Nikola Tesla is quoted as saying, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” We at Good Vibrations Music Company value the power of sound and vibration so much we’ve dedicated the last 10 years our lives to establishing a new health paradigm that embraces vibrational medicine. That’s why we’d like to share some terminology, some background about sound therapy and how sound therapy can work as a tool to help support our health and healing.
Learning about sound therapy is a bit like learning a new language. As you make discoveries in the discipline you’re likely to come across terms such as frequency, hertz and vibro-acoustics. For those who are new to sound therapy, we’d like to provide a brief overview.
A frequency is the sound itself. To produce a sound, an object needs to vibrate. Think of the strings on a guitar or a tuning fork. This movement is what produces the sound. To make sound visual, you can draw it in wavelengths. Seeing a frequency visually shows us how long (low) or short (high) the sound. Said another way, frequency describes the number of waves that pass a fixed place in a given amount of time. If the time it takes for a wave to pass is a 1/2 second, the frequency is 2 per second.
When we assign numerical values to sound waves they are measured on a scale called hertz. Often abbreviated Hz, one hertz is one vibration per second. We know that frequencies can be assigned to many things, including food, brain states and natural daily sounds. For instance, canned food has a frequency of zero, while fresh produce has up to 15Hz and fresh herbs from 20-27Hz. The brain, in deep sleep (delta waves) has a frequency of 0.5-4Hz, while alert and focused (beta waves) put us at 14-30Hz. In nature, the rumble of thunder is 20-40Hz and daily human conversation is generally around 200-400Hz while the squeak of a mouse is 3,000Hz.
Using sound therapeutically can harness the vibration of sound to support and restore depleted energy. This is what is beginning to be known as vibro-acoustic therapy. The main idea is that vibration of sound increases cellular movement, which will contribute to improvement in the body.
Sound therapy dates back to the beginning of humankind. In the earliest of languages, the ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for music also shared meaning for wellbeing. The ancient Greek Pythagoras, who is known as “Father of Mathematics” was also considered the “Father of Music” and was the first person to prescribe music as medicine.
The 1920’s brought us the frequency work of Dr. Royal Raymond Rife. A pathologist and inventor, Rife invented time lapse cinemicrography (recording films of microscopic cell biology). Throughout his career he was honored with 14 government awards for scientific discovery. He received an honorary doctorate of Parasitology from the University of Heidelberg in 1914 and later an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Southern California. According to Dr. Rife, every disease has a frequency. He found that higher frequencies can destroy diseases of a lower frequency. One of Rife’s inventions was a complex microscope that provided the first view of 60,000 times magnification. This breakthrough invention provided the first observation of living viruses which he used to show how frequencies can change and destroy diseased cells.
Rife is known to be the first person to isolate and photograph the tuberculosis virus. He also succeeded in isolating a virus specific to cancer, naming it the BX virus, found in every carcinoma he studied.
He went on to study this cancer “virus” with experiments on mice. Dr. Rife conducted some 400 experiments on mice. Basically, he implanted a cancer virus in a mouse and was able to eradicate it using his frequency generator invention.
In 1934, a committee of doctors from across the county including Dr. Rife, treated 16 terminal cancer patients. After 90 days of treatment, the Committee concluded that 86.5% of the patients were cured. The treatment was adjusted and the remaining 13.5% of the patients also responded within the next four weeks. The total recovery rate using Rife’s technology was said to be 100%.
Fast forward to modern times, in 2013 a Director of Music Technology, Anthony Holland, conducted experiments using frequencies with cancer patients. In partnership with Jefferson’s University’s Division of Surgical Research, they began to shatter microorganisms like crystal glass by using specific frequencies. They watched as cancer cells (pancreatic and ovarian cancers, and leukemia) changed shape and size indicating their destruction. They also had success with using electronic signals to kill MRSA (a dangerous infection resistant to many common antibiotics) and slow its growth rate.
Sound has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years. This likely conjures up images of shamanic drums, chanting yogis and Tibetan singing bowls to name a few. But sound is also used in modern medicine as diagnostic tools such as with Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. Today, sound is also being introduced in the treatment of brain and behavioral disorders such as PTSD.
If every sound is vibration and if the vibration touches each and every cell of our body, we can understand that we don’t perceive sound only with the ears, but on the cellular level.
Sound therapy can influence more than just our physical bodies, it can influence our emotional body as well. And it is our emotional imbalances that are found to be at the root of many physical diseases. If we can positively influence our emotional body with sound, physical symptoms can be alleviated.
In their book, Healing at the Speed of Sound authors Don Campbell and Alex Doman point out that listening to upbeat music actually boosts the immune system through increased production of IgA, an immunoglobulin used to fight disease. And that sound vibration helps relieve pain form migraines and can help diminish chronic sinus infections, just to name a few.
Sound and emotions are deeply connected. Human emotions have their immediate expression through sound, and it is often the repression of the sound of the emotions that creates emotional blockages. Conversely, sound can be used to unlock the blocked emotions and release them with ease and grace. One emotion we struggle with today that is at the root of so much physical illness is chronic stress. Receiving sound therapy can greatly reduce stress.
To sum up, becoming familiar with some of the terminology, taking a brief look back into history and offering an overview of a few benefits is a good beginning in understanding the value that sound therapy can offer. We firmly believe that this completely non-invasive, therapeutic method of vibrational medicine can unlock keys to our universe and the body’s natural ability to support healing.
Healing at the Speed of Sound: How what we hear transforms our brains and our lives. 2011. Don Campbell and Alex Doman.
The Book of Sound Therapy: Heal Yourself with Music and Voice. 1993. Olivea Dewhurst-Maddock.