History of Sound Healing and the use of Tuning Forks in Sound Healing

April 8th, 2006

by Charles Lightwalker

In 1550 in Pavia, Italy, Girolamo Cardano, a physician, mathematician and astrologer, noticed how sound was being perceived through the skin. In 1553 in Padua, Italy, H. Capivacci, a physician, noticed that this knowledge of sound being perceived through the skin might be used as a diagnostic tool for differentiating between hearing disorders located in the middle ear or in the acoustic nerve.

In 1684, German physician G. C. Schelhammer tried using a common cutlery fork to enhance the experiments that Cardano and Capivacci were working on.

In 1711 in England, Royal trumpeter and luteist, John Shore, created the first Tuning Fork. At that time, he lovingly and jokingly called it a pitch fork. It was made of steel A.D.H.D.a pitch of A423.5.

In 1800, German physicist E.F.F. Chladni, along with others, constructed a complete musical instrument based on sets of Tuning Forks.

In 1834, J.H. Scheibler presented a set of 54 Tuning Forks covering ranges from 220 Hz to 440Hz. Later, in Paris, J. Lissajous constructed a Tuning Fork with a Resonance box. Also in Paris, German physicist K. R. Koening invented a Tuning Fork which was kept in continuous vibration by a clockwork. In 1863 in Heidelberg, physiologist H. Helmholtz, used sets of electromagnetically powered Tuning Forks for his experiments on the sensations of tone.

Tuning Forks were indispensible instruments for producing defined sinusoidal vibrations and used as a diagnostic tool in otology. The most common system of determining the pitch of all twelve notes in a octave is the Equal temperament. The standard pitch here is A440. As a side note, equal temperament was proposed by Aristoxenus, a pupil of Aristotle, A.D.H.D.been in use in China for some centuries.

Mr. Hipkins, the head piano tuner in 1846, was instructed by Walter Broadwood to instruct his piano tuners in the use of equal temperament. To do this, he used two Tuning Forks; one for meantone at A433.5 and one for equal temperament at A436.

Even though musicians were among the first people to work with pitch, scientist enjoyed sharing knowledge and use of the Tuning Fork also. As far back as 583 BC, when the Greek philosopher, Pythagorus, made a device called the monochord and set the pitch to 256Hz.

The Egyptians and Greeks used the monochord to make intricate mathematical calculations. It wasn’t until around 1834 when a group of German physicists was able to use a mechanical stroboscopic device, that they were able to determine that the pitch of the Tuning Fork was at A440cps (which later was expressed as A440Hz). Even though the pitch of the note “A” in the 17th century varied from 373.3 Hz to 402.0 Hz, on July 27, 1987, the International society of Piano Builders and Technicians unanimously support A=440 Hz. as the international pitch standard for piano manufacturers and for modern piano and orchestral tuning.

About the author:

Charles has studied with shamen and alternative healers for over 26 years. He is a Medical Intuitive, Reiki Master, Ordained minister, Certified religious counselor and Certified Spiritual healer. Check out http://www.thefamilyoflight.net/ for more of his works.

Healing With Tuning Forks

April 8th, 2006

Tuning Forks enhance the ability to heal and make profound changes in the energy levels of the body using sound. Tuning Forks are used to correct imbalances, uncover emotions, stimulate growth, development, and transformation and facilitate inner harmony and wholeness.

The Tuning Forks are applied to the acupuncture and Acupressure points to access the Body’s Meridian and Chakra energy systems.

The Sound Waves of the Forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body along energy pathways, effecting human physiology and reaching places not easily accessed by traditional medicine. Applying the Forks stimulates and balances the body’s physical and subtle energy field to promote healing and inner harmony.

This cosmic tone helps us to shift from fragmented stagnation to an open world and infinite possibilities. It is this recognition, acceptance and participation in our destiny that opens us to a bigger picture.

We enter the world of creative origination, healing, unity and balance. This healing methodology has the power to connect us with the Source of original harmony. It provides access to a deep inner balance by sonically resetting negative cellular patterns.

The work is powerful and profound, it has the capacity to relieve chronic and debilitating illnesses and imbalances of the psyche and soul. Through the Healing system we are able to realign and re-harmonize ourselves with the greater Cycles of the universe.

The Effects of Tuning Fork sound Therapy:

The Tuning Forks are designed to be used on and above the body. When tapping the Tuning Forks, they produce a pure musical sound called a interval. As the body listens to the tones it will naturally adjust itself and come into balance.

The actual effect of Tuning Fork Sound Therapy can be verified by a number of methods which include Kinesiology muscle testing procedures to check the status of the organ meridian energy circuits and the Chakras which are directly over the main nerve plexus points in the physical body.

The “energetic” patterns of sound, color, light, toning, and music have the capability to “Tune -up” and balance the energy system, making it more efficient. Pain can be eased, Stress reduced and Depression lifted.

The Body- personalities become more vibrant and energized. The Mind-becomes clearer, creativity is increased, resulting in a wider perspective and an improved ability to make major decisions. The Emotions become more stable. The Spirit- is more peaceful, greater joy and improved well- being are found in the process.

Tuning Forks Balance and Energize the Chakras.

The Tuning Fork Healing Session:

A person can experience any and all of these in a healing session.

  • Raises the Light quotient of your being to a new level
  • Raises your Consciousness
  • Expands your field of awareness
  • Relieves Stress
  • Shifts energy
  • Balanced
  • Brighter and Lighter
  • Calm
  • Peaceful
  • Clearer
  • Healed
  • Harmony
  • Feeling safe
  • Joy
  • Vitality & Vigor
  • Opens the Heart
  • Feeling Renewed
  • Promotes Self-Confidence
  • Promotes Intuition and imagination
  • Promotes Healing and repairs traumas in your energy field
  • Enhances Learning ability
  • Brings in deeper understanding of healing and Opens up your spiritual awareness
  • Feeling the connective with Spirit and God.
  • It removes negativity and blocked energy from your auric field and body
  • Encourages self-discipline
  • Encourages “letting go” of old issues of the past
  • Feeling connected to the earth

Tuning Forks can be used with any Healing Modality to enhance profound healing.

BioSonic Repatterning

April 8th, 2006

Biosonic Repatterning, developed by John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., is a natural method of healing using Tuning Forks based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature. When we tap the Tuning Forks, we produce pure musical intervals based on precise mathematical proportions known as the Pythagorean tunings.

When we listen to these intervals we create an archetypal Resonance resulting in a physical and psychic repatterning of our mind, bodies and spirit. This takes place on a physical level within the inner ear by stimulation of the cochlea and semi-circular canals. When we listen to the sound of the Tuning Forks our Nervous system attunes to the pitch in much the same way as when we find a pitch for a choir, or tune a piano.

The vestibular system via the semi-circular canals reproportions our body through a process of cellular memory based on the natural ratios of the Tuning Forks. During the listening process our physical body will actually reposture itself to hold the proportion and sound correctly.

John Beaulieu discovered Biosonic Repatterning while sitting in an anechoic chamber at New York University. An anechoic chamber is a completely soundproof room resembling a sensory deprivation chamber. After reading about the experiences of the composer-philosopher John Cage he decided to experiment.

John Cage found that he had heard two sounds while in the chamber, one was a high-pitched sound and the other a low-pitched sound. The engineer he was working with informed him that the high sound was his Nervous system, and the low sound was his blood circulation. Excited by this discovery John Beaulieu than sat in an anechoic chamber for five hundred hours over a period of two years listening to the sounds of his own body. He began to correlate different states of consciousness with different sounds of his Nervous system.

Being a trained musician he noticed that the high-pitched sounds of his Nervous system consisted of several sounds in different intervals. Then one day he brought two Tuning Forks and tapped them. Immediately, he observed that the sound of his Nervous system realigned to the sound of the Tuning Forks.

To understand this process, think of a time when you were in a quiet place or just before going to sleep. During this time you may have heard a high-pitched sound in your head. This is the sound of your Nervous system. When you are under Stress, this sound gets louder and sometimes can become a ringing in your ears. For most of us this sound is subtle and we only hear it when we Focus on it. Tuning into the sound of your Nervous system is a Meditation.

Find a quiet place, sit or lie down, close your eyes and Focus your awareness on the sounds inside your head. Listen for the high sound. When you listen closely you will discover that sound consists of two distinct pitches. These pitches originate from your left and right brain hemispheres. These pitches change in frequency, volume, and pitch depending on your state of consciousness.

The intervals of the Body Tuners and the Solar Harmonic Spectrum create pure sounds and overtones to help you Relax and center yourself. Each interval relates to a different state of consciousness and body posture.

You can creatively combine your intervals based of the five element theory of Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth to create a Sound Healing concert. For example, if you want to be more fiery you could work with intervals of C & E or C & A. If you want to be more watery, you could work with the intervals of C & D or C & B.

The Tuning Forks are tools to help you develop and refine your sonic abilities. Simply tap the Tuning Forks on your knees, bring them to your ears, and listen to the sound. When you tap the two forks together, the sound created is an interval. As you listen to the two different tones your body will naturally adjust itself and come into balance, making the two sounds into one. You can hum and let your voice resonate with the sound of the interval. This humming creates a sonic anchor which helps you recreate the experience of the Tuning Forks without having to use them.

With practice you will be able to sonically “think” an interval and your Nervous system will respond. When this happens your ears rather than your eyes will dominate your perception. Over a period of time you will naturally begin “seeing” and feeling intervals everywhere in your life. You will be able to know through visual harmonic perception what interval a person is tuned into. Then through bodywork, Tuning Forks or other modalities you can help a person align themselves to intervals for healing and well being. When they are repatterned to the interval you will feel a Resonance in your body similar to that of humming with the Tuning Forks.

Read more information about Biosonic Repatterning.

Homemade Beauty Solutions

April 8th, 2006

pH Balancers

Use this cleansing, restoring rinse after your regular cleansing or after any or all of the skin treatments on this page. Apply with clean sterile cotton balls or gauze or simply splash on, being careful to avoid your eyes:

Basic Balancer

3 cups distilled water 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar Combine water and vinegar. Pour into a clean decorative decanter and store in the bathroom.

Various Essential Oils or herb infusions (in place of the plain distilled water) may be added to the basic balancer for fragrance and/or therapeutic value:

For oily skin add one of the following oils or infusions:

Calendula (marigold) Geranium Horsetail herb Sage Yarrow

For dry, sensitive skin add one of the following oils or infusions:

Borage Cornflower Houseleek Lady’s Mantle Marsh Mallow (roots and leaves) Parsley Sorrel Sweet Violet (flowers and leaves)


1) Make a face pack of bran plus baking soda and water. Mix into a paste, apply to the face, leaving on for 15 minutes. Rinse with solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts water.

2) Parsley : Use an infusion of fresh Parsley to wash the skin

3) Mint: Peppermint is an excellent antiseptic wash for Acne.

4) Garlic: Peel and mash eight Cloves of fresh Garlic. Apply to face avoiding the area around the eyes. Leave on for about 15 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

5) Wine: Breakouts can be controlled by applying wine with a cotton ball, white wine for fair skin, red wine for darker complexions.

6) After washing skin rinse with any of the following herb infusions:

a) Chamomile which is purifying b) Yarrow to Eliminate Toxins c) Catnip which is an antiseptic d) Lavender which is antiseptic e) Thyme which is a strong germ killer

7) Dilute some lemon juice with water, dab Pimple with solution to kill germs, cool inflamation and improve blood circulation.

8) Purchase or make your own Calendula(marigold) ointment. Apply to reduce inflamation and speed healing. Or make an infusion and apply as a compress to the skin.

9) Lady’s Mantle Acne Remedy An infusion of lady’s mantle herb is an excellent soothing and healing face rinse.


1) Tea Tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Use it for Acne, either diluted or full strength.

2) Burdock leaves in a poultice are excellent for boils and swellings, and as a wash for Acne.

3) Thyme is a powerful antiseptic making it an excellent wash for Pimples

4) Garlic has well known antibiotic properties making it an excellent treatment for Pimples and Acne. Apply peeled, mashed Garlic Cloves to Pimples and other skin blemishes.


1) Cucumber is cooling, gentle astringent, use the juice or mashed pulp.

2) Eggwhite Toner

Clean face thoroughly using any natural Cleanser. Apply raw eggwhites to the skin and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Wash off with tepid water.

3) Elderflowers, Lavender, Orange flower water and Rose water are all classic Toners for all skin types. Make a strong infusion of any of the above, refrigerate and use within 3 days.

4) Lecithin Toner

Dissolve lecithing granules in Jojoba or Almond Oil. Apply to face and throat as a day or night cream.

5) Lemon is a strong astringent, dilute with water before using, being careful to keep away from eyes.

6) Lemon Toner

1/2 cup lemon juice 1 cup distilled water 2/3 cup witch hazel

Combine all ingredients. Pour into a clean bottle or decorative cosmetics container. Shake well before using. Apply with a clean cotton ball.

7) Pine Toner

2 cups fresh Pine needles 1 cup distilled water 1/2 cup witch hazel

Place Pine needles in small saucepan with distilled water. Bring water to boil. Allow water to cool completely then strain and discard Pine needles. Add witch hazel and stir well. Pour into a clean bottle or decorative capped container. Apply to skin with a cotton ball. Store in a cool dark place.

8) Protein Toner

Beat together 1 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp honey and 1 egg. Apply to face and neck. Leave on as long as desired. Rinse off with warm water followed by a splash of cold.

9) Queen of Hungary Water

This water can be used as an astringent, aftershave, deodorant, hair and skin tonic and even as an inhaled headache remedy:

1 part roses 1 part Lavender 1 part Rosemary 1 part Sage 1 part Orange peel 1 part Lemon Peel 2 parts mint

To 2 ounces apple cider vinegar, add 2 ounces of the above herbal formula. Put in an air-tight glass jar, let steep for about 2 weeks. Strain and add 1 1/2 cups pure distilled rosewater. Pour into a decorative, air tight decanter and use daily.

10) Rose Water & Glycerine Astringent

1/2 pint Olive Oil 1 ounce Rose water a few drops of Glycerin 1 ounce vodka

11) Sage Astringent

4 Tbsp dried Sage 4 Tbsp vodka 1/4 tsp Borax 3 Tbsp witch hazel 10 drops Glycerin or honey

Steep the Sage in vodka for 2 weeks then strain. Dissolve Borax in witch hazel, stir in the saged vodka and Glycerin. Pour into bottle with a tight cap. Shake before each use.

12) Strawberry: Mash strawberries, use as an astringent and cleansing face Mask.

13) Violet: Simmer Violet flowers in a little milk to make a softening and mildly astringent face Lotion.

14) Witch Hazel: Use an extract of witch hazel as an astringent, a skin freshener and to soothe skin irritations.

15) Lemony Lavender Toner

3 drops Lemon Oil 3 drops Lavender oil 3 teaspons of distilled water

Use a soft cotton ball to massage mixture into the skin after cleansing. Follow with a Moisturizer if desired

Blackheads & Blemishes

1) Heat honey slightly and apply to face, tap face gently with your fingers. Wash honey off with warm water then rinse with cool water. A bit of wheat germ may be added to the honey before applying.

2) To loosen and cleanse blackheads, make a paste of oatmeal, honey and an eggwhite. Apply to the skin, massage for 10 minutes then rinse with tepid water.

3) For blackheads, make a paste of oatmeal and water.

4) For blackheads, make a paste of almond meal and water.

5) Blotchy skin: Make a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts water. Store in a decorative bottle in the bathroom. Rinse face 1-2 times a day with the solution.

6) For blackheads, rub with a slice of tomato

Brown Spots and Freckles

1) Apply odorless Castor Oil or vitamin E nightly.

2) Apply lemon juice as a bleach to the spots

3) An old folk remedy for freckles: Dissolve some suger in the juice of one lemon. Apply mixture to each freckle with a camels hair brush!!!!

Dry Skin

1) Make a puree of 1 banana and 1 papaya, peach or avacado. Apply to skin. Leave on for at least 20 minutes then rinse with warm water, followed by a Moisturizer of natural margarine or natural vegetable oil.

2) Apply natural mayonnaise, either homemade or from natural foods store. Massage into skin, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Face Lift

Combine a handful of strawberries, a handful of grapes, 1/2 pear, 1/2 apple and 1 oz. Orange juice in a blender. Apply a thin layer of honey to face, then apply fruit mixture to face. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Finish with a rinse of the vinegar pH balancer.

Large Pores:

1) Mix almond meal with enough water to make a paste. Apply to pores for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then apply withch hazel or a solution of apple cider vinegar and water.

2) Mix table salt and buttermilk into a paste, apply on enlarged pores and massage well. Rinse with warm water.

Lines and Wrinkles:

1) Apply the leftover eggwhites in the bottom of the shell to the lines under your eyes

2) Apply odorless Castor Oil to the crepe-like skin under the eyes or on the throat.

3) Prick 3 capsules of vitamin E and drain into small bowl. Add 2 tsps plain yogurt, 1/2 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice. Apply to face with cotton ball. Leave on skin for about 10 minutes. Rinse.

Makeup Removers

1) Apply milk or plain yogurt to face with a cotton ball, then rinse.

2) Eye Makeup Remover

1 Tbsp Castor Oil 1 Tbsp light Olive Oil 2 tsp Canola oil

Blend all ingredients together. Apply with tissue or cottonball to remove makeup on and around the eyes.

Moisturizers, Creams and Lubricants

1) Peaches & Cream Moisturizing Lotion

Peel and mash one very ripe peach. Strain through a sieve to extract all the juice. Mix peach juice with an equal quantity of fresh cream. Keep refrigerated.

2) High Protein Moisturizer

Beat 1 egg yolk into 1 cup whole milk. Apply to face with fingertips. Bottle and store remainder in refrigerator.

3) Apply any of the following vegetable, seed or nut oils to the skin

a) Virgin Olive Oil b) Sesame oil c) Peanut oil d) Avocado oil

4) Use 2 parts Rose water and 1 part Glycerin to make a Lotion. Apply nightly and work into skin.

5) Buy a pound of natural margarine from the health food store, NOT the supermarket. Store in refrigerator. Apply enough to cover smooth skin. It will absorb into the skin and surprisingly, does not leave a greasy residue.

Oily Skin

1) Make a puree of fresh tomatoes, apply to the skin

2) Beat together 1 egg white, 1 tsp spirits of camphor, 1 heaping Tbsp skim milk powder and a scant drop of Essential Oil of mint. First apply a thin film of odorless Castor Oil to the skin , then apply a thick layer of the egg white Mask. Lie back for about 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, then rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water solution or witch hazel.

Combatting Aging With Essential Oils

April 8th, 2006

Anti-aging Essential Oils to combat Wrinkles: Violet leaf, Patchouli, Oregano, Clary Sage, Yarrow, Orange, Fennel, Chamomile, Vervaine, Neroli German, Rosemary, Rose, Frankincense, Geranium, Galbanum, Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Thyme, Hyssop

You can use any of these oils on its own or make combinations of two or more, to suit your needs. Use the oils in a bath, as a face oil or body rub, and do remember to treat the bit you don’t see in the mirror as often as the face - your body! Because everyone’s skin regenerates at a different rate, allow at least thirty days before expecting to see outward signs of improvement.

Now we come to the anti-wrinkle facial treatment oils for various age groups. Use them every night on the face and, if you wish, on the neck and chest, as far as the collar bone.


Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, almond or Apricot Kernel oil


Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil


Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut, almond or Apricot Kernel oil


Diluted in 30ml Hazelnut or Apricot Kernel oil

Natural Relief For Sties (Stye, Sty)

April 8th, 2006

The warm compress that most doctors recommend to heal sties can be made more effective if you soak the compress in a solution containing the herb Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis).

Steep 1 teaspoon dried Eyebright in 1 cup boiling hot water for 10 minutes and strain WELL. Soak a washcloth in the solution (as warm as you can stand it), gently wring it, and apply it to the stye for 15 minutes two or three times a day.

Because a Stye is an infection, I add one teaspoon of dried or powdered Goldenseal (you can use capsules for this, just take apart and pour in) and 1 teaspoon of dried Calendula flowers.

This blend is also very effective for Conjunctivitis (infection of the lining of the eye, or “pink eye”).

Nasal Congestion Quick Fix

April 8th, 2006

Nothing works faster to clear clogged sinuses than horseradish. The oils in this plant boost circulation in your nasal passages, which then loosens mucus.

Mix a teaspoon of grated fresh horseradish with a little apple cider vinegar or honey, and eat it on toast (the vinegar and honey take the edge off the potent horseradish taste).

Inhale deeply as you grate the horseradish; the fumes alone will start breaking up your congestion.

Plagued by Hiccups?

April 8th, 2006

Think you’ve tried every hiccup remedy in the book? We swear by this one: Put a straw in a 6-ounce glass of water, press the tips of your index fingers into the indentations behind your earlobes where your neck and jawbone meet, and drink through the straw.

Drink as much as you can while keeping pressure on those points. When the glass is empty, your hiccups should be gone.

Quick Heartburn Relief

April 8th, 2006

You’ll need to find a carpeted area for this Heartburn remedy called a heel drop. This sounds strange, but it works.

Roll up onto your toes as high as you can, and then allow your heels to quickly drop down onto the ground. Repeat this 20 to 30 times, holding onto the back of a chair for balance if you need to.

The downward motion pulls the acid that causes Heartburn back into your stomach.

Naturally Dull a Tension Headache

April 8th, 2006

Dull a Tension headache by massaging a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita) into your temples. Peppermint works as well as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen, the main ingredient in aspirin, according to one German study.

Herb experts don’t know exactly how it works, but the Peppermint appears to prevent your body from sending pain signals to your central Nervous system.

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