It is commonly known by indigenous people that high-frequency vibrations activate consciousness, nourish what is hungry or weak, heal what is sick and invite in the most luminous forces of Nature. – Arkan Lushwala

What is Sound Healing?

Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man. It uses the power of sound to bring our mind, body and spirit into a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from different kinds of instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, supporting healing and well-being. Frequencies are energetic alignments, and through invocations and frequency-based intonations, the stubborn body is allowed to align to a more organized energetic patterning. Merging with these frequencies allows for healing.

When we consider organized patterning as a sign of health, healing becomes the process of disorder moving to order. We can begin to see how sound acts as a catalyst for transformation and organization. By allowing the body the opportunity for alignment with higher spiritual forces, healing occurs. – Jonathon Miller-Weisberger

But sounds don’t only work in a soothing or harmonizing way. Shrill whistles and high-pitched sounds can shatter and disrupt accumulations of negative energies in the body or electro-magnetic field, since sounds can also break up energy (you might have seen opera singers who are able to shatter a glass with their voices, and ultrasound is used in the treatment of cancer).

If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. – Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D.

Music is medicine for the soul. It is ‘the art of elevating vibrations and putting them in the air so they go everywhere and nourish all beings‘, writes Arkan Lushwala in his beautiful book ‘The Time of the Black Jaguar’.

Ancient shamans already understood the beneficial effects of music on their patients in a way which western studies are only now confirming in a modern clinical setting. Nowadays a lot of research is done by psychologists, on the effects of music on the brain, on moods and on healing. It proves that music can produce a decrease in anxiety and depression, it can improve moods, bring a deeper sense of involvement with the environment, increase the  ability to express feelings, raise awareness and responsiveness. And music in conjunction with other treatments improves its success rates significantly.

The word ‘medicine’ in our Western world refers mostly to pharmaceutical drugs against all kinds of illnesses and unwanted symptoms. But for me the word medicine refers to something completely different. The vibrations and resonances of sound and music have a strong impact on our consciousness and the didgeridoo has very powerful healing capacities, playing the instrument as well as listening and feeling. The didge has been a healing tool for me as long as I have been on the path with this instrument. It’s pure Medicine. – Zelday Karssen

Shamanic Tantra and Sound Healing
Years before Yama was using sound and songs in her healing sessions and ceremonies, she had a guidance from her Tantra Master to work with sound. At that time, she had no idea how to implement this and felt reluctant to do so. Until, during a Shamanic Dieta in the deep jungle of Peru, she received a lot of information about working with music and sound in conjunction with other healing techniques. Later, Yama and sound healer Zelday Karssen, were initiated by a shaman and by the Plant Spirits themselves , to work as a Medicine couple, combining their gifts. Not only in ceremonies and rituals, but also in Shamanic Tantra and Sound Healing sessions, working together with one client. Zelday opens the body on cellular level with his sounds and vibrations, so Yama’s healing touch can reach even deeper into the body of the patient.

Didgeridoo sounds… hands that touch… body that moves… opens… feels… lets go… surrenders… breathes… meets… in me, myself… and being met in sound and touch … The vibration of the instruments provide safety, my energy field opens naturally so that I can feel more and more refined. A wonderful support for the massage and also doing their own work. – Caroline De Bruyn (client)