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Good Vibrations

By Melonie Cannon

Sometimes there are questions that you have studied and prayed about for a very long time that you think you will never get an answer to. I have had one of those. This weekend it was answered in a very unusual way. It came from a Tibetan singing bowl.

The question might seem trivial to someone else, but I have not been able to reconcile the different spiritual places each member of my family likes to reside in. A little background -I consider myself a healer. I have a deep belief of low and high vibrational influences on a home. My teenagers call me crazy, but I believe that every object emits a frequency. So, besides television and music affecting how our home feels, so do the plants we choose, the art on the walls, the smells, the shoes that aren’t put away, or the book that sits open on the coffee table. It creates a symphony of sound – heard or unheard. So, when a 20-year old decides to watch something like Zombie Apocalypse (even if I am not home and don’t know about it), when I walk in I can sense it. I don’t like it. Negative emotions or consistent video gaming also lower the frequency in my home. Let’s face it, not everybody I live with wants to have essential oils diffusing while zen theta music plays over a candle lit outdoor dinner scape (Native American drum circle to follow, of course). It’s been a conundrum for me. How do we all live together in peace?

This weekend I got certified in sound healing therapy. Our instructor pulled out a set of antique metal Tibetan bowls. She explained that really old bowls are very rare. The have seven metals in them and the metal was folded many many times. She tapped and rimmed one bowl that was over 200-years old. The sound was like a church bell filling the room. A truly old bowl can be tested for authenticity in a unique way. “Have a group of people stand in a circle. Walk around slowly and play the bowl in front of each person. The sound will change based on their frequency and what they need to hear. The note will correspond to the chakra that they need healing in. Because there are seven different metals in the bowl, the metal that the person aligns to will ring out.” I was blown away by this information.

The next thing she said though was an answer to the question of how to live with so many “frequencies” in my own home. Just like the Tibetan bowl ringing differently for each person, so “everyone is at a different place. Perhaps in your house you feel like your frequencies are competing. Maybe you have a spouse that doesn’t want to raise his or her spiritual self. Maybe you have a kid who doesn’t feel the same way you do. The music is in disharmony or just feels like noise. What do you do? The trick is harmonics.” My wise teacher then explained if that is our home situation to “make a harmonic chord.” High school choir came back to me. C-E-G notes, for example, make a harmonic chord. We can all be at different spiritual levels, as long as we all try to be in harmony. This simple lesson came with full force into my heart as the Spirit taught me how to be a more accepting and better mother and wife.

I don’t know how all of this will play out yet, but I am on the hunt for a truly authentic Tibetan bowl to always remind me to remain in harmony of those I love best. What do you do in your own home to create a place of peace?

P.S. Want to hear some Tibetan bowls singing? Link here.

About Melonie Cannon

Melonie has surrounded herself with beautiful words for as long as she can remember. This led her to find a home with Segullah after writing an essay published in the May 2006 Segullah issue. She was invited to join the staff and has been a part of Segullah in various capacities since, including being the creator of the “Words Fall In” podcast.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Utah and was a certified Secondary English teacher before becoming a Mom of four. Over the years, her focus has been on natural healing modalities and becoming a sacred sound healing practitioner with a focus on the drum, rhythm, voice, and vibration. She is finishing her PH.D. in theology and metaphysics to further these studies and help women to connect to the divine within themselves.

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  1. I love this, Melonie! The idea of thinking about everyone in my home/family as having different frequencies is new to me, but it makes so much sense. So does thinking about harmonics, rather than trying to get everyone on the same frequency. Thank you for sharing and giving me a new way to look at things.


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