Future medicine will be the medicine of frequencies
-- Albert Einstein
Energy psychology focuses on the relationships between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and bioenergy systems. It is a collection of mind-body approaches that help to improve human functioning. The focus is on electrical signals and energy fields combined with exposure therapy to help individuals overcome negative emotional states and improve health and well-being. Through such fields as psychoneuroimmunology and data regarding the placebo effect, scientists have become more aware of how our mind interacts with our central nervous system and immune system, and affect our overall health.
What happens at The Sound Room at Polaris?
The Sound Room at Polaris provides a sound bath for its participants. A sound bath is a form of holistic alternative medicine, which provides a relaxing and stress reducing experience. To get a first hand account of what it's like to experience The Sound Room, click here to read an independent review of a session.
Individuals come to a room and relax (fully clothed) on lounge chairs in an ambient setting. The practitioner will begin the session by verbally guiding the group through deep relaxation and help coax the mind/body towards a meditative state. Being in this state helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and allows our bodies to rest and repair. You are not there to sit and listen, or sit and watch what's happening. You are there to wind down and be in this state; a state which allows your body to repair itself. The experience is within YOU. Many people who have a willingness to let go and get to this deep state describe it as "being there but not really being there," "losing track of time," "totally unaware of my body", or "pure consciousness"
The practitioner then combines powerful instruments and different elements of sound to “bathe” the individuals in sound waves. These sounds create powerful vibrations in the room at different frequencies and tones and help release trapped emotion from the body. The frequencies and vibrations of the instruments impact the body's energy systems and brain waves to help address imbalances within the individual's body. Imbalances in the body can affect physiological functioning and play a role in creating illness and disease. Sound therapy can assist in restoring the normal vibratory frequencies of the cells. It has also been shown to help reduce stress, and improve various negative emotional states such as depression and anxiety.
Gamma - Gamma waves are present when the energy from the body moves up into the brain. The brain moves into a super conscious and super aware state. The arousal that occurs within the body is an elevated state of bliss. These waves are the fastest of all the waves. 27+ Hz
Beta – Beta waves are present when the brain is actively aroused and strongly engaged in activity. Your attention is primarily on your outer environment. This is where concentration and learning take place and we are in our conscious mind. We tend to hear a voice talking in our head while in this state. These waves have low amplitude. 12-27 Hz
Alpha – Alpha waves are present when the brain is in a non-arousal state. This is typically representative of when we are in a resting state, and our inner world starts becoming more real than our outer world. We are beginning to move beyond our analytical mind and becoming more creative. We tend to see more images in our head and become more creative and imaginative. 8-12 Hz.
Theta – Theta waves are present when we are typically drifting off into sleep. We sometimes call this "being lost in my head" and not really present, or a state of heightened suggestibility. Our identity, the conscious mind, and our personality have been suppressed, and we are accessing the subconscious mind. 3-8 Hz
Delta - Delta waves are present when we are in a sleep state. These have the greatest amplitude and the slowest frequency, and allow our brain to restore and heal itself. There is very little activity in our conscious mind when delta waves are present. 0.2-3 Hz
Stress puts our body in a state of imbalance and knocked out of homeostasis. When a perceived threat is in our environment, the Fight/Flight/Freeze response is activated. The body immobilizes large amounts of chemicals, energy, and resources to prepare for the crisis. While this can be useful in dangerous situations, living in a constant state of stress (daily reacting to a co-worker, constant frustration over traffic, ongoing fear regarding political/world issues, constant arguing within the household, etc.) can harm the body and set us up for disease and negative emotional issues. We know through research that as stress rises, our immune system weakens and becomes compromised.
Meditation is a way of training your mind to redirect its thoughts and focus. It assists us in quieting the stream of information from our outer world, and allows us to become more aware of our inner world. Meditation helps us to get beyond the analytical mind. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which frees and empowers individual cells to encourage healing and recovery at the cellular level. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, help regulate our immune system, increase neuroplasticity, and increase stem cell production. As we heal ourselves and clarify our intentions, the energy of our body becomes highly directed.
We can create coherence within our being by learning how to manage our brain, mind, and heart. Our brain can become calm and balanced, and work efficiently when it's working in a symmetrical manner. We can also create this state in our heart by learning to self-regulate our emotions and change our emotional states on command. When coherence occurs, our heart starts beating in a rhythmic and orderly pattern. When our body, mind, and spirit are all aligned and highly integrated in coherence, our state of being is working in a highly efficient manner. We begin to experience positive states, not only in our mental and emotional health, but also in our physical well-being. Coherence has been shown to have a positive impact on our immune system, heart rate, quality of sleep, and tends to improve our energy levels.
The Quantum Field
The quantum field is an invisible space of energy that exists beyond our space and time. It has nothing physical or material in it, and is composed of an infinite field of energy. This exists beyond our own senses. Meditation helps us to experience this with our awareness. It is sometimes referred to as The Unifying Field, and it connects and organizes everything that is in the physical world. In this space, everything is made of energy, frequency, vibration, and consciousness. Its signature is oneness or wholeness. As we begin to focus our awareness on it, through meditation and being in the present moment, it will begin to create more order and coherence in our brain.
" The field is the sole governing agency of the particle " -- Albert Einstein
Our emotions are energy in motion. Emotions can come and go and are constantly changing. They also have a vibrational frequency and can form and transform. The higher the frequency, the more positive our emotional state can be. Our consciousness is highly correlated with our emotional states. Below is chart linking the energetic frequencies of our emotions and our states of consciousness. For more information on how emotional states can impact our consciousness, see the research done by David R. Hawkins PhD, which maps out the Levels of Consciousness.
Binaural beats are an auditory illusion that the brain creates when you listen to two tones with a slightly different frequency. These beats have the ability to entrain the brain’s electrical responses to adhere to certain rhythms. The Sound Room uses brain chimes to create this situation within the room. Binaural beats have been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotional states.
Frequency is the number of waves that pass a fixed place in a give amount of time. Frequency is measured in Hertz, which is the number of waves that pass by per second.
Resonance is the tendency of a system to vibrate with increasing amplitude when an applied force is close to the frequency of a system that acts on it.
Entrainment of Energy
Entrainment of energy, discovered by the Dutch Physicist Christian Huygens, focuses on the tendency for two or more oscillating bodies to lock in and begin pulsing at the exact same rate. In this way, they are vibrating in harmony. When two rhythmic vibrations meet, the most powerful source will become dominate and the less powerful vibration will lock into the most powerful source. This is the underlying basis and foundation for sound therapy. The powerful vibrations of the crystal bowls, gongs, and other instruments get entrained in the body and shift the energy.
Cymatics is the study of wave phenomenon. Sound vibrations can come in contact with our body and have an effect on our consciousness, at the mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Applied Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of bodily movements and realignment. Practically speaking, this is where Eastern and Western medicines meet. Dr. George Goodheart, DC discovered the relationship between muscle groups, organs, and glands and Chinese meridians in the body. By testing the resistance of a muscle when a small amount of pressure is applied, weaknesses and imbalances in its corresponding meridians and energy systems could be distinguished.
The meridian system traditionally comes from Chinese medicine. These are also known as acupuncture points or acupressure points. These 12 meridians are channels that form a network through which vital energy flows through the body.
Chakras refer to spiritual energy centers in the body. The chakra system originated in India and consists of the seven discs of energy within the body. It is said that when the chakras are blocked or misaligned, this impacts our emotional and physical health. Ancient teachings describe the seven chakras and their role in the body in this manner:
Upper Brain, Nervous System, Pineal Gland
Lower Brain, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Pituitary Gland
Throat, Vocal Chords, Mouth, Upper Lungs, Thyroid, Neck
Heart, Lungs, Blood, Arms, Hands, Circulatory System
Liver, Stomach, Kidneys, Spleen, Pancreas, Intestines, Gall Bladder
Bladder, Ovaries, Testes, Lower Back
Immune System, Spinal Column, Legs, Feet, Colon
Higher Consciousness, Wisdom, Spirituality
Intuition, Foresight, Openness, Imagination
Self-Love, Trust, Love, Relationships, Compassion, Vulnerability
Self-Esteem, Will Power, Empowerment
Desire, Sexuality, Attraction
Safety, Security, Survival
The crystal bowls, often used in a sound bath meditation, are tuned to the 7 different chakras. During a sound bath, the overtones from the bowls are meant to help calm the mind and body. When the bowls are played, the intention is to balance the energy in the chakras through energy entrainment.
The use of Tibetan Singing Bowls for healing dates back in history around (560 – 480 B.C) This tradition was brought from India to Tibet. Singing bowls are typically made of eight metal alloys consisting of copper and tin, along with lead, gold, zinc, silver, mercury, and iron. The sounds produced by the bowls often aid in relaxation and meditation, helping with stress reduction and holistic healing. These tones often assist in balancing a left/right brain synchronization. Sound waves from the bowls have been said to act on the energy field of the body, and help the individual relax.
Solfeggio Frequencies refer to specific tones of sound that are said to help promote various health aspects of the body and mind. These frequencies date back to ancient history and have been incorporated in healing by numerous cultures across the world. In the late 1980’s, biochemist Dr. Glen Rein confirmed the impact that various tones have on our DNA. Rein’s research supports the theory that the types of music that we listen to can have a positive or negative impact on our health.
Third Eye Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra