Singing bowls are actually a type of bell. They’re used by buddhists as part of their meditation and prayers. Little, however, is known about Himalayan singing bowls and these may have been used in a more ritualistic way.
Should a singing bowl be used in a seance?
The opening night of Most Haunted Live 2009 showed Yvette Fielding using a singing bowl at the start of a seance. Skip to about 7:40 to see the bowl in action.
Writing on Tarot Elements, Catherine notes that she finds the singing bowl useful for fine tuning clairvoyance and psychic frequencies so that spirit communication is clearer but stresses that the bowl isn’t a means of communication like a Ouija board or seance.
An article “How to summon spirits” on eHow has an average rating of three out of five stars and suggests the use of a singing bowl. It suggests the bowl was meant to summon positive spirits and energy but this is not entirely correct. Singing bowls, with their buddhist orign, have no direct link to the spirits. However the author of this article clearly finds singing bowls to be useful.
Ghost Watchers Inc, founded by Phil Jones, and medium Liz Maguire often mention the use of a singing bowl in their ghost hunts.
There is no restriction on the buying and selling of singing bowls in the UK. 10-13cm fair trade bowls can be bought for less than £25*.
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What do you think? Should a singing bowl be used in a seance? Is it a clash of cultures? Is this just an example of desperate ghost seekers trying to use whatever they can lend a hand on or being seduced by the singing bowl’s song?
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