Jeffrey D. Thompson, D.C., B.F.A.
Human beings have
been using sound to access deeper states of consciousness, expand
awareness and heal the body for thousands of years. Chanting,
toning, Tibetan singing bowls, Chinese meditation gongs, and
mantras, are just a few examples of this use of sound. Today, with
highly sophisticated technological equipment, we can not only
observe the functioning of the body and the brain in unprecedented
detail, but also measure the changes that take place in the mind and
body in different states of consciousness and different states of
Research projects in
major universities across the country have explored the
neurophysiology of meditation, deep relaxation states and mind/body
interactions during healing. In one study a simple meditation
technique used for 20 minutes a day caused profound changes in blood
pressure, stress handling ability, immune response and feelings of
well being - never mind using any kind of high-tech approach which
could bring consciousness to very deep levels of relaxation. Using
this technology as a daily tool for mind/body integration and stress
reduction can have many positive benefits.
allows us to affect the body/mind in two parallel ways:
1. Healing the body
with physical resonance using sound frequency vibrations.
2. Changing states of
consciousness using sound with sympathetic resonance of brainwave
function - Brainwave Entrainment.
Physical resonance is
like making a wine glass vibrate with the correct sound frequency.
In this case, we can resonate different parts of the body with sound
for healing. My first attempts with this were chiropractic spinal
adjustments using sound. Each vertebra is a different size, density,
and mass and, just like a wineglass, can be resonated with the
correct sound. This causes the vertebra to vibrate back into
position using only sound waves. Similarly, cranial bones and
cerebrospinal fluid can be influenced with sound resonance. Each
organ is a different size, density and mass for each person and also
has a fundamental frequency, which causes a balancing of the
cellular function. These changes can be seen on a blood
The brain itself is
an organ. This organ also has a unique size, density and mass. What
would the effect be of exposing the brain to its own fundamental
frequency vibration pattern? It would be a normalizing of its
function as an organ, responding as any other organ would respond.
Since the brain's function is to coordinate and direct the function
of all the other systems, we should see a global balancing of all
the body's systems at the moment the brain is exposed to its own
single fundamental sound frequency.
Using sound, it is
possible to make profound changes in brainwave patterns and states
of consciousness, observable on brainwave mapping equipment (EEG),
as well as positive changes in the body measurable with blood tests,
biofeedback equipment and other sophisticated procedures.
- Using the Sound of Your Own Voice to Facilitate Self-Healing
This process, which I
called "Bio-Tuning®," became the object of my full-time research
after I moved from my Holistic Health Center in Virginia and
established the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in San Diego,
California in 1988.
electronic sound equipment, we can test with frequencies accurate to
1/100th division of sharp or flat between two notes on the piano. To
raise the accuracy and effect to a higher level, we must use a
person's own voice singing this fundamental note. This releases a
unique set of harmonics and overtones, which only your own vocal
cords can produce - a voice vibration fingerprint. This is an exact
pattern match of your essential vibratory template - the one your
"Biological Organic Intelligence" used in the first place to form
your body from two cells and then to maintain it moment by moment
thereafter. There is also a profound sense of recognition by the
same part of the deep subconscious of the vibration frequencies of
your own voice.
We then use this
voice-tone-frequency, sounding the exact tone for balancing and
healing, through a special sound-therapy table. This table has
speakers built into it, so that you become the sound itself. It
becomes difficult to distinguish where the body ends and the sound
begins. There is a sense of melting into the vibration of your own
sound and your own voice.
To us, this is what
the mantra really was. You go to the great master who sees that the
entire world is vibratory patterns. He sees that you are a unique
vibratory pattern in the universe. He sings the acoustic octave of
this sound to you, you sing it back until you know it and memorize
it, then you go off and meditate and chant this sound to yourself -
resonate yourself from the inside out and balance yourself right
down to the core of your consciousness.
For example, the
imbalances one may experience physically, emotionally, or mentally
are external projections of the only real imbalance that can exist -
in consciousness itself. Reaching this place and coming into balance
- me with my Self - is the only way I can heal the real cause of my
pain and suffering.
Frequency Patterns Built into Music Cause Positive Changes in
In a series of
recordings based on these principles I have used sound frequency
patterns built into the music that have been shown clinically to
cause positive changes in consciousness and brainwave function.
By precisely altering
the sound signals in the right and left ears, a "frequency modulated
pulse" appears which causes a sympathetic response in the brain.
This leads to coordination of right/left brainwave activity and a
general slowing of brainwave activity, which is associated with deep
relaxation, stress reduction, creativity, insight and problem
solving. This phenomenon is called "brainwave entrainment."
A good part of the
stress we all experience in the twentieth century is due to the
advancements of our own technology. This same technology, combined
with our traditional techniques for healing and achieving balance,
may help neutralize the stress we have created.
In this series of
recordings we have used three coordinated methods for bringing the
mind/body into a state of deep relaxation and balance; "Primordial
Sounds," "Brainwave Entrainment" and "multi-layered music" recorded
Many of the sounds
heard on these recordings are sounds you don't even notice. Certain
sounds have the power to awaken deep levels of recognition in the
subconscious mind. We call these sounds "Primordial Sounds," - i.e.,
sounds that are primordially recognizable to the subconscious mind,
regardless of race, sex or language.
Sounds" Awaken our Organic/Biological Intelligence
Our first sensory
experience in life as a fetus in the womb is of sound and vibration.
We float in body temperature amniotic fluid - weight-less. We have
fluid in our nose and mouth, which eliminates the senses of smell
and taste. We have our eyes closed and are in the dark - no sense of
sight. We have fluid in our ears pressed right up against the
eardrum - but sound travels through water fives times more
effectively than through air, therefore our sense of hearing is
actually amplified. The symphony of sound patterns we experience at
this time will be deeply embedded in our subconscious mind for the
rest of our lives - the sound of water swishing, arterial pulse
sounds and voices. These are our first experiences of "Primordial
Recordings of these
types of sounds form some of the "primordial sounds" heard on these
recordings. Each of these sounds is intentionally altered and
disguised by slowing them down and speeding them up. By changing the
speed of these sounds we can side-step the rational/thinking mind,
which will no longer recognize the sounds, and tap into the
subconscious directly, with sounds it deeply recognizes and responds
to. In one sense, the organic/biological intelligence, the same
intelligence that grew our entire body out of two cells, will
certainly be awakened with a recognition of sounds recorded from
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with Sound Have Led to Some Startling Revelations
An interesting thing
happens when recordings of people speaking are speeded up and slowed
down. If these recordings are doubled in speed three times (raising
the pitch by three octaves), human speech patterns sound remarkably
like birds chirping, When raised in speed by eight octaves, these
recordings sound just like crickets chirping. Slowed down from
normal speed by three octaves they sound like dolphins and at eight
octaves slowed down, sound like the ebb and flow of the ocean.
It is interesting
that recordings from the human voice should sound like nature
sounds. What happens if we take cricket sounds and slow them down?
They sound like birds chirping. Bird sounds slowed down sound like
dolphins, and dolphin sounds slowed down sound like people singing.
Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, would have been pleased - this seems to
fall directly in line with his theory of the "collective
unconscious." A level of the unconscious mind deeper than our
personal unconscious shared by us all, populated with universal
archetypal images ("primordially recognizable" images, just as these
sounds seem to be "primordially recognizable" sounds). The
collective unconscious in this sense would be access to my larger
body/mind, the planetary level of my collective unconscious, which
knows how to "grow" a planetary ecosystem of which my personal body
is just a part. It is almost as if the whole universe is one organic
being with many parts all designed from variations of the same
the Various Levels of the Subconscious Mind
In 1989 I came in
contact with an aerospace engineer with sound recordings from the
Voyager spacecraft. These recordings were taken as Voyager passed by
the outer planets of our Solar System - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and
Neptune. These NASA recordings from outer space, which were of
charged electromagnetic particles (ions) in the magnetic fields of
planets vibrating within the range of human hearing, sounded
remarkably like ocean sounds, dolphins, choirs of voices singing,
crickets and birds. There are also other sounds too strange to
identify, but which seem very familiar. Interestingly enough, the
rings of Uranus produce sounds like Tibetan bowl recordings that
have been slowed to reflect their subtle harmonics. Could this be a
deeper, vaster level of the collective unconscious mind which knows
how to "grow" a planetary solar system of which Earth is just a part
- and which my body grows out of?
Sounds be Recognizable at a Deeper Level of the "Collective
It is these three
classes of sound ("Primordial Sounds," "Brainwave Entrainment" and
"multi-layered music") that are embedded in the sound track of some
of these recordings to awaken the various levels of the subconscious
It is at this inner
level of ourselves that our bodies are self-organized from two cells
by the same inner system from which the daily functions of our body
are coordinated and directed. It is from here that the knowledge of
our problems and the answers and solutions to them reside.
This is what we mean
by the use of "Primordial Sounds" to access a deep level of
ourselves for healing, relaxation and balance.
These sounds are
mixed into the soundtracks we have recorded in such a way that they
can be heard but not necessarily recognized for what they are by the
rational-thinking mind. Some of the nature sounds on these
recordings are actually space-sound recordings or human body sounds.
Brainwaves can be
controlled with sound waves using a technique called "Brainwave
Entrainment." This involves creating special pulse rates in the
recordings that cause a sympathetic response in the brain.
is part of a larger biological function called "Biological
Sympathetic Oscillation". Our biological "clock" sets itself to
external cosmic events; day length cycles, full moon cycles and
seasonal cycles to name a few. The body will set itself to the most
powerful external pulse cycle it is exposed to. In this case we can
create powerful sound frequencies pulsing at exact brainwave speeds
and cause the brainwaves to alter themselves to match the sound
frequencies - that is, entrain themselves, to the sound pulses
thereby altering one's state of consciousness.
We know from many
research endeavors that certain deeply relaxed states of
consciousness are associated with specific brainwave patterns on an
EEG brain monitor. We also know that with brainwave entrainment we
can cause brainwaves to sympathetically "lock on" to an external
sound-pulse at a brainwave speed. This gives us the tools to gently
guide brainwave function and states of consciousness into deeply
relaxed and balanced states.
On all of these
soundtracks all of the pulse frequencies are built into every sound
you hear, including each instrument sound, voice sound, nature sound
and NASA space sound on the recording. The frequencies used mostly
are low Alpha and Theta brain frequencies. The brain states
associated with these frequencies are peaceful relaxation,
heightened visualization/images, problem solving, insight and
When we compose and
create these musical soundtracks, the Brainwave entrainment pulses
built into the instrument sounds entrain my own brainwaves and state
of consciousness into a state of intense creativity - that's where
the music you hear is coming from.
Certain types of
sounds and music have a proven effect in creating states of
relaxation, balance, healing and visualization. Generally these
include certain types of lyrical, flowing melodies and chord
arrangements. Certain chord arrangements can create an atmosphere of
peace, mystery, awe and openness.
To get the full
effects of the 3-D sound and brainwave pulse-wave information, which
requires the right/left sound images to be completely separated from
one another, it is best to listen to these recordings with
headphones on, eyes closed, and lights out. You will hear the sounds
moving around you in three-dimensional space. You can get a similar
effect with speakers if you place them directly to the right and
left of your body. This way, you will also feel certain parts of
your body resonating with certain sound tones in the music.
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