Can drumming or chanting be utilized as a key to higher consciousness?
In fact, often a simple tribal drumbeat or drone can have a greater effect on the psyche.
The drum and other percussion sounds have been used all over the world since the beginning of time, especially by shamanic cultures, to induce altered trance states very quickly and safely. According to Michael Harner, anthropologist and author of the Way of the Shaman, the drum can activate brain wave frequencies which correspond to the theta range of the EEG, emitting a range primarily of 4 to 7 cycles per second.
~Modern scientists are now confirming with their research what the ancients and mystics have always known, that the foundation of the universe is not just matter, particles and atoms, but movement of energy, and vibration.~
~The most remarkable proof of the power of sound comes from a Swiss researcher named Hans Jenny. In the l930's, expanding upon the earlier research of Ernst Chladni, a German physicist, Jenny proved scientifically that sound can move matter and create specific forms and shapes. He found that when he vibrated sand, powders, liquids and puttys on metal discs or drum heads at certain audible frequencies, or played various notes on the violin, these inorganic substances would move and evolve into complex geometric shapes that mimicked cellular division and seemed to be found in nature in the same perfect patterns such as snowflakes, the concentric rings of plant growth, the cells of the honeycomb, or the markings on the tortoise shell.~
~When the sound frequency was changed, the shape and forms would also change.~
~As higher frequencies were sounded, less solid, more ethereal type shapes and forms would evolve. As more and more complex tones were produced, increasingly complex patterns would emerge, constantly fluid yet stable in design.~
~Specific frequencies would always reproduce the same patterns and if the sound frequencies were eliminated, the movement would cease.~
This research has been documented through photographs and films. Jenny called his work cymatics, the study of our universe as wave phenomena. His work has proven scientifically that sound vibrations create and sustain form and shape, and move matter, even inorganic matter, from patterns of chaos to order.
~It suggests that there is an underlying tone and vibration which sustains all life, from which more complex forms evolve.~
Vibrations affect every cell and molecule of our bodies. As living vibrating organisms, we are changing all the time. We are emitting vibrations outward which affect others around us, as well as receiving vibrations from the environment. There is a continuous interchange and flow of these vibrations which affects the electromagnetic energies within and around us. We each have a unique vibrational frequency, our own underlying tone which expresses our life force and essential nature. Our bodies are like musical instruments that need regular tuning. All the different parts of our being express a symphony of vibrations, dancing and singing in perfect harmony.
When a kind and gentle wind is blown,
and causes the eye to encompass the revelation of tomorrow;
Then the day will dawn in the splendor of a new sun..
A Blue Sun..
that whispers the Balance of evolvement;
Not from the chains that bind you..
but from the limitations of your own self imposed imprisonment;
From a land of learning the duality by reason..
to the enlightenment of the sharing of the Attitude of Peace ~
In Lak'ech Ala K'in