Crystal singing bowls were originally designed to form crucibles for industrial purposes. Crucibles are multi-use high-tech bowls and have evolved to become the metaphysical, multi-purpose natural energy tool most commonly called crystal singing bowls.
The substance used for the bowls is silica sand and is found in several places in the world. Silica sand is pure quartz in nature. The bowls are made of silicon quartz. The sand is dropped into a centrifugal force spinning mold, and at the proper instant, in the center of that mold, there is an electric arc torch that is ignited to several thousand degrees centigrade. The intense heat integrates the individual particles of sand into an amorphous unified whole, transforming from a crystalline state to an amorphous state - glass in nature. In the formation of the Crystal Singing Bowl, the firing process leaves some inclusions, such as lines and bubbles. This is the individual and unique nature of the bowl. Inclusions are visible in clear bowls, but are masked in frosted bowls because of the milky appearance. They do not affect the performance of the bowl. Crystal Singing Bowls can be programmed. Quartz crystal, as a holographic light template, is able to hold, transmit, and receive thought forms and is fundamental to the memory "mother boards" of all computers. There is no set recipe which will result in a set tone. The tone is created from the combination of many elements. As a result, some tones may be more common in a specific size bowl and more rare in a larger or smaller size bowl. The voice of the bowl is part of the crystal consciousness and it is a response to the frequency needed on the earth.
There are many manufacturers of crystal singing bowls. I made a conscious decision many years ago to limit my suppliers to those who support US manufacturing with increased quality control. They provide a birthing environment which reflects my own commitment to the earth's need for these bowls as a means to increase the harmony on the planet.
Upon arrival, each bowl is played and their voice is identified as it related to the musical scale.
Upon arrival, each bowl is played and their voice is identified as it related to the musical scale. Every note has a range of 100 "cents" which works out to 50 cents on the negative side of zero and 50 cents on the positive side of zero.
The musical scale we use is based upon the note of "A" being equal to 440Hz.
This is neither a right nor wrong base, it is simply a common denominator from which we can identify the other notes. All the notes are mathematically related to "A".
When a group of musicians are playing together, they need to use a common denominator so that their notes have a harmonic relationship. Some use a different number for the "A" as a common denominator. For example, prior to WWII, there were a variety of different common denominators. The common denominator of "A" = 440Hz has become more universal since WWII.
The common denominator of "A" = 432Hz is becoming very common now but it is not the only one that is used.
Here is a graphic to help explain how the cents work for each common denominator. As you can see a bowl that is A+40 according to the 440hz common denominator would not be considered and A in the other two samples.
Unless you are a musician who needs to play with others and thus need to have a common denominator of harmonics, a true tone is not necessary. The most important need would be the harmonics between the bowls. The best harmonics occur when the bowls are between -15 cents and +15 cents of each other. This is how I put your bowls together, taking into account their harmonics. I keep track of your harmonics so when you need another bowl I work to make sure they harmonize. For example, if you had a bowl C+45 I would not sell you a C#-50 because they are too close to being the same note.
A crystal singing bowl has one primary note. This note can be lowered by adding water. The more liquid in the bowl, the lower the tone goes. You can check bowl tunings most easily with a digital tuner, which helps you adjust accurately to conditions of elevation, air temperature and humidity. However, as water is added to the bowl the bowl gets harder to play, and produces more static noise.
When two or more bowls are played together, the combination will often create another note.
Nothing I can put into words will describe the joy you feel when you are playing your bowls. It is a very intuitive process and not difficult at all. I work with all my clients to help them increase their comfort level.
Prior to playing, attune to positive energy by setting your intent or saying an affirmation. Thoughts are energy forms and when they interact with a crystal, they are amplified. Combining positive intentions and affirmations with the use of crystals provide a remarkable potential for healing on many levels.
Note: always clockwise
There are an amazing variety of other sounds you can get from a quartz crystal singing bowl, especially the larger ones.
Usually there is one chakra which stands out more than others as needing balancing but that doesn't mean that the other chakra are balanced. As one becomes more balanced, another will come into focus as needing balancing. There is no set number and there are a number of factors which will influence your decision.
Whatever the choice, know that it will be right for you. The process of purchasing a bowl is usually reflective of a life lesson you are meant to learn.
The original classic frosted bowls are available in sizes ranging from 7" - 24". A common misconception is the belief that the note is tied to the size of the bowl. This is not the case. Theoretically, every note is available in every size. In practice, however, it is a different story; certain notes are more common in certain sizes. As explained above, (How are crystal singing bowls created?), there is no recipe which will take into account the consciousness of the crystal which responds to the needs of the birth environment. We can use the same molds, the same amount of quartz crystal and the same methods for 100 bowls and yet they will not all be the same note.
The size of the bowl determines the octave of the note, the larger the bowl, the lower the octave. An 18" C will be a lower octave than a 12" C, but they are both the note of C. Both will balance the chakra attuned to C, so what is the difference? This is very much a personal preference but there is some information which I have gained through experience.
If you plan on using the bowls only for yourself, then use this link to listen to the variety of sizes Hear the Bowls. This will give you a sense of the different octaves of the different sizes.
If you plan on using the bowls for clients or groups, then I suggest that you should use nothing less than a 12" Classic. If you are using an Alchemy bowl then a 7" or 8" will provide the same octave as these bowls are denser.
Use a soft brush to apply a solution of distilled water with about a 10% mild detergent. Rinse with clear water and dry with a blow dryer.
"Disclaimer Alert": No medical claims are made about using crystal bowls to replace the need for medical advice. If you experience any health problems you should always consult your regular physician or health care practitioner.
There are two basic kinds of singing bowls - the traditional Tibetan singing bowls which are made of a combination of metals, and pure quartz crystal singing bowls. Both kinds of singing bowls produce an enchanting, peaceful sound therapy as you circle the rim with a mallet. The preference for a crystal or a metal singing bowl is purely personal, but as might be expected on a site named crystalsingingbowls.ca, my path has led me to prefer the crystal singing bowls. However, I will try to be objective as I give you the information based upon my experience.
I have found that the bowls are quite tough and have never had a problem while playing or transporting them. Common sense goes a long way in keeping your bowl in good condition and minimizing the risk of breakage. We do not warranty the product against breakage or accept any liability resulting from bowl shatter.
Bowls can break if:
If there is no apparent reason for a break it is usually due to a significant breakthrough in a chakra trauma or an severe shift in the alignment of energies. Sometimes, as much as we might love a bowl, its purpose has been completed and it is no longer needed.
When this happens, please honor the bowl and its work with you. You can turn the pieces into jewelry or chimes or you could bury it in a sacred spot as you would a cherished pet. Please don't put it in the trash.