Personal Development

Identifying Resonance and Resistance – A Sound Healing Exercise

Sound is audible energy – it is the result of particles of matter vibrating to make waves that are ‘big’ enough and of the right pitch to be audible to the human ear. For us to hear sound, the brain must be able to make sense of the energy vibrations and ‘convert’ them into sound we can understand.

As the wave of molecules approaches the human ear, the outer ear catches them and funnels them into the ear canal. The air molecules carry the sound along the ear canal until it reaches the eardrum. This is like an extremely sensitive, tiny trampoline. Behind the eardrum are the three smallest bones in the human body, known as the ossicles: the hammer (or the malleus), the anvil (incus) and the stirrup (stapes). One end of the hammer is embedded in the eardrum, the other is joined to the anvil. When the molecules of sound-carrying energy bounce against it, the hammer starts to rock back and forth, transferring its energy to the anvil, which in turn transfers the energy to the last bone in the chain, the stirrup. This bone is also attached to the inner ear. Inside the inner ear a hollow, spiralled labyrinth is filled with liquid. The sound energy is transferred through the stirrup into the liquid of the inner ear where the ripples flow toward the cochlea. This is lined with little hairs, known as cilia, in groups of wavy lines. Each small group of cilia ‘hears’ a different frequency band. At the base of each single cilia is a receptor. As the sound waves brush over the cilia, a signal passes into the receptors, and down the auditory nerve to the brain.  The brain interprets the sound and that is how we ‘hear’ it.

Enjoy whilst relaxing with these sounds from Lyz Cooper. Prepare your space and allow the sound to bathe every cell in your body.

To know more about sound healing, you can read What is Sound Healing?, recently released from Watkins Publishing.


How did you feel during the first visualisation?
Most people usually come up with the follow words to describe their experience: light, joyful, bright, free, uplifted, happy.

How about the second?
Most people usually come up with the follow words to describe their experience: dark, sad, constricted, small, tense, unhappy.

You may have noticed that these are polar opposites to each other.
All we did to enable us to experience the different physical and emotional feeling and thoughts was changing our mind.

Identifying Resonance and Resistance:
• Improves self-awareness
• Highlights what serves you and what doesn’t
• Puts you in control of your healing process

The more you become aware of Resonance and Resistance the more you will be able to make positive life affirming choices.

Lyz Cooper, sound therapist and founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), has been involvedimage inholistic health since 1982, with sound therapy since 1994 and was the first person in the UK to formulate a therapeutic sound method which was officially recognised by the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) in 1997. She has an MA in Education and an MSc in Applied Music Psychology, and in 2010 the ICNM recognised her work with a fellowship for her outstanding contribution to therapeutic sound worldwide. Lyz is co-founder of the Therapeutic Sound Association, whose aim it is to raise awareness of the benefits of working with sound. She is among those at the forefront of therapeutic sound research and training in the world, and her work is regularly featured in the worldwide press.



Lyz Cooper
What is Sound Healing?
£7.99, available from Watkins Publishing




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