What is a Sound Journey?
A Sound Journey is an experience whereby sounds are emitted through various means to facilitate the listener/participator in embarking on a journey within. The journey is designed to facilitate in finding whatever you are seeking to heal, face, release, or integrate.
How does is work?
The basic principle is the tendency toward harmony in nature, which has been confirmed as a universal rule. Our universe, and specifically nature in its totality, consists since the dawning of time (and was even created from) frequency and vibration. As science has proven, all matter (including the human body and its contents) is composed of and created from frequency and vibration.
Author of The Healing Power of Sound, the late Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., and Founder and President of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and Gaynor Wellness in New York City, explains an example to illustrate this rule of tendency toward harmony. When two metronomes are placed in a room together beating at different rhythms, they will eventually, of their own accord, begin to sync up and beat together. This concept, when applied to changing the different rhythms of the human body (brainwaves, heartbeat, respiration) with sound, is called entrainment. This renowned pioneer in the field of integrative oncology for 30 years, discusses how the voice as well as other sound modalities, can bring us (or organs, rhythms, and energetic states) into harmony with the underlying vibrations of the universe. He discusses innumerable first-hand accounts of the remarkable results of sound healing on patients facing critical illnesses, life-threatening diseases, and general stresses of daily life.
Author and sound healing pioneer, Jonathan Goldman, writes in Healing Sounds, about resonance. Resonance is explained as the frequency at which an object most naturally vibrates. Everything has resonant frequency whether or not we can audibly perceive it... everything is vibrating. He writes that every bone, organ, and tissue in the human body has its own resonant frequency. When an organ or another portion of the body is vibrating out of tune (often in the form of disease), rather than drugging this part of the body, or cutting it off, it can be possible to project the proper resonant frequency back into this organ so it can resume its harmonic and healthful vibration with the rest of the body. Goldman asserts: “We are talking about an energy that not only enters our ears and our brains and is able to affect our nervous system, but which also goes into our cellular structure and has the ability to rearrange our molecules.” Jonathan is the Director of the Sound Healers Association and author of “Healing Sounds” and “The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing.”
The hectic nature of today's society leaves little time for self-reflection and relaxation. Through this journey, one can experience a deep sense of relaxation throughout and in the weeks and even months following. Sound therapy also goes much deeper than surface relaxation, and as mentioned, research exists to support the validity of physical, emotional, and mental healing through this work.
As opposed to this being an alternative health modality or a potential option instead of the traditional Western approaches, it seems logical to view it as a necessity in conjunction with, and complimentary to Western therapies. This therapy aims to take on a holistic approach, in an attempt to balance all components of the human body, mind, and spirit. Unfortunately, traditional Western medicine alone will inevitably fall short as it focuses primarily on treating physical and mental symptoms, and fails to address the deeper causes and origins of our ailments. On this note in particular, one could argue the emotional development and maturity of the Western world has some serious potential for growth. Sound therapy not only creates a platform for ongoing mental clarity and physical healing, but also opens a space to observe one's emotional body... thus cultivating and holding a space for our emotional selves to mature and develop.
Our Emotional Body
In a culture that prioritizes, and is primarily focused on, the mental and physical, our emotional selves are often repressed, distracted from, and ignored. Many emotional reactions to life's challenges and also life's joys, such as tears, anger and frustration, expressions of fear, even laughter and joy, are often perceived as immature or inappropriate in the buzz of daily life. These emotional responses are in fact completely natural...and healthy! If such emotions are pushed down, distracted from, or repressed, our bodies store this energy and it appears down the road in the form of physical ailments, disease, stress and mental suffering. We are energetic beings, everything we feel is present as energy within our bodies. This energy doesn't just disappear through our attempts to 'think' it away.