Kathy’s Song

I was very fortunate to be gifted with a Tibetan Singing Bowl a few years ago, though I never fully appreciated it or its uses until some time later. I’d never played it properly, and to be honest, I didn’t really know how or even what to do with it. I must admit to having a little fear of it too. I felt a little silly trying to get it to make the wonderful sound I had heard from other people and their bowls; and I also felt a little self conscious doing it too. Having teenagers in the house can seriously interfere with your spiritual pursuits!

The journey I’ve had with my bowl has been a rich and varied one. I have gone from complete novice to what I consider to be a capable player. It’s been very much a two-way street though, apart from learning to play my bowl and understanding its pitch and nuances; it has helped on my own spiritual journey, and it’s some of these that I’d like to talk about in this post: meditation and cleansing, or as some might say, asperging.

Asperging, or Cleansing Space

Beginning with asperging, or cleansing, I would like to just outline the basic concepts; and over time, what I have found works for me when I cleanse a house. To asperge simply means to cleanse with water. Known widely as a Catholic ritual before mass, its purpose is to purify the congregation. Variations of the ritual have been around for millenia and can be adapted for the more practical settings of our own homes, or any space for that matter. Along with smudge sticks and incense, asperging is a great way to help with cleansing the negative energies that have accumulated in a house; and once completed can allow the house to ‘breathe’ again, refreshed.

Singing Bowls and Meditation

My bowl came into its own though when I began meditating, and it’s where my relationship with my bowl began. I would light some nice incense and begin breathing in its aromas and take just a few moments to settle myself before playing my bowl. I was hopeless at first, I would be running my mallet too fast around the outside of the bowl and it would vibrate and ‘chatter’; but I allowed myself to go with the flow and let the meditation last for as long as it was natural to at that time.

I’m not sure at what point I began to improve, but slowly I did and I found myself humming to the sound too – now I was singing with my bowl, it was quite a moment! I have tried to say mantras*, but to be honest, I get lost in the meditation and find myself unaware or unable to complete it. This is ok though, as something else happened during my experiences: soaring.

This simply begins with playing my bowl and then visualising myself, or rather my spirit, rising skyward. I usually hum while doing this as I find the vibration helps. While I can’t tell you when I get lost in that moment, I know I have only when I return to myself and regain awareness of my being. The effects of this kind of meditation last throughout the day; I’m more centered, calmer and seemingly better equipped to just go about my day.

Combining Meditation & Asperging

I find this particularly helpful when I prepare for a house cleansing, or asperging. Centering yourself in this situation helps you to focus and attune to the natural energies of the house or space you will be cleansing. Raising your vibration this way also fine tunes your clairvoyance and psychic frequencies so that spirit communication is clearer. It’s important to point out that this process with your bowl is an inner one; this is about you connecting to source, to spirit, to the energies around you and is in no way suggesting that a singing bowl is a means of spirit communication like a Ouija board or seance.

There’s something truly wonderful about the sound that you create from playing your singing bowl, and as I have said earlier, it took a while to get the hang of it, but I’m awfully glad I persisted. A bond now exists and whenever I reach for my bowl, we’re like two old friends picking up a conversation that has been lasting forever.

Singing Bowl Resources

This excellent video from Shakti at Bodhisattva Trading Company clearly shows how to play your bowl properly and would have been a terrific help to me had I watched it when I was first learning. Enjoy.

A lovely example of soulful, gentle singing that you can try is Om Dum Durgayei Namaha by Brenda McMorrow.

YouTube video

30 Days of Mantras and Chants are available widely on YouTube and I recommend you go through some of them and maybe even do a thirty day challenge – it’s a wonderful experience and if you have a singing bow as well, you can really let yourself go.

*Om Mani Padme Hum is a mantra often used with meditation using a singing bowl.

Medititive Mind on YouTube do a wonderful Om meditation. They are also on Spotify, ad free with premium.

Do you use a singing bowl? What are your experiences with it? Do you have any tips or other ways to use yours? I’d love to hear from you!

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6 thoughts on “Kathy’s Song”

  1. Have you ever played the armonica? Take flicking a drinking glass and elevate it about a 1000 times.
    You are welcome to review my blog but I’m immaterial…anything worth knowing about me creeps into my blogs sooner or later, usually sooner.
    I’ve been working with cards for about 4 years I think, don’t believe in predictive tarot, and enjoy working with oracles, and particularly would like to devote more time to working with my Tibetan Oracle doing Four Pillars readings for people…some day when I get my life back.
    Thanks for stopping by Quirkeries, Sharyn/AJ

  2. Hi Sharyn,
    While I’m familiar with crystal or glass singing bowls, I’d never heard of an armonica and only heard one online for the first time today, the sound it makes is beautiful isn’t it?!
    I came across a cool website where the man who runs it, William Zeitler, actually plays one and has mp3’s on his site so you can hear the sound. It’s pretty cool, I spent quite a bit of time there today just chilling out listening to his music.
    It seems to be a rare thing these days, playing an armonica, and is all the more special in my eyes as it was invented by my favourite historical figure Benjamin Franklin! There doesn’t seem to be an end in what he was involved in (check out my post Waking The Dead), which leads me to be reminded of something I did know he was credited with inventing, and something I just might write a post on… watch this space…
    Thank you for inspiring me yet again!!
    Lovely to hear from you, as always,

  3. Loved this post as I felt the same way about my bowl. Now I’ve got it working properly it’s totally enchanting and deeply haunting……Thanks Kathy!

  4. I have a medium sized Tibetan Singing Bowl. Like you I too was kind of scared of them, often watching people with some amusement as they wandered into new age shops or Oxfam Stores and holding one precariously in their hand as they “wacked” them with the striker gleefully. I always understood these bowls as something sacred, but not really sure how or why they were used so kept an arms distance. Eventually I went into my local supplier and having decided on my size preference spent about an hour gently striking and rubbing various bowls until the right one chose me. I’m sure glad I did and my bowl is certainly very special to me.

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