Didgeridoo Healing - The sound waves

Sound waves

A wave is a transfer of energy from one point to another without the transfer of material between the two points.
A sound wave
is vibrations of air molecules in between the source and the listener. These also carry energy from one point to another without the transfer of matter. Sound is the most common example of waves that we encounter in everyday life. These waves travel outwards in all directions from the source of the sound, until they are captured by our ears and interpreted by the brain.

The main Measurable characteristics in sound waves are frequency, amplitude, wavelength, period and speed.
The amplitude of a sound wave is related to the energy (loudness and softness) that the wave carries, and is commonly measured in decibels.
Wavelength: the distance between adjacent crests in meters.
Duration: (length and periodicity), the time it takes for one complete wave to pass a given point in seconds.
"Periodicity is the most useful aspect of duration because it gives beat and rhythm to music.
A steady, periodic pattern gives beat or pulse to music while repeated patterns of varying periodic lengths gives rhythm to music.
Periodicity is basic to life. It is experienced in every life cycle; for example, heartbeat, walking, running, seasons of the year, months of the year, days of the month. Sometimes the periodicity of life is steady and even, while at other times it is more or less uneven ; both can be energizing.
Music can be a metaphor for the life process, especially for its periodic aspects. Humankind enjoys the stimulus of music; it is a concentrated portion of life experience in sound.
Frequency or pitch: (highness and lowness), the number of complete waves that pass a point in one second in inverse seconds, or Hertz (Hz). Human can detect frequency range from about 20 to 20,000 Hz can be detected by humans, We can not hear extremely low frequencies (ELFs), but we can perceive them as rhythmic. In music, the frequency of the sound wave is denoted by notes or letters. The range of frequencies covers one octave, ranging from 440Hz to 880 Hz. "Octave" is the musical term for a factor of two in frequency. The frequency is double from C to C or one octave apart, in the western musical scale, there are 12 notes in every octave.
Timbre or Harmonic Profile (tone quality or tone color) is the quality of a sound or sonic event. When you are able to determine the identity of a friend who says hello on the phone you recognized the timber of his voice, or the harmonic profile of that person, humans have a natural sensitivity to timbre.
Elements of Music - Part One by Danlee Mitchell and Jack Logan, Ph.D.
Music - Vibration source

Harmonics Overtones and Fundamentals Tones

Fundamentals Tones
Almost every musical tone consists of a fundamental pitch (which is normally what our ears tell us, that is the basic pitch of the note) accompanied by several higher pitches, variously called overtones, partials or harmonics. The way these overtones are related to the fundamental and their volume compared with each other, are what defines the timbre or tonal quality of a sound. A sound wave without any harmonic content is called a pure sine wave.
The Fundamental is the lower tone. Harmonics
The harmonics are produced by a fundamental sound wave that divides its length into smaller vibrating sections, which are higher and softer. When listening to a single sustained pitch you hear the strong and lower tone of the pitch but also higher and softer pitches. These additional higher and softer pitches are harder to hear and are occurring above the lower and louder tone, they are called Harmonics. Overtones
The most prominent pure tone is known as the fundamental and determines the fundamental frequency or pitch of the tone.
The others are known as harmonics and have frequencies related to the frequency of the fundamental. Sometimes harmonics other than the fundamental are referred to as overtones or upper partials: the first overtone is the second harmonic, the second overtone is the third harmonic and so on.

Western musical scale
Playing a same note on a didgeridoo and other instruments will sound different due to the presence of higher frequency harmonics and overtones unique to each musical instrument. Speed: the horizontal speed of a point on a wave as it propagates in meters per second. The speed of sound waves in air is about 300 m/s.

Letter / Note Frequency (Hz)
C / do 264
D / re 297
E / mi 330
F / fa 352
G / sol 396
A / la 440
B /si 495
C' /do 528

Brain and Sound Frequencies Brainwave Patterns

The electroencephalograph (AKA. EEG) is a machine that monitors brainwave-activity that laboratories around the world have studied and experimented to better understand the four main brainwave patterns: BETA, ALPHA, THETA and DELTA.
Like sound waves, the brain has its own set of vibrations it uses to-communicate with itself and the rest of the body.
EEG equipment-distinguishes these waves by measuring the speed with which neurons fire in-cycles per second.
Each of-these brainwave frequencies serves an important function. Each frequency has a characteristic blueprint and produces a distinctive state of consciousness. BETA waves (14 cycles per-second and above) dominate the normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards the outside world - Beta for peak concentration and cognition.
ALPHA waves (8-13 cycles-per second) are present during dreaming and light meditation when the eyes-are closed.
Alpha for relaxation and visualization.
THETA waves (4-7 cycles per second) occur in sleep and are-dominate in the highest state of mediation.
Theta for deep meditation and deep-sleep; The optimum level-for deep thought is in the realm of THETA, the senses are-withdrawn from the external world and focused on then inner one - Theta for meditation, learning and memory.
DELTA waves (5 to 3 cycles per second) are experienced. DELTA waves endow a total vacation from existence and provide the most profound feelings of peace - Delta for sleep and healing.

Studies have shown that the vibrations from rhythmic sounds have a profound effect on brain activity.
In Shamanism traditions, drums were used-in periodic rhythm to transport the shaman into other realms of reality. The vibrations from this constant rhythm affected the brain in a very specific manner, allowing the shaman to journey out of his or her body.
Brain pattern studies were recently conducted by researcher Melinda Maxfield into the (SSC) Shamanic State of Consciousness. She found that the steady rhythmic beat of the drum struck four and one half times per second was the key to transporting a shaman into the deepest part of his shamanic state of consciousness. It is no coincidence that 4.5 beats, or cycles per second-corresponds to the trance like state of theta brain wave activity.

In direct-correlation, we see similar effects brought on by the constant and rhythmic drone of Tibetan Buddhist chants, which transport the monks and even other listeners into realms of blissful meditation.
The gentle pulsating rhythms act in a similar fashion, if the frequencies are computer generated, they are precise, consistent and can be targeted to induce highly specific and desired brain states.
Just as we can tune a radio to get a particular station, with this technology we can tune our consciousness to dial-in a wide variety of brain states. Alertness, Concentration, Focus and Cognition Relaxation, Visualization and Creativity Intuition, Memory, Meditation and Vivid Visual Imagery Deep Sleep, Healing and Detached Awareness.
NEW YORK TIMES: SCIENCE SECTION 1989 Brain and Sound Frequencies

Sound Frequencies Facts

We now know for certain, that everything in the Universe is made up of atoms. Every atom consists of a nucleus (neutrons and protons) and electrons which spin rapidly around the nucleus. The spinning motion of the electrons initiates a pulse, which creates a wave, and this wave we perceive with our human perception, as form, or matter.
Whenever you have a pulse, you have a wave, a form and Sound. This is called "The Law of the Three".
In other words, what our human senses perceive as matter, is no more than resonant electromagnetic fields, interrelated and interpenetrating, yet certainly a dense manifestation of SOUND.
All matter is sound, and emits sound, although these sounds are mostly beyond our limited physical sense of hearing. Our physical bodies, therefore, are also resonant electromagnetic fields, as are our auras, both generated by the atoms of which we consist.

soundThe science of cymatics "discovered" by German scientist Dr. Hans Jenny in the 1930's is the study of wave phenomena.
His experiments showed that fine powders, when placed on a flat metal plaque and vibrated with sound waves, arranged themselves into intricate patterns.

This is the pattern of the vowel A in sand.

In relation to sound affecting plants, In the 1950's, tests conducted in southern India by Dr. Singh, head of the Department of Botany at Annamalai University, proved that sound waves affect the growth,  flowering,  fruiting,  and seed-yields of plants, by speeding up the movement of protoplasm in plant cells. For several weeks at sunrise, he played the traditional Gandharva Veda Ragas, on several traditional Gandharva Veda instruments, the flute, violin harmonium, and veena. The music was played two meters from the plants for half an hour daily, scaled at a high pitch, with frequencies between 100 and 600 cycles per second. Longer daily exposure for several weeks resulted in positive changes in chromosomes; the musical treatment actually increasing the chromosome count. Studies on the effect of sound waves on plants

The connection between mind and matter is no longer regarded as mystic stories, but is significant in present scientific research into low energy electro-magnetic fields which have been found to influence the pattern and organization of any living thing, the aims of nature being wholeness, organization and continuity.
MARK BALFOUR, Australian Aboriginal Perspective Sacred Sites: Sacred Sounds

The Principle of Resonance, Matter is organized by waveforms and frequencies. Take two violins, tuned exactly the same and pluck a string on one, the will produce a field of sound energy that will trigger the other violin's matching string to begin to vibrate, and produce the same sound. This is called "resonance," and it happens naturally. Resonance is a basic principle that affects everyone and everything, all the time.
When we are in the presence of a person who is expressing joy, the energy field of their joy brings our own joy to the surface, so we resonate together. This is true of other manifestations of this principle, in both positive and negative ways.
This same principle applies for a person in need of physical, mental or /and emotional healing, the correct frequency reminds the body's energy field of its original blueprint, and brings it into harmony.

Our bodies appear to be solid, but, in fact, we are 99.99% empty space filled with energetic, vibrating atoms, according to quantum physicists. Our entire body vibrates at a basic frequency of approximately 8 cycles per second, same frequency that the basic electromagnetic field of the Earth. We are attuned to the Earth.

Chakra's (pronounced "Shock-Ruhs") are whirling concentrated energy centers. They are measurable patterns of electromagnetic activity for receiving, assimilating, and transmitting life force energy to and within the body. Chakra's receive and transmit energy all the time, they are located deep within the center of the physical body next to a hormonal gland along the spinal column.

Sound Frequencies Healing - Sounds Wave Healing

We can say that everything is made up of energy at various frequencies, that all things in nature vibrate to sound, light, color and resonate to same frequencies. Sound frequencies effect everything about us and correct vibrational frequencies can be used to heal and balance our bodies.
The body is just energy vibrating at different rates and frequencies. The chakra's, bones, systems, organs, tissues, all possess a different resonant frequencies and are all vibrating at different rates creating a unique sound. Each person has a unique matrix of frequencies and tones, just like their own signature sound frequency.

When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or non harmoniously, it is called "dis-ease" or disease. Sound healing is all about identifying which frequencies are causing imbalance by being dissonant, out of balance, weak or diffused.
Sound healing works on the belief that the human body is not solid. Rather it is energy that is held together by sound. Any disease therefore indicates that some sound has gone out of tune. Sound is used in many forms to heal and balance energies, each chakra relates to a musical note and each color corresponds to one of the charka in our body.

No Chakra Note Color
7 Crown B /si Violet
6 Third Eyes /Brown A /la Indigo
5 Throat G /sol Blue
4 Heart F /fa Green
3 Solar E /mi Yellow
2 Sacral D /re Orange
1 Root C /do Red

Ancient Cultural and Sacred Sounds

Many ancient cultures recognize the importance of music and sound as a healing power.

*The Tibetans still use bells, chimes, bowls, and chanting as the foundation of their spiritual practice.
*In Indonesian traditional thinking, the Game lan is sacred and is believed to have supernatural power. The Gamelan, Gong and drum are used in ceremonies to uplift and send messages.
*The Australian Aboriginals and Native American shamanism use vocal toning and repetitive sound vibration with instruments created from nature in sacred ceremony to adjust any imbalance of the spirit, emotions or physical being.
*In Ancient Egypt, the Priests knew how to use vowel sounds to resonate their energy centers or chakra's. There is a direct link between different parts of the body and specific sounds.
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