To be crystal clear

There I was, on a recent Friday night, sitting cross-legged on the second floor of a very dark, very mysterious mansion. In the lotus position, I was chanting in Sanskrit, thinking—how the hell am I going to explain this one?

My friends call my recent experience woo-woo. You’ve been forewarned. A little woo-woo coming your way.

What they call woo-woo I call quantum physics.

This particular Friday night, I was participating in a crystal bowl healing. For the uninitiated, this means I was lying in a room with about 25 other people, while a woman “played” the bowls. Each bowl, when played, emits different sounds. You can not only hear these sounds, but feel them. The room reverberates with them.

Why, you might ask, was I participating in what looked like an adult sleepover? Because, quantum physics.

If you buy into the precepts of quantum physics, we are each just vibrating energy (as is everything else in the world). Crystal bowls emit frequencies that can “tune” our bodies’ frequencies for optimum health and healing.

Perhaps you see why my friends say woo-woo? Aw, they love me anyway.

To me, the crystal bowl bit seems perfectly logical. I believe we will eventually realize medicine should be focused on energy at the quantum level, rather than chemistry.

For 45 minutes or so, I lay on the floor with my yoga mat and blankets, just listening and relaxing. Then, we were asked to do some chanting to ground us. And, ironically enough, after this New Age experience we all returned to our homes to do very non-woo-woo things. Like dishes. Ironing. Accounting for our business.

While you may be picturing some very “out there” personalities, it was a room filled with very ordinary people. A couple of yogi types—men probably in their late 60s with shaved heads–sat near the door. I was next to a couple of women about the same age, but to my left were two college coeds (one of whom really needs to address her snoring issues). Some women looked like busy moms. Others like marathoners. And at the last minute, a businessman walked into the room still in his suit and wingtips. No blankets, no pillows. He just lay down on the hard floor. I guess he needed this hour more than the rest of us.

My friends ask what I got out of this session. During it, not much other than 60 minutes to just be. And that’s worth something in my busy life. But after the session, I can only tell you I have been belly laughing more. Feeling less tired and more energetic.

I know, I know. You’re going to say it’s the placebo effect. I beg to differ. I went to a gong bath several years ago that did nothing—zippo—zilch for me. During or after. This crystal bowl bit was different. I went in thinking I had nothing to lose (except the $25 fee). I came out feeling better. Not immediately. But within about 24 to 48 hours.

When I told some friends about the session at dinner a couple of weeks ago, they were laughing. A bit skeptical as a group. But then one texted me she had found a local place for a gong bath—would I be willing to try it again with her? Another told me in the grocery store she wanted to accompany me to my next crystal bowl healing.

Well, would you look at who is getting a little woo-woo now? She says with a knowing smile.




37 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this post! Your posts are always very descriptive. I feel like I am right there in the room, at the meeting, or where ever you are talking about at the time. I, by the way, am one of those woo, woo, people. I am part woo, woo and part, very worldly. Peace and Blessings

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you! I love that you could feel it, b/c patience is not my strong suit. Which means long descriptions are not my strong suit:). Glad you could feel the room despite the short piece. Part woo woo–I like that. Am thinking 23andme will need to be adding that to ancestry:).

  2. I know for a fact that I would LOVE crystal bowl healing!! Never have I heard of anything like it, but now I am going to google the crap out of it and see if there is one where I live. Relaxing and just being is one of the hardest things for me to do so the thought of doing that for an hour sounds heavenly! This woo-woo thing sounds right up my alley!

    1. candidkay says:

      Oh, I hope you do! And then let me know how it goes . . .

  3. Love this. Save me a seat next time! Waves, energy…yes, yes, yes. Dunno why the world doesn’t see it, lol. Love the new avatar!! *wink* I’d better buckle my seatbelt here before you do many more gong and crystal.

    1. candidkay says:

      Consider it saved:). And I, too, don’t know why the Western world doesn’t see it!

  4. Roy McCarthy says:

    Sure we all need less pills and potions and more resetting to a natural state. I don’t know if I could embrace that sort of session to the extent required though. Running more or less does the trick for me. Love the new profile pic 🙂

    1. candidkay says:

      Running works! But my joints don’t love it:). So glad you are able to continue with it. And thanks on the kind words re: pic:).

  5. invigorating tale…love your sense of humor as well…

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Glad you enjoyed:).

  6. I love your photo, by the way! So gorgeous!

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you! Very kind of you:).

  7. Good vibes only! 💛

  8. Crystal bowls create beautiful and mesmerizing sounds. Kudos on trying something new. A little woo-woo is ok as long as we don’t give our power away. 🙂

    1. candidkay says:

      Well then I’m in luck. I never give my power away:). No worries on that.

  9. cristi says:

    Yesss! I have never done a “bowl healing”, but I would if I could find one in my neck of the woods…and now I’m gonna start looking! I have done some other metaphysical, new age, Eastern Medicine type stuff. It worked for me. You know what they say, “You gotta believe to receive.” I’m a believer. Sounds like you are, too! Thanks for the inspiration…You go girl! And keep telling us all about it 🙂

    1. candidkay says:

      Oh, I hope you do find one! And let me know what you think:).

  10. Anne says:

    I got to attend a short class explaining about the bowls & their purpose & then they demonstrated them for about 5 to 10 min – it was awesome though with my hearing problem I would have to be closer to the person next time. The class was given by 2 people who use the bowl therapy for patients as alternative medicine & was through the Cleveland Clinic. They had used the therapy on severe COPD patients, cancer patients etc so though it is not wide spread & insurance does not cover it, it is being used by some medical facilities. I really enjoyed it. I also had a loma loma massage once & he used the bowl at the very end to balance me.

    1. candidkay says:

      There’s so much we can learn to marry traditional medicine With alternative and integrative medicine. I’m so glad to hear that places as prestigious as the Clinic are at least investigating it.

  11. The old wise one’s have known it for years Kristine, its just taken the 21st century a millennium or two to catch up 😀
    It is an amazing experience, very grounding, calming…and personally, a clearing of any busy bits within. A meditation wrapped in a bowl if you will 😀
    I went to a stone temple many years ago to ‘hear’ a chanting session. The vibration in the building was one of the most incredible things I have ever felt. My entire body was vibrating. By the time I left I was floating, not a care in the world. If you ever get a chance check it out.
    Thank you for sharing your vibration young lady, in your words here and the bowl that you will obtain. Just remember to ‘feel’ each one before you buy, the right one will will feel ‘right’ ❤

    1. candidkay says:

      Yes, I could feel the vibration in the room. The sound reverbrated in a really good way. But I don’t think I’ll be buying my own bowls:). I’ll leave it to the pros. Happy to just attend these!

  12. MollyB111 says:

    Oh you know I LOVE this!! I was just typing you a response to find a session and YOU DID!! A form of binary beats for the ears and the vibration is like tuning forks and can be adjusting/healing. Your can feel the vibe through the floor, too. Beautiful picture. ❤

    1. candidkay says:

      I certainly can’t argue with my results! Can’t wait to find another one to keep ‘tuning.” I knew you’d love this one:).

      1. MollyB111 says:

        (( ❤ )) and Thank YOU!!

  13. Yay!! Love that your stepping into woo woo world. It’s the only way to live 🌈💕

    1. candidkay says:

      Amen, woo-woo sister:).

  14. Our minds and bodies work in kaleidoscopic ways, moving, shaping and being shaped by factors sometimes too intricate and varied for us to recognize or understand. So glad you got a payoff for being open to influences beyond the mapped-out world we so often let define us. This is beyond woo-woo. It’s a genuine Wow!

    1. candidkay says:

      Right?! I must admit, it took my thryoid knocking me down for the count to get me to investigate some of this stuff. But, I’ll do whatever works right now.

  15. I know this all to be true. We, and everything in the Universe, are made up of vibrational energy so it makes sense that these things work. I just can’t stand that Hollywood and TV shows has us so stereotyped: walking around as if in La La Land, saying airy fairy things, etc. Psychics, healers, people who follow this lifestyle do not usually appear or act any different than anyone else. Not like I walk down the street talking to Spirits while wearing gypsy clothes and passing out messages from Spirits to strangers.

    1. candidkay says:

      I agree. And the more of us who appear “ordinary” are open to trying new things, the faster we all progress. Woo-woo and science are becoming inextricably entwined:). Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  16. I’m a firm believer in the benefits – it is the conservatism/stubbornness of thought that is culprit behind getting stuck in the ruts of our lives.

    I’m glad that you came out invigorated!

    1. candidkay says:

      I agree! I think we could each make great strides in our own lives–and fields like medicine could be so much more effective–if we opened our minds a bit to the new.

      1. Oh Kay… That would be too much like right!

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