“The oracle of Dodona was presided over by Jupiter, who uttered prophecies through oak trees, birds, and vases of brass. … The ‘talking’ trees stood together, forming a sacred grove. When the priests desired answers to important questions, after careful and solemn purifications they retired to the grove. When they had stated their questions, the trees spoke with the voices of human beings, revealing to the priests the desired information. …
“Most curious of the oracles of Dodona were the ‘talking’ vases, or kettles. These were made of brass and so carefully fashioned that when struck they gave off sound for hours.” ~Manly P. Hall
The trees of Dodona didn’t actually talk. What they did varies depending on who you listen to. Some say actual voices could be heard coming from the trees. Others, that the rustling leaves made sounds that could only be interpreted by the oracles. In either case, we are talking about sound coming from the trees.
More interesting is the tale of “talking” vases or kettles made of brass. The fact that it was said they gave off sound for hours after being struck indicates that this is something different from listening to the “voices” in the trees and from the birds. This sound more like a tool used to raise the vibrations of the priests and others present during the oracular ceremony. This sounds very similar to the singing brass bowls used in Tibet and the crystal ones used elsewhere in spiritual and mystical ceremony.
In Tibet, and perhaps other places, “singing” brass bowls are played. This is not just to produce music for entertainment, but to raise vibrations. The people present cannot help but react to some degree to the vibrations of the bowls by vibrating higher themselves in an effort to match the vibrations of the bowls. Some bowls are carefully selected to stimulate vibration—and therefore growth—in a specific chakra (energy center). Playing several bowls in the correct sequence can not only raise the vibrations of those present, but also encourage the flow of energy up the spine to the crown chakra.
Crystal Singing Bowls
In some places, singing bowls made of quartz crystal are used instead of brass. They are
more expensive, but those who are sensitive to such things say they produce a clearer, more pure sound that does a better job of raising vibrations of those in attendance. Sometime they are used in conjunction with musical instruments, singing, or chanting.
A recent theory regarding the mysterious Stonehenge in England is that the standing stones were struck during ceremonies creating sound vibrations. The purpose of doing so would be the same as with the “singing” bowls and the “talking” kettles.
Sound is an aid to spiritual growth in two ways. One is that listening to the pleasant sound can help calm and quite the mind—always recommended in spiritual techniques. The other is raising our overall vibrations and increasing the flow of energy through the chakras. All of which is beneficial on both the physical and the spiritual level.
For a sample of Crystal Bowl Sounds, click here.