of the power of silence.

1.      Liberation from the inner noise
From the moment we wake, we are confronted with inner noise. This seemingly never-ending stream of thoughts, memories, daydreams and fears fully occupies the mind. It has become an omnipresent barrier that prevents access to the deeper levels of the mind that are characterized by natural quietness.

The mental chattering can occupy us to such a degree that we are no longer able to properly concentrate on the task at hand. The reduction of our attention span, however, is only a minor consequence of the inner noise. Something that weighs far heavier is the fact that the inner noise causes us to pore over worries without an end. It can be greatly troubling to be imprisoned within a vicious circle, unable to stop imagining horrible scenarios about the upcoming future.

Silence has the power to liberate us from the omnipresent chatter of the mind. It helps us to shift our attention from the past or future back to this present moment. By doing so, we start enjoying the beauty of the moment, instead of pondering about past mistakes we cannot make undone and worrying about things that haven’t even taken place.

2.      The great teacher within
Silence and stillness are not our enemies. They can be powerful allies and great teachers. We only need to listen.

Silence helps us to become more relaxed. The mind no longer has to filter and process unlimited streams of information. Additionally, the ongoing chatter of the mind is slowly reduced. Like a sea that is slowly coming to rest after a storm, silence slowly introduces tranquility and peacefulness to our stressed minds. It can further help us to clear our minds and encourages a state of clarity to emerge. Our thought processes are less driven by instincts, desires and the ego. Instead, they become more in tune with the intuition and a person’s true virtues.

The powerful effect of silence can help us to better understand what the teacher within has to say. There are many different descriptions for the teacher within. Some call it intuition others consider it to be a purer part of oneself. The whole concept can mean all kinds of different things to different people. However, labeling this source of wisdom from within is not important.

All that matters is that silence brings us closer in touch with an important source of wisdom, clarity and peacefulness.

3.       Connection to the true self
External stimuli and the unending mental chattering prevent us from ever being able to be who we truly are. Instead of being our authentic selves and living with integrity, we allow external influences to greatly shape who we are and how we behave. This whole process can happen entirely unbeknownst to us. Like sponges, our minds unquestioningly pick up all kinds of behaviors, opinions and perceptions from the world around us. Therefore, we are to a great extent products of our environments. During the course of many years, we slowly have lost touch with our true essence. We are no longer deeply connected with the true self that lies at the root of our being.

The true self is our ‘real self’ that is not influenced by external influences or the ego. It is our very core essence and our source of true authenticity. When we are connected to the purest part of ourselves, we let go of the defensive facade of the false self. Instead of chasing material possessions and running from our fears, the true self manifests a certain feeling of security and acceptance. It is a great source of peacefulness and calmness.

The power of silence helps us to (re-) connect with a more authentic part of ourselves. By overcoming external noise and internal chattering, something that usually lies dormant starts to unfold. It is a part of ourselves that does not surface while we’re busy watching TV, or while being thoughtlessly engaged in the chatter of our minds. Only in a state in which the mind is calm and perfectly still, the true self and its various manifestations come to the surface.

Silence is the most important requirement for this process. Meditation, however, can help the individual to perfect this process.

4.       Mental clarity
The ceaseless bombardment with information and the chattering of the mind clouds our consciousness. This kind of brain fog slows mental processes down and makes us act in a dull and emotional manner. Countless times in life we experience firsthand how emotions negatively influence the decisions we meet. Whenever we allow our emotions to take over or react blindly, negative consequences are almost always the result. Sooner or later we come to regret the decisions that we meet without having established mental clarity.

Through the act of regularly delving into silence, we can ground ourselves. Stillness of the mind helps us to establish and maintain mental clarity. By spending each day some time in silence, we can greatly increase the clarity of our mental processes. Doing so can have a profound impact in your life. Once accessed daily, this kind of clarity acts as a power source that fuels your actions throughout the day. You’ll be less inclined to experience mental fogginess. Also, the decisions you meet will become less emotional and response-driven.

5.      Inner peace
In a world of turmoil, silence can help us to reestablish peace within ourselves. To a large degree, we are unable to change what happens in the world around us. It is therefore all the more important to take great care how we react to these events. Even more so, it is crucial for our well-being that we find ways to calm the waves that were caused within by the various storms of the external world sweeping across our minds. Stillness can greatly help you to establish inner peace. It can help you to better cope with the things that happen around you by allowing you to maintain inner peace.

6.      Increased concentration
As already outlined, silence can help you to calm down and to enter a state of mental clarity. An excellent side-effect to this increased clarity lies in significant improvements of your concentration. If there is less mental chattering that distracts you, your ability to focus on a given task will increase tremendously. As a result of increased concentration levels, you will become a lot more productive at everything you do.

7.      Shifted attention from the irrelevant to the important
Far too often in life, our focus lies on entirely irrelevant things. We spend a great deal of our time chasing material things we don’t really need or try to impress people we don’t even like. Even more so, we also succumb to the temptation of engaging in entertaining but useless activities.

Silence can greatly help you to rebalance your value system. It will quickly shift your attention away from that which is unimportant to more meaningful aspect of your life. In doing so, silence can act as the catalyst that encourages us to spend more of our time for meaningful purposes.

(courtesy of planetofsuccess.com)