Gongs Unlimited is decidedly gymnastic about it - as we stretch to be on both sides of the issue: skeptical of the specific or extreme claims, but very open to the obvious idea and evidence that sound frequencies assist healing.
So without any more ado....
Before we discuss the surfeit of youtube videos brimming with binaural beats and the near-hyperbolic claims to miracle healing via the Solfeggio Frequencies, let us take a step back and listen to the big picture.
What are they, these Solfeggios?
Well, Solfeggio is an Italian word that comes from two of the syllables in the scale: sol and fa. Solfeggio has long been a very helpfulmethod of teaching music that uses pitch-singing and sight-singing.
Sight-singing is singing music on first sight of the written music, while pitch-singing is singing by ear. Before Solfeggio was Italian though, it was Greek. (It is definitely a Mediterranean diet of tones.)
It is commonly accepted that Pythagoras created what we know to be the Solfeggio Frequencies.
A Greek mathematician and philosopher, P-Thag (his hip-hop name) lived circa 570 to 495 BC.
One day while he was observing a blacksmith hammering, P-Thag became very aware of the musical notes emanating from the strikes. Being the smart fellow that he was, Pythagoras ran home and began experimenting on his lyre. He did some deducing that sound had a mathematical nature, and, thus, he believed that music could heal.
Pythagoras obviously had not seen the anguish that many students have with Math. They do not associate that subject with healing or feeling better.
Soon, a type of musical tuning system was developed that we now call Pythagorean Tuning. Widely purported to be the oldest method of tuning, there are some Babylonian texts however, that suggest even before Pythagoras, a similar style of tuning existed as far back as 1800 BC.
The Pythagoras tuning method uses a generator for mathematical ratios between notes that is a 3:2 ratio. It is a perfect fifth. A pretty sounding interval.
Because the ratio is simple and smooth, Pythagorean tuning is well suited for more simple music and more simple instruments. And why they stopped writing music in this tuning by about 1500AD. We were getting "complexerer" by then.
Hymn to John the Baptist
In the 8th century, Paulus Diaconus, a Benedictine Monk wrote Ut Queant Laxis, a hymn in honor of John the Baptist.
This piece is commonly accepted as the beginning of the six Solfeggio tones we know today. The Pope at the time wanted a way for his monks and others in the Church, to memorize the chants and hymns. However, most monks and priests were illiterate, they couldn't read music. So Paulus helped label the first six notes of the hymn, which correlate with the six main Solfeggio tones - with syllables.
These syllables eventually evolved into Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do....made famous in the 20th Century by a nun, well at least Julie Andrews playing a nun via The Sound of Music.
As of 2014, the claims are rampant on the Internet that the Solfeggio Frequencies can heal everything from AIDS to Allergies, OCD to dirty DNA, Impotence to Priapism and more! Luckily, because they are on the Internet, we can be assured that they are true. Just listening to a 5 minute YouTube video of 528 Hz should cure your warts and woes!!!
While us Malletheads at Gongs Unlimited love cutting edge healing, and are very spiritually inclined, and love us all the aura and chakra cleansing we can get, and know first-hand, second-hand, and even see it with our third-eye - the great healing power of sound, we are dubious of some of the extraordinary claims made by those who blast these frequencies.
We don't mean to anger proponents of the Solfeggio Frequencies, because we like them. And we will continue to research them and other frequencies. However, we have yet to find solid data out there. Just repurposing of a few people's thoughts over and over.
Yes, sound is a healing tool that can heal mind, soul and yes, of course, cells, but when you get dogmatic about exactly what a frequency or musical note does, you lose out. It may not be doing that; it might be doing something else. It may be healing, but it might depend on how and where you use it. Holding a bottle of cough medicine is different than taking a spoonful.
It is the same thing we see when people suggest a chakra is one certain color, or does one certain thing. Years of clairvoyant readings have shown the Head Mallethead that your chakras are filled with many colors, and those colors change a lot. And many of them are not yours, but other peoples' energies. Don't get stuck on a poster you saw in the bathroom of the yoga studio. And so, it's the same thing with being dogmatic about these frequencies and what they can do. Use them for healing, but watch what they do, study what you see and hear,, separate from the dogma. Maybe you will discover more and greater things that they heal besides what has been said.
Have great info on these frequencies?
Have links to scientific papers that have researched these frequencies? Healing work you personally performed or experienced with the Solfeggio that you can share? Let us know. We always like to learn more.