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Singing Bowls of Tibet

Updated on July 5, 2011

Himalayan Singing Bowls

It is thought that singing bowls (also known as singing bells) originated in India and were spread around the Himalayan area along with Buddhism. They can be found in Tibet, India, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Bhutan, and China.

They were originally made from an alloy of gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and iron, although other elements such as cobalt, cadmium, arsenic, antimony and tin had also been added to some bowls. Modern singing bowls are generally made from an alloy containing bronze iron and zinc. The majority of bowls imported into the west are made in India and Nepal although high-quality singing bowls are also made in Japan and Korea.

Himalayan singing bowls have traditionally been used for Bon and Tantric ritual as well as meditation. In modern times they are used for relaxation, healing, meditation and balancing the chakras. The complex harmonic overtones created by singing bowls seems to have a profound relaxing and healing effect upon the body and mind.

The bowls are played by rubbing the outside rim of the bowl with the mallet whilst holding the bowl on the palm of the hand

Singing Bowl Photo by Symmetry Mind

Chakra Bowl Affirmations

Many people have tried using affirmations to improve their life, mindlessly repeating sentences like “I have a positive self image” or “I don’t want a cigarette today” and seeing very little result.I have found from experience that they can work, the key is to separate them from your everyday life by creating a short ritual. Here is one way of doing that.

Create a special atmosphere, turn out the lights, light a candle, use some incense or a particular perfume that you only use for this ritual,
Sit in a comfortable chair with your singing bowl within easy reach. Breathe deeply and slowly for a few minutes until you are feeling relaxed. Then simply strike the bowl and repeat your affirmation in your mind, (quietly at first) until the reverberations from your bowl have faded, then strike the bowl again, repeat the affirmation in your mind, this time slightly louder. repeat the procedure at a measured pace until you are literally shouting the affirmation in your mind. The whole procedure shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. When you are finished turn on the lights, put out the candle and the incense, do something else and completely forget about it.

Do this every other day for a couple of weeks and you will find that affirmations do work after all. (Try to keep them realistic though, if your affirmation is “Brad Pitt is going to marry me” it might take a little longer :)

Masterful Performance on the Tibetan Singing Bowls

Simple Energizing Technique Using a Chakra Bowl and Bell Loop

You can play the loop on your computer using Winamp or most other computer audio players set to auto-loop. You could also burn it to a CD and set the player to auto repeat.

Find a comfortable position where you can sit upright, adjust the sound level. On the track there are two sounds, first a Tibetan dorje then a meditation bowl. When you hear the bell breathe in deeply and hold until you hear the bowl being struck, when the bowl is struck breathe out slowly until it stops. Start with loop number one for a couple of weeks before trying loop number two. You can repeat this for around five minutes to start with and gradually increase it to 10 minutes.

Try to visualize energy streaming into your body from all around you as you breathe in. I find that this exercise gives you a boost of energy so don’t try it just before bed. If you are into aromatherapy a couple of drops of pine oil go nicely with this exercise.

Loops can be downloaded here loop1 and here loop2 .


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      VPK 6 years ago

      Very relaxing and calming...nice presentation and I hope to acquire a nice set of these myself!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great stuff - thanks.

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      zazzina 7 years ago

      It is exactly what I was looking for. Very good. Very calming. Thank you.