Monday, January 3, 2011

For those holiday hangovers or any day, try "Seven Metals: Singing Bowls of Tibet"

I kid you not when I say that by listening to the sounds or "vibrations" of the singing bowls, a cleansing of one's body is taking place. While meditating, reading, writing, or performing chores, singing bowls playing in the b/g is working its magic.

This is how it works, quoting Benjamin Iobst, the creator of this particular version of the Tibetan singing bowls phenomenon:

"A scientific explanation would be quite involved and, at best, insufficient. I would, however, like to say the following. Since all life and matter is composed of atoms vibrating at various rates we are, in effect, sound. And our vibratory and fluid (we are mostly water) nature leaves us sensitive to sound as well. Since the bowls are "untuned" or not artificially altered, they are more in tune with the nature that is us.

The twenty-five singing bowls on this recording come from the Himalayan countries of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Ranging in size from 4 1/2" to 11 1/2" in diameter, each is capable of producing several tones at once with oscillations that interface and synergize with those of other bowls. Seven metals (gold, silver, mercury, copper, iron, tin, and lead) are melted together, poured and cooled as plates and formed into bowls with hundreds of hammer blows. This traditional process stopped about 1950. The origin and use of these bowls is shrouded in mystery and speculation with references to the shamanistic Bon religion and to Buddhist ritual and meditation.

Listening suggestions:

The best effect may be from room speakers rather than headphones (or, if you like headphones, leave the speakers on as well). The vibrations emanating from the speakers will move air in the room as the bowls do and you will receive a "sound bath" as well as auditory treat.



I had never experienced anything like the "singing bowls." At first I was skeptical of its ability to do more than offer pleasure while meditating or yoga, etc. But outside these environs, and while listening to them during writing or computing, I felt this amazing sense of well being, nearing euphoria. The only change in the environ was playing The Seven Metals singing bowls.

When I shared this experience with friends, they thought I was a bit overzealous. Most wouldn't even consider buying the CD, so nearly ten years ago, each has received SEVEN METALS as a gift, and they too have experienced its ability to not only relax, but experience its holistic "sound bath."

If you're looking for an alternative for those hangovers, consider SEVEN METALS: Singing Bowls of Tibet by Benjamin Iobst. The worst that can happen is a wonderous experience or a good night's sleep. ;)

A Happy and Healthy New Year! xo


Anonymous said...

I never heard of singing bowls. I love to meditate or get a massage to soundscapes, but this is new. Am definitely going to have a try. K.

Hope your holidays were memorable Petra! :)

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hi K.! They were magical! Thank you!

I found this piece playing on "playlist" more shrill compared to Seven Metals. I hope you do try it, K. Let me know what you think or experience! :))

Mama Zen said...

This is awesome!

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Hi MZ! As I mentioned in the post, I was skeptical. After making conscious and deliberate observations, I found it does work! :))

Tipper said...

Petra!! We have a singing bowl-just one-and none of us really know how to play it-but you are so right the sound is amazing and very calming : )

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

That's pretty amazing, Tipper! I have a few friends who own a singing bowl; one of my best friend's is not metal, and doesn't know how to play it well. We agreed that it doesn't take a pro to experience its beauty but more benefits could be gotten from one who is a singing bowl master.

I'm sure there are sights online to help you on how to play it. Come to think of it, that would make an amazing post. Let me know if you do, Tipper! :))