Pythagoras said that the music of the spheres (or of the cosmos) was a harmony perceived by our ears from the moment we are born. His opinion was that we are so accustomed to it in life that we confuse it with silence. A philosopher, mathematician and doctor, he was one of the first people to study music according to arithmetic. Under the domination of his monochord, an instrument with one string, he established that the sound of the cosmos is capable of stimulating, curing and reconfiguring the mind. In his school in Crotona, it is said, he composed some pieces to cure certain physical and spiritual maladies, and he even used them to induce mental states linked to sleeping. Playing a little with the hermeneutics of Pythagorean philosophy, we could imagine that the music of the spheres is a metaphor for balance: a mental and spiritual harmony that should be extracted from the saturation of stimuli that reality causes. From watching that dance between external stimuli and an internal balance – the latter factor that dictates the full health of a person – Pythagoras concluded that music could also be medicine. Sound is a vibration that an organism can feel independently of whether the ear perceives it or not. Both in the primary philosophy as well as in the present day, sound frequencies are translated as a restructuring order of the gears of the universe (and that of its living beings). There exist numerous techniques for curing us through it, and its benefits have been scientifically proven. The methods of sound therapy and music therapy, founded on the principle of resonance, show that a weak, dissonant or unhealthy vibration can be modified or re-equilibrated to produce one that is more intense and harmonious. And with this procedure one can also learn to choose the sounds that need to resonate in our bodies.
1. Healing with singing bowls
Singing bowls emit the sound of a vacuum (or of the universe). They have the capacity to re-equilibrate an energetic field. In meditation, they are used to exercise a kind of sonic massage on the body. There are two types of bowls for healing:
those that are made with around seven different metals by Tibetan lamas (it is believed that some of the more genuine ones are made with minerals from meteorites found in the Himalayas),
and those that are made of pure quartz.