Words by Nathalie Abeynayake
Sound medicine is an ancient healing modality that has been used for eons to tap into our subconscious, bringing the opportunity for greater self-awareness and integration. It is one of the best ways to rewire your brain given its immense power to pierce into your soul.
When sound waves reach our ears, they are converted into electrical signals that travel up the auditory nerve into the auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes sound. Once sound waves reach our brains, they trigger responses in our bodies. This process alters our emotions, releases hormones, and deeply relaxes the mind & body. It is a deep inner journey that connects us with our spirit and to a higher level of peace & awareness.
The intention of shamanic sound healing is to envelop the body and aura in healing vibrations & frequencies using voice and musical instruments. Creating tones and harmonies to cleanse the auric field, penetrate energy blocks and help open the energy centres of the body.
Voice is sound, vibration and energy. It is our unique expression of ourselves into the world and it is the first thing we do when when we enter into the world from our mother’s whomb, through our Cry. It is the primary link between our mind, body and soul. It is a means to express our truth, purpose, creativity and individuality. It has the power to soothe & heal, waken the senses, make impressions on others and create personal connections
In ancient traditions the voice was used to heal through song and sound vibrations. Mantras, chanting and prayer were common across many cultures and is used to this day as a means to invoke peace & harmony and transform lives. It is also common practice to use our voice to soothe a new born child, sing in community gatherings to facilitate a sense of togetherness and during hard labour to keep motivated, positive and high in spirit. Our voice has has a huge transformational ability, it helps to bring us into the present moment and beyond the mind.
Our voice can convey a wide range of emotions, such as love, kindness, anger, sadness, joy, excitement and instil feelings in others, It engages and connects the whole body. Our voice is directly connected to the sacral centre which is directly connected to our passion, emotion and creativity. By focusing on connecting with our voices from the depths of our being, connected in our heart, we can feel a difference in the clarity sound and sense of security in our tone and this can be used to create great changes, manifest and empower others
Nathali is an Angels Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, Ceremonialist, Breathwork Facilitator, Singer & Musician from Sri Lanka.