The Healing Sounds of Life

The Healing Sounds of Life

By Hwaa Irfan

Traditionally, the artist had a community responsibility to develop the inner ear of the listener and create greater awareness of the unity of all things. In Persia, the sounds of birds or waterfalls were used to heal. Mothers often use a soothing voice to put their babies to sleep. The recitation of the Qur’an has been used for healing since the time of Prophet Muhammed (SAW). However, not all sounds are healing. Some can be harmful.

Everything in His creation has a resonance, and therefore emits a sound whether we can hear it or not. Energy releases sound before it can become matter. Each particle of life, seen and unseen emits a sound. Sound is the vibration from which matter arises, and for one life form to be compatible with another life form there has to be resonance, i.e. both life forms have to vibrate at the same level. This notion was poetically described by Ogotemmeli, a religious leader of a Dogon tribe in Sudan. When asked by the author of Conversations with Ogotemmeli, Marcel Griaule, Ogotemmeli replied:

    “The life force of the earth is water. God moulded the earth with water. Bllod too He made out of water. Even in a stone there is this force, for there is moisture in everything…
    “When Nummo (The Creator) speaks, what comes from His mouth is a warm vapor which conveys, and itself constitutes speech. This vapor like all water, has sound…
    “Thus clothed, the earth had a language, the first language of this world, and the most primitive of all time. It’s syntax was elementary, it’s verbs few, and its vocabulary without elegance. The words were breathed sounds, scarcely differentiated from one another, but nevertheless vehicles. Such as it was, this ill-defined speech sufficed for the great works of the beginning of things”.

“In the beginning was the word [sound], and the word was God”


Man is mostly constituted of water, and sound moves faster in water. In addition, the human bone structure is also highly responsive to vibration as 69%-79% of sounds heard within the audible range vibrates through the human bone structure. The bone structure then continually translates information from the more subtle levels into the neurological tissue. Inappropriate or loud music, on the other hand, can be harmful or not in resonance to the human form. A 1990 study purports that loud noise causes vasoconstriction causing increased blood pressure. In turn this leads to the hypertrophy of smooth muscle, a narrowing of small vessels and a resistance to blood flow.

As we are today, we are subject to overload of a cacophony of conflicting sounds, which demand our attention. Our response/reaction takes place not only on the physical level, but also on the mental and emotional level. Have you ever found yourself humming a tune that was frequently played in your midst without you listening to it? That is how much control we have over own bodies.

The sound of music, for instance, affects pulse rates, skin temperature, blood pressure, muscle tension and brain wave activity. Music can also help to release biochemicals such as endorphins in the brain and act as a natural painkiller if resonance is present.

Similarly, inappropriate sounds of any sort can be harmful. Electricity and electromagnetic energies are the worst pollutants due to over usage. With increasing noise pollution a person’s hearing can lose the capacity to hear sound within a certain frequency range.

In a laboratory study, volunteers were confined to a dormitory and exposed to pulsed tones over the course of 30 days. The result was that plasma cortisol and blood cholesterol levels increased with increased noise levels beyond 85 dB. The effect lasted for several days after the noise ceased. Such pulses can be found coming from air conditioning units, transformers and other electronic equipment.

Changes in earth’s electromagnetic field caused by TVs, computers, power cables and radio waves effect people too by causing the body’s energy waves to vibrate at unnatural frequencies i.e. out of resonance.

A branch of Bioacoustics studies the effect of sound and noise on man. A pioneer in the field, Sharon Edwards proved that every muscle, compound, process and structure in the body could be mathematically calculated and assigned a tone. This led to the discovery that that each person has his or her own set of frequencies or resonance. This is confirmed within classical homeopathy which states that each cell has its own frequency/resonance, which combines with other frequencies/resonances (i.e. other cells) to form what can be best described as an orchestra. The orchestration becomes more extravagant, when we move towards cells forming tissues, organs and the finale, the human mind, spirit and body. Hence, when someone is ill or not in resonance, certain notes may be absent or over-abundant in their speaking voice. illnesses such as epilepsy, respiratory and heart conditions, bone breakages and fractures, traumatic pain, multiple sclerosis as well as drug dependency and depression are addressed by Bioacoustics.

Regaining Resonance

Sound Therapy addresses the issues of what sounds are helpful and what sounds are harmful to the body and aims to ‘retune’ the body back into harmony. Healer, Barbara Brennan uses sound to strengthen the energy points/chakras located in the body. Barbara uses her voice one inch away from the chakra she is working on. She states:

    “Each chakra has a different pitch, and each person’s pitch for a particular chakra is slightly different.”

In adjusting her pitch, the patient can hear and feel the resonance. She has been successful in treating ulcerative colitis, discs, obtaining enhanced tissue growth, aligning the functions of the organs of the body and balancing the nervous system. In the same way, the intonation and variations in tune of a skilled Qur’an reciter can also invoke healing.

In Cymatics, another aspect of Bioacoustics, the understanding is that every cell in the body is controlled by an electromagnetic field with its own frequency. This therefore means that the body has a composite harmonic frequency! However, in Cymatics, the method isn’t the cure. Like Homeopathy and some modern vaccines, Cymatics stimulates the regulatory, metabolic and immune systems back into balance or resonance. Dr. Peter Guy Manners developed an instrument that emits over 800 controlled audible frequencies. The required sound frequency is focused through a skin applicator from an electronic device and has been found to be useful in rheumatic, bone and muscular disorders.

Oncologist Dr. Terrance Bugno of Chicago attests to the benefits of Sound Therapy and Bioacoustics. Michael, a patient of his had a voice print analysis done at a Bioacoustics clinic, which revealed a thyroid problem. This was not verified by the lab results received by his doctor. Nine days later he collapsed with unknown symptoms. Eventually a thyroid condition was discovered. In another case a top class reader had ‘forgotten’ how to read, causing much distress. A voice print test at a Bio-acoustic clinic revealed that the student Andi had formaldehyde poisoning. Her ‘signature was rebalanced using low frequency sound which raised her level of immunity or resistance. In addition she was placed on a detoxification program. Her reading level standard returned!

Many branches of Sound Therapy and Bioacoustics exist; however, one must not ignore what is nearest to them. Qur’anic recitations are an ideal way to enjoy sound therapy. As David Williams, self-awareness and self-development teacher informs us:

    “Harmonious sound vibration directed with appropriate mental thought disrupts negative qualities and transmutes them into positive qualities. Esoteric sound vibrations shatter rigid patterns…”.

{And [as for] those who follow the right direction, He increases them in guidance and gives them their guardian [against evil] }(Al Muhammad 67:17).

The original, The Science of Sound, was written in 2001.


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