My interest in tuning forks was sparked a few years ago by an experience with the Ohm forks from the Acutonics system. It was amazing to experience the beautiful low frequencies of those forks zip through my body. I was already familiar with the wonderful sensations in the body from holding and playing my Tibetan singing bowl. Tuning forks are much more specific than a bowl. It is like comparing a laser beam to a shower. They both feel amazingly wonderful, but they have different purposes.
Since that experience, I have found that there are a wide variety of systems and ways of using tuning forks on the body. There are an infinite number of frequencies, so theoretically, there are an infinite number of tuning fork frequencies available.
We are beginning to understand that at the atomic level of matter, everything is in vibration. And that includes us. Sound is vibrational energy. It travels in a wave and pushes molecules around as it moves. It is useful to understand a little about how sound travels in order to understand how tuning forks work.
Sound moves at different speeds depending on what it is traveling through. Typically, the denser a material is, the faster sound moves through it because the molecules are closer together. In the air, sound moves at about 770 miles per hour. Sound moves through water about 4 times faster than through the air. It moves through steel, like railroad tracks, about 15 times faster than through the air.
Have you ever heard or read about aboriginal hunters who put their ears to the ground to hear where the animals are walking or running? That is because sound travels through the ground faster than it travels through the air.
Our bodies are about 80 percent water, so we can assume that a sound wave will move through the majority of our body at approximately the same speed sound travels through water. That is four times faster than through the air. Because our bones are denser than the soft material of the body, sound will move through our bones faster than through the soft tissue.
Tuning forks are made to sound at one specific frequency. For example, a tuning fork made to ring at 440 Hz is usually what musicians tune their instruments to. This frequency is standard for instruments so that all of the instruments in a group will sound harmonious when playing together.
Both of my sons learned how to play the recorder when they were in Grade 5. Listening to the class perform together was an exercise in tolerance and patience. If you have never played the recorder, they can be really out of tune if your blowing is too strong or too soft. Just imagine a class of 30 kids doing this all at once. Ouch for the ears, but important to encourage the kids. They were having fun. The parents were trying not to cringe.
A doctor will sometimes use a tuning fork to test whether or not a bone is broken. When a sounding fork is placed on the skin where the sound can travel through the bone, a patient will usually experience excruciating pain if the bone is broken.
Music therapist and naturopathic doctor, John Beaulieu spent over five hundred hours over two years in an anechoic chamber. With no stimulus or noise, he sat there listening to sounds of his own body. “He began to correlate different states of consciousness with different sounds of his nervous system. Being a trained musician he noticed that the high-pitched sounds of his nervous system consisted of several sounds in different intervals. Then one day he brought two tuning forks and tapped them. Immediately, he observed that the sound of his nervous system realigned to the sound of the tuning forks.” (from an article called “Biosonic Repatterning” on John Beaulieu’s website, www.biosonics.com.)
One set that I use pretty well every day is the perfect fifth tuning forks. This set consists of the musical note C tuned to 256 Hz, a frequency directly related to the frequency of the earth, and the musical note G tuned to 384 Hz creating the interval of a perfect fifth when they are played together. Research conducted by Dr. John Beaulieu, music therapist and naturopathic doctor and Dr. George Stefano, neurologist showed that these frequencies stimulated the production of nitric oxide in the body’s cells within 30 seconds. Normal nitric oxide production is inhibited by stress and illness among other things. Here is a list of the physical benefits when your cells are producing and releasing nitric oxide.
Relief from stress, more energy and stamina.
The autonomic nervous system is balanced, better clarity of mind, less depression.
Nitric oxide strengthens the immune system.
Circulation is improved.
We have better digestion.
These two forks are available on our website as a set.
Tuning forks are like lasers. Some people say they are like surgical tools. Because of their precise frequencies they can have more precise effects. There is some fascinating research being conducted relating to frequencies and the human. I believe that tuning forks hold the potential for great precision as a healing tool.
Tuning forks are also available in several other kinds of sets. My own personal experience and research on tuning forks is still in progress, but I can share with you what I have learned so far. Tuning forks are available in single frequencies like the Om fork. My understanding of this frequency at the moment is that it is suitable for many general purposes, like calming or balancing. Some people may also experience specific physical or emotional effects from this fork.
The frequencies used in the set depend on the intention. For example, there are some that follow the musical scale: C, D, E, F, G, A and B or C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, and B. These sets follow the designation of corresponding frequencies to the chakras of the human being, mostly followed in the Western world. Please be aware though, that the musical note C is not fixed. What we call C is actually a wide range of frequencies close together. The musical note C on the piano, for example, is tuned to 261.626 Hz and is within the range of frequencies for C. Last month I discussed the perfect fifth set of forks with the fork for C tuned to 256 Hz. This is directly related to the frequency of the earth. Two sets of forks that follow the scale from C to B that I have found so far, are those created by John Beaulieu and Fabien Maman.
Another interesting set of forks is based on the mathematical principles of the Fibonacci series. A discussion of this series would take considerable time, so, if you are curious about the Fibonacci series, I will let you find out more on your own. From my understanding so far, this numerical sequence and the frequencies in the set follow universal law. Nature is abundant with this principle. When it is applied to sound in tuning forks it gives us a powerful physical reconnection to universal law and proportion.
One set I purchased a few years ago is based on triple number frequencies: 111 Hz, 222 Hz, 333 Hz, 444 Hz, 555 Hz, 666 Hz, 777 Hz, 888 Hz and 999 Hz. This set has some of the most balancing intervals for the human being. Yet they feel quite different from the C and G tuning forks mentioned previously. This set offers much to those who connect with numbers and numerology.
Another interesting set of tuning forks is called Holy Harmony and was produced by Jonathan Goldman and is based on frequencies from the bible discovered by Joseph Puleo and Leonard Horowitz. These frequencies are explained in the book, “Healing Codes for the Biological Apocalypse” by Puleo and Horowitz. Jonathan Goldman has created two CDs using this set of forks: “Holy Harmony” and “Waves of Light.”
I have recently completed the first two levels in training as an Acutonics practitioner. This is a system of healing that uses tuning forks instead of needles on acupuncture points. It focuses on placing the forks on points of the meridian system of the body. The frequencies of these forks are derived from the harmonics of the orbits of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets.
There are many more types of sets of tuning forks available. The above descriptions are those that I have found out about so far. If you would like information about obtaining any of the sets above, please contact us. I would also love to hear about any experiences you have had with tuning forks.
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