It is known that Tibetan singing bowls originated in the Himalayan Mountains. However, the precise details are mysterious. Some believe they were an offering from the Tibetan shamanistic “Bon” religion, preceding Tibetan Buddhism by centuries. In relation to Tibetan Buddhism, they date back to the lifetime of Shakyamuni Buddha (560-480 BC).

They are respected as a symbol of “the unknowable,” and their vibrations have been explained as the “sound of the universe manifesting.”

Sound therapy is based on over 5000 years of Indian medicine. According to ancient Eastern teachings, the cosmos and humankind were produced from sound, and so humanity is sound. When an unwell person is soothed by the appropriate sounds, the cells in their body begin to vibrate and restructure themselves according to their celestial blueprint.

Traditionally, monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists have used the Tibetan singing bowls in rituals, prayers, and meditation.

 

How Tibetan singing bowls work

Tibetan singing bowls are an ancient technology for stimulating our brainwaves. They initiate a pulsating tone that feels nice and supports one to relax. The more one listens, the deeper the relaxation, as the Theta brainwaves start to entrain with the singing bowl’s resonance. The advantage of this entrainment is that one’s brain waves can be “toned” so that one can consciously experience pleasing and/or beneficial psychological and emotional states. This includes enhancing one’s intuition, clarity of mind, creative thinking, as well reaching profound meditative and tranquil states.

Tibetan singing bowls are ‘struck and sung’ in precise melodic rhythms to create vibrational sound harmonics at the frequency of “AUM” or “OM.” This frequency recognized as Perfection, influences the sympathetic nervous system as your brain waves harmonize to the resonance of the bowls. The melodic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and interrupt the pain reflex – producing a deep sense of well being.

The clear sonic waves that reverberate from the singing bowls awaken our capacity to hear with more than our ears. We feel the sound Tibetan singing bowls as much as we take it in with our ears.

While Tibetan singing bowls are sedative enough to calm the nervous system, they are also potent enough to penetrate the bones. Vibrations can journey to places one could never feel with one’s hands, to inspire a healing that would be quite challenging to perform otherwise.

Singing bowls generate a sound similar to a bell when struck with a wooden mallet. However, when the bowls are “sung” — they are rubbed steadily with the mallet in a circular motion around the bowls.

 

How Tibetan Singing Bowls are Made

The bowls are formed from a consecrated blend consisting of 5, 7, or 9 metals. Among these are gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper and lead. The raw resources are melted and cleansed before being cast, reheated, and hammered into shape. Holy mantras are chanted to saturate the bowls with the appropriate intent. When played skillfully, each of the metals in the fusion produces a unique, resonating vibration that “dances” with the pulsations of the other metals. Each bowl will pulsate and sing a specific predominate note from the music scale A, B, C, D, E, F, or G. And each note is synchronized with a particular chakra, supporting to balance and harmonize the chakra system and energy field of the body. The skill of making traditional Tibetan singing bowls has been passed down from generation to generation within family clans.

According to local legends, one of the metals used in singing bowls is meteorite iron. Because the meteorites found in Tibet travel through a very low-oxygen atmosphere, their configuration is said to vary from meteorites anywhere else in the world. Perhaps this is one vital cause regarding the abundant healing powers of these singing bowls.