History of sound 1
We have all heard: God said “Let there be Light”, which would leave us to believe that first there was sound and then light. Science proves that sound travels quicker than light.
Our Sacred Text tells of the beginning: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’.
In a Hindu text, Upanishads, we are told of how the divine, all-encompassing consciousness first manifested as sound: ‘OM’, the vibration of the Supreme.
Through Einstein, we have also come to the common consensus that Everything is Energy – including you and me.
Sound Therapy has become more popular recently, as well as other Energy Modalities. We had an epiphany ladies and gentlemen! Right?! Going to the doctor for check ups doesn’t take care of your day to day wellness. We have been referring to this as Self-Care. Hashtag. 😉
Healing with Sound and the use of energy modalities is nothing new.
The Aboriginal people in Australia, some feel, are the first known culture to heal with sound, dating back over 40,000 years. However, the oldest records of Aborigines playing the didgeridoo date back 2000 years in the form of old Northern Territory cave and rock paintings. While they had a few instruments at hand, the main instrument used was the ‘yidaki’, commonly known as the digereedoo. The Aborigines healed broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses of every kind using their enigmatic musical instrument. Interestingly, the sounds emitted by the yidaki are in alignment with modern sound healing technology.
Click the picture to hear a Dikereedoo!
History of sound 2
We travel back just 4000 BC, the Egyptians also used Sound and Vibration. I am a member and tune in to GaiaTV, where I have learned, from David Wilcock, that the pyramids were used as chambers for healing. Pyra-mid is Fire in the middle. Some of you may also be aware that if you have a knife and you place it under, or better yet, within, that it will sharpen. My mom did this experiment with success.
The Egyptians would use instruments as well as vocals, they felt vowels held sacred tones and would chant them. They felt so strongly about the use of vowels for Sacred Works that hieroglyphs contain No vowels.
The Egyptians pictured the universe as vibrating strings being played by a blind harpist.
Demetrius, a Greek traveler, circa 200 B.C., describes the Egyptians using vowel chants and singsong:
in due succession and the sound has such euphony that men listen to it
instead of the flute and the lyre.’
The Corpus Hermeticum also contains a reference to the Egyptian’s use of sound as distinct from words. This book was probably re-dated in the 1st century AD but it is believed to be much older, possible as early as 1400 BC:
use simple words but sounds all filled with power.’
Sound history 3
Pythagoras, who is known as the father of sound therapy, saw the universe as a musical instrument with vibrating strings he referred to as, “Music of the Spheres”.
Pythagoras did not hesitate to influence the mind and body with what he termed “musical medicine.”
Pythagoras discovered that the seven modes, or keys, of the Greek system of music had the power to incite or allay the various emotions. It is related that while observing the stars one night he encountered a young man befuddled with strong drink and mad with jealousy who was piling kindling about his mistress’ door with the intention of burning the house. The frenzy of the youth was accentuated by a flutist a short distance away who was playing a tune in the stirring Phrygian mode. Pythagoras induced the musician to change his air to the slow, and rhythmic Spondaic mode, whereupon the intoxicated youth immediately became composed and, gathering up his bundles of wood, returned quietly to his own home.
Pythagoras cured many ailments of the spirit, soul, and body by having certain specially prepared musical compositions played in the presence of the sufferer or by personally reciting short selections from such early poets as Hesiod and Homer. In his school at Crotona it was customary for the Pythagoreans to open and to close each day with songs–those in the morning calculated to clear the mind from sleep and inspire it to the activities of the coming day; those in the evening of a mode soothing, relaxing, and conducive to rest.
Pythagoras, with the use of his monochord, was able to unravel the mysteries of musical intervals.
Iamblichus noted that:
vibration and frequency;
Sound is all of that.”
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