”If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it,

does it make a sound?” 


Sound not only vibrates, it creates movement.

According to Wikipedia, this physiological sound question about a tree falling originated in the 1910 book Physics by Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss.

Even before that, in 1883, the question was asked: ”If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings would there be any sound?” The answer at that time was actually based in anatomy and physics theories. “No. Sound is the sensation excited in the ear when the air or other medium is set in motion.”

The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration.

The magazine Scientific American corroborated the technical aspect of this question, while leaving out the philosophic side. The questions rephrased: ”If a tree were to fall on an uninhabited island, would there be any sound?” And gave a more technical answer, “Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”

Personally, I can not comment on forest sounds and the goings on when I am not there. However, I can give you my interpretation and witnessed accounts when it comes to Vibrational Sound Therapy. A basic definition of sound states, “vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear; a thing that can be heard.”

I’ll say it again: Sound not only vibrates, it creates movement.

After my own personal experiences I suggest we alter the basic definition listed above. Sound not only vibrates creating something we can hear, it also creates movement and ripples. This movement is felt within the fluids and tissues of our bodies, in addition to the vibrating of our ear bones that traditionally creates sound. This movement positively effects our well-being physically, emotionally and mentally – Changing our cellular structure, allowing us to focus on the priority of healing from the inside out.

To give you a visual, I found the video below explaining a Chladni Plate. Be sure to pay attention to the effects of sound on the sand and water in the video. Especially during the timeframe of 1:08 to 1:43 which demonstrates the effects of harmonic frequencies. Know that the same movement is happening within your body when sound is used during session time.

There is more to healing than is routinely offered in modern day medicine.

You may be asking yourself, “where is this talk of trees falling, sound and modern medicine all leading to?”

Last year I found myself as a patient in the throws of the medical world. I intuitively and instinctively knew I needed surgery, and I needed it done quickly. I also knew there was more to healing than the surgical removal of a mass. Not to mention the need to NOT follow the recommended suggestion of chemical treatments in order to chase a “rogue cell that may have escaped”. Yet no one offered any other options to me.

I knew, in an instant … I must use the knowledge and tools I have been given in order to personally experience the effects.

Thanks to my interest in integrative / alternative medicine, I began my own research and found what I needed. Before surgery I contacted a dear friend and colleague. Together we began a program utilizing a tuning fork along with her yet unpublished HuManual. The results were highly effective. As I look back in hindsight I see how the work we did together shifted the course of my situation. Using the tuning fork to prepare my body for surgery and shifting the focus to release was at the core of our work. Setting intentions and encouraging healing from the inside out is vital.

Vibrational Sound Therapy.

At the office I use singing bowls, bells and chimes. However in this instance I knew I needed to fine-tune and pinpoint the sound and vibration. In the heat of the moment I did not take the time to consult my reference books. I knew, like I had never known before, this IS what needs to be done.

Little did I realize there was information contained in a book on my bookshelf! It was right there! Written explanations of why I was doing what I was doing during the months of June and July 2021. I will continue to seek out and use these techniques and treatments now that I personally know and have experienced their effects. 

In one of my reference books, The Healing Power of Sound, there are explanations of how the use of sound in various forms – singing and toning in particular – actually change cellular structure.

“Cancer cells were not able to support a progressive accumulation of vibratory frequencies … causing cells to disintegrate and ultimately explode.” Identifying that “the structure disorganized extremely quickly.”

There is also some information about Jeffery Thompson, DC. He is the Founder / Director of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research in Carlsbad, California.

“Since the human body is seventy percent water and since sound travels five times more efficiently through water than through air, sound frequency stimulation directly into the body is a highly efficient means for total body stimulation, especially at the cellular level. Direct stimulation of living cellular tissue using sound frequency vibration has shown marked cellular metabolism and therefore a possible mobilization of cellular healing response.”

Jeffery Thompson, DC
Sound Therapy - singing bowl and Tingsha bells

Three weeks after surgery I began weekly sessions with another dear friend and colleague who specializes in Acupuncture and Sound Therapy. She places the acupuncture needles and then proceeds to use tuning forks at additional acupuncture sites as I lay comfortably on her massage table. The sound portion of the treatment does not stop there. Singing bowls of various sizes and tones as well as gongs, the largest being about 3 feet in diameter, are played during session time. It is truly an amazing and profoundly healing experience. I do not believe I would have recovered as well without having those weekly sessions, for months. And, just over a year later I can report I continue to see that practitioner and use my own bowls as I continue to reap the benefits of sound therapy.