I have been fascinated with Tibetan Singing Bowls for years. Getting a singing bowl for myself had been on my list of things to do for the longest time and luckily for me my dream of owning a bowl did come true.
I definitely can’t claim to be an expert on them, however I do want to share with you some of my experience around using a bowl within my daily practice and when I work with clients.
Why a metal instrument?
Metal instruments are amazing for clearing energy. In the work I do which has a large element of clearing energy and ensuring that the space I work from is clear and open for deep connection, using a metal bowl is just such a wonderful tool.
So many people have told me that they were literally blown away by the sound of the bowl and how it took them somewhere amazing within a few seconds.
It has this way of preparing the environment around us, as well as the energy between us, ensuring that clear and guided messages can flow through.
The bowl that I chose has been crafted in such a way that it resonates with at least 5 chakras’. The main chakra being the heart chakra. I specifically wanted a bowl with a heart chakra resonance, because of the work that I am doing with my clients where I connect them to their hearts so that they can hear the messages of their souls.
As you are sounding the bowl, you can notice that you get different tones coming from it all depending on where you play it.
Being able to play a sound that resonates deeply with the heart allows any dense energy in this space to be shifted and to enable an opening and clearing in this area.
Messages in the sound
At some stage while using the bowl to clear energy before a session with clients, I started noticing that the bowl was “speaking” to me. I started receiving messages and information about the person sitting in front of me carried to me on the energy contained in the sound. These messages were shared with me through visual imagery and sensations coming from the bowl. The first time it happened to me I wasn’t sure what it was, but as I started to tell clients what I was seeing and receiving – they connected with the information straight away. It was such an amazing experience for me.
Getting the bowl to sing
When we were younger, one of the things that we loved to do was to take a crystal glass, wet the edge with liquid and then run our fingers around the lip of the glass, until it sang. Depending on how much water was in the glass, you could get the glass to sing at a different tone. Getting your bowl to sing applies a similar principle in that you need to run along the outside edge of the bowl.
I found that it was a little more challenging to get the bowl to sing than I had initially anticipated, but a little bit of patience rewarded me with a magical sound!
There is a little bit of an art to playing a singing bowl. You need to hold the bowl in one hand ensuring that you do not “kill” the sound as you play it. In your other hand you hold the mallet and the way that you strike the bowl will determine the quality of the sound that comes through. One you strike the bowl and it is making a sound, you then need to bring the mallet onto the edge and start running it around the edge turning the first sound into more of a singing sound. I found that the amount of pressure that you apply to the edge of the bowl is important. To little and nothing happens and too much and you kill the sound all together.
Hand crafted is the best!
I feel really blessed to have found a beautifully hand-crafted bowl that has been forged with many different metals including gold!
One of the things that I have learned about Tibetan Singing Bowls is that some of them are hand crafted while others are machine made. The sound resonance that comes from a hand-crafted bowl is literally amazing compared to the sound that comes from a machine made one. If you have been thinking about getting a bowl I would highly recommend doing some looking around and find a hand-crafted bowl.
Usually the bowls that have designs printed on the outsides and insides of them are machine made. Also, the metal is really smooth on the machine-made ones.
In comparison, the handcrafted bowls are full of pits and dents – where they have been hit with a hammer or metal crafting tool to shape them. I feel that this gives them the most amazing character and did I mention the mind-blowing sound that comes from them?
If you do decide to get a bowl please don’t let it become an ornament, sitting on your shelf and never getting used. They are such a beautiful addition to a spiritual practice and the sound they bring into your space will do wonders to lift, clear and cleanse your energy.
So much fun
I love using my bowl and I love the energy it brings into my life and into my space.
If you are wanting to clear your space and ensure that the energy you start your day with, or the energy that you start your daily practice with is really clear and uplifting then having a metal instrument like a singing bowl is so wonderful.
Want to hear what a Tibetan Singing Bowl sounds like?
I sometimes record my own bowl and keep this audio file on my phone, so if I am out and about and don’t have my bowl handy, I can replay this sound and get the amazing benefits.
If you have never heard a bowl before and are wondering how they sound, I have put together a short audio file which I usually sell for $3.99.
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