For those who have never attended a sound bath before, I’m sure the first thing that springs to mind is a bathing suit or swim shorts and music you would find playing in a relaxing spa. This couldn’t be further from the reality of a crystal sound bath. No swimming attire is necessary… phew!
You can expect to enter the room usually lit by candlelight to help you tune into a peaceful state, ready to let go and feel supported by the sound frequencies that await. You will lie down on a soft yoga mattress with the option to use bolsters, blankets, a pillow and an eye mask to get as comfortable as possible. You will then close your eyes and listen to the beauty of the alchemy bowls whilst your mind and body is sent into a deep state of relaxation, similar to that experienced in meditation. Nothing is expected of you, only deep listening.
Deep listening takes time and attunement to your surroundings. It also takes trust and a sense of letting go, which can be difficult when we live in such a fast paced society, constantly rushing from one place to the next. The current pandemic however has created a shift, forcing us to slow down and reconnect in new ways. It’s challenged us to adapt and find a different perspective in order to connect with others. This new perspective can be felt within a sound bath, by tuning in to the collective and being truly present.
Deep listening involves the practice of neutrality. To become neutral to the sounds in your environment and to allow any thoughts to enter your mind and then gently guiding your awareness back to the sound. It’s not about punishing yourself for being distracted but allowing yourself to be free, to listen loosely to where the sounds are coming from. When you allow yourself to be taken anywhere in the sound, you will go where you need to. It’s a shift in perspective, which takes you deeper into the immersive experience of a sound bath. The longer you attend sound baths and practice deep listening, the better you will be become at surrendering to the sound and allowing healing to occur.
Some people ask whether it’s ok if they fall asleep during a sound bath. I believe that if you are so tired that you fall asleep throughout the whole session, then your body needed to rest in this way and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean you are bad at a sound bath, only that you are tired. However, the shifts in consciousness and awareness occur when we are truly present and listening deeply. This is the space where connectedness lies and the true experience of a sound bath.
Every sound bath I play is unique and depends on the energy in the room, during that day, the focus for the session and the bowls which are chosen to play. I believe the experience for the listener is also unique and you receive only what you are able to during that particular time.
Each sound bath will usually last approx. 45-60mins and at the end of the session you will be gentle woken, allowing time for reflection and integration back into the here and now.
I hope you will join me to discover your sound journey…
By Maria Ryan