and the Six Healing Sounds
Sharon Joy Ng Hale, M.A., Ph.D.
Master Chia has recently incorporated the use
of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) when utilizing
the Six Healing Sounds in the practice of the Universal Tao system.
According to the literature on EMDR, it is believed that the left/right
pattern of eye movements assist in completing emotional processing.
Most of us are not very good at letting go of our negative emotions,
but through the practice of using the Six Healing Sounds we learn
to compost the less healthy emotions of sadness, depression, fear,
anxiety, anger, cruelty, impatience, hastiness, worry or pity
and change or transform them into their positive counterpart emotions
of courage, stillness, generosity, happiness and compassion.
EMDR has helped people overcome the inability
to let go of negative memories that keep them from living a full
and happy life. Getting closure to unfinished emotional trauma
is essential to achieving health, both psychological and physical.
In psychodynamic language, we are being affected by unconscious
and unfinished business. When this happens a person continues
to suffer long after the event has passed and suffers from these
negative emotions. When we are processing negative emotions in
the practice of the Universal Tao we are essentially putting behind
us emotions that may have a long history with us.
Because we are human we cannot avoid feeling
negative emotions, but if we can clear our organs each time we
experience something negative then we can reverse the damage this
negativity has on our psyche and bodies. When we hold onto bits
and pieces of hurt, anger, impatience, fear, pity or sadness the
result is an accumulation of that negativity in our organ systems.
We seem to stand at readiness to feel and express the negative
emotion all over again.
Most of us carry stuck emotions that impact
our everyday lives and we fail to realize that these heavy emotions
often come from the accumulation of feelings that have not been
fully processed. We tell ourselves that we are over whatever happened
that originally created our negative response. Yet when similar
situations arise in our lives, we are primed and ready to experience
the same negative emotion again. We anticipate that the past will
repeat itself and we become hypervigilant for cues that validate
our fears. The residual anger, fear, impatience, or depression
keeps us ready to react again. This unfinished business is cumulative
and we get stuck in a pattern of reviving the emotion in similar
circumstances. Sometimes out of nowhere we will feel sad again,
or anxious, fearful, or impatient.
When traumatic things happen to us, either physically
or emotionally, we often are not prepared to deal with the situation
to the extent that we can gain closure. Some things that happen
in life are so significant that they only have to occur once and
it is seared into our emotional memory banks. Then there are the
other types of trauma that come from sustained exposure to stress.
Using the Six Healing Sounds, we work on processing the negative
from ourselves and infuse our organs with the more positive vibrations
of the strengths associated with the organs. EMDR facilitates
the speed at which we are able to feel the positive emotions and
be less affected by the negative. When we take our negative emotions
and mix them with their more positive, more fruitful counterpart,
the eye movements help to process the emotions and beliefs. We
are more easily able to turn sadness into courage; fear into gentleness
and stillness; anger into generosity and kindness; worry into
compassion and fairness; and impatience into love, joy and happiness.
Why EMDR Works
One of the theories that helps explain why the eye movements help
in processing the stuck emotions is based upon sleep and dream
research. It is known that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is essential
for mental well being. Sleep is characterized by five stages that
progress in a 90-minute pattern. The first four stages are called
non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stages because there is an absence
of the rapid eye movements that characterize the fifth stage of
sleep, or REM. In a typical night of sleep when we sleep for eight
hours, we experience approximately five REM periods. Each REM
period lasts longer than the last and we move from a 10-minute
REM period at the beginning of our sleep to almost an hour of
REM activity by the end of the night. REM periods are also associated
with our most vivid dreams and not surprisingly, our ability to
experience lucid dreams as well.
Some people report that they never dream because they have no
memory of their dreams. In the sleep lab where a person can be
monitored for brainwave activity, muscle tone and REM, it has
been found that almost everyone dreams. Researchers are able to
know when a person enters into REM sleep through various monitors
that are used in the sleep lab. These machines are usually the
electrooculargraph (EOG) that measures eye movement; the electromyograph
(EMG) that measures muscle tone; and the electroencephalograph
(EEG) that measures brainwave activity. When sleepers are awakened
in the sleep lab during REM periods they will generally recount
that they were in fact having a dream.
In sleep deprivation studies researchers tested
to determine which stages of sleep were essential to cognitive
functioning and emotional balance. When a person is continually
awakened during NREM stages, but is allowed to complete the approximate
five REM stages during the night the person wakes up feeling refreshed
and is able to function normally. But when a person is kept from
entering REM but is allowed to sleep through the NREM stages that
person is less able to function optimally the next day. We have
a hard time carrying out simple tasks, we feel irritable and our
ability to think clearly and cope with random stressors is compromised.
Without a good night’s sleep we just cannot function as we normally
do. Simultaneously, our immune system is compromised through the
lack of the “right kind” of sleep. In other words, we need REM
sleep and when anything interferes with that stage, we suffer.
The EMDR Process
EMDR is an eclectic approach that utilizes the left/right eye
movement pattern, imagery, cognitive therapy, body-mind awareness,
and psychodynamic techniques. We begin the process by identifying
the negative cognitions or beliefs being held. We are not required
to relive emotional events or reexperience trauma but simply need
to identify any negative or irrational beliefs that we are holding
about the situation. By making a list of these negative thoughts,
we have a starting point from which to begin the EMDR process.
The negative belief or beliefs that are impacting
us adversely are then rated according to the amount of discomfort
they produce in us. These negative beliefs are the target of focus
when the eye movements are begun. Next, we identify a counter
belief or positive belief that we would rather believe about the
situation or ourselves. These positive beliefs then become the
focus of the second stage of the EMDR process.
Similarly to the Universal Tao practice of detecting
the negative emotions and then infusing the organs with the positive
emotions, EMDR is also a two-fold process. As stated previously,
the first step of the EMDR process is to identify or detect any
negative beliefs being held and then to assess that belief for
the level of discomfort it causes us on a scale of 1 to 10, where
1 represents a low level of discomfort and 10 the highest. These
are called subjective units of discomfort (SUD). Generally people
report having a high SUD in relation to the emotion or belief
being processed at the beginning of the process.
While holding the negative belief in consciousness,
using the eye movements, the Six Healing Sounds and the colors
associated with each organ, the processing of the negative emotion
is targeted. As the clearing process continues with the eye movements,
memories and feelings from the event or related events may arise
that then become targets for further processing with the eye movements.
One stops to discuss these memories that arise in order to bring
closure to the stuck emotions associated with these memories.
As the process unfolds, clarity develops regarding the stuck emotions
or memories. Remembering these associated events and feelings
tap into the neural network that has kept the negative feelings
alive. By stopping and revisiting these feelings from a cognitive
standpoint, we are able to arrest the emotions from strengthening
their connection so that we can begin to feel the positive instead.
We come closer to letting the negative go and experience healing.
It starts to feel as if the negative emotions are no longer something
in the present, but that they are now part of the past where they
rightfully belong. We are more able to let it go and put it behind
The EMDR process combined with the practice
of the Six Healing Sounds can also give rise to a range of sensations
or experiences that establish a route to further processing of
emotions. There may be feelings of discomfort or changes felt
in parts of the body that can then be focused upon while the person
is directed to commence the eye movements again. Sometimes images
may arise from past situations, or emotions of sadness, anger,
frustration, worry or fear may come into consciousness that can
lead to still further processing. The point is to continue with
the detection and transformation until the positive emotion becomes
the predominant feeling in our consciousness.
In the next step of the process, a counter or positive belief
is targeted for processing. This is the belief that the person
would rather have in consciousness and can be stated in a way
that encompasses the associative positive emotion of the organ
we are clearing out. For example, if I am clearing out my kidneys
of any fear or anxiety being felt, then the counter belief would
include an element of installing gentleness and stillness into
Although we can tell ourselves how we would
rather feel, it is often hard to have confidence in the truth
to that belief. Prior to processing the newly identified positive
belief, we need to rate the validity of that thought using a Validity
of Cognition (VOC) scale. This is a scale ranging from 1 to 7,
with 1 representing “completely false” and 7 representing “completely
true.” One generally begins this part of the process with a low
belief in the validity of that preferred cognition.
Using the eye movements to install the positive emotion or belief,
focusing on the color associated with the organ while using the
healing sound for that organ should result in a strengthening
of the validity of that cognition. As the emotions are processed,
belief the former negative belief fades and becomes something
of the past in the person’s mind. The new counter and positive
belief becomes more valid simultaneously. As one might suspect,
as the EMDR process and the Six Healing Sounds helps to complete
the emotional processing and the positive emotions are installed,
the SUD will lower while the VOC will rise.
In the Six Healing Sounds and Fusion of the Five Elements we focus
upon our negative emotions and attempt to transform them into
the positive emotions associated with each of the organs. By detecting
the negative emotion as we concentrate on each organ we can simultaneously
identify the negative belief we are holding.
The Healing Sound associated with each organ;
along with the left/right eye movements should have a positive
impact on the composting of the negative with the positive emotions.
We can also more easily identify the cognition we would rather
have by associating the negative emotion we experience with the
positive emotion associated with that particular organ. With the
installing of the associated positive characteristics and emotions
of each organ, the eye movements help to bolster our feelings
of the more positive qualities connected with the respective organs.
At the same time, we are also able to more completely clear the
organ of the negative emotion.