(NaturalNews) In this continuing series on "The Six Healing Sounds", we are going to go cover the fourth of these sounds and one that is very important in this modern age, the heart sound.
Many of us know that sounds can have a powerful effect on our minds and emotions. Listening to relaxing music has been shown to cause a healing response in plants, animals and humans. Loud discordant music has been shown to have the opposite effect. Plants exposed to this type of music live shorter lives and actually produce less nutritious fruit and seeds than those exposed to softer, more flowing music. These types of disruptive sounds can have a negative effect on the human body. The heart is particularly sensitive to these types of disruptive sounds.
Animals in nature often use sound in a number of ways, including helping them communicate over great distances, navigate, avoid obstacles in their path and assist them in locating prey. This is especially true in the case of bats, which may be nearly visually blind but are able to zero in on flying insects in mid flight due to the accuracy of their sonar.
Recently discovered evidence shows one of the reasons that cats purr is because they`re helping to cleanse their bodies of excess carbon dioxide and aberrant energies. The Taoist and Shaolin monks of China and many other cultures have also realized how powerful various sounds can be. They use chanting not only to calm and clear the mind but to greatly energize various organ systems for increased mind/body control, health and longevity.
Many techniques like this actually came from the observance of animals. The martial artists of China are famous for many and varied animal styles of fighting such as tiger, crane, snake, eagle claw and hundreds of others. They learned these fighting styles from watching animals in their natural habitat and how they fought with other animals. They also noticed that each animal made certain sounds when fighting, when sick or at rest. These sounds not only assisted them while fighting, but seemed to help them recover more rapidly from illnesses and injuries.
The Chinese discovered long ago that when a person was diagnosed with an illness whose origin was found to be rooted in a particular organ, that the sounds of distress that they made (whimpering/moaning) were the same for all people regardless of their spoken language. It was from these observations that a system of healing sounds was eventually formulated called "The Six Syllable Secret" or "Six Healing Sounds"
Whatever name we give it, this system is one that is designed to help purge the body of excess fire chi that can accumulate in the organs on a daily basis. It was found that if two people had a weakness in a certain organ and one practiced the healing sound for that organ, that person recovered much faster than the one who did not practice the healing sound.
In previous installments in this series we covered the first three of these healing sounds for the lungs, kidneys and liver. The links for each of those articles are listed below.
The next sound that we are going to cover is one that the author hopes will benefit a huge number of people due to the ever increasing amount of heart disease that is occurring in the world today.
This sound can be of great assistance in helping to purge the heart of excess fire energies. The high levels of emotional stress that people are under today place a great deal of strain on the heart, which in turn causes a buildup of fire chi and further weakens this vital organ. These stressors have a number of origins including sedentary lifestyles, poor diet, emotional and mental stress, and lack of sleep to name a few.
When autopsies are performed on people that have died of heart disease it is very often reported that their hearts looked as though they had been cooked from the inside. This is in perfect accordance with the Chinese view of heart disease being a disease of excess fire energy.
The heart sound can go a long way in helping to remove stress from this vital organ. It has even been known to help prevent second hearts attacks.
In Chinese medicine, each organ is linked with another organ which is its yin or yang counterpart and helps balance out its energy. For example: the linked organ for the heart is the small intestine. The heart is the yang (fire) organ and the small intestine is the yin (water) organ. Another example is the stomach/spleen relationship where the stomach is the yang and the spleen is yin. Since the small intestine is linked with the heart in that paired organ system anything that greatly stresses one organ will also have an associative and often opposite effect on its linked pair. Chinese doctors use these relationships and laws to effectively heal and cure all kinds of diseases and illnesses.
This heart/small intestine relationship is one of the main reasons why overeating can often cause heartburn or possibly even heart attack. The small intestine is directly involved in the digestion process and when an excessive amount of food is consumed at one time, too much chi is drained from the small intestine. This can cause a serious weakening of the organ which often causes the chi in its paired organ (the heart) to flare up and become too yang. When this happens you may end up with an excess of fire energy in the heart. If the heart is not strong enough to handle this excess fire chi, heartburn, arrhythmias or heart attack can be the result.
This pairing of yin and yang organs helps to keep the energies of each organ in balance. When there is a strong fluctuation of chi in one organ there is often an opposite effect on its paired organ. The body is naturally designed this way so that paired organs naturally keep each other in balance. The six healing sounds can be a powerful and effective technique to help assist the body in this natural balancing act by making sure that no organ has too much fire chi at any one time.
This is especially important in the case of the heart. The pericardium which is the sac that surrounds the heart helps to protect it from excess fire chi and any stray electrical charges. This sac is so important and critical that it is given its own special designation in Chinese medicine.
Some other information about the heart is as follows; the element of the heart is fire, its season is summer; its negative emotions are impatience, arrogance, cruelty and violence. Some of its positive emotions are joy, honor, sincerity, creativity, spirit and light. The color associated with the heart is red and one of its external body parts is the tongue.
The Heart Sound
To perform the heart sound, we are going to first take a few deep breaths, then close the eyes and become aware of the heart. After a few breaths you can begin making the heart sound by tilting the head back and while looking up, open the mouth and make the sound HAWWWWWWWWWWWW upon exhalation. At the same time you should also visualize the pericardium, which is the sack that surrounds the heart, releasing heat, impatience and arrogance upon the exhalation. Remember that the sound should be made softly or even "sub vocally" which is characterized by movement of the lips or other speech organs without making audible sounds. The sound of the heart sound is similar to the "HAW" in the work Hawk.
Take a short rest between each repetition by taking a few normal breaths and, keeping the eyes closed, visualize a bright red color along with the qualities of joy, sincerity, honor and creativity, coming into the heart with each inhalation. This is an important step, so do not skip it.
Practice the heart sound 3-6 times. If you have a sore throat, cold sores, swollen gums or tongue, heart disease, heart pains, or you are experiencing moodiness or jumpiness, then perform this exercise from 9 to 36 times.
Even for someone who is in very good health, practicing the six healing sounds on a daily basis will have a noticeable improvement in mood, energy, mental clarity and health. For those who are trying to overcome various illnesses and diseases these sounds can be a powerful and invaluable tool to help cleanse impure energies and matter from the body.
Since the body is constantly converting toxic matter to gases for expulsion through the respiratory system, these sounds greatly assist in this cleansing process. They accelerate the removal of carbon dioxide, toxins, pollutants and negative energies out of the system more efficiently than during normal respiration.
One thing to keep in mind when performing these sounds is not to do them for at least 30 minutes after a meal. The spleen sound is the only one that can and should be done right after eating. We`ll be covering that sound in the next article.
About the author
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