Tibetan singing bowls have been used in spiritual and healing ceremonies for millennia. The ethereal sounds that they produce have the potential to heal our physical bodies while encouraging us to relax and let go of stress.
These "sound bowls" enable us to go deeper into meditation, creating more profound connections with ourselves, others, and the universe.
Pictured: Flower of Life Singing Bowl, 6"
Why do singing bowls make different sounds?
Tibetan singing bowls are forged using a combination of alloys. Each singing bowl usually contains between five and seven different precious metals. Each of the metals is linked to a specific heavenly body in our solar system.
- Lead is connected to Saturn.
- Tin is connected to Jupiter.
- Iron is connected to Mars.
- Copper is connected to Venus.
- Mercury is connected to Mercury.
- Silver is connected to the Moon.
- Gold is connected to the Sun.
Each singing bowl creates a slightly different tone depending on its size, shape, and the ratio of alloys used to make it. It can also emit different sounds when used along with different accessories. Strikers are used to strike the bowl to create a sound, while wooden mallets can be used to run along the outside of the bowl. Different carvings around the outside of the bowl will also create unique sounds when a mallet is run around the rim of the bowl.
A singing bowl does not have only one note. It fluctuates between different frequencies, and thus the pitch of the sounds changes when the bowl is played. Different accessories also create different sounds or pitches. Additionally, you can change the singing bowl's sound by placing it on a cushion or filling it with water.
In general, a small singing bowl (and larger bowls of a specific thickness) will produce a higher pitch and medium singing bowls emit sounds similar to the human voice. Large Tibetan singing bowls create powerful vibrations and are excellent for grounding practices.
What is the significance of the different sounds?
Because different singing bowls emit different frequencies, each will have a slightly different effect on your body and mind. Researchers suggest that singing bowl therapy affects both our minds and bodies because it produces binaural beats, which allow us to experience brainwave states of deep relaxation. Different binaural beat frequencies influence your body and mind in a different way.
Scientists also believe that the sound waves created when a singing bowl is played could influence our bodies' energy field (or biofield). Because everything in the universe consists of matter at a specific vibration, sound waves played nearby can affect those vibrations in our bodies.
Pictured: Double Dorje Singing Bowl, 3.5"
Singing bowls and meditation
When used in conjunction with meditation, singing bowls increase relaxation and reduce stress. Because the sounds affect both our minds and our bodies, they have the potential to heal both aspects.
Tibetan singing bowls allow us to enter a healing sound journey where we can dive deep into our bodies, minds, and souls. This ancient practice encourages healing and growth while providing profound meditations and physical well-being.