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  • Maria Alda Gomez Otero

How I Discovered the Six Healing Sounds

In 2012, I came across the Six Healing Sounds for the first time. I was living in Dublin back then, and I was going through a very transformative time. I was finishing my psychotherapy studies and grieving the loss of my first marriage. At times, I was ecstatically happy; others I was full of sorrow. I was going through one of those sad times when my friend Kevin, from West Way Tai Chi, came to visit. Kevin, a Scottish man based in the West of Ireland, was in Dublin for a day. We chatted about tai chi and qigong over a few cups of tea and seeing my sadness he told me about this new qigong set he had been learning: the six healing sounds.

Releasing sadness with the sounds

I can remember both of us sitting on simple chairs on my basic, and small living-room, facing each other. Kevin was doing the movements and gently encouraging me to follow him and try the sounds. Soon enough, I felt a lump in my throat and tears came out of my eyes, releasing my stress and sadness. After I finished the sounds, I was calmed, relieved, at peace.

I am not the type of person that cries in front of my friends. I generally pretend that things are going very well and show a smile. But the sounds helped me get in touch with my real feelings and let them go. This is the magic of the sounds. You do not need to be going through a hard time to benefit from the Six Healing Sounds though. Neither you need to cry in class, and you probably will not. In many years teaching many students, only 2 people felt that urge. The beauty about doing this class online is that you can switch off your camera and you will have the privacy you need.

Emotions Need Releasing

When you accumulate feelings inside and do not let them come out as they arise, they can block your energy and create mental and physical complaints. Feelings have a certain energy and need movement. They are calling for an action. Sadness calls for tears; anger calls for boundaries; fear calls for protection; and so forth. If we cannot feel these emotions, how can we cry, stand up for ourselves, or protect ourselves?

Chinese medicine postulates that each organ in our body stores specific emotions, and not releasing them can create blocks of energy in these organs. The Six Healing sounds is a Taoist qigong practice that helps release the energy stored in these organs. Five healing sounds are associated to five yang main organs in the body and their associated yin organs: Lung and large intestine, kidney and bladder, liver and gallbladder, heart and small intestine, and spleen and stomach. The sixth healing sound aims at restoring our general balance.

Back in Dublin, I had been blocking my sadness and the healing sounds helped me to grief by crying. I have since trained with Taoists’ practitioners in the healing sounds and practised them at home. The most common effect of the sounds is a sense of calmness. Some people feel very tired, find themselves burping, yawning, or even crying. You may also have the strange runny nose or coughing or sneezing. These are all ways in which the body expels toxins and shifts the energy inside, creating space and movement, and releasing blockages.

It is one of my favourite qigong forms and very transformative. If you wish to read more info, you might want to visit my post: Enhance your Health with the Six Healing Sounds Qigong.

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