Singing Bowls and Chakra Balancing

by Gilbert Ross

This is a guest post by Jill Magso from the Silva Team

(Some opinions expressed in this guest post may not necessarily reflect those of the blog author)


High up in the Himalayan mountains, as close to the heavens as man could get, ancient Tibetans understood how to tune themselves to the natural vibrations of the earth.

As early as three millennia ago, the vibrations of singing bowls were used to meditate and heal. Monks, who were skilled artisans in the craft, would carefully tune the bowls to produce the desired harmonics. Their skill and knowledge is immortalized in the wide variety of sounds and shapes of these ancient bowls.

Fortunately, this knowledge has not been lost and has cascaded down the centuries through a lineage of artisans and healers. Singing bowls have become a common tool in the toolbox of spiritual healers and they play a lead role in the so-called chakra balancing.

You do not have to be a healer or an expert on sacred sounds to benefit from singing bowls. According to ancient spiritual traditions, the sound vibrations emanating from the bowls are an effective method of awakening ‘dormant energy’ and for balancing your chakras. Singing bowls are tuned to the vibrations of the seven chakras. Some are also available for the minor chakras.

In a meditation class, a live singing bowl may be played. In healing, they are often placed over top of the head and a frequency that resonates with the crown or other chakra is played. To get the benefit of singing bowls in your private chakra meditation, recorded audio can be used.

Similar to gonging a bell, singing bowls are struck in order to produce sound. To produce a singing sound, friction is produced by rubbing an instrument against the singing bowl. Specifically, a singing bowl is played by hitting the rim with an instrument and then gliding the instrument around the rim to produce the resonance. In some practices, the singing bowl is placed directly on the chakra and then hit to create a vibration, although some advise against this. Another approach is to hit the bowl above the chakra and move it clockwise in a circle. Additionally, you may add color vibrations and crystal harmonics through stones to the chakra being worked on.

As you work on balancing your chakras, over time, your vibrations are likely to change. Suddenly, you will find that your predictable responses from certain bowls are no longer taking place. This may be disconcerting to some. In most cases, it is good news as you have likely raised your vibrations. To adjust, experiment with the bowls that you have on different chakras. Consider getting customized bowls tuned to your new vibrations.

The original singing bowls were made of bronze. Today, crystal singing bowls are popular. They provide the opportunity to use color and sound to stimulate a chakra and are tuned to the Schumann frequencies of the earth.  Antique Tibetan bowls are still sought after for their sacred sounds, especially Himalayan singing bowls.



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how to meditate July 13, 2012 at 5:38 am

Thanks Gilbert! I could really use most of your tips here!

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