Good vibrations

Cultures have used sound to treat and inspire humans for millennia, from the shamanistic drumming of Mongolia to Tibet’s singing bowls and the didgeridoo.

The fundamental principle of sound healing is resonance, which is used to describe the frequencies of vibration, says sound therapist Steven North.

“Interestingly, indigenous Australians are the first known culture to heal with sound,” he says.

Since binaural frequencies were discovered by Prussian physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, the application of sound therapy has exploded.

“Specialists are using it to treat ailments, while students are using it to help with focus and study,” North says.

• Sound therapist Steven North. Photo supplied

Today’s healing music uses various frequencies such as solfeggio-binaural frequencies, which form the basis of Mr North’s Heart Activation Music.

“There are also brain wave entrainment frequencies, which assist with sleep and healing DNA,” he says.

It was finding a solution for his own life-long health issues that led Mr North to his HAM therapy.

Out of control

Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, his early years were a haze of prescribed drugs, including Ritalin, antidepressant Lexapro and Lithium.

“I didn’t function…I had no control…and my marriage crumbled,” he says.

Realising his life was out of control, Mr North went cold turkey, and eventually underwent hair analysis, which revealed he had pyrrole disorder.

The symptoms are similar to ADHD, but pyrrole is caused by the body’s inability to absorb zinc and vitamin B, according to an article on not-for-profit organisation Bio-balance Health.

“I met a holistic therapist and started into a healing regime,” North says.

“Then I got into crystal healing for the first time.

Through a medium he also “met” his spirit guide Amy, who he now works with to write his music: “They are Amy’s songs, I’m channeling her.”

The music incorporates the energy given off by a variety of crystals, via a technique discovered by Mr North after months of research.

It’s used to create a “sacred space” and raise the vibration of a room to heal and channel.

“We have had great feedback with people listening to it in their home…meditating to it, running it in crystal shops.”

Mr North, who lives in South Lake, will be giving talks, group workshops and individual sessions at this weekend’s Conscious Living Expo at the Claremont Show Grounds (June 3–5).

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