As you may already be aware, sound has been used as a tool for healing for thousands of years in various cultures around the globe. Through sound, we can change the rhythms of our brain waves, our heartbeat and our respiration, affecting our overall health. Sound healing is the therapeutic application of these sound frequencies to a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health by balancing the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual aspect of their being. It works by using interval and frequency to help move the body into balance and has been utilized in various cultures around the world for thousands of years as a tool for healing.
The essence of grounding is to be fully embodied and in the now. There is a multitude of ways to get into this state, but I’m going share some tips on how to use sound as a tool to help you get more grounded.
The most accessible and no cost way to ground yourself using sound is to immerse yourself in the natural world. Even if you live in a city, find a tree in a park to sit under. The sound of birds singing, ocean waves crashing, trees blowing in the breeze are a few examples we all know.
And now new research shows that listening to, or playing 'natural sounds' affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain.
For extra effect, sit or have your bare-feet directly on the earth and imagine roots growing down from the bottom of your spine deep into the earth.
Aligning your brainwaves to a certain frequency can cause a physiological reaction. Physiological reactions are often stress-related, such as an increased heart rate. With sound therapy, your body’s physiological response is positive. You release nitric oxide, a molecule responsible for expanding blood vessels, increasing blood flow and reducing pain signals.
Deep meditation, healing, and creative insight can happen when you shift your brainwaves into the theta brainwave state. Sound therapy uses specific instruments to create healing frequencies and can also shift your brainwave state. These instruments may include gongs, shamanic drums, Tibetan singing bowls, Crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, drones and even the voice with vocal toning.
Check out the NWN practitioners in your area to experience a sound bath or sound meditation where you live.
Two other great ways to use sound for grounding are listening to binaural beats or guided meditations and following the sound of your breath during meditation.
Mother earth soundscape tuned to the frequency of Earth (Created by fellow band member in End of Time Daniel)
Binaural beats theta meditation
Stacey Griffin is the founder of Shift Meditation, where she creates immersive sound healing and meditation experiences around Amsterdam (where she’s based, although originally from Canada) and the world. A pioneer in the field of sound healing, she also speaks at conferences on the topic of sound as medicine and is part of the multi-dimensional music group End of Time.
After leaving a 15-year career in the fashion industry and becoming a mindfulness teacher and certified sound therapist 3 1/2 years ago, she’s been fully focused on bringing sound healing more into the mainstream.
It is her belief in the power of sound, combined with her personal transformation using meditation that drives her to help others turn inward to improve their lives. Learn more at