As a kind of standing bell, Tibetan singing bowls help meditation, religious practices, and relaxation all over the world, and are even suitable for healing.
The tympanum vibrates the rim to generate sound at a fundamental frequency, usually accompanied by two harmonic overtones – these combine to form a remarkable, unique, powerful, long-lasting harmonic melody that is both invigorating and soothing.
During healing, we use the resonance of the harmonic vibrations of the bowls to restore the balance of the human body, during which we try to activate or balance the body's chakras and energy center - in this case, the sound bowl is called a chakra bowl.
How is the Tibetan sound bowl made?
Most of the sound bowls are made by hand, during which several processes are carried out
in order to achieve a perfect end result.
As a first step, the required amount of metal is melted in the furnace, which is then made into a round
they make metal molds in the right size and thickness.
After the sheet has been accurately measured, it is manually hammered to the appropriate size and shape, during which 4-5 round metal sheets are stacked on top of each other and then heated to red in an oven.
The hot metal, which becomes soft and flexible, is continuously hammered by the craftsmen until it starts to cool down - then they heat it again until it turns red again, and then continue hammering.
This is necessary because the colder metal is no longer flexible enough and may break as a result of hammering, which will seriously impair the sound of the cymbal.
This way every sound bowl will be unique
When, thanks to constant heating and hammering, the bowl acquires its final shape, the unique work begins: the cleaning and manual grinding or polishing of the sound bowls.
The methods used in making Tibetan sound bowls create bowls with beautiful tones.
The external appearance of the bowls can be very different, some are decorated with various decorations such as Buddha images or other spiritual symbols, while other bowls have a simple appearance with no external decoration.
But of course, the most important aspect of a sound bowl is its sound: the better the quality of the sound bowl, the higher and clearer the resonance it produces.
What does the sound of the soundboard depend on?
In order to produce the most perfect resonance and thus the most perfect sound during the making of Tibetan sound bowls, seven different metals are used, which symbolize the seven planets known at the time the tradition was formed.
Traditionally, the sound bowl is made using the following seven metals:
With these, on the one hand, the astrological power of the seven planets appears and is attracted during the use of the bowl.
Depending on the different alloys of the metals, the shape, size, and weight of the bowl, the Tibetan singing bowls sound in different tones, which is also constantly changing: as time passes, we can observe that it becomes fuller and more complex.
Using the Tibetan singing bowl
If you've never used a bowl before, remember that you won't be able to produce a clear sound immediately: it definitely takes a bit of practice, but it's well worth investing some time in practice.
It is important to know that the sound bowl's response may change based on the user's mental state, mood, or even energy level, and the response may not always be the same.
If you're lucky enough to use a sound bowl, you may feel that different sounds strike different emotional chords in you.
It is a useful daily practice to try to see if you can perceive differences in the sound of the bowl.
The more you play the sound bowl, the more it will grow with you, you will begin to resonate with the sound, and this will become more and more true the longer time goes by.
As can be seen from the above, regular use of the sound bowl creates a real connection between the sound bowl and its user.
Focus with your sound box
You don't need a "reason" to use the sound bowl, since according to theories about ancient sound bowls, they were used not only for meditation and healing, but also for entertainment.
However, if the goal is for the sound of the sound bowl to lead you into a quiet state of consciousness, then the best way is usually to try to induce quieter sounding impulses by concentrating on the bowl.
This is an excellent way to focus the mind.
When we no longer perceive sound, we have reached the point where we have become independent of our environment.
Playing with a rim provides a wonderful and often concentrated sound, but not only the sound, but also the activity performed during the game, grasping the rim, finding the position of the bowl, deepens the experience.
This is how a Tibetan sound bowl sounds
In order to experience singing from the vocal cords, it is helpful to understand how sound is created.
When you touch the singing bowl, the metal is in motion - usually hundreds or thousands of vibrations per second, moving a column of air, and the continuous sound you hear is the result of that motion.
Over time, this movement slows down and the sound dies out, the friction ceases.
While the entire bowl is in motion from the impact, the sound radiates from the rim.
In some larger Tibetan sound bowls, the movement of the rim can be seen with the naked eye.
By holding down the rim, you can stop the sound, while pressing the part below the rim dampens it, but does not stop it.
Touching the area further from the rim has less effect on the movement of the rim and thus the sound of the bowl.
How do you play on your turntable?
It is important to know that it is easier to play on the bowl with wood than with leather or felt, so it is definitely recommended for beginners.
The best way to hold the stick is much the same way you hold a pen, with your thumb on one side and the next two strongest fingers supporting the stick on the other side - this gives you the best grip.
Placing the stick perpendicular to the plane of the bowl, straight up and down, is a good way to start, but tilting the stick towards the inside of the bowl can be helpful.
It must always be kept in mind that the applied force is directed towards the center of the bowl, because in this way the contact between the stick and the bowl remains constant and the sound is uniform.
If focus is lost for some reason, the stick will lose contact with the rim, and when it regains focus, it may squeak or rattle.
Pay attention to how you hold the Tibetan sound bowl!
If you play while holding the sound bowl in your hand, you should hold smaller bowls with the tips of your fingers, and hold larger sound bowls in the palm of your hand.
It is worth focusing on holding the bowls with as little contact as possible.
If you hold the bowl in your hand, you can feel its vibration, which makes the experience more intense.
The other option is to place the sound bowl on a suitable surface: a thin, densely woven carpet can be suitable for this, which, in addition to holding the bowl in place, minimizes the attenuation of the sound, or even a well-chosen pillow can be suitable for this (however, almost it is unavoidable that he touches the side of the bowl and thereby dampens his voice).
When moving the sound bowls, it is important to always try to move them with two hands, without touching the rim or the inside.
Sound bowls can be used for a variety of purposes:
Chakra healing with a singing bowl
Chakras are energy vortices from the ancient Indian healing system.
Most literature discusses seven main chakras, but there are literally hundreds of energy vortices in the body.
The chakra is the connection between our being and the physical spiritual aspect.
In the Indian healing system, when a physical disorder exists, one or more chakras are considered blocked, dysfunctional, or imbalanced.
Imbalanced chakras result in a whole range of mental, emotional and physiological dysfunctions.
Historically, chakra balancing has been done in a variety of ways, but most effectively it was done by someone who could sense and/or see the chakras or their imbalances: they used energy healing techniques to rebalance.
What happens during treatment?
Tibetan sound bowls correct the chakras in a natural way: the sound waves in the form of sine waves improve the frequency of unbalanced chakras, during which they return to normal functioning.
When using Tibetan singing bowls, the overall balancing effect of collecting theta brain waves combines the corrective effect of sine waves and supports the achievement of optimal energy levels in each chakra.
The process results in balanced chakras that enhance cellular and systemic healing throughout the body, aided by theta rhythms.
By repeatedly listening to the special sounds generated by the sound bowl, this can help the body/soul to eliminate toxicity and diseased states, while simultaneously manipulating the chakras and the physical body to keep them in a state of balance, and over time the body will return to its state of balance.
Although chakras are far from today's modern, scientific facts, ancient literature suggests that chakra balancing is part of the healing process when healing any level of dysfunction.
Balancing the body, a technique used by ancient cultures, is perhaps the missing link in today's healthcare.
Using sound bowls for feng shui purposes
Both the shape and appearance of the speakers, as well as their sound, give our home a huge energy.
Centering, healing and cleansing - these are just some of the mysterious powers of bowls.
The feng shui use of singing bowls is very similar to the use of bells, as a singing bowl is a type of standing bell.
The openness of the bowl results in a kind of extra energy quality during the application of feng shui, and their use, due to their openness, has a stronger energy than that of bells.
Their most important feature is that the sound bowl can correct low or stagnant energy levels in the home, as well as keep the energy in the apartment constantly fresh and clean.
Teaching the voice bowls for everyday life
So the lesson is to calm down, relax and let the sound bowl heal.
After all, it has been doing this for thousands of years.
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