By John Beaulieu, ND, PhD
Many experiences we have when listening to the music and the sound of tuning forks are similar to experiences described by those taking opiates and psychedelics. Recent research suggests that tuning forks and listening to different music can stimulate our body�s ability to produce opiate, cannaboid, and psychedelic molecules.
These molecules are somewhat different then those ingested in plant form and have a far more powerful action in our bodies. It is important we understand them within an energy medicine paradigm and how these molecules can enhance our healing abilities and our exploration of consciousness.
When we listen to tuning forks and music in the right setting the sounds will tune us to a specific vibrational field. Within that energy field our awareness will shift, the tone of our nervous system will change, and the connective tissues throughout our body will vibrate to the sound.
This sets off a cascading resonance of physiological events causing our cells to rhythmically puff nitric oxide, which then signals the release of the conscious altering molecules.
The environment we are in and our state of mind is very important when using sound and music for the healing and the exploration of consciousness.
The listening environment �sets the tone� of our experience before the tuning fork is sounded or the music is played. The right environment �sets� a foundation that gives us the ground from which we safely can release psychedelic molecules in order to learn from higher states of consciousness.
The art of creating an environment is just as important as the sound of the tuning forks and music.
In ancient Greece music and sounds were played in spiritual temples designed to musical proportions. People visited these temples for healing and for higher communication with gods and goddesses. They were supervised by initiated priests and priestesses who understood the art of guiding their experience in the right environment.
The great churches of Europe are spaces also built according to musical proportions. The intervals of Gregorian chants which were sung in the churches were designed to resonate with the physical proportions of the church. In this spiritual space the sounds of the Gregorian chants were like tuning forks leading people to higher states of consciousness and a greater understanding of the spiritual nature of daily life.
Shamans, healers from indigenous cultures around the world, understand the power of music and sound to alter consciousness and the importance of the right environment. This is fundamental to their healing practice. An accomplished shaman will spend hours and even days preparing the right environment for people to safely enter into altered states of consciousness. When everything is “in tune” they use the sounds and rhythms of their drums and rattles like tuning forks. Their “patients” enter a waking dream and journey to different worlds, talk with wise beings, meet power animals, and integrate disassociated parts of their souls.
Some shamans who use drugs such as marijuana, ayahuasca, or psyllicybin know that these drugs are far less effective then using the right sounds in the right environment. The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castanada illustrates this point very well. Carlos Castanada, an anthropologist studying indigenous plant healing apprenticed with a Yacci shaman named Don Juan. In the beginning Don Juan used psychedelics in the right setting to initiate Don Juan into the sorcerers world.
Later Don Juan told Carlos that it was not necessary to take drugs. He had chosen to use the psychedelics with him because he was so dense he needed to shake up his world. Carlos Castanada never took another psychedelic yet his amazing experiences continued. He would listen to the wings of moths flapping like tuning forks and journey on their sound to places far beyond his psychedelic experiences.
When we take plant psychedelics we are learning about our own psychedelic molecules. Don Juan and other shamans believe that plants are living beings. They go to great lengths to nourish the right relationship with a plant and to treat it with honor and respect. The plant is our teacher and the psychedelic molecules are part of the lesson.
Once we have learned our lesson then it is time to thank our teacher and move on. We must find the inner strength to leave the student teacher relationship and accept responsibility for our learning. We will soon discover that every psychedelic molecule we ingested from the plant can be found within our own body. When we treat ourselves correctly and honor higher consciousness then these molecules naturally appear as part of the larger energy field.
When we journey into higher states of consciousness with music and sound we naturally release psychedelic molecules. When the environment is safe and correctly aligned with our intentions then we are free to discover which tuning forks and which music can best be used to tune ourselves.
Historically, there are many types of instruments that alter our consciousness like tuning forks. The lyre is a very ancient tuning fork instrument. Each string of the lyre is like sounding a tuning fork which can heal and take us to different states of consciousness. In ancient Egypt, there is an image of a blind harpist playing his lyre symbolizing the ability of sound to bring us to higher states of knowledge. The harpist’s wisdom comes from an inner tuning which gives him “true” sight.
BioSonic tuning forks are like modern scientific lyres. The tones of the tuning forks are tuned exactly to the tones of sounds of the ancient lyres. Apollo, the Greek God of Music and Healing, played his seven stringed lyre to set in motion the higher knowledge of the Gods.
Apollo plays his lyre and inspires the oracle to channel divine knowledge. His sound resonates through the great ocean calling his Dolphin messengers. Singing they in swim to ancient Delphi and receive the wisdom of the Oracle through the tones of Apollo’s lyre. Inspired they swim to the four corners of the Earth sounding the knowledge of the Oracle in high-pitched overtones to all who will listen.
Peruvian Whistling Vessels, which were found in graves throughout Peru and into northern Mexico, are ancient tuning devices used by many shamans. Each whistling vessel has a different tuning much like that of a high-pitched tuning fork and is sounded by blowing into it. There are seven jars, like a seven stringed lyre, which can be played for fifteen minutes to an hour. The result is thousands of overtones that cause our bodies to produce psychedelic molecules. Listening in the right environment can open passageways into other worlds.
Tibetian Singing Bowls are ancient tuning forks made of seven Sacred metals. Each metal, like the strings of a lyre, brings out a different spiritual quality within us. When they are played in the right environment by devoted monks their vibration lifts us to a higher consciousness.
Crystal bowls are modern singing bowls. Their sounds are like sonic crystal ball which transport us to astral realms of greater knowledge. They are made from ground crystals which are molded into sounding bowls. Crystals are rainbow channels of light and can be programmed for healing. The sounds produced by the bowls intensifies the seven rainbow lights of the crystals.
Crystal bowls come in different sizes which produce higher and lower tones. When they are played properly in the right environment they resonate crystal energy. When we enter into the sound of the crystal bowls their seven rainbow tones like the strings of a lyre activate different states of consciousness.
In summary, tuning forks are very precise instruments of healing and consciousness. When used properly in the right environment they have precise effects that can be scientifically measured. They are proven to spike Nitric Oxide as well as release opiate, cannaboid, and psychedelic molecules. They are easy to use and do not require years of musical training.
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