Healing Systems: Vedic & Tibetan
There are two main sound healing systems, one based on the Vedic scale, which Westerners recognise as the diatonic scale, and the other system based on the body’s meridians and chakras, which are derived from Chinese and Bon (the indigenous people of Tibet) practices. Bodhisattva honours all of these sound healing systems and does not validate any one over the others.
In this course, we will use the traditional Tibetan chart.
You will feel, sense, know, see, hear, develop and attune your abilities, and it will be accurate and unique to you, even if it has not been written in any books or taught on this course. With practice and integration of your abilities, you will find your own personal sound healing language. In that case, you may choose which system you prefer to use or, if you have a strong affinity to using a particular bowl in a certain way, you can ignore both systems and follow your intuition. If you feel, for instance, that an “A” note resonates with your heart, then perhaps you should use it for healing your heart, and so on.
You will need to know the notes of the chakras in the Tibetan system for the practical element later on in the course.
|Chakra||Vedic Note||Vedic Mantra||
Planet or Heavenly Body
|7 – Crown||B||Silent||Jupiter||Tin|
|6 – Third Eye||A||Om||Saturn||Lead|
|5 – Throat||G||Ham||Uranus||Zinc|
|4 – Heart||F||Yam||Sun||Gold|
|3 – Solar Plexus||E||Ram||Mars||Iron|
|2 – Sacral||D||Vam||Venus||Copper|
|1 – Root||C||Lam||Moon||Silver|
|Chakra||Tibetan Note||Tibetan Mantra||Planet or Heavenly Body||Metal|
|7 – Crown||B||Silent||Moon||Silver|
|6 – Third Eye||E||Aa||Uranus||Zinc|
|5 – Throat||A||Om||Venus||Copper|
|4 – Heart||D||Hung||Sun||Gold|
|3 – Solar Plexus||G||Ram||Mars||Iron|
|2 – Sacral||C||Dza||Jupiter||Tin|
|1 – Root||F||Silent||Saturn||Lead|
Mercury is both planet and metal in both Vedic and Tibetan Charts.
The notes were determined through a Tibetan system called The System of Fifths. You could call it a Tibetan music scale.
Teachers of Tibetan singing bowl therapy from ancient times set up their singing bowls in a pattern where the intervals between the notes corresponding to the chakras are each a fifth apart, with F at the Root chakra:
F – Root (GAB)
C – Sacral (DEF)
G – Solar Plexus (ABC)
D – Heart (EFG)
A – Throat (BCD)
E – Third Eye (FGA)
B – Crown (CDE)
N.B.: The letters in brackets are the chakras notes between the fifths in alphabetical order A-G.
The sound of the interval of a fifth is relaxing, soothing and centring to listen to. It is beautiful to the ears, and the vibrations of the fifth resonate particularly with the heart chakra.
The Director of the Institute of Harmonic Science in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr Harold Grandstaff Moses, commented on the interval of fifths as follows:
“We have run numerous experiments with sound frequencies, harmonics, chord progressions, tempos, color, lighting and visual imaging in order to gain insight on ways to influence emotions and feelings, while facilitating healing, reducing stress and generating a heightened state of spiritual awareness. Our research indicates that the musical interval of the perfect fifth and the resulting harmonic overtones have the ability to favorably influence the parasympathetic nervous system while modifying the listener’s state of consciousness. I am fascinated by the approach to the chakra system through a map based on perfect fifths. I encourage any sound worker to experiment with this tuning system.”
Personal notes and experience: