Introduction to Tuning Forks
Extract taken from Eileen Day McKusick.
Eileen Day McKusick is a pioneering researcher, writer, inventor, practitioner, educator and speaker in the fields of therapeutic sound, the human biofield and electric health. She has an MA in Integrative Education and has been studying the effects of sound on the human body and its electromagnetic system since 1996.
She is the originator of the sound therapy method Biofield Tuning (with over 2000 students trained worldwide since 2010), the founder of the Biofield Tuning Institute.
Sound has been use for thousands of years an is an ancient healing instrument. Native Americans use drums, chants and rattles, the Tibetans and Nepalese use bells, gongs, vocals and bowels to the didgeridoo and songs of the Australian Aborigines and this continues to be used on the sic,k distressed and for celebrations.
Sound has the power to heal and the power to hurt. Many of the stressors in our lives are produced by noise; noise in our home and workplace, in our environment and even in our own heads.
It is not just our ears that we hear and feel sound, but through our entire bodies; our skin, bones and the water in us, conduct sound waves.
Every cell membrane in our body has external antennas (called Primary Cilium) which, vibrate like little tuning forks in response to the vibrational input from our environments.
When utilised consciously and intentionally, sound has the potential to soothe the nervous system, quiet and focus the mind, settle emotions, relieve pain and more.
Most of us already use sound therapeutically, without knowing it; we listen to music to destress or energise or for a romantic moment. We feel the power of sound and its soothing abilities.
What is Biofield Tuning?
Biofield Tuning (aka sound balancing) is a sound therapy method that works with the power of sound and the human biofield to help alleviate conditions such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, emotional overwhelm, digestive issues, adrenal fatigue and more.
Biofield Tuning is based on the premise that the human biofield (also known as the Aura; Scientist calls this, Biofield), the energy field that surrounds and permeates our bodies, is inextricably connected with our conscious and subconscious mind, including all of our memories. All physical, mental and emotional disorders can be perceived as "dissonance" (lack of harmony; an imbalance) in our energy fields. Biofield Tuning is able to diminish and resolve this dissonance (imbalance) and in doing so, alleviate and even eradicate the corresponding physical, mental and / or emotional symptoms.
How It Works?
During a Biofield Tuning session, a client lies fully clothed on a treatment table while the practitioner slowly scans the body with an activated tuning fork beginning from a distance. The practitioner is feeling for resistance and turbulence in the client's energy field, as well as listening for a change in the overtones and undertones of the tuning fork. When the practitioner encounters a turbulent area he / she continues to activate the tuning fork and hold it in that spot. Research suggests the body organizational energy uses the steady coherent vibrational frequency of the tuning fork to "tune" itself. Soon the dissonance resolves and the resistance gives way. This seems to correspond to the release of subconsciously held tension in the body.
Practitioners work with the "Biofield Anatomy Map", a compilation of Eileen’s 20+ years of biofield observations. Areas of dissonance can be pinpointed to a specific age and type of memory. For example, one might find a strong sense of sadness at age 12 or birth trauma at the outer edge of the biofield.
Holding an activated tuning fork in the area of the traumatic memory or another difficult time period produces repeatable, predictable outcomes. The sound input seems to help the body digest and integrate unprocessed experiences. As the biofield dissonance subsides, clients generally report feeling "lighter" and a diminishment or resolution of their symptoms.
One might interpret this as a kind of targeted nervous system biofeedback. Eileen has come to see this process as "consciousness hacking", a side-door entry into the psyche - working with what has been hidden in plain view - which assists people in making changes they otherwise could not on their own.
Some conditions respond very well to Biofield Tuning, others not so much. Many practitioners integrate Biofield Tuning with tools from other modalities; not everyone practices Biofield Tuning in the exact same way.
NOTICE.... Biofield Tuning is not advised for individuals who are extremely ill as it may create a strong healing response in the system. As the body releases tension, any toxins that have been held in constricted tissue are released which has the capacity to produce flu-like symptoms, exhaustion, waves of emotion, loose stools and in extreme cases (very rare) rashes and vomiting. Cancer, pregnancy, palliative care, and pacemakers are contraindicated in Biofield Tuning.
Eileen suggests a series of three sessions to begin with, generally once a week. Very often issues can be resolved or greatly improved within three sessions, but there is no limit to how many sessions one can receive. Each session builds on the one before it; there are always deeper layers one can address.