A Short History and Introduction To Crystal Bowls
Pure Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls have a strong, clear resonance, which has become a very effective tool for personal wellness, meditation practices, and healing in the medical and complementary medicine communities. Pure Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls are available in frosted, clear, colored, mineral fusion, and handle bowl styles. Each has different resonant properties, available in many sizes and pitches for various wellness practices and intentions.
Crystal bowls have been used in healing modalities since the 1980's. While some people speculate on the use of crystal singing bowls in ancient cultures, I am aware of no direct evidence of their use. However, interestingly enough, in a merger of new and ancient technologies, the computer industry made very high quality, pure silicon quartz crystal bowls utilized to grow pure silicon chips for their computers. If the bowls were not precise enough, they were thrown out. Apparently someone on the way to the trash bin discovered they have incredible pure sounds, also, and decided to stop discarding them! This birthed the singing crystal bowl industry. Since this time, they have become a vehicle of enormous potential for those working with sounds in both ancient and new healing technologies. Much like the ancient Tibetan Bowls, the crystal bowls can be used as sound tools. Coupling awareness and intent in their use can demonstrably increase their effectiveness. By simply listening to the rich, pure, vibrant tone of a bowl, most sound recipients find them deeply relaxing, rejuvenating, even stirring of deep emotions and states of well being. By utilizing awareness techniques, a practitioner can guide the recipient into states of clarity, balancing of chakra centers, and much more. They can be used to transport the recipient into deep meditative states, even shamanic journeys into other dimensional states, or, realms of wisdom and understanding.
Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, MD, a cancer specialist of Cornell Medical Center, NY, has found using the bowls, especially with simple chant and meditative practices, assist his clients to come into marked improvement and recovery rates over those using just standard allopathic treatment. Many other practitioners are offering both studies and anecdotal testimony in their use. I find them to be an extraordinary tool for simply bathing the client in rich sounds, which generate deep feeling states of wellness and relaxation. This can lead the body into a place of homeostasis, which assists the body in self-generative healing. From this place of relaxation or restoration, one can, also, easily guide a recipient into meditative states to explore deeper aspects of emotional release and resolution, or journeying into the inner dimensional awareness of one's greater being, and the greater Cosmos. The bowls can easily be played, by any individual, for one's own feeling states of attunement, relaxation, or wellness, as well as a 'drone' for voice in chant, mantra, song, or 'toning.'The bowls are easily struck and 'sung' by rubbing the outside of the bowl with rubber or suede mallets which accompany the bowls. Any novice can usually be proficient in a matter of moments, one of the unique and lovely aspects of the bowl. They do not take much training. One can easily use one's own intuitive guidance as to how to enter deeper states. The rare, pure tone of the bowl is extraordinary, and allows for rapid 'attunement' to a clear state of awareness, or consciousness. Such states allows for deepening meditative states, or touching into unresolved emotions awating clarity or release. Just breathing the feeling states that arise, from simple use of the bowl, one can easily access clarity, release, deep feeling states of spaciousness or coherence, which bring essential wellness. With a skilled practitioner, again, one can, also, enter heightened states of awareness, to peer into the greater dimensional aspects of cosmos, or the Greater Self, or journey into deeper mechanisms of release and healing of specific memory or trauma, etc. I highly recommend the bowls for use in simple meditative or healing practice, with or without the use of voice. But, again, they greatly enhance voice practices of all kind, as a pure and coherent tone generator, or drone instrument. And, the use of awareness and voice, properly utilized, can offer extraordinary capacity to deepen one's experience over the bowl alone. This is one of my primary choices as a vehicle for healing, and other worldly experiences as a sound practitioner. If I had three choices, it would be a crystal bowl, Native American frame drum, and a Tibetan bell.