Jill Purce, David Hykes and Jonathan Goldman were all pioneers of sound bringing Tibetan overtone chanting to the West. Jill says that the degree and quality of overtones creates the unique characteristics of each human voice. Jan attended Inner Sound workshops with Jill Purce in London during the 1990s where the experience of Tibetan overtone chanting sparked her interest in sound as a healing modality, which she later went on to explore with The College of Sound Healing, gaining a diploma in 2014.
The principal of ‘entrainment’ was discovered by Christian Huygens, A Dutch Scientist, in 1665. He noticed that when more than two oscillators were pulsing at a similar rate in the same field, the more powerful of the two would cause the other to vibrate at the same rate.
In 1970 The Swiss Scientist Dr Hans Jenny showed how the wave forms of musical tones (‘Cymatics’) created cell-like structures of incredible geometric patterns in previously inert powder and liquid substances. It is common for the tones used in sound healing sessions to be perceived as patterns, shapes as well as colour, scent and healing images.
In “superstring” theory, it is thought that sub-atomic particle “strings” are the ultimate components from which the universe is comprised. Vibrating at a specific frequency enables them to communicate with each other as a huge stringed instrument throughout the universe. Vibration is thought to move through this fifth element of ether – Akasha or space or sound. During a Sound Healing treatment, voice frequencies of the therapist move through the transmitter of the ether via these densely packed strings, to the physical or subtle bodies of the receiver. The human body is over 75% water which is a good conductor of sound. The effects of frequency are very powerful. When an opera singer is able to vibrate a glass with her voice she has matched her voice to the resonant frequency of the glass.