Medical Study of the Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-Being
I am ecstatic to see this observational medical study on the use of Tibetan singing bowls. The study was published involving 62 women and men with the mean age 49.7 years of age. I found the results quite interesting.
The study was published in PubMed as well as Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine:
“Poor mood and elevated anxiety are linked to increased incidence of disease. This study examined the effects of sound meditation, specifically Tibetan singing bowl meditation, on mood, anxiety, pain, and spiritual well-being. Sixty-two women and men (mean age 49.7 years) participated. As compared with pre-meditation, following the sound meditation participants reported significantly less tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed mood (all Ps <.001). Additionally, participants who were previously naïve to this type of meditation experienced a significantly greater reduction in tension compared with participants experienced in this meditation (P < .001). Feeling of spiritual well-being significantly increased across all participants (P < .001). Tibetan singing bowl meditation may be a feasible low-cost low technology intervention for reducing feelings of tension, anxiety, and depression, and increasing spiritual well-being. This meditation type may be especially useful in decreasing tension in individuals who have not previously practiced this form of meditation.”
Although the study results are brief, I find it promising. I began using tibetan singing bowls in my work in 2015 as something I felt drawn to do on an instinctual basis for my own healing. As a someone who has a history of trauma resulting in PTSD due to repeated abuses stemming from child abuse to rape to domestic violence to systemic abuse, I welcome this study.
I went through the traditional medicinal route and felt I was given a band-aid with a wound that continued to grow and fester with no relief in sight. So since 2005, I began looking into me. Who I am, and how can I heal especially when my very trust for humanity was so broken. I went up and build my trust in my spirituality.
For me, I understand these ideas:
- The human body is made up of mostly water
- We are beings that self generate electricity, and therefore vibrate energetically a frequency and vibration out creating a ripple effect.
- There is a mind/body connection to all illness and disease
- 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems 
- How we resonate with our external experiences affect our internal experiences and vice versa. How we resonate with our internal experiences affect our external experiences.
|Laura’s Tibetan Medicine Bowl|
After the gift of my 5th bowl by another healer as well as my Tibetan bells, I had an epiphany. I was using them in a reiki healing attunement meditation for a group of over 20 healers. I was told how incredibly powerful and amazing the experience was. I was asked if I taught this. I responded ‘no’, because every time is different, and I would not know how to teach something like this. I realized how I would just allow myself to be divinely guided in the whole process from acquiring these beauties to where to place them to order of sound to implementing them in meditations and healing sessions. I could not even tell you what each bowl’s musical note represents. I just know this bowl goes here to acquire this result.
You can go to bodhisattva.com for a wonderful interview of Lama Lobsang Molam, a monk at a monastery in Swyambu, Kathmandu, Nepal, by Rain Gray on the history of the Tibetan bowls. Here is an excerpt of that interview:
“They say this is a relic that came from India and was used by the previous Buddha, so this is a very precious relic. So, that’s why everybody wants to listen to that singing bowl, the singing, you know, sound. So, many people are making offerings to this singing bowl, and offering money to that singing bowl. So, he said that if someone has pure or not pure karma, you know, if someone has negative karma, their self they have to round, they have to play it with a stick. If someone has a lot of negative karma, this bowl won’t give any sound. It gives sound but, not so nice, it’s very small and not clear. If the person who rings it has pure karma, it gives a lot of singing and a big sound, wang, wang, wang, wang, like this. It gives a big sound. So their saying this is the story of . . . their saying like this. Even he saw, you know. So in Tibet they have three singing bowls only.”
If you have been questioning on how to break through that wall and feel stuck, going to a Tibetan bowl meditation may be of benefit. Tremendous healing can be accomplished with the use and help of these sacred gems.
I would air one word of caution, however. For those with severe PTSD or anxiety, please find the right teacher. Finding the right teacher who not only understands trauma, but has some training and/or experience with it is important.
Because the bowls create a very powerful frequency and vibration, it creates a metaphoric glass shattering effect which can trigger some emotions that many with PTSD or severe anxiety may still want buried. You must be ready to release those fears, traumas, and karmic cords in order to heal. Finding the right teacher is key.
What We Offer:
Healing With Spirit offers private sessions and a variety of classes that many times incorporates the use of Tibetan singing bowls such as, but not limited to:
- Self Care for the Empath Workshop
- Reiki Vibrational Healing Attunement Meditation Groups
- A Soul Partnership Workshop
- Private Reiki Sessions
- Vibrational Healing
- Sound Bath Meditations
- Chakra Clearings and Balancing
Private sessions are offered via in office, phone, and skype. For more information, please contact me at Healing With Spirit.
With much love and appreciation,
Laura Healing With Spirit,
Usui Reiki Master Teacher
Jikiden Reiki® Shihan
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- America’s #1 Health Problem; The American Institute of Stress; http://www.stress.org/americas-1-health-problem/
- Tibetan Singing Bowl History, An Interview with Lama Lobsang Molam; Bodhisattva Training Co Inc; By; Rain Gray; http://www.bodhisattva.com/singing_bowl_history.htm
- Effects of Singing Bowl Sound Meditation on Mood, Tension, and Well-being
An Observational Study; Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Tamara L. Goldsby, PhD, Michael E. Goldsby, PhD, Mary McWalters, BA, Paul J. Mills, PhD
- Tamara L. Goldsby, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Enjoyed learning more about this healing modality from you! Thanks.
My friend, Rosie Warburton, founded Florida’s first Sound Healing Center in St. Pete a decade+ ago where I attended weekly healing sessions. Sadly, the timing wasn’t aligned for her magnificent vision and the center closed. She now lives in RI and annually returns here to do workshops. I miss her and the energy of the bowls!
I truly believe they help to heal. Sounds resonate deeply within our cells. I am friends with a Reiki Master who uses these bowls during her meditation classes. I feel the combination make a huge difference. I feel like more and more spiritual practitioners are using them and I hope that continues to build. I have one small bowl of my own and I also enjoy listening to the sounds on you tube. Thank you so much for sharing this and for what you do for the world.