Ancient sound science

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Sound as a therapeutic tool, has been used in many cultures for millennia. From the beautiful singing bowls of Tibet, to the mantric chants of the Vedas, sound has been used to  heal the mind, body and spirit since the dawn of civilisation.

The great pyramid of Giza is an example of the advanced knowledge of the ancients about acoustic properties. Using what’s known as ‘sacred geometry’ and a special kind of architecture that reflects the mathematically perfect ratios found in natural biology, the Egyptians were able to create amazing sound structures within their sacred temples.

In the Kings Chamber within the Great Pyramid, the geometry of the space generates naturally amplified, low-frequency sound waves, which affects human consciousness. This type of rhythmic pulsation matches human brain-wave frequencies found during deep meditative states and has been shown to have profound beneficial effects on human physiology.

Further North, the shamans of Native America used drumming and rhythmic beats to influence their state of being. One of the most powerful aspects of drumming and the reason that cultures have used rhythm for millennia is that it has the amazing capacity to alter people’s states of consciousness.

Through rhythmic repetition of ritual sounds, the body, brain and the nervous system are energised and transformed via a subtle natural phenomenon which scientists describe as ‘entrainment’. Whilst the ancients understood living systems in a different way to current scientific thinking, there was sophistication in their approach.

Through practical application the ancients developed their own form of spiritual sound science. They used specific auditory stimuli to alter their consciousness, with beneficial effects.

Whilst the practical application of sound to create altered states has been around for a long time, scientific research of this phenomenon has recently brought greater understanding of what happens in our brains in response to external sound stimuli. Furthermore, the advancement of quantum physics and the development of sophisticated physiological measuring devices, has stimulated much research into the field of sound as a catalyst for healing.