Sound, Color and Chi Gong – Nourishment for Body, Mind, and Spirit

Chiu-Nan, Lai, Ph.D.

In recent years I have observed first-hand, and also have heard others say, that they are seeing unexpected deterioration in the physical, emotional and mental health of themselves and their loved ones. They are not as robust, positive, happy and optimistic as before. The following symptoms have become more common: physical symptoms such as premature aging, proneness to injury and accidents; cognitive problems such as forgetfulness, distractions, delusion, and suicidal tendencies; and emotional difficulties such as depression, irritability, inflexibility, lack of interest in life, feelings of being lost, a lack of ability to think independently, loss of creativity, indecisiveness and hesitancy.

These are not accidental, but are a consequence of our damaged environment, as well as of our lifestyle, dietary choices, and actions that are not in harmony with nature. Furthermore, the exponential advance in wireless telecommunications also contributes to the deterioration of health in general. What was considered abnormal in the past is becoming more and more normal.

Ancient Chinese medicine had a clear understanding of the direct connection between emotional, mental and physical well-being and the elements of nature, earth, water, fire, and wind. Emotional states such as joy, anger, sadness, fear, worry and mental processes are connected to both internal organs and the Five Elements. When all is in harmony, the mental and emotional states will be in balance. One is then optimistic and proactive.

A damaged ecosystem injures our chi(life force), and disrupts the balance of our vital organs. Injury to the heart causes over-excitement. Other organ/emotional state relationships are: lung/sadness; liver/anger; spleen/criticalness, inability to forgive, and mental agitation; and kidney/fear. The precise and close relationship between the consciousness and vital organs is expounded upon in classic writings on Chinese medicine in the following way: heart/consciousness; liver/spirit; spleen/volition; lung/willpower; kidney/determination. The five vital organs are not restricted to physical organs (heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney) but also to the functioning of the meridians and their related organs. For example, eyes belong to the liver meridian, ears to the kidney, nose to the lung, brain to the heart, and tongue to the spleen.

Meridian/Sense Organ/Element

  • Heart/Brain/Fire
  • Liver/Eyes/Wood
  • Spleen/Tongue/Earth
  • Lung/Nose/Metal
  • Kidney/Ears/Water

Relationships between the five vital organs and the elements are:

  • Liver (Wood)
  • Spleen (Earth)
  • Heart (Fire)
  • Kidney (Water)
  • Lung (Metal)

Also, the Five Elements follow a mutually productive or mutually destructive relationship. For example,on the positive side:

  • wood enhances fire
  • fire enhances earth
  • earth enhances metal
  • metal enhances water
  • water enhances wood

The opposing relationship applies as well:

  • water opposes fire
  • metal opposes wood
  • etc.

The Five Elements rely on the laws of generation and destruction to maintain a balance. When the Five Elements and vital organs lose their balance, the resulting effects on the consciousness show in the following ways: excessive fire [complaining]; deficiency in fire [madness]; excessive earth [stubbornness or obsession with the past]; deficiency in earth [poor memory]; excessive metal [delusion, or obsession with the future]; deficiency in metal [lack of willpower, indecisiveness and fearfulness]; excessive wood [pride and strong self-defensiveness]; deficiency in wood [low self-esteem]. I find answers to common maladies faced by modern people through ancient Chinese medicine.

How do we heal? How do we harmonize body and mind? This is the next important area of exploration. Apart from a physical body, human beings possess an etheric body and other subtler bodies that were well understood by ancient cultures, as well as by Anthroposophy, and Chi Gong. Radio waves and electromagnetic fields are especially harmful to these subtle bodies and indirectly harm our physical body.

Our physical body communicates to other subtle bodies through chakras (energy centers). I observed that many people have closed chakras, so then naturally they are not able to communicate with the subtle bodies, nor receive energetic nourishment and higher guidance from the spiritual realms. These subtle bodies are channels linking us to spiritual realms to which we connect for guidance and communication. Damage to the subtle bodies cuts us off from the spiritual realms, leading to loss of direction in life, and actions that tend to bring harm to the world.

Opening our chakras is a first step to repair and healing. I have introduced Dr. Valerie Hunt’s method of chakra-balancing exercise in the Nov. 1999 issue of Lapis Magazine; it was also published in “Dr. Lai’s Health Tips.” It is best for people in modern times to do these exercises daily. You can exercise once while lying in bed before sleep, and once more whenever needed during the day. If the chakras remain closed for a long period of time, the corresponding body parts will experience blockage and ailment. Knees that have closed chakras will experience pain and weakness in the legs. With the navel chakra closed, one experiences poor digestive and excretory function. Anyone who has received anesthesia will have a closed navel chakra. For other than doing the chakra-balancing exercise, one needs to ask another person to assist. This assistant joins in doing the chakra-balancing exercise, then places the right hand over the naval area to pull away the toxic remnants of anesthesia in the etheric body.

We can also use sounds and colors to heal the subtle bodies. Ancient Indian culture believed that human beings come from the heaven of light and sound. Ancient Chinese medicine also believed in the healing effects of sounds and colors on our body systems. The five vital organs correspond with the five heavenly sound notes: “Heaven has five sounds and humans have five organs.” Each sound and organ has a corresponding color.

The very first Chinese medicine was music, with herbals added at a later stage. (This explains why the Chinese character for “medicine” is a combination of the words “music” and “herb”). The musical notes in olden times were determined by varying the length of bamboo grown in a particular location, and expressed by five notes. The following list shows the relationships of modern notes, colors, vital organs and elements:

Meridian/Element/Musical Note/Color:

  • Heart/Fire/C#/Red
  • Liver/Wood/A#/Blue-Green
  • Spleen/Earth/F#/Yellow
  • Lung/Metal/G#/White
  • Kidney/Water/D#/Blue-Black

Harmonious colors and sounds have nourishing effects, while disharmonious sounds have negative effects. Observe and hear what colors and sounds are there in the environment, and what colors and sounds your body needs. The earth is in the note of F. You may use an F tuning fork to touch a wall to cleanse a room. First, hit it on a soft surface (such as the thigh) and touch the wall with the end of the handle. From the root chakra to the rest of body below it, our body needs the F note for balancing. We can place a tuning fork at the coccyx or dantian (below the navel).

The human voice is the best instrument and most effective for healing. A French musician-acupuncturist together with a scientist researched the effects of sound on cells in the laboratory. Red blood cells show the biggest reaction to human voice, especially to the note A [440 CYCLES]. The red blood cell radiates at every A note, and it radiates in response to musical instruments that sound the A note. Cancer cells are intolerant of musical scale; generally they will explode at the 6th and 7th note on the scale, while normal cells do not. Singing is good sound nourishment; try it from a lower note to high note, and then high to low. Observe mindfully and notice which note allows you to lose yourself. Repeat that note and you will hear a lower reverberation. That reverberation is the fundamental note that is unique to each of us. Sounding this note helps us to recover and uplift rapidly. Some illnesses are a result of a deficiency of a certain sound; if we are able to discover that missing note, sounding it will certainly be a good medicine.

Observing the relationship of the five notes and vital organs, and the principle of generation and destruction in the Five Elements, we can develop a good idea of how to supplement the note. For weak spleen and stomach, one can enhance the fire (heart) C# and earth (spleen) F#. We can use a simple musical instrument or tuning forks to sound the notes. Other than musical notes, vowels are also good nourishment for the internal organs. We can combine vowel sounds (e, o, ah, a, ei, oo) with the musical notes.

We are also able to receive color nourishment from color gels, nature and our imagination. Vegetation grown in the wild or by organic farming methods is also a source of color supplement. The following guided imagery exercise is adapted from methods of Dr. Mitchell May and Harold McCoY. It helps to repair our etheric body, especially after chemotherapy treatments: Imagine yourself lying on a beach. Clear turquoise water washes over you, cleansing away all your pain and ailments, fear, all negative emotions and mental pollutions. Turquoise color has the effect of purification and transformation; we can use it to cleanse ourselves and the environment. To cleanse the environment, imagine a turquoise colored wind blowing away all impurities. Then imagine the sea water turning red, radiating red light. Immerse yourself in the red sea water, absorbing all the redness that you need. Then have the sea water turning to a sky blue color. Likewise, immerse yourself in the water of sky blue. Next, turn it to yellow, green, orange, magenta and indigo, etc. Finally, immerse yourself in water radiating all seven colors of light. Imagine that the oceans and all waters on the planet are made up of these 7 colors, mending and purifying the earth.

Combining color and sound therapy with guided imagery and energy (chi) exercises help to open and repair our subtle bodies. There are many energy exercises, such as Waidangong, in Chinese culture. Spiritual growth and joy rely on a healthy body and subtle energetic bodies. When these bodies are injured by electromagnetic waves such as radio waves, our consciousness degenerates to a depressed state, in which we cannot receive spiritual wisdom. We may even reject it. Many in the younger generation feel lost, are addicted to the world of virtual reality, and often do not have the warmth and joy that can come with being human. They feel disconnected from nature, and tend to be isolated, antisocial and cruel. The younger generation is in dire need of healing of their subtle bodies, with therapeutic use of colors, sounds and energy exercises to restore their healthy humanity, mind and emotions. I hope that more parents and grandparents are aware of this, and begin the preventive work of protecting the younger generation.

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