Archive | March, 2019

The Invisible World of Energy Signatures

20 Mar

Last blog I posted, I talked about the energy signature of a room, created by the focused intention and attention of 35 or so people. We were watching a Japanese tea ceremony, known as Chado: Mike Ricci, the tea master, carefully and mindfully made and served tea to his two guests, who moved with equal care and mindfulness. The whole presentation was a meditation and a dance simultaneously, and many onlookers commented they had a sense of peace and groundedness. A woman remarked about the sound that she’d heard produced as a result of the ceremony, created by this intentional time together- or, what I’d call the energy signature of the room.

We could say that in this situation, thought energy or intention created a sound vibration, which this woman was able to perceive. And the sound created was considered a pleasant or good sound, based on the woman’s reaction! So- was this sound that she perceived the sound of peace and groundedness, the feelings that were present in the room that day? I believe so. How about the things in the room: tea pot and utensils, hand-made pottery cups, matcha tea, tatami mat, flowers in a vase…everything created and placed with intention. Each of these things also were creating their own sound, all of which added to the vibrational experience in the room. Wait a minute! Things don’t make sound…do they?

There are many people who are exploring this idea of thought making form and sound, and sound having a form, and form having a sound. Of course, people have for millennia used sound in the form of mantras to create their reality. Here’s a quote from Sadhguru of the Isha Foundation: “…today we know that if you feed any sound into an oscilloscope, every sound has a form attached to it. Similarly, every form has a sound attached to it. Every form in…existence is reverberating in a certain way and creates a certain sound. When you utter a sound, a form is being created. There is a whole science of using sounds in a particular way so that it creates the right kind of form. We can create powerful forms by uttering sounds in certain arrangements. This is known as the Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound. If you have mastery over the sound you also have mastery over the form that is attached to it.”

When you utter a sound, a form is being created. This is a concept that merits some thought! But we have to come to terms with the understanding that not all form is solid and tangible, as we are used to thinking. Rather, consider the idea that all matter- your grandma’s oak table, your cat, your cell phone- is composed of particles that have wave-like properties, and which are made up of more space between those particles than the particles themselves! In addition, these particles are vibrating. As Don Lincoln, author of ‘The Good Vibrations of Quantum Field Theories’ in the online NOVA newsletter says, “What we think of as a particle is simply a vibration of its associated field.” So “solid matter” like grandma’s oak table is something we can see, yet it has a vibration…and since vibration creates frequency, then grandma’s oak table also has an inherent sound. The table is a form and a sound at the same time; they are inextricable. So, form can have different gradations of solidity, like the human body: we too are a continuum of subtle to solid matter. Therapists use this underpinning of the human experience for healing purposes all the time; I will write about my experiences with the beauty and use of sound as a healing tool in another post.

For our current society, with its insistence that “seeing is believing”, this different definition of form is so revolutionary (which is funny, for such an ancient idea!) that I would like to remind you about one way to think about it and put it into practice: feng shui. Feng shui is the practice of placing objects in our environment so their inherent vibration supports our lives. It has been used in China for over 4,000 years. Even if we don’t know anything about this ancient practice, we can take the idea of objects having vibration and sound, and re-arrange our living rooms accordingly! Everyone has an intuitive version of feng shui: we sometimes look at a room or our clothing choices or the garden layout, and think, “This doesn’t feel right”, whereas we should be saying, “This doesn’t sound right”! Face it: the chaos that is your bookshelf is creating dissonance in the symphony of your living room! When you take away those loose papers crumpled up between two books, remove the outdated photos and the books you no longer want to read, and look again- you have removed the dissonant vibrations and created more space and harmony in your bookshelf’s song. You have intentionally changed the vibrational nature of your room- you’ve changed its energy signature to better support the vibration of your body in that space.

This awareness of the energy signatures of people, places and things can be applied to all areas of life. Are you a real estate agent who stages your clients’ homes to sell, and you want the rooms to ‘speak to’ the potential buyers? (Does that vase sing the right song for the space?) Are you considering a move and want to live in a place that nurtures you? (What sound does your body respond to best: ocean waves, city sounds, the woods?) Are you about to say something to your partner and you want your whole body to communicate what you’re about to say? (Then bring the vibration of love into your body!) Or have you reached a stage in your life where you want your surrounding to reflect who you are, not your Aunt Mabel who gave you all that stuff 30 years ago? (That old lady vibe just doesn’t fit! So why live with it?)

Consider how you can use your new awareness of vibration=form=sound to re-imagine your space, body, words and actions, to create a more beautiful existence for you, your family and the people and other beings all around you!

Musings about Energy Signatures

7 Mar

Two things happened recently that made me wonder about the concept of energy signatures.

Recently, I helped organize a Japanese Tea Ceremony at The Meditation Place in Longmont, where I live. The Meditation Place is a wonderful facility, offering many different meditation styles from groups around the city, as well as body work sessions, psychotherapy, movement therapies, and events like this tea ceremony. The ceremony itself proved to be interesting in many ways: the facilitator Mike Ricci gave us history on Chado (the Way of Tea) and included lots of interesting tidbits, including its evolution over the centuries from a political tool and social event to a spiritual practice. This emphasis on the meditative and spiritual aspect of the tea ceremony, in addition to the methodical, slow and thoughtful movements behind every aspect of the ceremony, created an atmosphere of grounding and quietude in the large space of The Meditation Place.

Afterwards, a woman who often attends my singing bowl sessions at TMP approached me. She was positively giddy as she asked me, did you hear that sound? I was confused and didn’t know what she was referring to, but she explained: “When Mike was conducting the tea ceremony and everyone’s attention was focused so intently on what he was doing, I heard a sound emanating from the room. I can’t really put my finger on it… did you hear it?” I thought for a moment and at first responded that I hadn’t heard a sound. But then as my mind tuned into that vibration that had been created by the tea ceremony, I said to her, “Oh…oh, you mean like this?”, and I proceeded to tone a sound that popped into my mind. Immediately, she said “Yes! yes! that’s it!”

The tea ceremony provided an environment of spiritual learning and experience. I believe that whenever we focus our minds, we are creating a vibration with our thoughts and intentions; a sensitive person may even hear that vibration, which is after all a collection of frequencies- sound. The folks at the Heart Math Institute would agree with me, possibly adding that the heart itself has a consciousness that imbues itself into our daily lives and experiences. This idea that our thoughts and “heart-felt” intentions create our experience is not a new one; this concept has been around for thousands of years, especially perhaps in India. The tea ceremony was a special event, but isn’t every day of our lives, even every moment of our lives, a special event? Some spiritual traditions that recognize reincarnation say that it is a very rare thing to be reincarnated as a human being; we should be grateful that we have this chance as conscious, thinking beings to create our own reality! We have a choice about our thoughts. And knowing that each thought we have creates an energy signature in our immediate environment leads us to understand how important the quality of our thoughts is. Baird Hersey, author of The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound, talks about “a soundtrack for your life”: he encourages us to watch people as they pass through our day, and imagine what music they’re emitting; he suggests that we imagine a soundtrack for any activity we’re undertaking, and that this will flavor and influence how we act in our lives.

Any practice like meditation that helps us observe our own thoughts and thus gives us the opportunity to guide and change them, is an important practice for every day. In fact, I would suggest that the cultivation of wholesome thoughts through meditation, whether alone in your living room or with a group of people, can change the world into a more just and peaceful place. Think about this: As you add your wholesome thoughts into the world, you change the energy signature of your community and help compose the soundtrack for yourself and your fellow human beings! Are you wondering what the second occurrence was that started me musing about energy signatures? In my next blog, I’ll talk about what I consider to be the practical applications of the energy signature concept!