Singing Bowls: What They Are & How to Use Them

Singing Bowls: What They Are & How to Use Them

Posted by Cidney Bachert on February 17th 2021

Going into any metaphysical store, you're almost sure to find a variety of singing bowls. From small to large, colored brass or crystal, there's plenty of singing bowls to choose from. The question is which ones are the best quality. While the others are sure to sound beautiful and healing in their own way, today we are going to talk about hand-hammered singing bowls from Nepal. 

The Origin of Singing Bowls 

Singing bowls are believed to have first appeared around 5,000 years ago during Ancient Mesopotamia, but much of their origin and history remains a mystery. It is believed that the first singing bowls were made of pure copper and used for medicinal and musical purposes. Not much is known about singing bowls from Tibet, which is where many of them are made. These bowls were believed to be used by Tibetan monks and lamas during secret rituals; therefore, no information was written or spoken about them or their uses. Many of these ancient singing bowls appear to be significantly larger than those today and are much heavier. Similar to how the value of a coin was determined by the type of material that made up the coin, the same can be said for singing bowls. The singing bowl itself was not worth as much as the material that it was created with. Traditionally, these were gifted to newly-weds as a way to start the couple off in a financially sound way. [1] 

What Does Hand-Hammered Mean? 

Hand-hammered singing bowls are made out of seven different metals: gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, lead, and zinc. These seven metals represent the planets, and some singing bowls, such as a Full Moon Singing Bowl, and made on a full moon to embody the powers that that astrology experience contains. Traditional singing bowls makers will either pour the molten metals into a mold or hammer a sheet of metal into the shape. These hand-hammered bowls are easily distinguished because you can see the individual hammer marks on the sides. 

How Are Singing Bowls Used? 

Singing bowls are played with a striker that can be used on the side of a bowl or slide along the upper edge of the bowl. Each method produces a different type of sound. A single strike will often produce a louder sound for a longer period, where sliding along the bowl's edge will slowly over time produce a louder yet deeper sound. Singing bowls can be used during sound healing, meditations, cleansing rituals, and more. It is also believed that each of the seven chakras responds positively to a certain note played by an instrument or singing bowl, so those that correspond with each chakra can also help to clear energetic blockages. 

Find the Singing Bowl That is Right for You 

When looking for a singing bowl, there a few things that you should consider before making your purchase. The first is price, how much are you willing to spend? While there are cheaper singing bowls online, those may only be made with two metals and are made in mass production. Hand-hammered singing bowls take more time and will cost more, but you know that you are getting a quality singing bowl. 

Second, what kind of size are you looking for? If you often host gatherings or meditations, a large singing bowl might be more suitable for you. If you travel often or live in a small apartment, a smaller singing bowl that can fit on a shelf may work better for you. 

Finally, what does it sound like? Does the sound resonate within you? Does it feel like it is working from the inside out, vibrating each molecule and stretching out into your energetic field? Play each singing bowl that you feel pulled to and meditate on how each sound sits with you. When the right bowl comes along you will know it deep within.


[1] Singing Bowls: Complete Guide (Updated 2021).

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