By Pamela Lancaster Healing Art and Sound Therapy Expert at Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ
Tibetan monks maintain a constant state of intentional awareness and prayer, infusing this energy into every thought and worldly action. The three secrets Dr. Oz and I discussed on the show are all used to help maintain this lifestyle of focused intentionality and well-being.
Herbal medicine (nutrition), sound healing (induced meditation through the use of sound and vibration), and the Five Tibetan Rites (exercise), yoga-based moves designed to give you a renewed sense energy and vitality, are three of the many secrets Tibetan monks use to maintain health, vitality and longevity. In this article, I would like to delve a little deeper.
Herbs and Food as Medicine
Our body is designed to absorb nutrients and phytochemicals from foods found in nature, helping us decrease inflammation. By keeping inflammation down, we are assisting all the systems of our body to function at peak performance and not cause any undue strain on the organs or the chakras, leaving us with ample amounts of vital energy.
Fenugreek is an ancient medicinal plant with a variety of health benefits that dates back 6000 years with roots in Egypt. This little herb is known for balancing digestive disorders, like acid reflux, by decreasing inflammation. Fenugreek helps lower blood sugar levels, which can be invaluable for type 1 and 2 diabetics, and is also used in Chinese medicine tonics for the kidneys. The seed is most commonly used ground up for teas or as a spice in curries for cooking. You can also grow your own fenugreek. As it grows, take the sprouts, rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, and eat them in a salad.
Another key component in the health and vitality of the monks is their diet of anti-inflammatory foods, primarily barley, rice, and in-season fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free.
The monks have also adapted the concept of “you are what you eat.” The denser or more complex the food, the denser the matter of the body and energetic field become. The monks, striving to maintain lightness of being, eat simple, easily digestible foods that provide a plethora of rich nutrients. This provides the body sustainability, as well as freeing the energetic systems to be open and expansive without sluggishness. This lightness allows for a more consistent presence or seat in consciousness, leaving one able to remain the observer, unattached to the pulls and hooks of the reactive world. This makes it possible to experience full, uninterrupted communing with the superconscious and the divine within.
The power of sound and vibration is heavily utilized in the monk’s practice: Mindfulness (meditation), music (vibration) and prayer (intention) are used as medicine.
One of the monks’ primary focuses is meditation. An open, centered mind, in alignment with serving the heart, leaves the entire body following suit. Meditation regulates the sympathetic nervous system, leaving us to feel safe, calm and content. In this space, the body can achieve balance, increase its energy, and regenerate.
The monks understand that our entire being is in constant vibration. The molecules, cells, bones, organs and tissues, as well as the fluids of our body, each hold a specific rate of vibration. Negative thoughts, emotions and beliefs often create crystallized harmful energy in the subtle body realm, thus supporting the concept that disease of the mind becomes disease, discomfort, and/or dysfunction in the physical body.
Bowls, bells, tingshas, chimes or gongs are common sound/vibratory tools used by the monks to help facilitate meditative states. The vibrational resonance of these tools sends specific tones and vibrations to the body, clearing away tension, inflammation and blocked energy. Using the voice through toning is considered the most powerful form of vibration/sound. Chanting and toning, done in both prayer and healing ceremony, are used to clear negative vibrational energies before they manifest physically. When varying tones are brought into the electromagnetic field, the deeper tones are transforming and healing the physical body, and the higher overtones are working directly with the subtle energy bodies.
One can start exploring this clearing technique by simply humming or creating a vibration in the mouth and throat. This creates and moves internal vibrations up through the palate and cranium, stimulating the pineal and pituitary glands. These master glands begin regulating the hormonal function of the body, influencing the brain wave states for optimal integration and self-healing.
The 5 Tibetan Rites
These yoga-based exercises bring attention and alignment to those forces of matter, energy, and consciousness within us. When done regularly, they can calm the mind and slow down aging.
These specific exercises help us pulse vibrant energy through the body, helping to clear the chakras, bringing the body into balance. These exercises help maintain overall well-being in a number of ways:
- Remind the physical body of its strength and balance by giving it new variables to work with.
- Increase the vibrational rate within the heart/solar plexus chakras, increasing our digestion, emotional flexibility and receptivity.
- Connect the practitioner with the crown chakra, enlisting the cultivated life force energy to directly align with the divine and creating clarity of consciousness.
Pamela Lancaster teaches classes on vibrational/sound healing/meditation and well-being. Pamela also performs a treatment called the Shuniya sound healing ceremony. This 90-minute session incorporates the use of Tibetan singing bowls and other vibrational healing modalities that bring into balance the three primary cornerstones of Tibetan healing: matter, energy and consciousness.