Ever notice the way the universe conspires to give you exactly what you need the moment you need it? Or how you could live in a city all your life, and never know about a really great resource until you acknowledge you could use it? For some time I have been exploring the ways of eastern philosophy and religion, but uncertain that Miami really held many options for the spiritually curious, and then Bam! Suddenly, information about this Five Sisters Spiritual Shop came across my metaphysical desk from a dear friend, who like me was seeking to embody certain qualities for her life (i.e., peace, serenity, spiritual awareness, and presence).
The first time I visited the shop scents of patchouli and sandalwood gracefully entered my amygdala and it put me at ease. I felt as if I entered an old friend’s home and I’m being invited to take my shoes off, get cozy, and find center… so I did, minus the taking my shoes off to avoid awkward glances ( albeit it’s not the type of place where judgment would come quickly). Once inside, you’re are free to peruse the eclectic variety of spiritual trinkets like beautiful mala beads, necklaces of individual chakra pendants, tiny Buddha figurines made out of different crystals, like jade or rose quartz, clothing, crystal lamps, incense, and the list goes on.
Just when I thought this place couldn’t get any more spiritually charming, I saw the meditation room located beyond the back door of the store. There you could find yoga mats, pillows, and a large dose of peace and quiet. Not only is this room available for guests of the store to use respectfully, it is where they host spiritual healing services for your soul’s pleasure. Eager to immerse myself in a new experience, I opted for the vibrational healing course, which admittedly my friends, was a brilliant move. I usually like to keep an open mind when trying new things, and especially with spirituality you should go as a blank slate without expectations or reservations. That being said, all I knew about vibrational healing going into it were three simple facts: ancient bowls would be played while the instructor lead the group in a meditation, the sounds would be harmonic, and that it was 90 minutes in duration.
The room was charged with good intention and dim lighting, everyone took their seat on a yoga mat or a small pillow fort, waiting patiently as everyone staggered inside. I find when strangers gather for a practice of any sort there is something primordial and inherently powerful in the simplicity of being open to trying new things without passing judgment on the atmosphere, or the people in it. It is in that space of openness that you can learn something new about yourself and grow from it. To break the ice, the instructor asked the newbies to raise their hands, and unashamed we each made ourselves known. He gave us the low down on what to expect and really just invited us to relax, and take from the experience whatever resonates. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I was lulled into a meditative state feeling the vibrations of the transcending sounds flow through me, each tone striking a different cord within my body. I was aware for the full 90 minutes thinking to myself that these bowls were in a way playing me like a musical instrument and causing subtle shifts and moment of release. Over all, I give the experience credit for holding my attention fully, and completely, while giving me a sense of peaceful relaxation.
When the class ended, being delighted with the shifts that occurred in my thoughts and perspective during meditation; I began my research to explore the magic behind this ancient practice. This instrument for healing dates back to a variety of ancient Eastern cultures, and the bowls themselves are commonly referred to as “Tibetan singing bowls.” Made from bell metal bronze, they contain over laying harmonic resonance and overtones that last and linger in your audible mind. Some bowls are manufactured from pure crystals that have varying frequencies, and are made to target specific organ systems. Nipping at the heels of physicists for centuries before the sound wave, or any wave for that matter, was scientifically calculated, people used this modality as a tool to reestablish balance in the energy whirlpools known as “the seven chakras.” The chakras are your metaphysical anchors that harness the power of your emotions, thought processes, and psyche; thus when out of balance or experiencing a blockage a person may find themselves struggling with certain areas of their life or experiencing illness.
The link between physical illness and the metaphysical body is intuitive when you think about it; factors such as stress, sadness, depression, anger, frustration etc., have all been called out by modern society as being culprits in advent decreases in physical health and wellbeing. Given our scientific advancements, we can now integrate the concept that we (human beings) and everything in the manifest universe are ultimately composed of vibrational energy, quantized units vibrating at a specific frequency. Once physics, chemistry, and biology joins the conversation with ancient wisdom, this topic really gets exciting. There is actual scientific research aiming to prove these connections not only exist, but can battle disease by targeting the energy source of the problem. An added benefit if not the most valuable of them, this alternative and integrative treatment won’t stand to cause ten more ailments in the process, which is common with many pharmaceutical therapies, or what I like to call the “Whack-A-Mole” method.
Simply put, the big picture of wellness involves the mind, body and soul. These three components of our existence must be treated as equals in order to find balance in our life. The way I see it, before we consider going under the knife, or being injected, or taking a pill every day; shouldn’t we consider an alternative that is pain free and has virtually no side effects?
Let us intend to expand our horizons and take a leap of faith that the universe lead you to this article for a purpose, and with your own curiosity seek out more information about vibrational healing because there is a variety of methods, most popular being acupuncture. At the very least I hope my good experience at Five Sisters Spiritual Shop will inspire you to seek loving and truly healing options in the pursuit of good health and a happy life.