During the time of Confucius 5th C. BC, the ancient kings were ever careful about things which affected the human heart. When the heart's chord of sorrow, joy, anger or piety was touched, the corresponding music was produced. In those days it was through the tones of ritual and music that brought people's inner feelings and external conduct into balance to establish an atmosphere of peace in the nation. The Emperor, with the help of his philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, astrologists & high priests, set the foundation tone / pitch upon which the music of the entire empire (China became a republic in 1912.) was based.
This perfect 'Yellow Bell' tone (known as Huang Chung) using celestial principles and cosmic proportions, was called after the colour of sacred wisdom, the Chinese imperial colour. The Chinese did not conceive the universe as being static. The pitch of bells and all musical instruments were modified according to the astrological, seasonal and climatic changes. The emperor could tell the condition of the individual cantons making up his empire, by their pitch and musical representation. The Chinese are credited for the art of bell founding, making massive bells of 50 tons, to small Wind-bells (Feng-ling) that hang from the eaves of houses & pagodas.
Windchimes and bells were used to ward off ill omen. Thousands of years ago chimes and bells were used as warning signals immediately prior to the events of uncontrollable forces. It was believed that God's wrath brought windstorms, snow storms, hurricanes, fires, erupting volcanoes, avalanches, tidal waves and so forth. Thus, it came about that still today, they are known to bestow peace, good fortune and happiness. Even at weddings, church bells are rung before and after the ceremony, forming a protective, sacred space during which time the commitment of the heart between the couple takes place.
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The Symbol of Windchimes lie not only in the intention and in the heart of the giver, but also in the quality and the sound of the chime itself. For over 18 years, Lindibell has given great attention and care to the selection of materials, decorations, finishes, tunings and longevity of the end product. (See letters of appreciation.)
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The ear is connected to nearly all the cranial nerves, which in turn lead to all parts of the body. It is no wonder then, that listening to soothing sounds creates states of balance, release, relief, relaxation and peacefulness.
Pure sound cuts out the left brain function of judgement of liking or disliking a piece of music and whether or not it is skilfully played. Sound alone cannot be hummed or sung from note to note. It is a continuum. The random sound of the notes of windchimes (or bells, singing bowls and gongs) tickles the right brain functioning - the intuitive, creative, the abstract - giving our mind relief and freedom from habitual, logical thinking. It brings us into touch with a quieter space where we can better listen to ourselves - a moment of 'time-out' for honouring ourselves. Silence is akin to stillness. Our spontaneous experience of sound has nothing to do with intellectual, logical, rational or left-brained thinking. Sound amplifies the right-brained environment, where we can let go of the need to control. If we truly listen maybe we can hear the whisper of the wind, or that place of silence and wholeness that is in each of us. We all acknowledge that there is an important difference between hearing and listening, as with seeing and looking. Hearing is a passive experience. Listening is focussed and active.
Windchimes promote relaxation and a willingness to listen. They are mood and atmosphere changers.
They pierce through moods and anxiety. Stimulate creativity and uplifts feelings.
They relieve fatigue and inertia, restoring vitality.
They are soothing and quietening. Express gentleness and joy. They inspire peace and restfulness.
The middle and inner ear of the human foetus attains practically adult size by the 5th month of gestation. It is the first sensory organ to evolve and is like a primitive brain affecting the brain's development. Therefore, appreciation for acoustical nuances is built into the human brain during its embryonic development. Our auditory capacity ranges from approximately 16Hertz to 20,000 Hz (cycles per second) and is ten times larger in range than our visual capacity, which extends from infrared to ultra violet wavelengths. While our audible memory far exceeds our visual memory, there is an enormously greater audible functioning happening in our subconscious than we are aware of.
How conscious are we? Are some of us unconscious nomads neurotically looking for a quick fix to our discord? Do we spread discord and noise, or do we contribute to harmony? Are we are responsible for everything we listen to? Sound can produce beauty and inspiration, or it can be destructive, shattering, violent and painful.
Today we live in a rapid, dynamic, ever-changing and disposable society - and with it comes fear and stress - the disease of the body, emotions and mind. Ideally, we want to recharge our batteries to feel refreshed and whole - healing ourselves and the planet we inhabit.
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