February 14 is not only a celebration of Love, it is World Sound Healing Day!
In the broadcast for today I talk about what sound healing is and how it works, also play crystal singing bowls in an ongoing mediation. In the middle of the practice we also practice vocal toning, in the frequency of the heart.
I hope that you enjoy this broadcast again and again!
In the broadcast I also said I would provide more information on Solfeggio and its origins:
To the left you will find an image of "the Guidonian Hand" ... as I mention in the broadcast, 11th century, an Italian Benedictine monk, Guido of Arezzo created this in order to teach people to sing Gregorian chants.
Gregorian chant is a form of unaccompanied sacred song with its roots in the Roman Catholic Church. It developed mainly in western and central Europe during the 9th and 10th centuries, with later additions and redactions.
Guido worked with what was then known as the Solfege (which is where the world Solfeggio originates from). The Solfege express a musical scale. In our modern day this scale is "do, re, mi, fa, so, la ,ti, do." In its original form, originating from Giudo, “ut (rather than do), re, mi, fa, so, la.”
The origins of this sequence can be found in Hymn to St. John the Baptist... as it is derived from the first syllable of each half-line of this Hymn.
Ut queant laxis
Which translates as "So that your servants may, with loosened voices, resound the wonders of your deeds, clean the guilt from our stained lips, O Saint John."
Many also the Solfege descended from an even more ancient work by Horace, an 8th century BC Roman poet.
In modern times we have "do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti do.” ... And if you've ever watched The Sound of Music you will be familiar with the song:
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)
Gregorian chants (in the Solfege scale) have a measurable influence on human psychology and physiology. Those who perform the chants experience the lowest heart rates and blood pressure of the day while singing, according to Dr. Alan Watkins, a neuroscience lecturer at Imperial College, London. Some listen to chant recordings to enter trance states — others to relieve disease symptoms or depression. Sister Ruth Stanley, a Benedictine nun and head of complementary medicine at Minnesota’s St. Cloud Hospitals, observed that patients who listened to chant and “Plein song” experienced relief from chronic pain.
Benefits of the Solfeggio Frequencies:
Dr. Joseph Puleo, a physician and herbalist, began exploring the Solfeggio in the 1990s. He developed a theory that each of the six frequencies carried precise characteristics, and that the tones could be used therapeutically.
In 1988, Biochemist Glen Rein, Phd, converted and recorded Solfeggio scale Gregorian chants to scalar audio waves. The results were played to test tubes containing DNA. By measuring UV light absorption, Rein could document the effect of the music on DNA. He also compared the chants with other forms of music, including rock. While rock music had little or no influence, the chants caused a marked increase of light absorption, up to nine percent, leading Rein to conclude that Solfeggio scale sound frequencies cause resonance in DNA, and may have healing properties.
Since then, others have explored the healing potential of the Solfeggio frequencies. According to an article in Anti-Aging Medical News (Winter 2006), pulsed frequencies had a positive impact on osteoporosis. In another study, snails exposed to a range of frequencies, including some in the Solfeggio range, became more focused and active compared to a control group. “It was evident that exposure enhanced the creative capacity of the brain in snails,” the author wrote.
A Japanese study published in 2018 examined the stress reducing effect of 528 hz (MI or E) on the endocrine system. The researchers concluded that 528 hz music has “an especially strong stress-reducing effect, even after only five minutes of exposure.”