Sound healing

All kinds of sounds are used as tools for healing in ancient cultures, and in more modern situations, all around the world. The Icaros of the Amazonian shaman, the gong and singing bowl of central and south-east Asia and the Didgeridoo are just a few examples. From the very beginning, our first sensory experience is the relentless rhythm of our mother’s heartbeat in the womb. So it is no wonder that we are so moved by the sound of drumming for example; drums stir up a calm we only could experience in the womb, where we were completely safe in connectedness to our mothers.

And as we move through life sound continues to pervade all facets of our experience. Even in silence, when we really begin to listen, there is sound. Sound is forever present, as much as light, and we are eternally intertwined in an intimate relationship with both. Yet sometimes, in the hustle, we don’t realise that we are not really listening. When we aren’t listening we aren’t present with the magic of creation latent in all of the sounds around us. In fact, to be present is to listen, it is to be open and receiving. It is also the door to a great world of wonder and magic that can heal us and bring us closer to the divine and all of her potential. 

cymatics Healing potential of sound

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In recent years there have been a lot of new findings in the science of sound healing and many sound healing techniques have begun to enter mainstream awareness. This is obviously very helpful for those of us who can’t help question all of the “new-age” hype or who simply find it hard to trust blindly without evidence that this stuff might actually work! I am one of these people; I come from a science background so I definitely have a desire to know what science is saying on the subject of sound healing. Enter the British scientist and sound engineer named John Stuart Reid. Stumbling upon his research was massive for me, as many of the things I practice in my spiritual life seemed to be validated by his research. This gave me a great push in momentum to pursue my spirituality which in turn was the beginning of some major breakthroughs! 

So what is John Stuart Reid’s research all about? Well, he is the inventor of the Cymascope, an instrument described as:

“… the first scientific instrument that can give a visual image of sound and vibration in ways previously hidden from view. When the microscope and telescope were invented they opened vistas on realms that were not even suspected to exist. The CymaScope holds the same potential as the microscope and telescope and its applications are beginning to touch a broad range of human endeavour.” –

John Stuart Reid has been studying Cymatics and sound healing for more than 20 years. For those of you who haven’t heard of the term cymatics, it describes the science of visualising sound. When sound encounters a membrane, like a skin or the surface of a body of water, the vibrations create geometric patterns normally invisible to the eye. The Cymascope has been a major breakthrough in helping us to visualize the geometry of sound.  


Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian Josephson, after his first contact with John Stuart Reid said about the Cymascope invention:

“Having watched one of your lectures I think your discovery is going to be of great importance to the future of physics”. 


The beautiful shapes formed in the Cymascope have revealed some interesting findings. Namely that specific sounds, especially sacred sounds like sounds of devotional music, for example, create sacred geometry patterns, whereas sounds with a negative emotional colour bring about more distorted patterns. 

This might remind you of Dr Masaru Emoto’s experiments with water whereby samples of water were subjected to recordings of emotionally coloured words such as “love” and “hate” – the findings are of a similar nature. Now all of this may sound a little frivolous to some of you hard science heads out there but this really is the tip of the iceberg in terms of where this new science of sound is headed. Without getting caught up in too much scientific jargon, there are studies that have shown that sound can reanimate human cells that are unwell and dormant. The physical mechanism that causes this phenomenon is not yet understood but we could take a guess that it has something to do with the relationship between sound and the water in our body. 


We are 70 per cent water but since water molecules are very small in comparison to most other molecules this actually translates to about 98 per cent of the number of cells in our body. That is a staggering fact. We are almost entirely made of water and Just like ripples on a pond, all of the water in our body is directly affected by the sound that it is subjected to. Now, of course, all of this science about sound healing has a long way to go before we completely understand what really is going. But, for what it’s worth, I think we should watch this space keenly. And in the meantime, maybe go out and experiment ourselves with all of the diverse types of sound healing that exist out there. Maybe something strikes a chord and maybe some healing takes place!