Crystal bowls

I often use clear quartz crystal bowls in my work and I have found them to enhance the effects of a mind body balance session or meditation.

I have seen profound results in the healing of broken or injured bones.  For example, I had one client who came to me suffering with severe ‘spurs and hooks’ in her ankle. The surgeon was about to operate.  She came to me for one session with the bowls and had an MRI a few days later. The surgeon was astounded and commented that he had never seen an injury like that heal on its own.

The sound they produce is very soothing and calming and so I thought that I would share with you how they are made and how they work.

How the bowls are made

The bowls are made of clear quartz crystal. Quartz is the most common mineral found on this earth and it composed of silicon and oxygen. Quartz crystals have many physical properties. They amplify, transform, store, focus, and transfer energy. We see the results in microphones, radio and television equipment, timepieces, laser tools, and computers to name but a few.

The crystal silica is ground down and placed in a centrifugal drum at high temperatures (4000 degrees C) with an electric arc in the middle which creates the smooth inside.

The bowls emit a powerful, pure resonance. They are available in clear or frosted bowls in a variety of sizes, ranging from 6 to 24 inches in diameter. Some of the frosted bowls have been coloured and some of the clear bowls have a glass handle which is helpful for mobile use. The larger bowls are much more reverberant, with the tone lingering longer, simply because of the size and amount of crystal.

The size of the bowl does not necessarily determine its note, although the larger bowls produce lower octaves and notes. Each bowl is tested with digital technology to identify the sound.

How they help our bodies

Our bodies, too, are crystalline in structure. When working with crystals, there can be profound effects on the organs, tissues, and cells, as well as the circulatory, endocrine, and metabolic systems.

Everything that moves vibrates, from the smallest molecule to the universe itself.  Every object and each person has a frequency that is their own optimal vibration; that includes every organ and every bone within our body. When an organ or bone is vibrating ‘out of tune’ or non harmoniously it is called ‘dis-ease’.  Vibrational or sound therapy is based on the idea that all dis-ease is characterised by a blockage in the channels on some level. When there is a blockage the organ of part stops vibrating at a healthy frequency and this results in some kind of illness.  We can use sound to break up, dissolve and remove those blockages and restore the harmony within the system.

How we use them

Ancient cultures have used sound in their traditional ceremonies and rituals to invoke healing and reach higher states of consciousness; Aboriginals – drumming, digeridoo and chanting, Egyptians and Hindus with chanting, Tibetans with bells and bowls and it is said that the crystal bowls were used by the Atlanteans.

Let us remember that to all outward appearances, music seems to be over as soon as the last chord has sounded. This is not the case. I have often found that the most profound healing occurs in the ‘space’ between the notes and long after the sound has been made. Just as our mind sometimes needs time to ‘digest’ new information so too, do our bodies need time to process the shifts that occur.

That is why during my meditation tracks there will be a pause in the notes. An opportunity for the mind and body to digest what is happening.

When using the bowls for an individual in a mind body balance session, I place them next to the person (not on the body) and play a variety of bowls. I use different speeds, strength of tap and different rhythms. I often leave small gaps between the notes at times, to allow for processing.

They are soothing to listen to and I will often play them for myself to relax at the end of a busy day. You can also download a free meditation track containing crystal sounds within it.