I have a number of Tibetan Singing Bowls at home that I use for therapeutic/balancing purposes. Those of you who have Tibetan bowls know that you can either gong them, or ‘play’ them – the pressure of the mallet as it moves around the outer rim of the bowl produces vibrations, which result in sound.
However, I recently came across these videos of magnificent handmade gongs from Meinl in Germany (who have a stellar reputation for gongs and tuning forks) and I’m thrilled to organize them for you here – all in one place – so you can tune/activate your chakras with the frequencies they emit. Note that even though a gong, like the heart and throat chakra, are the same musical note (C3#), they are different frequencies.
TIP: When you play the gongs below, you don’t have to wait for each video to finish completely before clicking play on the next one. I like to play the next gong while the previous one is still vibrating softly. And the accompanying bird sounds are just the most beautiful healing accompaniment.
Each of the Meinl gongs is tuned using the calculations of Hans Cousto (The Cosmic Octave) to match the frequencies of the earth, moon, and planets.
Cousto discovered a system of measurement which transposes the movements of the planets into audible rhythms, musical tones, and colors. This Third Measure system is said to reflect the universal harmonic relationships between all things based on sacred geometry including music, astronomy, meteorology, and microbiology. The Third Measure was also the focus of the book “The Secrets of Chartre Cathedral” by Louis Charpentier, where he looked for the existence of a relationship between the forces governing spatial proportion, and those underlying the division of time – the mysterious unit of measure on which the proportions of the Giza pyramid and Solomon’s Temple were based.
Whether you believe any of that, or whether it is indeed accurate, doesn’t need to affect your enjoyment of these gongs. I suggest you play each video/gong with your eyes closed the first time, focusing on the corresponding chakra, and just see what you feel or perceive.
Do some chakras/frequencies have more meaning to you, than others? Do any of them feel particularly good, or right? Remember to take a few deep breaths before you begin and you may want to place your hand on each chakra before you play the gong…
Root Chakra – Muladhara (Survival) Earth – Day 194.18 Hz / G3
The first chakra (Muladhara) is at the bottom of the spine, the perineum; between the anus and genitals. With an activated root chakra, the body and psyche are strongly activated with lifeforce energy, and grounded into the earth. Involved with stability and initiating new beginnings. The sound of this chakra in yogic tradition is LAM – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
The second chakra (Svadhisthana) is a hand-width below the navel. When balanced, this chakra promotes open communication, warmth, and awareness of both sexual and heart energy. Involved with sensuality, creativity, enthusiasm. The sound of this chakra is VAM – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura (Power) Sun 126.22 Hz / B2 (H2)
The third chakra (Manipura) is above the navel, on the solar plexus. When balanced, this chakra promotes inner harmony and strength. The interface between you and the world; personal power, boundaries. Involved with expansion and limitless possibilities. The sound of this chakra is RAM – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
Heart Chakra – Anahata (Love) Earth – Year 136.10 Hz / C3#
The fourth chakra (Anahata) is in the center of the chest at the level of the heart. When balanced, this chakra promotes compassion and love. Involved in development of healing skills in self and others, working to heal the earth. The sound of this chakra is YAM – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
Throat Chakra – Visuddha (Communication) Mercury 141.27 Hz / C3#
The fifth chakra (Vissudha or Vishuddha) is at the base of the throat. When balanced, this chakra promotes communication skills, self-determination, speaking your truth and independence, speaking with wisdom. The sound of this chakra is HAM – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
Brow Chakra – Ajna (Intuition) Venus 221.23 Hz / A3
The sixth chakra (Ajna) is located between the eyebrows, and a little above – thus is often called the ‘third eye.’ When balanced, this chakra represents clear seeing (clairvoyance); imagination, visualization, your intuition is developed and functioning well, and you’re able to see beyond the physical. The sound of this chakra is AUM (OM) – feel free to say this sound as the gong plays.
Crown Chakra – Sahasrara (Spirituality) Platonic Year of the Earth 172.06 Hz / F3
The seventh chakra (Sahasrara) is located directly above the crown of the head, making it the center for spirituality and awareness, enlightenment and unity with Source. When this chakra is in balance, relaxation and serenity return. The sound of this chakra is silence.
These Meinl Sonic Energy Chakra Gongs would be INCREDIBLE to have at my Singing Horse Ranch! Can you imagine one (or several) placed at one of the vortex spots on this 160 acre wilderness paradise, on the side of a mountain? I wonder just how the sound would reverberate… and how far it would travel?
In the meantime, I’m hoping hubby will buy me a set of Meinl Tuning Forks for my birthday – you can place the stem of the fork either on each chakra, or on an acupuncture point – to reverberate throughout the meridian lines. Wot fun! Here is the booklet by Hans Cousto on exactly how/why these frequencies work and how to use the tuning forks for physical and energetic health and development.
And just to make things even cooler… check out these videos on using ROCKS as gongs!
Possibly a 100,000 years ago humans started playing rocks. Some of those were monolithic big stones which sounded when hit in specific spots and others would have been hand held stones which allowed humans to do circle dances and used the age old music making principle of “One Person, One Note”. This kind of ensemble makes it clear to the performer that two main ideas led to the survival of the human race:
– an individual is nothing without the group, just one note…
– the group needs each individual’s creative input to survive, so no good playing the same rhythm pattern as anyone else.
These stones were used in workshops and a performance led by Pedro Espi-Sanchis in 2013 at the Origins Centre, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa.
This next one is a lithophone made from Michigan’s State Stone, the Petoskey Stone. The Petoskey stone is a fossilized colony coral from the Devonian Age, 350 million years ago it was a living organism, a hexagonaria percarinata. You can raise the pitch of the stones by cutting them shorter… but this set was a “found” scale using the pieces he already had on hand. He only had to tune a few notes (the ones with straight ends) to get a scale:
We also have amazing rocks all over the Singing Horse Ranch… I will now be on the lookout for the sound properties of rocks as well!
JINI PATEL THOMPSON
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