Imagine. You are feeling stressed and tired, your senses jangled. You are welcomed into a beautiful room and invited to relax and to rest.
You are completely comfortable and close your eyes. The room fills with the ancient, sublime sounds of wood on metal, the players drawing the beautiful tones from a simple metal bowl, turning circles around the rim with a wooden playing stick covered with soft leather.
The healing power of Tibetan singing bowls still surprises even an experienced player. Renowned Australian drummer and percussionist David Jones started playing the Tibetan singing bowls twelve years ago and discovered quickly that the bowls are able to induce a very lovely meditative state.
“The bowls particularly help you get into a relaxed state initially its conducive to meditation because it arises out of nothing; it seems to appear from nowhere. So from a meditation point of view, thats so beautiful because it doesnt distract you but it actually can enhance the meditative state.”
Authentic Tibetan singing bowls are hand-beaten from seven different metals. Each bowl is unique and has its own tone, mostly different from the tones of the western scale.
“Some of the Tibetan bowls, particularly, are either sharp or flat of our western scale but thats okay because, played alone or in a group of bowls, theyll have their own special harmonics, or synergy and blending between each other.”
To bring benefit to the listener, David has to get to know each bowl individually and discover its tones and harmonics.
Sacred sound sessions are for individuals, and people often come wishing to heal a particular issue.
One woman came because she needed to grieve a separation from her daughter. In just one session she experienced release and relief, and was able to move on.
“Musically its beautiful but underneath that is the spiritual intention to heal on a spiritual level.”
One beautiful experience David had was at a hospice for the dying in Japan.
“There was one older man in extreme pain and he didnt feel that he could be wheeled down to the end of the ward to the room that we were using but eventually plucked up the courage and, through his pain, he made it to the room. And he couldnt stop telling us at the end of that session how the pain had gone completely. It wasnt in our intention to physically heal but Im sure, with the bowls, it can have that effect. I feel very humbled by that because it certainly wasnt in my consciousness at all. So that can happen!”
A raja yoga practitioner for 21 years with the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, David believes that what every human soul wants and needs is direct connection with the Supreme Soul, the parent of all souls. His sacred sound sessions, meditation concerts and all of the various activities of his career are David’s way of encouraging this connection in a space of support and love.
“Immediately I start playing the bowl, Im in a different space altered state a meditative state and so I always play with that respect that these are not just a musical instrument but this is very, very powerful in terms of moving energy.”
David uses the Tibetan singing bowls to weave a rich tapestry of healing, spiralling sounds, relaxing and inspiring his fellow musicians and their audience.
“Its so inspiring to hear a pure tone like that because every musician really wants to achieve that sort of pure tone from each instrument. So to hear that with just this piece of metal vibrating its so inspirational really.”
Check his website davidjonesdrums.com.au