Singingbowls for sale
I've got some handmade top quality Tibetan singingbowls, for therapeutic use.
The movie on the rights gives an impression of the concert during the free eagle shamanic festival.
These bowls are thick so the sound and vibrations stay much longer than normal bowls. The vibrations are therefore much intenser and deeper and they hold longer!
These bowls are hand made, the sound is there for much richer than machine made bowls who sound more flat.
The fact that their hand made gives them much more undertones and a better relaxing effect on the mind.
The bowls are around 20 cm.
The 'thinner' bowls under 1000 gr are 90 euro
The thick bowls, more than 1000gr are 120 euro
The antique 20 cm bowls are 150 euro
All bowls are handmade and unlike machinemade bowls they sound totaly differetnt
As example bowl nr 1
Bowl nr 2
Bowl nr 3
Bowl nr 4
Bowl nr 5
The following article is written by Kathleen Humphries
Therapeutic and Recreational Purposes
Today, the purpose of the singing bowl has been transformed into a therapeutic use. We
can only imagine what the original travelling gold smiths or shamans would think of this idea.
While holistic healing has become ever so popular, it is still not possible for us to use the
shamanistic approach of ‘making no distinction’ between the body and the spirit. The
shamanistic approach was not based on intellect or empirically confirmed ideas. Rather, the
approach was intuitive and embedded within the experience itself. Because our culture has
become so accustomed to analytical thinking it is difficult to use the singing bowls in the
traditional way. We can, however, learn about the old tradition and continue on our own path of
inner discovery and experience.
Tranquility of the mind correlates with health (Brummel-Smith 2008: 311). Thousands
of studies provide evidence (e.g., Anderson 1987; Murphy and Donavon 1997) of the benefits of
acquiring a still mind. Positive effects created from meditative states include an increase of pain
tolerance, immunity, muscle relaxation, and awareness (Brummel-Smith 2008: 311). It has been
observed that during meditative states “heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, epinephrine,
cortisol, and cholesterol” are decreased (idem). In addition, there is a high correlation between
meditative states and brain waves manipulated by electroencephalograms (EEGs) (idem).
Clinical evidence reports that during a meditative state, “reproducible decreases in anxiety,
depression, addictive cravings, and substance abuse” have been recorded. Diseases have even
been documented as benefiting from meditative states, including “hypertension, asthma, tension
and migraine headaches, seizures, ulcers, allergies, premenstrual syndrome, and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder” (idem). More specifically, singing bowls have been observed that may
leave one speechless. Additional effects include “synesthesia, spiritual visions or a sense of
visitation by divine forces, loss of a felt of sense of being bound by linear time, expanding
beyond the physical body, and transcendence of ego” (ibid: 312).
One theory explaining the effect of musical vibration on the human body is
synchronization. Theorists such as Dr. Larry Dossey, Rupert Sheldrake, Harold Saxton Burr,
and Eva Jansen have all taken different approaches to explain this phenomenon. Jansen describes
synchronization by taking a look at the effect vibration has on water. Water is affected by
vibration as mentioned earlier in fountain bowls and the human body is more than eighty percent
water (Jansen 1992: 39). It is not surprising to learn that the vibrations of the singing bowl have
physiological effects on our bodies. The vibrations of the singing bowls cause a light internal
massage to all of our cells. The same results are conducted by physiotherapists with ultra-sonic
sound waves (Jansen 1992: 39). Synchronization comes into play when the vibrations of the
singing bowls transform the normal vibrations and wavelengths of the human body to match
their own. Meaning, a healthy organ vibrates at his own rhythms and frequency, while an
unhealthy organ’s natural rhythm is disturbed. Singing bowls “recreate the original harmonic
frequency, and stimulate the body to rediscover its own harmonic frequency, by making it
vibrate to the frequency of the bowl so that when it is synchronized, it can vibrate
independently” (Jansen 1992: 39).
Another theory involves brain patterns recorded on EEGs correlating with brain waves
created by singing bowls. During the 1960s, biophysicist Erwin Neher experimented and
compared correlating brain waves altered by EEGs and brain patterns created in a meditative
state (Neher 1961). While beta waves are produced in a normal state of the brain, alpha waves
are produced in the brain during a state of meditation and relaxation. Theta waves are present in
‘half sleep’ and delta waves are produced only during deep sleep. Waves produced during a
meditative state created by singing bowls are found to be exactly like those of alpha waves.
According to Neher’s study, “The vibrating resonance of Tibetan bowls has been correlated with
the generation of an alpha brain-wave state, while ting-shang, small cymbal-like bells used by
Tibetan meditators, have been described as producing the consciousness-altering theta state”
(Brummel-Smith 2008: 317). In addition, it has been shown that generally when one is induced
in a meditative state, the production of alpha waves increases (Hardt 1994; Travis 2001).This
demonstrates the physiological as well as psychological effects that the singing bowl has on the
human body. Therapists have discovered the relaxation that the sounds of the bowls induce and
are now using them in a clinical context.
A third theory involves hemispheric neurological coherence, which is the balancing of
activity in the right and left brain hemispheres. This balancing has been documented by both
EEG monitoring as well as other forms of brain imaging (Brummel-Smith 2008: 319). Musical
and meditative experiences have an astounding special effect on spatial organization within the
neurological hemispheres. When examining the neurobiology involved during ritual trance
(which is a common practice in shamanism), Barbara Lex, associate in psychiatry (anthropology)
at Harvard Medical School, talks about the brain’s ability to hold more affecting stimuli, “in
effect decreasing the dominance of the analytical left hemisphere in favor of activation of the
more intuitive, spatially oriented right hemisphere” (Brummel-Smith, 2008, p.319). This spatial
theory has been studied and supported by several theorists including Ornstein, D’aquili,
Newberg, Splittstoesser, and Lou. D’aquili and Newberg (1999) coined the term
“neurotheology” (“spiritual science”), theorizing that both left and right hemispheres of the brain
become activated in order for one to reach a meditative state. According to Splittstoesser, both
left and right hemispheres produce increasing alpha and theta waves during meditative states.
This has been show experimentally using EEGs. In addition, an increase of cerebral blood flow
occurs in both hemispheres during meditative states. This has been shown through positronemission tomography (PET) scans (Lous et al 1999). The neurological effect of musically
induced altered states of mind and mediation continue to be studied through enhanced brain
imaging devices including PET scans and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
Contemporary music therapists are now utilizing the singing bowls by way of the
dynamic ‘triad’: client-therapist-music (experience). The ontology of what promotes the healing
change in the individual really shows a plausible though striking evolution in the use of the
singing bowls. In the past, the purpose of the singing bowl was to perform in shamanistic rituals.
The healer was the shaman who used music as a channel to ‘scan’ the patient’s spirit. Shamans
used music in order to diagnose disturbed spirits in others. Today, therapists use music as the
healing device and the therapist is the channel through which the music is played. Healing with
Eastern instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, and overtones promotes resonance and
balance to the listener (Wigram et al 2002: 149). Eastern instruments, along with their
fundamentals of vibrations and broad range of overtones help a listener/patient achieve
relaxation, consciousness, and balance. Singing bowls are often used in combinations with
meditation, overtone chanting, and Gregorian chant (Wigram et al 2002: 149).
As mentioned earlier, a perfect fifth is the most consonant interval to Western ears.
Music therapists purposefully set up bowls that are intervallic fifths apart. Dr. Harold Grandstaff
Moses, director of the Institute of Harmonic Science in Phoenix, Arizona states “We have run
numerous experiments with sound frequencies, harmonics, chord progressions, tempos, color,
lighting and visual imaging in order to gain insight on ways to influence emotions and feelings,
while facilitating healing, reducing stress and generating a heightened state of spiritual
awareness. Our research indicates that the music interval of the perfect fifth and the resulting
harmonic overtones 2
have the ability to favorably influence the parasympathetic nervous system
while modifying the listener’s state of consciousness” (Shrestha 2009: 26).
While the healing shaman tradition still survives today in remote areas across the globe,
the ancient tradition has been revisited and reinvented in order to meet the needs and issues of
people living in contemporary Western societies (Wigram et al 2002: 150). The ancient art of
playing these exquisitely crafted friction idiophones has been used by healers, shaman or not, to
“invite the mind and body into a tranquil state of being in which remarkable healing can occur,
events that are unexplainable from a conventional biomedical perspective” (Brummel-Smith
2008: 309). Contemporary Tibetan healers choose specific tones proven to heal an illness
syndrome based on clinical experimentation and observation. These ‘music interventions’ have
been proven successful since the beginning of civilization. As more theorists experiment with
EEGs and musically induced states of meditation, we are able to transmit knowledge acquired
from experimentation and apply them to current music therapy training. With people in most
2 Resonant frequencies higher than the fundamental frequency
contemporary societies constantly in motion, the comparative stillness of meditation is
increasingly seen to provide an important balance. The clinically proven effectiveness of
induced states of meditation, such as those associated with Tibetan singing bowls may well have
a central place in this emerging practice.