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Musicial Vibrations and Chakras

Started by Donna Malus. Last reply by Jeremy Main May 29, 2014. 32 Replies

Just thought I'd add the charts I have for the Chakras and the notes here. It might be easier to find.There is a lot more to both the chakras and musical healing, but this is a nice little…Continue

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Tuning Psaltery to different Hertz Frequencies

Started by Philippa Anne Reed. Last reply by Philippa Anne Reed Feb 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Has anyone been experimenting with this? I have de-tuned one of my psalteries to as near to 432 Hz as I can get (my digital tuner only goes down to 433). 432 Hz has been written about in several…Continue

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Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 16, 2013 at 12:14pm
I thought I would feedback from a healing event I attended on Saturday. I enjoyed a very interesting chat with a spiritual healer on Saturday who is also knowledgable about sacred geometry.

We discussed how the vibrations of the bowed psaltery are directed in towards the body, literally held against the 'gut', as you play. The 'gut' is the energetic centre of our intuition, more in fact than the third eye, I was told. So as you play, it is possible that the sound vibrations help 'awaken' the players intuition. I I believe since started playing the instrument, it has helped develop my intuition - after all, I look back at some songs I have written and have no conscious idea how I came up with some of the harmonics and patterns. Plus my creative life has opened up in immeasurable ways.

Even more interesting was that she pointed out that being a triangular construction, the psaltery is a very powerful shape in sacred geometry terms. She believed that the energy created by the frequencies of the notes and harmonics (the sound waves) are sent outwards, from the point of the triangle - so not only is sound energy directed inwards to the player, but concentrated powerfully outwards through the point to the listener! I have to say, it never occurred to me that the shape was significant, but this is another step to my believing the psaltery could have use as a therapeutic, healing instrument. Once we get the workshops started, I hope to start gathering some experiential evidence from our attendees to build up some credibility.

We believe it has those strengths, as indeed do two very eminent UK sound healers who have heard the BP for the first time and told me it was a healing instrument. I would eventually like to present it as such to the educational bodies at some point if that is what I am guided to do.
Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 3, 2013 at 9:47am

Thanks for your well wishes Evelyn, I do hope this is the start of a new healing journey with the BP!

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on May 2, 2013 at 2:15pm

Hi Philippa:

My intuition says you are moving in the right direction and will see some phenomenal results. 

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 2, 2013 at 6:05am
Evelyn - I will certainly let you know how the workshop goes. We are going to trial it with my colleagues art group in a week or two, ahead of our professional workshop in June. I know that people have used this format with other sound healing instruments (I know of someone who works with drums and art) but I don't know if anyone has used the BP in this context before? If it is successful (i.e. the patients feel they have gained something from the session) then we will certainly be looking at taking this further, and perhaps extending the workshop sessions (currently 2 hours) to longer durations. So, as I say, I will report back on this - if it reveals an authentic healing / therapeutic capability (which I FEEL it will, but will need to have demonstrated) then this may be something worth looking at collaborating on in some way? Just a suggestion....
Comment by Evelyn L Abston on May 1, 2013 at 1:56pm

Hi Philippa:

Let me know how your workshop goes and if I have permission to use your format. I feel strongly about passing this knowledge on. I think I have mentioned in a previous comment, but there is an angelic metaphysical store close to where I live and I know they would be interested in it. I could develop a healing sound workshop teaching others to use the Psaltery in their healing work along with using color. Let me know your thoughts.

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 1, 2013 at 7:20am
Quite a synchronistic conversation here. I have been exploring synesthesia between colour (as well as pattern and shape) and the sound of the bowed psaltery for a workshop I am developing with an artist friend. We are taking our cue from Kandinsky (who apparently genuinely had synesthesia, 'seeing music' and 'hearing colour') We are experimenting with what people see (and feel) when listening to the BP, and through painting their 'visions' hopefully find release - rather like when you paint a mandala, the colours you are drawn to, are the ones that your body/mind/spirit needs to rebalance. We will be hosting the first workshop with patients suffering from cancer. It will be so interesting to see what colours, shapes and marks may be prompted by the music.
Comment by Dave Holeton on April 30, 2013 at 1:31pm


I found a website that has some information on sound and color.

Sound Color Light Therapies


Here is a website that has several books that have information on sound and color.

Books on Sound and Color Therapy


I don't have any of these books.  I think there is a lot to learn with this topic and a quick online search shows that there are some places that offer training for certification.


Some of what I have read indicates color can have an impact from two methods.  One impact is through the eyes and what a person sees.  Another is by a given light on the skin.  I think some of us might get some success with the use of colored light as seen by the person.  I would leave the concentration of light on the skin to those who have million dollar labs and have established success for given ailments with given colors of light.


Using light during music has been in practice for years.  If the color of the light fits the music, the listener sees the light and hears the music and the whole experience is enhanced.


With that as a simple starting point, I think learning more about color and the way we tend to react to color is a good place to start.  Here's a website that shows lots of color charts that offer opinions on the impacts of color on humans.

Color Charts




Comment by Evelyn L Abston on April 30, 2013 at 11:23am

Hi Dave:

I never thought about using color with music, but it makes sense, colors are made up of frequencies. Keep sharing your knowledge. I want to learn more. can you recommend a book that describes the process of color and music or have you developed a system?

Comment by Dave Holeton on April 30, 2013 at 11:05am

800-810nm refers to color in the 800-810 nanometer range. 

Color Spectrum Example

There has been some medical development of lasers and other parts of the light spectrum for healing purposes.  800-810nm is just beyond the red that most of us can see. 


I think adding color to music might be a good place to explore.  I have an old box that lights lights according to the frequency in the music.  Blue tends to be high notes from a violin, yellow is for mid-range, and red is for low frequencies.  Would light or color in a room enhance a musical experience?



Comment by Evelyn L Abston on April 29, 2013 at 3:52pm

Hi Jeremy:

I do not understand "Coming across EM coherent light use in the 800-810nM bracket for analgesic and tissue regeneration uses" Can you please explain. The more I read about the way we can incorporate the Psaltery for healing, the more I want to learn. There is a store close to where I live that has a lot of healing classes for the community. I would love to develop a class around this. I am already a Master Reiki practitioner and I feel the Psaltery would be a complement to incorporate.


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