Monday, July 8, 2013

Blue Cast Tibetan Singing Bowls Review

I have a brand new product that I have never reviewed before to tell you about called the Blue Cast Tibetan Singing Bowl that I got from a company called Silver Sky Imports. My bowl that you see above is 5" wide and ranging from 3" in height.
I was really blown away how beautiful the bowl was when it came. I was further enchanted by the sound of the bowl when I took the striker tool (the long wooden object) and would strike it against the bowl and the most beautiful sounds came out! I wish I knew how to handle them so I could make real music but it's all above me right now. I just like to hear the awesome echoing it does when I strike it!
Here is the story about the Singing Bowls:
Since Tibetan singing bowls have a very mysterious history it is sometimes hard to find information about them, in fact there is literally no mention of them in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. They can be found in both monasteries and homes, but when questioned about there existence vague answers are usually given. It has been rumored that it is actually forbidden for monks to speak about the singing bowls.  
Some say that the bowls are used by high lamas in secret rituals, which gives them the ability to travel to different realms and dimensions. In the end one thing remains certain, that singing bowls are a very powerful spiritual tool. In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan Singing Bowls are used for Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Healing, and Reiki.
I really had no idea who at a singing bowl was until mine arrived and then I kind of remember seeing one on TV or hearing one but it's been a while back home. They make the most beautiful sounds when you take the Striker and hit the sides of the bowl. It echoes all over the place and adds to the melody. I am sure there is a way to do this but I haven't figured it out yet.
Of course, I have never played any kind of musical instrument and so it's no surprise to me. I am content to just bong a few times and let it echo throughout the house. The Striker looks even more beautiful in the real and the velvet like cloth on one ends is very beautiful.  They come in all sizes so make sure you get the one you want when you get it. I think the size of mine is perfect but far from being the only that is pretty!
They also come in other colors and I think these are some that I would like to choose from:
I think this one is absolutely gorgeous too! I love the salmon like pink color and how it matches the silver bowl perfectly!
And this gold one has a lot of artwork all around the bowl. I can imagine it took someone a long time to write it perfectly on a bowl's surface.
I hope you got the feel of them and that you will check out their website for more info on all the different sizes and styles along with color that each of them has. As you can see, they have a lot of Singing Bowls to choose from!
The bowls are priced based on weight, size, and condition. The larger or heavier the bowl, the higher the price. Also, please note that all of these bowls are left in their original imported condition. These particular bowls are being sold at a discount as they don't go through our normal process of tuning, individual soundfile recording and individual picture. They also have bowls that are called Zen Bowls or the Antique Singing Bowls
Here is how you get them to sing for you:
1. Hold the bowl in the palm of either hand with a firm grip on the bottom of the bowl. If the bowl is larger you can set it down or wedge it between your legs in a sitting position.  Be careful not to touch the sides of the bowl as that is where the vibration comes from
2. With the striker, rub the outside rim in a circular motion. Keep an even pressure. Sometimes it is easier to strike the bowl first to get the vibrations going.
3. Gently increase the speed as the bowl begins to vibrate, and as the sound grows. Sometimes this method can take practice.

You can also use the method that will be "gonging" or "striking" the bowls. This is a simple method that involves striking the bowl with a wood or padded striker. We do have additional padded tools available in our store.

They even have bowls for elephants! This is so amazing!

Silver Sky Imports has a lot of other products to choose from but I don't have the space to get them all listed so please go over to their site and see all of the awesome possibilities. One of my favorites is the Harsani Soaps. They have them in spice, java tea and paradise fruit. They all sound amazing.

Connect with Silver Imports several ways:

Mailing Address:
Silver Sky Imports LLC
3107 S 6th Street, Suite #115
Lincoln, NE 68502
Toll Free USA: 800-494-1369  *  Fax: 425-963-7409

The awesome folks at Silver Imports is going to give the winner of my Christmas In July a $50 GC to spend on their site. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.



Mer said...

What an interesting and beautiful product! I've heard of singing bowls but never owned one; I think it would make a lovely display piece when not in use.

Marti Parks said...

I have never heard of these before and the salmon pink one is just so beautiful. I would love to have one. Thanks!