Book Review: The Healing Power of Sound

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The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music

The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music by Mitchell L. Gaynor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


After experiencing Tibetan Healing bowls for the first time, Dr Gaynor seeks to put left and right brain together and bring us the best, scientific, peer-reviewed research available, as of 1999. Dr Gaynor does an excellent job of outlining the available research on sound healing, doing his best to appease the scientific and skeptics alike by explaining the science behind sound healing techniques that have essentially been in use for thousands of years, before we humans even had the intelligence to dispute their efficacy.

Dr Gaynor is a physician who incorporates sound healing into his oncology practice. He encourages others to incorporate a more holistic approach into their medical practices, citing many examples of how sound healing in his own practice has provided positive results for his own patients. He understands sound healing as a complimentary practice rather than an alternative one, recognizing that a holistic care plan requires caring for the whole person, this means body, mind and spirit, Our whole person encompasses not only our physical person, but also our emotions, feelings and all previous traumas and experiences. Dr Gaynor recognized the amalgam of psychology and spirituality was missing from his practice . The addition of sound therapy provided a more satisfactory, holistic treatment plan.

Had I read this book in 1999, I would have likely given it 5 stars. Some of the information in the book in now outdated, but I contend the book lays out a solid foundational understanding of the science behind sound healing.

I highly recommend this book for all sound healers as it will give you a solid elementary understanding of the science behind the sound, things quantum science is only beginning to understand, some 20 years after this book was published.

Of note, the information in this book is the exact same information in another book by Dr Gaynor, of a different title” “Sounds of Healing” the two titles are identical and there is no need to read both, one or the other will suffice.

I highly recommend this book for all sound healers including crystal bowl players, gong players, tuning fork users and other practice rooted in sonic healing.

I also highly recommend this book to musicians, music producers and DJs. Once you understand the principles of resonance and the ability of sound to change the vibration of our biology, you begin to recognize the responsibility you hold as a musician.

As I have stated, some of the information is outdated, some 20 years later, but I believe this provides is with a solid jumping off point for understanding the nature and background of sound healing.



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