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Himalayan Singing Bowls Chakra Balancing Technique

Demonstration of technique for Chakra Balancing using Himalayan singing bowls

Himalayan Singing Bowl Therapy  

by Penny Burdick, MD, HTCP/I

I took a class in use of singing bowls for sound healing and massage in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal, Nov. 2019, from Shree Krishna Shahi, a 3rd generation singing bowl master/healer. He teaches, does healing sessions and gives concerts all over the world.

The bowls have been made & used in the Himalayan region for thousands of years. The hand-hammered bowls used for sound healing are predominantly made in Nepal. Traditionally, they are an alloy of 7 metals, each representing a different celestial body:

  1. Copper (Venus) – >70%                              5. Gold (Sun)            
  2. Tin (Jupiter)                                                   6. Lead (Saturn) – <1%                                
  3. Iron (Mars)                                                     7. Mercury (Mercury) – <1%
  4. Silver (Moon)                                               

In the West, were we are linear thinkers, the notes for the chakras are in this sequence:  Root C, then D, E, F, G, A, and B at the Crown Chakra.                                                                   

In the East, the sequence is different and more harmonious:  Root F, then C, G, D, A, E, and B at the crown. With my particular set of bowls, G resonates with the throat chakra & A with the solar plexus, so I switched these 2 from what is taught in Nepal.

For 1:1 energy healing, the bowls are predominantly played with padded mallets (drumsticks), which give a deeper, softer & more harmonious sound than the leather wrapped sticks used for concerts or group sound baths, where you need louder volume.

Usually, the singing bowls are played at no more than 60% intensity for healing sessions, and are most therapeutic at 5-25% intensity. Normally, the crown bowl is played at 20% intensity or less, which helps put the client in a meditative state. For infants & animals, very low intensity (<10%) is used. However, for Parkinson’s disease, ADD, epilepsy or PTSD, high intensity (>60%) is most effective, as it vibrates the involved nerves.

In the Nepali method, the bowls are arranged around the body, with each bowl next to its associated chakra. There, the client lies on a mat on a rug or carpeted floor, with the bowls on the rug. The healer squats or kneels throughout the session.

Given my aging knees & desire to combine the bowls with crystal healing & Healing Touch, I adapted this for working on a massage table, with the bowls on narrow tables alongside.

Singing bowls can also be used for warm water massage or sound massage, uses I have not yet tried on my clients.

For concerts or group sound baths, the bowls are usually played in a free-form fashion using the leather wrapped sticks, or the bowl is rubbed around the rim with the wooden end of the stick to make the bowl sing.

If you are interested in making an appointment for a Himalayan bowl healing session, live or distance, please contact me through this website.

I also offer Full spectrum Healing sessions combining use of the Himalayan bowls, crystals and Healing Touch. These are only available as live 1:1 sessions.

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Video of Healing Touch in Chicago VA Centers

This short video was produced by the Chicago area VA system about use of Healing Touch for veterans, & how much it has helped them, especially with PTSD. It included interviews with the veterans about their personal experiences.

I offer this  to encourage more HT students & practitioners to consider volunteering to do HT sessions for veterans, and also to  the VA centers & those in charge of VA Stand Downs to consider having Healing Touch as part of your offerings.

Please check out the video – it touched me deeply! 

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FLOW as it applies to Energy Healing work

This is an excerpt from a post by Jackie Lawson, HTCP on her web page.

I have heard athletes talk about being “in the zone,” and I have read many accounts of artists and musicians describing their experience of “aesthetic rapture.” Now I am finding people from every discipline talking about “Flow.”

Flow is a state of complete focus, mental clarity, and instinctive action. These are the characteristics of Flow: the sensation of being outside normal reality; the feeling of timelessness; the sense that you are part of something larger; the absence of physical pain; and the experience of ecstasy.

The term Flow was coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, (pronounced “CHICK-sent-me-high-ee”) one of the world’s leading researcher on positive psychology. Check out his Ted Talk “What makes a life worth living?”

In a WIRED interview about, of all things, websites, Mihaly  was asked: “What do you mean by flow?” His response was:

“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

I experience the state of Flow every workday in my healing practice. I would say that as a healer, I have experienced Flow through Connection with Higher Source, Mastery and Setting a Loving Intention.

I propose that Flow + Love = Sacred Space.

I think it’s all the same state. Healing makes whole and, after a healing, clients feel much less addicted, unbalanced, and needy long after the session. In fact, in my practice, energy work has helped clients overcome physical and emotional addictions.

Flow is a healing state.

Please comment with any thoughts, experiences or ideas.

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Want to learn basic energy self care?

Coming up on May 4-5, 2019, in sunny Sequim, WA, is a great opportunity to learn some easy self-care techniques using Healing Touch. My Level 1 Healing Touch class includes many easy-to-learn techniques to help yourself and others to de-stress, relieve pain, reduce anxiety & depression, sleep better, strengthen you immune system and improve you well-being on physical, mental, emotional  spiritual levels.

Stuck energy cartoon

This 2-day class provided 18 continuing education contact hours for nurses, massage therapists and physical therapists, and category 2 hours for physicians. That said, it is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the human energy system and how to keep it open, clear and balanced.

Here’s a downloadable brochure for the class. Register & send in your deposit by April 5 to receive a significant discount on the tuition.

May 2019 L1 Brochure

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The Value of Oneness, ‘Eachness’ and ‘Suchness’

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Feather cloud with sun dog, over labyrinth near Carlsborg, WA

“Wholeness experienced first hand is infinite in its diversity and finds itself mirrored and embedded in each particular, like the Hindu goddess Indra’s net, a symbol of the Universe, which has jewels at all the vertices, each one capturing the reflections of the entire net and so containing the whole.”

Should we worship, uniformly, at the altar of oneness, using the idea of oneness to flatten out all differences? I think not.

It is in these differences that the beauty and magic of the dance of life are discovered. Truly seeing the ‘eachness’ and ‘suchness’ of every individual being, plant and animal, in sunlight, clouds, wind, rain, snow, rocks & sand, ocean & stream – it is here that poetry, art, music, science, wonder, grace and the true richness of the diversity on this planet fully blossoms.

All human faces resemble each other, yet how easily we see in each a unique individuality, an identity. How deeply we value these differences. The oceans are water, all connected, yet they have countless waves, every one different from all the others; the bottom is a landscape all its own, different everywhere, similarly the shoreline. The atmosphere circles the entire globe, but its winds, clouds, fog and precipitation are all unique and varied, day-to-day & place-to-place. Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses as microbes, viruses, plants and animals in abundant diversity.

So, there can be be no one place to be or a single way to live, no one way to practice our spirituality, no one way to learn or to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to feel, and no one thing to know or be known. The particulars count!

Quotes from Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn