THAT PROFOUND SOUND: Sound As A Healing Vehicle

?(And, The Nature of Thoughtforms,
Their Effect on The Etheric Bodies,
?and The Role of Creative Will and Intent
?In The Use of Sound Healing)

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????????????? Historically,? sound? has? been? used as a point of focus and invocation in? meditation, prayer,? healing,? and ritual throughout much of the world.? As with so? much that is mystical, our culture has lost touch with the nature of sound as a? healing? vehicle.? Yet more and more healers and musicians are focusing on the power sound has on our bodies and on our well-being.? There are? two? principal? aspects to sound, as I see them, in healing and ritual.?? One? aspect? of sound, like a chant or mantra, creates a point of focus for? the? mindforce,? through? which? one's? intent forms? a basic structure, or energetic? grid,? through? which? energy may flow, be contained, invoked or built into? a? healing? mechanism.?? The other aspect is the carrier force of the sound itself.?? This? is dual in nature.? The sound becomes a river upon which, through which,? an? energy may? flow.? The? sound also has an intention, a vibration, an essence, or resonance, which can be a healing mechanism.
As? one becomes involved with sound as a healing mechanism, whether through one's own? intuitive? guidance,? or some traditional manner, one sees the power, which? sound? creates, unfold.?? We can see the traditional use of this power by? looking? at? the? Afrikan? or? Native American? shaman invoking celestial allies through? chant,? song, and prayer, drum or rattle in hand, healing the imbalances in? one of his or her people.? We can see it in an entire Native American village chanting? ancient? rites? to? the? corn? maiden? at? planting time, or an Israeli village? granting blessings? upon a newly married couple through song and dance.? We? can? look? at? an African-American? gospel choir pouring out their hearts in song,? reaching? remarkable states of ecstasy and joy.? Or we can look at an East? Indian? playing? citar, focusing through power of meditation and specific ancient scales,? invoking? the balance and harmony of a specific deity (or energy stream) into? the room.? With any of these examples, and throughout most native cultures, sound? is and has been used as a point of focus of creative intent and invocation of? divine energies.?? Sound? is? a? vehicle? through? which one may carry one's message? to? the? divine,? and through which one may merge with, and express, the? creative divine.
The? path? to? sound? as? a? healing? vehicle? begins? within the self.? By exploring? deep inside ourself, we can easily tap into our own ancient mysteries, unfelt? feelings, and creative energies through the use of sound.? That sound may come? out? in the form of "unchained melodies", improvisational "noise"' or cries of? an? infant unborn, but by paying attention to the sounds a particular wave of energy? within? our? body? wishes to make, we can create a truely healing process for? ourself,? and,? eventually,? for? others.?? This? process requires a certain degree? of? trust? and release of inhibition, yet that doubt or inhibition itself is? a form of fear keeping our creative, expressive powers at bay.? Whatever form of? release? we? wish to use, the nature of healing and empowerment is to release the? fear or limiting process within the self, and walk into the creative impulse resonating deep within our seat of being.
By? sounding? that? creative? impulse, which is our expressive self, we can walk? through? all of our agony and pain, fears and prejudices, and all limiting thoughtforms? we? have created within ourself, in this and other lifetimes, which bind? us from our creative, expressive self.? All of those devastating habits and self-agonizing? behaviors,? which? have? been built through years or lifetimes of reacting? to? traumatic? circumstances? or? lack? of? nourishment,? have embedded themselves? in our fibers.? They have been impacting on and diminishing the very core? of? our? being,? driving? us? in involutive? spirals? in upon, rather than expansive,? expressive? spirals? out from, that core of being.? The sound itself can? resonate? and? discharge? those emotional energies which have been locked so long? in? our? bodies,? within? our? tissue,? within? our? cellular memories, our emotional? and energetic? bodies.?? Sound therapists can guide and nurture? us? on? the? path? to self-healing through connecting with our own inner sound, our own inner child, and help us express it.
That? inner? child? holds? abundant? energy, abundant love and grace.? And, through letting the noise and confusion of the outer self, one can hear her/his deeper,? more? intimate? self sounding,? resonating,? at first ever so timid and quiet;? but with each breath, with each courageous expression of that child self, feel? waves? of? joy? and hope break through all the pain and doubt we have built around? us.?? It? may be painful at first.? But with courage and determination we can break? through? the? pain? and fear, and find unlimited oceans of beauty and wisdom emerging from within ourself.

The Nature of Thoughtforms, and Their Effect Upon the Etheric Body

To? help? us? understand? this? process? a little further, let us look more deeply? at? the nature of our energetic bodies and the creation of limiting forms of? energy within them.? We have often heard that we create our own reality.? The nature? of? that? reality is so complex it seems difficult to comprehend just how that? might be.? Yet, when we look at the nature of thoughtform, and how it works as? a? creative? force,? it? becomes apparent that the development of a positive, light-building? field? of energy around us, through our own thoughts and actions, with? our? own creative? will and intent, is a major key to our? continued well-being.?? For? that? energy? field,? built as "thoughtform", is an electromagnetic grid? that? attracts? or? dispels? other? energies? around us, dependent upon the nature of its intent.
Thoughtform? is? the elemental nature of the creative potential of thought.?? It? is the energetic substance created by all thought, desire, and action.? On an energetic? level, we constantly tap into raw (pure) energy and mold it with the resonance? of? our thought/desires/actions.?? We? also? tap? into? and "channel" lifestreams? of? energy? which resonate with various qualities of existence, both creative? (expansive),? and? diminishing? (contractive).? Intelligent forces work through? these? streams? of? energy,? whether? it? is? conscious? or? unconscious interaction.?? This? is a highly interactive point for us with beings of the more subtle? spirit? realm.? These? interactions? may? take? place? in the emotional, astral,? or? other? fields? of? our bodies.? They may interact on a more tangible plane,? as? we? invoke? them? (consciously? or? unconsciously) in saintly acts of kindness? or? generosity,? or? in? debilitating? acts? of? alcoholism? or? abuse.
Thoughtforms? are? the residual energetic effect of our thoughts/desires/actions,? and? of? our interactions? with? these energetic streams of consciousness.? These thoughtforms? will? create illuminating? flames? or? blinding? shrouds of energy within our subtle bodies, dependent upon their resonant quality.? If? the? residual? effect? of? the? thoughtform is of a binding or limiting nature,? it can? be? removed only by a compensatory action, energetic in nature, which? has? a quality opposing or balancing it.? Because the thoughtform's nature is? of vibration, or resonance, the sound healer may find a resonant quality with which? to? heal,? extract,? or? balance? it,? through the nature of sound itself.? However,? if? the? nature? of? the wound is related to these conscious negate-ive streams? of? energy,? a? more? skillful approach is required, in which the healer must? have? a? conscious? relationship? with healing energies of a divine nature.? The? potential? for danger? exists? for? the? practitioner,? no? matter what the modality,? who? interacts? with? these negate-ive energies, without the conscious awareness? of? these? processes,? or? the skills to complete them.? Indeed, these energies? interact? in? and? complicate our lives more deeply than most of us can imagine.?? Because? of? the nature of thoughtforms, and these negating streams of energy,? we? each? need? to? focus? on? practices? of clarifying our thoughts and actions, and strengthening our energy fields.
Through? previous? patterns of creative thought (energy), we are attracted, through? birth, to? parents? who? will? help? develop a grid of energy that will provide? a? maximum for potential in our own growth.? It is not until we begin to take? responsibility? for our lives and our choices that we can see this clearly.? But? by focusing on the content of our daily thoughts and actions, and seeking to fill? them? with the highest and most pure form of good we can imagine, we slowly gravitate toward? a? more and more light-filled body of energy.? We suddenly see new? credence? in? the old? adages? "love? thy? neighbor..." or "judge not, lest ye...",? etc.,? whether? it? be? of? the Eastern, Western, or Native templates of knowledge.

Why Heal The Etheric Body/ The Nature of Creative Will and Intent

The? sound? worker? sees? an? inextractible? link between sound, light, and creative? intent. Once? we understand the nature of our energetic self, we begin to? see the importance of the content and intent of our thoughts and actions, and how these interact.?? The? physical? body? is but? one? level? of expression of our spirit-self.? Beyond? the? physical are primarily 6 etheric fields of energy which comprise our expressive? self.?? These? fields? or? energy bodies are interwoven through our 7 major? chakras? (energy centers) within the body, and are interconnected with the divine? centers? of heaven and earth through spirals of light energy which course through? the body(ies) and these sacred centers.? These centers resonate more and more subtle levels of energy which radiate through the body in our light field.
Thought? is? a? tangible? creative? field? of? energy? which interlaces our lightfield? and creates? grids? of energy resonating through the chakral centers and? about? our? body.?? When? our thoughts? resonate? from? a? point of fear or inhibition,? doubt or confusion, anger or jealousy, we create through our thought itself? a? limiting? or? binding grid of energy about our light body.? We are not allowing? ourself? to? resonate in expressive, expansive forms of creative joy or love.
These? grids,? or? patterns,? are? magnetic? fields? of? energy and attract potential? situations to? us,? to? allow? us to make choices to help us grow.? I emphasize? potential,? for we work within a school of free choice, and there is a high? degree? of? fluidity? due? to the interactions of all beings' free choices, which? create? the? ever-unfolding? formation of reality.? Psychics can read this potential? and? give us a probability based upon how definitively those grids are in? place,? but? the concept? of? free? choice is always in place, and rules our aspect of the universe.
It? is? our? intent? and? focus of that intent (will) that are the creative tools? of? our expression of self (via our thoughts and actions, the choices that we? make).?? Consciously? or unconsciously, we use that focus (will) and intent in the? creation? of? the? unfoldment? of our daily lives.? And we can use it at any given? moment,? to? alter? the? course? of? our previous choices within our daily lives.?? If? we? do? not,? these? thoughtforms, which have become embedded in our energetic field, will eventually effect our daily lives.? For? most of us, they already have, effecting our clarity of consciousness, our? emotional? well-being,? our relationships, our successes.? Finally, they may emerge as? physical? symptomology...? repetitive sore throats for those afraid to speak? up? and? express their feelings or experiences, chronic fatigue for those who? have? had? non-nurturing? relations? with their? parent of opposite gender, ovarian? or? breast cancer for those subjected to sexual trauma, are but a few of the patterns which we may see emerge.

The Use of Creative Will and Intent in Sound Healing

????????????? The? sound? healer? uses? the? focus of intent, to create a channel through which?? divine energies,? or? "higher? resonances",? may? be? poured? into? the recipient's? energy? field.?? The primary? focus? of? intent is on being a clear vessel,? to? allow? the? greatest? good? to? manifest for this individual's well-being.?? Once? the? soundwork? has? begun,? the? focus? of intent may become more specific.?? The? healer,? for? instance,? may see an ingrained pattern of thought (energy)? within the? energy field, which is constricting the recipient's energy flow,? and? may? call? upon? specific energetic tools to remove or transform it.? That? pattern? may? be? manifesting? in? a? limiting behavior? or illness in the recipient's? life.?? Or? the? focus may remain more general, creating the doorway through? which divine energies may enter the more tangible planes and work within the recipient's field for the greatest good.
????????????? The? sound? healer? may? also? be? working? with? thoughtforms or elemental energies which? are? not of this person's making.? These may be projections from other? individuals'? creative intentions? (repressive? parents, for instance, or hostile,?? or?? desirous?? relations),? or? projections? from other? streams? of consciousness? of a lesser realm.? (Victims of alcohol or drug abuse, violence or sexual? abuse? often? have trauma linked to these diminishing patterns of energy, which? linger and eventually manifest through the energy body into the emotional and physical.)
????????????? The recipient must be a willing participant, wanting to receive these light energies,? and to release/heal these unwanted thoughtforms.? The greater level of focus? and? intent? on? healing which the recipient can manifest, the greater the potential? for positive outcome will be.? And the recipient may need to take some tools? home? with? him? or? her? to? reinforce these new patterns of behavior, or energetic? qualities? within? the self.? Release and regeneration of energies are focuses? beneficial? to? the? recipient:?? release? of? pain,? memory? of tragedy (through? expression or? forgiveness), self-limiting thoughts of unworthiness or confusion;? and? regeneration? of? purity,? of love of self and others, joy, or a state? of? peacefulness,? might? be? examples? of? thoughtforms beneficial to the recipient.
????????????? In? my? work,? my? point of focus is usually either in the Ajna center (the third? eye)? or? the eighth chakra (above the crown of the head).? From the Ajna center? I can direct specific light-energies into the body through the vehicle of sound? (or,? in? some? cases,? through hands-on), utilizing specific tools.? The eighth? chakra? is? a powerful interdimensional point linking the primal soul and divine? seat.?? Within? the? eighth? chakra,? the focus is more specifically upon illumination, opening? the? doorway? through which conscious divine energies may more? easily? enter, with greater power and awareness than my more conscious self can? unfold.?? This? requires? much more giving of self, more surrender, thus the quality? of? light? pouring? through becomes more bright and pure.? I become more unconscious? of the specific interaction of energies with the recipient, but both of us are drawn to a higher, clearer state.
????????????? The? point? of? intention? remains? the? same.?? The? intent of the healing practitioner? is? to focus? on? the? most? pure,? most? worthy? energies for the recipient's? needs.? The intent opens the doorway.? The sound becomes the vehicle through? which? the? light? moves.? And it offers an extraordinary point of focus for? the? healer? to place his or her intentions upon.? In my work, the sound may come? with? the? use? of? an? instrument;?? a? crystal? or brass bowl, a tingshaw (Tibetan? brass? cymbal),? a? flute, rattle, or Native ceremonial drum.? But more often? I am the sole instrument, opening the voice to a sacred mantra, a chant, a sound? or? series of sounds, a song, a prayer, or what I like to call "dialects".? These? "dialects"? are a form of divine invocation, or prayer, a sacred language, a speaking in tongues, in which the energy becomes most pronounced.
????????????? Whatever? the? instrument? or? modality,? the sound itself, through its own vibration? or resonance,? rearranges? the? molecular? structure? of cells, lifts thought? and? energy? into? an elevated? dimension (through pure resonance), and invokes/carries? a? higher? energy? (intelligence, or quality) through it, which interacts? in? the? energy? field? in a variety of ways.? The sound resonance may function? like? a? set of tuning forks, in which the pure resonance of one tuning fork,? once set in motion, will carry waves of energy to the other, which, by its like? nature,? will begin resonating.? Or the sound may act upon the crystallized blockage? of? energies? in the energetic body as a pure tone might upon a crystal glass,? causing? it? to? shatter, or quicken and release.? The resonance of sound may? be sensed as a pure stream of energy, like a waterfall, cleansing the energy field, and re-energizing it, in a shower, or in waves, of peacefull light.
?????? Coupled with the intent of the sound resonator (healer), specific qualities of? light,? or specific energetic streams may be called upon, or invoked, to aid the? practitioner? in removing binding or shrouding energies, and to recharge the energy field with light.
????????????? Again,? the? interplay? of? sound? and light are important to the conscious user.?? In? modern physics, we find that the principal difference in sound, light and? matter is one of vibrational frequency, or resonance.? The interrelationship of these is more like a broad spectrum of energy than three separate forms.
????????????? In? so many tales of Creation, it is sound which is the first and elemental form of Creation, and the vehicle which moves energy from the potential realm to the manifest world.? In Hinduism, it is the sound of "Om" which resonates as the elemental? causal? form? of? all creative manifestation.? In Australian Aboriginal culture, perhaps the oldest continual culture on the planet, the "Ancestors", defined as "fathomless, luminous beings of light and energy", dreamed of all forms of life in Creation, and "sung" them into existence through templates of thought energy, along "songlines", which are comparable to the ley lines, or electromagnetic grid, of the Earth.? In Judaism, the ancient mystical? Cabalistic? roots? of the culture teach us that each of the 22 letters of? the? alphabet? not? only? symbolizes,? but? carries? and? emits? through? its enunciation,? with? pure? intent,? one? of the principal aspects of the universal energy.?? Their interaction in letter configurations (words) is significant as to their? interaction? in? universal? flow? and unfoldment.?? This? was? so clearly understood? that? it? was? considered sacrilege to enunciate the cryptic word for "God", the Anglicization of which is Jehovah, or Yahweh.? In its cryptic verse, understanding of the meaning of the one word itself, in all its depth, potency, and purity, was a path to enlightenment.
????????????? In Christianity, many sources indicate Jesus taught esoteric thought to his disciples? in? far greater? detail,? in? private settings, than his more popular metaphorical? stories? to? the public would indicate.? Many of these sources also say? he? was? an? initiate? in the ancient mystery schools of the East, receiving teachings? in? the? great? temples of Egypt, and travelling to India, where tales still? exist? of "Saint Issa", who returned to his people in Jerusalem 2000 years ago,? only? to? be crucified.? The Book of John, written by one of his principal disciples,? opens? with? the? verse, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."? (John I:1-2).
????????????? To? me,? the? nature? of this verse is extremely specific.? The "word", the sound,? is the first manifestation of creative vibration, or intent, and holds in its? resonance, the very essence of the Divine.? In Greek, from which we get much of? the? New Testament script, and from which we get the origin of "word", "word" means? "to? say".?? This? implies, further, an innate understanding that the very resonance? of? sound, of "the word", draws power to it, and carries power through it.?? We have often heard of "the power of the spoken word," but we may not have given? much credence? to? it.?? It is our thought, our will, and intentions that give? power to the spoken word, and to sound in all of its forms and uses.? Sound is? a? profoundly powerful tool.? The nature of its power rests in the conscious, and unconscious, intent of its initiator.

?C?? 1991, 2001? R. Zacciah Blackburn, The Center of Light

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Zacciah Blackburn is a sound healer trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing in Ascutney, VT, USA. Zacciah is Director of Education for the Sound Healing Network, an international community of healing practitioners broadening the awareness of sound healing through networking, education, and scientific research. He is also Co-Founder of the World Sound Healing Organization, & All One Now Network, a non-profit organization joining the efforts of numerous individuals and organizations world wide, dedicated to service to this planet, to its healing and growth, and to the elevation of human consciousness, embracing the use of sound as a healing catalyst in simple ceremony throughout the world.

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