CRYSTAL SINGING BOWLS
Rebel Human is one of very few distributors of Crystal Tones™ singing bowls. These highly regarded singing bowls are made here in the US of the finest pure quartz crystal. The alchemical series of singing bowls are fused with rare minerals, gemstones, and metals such as platinum, gold, copper, moldavite, and Sedona red rock using a patented technology. This process creates singing bowls that produce rich harmonic overtones that are not only heard, but felt in the body.
Singing bowls have been used since at least 560 B.C. to help aid in meditation. When played these instruments produce a rich blend of harmonic overtones that are deeply compelling and help bring about deep relaxation. People often report having transformational realizations and feeling cleansed and renewed as a result of this type of meditation experience.
There are several elements to the sound of singing bowls that make them incredibly suited for meditation and sound healing purposes. Unique is the presence of what are called vocal formants. Understanding what formants are is as simple as singing vowels such as ‘ahh’ or ‘oooh.’ Formants are the elements of sound that makes vowels sound like they do. The bowl or bell shape gives the sound similar characteristics to the human voice. This quality is why they are known as singing bowls. The use of both bells and choirs is a well-known part of many religious and spiritual ceremonies. Studies have also shown that the human mind reacts positively to the sound of singing. One need only picture a mother calming a child with the sound of her voice, or a yogi chanting OM to understand how deeply we react to vowel sounds and singing.
Singing bowls are excellent tools for creating natural binaural beats. Scientific studies and a multitude of experiences by practitioners suggest that the use of binaural beats can ease anxiety and promote a meditative mental state. Singing bowls offer a unique advantage over beats created by synthesized tones because the sounds are created acoustically. The sound is natural, more complex, and more pleasant to listen to. When two bowls are used, the process of entrainment occurs naturally between the two as they feed back between each other and cause each other to resonate towards a state of equilibrium.
Singing bowls generate not one single note, but several. Musically speaking these are known as the fundamental note (lowest note) and the harmonics. The harmonics generally follow musical intervals, so playing a single bowl has similarities to playing a chord on a piano. What the ‘chord’ might be depends on the construction of each individual bowl. In some cases the harmonics are close enough to each other in pitch that they add a natural vibrato to the sound, following the same principle of interference beating that makes binaural beats possible. Think of a piano player using major or minor chords to make their audience feel different emotions. Another example would be Tibetan monks overtoning so as to create multiple tones with their voices.
The addition of metals or gemstones to the crystal singing bowls adds another dimension to the sound, by dampening or filtering the pure crystal sound. Especially in the case of metals such as gold or platinum, they also add the resonant characteristics of these materials. Consider how a classical composer might use the softer sound of a violin or cello to evoke feelings of nostalgia, or she may employ the more metallic sound of brass instruments to give more energy to the music. The alchemy elements subtly alter the sound for a similar range of effects.
Each of these elements on their own has beneficial effects to human psychology and you can learn to take advantage of all of these elements. Through practice you can learn to emphasize or deemphasize any of the tones that the bowls are able to make. This means that by means of biofeedback, or reacting to how you (or those around you) feel, you can tailor the experience of playing the singing bowls.
COMPLIMENTARY PRIVATE CONSULTATION
If you are interested in investing in a singing bowl for your own meditation practice or to bring sound healing to others, we highly recommend scheduling a free in-person private consultation. While it might be tempting to choose a bowl based on its color or mineral composition, it is important to hear the bowls and notice how they make you feel. You will know if a bowl is right for you when you hear it. Your body is incredibly wise and it knows the frequency it needs. If you overrule that intuition and pick a bowl that you think is pretty even though you don’t love the way it sounds, you’ll be undermining your growth and not get the same benefits you’d get by allowing the bowl to choose you.