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Tibetan Singing Bowls Article

According to Tibetan oral tradition, existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition came from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds, which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and are found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

A metallurgical analysis, done by the British Museum in London, reveals that the instruments are made of a 12-metal alloy consisting of silver, nickel, copper, zinc, antimony, tin, lead, cobalt, bismuth, arsenic, cadmium and iron. Now a lost art, it seems that this quality of bowl cannot be reproduced today.

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bells produce have a direct effect upon their chakras.

Playing the bowls usually causes an immediate centring effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl tunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

Previously used in Tibet for meditation and ceremonial purposes, Tibetan Singing Bowls are struck with a padded mallet or rubbed around the rim with a playing mallet to produce a fascinating blend of harmonic resonance’s and rich overtones.

Tibetan singing bowls or Himalayan “singing bowls” are dynamically resonant producing soothing overtones…called singing bowls because when rubbed in a circular movement along the outside lip with a striker, a clear and beautiful sound is released. The sound is definitely soothing. The sound frequency is definitely richer when the cushion is used with the bowls

Imagine using the singing bowl to free up the tensions of stressed children or for us busy adults. Each bowl is cast from a secret formula of metal alloys, and then hammered into shape. Exact dimensions and shape vary somewhat from bowl to bowl.

Playing Instructions and Tips:-

  • Technique 1.
      • Hold the singing bowl on the palm of one hand. For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on your fingertips.
      • Grasp the rubbing stick about mid-length, with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the wood. Palm down.
      • Gently tap the rubbing stick against the side of the bowl to “warm-up” the bell.
      • Now gently tap the bowl once in a clock-wise direction from the further point from you. Then at the right side once, again at the closest point to you, then finally at the most left point of the bowl. You will make four taps.
    • Technique 2.
      • Following on from the first three points above…
      • Now, with an even pressure, rub the rubbing stick clockwise around the outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, just like stirring a big kettle of soup, and keep the mallet straight up and down! Again, it’s not a wrist movement, but a full-arm movement.
      • Remember to apply pressure– the mallet friction against the
        outer rim produces vibrations which result in sound.

Experiment with your speed. Usually people go too fast! Let the sound build up slowly as the singing bowl picks up the vibration.

Breaking in Your Rubbing Stick

The rubbing stick that comes with your Tibetan singing bowl is handmade of Himalayan hardwood. When you play the bowl, using the stick-around-the-rim technique, the friction of the stick produces vibrations which result in the sound. In the beginning the stick is relatively smooth, but as you continue to use it, it will develop “micro-grooves”, shallow grooves which help to grab more of the playing edge of the bowl. Allow about five minutes for initial break-in of a new rubbing stick. As you use it more the micro-grooves become impressed in your rubbing stick and you will get better sound and easier playing from your bowl.

The Wah-Wah

Most all Tibetan singing bowls have natural wah-wahs which you can amplify and bend by using the wah-wah technique.

  • Get the bowl singing by using the mallet-around-the-rim technique described above. Pull the mallet away from the bowl and let the bowl continue to sing.
  • While still holding the bowl in your hand, raise the bowl up to your mouth so that the outside rim is just above the opening of your mouth and about an inch away.
  • Open and close your mouth while thinking of the sound wah-wah. You are not actually making any sound with your mouth, but simply changing the shape of the oral cavity so as to allow the sound of the singing bowl to bounce around inside of your mouth and then be reflected back. By changing the size of the oral cavity you are modulating the sound!

Experiment with the relative position of your mouth to the outside bowl rim. Also, if you turn the bowl, while experimenting with the wah-wah effect, you will find “hot spots” where the bowl is naturally louder.

Water Bowl Sounds

A special sound effect can be produced by adding a small amount of water to the bottom of the singing bowl. The sounds produced using this technique sound like dolphins singing!

  • The amount of water to use varies with the individual bowl. Start by pouring about 3/4″ of water into the bowl. Be careful NOT to get the outside rim of the bowl wet.
  • Now, play the bowl using the stick-around- the-rim technique. Bring up the sound by using a steady even pressure. Pull the rubbing stick away from the bowl rim and let the bowl continue to sing.
  • Still holding the bowl in your hand, tilt the bowl so that the water inside gently laps up toward the inside rim. Continue to gently swirl and tilt the bowl and the water.

Experiment with the amount of water used. Usually the best effect is produced with a minimum amount of water. Keep a towel handy for when spills may happen. This can be especially interesting if you add some fragrant flowers such as Gardenia, or frangipani to the water and allow the fragrance to “float” through the air. Remember not to keep the water in the bowls whilst not attending to it as it can become corrosive to the bowl.

However and above all, enjoy, respect and play your singing bowl with the love that you have from The Universe and it will reward you richly.

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The Five Clairs

So, what is this about Clair-?

Well, Clair is an interesting subject for there is much ado about “her”. She has many senses and they are all inter-related to the Spiritual Self that is within each and every one of us. We can leave “her” within us, never to see the light of day, or we can bring “her” out in one way or another, or even bring her out in all ways we can think of. Having Clair living, or existing within you can become a frightening concept; however she is really not dangerous at all. So now I have listed below the different Clairs that I know. If you know of one I have missed out on, please feel free to email me to let me know.

Clairvoyance

As the Dictionary quotes: It is “seeing what is not usually seen or the supposed ability to see things beyond the range of normal human vision”.

This is probably the best known of all the Clairs. It is “To See” – into the future (as in precognition) or past (as in retrocognition), into the spiritual realm, to see the spirits themselves. The word itself  from the French language and means Clear (Clair) Seeing (or to see from “Voir”). A Clair Voyant may have other talents such as to see within the human body, or to see into closed areas such as boxes or closets. Many forms of divination are connected to Clair Voyance such as Psychometry and Scrying. For a medium, he / she will be able to see as though they were right there, experiencing the event, or time itself, or else will be able to see in “third person” as though they were (or are) on the side-lines, witnessing the event itself. A person with this gift is often referred to as a “seer”.

Clairaudience

As the Dictionary quotes: “In the field of parapsychology, Clairaudience [from late 17th century French Clair (clear) & audience (hearing)] is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires information by paranormal auditory means”.

This is definitely the next best known of the Clairs and means “Clear Hearing”. Strangely enough it is probably the most common form of any of the Clairs that most people are familiar with. There are many people of all ages and walks of life who are familiar with “hearing voices” in their heads, or at the back of their minds. Whether it be nagging little ones telling them “not to do it” or “just go ahead, you’ll be OK!” or bigger, louder voices making a statement about someone they are looking at, at the moment. For a medium, he / she will be able to hear what is being said as though a Spirit is right beside them. Or else the words will come from within as though the Spirit is right inside them and in this case the medium will usually be saying the words ad verbatim, even without knowing what is being said at the time. There are times when we “hear” with our Spiritual ears, yet do not hear the actual word or verbalism which is being made, yet what we hear is softer and seemingly “inaudible”, or at such a pitch of tone that we are incapable of understanding it to be words, or even sounds. This is perhaps very much as an animal would “hear” an extremely high pitch sound and respond to it without thinking. When we are at a stage of simply responding, this may be called “automatic” writing / drawing / communication etc.

Clairsentience

As the Dictionary quotes: “In the field of parapsychology, clairsentience [From the French clair, “clear,” + sentience, “feeling,” ultimately derived from the Latin clarus, “clear,” + sentiens, derived from sentire, “to feel”] is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by means of feeling.”

This one is not as well known, though most people have it. It means Clear Sensing and is more familiarly talked about when people say “I feel something in the air” or “I get the feeling that it might rain” or even “I’ve got a hunch this one’s going to be a winner…” Call it a “hunch” or “gut instinct” or what ever else you can remember, it is all feeling and sensing. Doing some exercises in awareness san help to develop this “sense” so that you can ‘feel’ or ‘get the vibes’ from the energy you are ‘sensing’ and feeling around you. Psychometry is very much associated with this Clair as is photograph reading. Many “psychic” readers will use this sense in order to “read” the vibes off the person for whom they are doing a reading, whilst not even knowing what they are reading, it is more “sensing”.

Clairalience

As the Dictionary quotes: “In the field of parapsychology, Clairalience [presumably from late 17th century French Clair (clear) & Alience (smelling)] is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by means of smelling”.

How many times have you heard someone in a delirious state of mind say “I can smell fresh bread baking” or even when in a complete state of utter sanity…“I can smell the perfume of my grand mother she always used to wear”? Perhaps you too, have smelled something odd or unusual when you have entered a strange house or area you are not used to and have been told that someone passed away in that house not long ago. Or perhaps you have even smelt something akin to stale air that has been allowed to remain stagnant in a house which has not been purified or cleansed for some time. All of this is known as Clear Smelling. Presumably this is not quite as uncommon as you may have thought.

Clairambience

As the Dictionary Quotes: “In the field of parapsychology, Clairambience is defined as a form of extra-sensory perception that allegedly allows one to taste a substance without putting anything in one’s mouth. It is claimed that those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.”

This one of the Clairs means to have clear tasting. Whilst it happens rarely, it does so happen when a visitor arrives who may have had a penchant for instance for musk lollies, or peppermints, or rare T-bone steaks. Often a medium will be able to “taste” these same tastes and could even be so in synchronization with the visitor that he / she will seemingly “fill up” on the last meal upon which the visitor had.

Claircognizance

As the Dictionary Quotes: “In the field of parapsychology, Claircognizance is defined as a form of extra-sensory perception that allegedly allows one to acquire psychic knowledge itself without understanding how or why this knowledge comes to be”

It is perhaps one of the most common of all the Clairs in actual fact for many of us have said at one time – I don’t know how I know, I just know! This Clair is related to Clairsentience, although is much stronger than a mere hunch and more often than not is proven to be totally correct when the information is followed. I have always called these incidents in my life-time “my knowings”

Clair-comprehendré

This one is of my own and it means “clear – understanding” or “clear – realisations”. When I was younger I went through a Phase whereby I came to “realise” and understand more about The Universe as a whole without even thinking about The Universe. I called these incidents in my life-time “my realisations”. They often came without warning and usually would occur in a moment of complete unawareness to my surroundings as though I were in a trance, even though I was not “trance-like” and I would simply realise with much clarity why and how specific points about The Universe are the way that they are.

If you can come up with any other “Clairs” that you have experienced along the journey of your life, or know of any others which I have omitted, I welcome you to contact me with your own experience, definition, thoughts and the like. Just as we each have our physical senses, so too do we have our spiritual senses. We all possess the ability to use our spiritual senses as we do our physical, however some of us have strengths in these areas, whilst others have left them far behind. If anyone is interested in developing your strengths please email me for more details.

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Mindfulness in Meditation

Take some quiet time for yourself. In the quietness you will begin to recognize yHorseshoe_Falls_Mt_Field_National_Parkourself again. We so easily lose ourselves in the daily shuffle of life. Mindfulness and awareness will allow you to participate in your life rather than only reacting to life. Through practicing mindfulness you can begin to enjoy the simple things in life that have been lost in the clutter. Meditation is the powerful antidote to many of the poisons in your life; it stills vast yearnings and inner-discontentments. Meditation provides a reprieve from the vicious swings of worry; a mind that continually wanders into darkness and grasps for unknowable futures. A moment of completeness; a moment of real — meditation does not reach — it only opens you to what is. As your hopes and desires disappear you emerge. Through meditation you begin to take form in your interior as a beautiful being; free from self-deception and fear, you will start to see and believe in your own beauty. As you submerge into your own realm of nothingness you feel you are being pulled into some great oneness; a mending of the fractures in your own consciousness. Nothing to conquer or control; no-one to quarrel with — the still mind is peaceful, and the still mind is free. Your quiet moments prepare you for the harsh scuffles and abrasions of life. Take some quiet time for yourself to center and to transcend the madness. Quietness is the most unpretentious preparation for a life of peaceful significance.

 

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Cooling down Meditation

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Are you feeling a tad hot this summer in the southern hemisphere? In Oz, we are experiencing frightening bush fires throughout most of our states, all thanks to the wonderful floods we had in the previous 2 years that brought about abundant undergrowth.So now it is time to chill out, cool down, and get on with another day and somehow try to cope with the heat.

If you are busy, these meditations may be just right for you. When you become more adept at visualising and using your senses, you will find it easy to just think – cool and be cool.

For now, sit down, allow yourself at least five minutes of undisturbed time. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. In through your nose and out through your mouth – allow your abdomen to expand as you breathe in and then deflate when you breathe out. Take another deep breath in, then hold to the count of 5 and release slowly out.

Now that you are relaxed, visualise yourself in a quiet, darkened space. Then see yourself walking toward a green forest. Walk slowly, and feel the coolness of the forest as you enter it. Look around you and see the moist mosses on the trees. As you walk deeper into the rain forest, you will begin to feel the spray of the water fall you can hear in the distance. Continue walking through, feeling cooler as you walk closer to the water fall. Finally you reach this body of water gushing down with a roar. Listen to the sound of this roar and know it as your waterfall.

Follow the gushing water and see that it is landing in a cool serene pond of clear water. When you look through you can see how deep it is and how clear it is of debris, for the forest has been looking after it for millenia. Edge a bit closer to the pool, and feel yourself feeling nice and cool. Now, see yourself walking right up to the edge of the pool and then dive into the clear, cool fresh spring water. Swim up toward the gushing water fall and feel the force of that water as it crashes around you. You are always safe in your own pool. In this pool. Swim here for a little while and feel yourself becoming refreshed and revitalised by the coolness of the water, and the spray of the mountain mist.

When you are feeling cooler, you can walk out of the pool, and find a sunny spot to allow the filtered sunshine to dry you. Take a deep breath in and out once more and open your eyes. You should begin to feel much cooler now.

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Meditation – The Art of a Quiet Mind

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Meditation is not difficult. It is not hard work. You do not need to sit cross legged on the floor, or under the full moon and chant anything.

Meditation is about quieting your mind, relaxing it and learning to bring a smile to your face. Taking you from a negative place where you may be right now – to a happier place that brings peace and tranquillity to your mind, body and soul.

That being said, here is an example of a very simple meditation that you may feel beneficial.

We can teach you different methods of meditation that will help you to find that happy and peaceful tranquillity that you need to quiet your mind. It is very easy and once you have mastered these techniques, you will be able to work on your own at a moment’s notice anywhere, any time.

Our meditation workshops are over 5 weeks and are one session each week. At the end of the five week workshop you will be given a manual as a record of your five weeks, and personal quartz crystal for you to keep. The full cost of this workshop is $200.00 and may be paid in weekly instalments  This course is available as a face to face workshop, group workshop or on Skype. Please contact us to book your Meditation Workshop today.