Sheila is a Sound Healer, Musician, Teacher and Author
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Healing Sound showcases the work of Sheila Whittaker - a Musician, Sound Healer and Teacher from a classical music background, who in recent years has specialised in using large high quality gongs for her Sound Healing work. Sheila is a professional violinist who draws on more than forty years of music teaching experience. She still plays the violin, but over the last dozen or more years her main work has been with Sound Healing, and specifically with the gongs.
The gong is arguably the ultimate Sound Healing tool, as it has the broadest range of tones of any instrument. When played sensitively and well, this vast range of sound literally bathes the human form and re-tunes us on every level - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - thus bringing us back into harmony. Think of the body as being an orchestra comprised of many different instruments, some of which may be “off the note” and need re-tuning, and the gongs as being the tuning medium, and you have a pretty accurate picture of what happens during a gongbath.
SOUND HEALING IS ANCIENT!
The use of sound and music for healing and re-balancing is not a new phenomenon. Sound has been used therapeutically for thousands of years to relax, soothe and de-stress, as well as to heal and alter consciousness. Many cultures have a tradition of using sound in this way, and ancient sound instruments, including gongs, have been found dating back many centuries. In some Eastern cultures it has long been realised that the beneficial effect actually goes much deeper than just a sense of emotional well-being; harmonious sounds also have a healing effect on the body at a cellular level. In India the ancient science of the effect of musical vibrations on the human organism is called Nada Yoga. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks also realised the remarkable healing power of sound, and often composed and performed music with the purpose of healing. In modern times Sound Healing has begun to enjoy a renaissance, and we are starting to recall the ancient wisdom of our ancestors in the use of these sacred old instruments.
HOW IT WORKS
To enable an understanding of how Sound Healing works, it is useful to realise that everything in creation is actually energy, vibrating at different frequencies. Modern physicists continue to find evidence to support this belief. For instance - dense, apparently inanimate objects like rocks, look like solid matter, but are in fact forms of energy vibrating at lower frequencies. At the other end of the spectrum, light vibrates at a very high frequency. Everything in the universe is vibrating energy.
As human beings we are also vibrating energy forms. Our bodies consist of around 70% water, which is an excellent conductor for sound. When bathed in sound, different areas of the body respond to the sounds made, by locking in or "entraining" to the sound and beginning to vibrate at the same frequencies, thus bringing harmony and healing. Every part of the body has its own resonant frequency. If there is an imbalance or stagnation (stuck energy) anywhere, the vast array of sounds made by the gongs will stimulate the body cells to vibrate in sympathy and literally tune them up. Sound also works on the subtle energy body that surrounds the physical body, which is where imbalance and dis-ease manifest first, before appearing in the physical dimension. Using the gongs we can help to clear energy blockages and thus prevent illness and disease before it reaches 3D reality.
THE GONG SPACE
The Gong Space is a very powerful therapeutic space - still, silent and peaceful - a haven of tranquillity in a busy world. The gongs spread their healing vibes wherever they are. Any location where the gongs are set up and used becomes a sacred space. The gongs – ancient sacred healing instruments – make it so. They have a presence which can be felt by those who are sensitive. In fact, the whole Universe is a sacred space, if we did but realise it. Merely to be here on earth now is an enormous privilege at this time of transition from the more materialistic Piscean age to the spiritually enlightened Aquarian age which is dawning now and will unfold fully in the years to come. This will bring about the raising of the energy vibration of the earth and her people back to a level where Love prevails. And to be doing this wonderful healing work with the gongs at this time is a huge blessing, both for ourselves and for the world at large.
THE EFFECTS OF THE GONG SOUND
The gongs spread their vibrations both here on the physical plane, and also in other finer dimensions, where their higher and lower sounds are beyond our human hearing. The gongs work on all aspects of our being : physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The rich layers of sound which emanate from the well-played gong affect every part of us, including the non-physical subtle energy bodies of the human auric field which are layered around the physical body that we can see in 3D. It is said that dis-ease begins in the subtle energy body, and only migrates to the physical after some time. Therefore if we can remove blockages, imbalances and stagnant energy in the energy body before it manifests in the physical, we can prevent illness and keep ourselves healthy, as well as re-tuning and harmonising every part of our physical being. On the emotional level, the gong sounds have a clearing effect and help to shift old patterns and bring up and clear out old emotional issues and trauma, so that we can move on. Mentally, the gong sounds help to move our focus from the logical left brain into the creative right side of the brain, where we connect with our intuitive power and receive guidance from that central source.
Most people feel extremely relaxed and de-stressed after a gongbath session, whether in a group situation or one-to-one. The gong sounds alter our brainwaves and take us automatically into a meditative state where we can re-connect with the stillness and peace that is at the core of our being. Some people just have a very peaceful experience and feel re-energised and re-charged. Others go more deeply and may have visions or past life experiences. Some people have profound healing experiences. Others sleep through the whole gongbath! Every gongbath is an individual experience depending on where the individual is in their journey through life, and the sounds produced are entirely right for whoever is present at the time.
THE POWER OF INTENTION
My intention when playing the gongs is that the sounds which come forth are always for the Highest good of all who are present. It is important to have the right intention when playing an instrument of great power like the gong. When played expertly in the right way, these powerful gong sounds are used for healing on all levels, stress relief, relaxation, meditation and spiritual growth.
Please contact me via the Contact form if you would like to know more about the gongs and how we use them for this work.