It was a wonderful and inspiring Simply Silence meeting last Monday night …with Garth Stone from OneVibration (www.onevibration.com.au) taking the class.
Garth always brings great energy to the room and uses various instruments including didgeridoo and singing bowls, to introducing us to sound vibration and harmonics as a pathway to deeper states of meditation.
Being the end of a hot, long weekend I wasn’t sure how many people would venture out… and while it was smaller group than usual, it was such a lovely warm night and with the windows open to welcome the soft breeze in .. I imagined the people in the streets below hearing the moving sounds and wondering what magical gathering was happening in the room above!
Sound as a point of focus in found in many meditative techniques and traditions, and revered in many cultures and religions. The Hindus believe that the first movement in the universe created the mother tone of “AUM”. The power of music therapeutically is also found in many cultures and becoming more widely explored.
Garth’s crystal bowls are made of silicon quartz, come in a variety of sizes and different tones ~ and really produce this amazing ‘otherworldly’ sound. Relaxing in a chair or on the floor, you can really feel the vibration and energy moving deeply through your body... tingling my feet and seeming to both relax the body and leave me with a freshness of energy! The sound appears to move around and around the room; even when Garth has finished ‘playing’ the bowls the vibration lingers in the air for an amazingly long time.
Garth also worked with a couple of different didgeridoo’s. I was reading today that the didgeridoo produces an extremely broad range of harmonics (0-1000 hertz) that resonate to a similar frequency as the human brain wave, and the universal tone of OM. As everything that moves vibrates (from the smallest molecule to the universe itself).. if something is vibrating then it is making some kind of sound which we may or may not hear depending on the threshold of hearing.. but.. sound is also perceived by skin and bone conduction, ingesting and consuming. Studies have shown that sound can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems.
The science of these special sound meditations is that during our normal waking state our brain wave frequency is normally that of Beta. But sound draws our brain into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies, which are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind and intuition.
Garth also facilitates BALANCE a fortnightly sound meditation event held at the Augustine Centre in Hawthorn. Each session has a special guest who adds to this unique sound meditation event. You can see the schedule of upcoming events at http://www.onevibration.com.au/.
"Let us …remember that although to all outward appearances, music seems to be over as soon as the last chord has sounded and the celebrants have dispersed, this is not the case. It has also been created on a subtle plane and remains like an exquisite flower hovering over the sanctuary. No musical vibrations are ever lost, even though they are dispersed, they will go on vibrating through the cosmos for eternity, because the subtle effects of sound linger after the audible sound has died out…." The Healing Tones of Crystal Bowls, Renee Brodie