What is sound?
Sound is created when air molecules vibrate and move in a pattern called waves.
There is no “empty space” - everything, even air, is made of molecules.
Waves are formed as one air molecule gets a push, and pushes the molecule next to it, in a chain. As each air molecule recovers from its push, the wave passes.
Sound waves vibrate at different frequencies. The faster an object vibrates, the higher the frequency. The higher the frequency, the higher the pitch of the sound. For example, if you have a tuning fork tuned to A above middle C, it vibrates 440 times per second, and we call that 440 Hertz, after the German physicist who experimented with sound in the 19th century.
The molecules can be squeezed together very hard or very gently. The squeezing is called amplitude, and that determines the volume of the sound. The harder we push an object, the larger the vibrations, the louder the sound.
Since sound is energy, it can transform into other forms of energy, and other forms of energy can be transformed into sound, like electricity.
Sound waves also change their rate of travel—sound traveling through air moves at a rate of 340 meters per second, but moves through steel at 5200 meters per second, 5 times faster.
Pitch is determined by the frequency of the vibrations that cause it. The frequency of a sound is the number of complete vibrations, or waves, that go past a particular point every second.
The more vibrations per second, the higher the frequency, and the sound pitch.
The fewer vibrations per second, the lower the frequency and sound pitch.
We hear sound when the sound waves move through the air, enter into our ear, causing the ear drum to vibrate, and then the auditory nerve carries electrical messages to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.
Sound is crested by molecules bumping into other molecules—it is as “real” and tangible as any other molecule, and like electricity, has a powerful affect on our bodies and our energy field. Especially if you understand that as energy, there is no "us" and "everything else"—we are part of one energy field. What happens "over there" is not separate from “me.”
The brain’s interpretation of sound waves has very distinct results.
One of my teachers, Alexandre Tannous, has conducted extensive EEG research into brain wave activity with the introduction of various sounds, and he has measured the results from certain harmonic overtone-emitting instruments. The brain activity flattens considerably, and seems to balance out between the two hemispheres, when certain instruments are played.
What does this mean for your experience in Sound Meditation?
The state of the brain just before we enter a sleep state is called theta, the space between conscious and subconscious—a state we connect with when we experience Sound Meditation. In that state, the mind is capable of deep and profound learning, healing, and growth.
Benefits of Sound Meditation include:
- Deep rest and relaxation
- Deep emotional clearing and release
- Release of trauma
- Relief from anxiety, panic, and fear
- Increased oxygen in the blood
- Moving/removing energetic blocks in the body
- Opening the heart
- Connecting to the body
- Connecting to intuition
- Greater clarity and knowing
- Deep calm and sense of peace
- Better/deeper sleep
- More energy, alertness, and deeper focus
- Increased empathy and compassion
- Deeper connection with nature and humanity
- Increased access to creativity and inspiration
Sound Meditation on its own is a powerful transformative tool. When combined with heart-opening, cleansing, energy-shifting breathwork, we set the stage for our body, mind, heart, and spirit to receive the sound even more deeply.
I am grateful to be able to share this life-changing work with you.
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