Sound Healing: Vibrational Reality and the Sacred Power of Sound & Music
Sound Healing specifically meets you where you are. By activating numerous systems inside of you, using this modality will help you activate your body’s deep healing response system, which simultaneously helps you detox your immune system and emotions. Most importantly, this chain reaction instigated from the vibrational tones of crystal bowls allows you to reconnect with who you truly are. The sounds of crystal singing bowls have been scientifically proven to put our brains into an Alpha-wave state which is wakeful relaxation as well as opening us to more creativity. By catalyzing the relaxation response, Alpha-wave states offer an antidote for the number one health challenge we face in modern society: stress. We are perpetually taxing ourselves beyond what our nervous systems can regulate and this is the root of almost all dis-ease. Any healing modality that initiates the relaxation response also plugs us into the natural healing powers of our bodies that then kick in automatically. This homeostatic response is truly the vital healing force in our lives. Moreover, Alpha-wave states then put us on the threshold of experiencing even deeper states of relaxation where people become receptive to meaningful visions and insights that can have life-changing benefits. The healing power of sound is that it can carry us into these deeply meditative states where all kind of wonders can take place. Many people upon experiencing the sounds of crystal singing bowls paired with shamanic singing attest that they have their first spiritual experience.
“Natural forces within us are the healers of disease.” – Hippocrates
To learn more about the powerful and scientifically backed effects of sound healing, keep reading.
To speak with Darren about booking a session, click below.
Darren & Sound
Darren Austin Hall is a masterful Sound Healer who integrates a deep understanding of ancient healing techniques with advanced scientific knowledge. He is also a gifted sacred musician who has been able to channel songs and sounds since a child, a craft he has now honed to be of great service to humanity in what he calls ‘Source-Singing’. In this vein, Darren is reclaiming one of the oldest notions of music as ‘the art of the muses’—as an art of channeling forth wisdom through vibration and harmony. Darren also employs the celestial and healing sounds of the Crystal Singing Bowls, performing sacred music and healing concerts worldwide. Every performance for Darren is an act of prayer and connection with a greater spiritual realm. He opens himself to be a conduit for healing sounds, transmissions of spontaneous wisdom and mystical visions. This gift has also been acknowledged by shamans to be a shamanic technique that Darren has been born with. In his performances, he connects to the energy of a group or individual and brings forth ‘Source Songs’ specifically for what they need. It is common that people have profoundly meaningful and moving experiences hearing Darren’s sacred music.
Private Sound Healing Sessions
Darren Austin Hall has developed his own sound healing practice using crystal singing bowls, tuning forks and his voice via shamanic singing, to allow people to reach a state of relaxation and take control of healing their bodies.
Darren also integrates key elements from his various modalities, mentorships and trainings (read his story to learn more), giving him an wide skillset that can be adapted to each person's varying needs. As such, he incorporates spiritual counselling with Tuning Fork Therapies such as Acutonics (which melds Chinese Medicine and Sound Theory) and Sound Balancing (a modality pioneered by Eileen McCusick), as well as guided meditation, ritual and even Shaking Medicine and Cacao if needed.
Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes and depending on your specific needs, other instruments will be used in addition to the sound bowls.
SOUNDBATHS: GROUP SOUND HEALING EXPERIENCES
One of the signs of Sound Healing's massive appeal is the growing interest in Soundbaths ( www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/fashion/sound-baths-move-from-metaphysical-to-mainstream.html). Soundbaths are experiences of sacred and healing sound in immersive group experiences that offer profound harmonic benefits. Darren's own Soundbaths are incredibly popular and powerful. He combines his masterful work with the Crystal Singing Bowls with his moving shamanic singing along with Koshi chimes, drum journeys, Tibetan bowls, the ancient monochord, even the lyre-harp and mystical guitar. Darren guides healing meditations and also 'song channels' bringing forth spiritual wisdom in spontaneous transmissions of stunning insight. He also guides vocal toning to balance the chakras and collective free-chanting to unify group energy and send numinous vibrations out into the world. Soundbaths range anywhere from 30mins to 2hours depending on what a group desires. Darren has performed his Soundbaths and Sacred Music concerts worldwide.
The Science of sound
the essence of sound healing
where science meets spirituality
We live in extraordinary times of transformation and awakening; some say we are witnessing the shifting of ages from darkness into light, otherwise known as a Golden Age. One of the defining characteristics of a Golden Age is the convergence of science and spirituality which amplify universal truths that bring humanity together in common understanding, not divide us apart.
It is becoming more prevalent that Sound Healing plays a key role in this movement towards a bright unity for, unlike language it requires no translation; it is innate to every being and thus is a powerful tool for revitalizing our sense of the world and our connection to it. It is time to evolve ourselves and step into our own golden potentials that will allow us to work as one.
ancient traditions learned it first
The healing powers of sound are not new. From the sonic mastery exemplified by the great Pythagoras (himself an initiate of the Egyptian mysteries) to the incredible yogic sciences of mantra and sound expressed by the Vedic sages, sound and music has been an integral component of spiritual and mystical ceremonies as well as healing modalities for mental and physical ailments for thousands of years. A deep understanding of just how deeply sound can affect the body was practiced and recorded by the Ancient Chinese.
Chinese medicine, a system that has been documented and used for over 3000 years, reveres the kidneys as one of the most important systems in the human body. Honouring the kidney system is integral to Chinese medicine because not only is it the house of many key functions including our skeletal structure and marrow (full of stem cells), but it also encapsulates our essence, personal will and motivation. The implications of these connections are profound because it links the brain (cortex executive function, limbic system-emotions and memory, brain stem-survival) and nervous system (brain-body connection) directly to the kidney system.
Another cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine states that the ears are part of our kidney system. Therefore, the act of listening has the potential to activate the kidney system opening up the mind, body and spirit for deep healing to occur. When we nourish and heal our kidneys according to Chinese medicine practices, it is a powerful aid in the process of letting go of what no longer serves us.
Modern science is catching up
Since groundbreaking discoveries in quantum physics has verified to the Western mind the truths of Eastern philosophy, modern science has increasingly begun to observe the essential energetic and vibrational nature of our world and cosmos, opening up a renewed sensitivity to the mystical. The great scientist Nikola Tesla summed this up in perhaps his greatest credo:
"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration,"
which mirrors beautifully the words of the great Sufi mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan, to consummate the science-spirituality convergence: “The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.”
THE EAR IS THE GATEWAY TO THE BRAIN
There have been many transformative breakthroughs highlighting the connection between sound and brain function. Considering that hearing and sound are the first senses to develop in the mother’s womb, science has subsequently found that the ear acts as the gateway to the brain, and of the 12 cranial nerves that emerge directly from our skull, 10 of them are either connected to or interact in some way with the ear/hearing nerves (Weeks1989). Furthermore, our auditory sense is the most profound of our sensory systems in terms of its influence on brain function and daily performance as perception of sound occurs at all three levels of the brain: brain stem, midbrain, and the cortex. Because of this inextricable link from the depths of our being, initiated before birth– it is safe to say that humans resonate with music. As frequency moves matter, so too can we shift when we tune ourselves with intention. Once attuned, we are capable of activating the deepest parts of our true selves to release built up stress and emotional content.
realigning to our multi–dimensional nature
When we awaken to the understanding, whether via Einstein or an enlightened yogi like Yogananda, that matter itself is fundamentally composed of vibrating, subtle energy, and, that all vibration produces a frequency, our relationship to our bodies and the world is transformed, opening us up to a new realm of immense possibility. It is an opportunity to rebalance and rejuvenate; to uncover who we are and how we can heal that which ails us.
The essence of Sound Healing launches from this wondrous revelation: if we are essentially vibrating energy, sound, than it is sound itself which can offer a most essential healing power to us. The increasingly widespread use of sound healing to address illness, in the modern world, sickness slowly being recognized as imbalance or disharmony within the self, and true healing must come from re-harmonizing within.
Moreover, because we now understand that the physical is inherently metaphysical (or super-physical, as the solidity of matter is just an illusion obscuring its deeper vibrational/energetic quality), we are no longer seen as separate entities but as a continuum of life-force that is connected to the universe in stunning ways modern science is just now beginning to understand.
Sound Healing works in this realm: vibrational medicine awakens our own essential, vibrational nature, moving and transmuting stagnant, energetic blocks in the body which are the roots of physiological pain and ailments. Furthermore, once our vibrational nature begins to become more awakened, our ability to connect to the greater universe is heightened, which opens us to one of the great boons affirmed by ancient wisdom: our multi-dimensional nature. This is where mystical experiences become commonplace and an authentic sense of oneness through vibrational connectivity, can arise, offering a great cure to the modern plague of alienation and excessive materialism that suffocates our higher selves. There are even innovations of using sound waves such as ultrasound to destroy cancer (TED talk below). We are on the precipice of a revolution in medicine, and sound healing is one of the leading edges.
sound healing tools
CRYSTAL singing BOWLS
Numerous scientific studies show that Crystal Singing Bowls produce profoundly pure sound waves known as ‘sine-waves,’ which can change brainwaves from Beta-waves (incessant chatter that happens in the mind) to Alpha-waves, which are conducive to meditative states of consciousness. The Crystal Bowls' sound waves can affect more than just brainwaves as many systems throughout the human body are crystalline in their structure such as the blood and bone systems, meaning that with the right frequencies, there is an innate ability to resonate deeply with specific vibrations. The benefits of being able to correlate vibration with a certain system in the body are prolific; not only does this resonance helps to release blockages allowing energy to flow properly, but it also opens the person up to experience a sense of dematerialization, otherwise known as an out-of-body experience. Because of the beautiful and comforting nature of the Crystal bowls, out-of-body experiences are one of the most common outcomes of a sound healing session. It is also common that some people’s first spiritual experience happens while experiencing the heavenly sound healing instruments because they create a relaxing and comfortable space for reality transcendence to occur.
Studies also show that music can affect brain waves, brain circulation, and stress hormones, allowing music therapy to be especially effective in reducing the physiological effects of stress, slowing down the heart rate, reducing blood pressure, decreasing breathing rate, and strengthening the immune system. Even more powerful, it has been found to expand the mind. A study (Nature, April 1998) suggested that the area of the brain used to analyze the pitch of a musical note could be enlarged through practice and experience of music by 25 percent.