Day 8 out of 13, 13,700 ft in the Annapurna region of Nepal in the Himalayan mountain range. There is a small village that we had hiked to where every morning we sat in mediation in the Buddhist temple with the monks. I had already been through my second sound healing training which covered all the science and quantum physics and had developed a more left brain understanding of the way sound impacts us as humans.
What I learned just by being in the presence of these healers, shamans, monks and meditators way up in the middle of nowhere was more profound than any scientific lecture. They come from a lineage of sound healing, where they don’t learn anything from books, Ted Talks, internet etc. What they learn has been handed down generation after generation.
In the temples they use the gongs, bowls, and horns as a call to mindfulness. They are not shy or subtle when it comes to playing these ancient tools. I found myself meditating, thinking about this amazing journey (key word: thinking) when 4 of the monks slam the gongs as loud as they can to bring everyone back into the present moment. With that force and power of the gong my entire body was vibrating, every cell and molecule, it almost felt as if I had stepped inside the center of the gong. One of the masters there had told me that if somebody comes to the village with a sickness there is nothing a 3-day going clearing can’t fix.
In this village, they don’t have access to western medicine. So, when somebody falls ill, they see the local shaman and he uses herbs and Tibetan bowls on and around the body. Sounds hokey pokey for our Western minds, but there is a reason this has been around for thousands of years and we are seeing more and more scientific studies proving the healing power of sound. It is exciting to see the gap being bridged and we are lucky the East and West are working together to bring sound healing back into the spotlight for alternative care and healing.
Join Michelle Berlin along with Jared Bistrong as they share their knowledge, experience, and techniques on Sound Healing in the 3-day Surrounded by Sound Course happening Friday October 12th-14th at Innergy Meditation.
Michelle was first exposed to sound while in India studying at the Iyengar Himalayan Center to learn yoga therapy techniques to better understand students that come into the practice with injuries. She found that Tibetan Bowls were such a nice compliment in therapy sessions.
In 2006 while in California she took a seminar with author and World renowned Sound teacher, Jonathan Goldman. After that she has integrated sound in all of her classes as well has her personal practice.
Michelle’s thirst for knowledge lead her to Nepal where she studied in the Himalayas with a 5th generation Sound Shaman. Her passion is travel and yoga and leads healing yoga retreats yearly. What inspires her most is the amazing students and community that continues to grow and flourish through these practices.