“Meditation is a simple and effective tool to keep your mind and body in tune with each other, and the world around them” – JBC
By definition, meditation can overwhelm and confuse and may seem heavy and unapproachable, though given enough information, it becomes very clear. Meditation happens when you renounce all of your expectations and realize that whatever happens in meditation is the best thing that can ever happen. Meditation is, in a simplistic kind of sense, a form of waking up; of renouncing all dreams and projections and realizing the purity and beauty of the moment in which you are constantly living. Meditation is the gateway into the self.
By allowing the mind to rest, or rather, be still, we become aware of ourselves in a way that ordinary consciousness cannot tap into. By witnessing ourselves in a state of deep meditation, we look deeper inside, and cease the need to search. All of our potential and purity is inside, and meditation helps unlock our true enlightened being.
When we give ourselves the chance to meditate we release the mind from the tricks and games developed by thought and turn it over to its most basic function, triggering frequencies within the brain that allow us to tap into other conscious plains. Here we engage with the organic, naturally instinctive sides of our beings. We can also re-engage our mind/body connection, and directly ask the body to heal a particular injury, ailment and full organs. Meditation also gives us a chance to connect with the inner wisdom of our subconscious mind. In deep meditative or brainwave states, internal, external and universal wisdom’s become more accessible; they harness the information that guides you.
The breath is one of the key functions of meditation. When practicing didgeridoo meditation, it is important to become aware of the state of your breath. By focusing your mind on the breath, and synchronizing it with the frequency and movement of the didgeridoo, you will enter a state of trance, or deep meditation. That is what we are trying to achieve.
One of the key elements of didgeridoo meditation is the overtone frequency. This is better described as the resonating pulse that is heard when one or several didge’s are played together. This ‘overtone’ is what creates the trance like state.
Didgeridoo meditation comes in many different forms and varies from practitioner to practitioner. Individual sound meditation, sleep improvement and relaxation practices are the biggest areas of work for me and my didgeridoo. While being still and focused, you are opening the doors of your conscious and body to every vibration. It helps heal, calm, regenerate and relax the body in ways that no other instrument or music can. It is the rooting sound which stems from the earth and through that grounding sound one is able to experience a state above normal reality and consciousness.
Below is a detailed chart showing how different overtone frequencies resonate with different parts of the brain.
Ranging from deep sleep to intense mental activity, various states of consciousness are experienced by humans everyday. This continuum of consciousness correlates with electrical activity in the brain; the frequency of brainwaves can be measured in cycles per second (Hz) with an electroencephalogram (EEG). These brainwave states are categorized as the following:
Beta: 12-30 Hz. Normal waking state in adults. Active thinking and planning. This is where the ego resides.
Alpha: 7-12 Hz. Reflective, relaxed state usually with closed eyes. A day dream state.
Theta: 4-7 Hz. Deep meditative state. A place of creativity and envelopment in the present. A dream state associated with REM sleep.
Delta: 0.5-4 Hz. Deep sleep. A place of regeneration and healing.
By simultaneously combining the sounds of two didgeridoos, a desired state of consciousness can be induced in the listener. For example, when one didgeridoo is played in the key of Bb (fundamental frequency of 58 Hz) and a second didgeridoo is played in the key of C (65 Hz), the difference between the frequencies is manifested as a subtle pulsing (in this case 7 Hz). The listener’s dominant brainwave state will sync with this pulsation in a frequency-following response known as brainwave entrainment.
(frequency information courtesy of Didge Project)
Chakras & Sound
Chakra is a Sanskrit word, meaning, “wheel.” The chakras are “wheel-like” vortices that exist within the centralized body radiating outward. There are seven primary chakras that flow through a human body. These energy centers, from top to bottom are:
7 the crown chakra
6 the third eye chakra
5 the throat chakra
4 the heart chakra
3 the solar plexus chakra
2 the sacral chakra
1 the root chakra
Sound and the Chakras a linked through many different equations. Listed below is a basic chart showing how we balance the chakras through the different key notes of the didgeridoo, in order to achieve the maximum potential in your meditation.
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The energy centers in our body are like pools of water allowing energy to flow from one to the next as if they were connected by a small stream. Blockages in the flow of the pools can cause distribution in the natural flow of this energy preventing our vital organs the opportunity to have access to vital life energy. Over time this energetic blockages can begin to create a disconnect between the physical and energetic body leading to the occurrence of illness or disease in organs surrounding the blockage. By removing blockages within our chakras we are able to remove blockages we maintain our optimum connection to vital life force throughout our entire physical and energetic body. This healthy connection to vital life force allows us to maintain optimum physical health and mental balance keeping us open to universal health and wisdom.