The Yin Yang of Healing
The human body is a sound system. We are the physical manifestation of vibration. Every atom, molecule, cell, organ, tissue, liquid and bone in our bodies has its own specific rate of vibration which moves according to the same harmonic laws found in music. For centuries, mystics have known these universal laws that are only now becoming evident to modern science. The great Sufi mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan captures the essence of harmonic law, stating: “The whole of life in all its aspects is one music, and to tune one’s self to the harmony of this perfect music is the real spiritual attainment”
The Ying Yang, formally known as the Taijitu, is a perfect symbol of this harmony. It symbolizes the balance between complementary opposites to form a dynamic wholeness. The white half of yang and black half of yin are opposites, yet they are complementary because each half has a dot of the opposite color, symbolizing that there is always some yin with the yang and vice versa. Although they are totally different and opposite in their individual qualities and nature, they are complementary because they are inseparable. It is impossible to have one without the other. For example, light and darkness, hot and cold, positive and negative all form Yin-Yang pairs. Each are necessary to form the whole. The Ying Yang shows us that all life is a polarity: The duality of opposites that are essentially one. Just as the twilight gradually merges day into night, the spectrum between polarities subtly gives rise to an infinite variety of forms and combinations.
Exploring the possibilities of this polarity spectrum of life is our healthy natural state of being. Healing is necessary when our energies become stagnant or excessively active in one of the polar opposites in any physical, emotional, mental or spiritual way. If we are too still, our energy stagnates and our bodies atrophies. If we never rest, our energy becomes too active and we become burnt out. So, we see that either no movement or constant movement results in trauma and disease. The question is, what can we do resonate with the energies of health?
In his book Harmonic Law, Vibration Therapist Don Estes states, “Treating the physical symptom of the shadow, rather than the cause, is only a temporary fix. All true healing comes forth from an individual’s faith in the cure. The so-called “Placebo Effect” will one day be the most powerful medicine and method of choice in healing, rather than being used to put down other miraculous healing experiences that were actually real.” So, having faith in our power to heal is the most important aspect of the process! The answer to resonating with your health is like Dorothy realizing she could get back home by clicking the heels of her ruby slippers three times and repeating, “There’s no place like home.” Talk about the power of belief! But that is how reality works.
Our body wants to correct the imbalances to flow freely throughout the full range of the circle of life. All we need to do is get our heart to make our mind get on board. This is the ability to do nothing but allow the healing to happen within you. We all have an inner healer. If you cut your finger, it heals. Your body knows what to do. Someone else can band-aid it or stitch it up but you do the healing. All most healers do is provide an overflow of life force energy that catalyzes or speeds up the healing process. Although there are some healers that help you to heal on a soul level that it would be very difficult for you to heal on otherwise.
The Yin Yang teaches us how to correct our imbalances through modeling the healing process itself. The Yin Yang is whole yet its nature is to flow and change with time. This process shifts the whole and brings it into ever more expanded states of experiencing itself. Whether we are unbalanced or just coasting through life, lack of growth will cause a crisis in our lives. “Crisis” comes from the Greek krisis meaning “turning point in a disease.” So, by simple karma of cause and effect we bring about our own crises. Yet, these dramatic times in our life are divine in that they can be a total wake up call that forces us to radically awake to the changes we need to make within our self. When crisis befalls someone who knows how to heal themselves they do not ask God, “Why me.” Instead they ask themselves what they can learn from what caused their current state and what actions they can take to come into balance.
The universe can seem counter-intuitive sometimes! “Why did I manifest disease when I asked for health?” you might ask. Yet, the crisis of the disease is necessary to upset your current equilibrium where patterns you want to change stay stable. Crisis seems to split you in two halves, but it does so to provide the healing momentum that shakes up your yin and yang, allowing your energies find a new balance with each other. In our spiritual evolution, we are all drawn to upset the old “balance” to form a more perfect equilibrium. The whole reason the crisis comes about is because one’s old way of balancing things: health, family, career etc. is not working out. To truly rebalance requires a holistic shift in our energies. This shift brings about a vibration that we will feel truly blessed to resonate with in all time and space.
But what is resonance anyway? There are many definitions of resonance, but as a sound healer, the one I resonate with most comes from fellow sound healer Anne Tooley. She states, “Resonance works on the principle that like attracts like. When the C string of piano is struck, all the other octave strings of C begin to vibrate. When the C string of a harp is plucked, all the C strings of all other harps nearby begin to vibrate. The C strings are in resonance with one another.” The phenomena that she was describing in particular is the phenomena of sympathetic resonance, which is when one vibrating object influences another vibrating or even stationary object causing changes in its vibratory rate. An extreme example would be a singer causing a glass to shatter. But sympathetic resonance causes stability as well as dissolution. We can use the power of sound to resonate the right vibrations on physical, mental and spiritual levels simultaneously. Your ears have now been opened. Go explore the sounds of the universe and resonate with your higher self! That is all it takes to be sound now!