|Feng shui is the ancient Chinese method of creating harmony and promoting the balance of yin and yang in determining one's environment. Proper feng shui will enhance an area by examining how energy flows through it, and by looking at both the yin and yang of that area (as well as how the five elements are arranged and where the room faces geographically). A feng shui expert studies an individual's horoscope and finds out what is best for that person based on mathematical calculations from the I Ching?(Book of Changes. Feng shui has been found to increase sales in a business, and provide a more harmonious family environment. During the days of imperial rule in China, feng shui was kept secret and only used for the court. The Forbidden City was built using feng shui principles, and upon entering the Forbidden City the visitor should feel confused and sometimes get lost this was a means of protecting the emperor and members of the court from outside intruders. Although many in the west believe that feng shui is merely superstition, or an old and outdated view of the world, the fact that some environments and homes feel more comfortable to us than others is proof that feng shui is still relevant in modern times.
|The method of designing and decorating singing bowls is only known by a few craftsman in Tibet and Nepal. The singing bowl contains several metals, one for each planet in Tibetan astrology, although not each bowl contains all seven metals, and the portions of metal is different for every bowl. Singing bowls were first used in Tibet over 1000 years ago. The method of using a singing bowl is like running your fingers over a crystal wine glass to make sound. To use your singing bowl, place the bowl in the palm of your hand, without touching the sides. Then roll the outside of the bowl with a hard wooden stick in a circular motion around the sides of the bowl. At the beginning you can hear the wood hitting the metal, but that sound soon fades until all you can hear is the continuous sound throughout the room. You must make sure that the wooden stick stays connected to the singing bowl even for a moment, because that will disrupt the sound. You can clean your bowl by putting hot water and a piece of aluminum or hot water with lemon juice inside the bowl. A piece of crocus paper or cloth will also clean the outside of the bowl.
Each of our Tibetan singing bowls plys a different note, or tone. Many singing bowls can be played in different ways and can play 6 or more different notes with one singing bowl. Each note, or tone, corresponds to a different chakra in the body. Here is a chart with the chakras and their corresponding musical note.
stability, and physical identity, sense of security, bodily connection,
ability to survive
abdomen, lower back, below navel
and sexual stability, creative energy, adaptability, movement
plexus, navel or power
navel and base of sternum
power, independence, energy, metabolism, impulses, vitality, and
reconciles opposing forces and feeling, balance, unconditional love
expression, communication, language and sound, self-expression, truth
eye or brow
insight, conceptual awareness, Intuition, Clairvoyance, and Imagination
consciousness, Connection with Spirit, Faith, Wisdom, and Inspiration