How to Choose the Best Tibetan Singing Bowl?

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 Choosing a Tibetan Singing bowl is both personal and exciting.  There are several things you should consider to make a better choice and feel confident you are making a good decision.

 

I personally think, the Tibetan singing bowl is one of the best and simplest ways to relieve stress. And because stress is the underlying cause of many of our bodies ailments and dis-ease, this is no small thing.

 

 

I’m always amazed that the most effective stress relievers available are both natural and inexpensive.

 

 

If you like the idea of a magical relaxing sound that melts away stress almost instantly, with minuscule effort, then the Tibetan singing bowel is for you.

Of course there are many reason to buy and own a Tibetan Singing bowl.  Whatever the reason, enjoy the process of buying and owning your singing bowl!

 

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Let’s dig in and explore how to chose the best Tibetan singing bowel for you

 

The two biggest questions concerning Tibetan singing bowls are: “How do I choose a good bowl” and “How do I know which bowl is good for a specific chakra.”

Many people also want to obtain a bowl with a specific musical note. Eastern philosophy best reflects the intention of the instruments. Keep in mind that many singing bowls are being made that look old and ancient and are not.

 

 

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They don’t possess the metals, tones, history or spiritual properties of the really ancient instruments that make the older ones so unique and special.

 

Choosing a great Tibetan bowl requires you focus on the following:

 

1.)  Good quality: Get schooled about the look and sound of a good Tibetan singing bowl by asking someone who knows. Many people that sell bowls that are new and machine-made to look old.

 

 

Many people will not be able to tell the difference between an authentic bowl and a good reproduction

 

Just because someone sells a bowl or is Tibetan doesn’t mean they are knowledgeable.

 

An old bowl will be at least 100 years old and even more.
There are several signs that tell of age in a bowl including its shape, markings, thickness of the metal, especially on the bottom (thinner is usually older), and the tone.
Not all old bowls are good bowls, though. Tone, vibration, harmonics, warmth and longevity of sound all come into play. Bowls were made in a variety of areas of Tibet and their shape and markings are telling.

 

 

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Some of the bowls have “consciousness transformation” as their primary intention, and some have physical healing. A high quality, ancient bowl  ranges from $100 for a very small bowl, to thousands of dollars for a larger bowl. If it’s inexpensive and old, then it should be suspect.

 

 

2.)  Your Use.  Decide on how you will use your bowl.  For example: Meditation, grounding, or physical healing.

 

Do you want to become a sound healer? Do you want to use them in yoga classes for relaxation at the end?
The answers to your questions will affect your choices. It’s always a good idea to know what you will use your Tibetan singing bowl for before you make a purchase.
Also if you obtain one good quality bowl and take the time to play it and get to you know its many special tones, obtaining others is a matter of choosing bowls that harmonize easily with the first one in.

 

Also there are many kinds of mallets: wood, suede-covered, felt-covered, and each is available in thick or thin, heavy and light variety. Each mallet will produce a different sound from the bowl.

 

Remember that both the bowls and the mallets need time to break in and that can only happen with playing them. The more you play, the richer the sounds you will hear.

 

Also just like any other instrument, the bowls respond differently when the metals are warmed up. As the mallets develop grooves and texture they will also produce a richer texture.

 

 

3.)  Tone: A bowl should create a vibration that lingers for some time when struck, producing several layers of tones and overlaying harmonics with overtones.

 

If, on the other hand, the vibration and the volume of a bowl flutters away quickly, it’s not a very good quality.

Also, if it has a singular tone or sounds tinny, it’s probably of low quality.

You should strike a bowl with the padded portion of a stick rather than wood or suede to produce a soft expansive sound.

When you “sing” a bowl -rub the rim with the wooden or leather part of a stick- there are several things you should consider. How “alive” the bowl is. Some bowls sing right away, and some need to be played for a while to be broken back in.

This doesn’t mean the bowl is good or bad, but it’s critical to know so you don’t dismiss a potentially good one just because it doesn’t sing right away.
When you hear a bowl sing, listen to your body. If it opens your heart, or moves you in some way; if you feel tingling all over, or the tone directly affects one area of your body or grounds you, these are all great signs.

 

 

Bowls are created for consciousness transformation and healing. They should have some effect on you

 

4.)  Chakras.   In the West, we work with seven chakras.

Unlike in the West, the Tibetans work with five regions of the body. Tibetan bowls were created to bring us back to our interrelationship with all things.

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls are not designed to work on any one chakra to the exclusion of the rest.

 

By their very nature they deal with the whole body.
In this way they are different tools to their western counterparts such as tuning forks and crystal bowls.
That said there are some bowls whose tone and size lead them naturally to certain areas of the body. For example: lower tones for grounding, largest bowls next to the feet. Bowls on the heart, solar plexus and sacrum are good to have in a descending tonal pattern from heart to sacrum.
Every bowl will also respond to intention. Having many bowls is great but understand that even if you have just one bowl, it will impact all of you, and not just a single chakra.

 

The West is overly concerned with assigning a certain note to a certain area of the body. This works well with some modalities, but because the Tibetan bowls create harmonics, and because they are created to reflect wholeness, it’s not necessary to choose a bowl for its note.
This does not dismiss completely the more western approach of choosing specific bowls for their notes and correspondences to different areas of the body, but gives you a wider perspective from which to choose.

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