By Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv.
Sound healing is a spiritual practice that uses vibrations from instrumental gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, musical instruments including Native American flutes, violins and or vocal singing to relax your mind and body. A major benefit is improvement from, or healing from ailments caused by stress and other causes and it can have a positive effect regarding anxiety, insomnia, and other issues. I personally have COPD and at the end of a session, I can feel a significant improvement in my breathing and lung capacity. I personally receive spiritual and emotional clarity from sound healing.
I look forward to Tuesday every week at 7:00PM when I can go to the church sanctuary, take a cushion from the pews, and place the cushion on the floor and take my shoes off and lie flat and open my mind and spirit. Then to close my eyes and listen individually and collectively with the others to the divine vibrations which fill the room. All I must do is relax in the dimly lit room and breathe. It may sound like a “new age” thing, yet it has actually been used by cultures like the Aboriginal peoples and Tibetan monks for centuries.
I find healing from Bayer© aspirins, COPD medication, reading the Bible, laughing with a good friend, petting my cat, music, sound healing, and, more. I have discovered that sound healing is a great spiritual tool in my healing process and helps me focus more on the joy that surrounds me. Sound healing also helps me connect with the divinity that surrounds me, lives within me, and also those around me, as we lay in the silence of sound, and, feel the vibration of the sound flow over and through us.
If you are interested in trying sound healing, all are welcome, first timers especially, to join in at 7:00PM every Tuesday evening at United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale, 2501 NE 30th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33306. The fee is donation only.
Rev. Patrick Rogers, MDiv. – Community Activist and Senior Pastor at
United Church of Christ Fort Lauderdale.