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When the Hindu sacred syllable AUM is uttered it is a sound and meaning fractal. Although it is not a word, but just itself, OM. It is heard as OM, but is contains three Sanskrit parts, sounds that are nevertheless universal.

A is the natural sound that arises with the open human mouth without manipulating the lips or throat or tongue..the sound first heard from a newborn baby..AHHHH! AHHHHH! AHHHH!

It is the first letter of the Sanskrit English, Islamic, Greek, Roman, Hebrew and many other alphabets used by the human family.

Emitting this first sound and slowly bringing the open mouth to closed, the sound becomes UUUU, or phonetically OOOO. I don’t know enough of other alphabets but I know this is the last vowel U in English. When these two sounds come together they form the dipthong (two vowels sounded or elided, merged together as one) O, the sort of “middle” sound and position of the lips, that is heard as we say OM. I reflect on the synchronistic connection of the Alpha and the Omega of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and the end.

We see thus the symbol referred to as AUM, the correct written form of the sign OM. The OM symbol actually represents these both, the script and the way it is heard with the dipthong (two vowel-sounds sounded together) and the nasal MMM sound of the close. There are Jain, Tibetan and other script forms of OM also.

The culminating nasal MMMM sound of course is the other universal closed mouth sound of the human voice – the hum, a word that sounds like the sound itself .
Here, the syllable is brought together in harmony, to a unity, closing and embracing all the sounds, from beginning to end. The other sometimes overlooked part is the silence after and between the OMs when chanted. The chanting of the OM makes the very silence powerful too, with all its meanings. One thinks on these rich meanings after chanting or before, not during. There are other connections and meanings too, not mentioned here, even of Yin and Yang, Brahman, Tao. But when chanting one does not think, one gets lost….in the Universe.


When chanted slowly and with resonance and even more with the background drone of the Indian Sitar or Tibetan sacred bowls or other resonating instruments or with other human voices, the effect of it reverberates through the whole body and head increasingly.

They say it is the sound of the Universe. Sure sounds like it.

Peace. OM. Namaste. _/\_

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Everything is energy

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“Everything is energy. Energy is simply another word for vibration or frequency. That is all there is, there is nothing else. If you match the vibration of what you want with how you feel right now, the Universe will deliver it to you. This is not philosophy; it is physics”

~ Albert Einstein

What The 432 Hz “Miracle Tone” Sounds Like (Listen): A Healing Frequency To Raise Your Vibration


As sound healing becomes more popular, more and more people are starting to experiment with it. You have people learning how to chant, listening to specific frequencies, and using singing bowls. It’s not just those of us who are interested in spirituality and New Age concepts that are looking into this ancient Eastern knowledge, but scientists as well, studying these sounds and how they affect the body. 

Though sound healing is only now beginning to enter into the mainstream, it’s been used as an ancient healing modality for many centuries in different religions. Even scientists such as Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein spoke of the importance of viewing everything in terms of vibration, energy, and frequency.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

– Nikola Tesla

Science has proven that everything is made up of energy and that everything holds its own vibration and frequency, which can then be increased or decreased. One person’s vibration that they’re emitting can then affect another person’s energy, and science has proven this interrelation through studying quantum mechanics and our electromagnetic fields or auras. You can read more about the research The HeartMath Institute is conducting on the heart’s aura and how we affect other people here.

With that logic, since sounds also hold their own frequency, wouldn’t it make sense that a specific sound’s frequency would affect that of our own? 

The Science Behind Sound Healing

Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, author, cardiologist, and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, studied how sound healing, specifically mantric chanting, can help induce the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response is defined as an individual’s ability to prompt their body to release chemicals and brain signals that cause muscles to relax, respiration to slow, and blood pressure to drop.

The Relaxation Response can reduce symptoms of IBS and counteract the physiological changes of stress and the fight or flight response, including muscle tension, headache, upset stomach, racing heartbeat, and shallow breathing.

Dr. Ranjie Singh, a neuroscientist, writer, businessman, and global educator, found that chanting specific mantras releases the hormone melatonin, and this in turn offers many benefits, including tumour shrinkage and enhanced sleep.

Chanting has been found to oxygenate the brain, reduce heart rate, improve blood pressure, and calm brainwave activity. It can even cause the left and right hemispheres of the brain to synchronize.

Jonathan Goldman, American author, musician, and teacher in the fields of harmonics and sound healing, says:

Dr. Alfred Tomatis has utilized the sounds of Gregorian Monks to stimulate the ears, brain and nervous systems of clients. His work is very important with regard to the scientific and medical uses of sound and chant. He found that certain sounds that are particularly high in vocal harmonics will stimulate and charge the cortex of the brain and the nervous system. Some years ago, there was a very popular recording of Gregorian chanting that occurred just when this research was being made public. I know that many other types of chanting from different traditions have very similar effects. These are just a few of the hard physical phenomenon of mantric chanting that have been observed. There certainly are others, as well.

Another study performed in 2006 looked at the effects of transcendental meditation (TM), a form of meditation whereby the practitioner continuously repeats a mantra or chants, and concluded that TM can improve blood pressure and cardiac autonomic nervous system tone and decrease risk of coronary heart disease.

A series of experiments conducted by neuro-electric therapy engineer Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Ifor Capel revealed how alpha brainwaves boosted the production of serotonin. Dr. Capel explained: 

[A]s far as we can tell, each brain center generates impulses at a specific frequency based on the predominant neurotransmitter it secretes. In other words, the brain’s internal communication system—its language, if you like—is based on frequency… Presumably, when we send in waves of electrical energy at, say, 10 Hz, certain cells in the lower brain stem will respond because they normally fire within that frequency range.

Additional research upholds the beliefs of mind-body medicine in this sense, stating that brainwaves being in the Alpha state, 8 to 14 Hz, permits a vibration allowing for more serotonin to be created.

Why You Should Consider Listening to A=432 HZ Music

Most music worldwide has been tuned to A=440 Hz since the International Standards Organization (ISO) promoted it in 1953. However, when looking at the vibratory nature of the universe, it’s possible that this pitch isn’t actually harmonious with the natural resonance of nature and may generate negative effects on human behaviour and consciousness.

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