Linda Marson from Global Spiritual Studies interviews Madam Kali
It was a pleasure to engage with Linda Marson in a discussion of sound healing and how Madam Kali has integrated mystical ancient knowledge into a unique sound healing system. Linda is the founder of Global Spiritual Studies offering learning experiences and products to nourish, inspire and guide you along your spiritual path. Her particular passion is Tarot, which she views as a wonderful tool for exploring issues and opening doors to new possibilities and new ways of seeing old issues.
Below is a sample of the discussion between Madam Kali and Linda, for the full interview please view the following link on Linda's Global Spiritual Studies website...
How does sound produce a healing effect?
Sound is essentially vibration which is perceived primarily through our ears yet we also perceive sound through our skin. Sound research pioneer Alfred Tomatis discovered that when received by the ear the sound literally charges the brain. The reverberation on the small bones in the ear can be responsible for putting the entire cranium into resonance. In turn this process mobilizes the complete nervous system affecting muscle tension and the position of the body. His ground breaking research revealed on a scientific level just how potent the influence of sound is on our bodies and mind.
Yet if we venture into the more mystical realms we discover the wisdom of ancient creation myths which identify the evolution of creation emerging from principal seed sounds which correspond to primary elemental energies. Specific references are made in both ancient Kabbalistic and Vedic (Hindu) texts. The Kabbalah describes the original sounds as the 3 primary mother letters, corresponding to the primary energies of water (Mem), fire (Shin) and air (Alef). Together they form the three pillars within the infrastructure of the Tree of Life which is a macrocosmic manifestation of that which exists within the human being. So in a sense it could be said that the pillars themselves are derived from sound and so too are we.
The Tibetan singing bowl has its historical origins in the regions of Nepal and India where the Hindu and Buddhist religions are most prevalent. Both of these religious cultures revere the divine principle of sound both for its role in the creation of the universe and as a vehicle towards enlightenment. The Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine all-encompassing consciousness took form first in the original vibration manifesting as the sound “OM”. Buddhist practice applies the use of mantras to both focus the mind and transmute negative energy so one can enter higher states of consciousness.
So whether we come from a scientific or mystical perspective it is hard to deny that sound can have a potent effect on our bodies, mind, emotions and spiritual states of consciousness. Over the last decade or so the Tibetan singing bowl has received particular attention for its capacity to have a positive impact on our wellbeing. As a polyphonic instrument, a quality hand-beaten bowl is unique in that it is able to emit several different frequencies in one moment of time.
As our body mind receives these layered frequencies it tends to guide one into an altered state of consciousness with gentleness and ease. When the body mind settles in an expanded consciousness healing can take place on all levels. A person may experience this through a relief of physical pain, a release of emotions, a calming of persistent mental thoughts or a spiritual journey into the unconscious realms of the personal self or greater cosmological sphere. This one way in which we can understand the healing influence of the Tibetan singing bowl.
It’s easy to see how sound helps with altering emotional states, but what about physical symptoms such as back pain, sore muscles and so on?
Often physical pain can have its origin in an imbalance of the hormonal, nervous or digestive systems. These systems are finely tuned and can be easily disturbed through a negative state of mind and lifestyle habits. As mentioned before the vibration of the singing bowl can evoke an expanded consciousness in which healing can take place. In this state these finely tuned systems can spontaneously come into balance and alignment in turn alleviating the pain. Visions received during a singing bowl healing can also provide insight and release of unresolved emotional pain resulting in greater physical health.
How does the mainstream medical profession view sound healing? Are doctors open to a holistic approach that could include sound healing?
I am aware that the singing bowl is becoming increasingly popular as a tool in the areas of mental health, aged care and special needs. Many health care professionals in these arenas are enthusiastically utilizing the bowl in varying creative capacities to help their clients.
As for the mainstream medical profession, at one stage I was facilitating singing bowl meditations in a mindfulness program run by a widespread psychologist practice in Melbourne. The workshops were aimed at managing anxiety and depression and the bowl was introduced as a tool to enhance mindfulness. Whilst I was required to keep the content of the presentation within the parameters of modern science there was a tremendously enthusiastic response from the participants and psychologists as to the value of the singing bowl and its ability to assist in the management of anxiety and depression. I think in Australia sound healing is being embraced by the mainstream medical profession more in the areas of mental health as opposed to physical health.
However, in Germany, United States and some other progressive countries in Europe sound healing is now being drawn upon as a respected modality within the medical profession as a whole. For those interested in exploring more the application of sound healing in the case of cancer and critical ill patients there is a book named the “Healing Power of Sound” by Mitchell Gaynor MD. Dr Mitchell is based in the United states and since 1991 has used several sound based techniques including singing bowl therapy in the treatment of critically ill patients. The book includes numerous studies demonstrating the heath benefits of music.
You have a number of qualifications in alternative health modalities, what led you to specialise in sound healing?
Some time back I began to see a pattern of interest in the health modalities I was studying in Australia and I realized all these systems had there roots in ancient healing practices and theory. Since then over the last seven years my personal healing search has led me to a much deeper investigation of these healing systems at their core as I have spent time with indigenous healers in the regions of Bali, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Brazil, Chile and Peru.
Through my experience of travelling the world and discovering ancient healing practices what has been revealed in all traditions is a reverence towards nature and the power of the elemental forces. It has been my observation that within these indigenous healing practices the medicines of the earth are used in combination with sound, touch and movement to heal the body and mind.
These traditional methods go beyond the superficial levels and get in touch with the primal forces of nature within the macrocosm of the universe and the microcosm of our individual selves. I find this work very powerful enabling us to transform our illnesses at the core in a truly holistic way. The application of sound has a potent and direct effect at a vibrational level and can be used to penetrate the many tiers of the self in turn liberating the frozen layers of our shadow.