Jeralyn Glass was living in Germany with a career as a professor and international opera singer when she first heard a sound that would change her life.
While traveling with her mother in the Southwest, the two attended a presentation by a woman who had healed her cancer using crystal alchemy singing bowls.
“I was skeptical, yet was immediately struck by the unusual beauty and the purity of the sound," said Glass.
These large quartz crystal bowls are "played" in a circular motion with a mallet—sort of like rubbing a finger around a wine glass. The bowls emit a high-pitched and unusual sound and the harmonics, observers say, can be can be felt vibrating throughout the room.
"I felt so peaceful," said Glass of the experience. " ... the sound vibrations brought a deep sense of serenity for both myself and my mom. It was as if the sound awakened an inner knowing, whispered secrets buried in my consciousness.”
Glass now brings what she calls a profound healing technique to Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. The method is designed to help those impacted by cancer, both as patients and family, to heal.
“Sound is the link between science and spirituality,” said Glass.
After experiencing the bowls with her mom, Glass purchased a set of seven bowls for herself with the musical notes c, d, e, f, g, a, and b—a major scale. Each bowl's note corresponds to an energy center of the body.
“I brought the set to Germany and began using them with my family and my students. The results were astonishing,” she said.
“No amount of medicine or talking can reach the deepest, darkest places of the human soul. Sound takes you in those places.”
After Glass tragically lost her 19-year-old son in 2015 she moved into the professional world of healing sound. She now offers classes internationally and throughout Los Angeles.
“I found two things which brought relief to my darkness. Dr. Sue Morter and her Energy Codes of Transformation, and the exquisite sound of the Crystal Tones Alchemy Singing Bowls," said Glass.
"With Dr. Morter’s techniques, I learned a series of special breath exercises and was able to sit into the pain until it began to dissipate and subsequently, dissolve. I played the bowls for hours and felt myself held in a supportive and safe container.”
Glass had first learned about CSCRB through her parents, who’ve supported the organization for years. To relieve her own suffering, she decided to gift her programs to others who were living with pain and loss.
Group exercises help create an environment of safety and support, said Glass. Then, she leads a guided meditation using various tones and alchemies to help participants achieve connection, deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Patients in the program say they remain pain-free during for the 90-minute group sessions, according to Glass.
A cancer patient who had practiced traditional, silent meditation for 28 years told Glass she had never experienced what she felt with the crystal alchemy meditation.
"With tears in her eyes, she told me that she was no longer afraid of dying; she had heard the sounds of heaven," said Glass. "That meant so much to me.”
Glass said sound healing is “an age old modality.”
“The exquisite vibrations have given me joy in my life again, and I am passionate about sharing that with others," she said.