If you've wandered into most any New Age shop you will have come across tibetan bowls. They are usually displayed on top of a counter somewhere. Several places I've been to have them accessible so that you may try them out. Any of you who have had the opportunity to hear them will probably admit they can sound amazing when they are played. :))) Did you know that they are quite useful for meditation and balancing your energy? The sound and vibration from the bowls will actually balance your energy.
As an energy healer, I believe most illnesses have to do with our energy being out of balance and not flowing properly, so these can be a very valuable tool to assist with that. These bowls and their tradition of using them to heal go back over 3,000 years to the Bronze age. They have been made for centuries throughout Asia. Depending on where you follow your history you may hear of different origins. According to Tibetan oral tradition, singing bowls go back to the time of Buddha, approximately 560 B.C. They say that Padmasambhava brought the bowls from India to Tibet in the 8th century.
The bowls originally were made of 12 different metals; silver, nickel, copper, zinc, antimony, tin, lead, cobalt, bismuth, arsenic, cadmium and iron. It is very difficult to find a bowl that is crafted with all of these metals today. If you get the opportunity to attend a mediation with them in person I highly recommend it. I promise it will be well worth it. They bring you this inner sense of peace and calm and you just feel amazing during and after it. In the meantime I found two videos for you on youtube. I would suggest headphones when listening to them as the sound will be better. The first is more of a demonstrational video that is about 8 minutes. The second is a 45 minut video that's very useful for meditation.
Tibetan Bowl and Moon Gong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gws_O8OQSIo
Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gws_O8OQSIo
I also found an article on how to play them. :)))) How to Play a Tibetan Singing Bowl -http://www.ehow.com/how_7801855_play-tibetan-singing-bowl.html
Love and Blessings,