“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” – Thess. 5:22
There seems to be a growing trend in the New Age movement, and it is the use of Tibetan singing bowls (also called Himalayan bowls) for relaxation. Popular R&B singers Jhene Aiko and SZA claim sound bowls are a secret weapon for healing. Other people use Tibetan singing bowls for music making, meditation, and for “personal spirituality.”
The use of Tibetan bowls is drawn from Tibetan Buddhism (which includes the animistic Bon religion), Taoism, and Hinduism. At least that is what some have claimed. Some researchers have denied it came from Tibet. Some say the true origin of the Tibetan singing bowls may only date back to the 1970s. Whatever the case, it certainly is of the demonic New Age movement.
An article reads about how Tibetan singing bowls are used:
Tibetan bowls, which are metal, release two frequencies. Striking them at the rim, rather than the bottom of the bowl, will produce different notes which emit different frequencies. Crystal bowls, like the ones Aiko uses on Chilombo, vary depending on which gems are infused in their glass. Most bowls are infused with crystal quartz, which is said to help restore energy, but when SZA wants to feel cleansed, she reaches for her selenite bowl, and when she wants to feel loved, she grabs a bowl infused with morganite.
One mainstream news source reports of its supposed benefits:
Never heard of the ancient sound-healing practice? The relaxing musical presentations, which predate Christ and have been scientifically linked to reductions in stress and anxiety, are becoming more popular in the United States, likely linked to the country’s increased interest in health, wellness, meditation and mindfulness.
[Note: When you read buzzwords such as frequencies, vibrations, mindfulness, wellness, etc. Watch out! It could be something of the New Age.]
Science proves it reduces stress and anxiety, right? I don’t know if it is conclusive. But even if it actually does reduce stress and anxiety, so does use of certain street drugs. Just because it may benefit in some aspect doesn’t mean it is without harm in others.
Now, I am not claiming that getting involved with Tibetan singing bowls can open oneself to demonization. I have yet to encounter a person who has been demonized as a result of using it. However, since it seems to be gaining popularity in the New Age movement and possibly has its roots in Eastern Religions – all deceptions of satan – it should be avoided. One who is involved with Tibetan bowls is probably also involved in other New Age related practices such as New Age Meditation and New Age Crystals, which can possibly lead to demonization. Since those involved in the New Age movement are being led by deceiving spirits, it would be wise to avoid whatever trendy practice they have. It may be that singing bowls are without spiritual effects, but why take the risk? There are so many other ways to relax (have you tried taking a walk in the park?).
If a non-Christian is reading this, know that the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ, who manifested in the flesh and is one with the Heavenly Father, and is fully God and fully Man. Jesus willingly took on the suffering and penalty for sins on the cross, bodily resurrected and ascended to God the Father. Forgiveness and peace with God is offered to all who believe in him.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”