Day 9 on “Sound Technology Since Ancient Times” of “Silence & Sound” Chapter
Of Remembering “Who Am I?” Series
[Listen to the audio here – Correction: It is Day 9]
Before that, what is Resonance?
After an introduction of “what is sound”, here we look into the sound technology since ancient times. Before we dive deeper to explore the power of sound, I wish to share a bit more to understand sound and its resonance.
Resonance is when one object vibrating at the same natural frequency of a second object forces that second object into vibrational motion. ‘Resonance’ comes from Latin meaning to “resound”: to sound out together with a loud sound. It is a common cause of sound production in musical instruments.
What causes sound? For example, with the use of tuning fork. Tuning fork is a sound resonator which is a two-pronged fork, it shows how a vibrating object can produce sound. When you hit it, it vibrates and you hear a sound. Sound travels when the vibrating objects make nearby objects vibrate. Tuning fork is used often to tune instruments and even for healing.
Now, let’s dive into..
Sound Since Ancient Times
How ancient and origins talk about sound?
Ancient sound technology is used either via voice, instruments or with the combination of both, it is a form of communication and has provided healing and spiritual connection. From the Old Testament’s verse God said, “let there be light” to Hindu tradition of ‘Aum’ to aborigines’ 3 sacred songs, sound represents an important role for every living being in existence.
How ancient culture used sound as a healing tool? One example is through the didgeridoo by the aboriginals in Australia. It is considered one of the oldest wind instrument which was traditionally made of eucalyptus branches. It is said that if the Earth had a voice it would be the sound of the Didgeridoo, C sharp. The ancient Inca has a whistling vessels known as “huascos” mimic various animal calls. North American indigenous has been using sound for healing, making, sharing in their daily life to invoke spirits, ask for rain or to heal the sick. In ancient Egypt, seven vowels served as sacred sounds creating harmonic convergence, where back then vowels were not used because the vowels are too sacred so they left them out.
Ancient populations enter into different states of consciousness with sound and tools.
In ancient Egypt, the use of Ankh, the symbol that represented life, which is seen to be in the hands of every pharaoh. It is said to be a frequency modulator, just as the tuning fork which can direct sound which is utilized by individuals who were masters at keeping frequencies who able to do many things with it. The ankh allows the human body to resonate with larger amounts of chi already flowing through the external environment at all times.
A group of ancient Peruvian whistles is played in a circle to shift consciousness and enable the listener to connect other realms and aspects of self. Some said to be taken deep inside the Earth to have conversations with the guides.
Vocal chanting is well-known in Chinese and Tibetan cultures. Instruments like Tibetan singing bowls and gongs.
In Sufism they were taught to chant “huuuuuu” in unison where it puts them into an enlightened trance.
Intentionally Built Ancient Sites Boost Energy With The Power of Sound
From prehistoric caves in prehistoric caves in France and Spain to musical stone temples in India; from protected Aztec codexes in Mexico to Eleusinian Mysteries and sanctuaries in Greece to sacred Elamite valleys in Iran, some were found to be built with a natural resonant frequency.
In the pyramids, science recognised there is an electromagnetic energy (chi) within the pyramids, when a group of people come together in the pyramids, combining collective energy fields with human voice and instruments like gongs or singing bowls, these powerful sound frequencies refract off the walls and down onto our reclined bodies, it re-balance and rejuvenate our energy centers.
Some ancient sites is said to be painted with sound from caves to Utah’s Horseshoe Canyon where ancient people drew artwork where when one clap, the echo is the loudest.
In Chichen Itza, Mexico, the pyramid is knowns the ‘chirping’ pyramid when one clap at the base of the staircase, it can be heard like a chirping bird.
Meanwhile, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum of Malta’s structure of a pre-historic underground temple is found to be resonating in the frequency of 111 Hz results in divine level of meditation where Ħal-Saflieni cult practiced their rituals in it.
Ancient Egyptians has sound chambers and so as ancient Greeks’ healing chambers designed for therapeutic use with musical instruments and parallel facing stone walls.
Ancient Levitation Technology
It is said that Tibetan monks use their deep chants and sacred instruments to move boulders with more people, it could create more powerful vibration to levitate large objects.
Even the monoliths and the megaliths from ancient sacred sites were said to be moved by acoustic means either by chanting, singing, instruments or rods to produce acoustic resonance. So as for some pyramids.
Edward Leedskalnin claimed to building his Coral Castle over 20 years with no heavy machinery of enormous blocks by stating he has discovered the secrets of the pyramids.
Pythagoras, father of Mathematics wrote
“each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole,” creating what Syrian philosopher Iamblichus referred to as “musical medicine.” ”
Everything has its own frequency.
In 1787, German Scientist Ernst Chladni with detailed research on his book “Discoveries Concerning the Theory of Music” explained and show how a violin bow drawn at a right angle across a flat plate covered with sand produces patterns and shapes.
Coming to the sound technology in the 20th and 21st centuries, with the case of Nikola Tesla, he experimented with acoustic sound waves which created an earthquake in the building of his New York City Laboratory.
Today, there are vibrational medicine, sound healing and sound technology integrated to treat diseases. The Cymascope is a scientific instruments that makes sound visible. Multibeam sonar is used to map the seafloor and detect objects along the seafloor. Saser technology is an acoustic laser which is the first device that emit terahertz sound waves, it can be used as sonogram looking at nanometer objects or for medical imaging and security screening. Phono laser is a ‘laser for sound’ where it detects weak electric, magnetic, and gravitational fields.
“He who knows the secret of the sound knows the mystery of the whole universe”Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sound as a tool for healing.
As the prominent and significant importance of sound in history. Nowadays, with the combination of the ancient and modern sound technology, sound is used as a tool for healing, tuning human body to achieve optimal balance just like tuning piano or guitar. As our body are made of 75% water which is a great conductor for sound vibration. When vibrations travel through the body, it promotes circulation and energy flow. With the frequency of sound, it synchronises our brainwaves and de-stress our body.
In the next chapter, we will look into the different types of sound healing and its tools.
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