– How drumming produces altered states of consciousness
– How singing bowls can promote healing
– Why I’ll be wrapping my head with rope….
I will be doing breathwork, yoga, meditation, qigong, and other forms of dynamic meditation, as well as using some tools, here is an explanation of some of my tools.
Drumming has been studied and shown to decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and even strengthen out immune system. Led by renowned cancer expert Barry Bittman, MD, a study demonstrated that group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS. According to Dr. Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.”
Research has demonstrated the steady beat of the drum can synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain. When the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere begin to pulsate in harmony, the inner guidance of intuitive knowing can then flow unimpeded into conscious awareness, which helps to The ability to access unconscious information through symbols and imagery facilitates psychological integration.
Drumming also synchronizes the frontal and lower areas of the brain, integrating nonverbal information from lower brain structures into the frontal cortex, producing “feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth, which surpass ordinary understandings and tend to persist long after the experience, often providing foundational insights for religious and cultural traditions.”
Rhythmic drumming induces altered states, which have a wide range of therapeutic applications. A recent study by Barry Quinn, Ph.D. demonstrates that even a brief drumming session can double alpha brain wave activity, dramatically reducing stress. The brain changes from beta waves (focused concentration and activity) to Alpha waves (calm and relaxed), producing feelings of euphoria and well-being.
In much the same light and fashion as the drum the rattle is a tool for bringing presence to the body and mind. It also helps in aligning the two hemispheres of the brain and entering into an altered state of consciousness. The rattle can also be used as a tool for stirring up blocked energies in various areas in the body.
-Singing Bowls and Chimes-
The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy medicine that can promote healing. The healing processes are initiated through entraining our brainwaves to synchronise with the perfect resonance of the bowls. Unique tones create the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages.
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York
Using Tibetan Singing Bowls for healing is based on the idea that all illness or disease is characterized by a hindrance to the flow of energy in the body. When energy flow is hindered, the organ or tissue in question stops vibrating at a healthy frequency, and thus it results in some kind of weakness or illness. The sound frequencies created by Tibetan Singing Bowls restore and optimise the flow of energy in the parts of the body where this is required.
Tibetan bowl can tune the brain to several states, such as Theta-state which is the upper end of the theta brainwave range is of great importance to healing the body, mind and spirit. At 7-8 (Hertz) cycles per second our deeper
I will be using acupuncture needles on my crown and third eye point to open of these areas and their energies to induce meditative states of consciousness.
I use wraps in a similar way that people use turbans, they are tools of awareness. When we become aware of certain areas of our body, we alter the activity. For example, if you were to focus your attention on your right thumb, scientist would be able to take a devise and measure a different in the electrical activity of that area. For another example, in breathwork I watch a person’s breath pattern and assess what areas they are not breathing fully into, by simply putting my hand there I draw awareness to the area and allow the person to breath into that area. By breathing into an area with glands and organs we can stimulate the production of hormones and peptides. There are several places along the body which hormones and glands are and they line up with both areas of spinal nerves and the 7 chakras system.
There are two glands in the brain, the pineal, and pituitary glands, these relate to the 6th and 7th chakras In the yogic system, and by bringing awareness to our third eye center and our crown we can better stimulate their function. Therefore, turbans can be used to draw awareness to these centers in the body so we don’t loose awareness, and so that we may also stimulate there glands to function. In the case of the pineal and pituitary, one is known is the master gland which can stimulate hormones in all the other glands, and the other is involves in melatonin and proposed to be responsible for Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) production. Since I am doing a 4 day darkness meditation which is proposed to enhance natural DMT and I will be doing meditation and breathwork which I wrote a short article that proposed can also release DMT as well, wearing a wrap on the head will allow an increased awareness in this area, and the rest is a mystery till I try it out.