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Quartz Helps us Talk to Each Other and Also to Ourselves

By Kristen Loutzenhiser

Before the 1950s, singing bowls (also known as Tibetan Singing Bowls) were made out of wood, copper or metal. These hand-made bowls date back to the 8th century B.C. Conversely, singing bowls made of quartz emerged much later in the 20th century. Similar to wood, metal and copper, quartz was found to have many applications because of its unique properties. Quartz, also known as silicon dioxide, is found in sand, most rocks and is one of the most abundant natural materials on Earth. 

     The vibrational property of Quartz, known as piezoelectricity; combined with its ability to withstand high temperatures and conduct energy, have made it an essential component of timekeeping, broadcasting, computer engineering and most recently, sound healing.

      Piezoelectricity is a unique property of Quartz that causes it to vibrate at a precise frequency. When a mechanical force such as pressure is applied to Quartz, it causes the material to convert mechanical energy into electricity.  It is these precise vibrations that gave way to the invention of many modern timekeeping and broadcasting devices, beginning with the invention of the Quartz crystal oscillator in 1918. Later, it was discovered that a laboratory crucible made of quartz significantly improved results in the creation of silicon transistors (small switches that control the flow of electricity). In 1954, Bell Laboratories (presently known as AT&T) created the first silicon transistor. However, more relevant to those seeking healing through alternative medicine, is the creation of the first quartz singing bowl, crafted, at first, as a laboratory crucible.  

     Significant to the genesis of quartz singing bowls is, like quartz, our bodies possess piezoelectricity. Our bodies, like the crystal oscillator in a watch, can be altered mechanically and discharge electric pulses. When a quartz singing bowl is played, the vibrations (and/or energy created) hit our bodies and create resonance. According to physics, resonance is the reinforcement of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object. With this definition in hand, it can be said that when two energy systems encounter each other (quartz and our bodies), the two vibrations come into the state of harmonic vibration. It is the discovery of resonance between quartz and our bodies that led the quartz crystal singing bowl into the hands of musicians, alternative medicine practitioners and spiritual healers.

     The vibration of a quartz crystal singing bowl can be scientifically defined as a sine wave. A sine wave is a pure tone that is repeated over and over again to produce a frequency. The quartz crystal singing bowl is the only musical instrument that can produce a sine wave. Quartz singing bowls and other types of vibrational therapy have been in practice for a number of years. This type of therapy has been used on athletes and weight-loss clinics.

     Presently, quartz singing bowls are available at alternative healing facilities and online at a huge variety of retailers. They are made of 99.99% silica. Silica is naturally-occurring quartz sand. The sand on Siesta Key beach in Florida could be used to create a quartz singing bowl due to the fact that the quartz sand on Siesta Key is deposited from one of the most coveted areas of quartz, the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Similarly, there are pure forms of silica sand found in Arkansas, other parts of North Carolina and Canada.

     The process of creating a quartz singing bowl involves heating the silica sand up to 4,000 degrees and then spinning it in a centrifugal mold. An electric arc in the center infuses each individual grain into one whole piece. The tone produced by a quartz singing bowl is always pure, however, the tone will vary depending on its height and/or thickness.

     Be wary of online retailers that claim to have perfectly tuned bowls (432 HZ). The tones of quartz crystal singing bowls vary widely. The tone of each bowl is created as it is heated and spun. Each bowl is unique and each bowl has a different tone. There are some manufacturers that are able to make their bowls resonate longer and have different harmonic overtones. These manufacturers tend to charge retailers a higher premium. In short, when choosing a bowl, one may consider the source, the retailer and the cost. Just like many sound healing tools, you may not want to look for the least expensive.

How do I pick out a chakra set or how do I pick out a single bowl?

     A chakra set is typically a set of bowls generally sets of three, five or seven. Most sets are designed with each note ranging in size from 8 inch to 14 inch or starting with the 10 inch and ending with an 18 inch or higher. Many sets are designed going in order from C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. While this may be an easy way to design the set, it doesn’t appear to have any intention other than a market strategy. These places just want to sell the most bowls. Reputable retailers actually design the sets with an intention in mind. Practitioners or individuals who fixate on only one way to work a chakra set or only one note works for a condition, might not find the best value or purpose of the bowls. In other words, the sound travels into your body where your body actually needs it. For example, if you need more energy in the heart chakra to create more love and forgiveness, using a root C bowl may work!

What’s the difference between frosted crystal, clear crystal and fusion or alchemy style bowls?

     The most common quartz crystal singing bowls are frosted. These are the largest, heaviest and the loudest available of quartz crystal singing bowls. These bowls provide and sustain the most vibration because of their size and thickness. They are also the most affordable ranging from $150 and up. The clear bowls, which are generally smaller and more fragile, are usually more difficult to play than their frosted siblings. Clear bowls are most often used by sound practitioners because of their tones and ability to direct the tones like a beam into the human body. The cost for clear bowls starts at $300 and increases from there. Fusion bowls, bowls infused with metals and other gemstones, are generally marketed by their energetic qualities and beautiful appearance. These bowls are typically $800or more. If you are thinking about adding a crystal bowl to your personal or professional healing practice, consider the size, tone and source of material. Doing so will save time and money in the long run.

 

Visit The Om Shoppe and Spa for the area’s largest selection of Crystal Singing Bowls and more at 4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, or call 941-706-3257.

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