The “Matter-Altering” Power of Sound

Chladni-Plate-sand- Cymatics – Source

The famous demonstration of how sound frequency modulations arrange grains of sand in geometrical patterns shows us that sound carries a force that has the power to rearrange matter. Tales from various ancient traditions seem to provide many indicators that this idea is worth investigating further.

Ancient knowledge

Wherever we look into ancient history, the possibility seems plausible that some properties of sound were known and used by various civilisations. It has been suggested by some, that sound tools may have been used for moving massive blocks of stones against gravity, in building ancient site in Egypt and around the world…  Carvings from ancient Mesopotamia (current Irak) depict scenes of the Anunnaki “gods” holding what is believed by some interesting theories to be cone shaped sound tools, perhaps a knowledge from these visitors that had granted them the status of gods…  . Also, most of us have heard about the story of the trumpets of Jericho in the Bible… A lot of pointers throughout history and around the globe seem to be converging towards the possible reality of an ancient scientific knowledge. Could it be that we are slowly rediscovering it?

What about our voice?

While research in the field of psychoacoustics keeps exploring the psychological and physiological effects of sound on the human mind and body, using our own voice (sound frequencies) in chanting mantras is a practice deeply rooted in ancient spiritual traditions where sound is believed to have, indeed, the transformative power to influence the matter gross and subtle of our biology and mind.

Studies have shown that chanting or vocalizing sounds can have a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being. The act of chanting engages the vagus nerve, which plays a crucial role in the regulation of various bodily functions, including heart rate and digestion.
Research in the field of epigenetics suggests that environmental factors, including sound and vibration, can influence gene expression and although the direct application to chanting mantras is not extensively studied, the broader concept supports the idea that external influences, including sound, may have a subtle yet significant impact on cellular and molecular processes.
One study published in the journal “Frontiers in Psychology” (Dhami, Moreno, & DeSouza, 2015) explored the effects of chanting specific sounds on cognitive function and mood. The research found that chanting “Om” and other sounds led to increased positive mood and improvements in cognitive performance.
In the absence of extensive scientific research directly linking chanting mantras to molecular alterations, the subjective experiences of individuals who practice these traditions remain a crucial aspect of understanding their potential benefits. As our understanding of the mind-body connection and the impact of sound on human physiology advances, future research may shed more light on the intricate relationship between vocal practices like chanting mantras and their potential to influence matter at various levels. However, studies or not, millennia of accumulated subjective experiences have indeed provided what seem to be a vast corpus of pointers towards the very probable possibility that chanting mantras have an effect on the physiology as well as on the emotional state.

See also:
– Hans Jenys- Cymatics:
– Hidden knowledge about sound frequency (watch this lecture by Michael Tellinger)

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