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” If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla


I taught holistic health studies at a state university for several years. I found it puzzling to realize how little most folks knew about complementary and alternative modalities (CAM). We had fun exploring the different types of healing modalities that were not routinely taught in medical schools, though today that is changing.

I intended to inspire them to look beyond the Western medical model based on pharmaceuticals and surgery. And when we concluded, I reminded them that color and sound vibration were the medicines of the future.

This week’s podcast guest, Ed Cleveland, an advanced Gong practitioner and holographic Sound Teacher with advanced training in 5 Elements of Healing from a Bonpo perspective, is a remarkable sound healing practitioner. I scheduled a visit with Ed to experience firsthand the range of instruments, singing bowls, gongs, and more he mentioned.

He reminded me of my holistic classes. Students could choose to research sound as a healing modality, and they often did. I hoped their research opened doors within them that sound vibration, for example, was not new and held gifts for healing.

Pythagoras prescribed music as medicine and believed that musical intervals were clear experiences of sacred geometry. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study that showed music/sound was effective for both patients and caregivers, helping to soothe and relieve stress. Music and sound have an impact on addiction recovery, chronic pain and releasing stress and anxiety.

Sound healing includes many instruments – crystal bowls, singing bowls, gongs, drums, flutes, etc. My experience with sound healing proved to be soothing and relaxing, and the variety of sounds that can be created from a large gong is nothing short of amazing.

Look for a sound practitioner with a Bonpo background. Ed used sounds that correlated to the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. I felt the wings of a bird, heard the tides coming in and out, aware of the drumbeat of the earth. All in all, it was awesome.

Sound vibration healing is making its way into our awareness and our choices. The ancient ones knew this. Shamans from the past to the present used drumbeats in specific patterns to enter more trance states. Each culture, whether using drums and flutes, didgeridoos, harps, or metal bowls, chanting grasped the value of sound healing. I hope you will consider visiting a sound healing practitioner in your area. I would love to hear how sound affects you and in what ways. Thanks. Your comments are always appreciated. Enjoy. Judith

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