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Healer to demonstrate ‘singing bowls’ on Channel 22
By Mike Donovan
HUNTINGTON-- Basket Street resident Delling D.E. Dedanaan will demonstrate “psycho-acoustic healing” through sound vibrations coaxed from metal bowls on the WWLP Channel 22 television program, “Massappeal,” hosted by Nate Luscombe. Dedanaan is scheduled to appear on the program at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17.
He said he has been conducting sessions with his “singing bowls” for individuals and groups for about 10 years and including work with a cancer and grief support group at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. According to Dedanaan, the mix of sound from the bowls helped the patients relax and overcome their fears and pain as the vibrations filled the air and then slowly faded away.
“The sound leads you into silence,” he said-- a silence of peace and relaxation.
Betsy Arseneau, a Child Lifecare Specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital, saw the calming effects of the vibrations during one of DeDanaan’s healing sessions there and provided a testimonial on Dedanaan’s website, www.delling.webs.com.
“Watching [our patients] calm and relax as the healing sounds wash over them is a comforting experience,” she said.
Dedanaan said one of the young patients thought the healing power of the bowls was magical.
“He said it wasn’t Harry Potter magic, but real magic,” Dedanaan said.
He added that at a recent session at the Leeds Veterans Hospital the sounds calmed the patients so effectively that some fell asleep.
“They were tense when I first came in,” he said, “but after about 15 minutes I heard snores.”
The provenance of the “singing bowls” is not entirely clear, but they’re thought to have originated with the ancient Tibetan Bonpo sect, a faith that appears related to Buddhism but preceded it by some 15,000 years. The bowls, Dedanaan said, are made of bronze alloy that contains various metals, such as copper, iron, silver, gold and semi-precious and sometimes precious stones. Most important, monks prayed over them to increase their power as they were being forged. His own were blessed by a Tibetan monk with relics of the Buddha, he said.
He first began playing the bowls about 10 years ago and found their healing powers intriguing.
“I’ve always been interested in philosophical healing,” he said, “and over the next few years I was gathering more and more bowls.” At the time he lived in Springfield and he sometimes played at bus stops to introduce people to the healing power of the bowls. In 2006, three profoundly spiritual experiences inspired him to begin playing for groups of people and volunteering at hospitals. What had begun as an avocation became a vocation.
“I had three visions and realized that this was what I was born to do,” he said.
He finds it auspicious that he moved from Springfield to Huntington a year ago last Halloween, because his birthday falls on Halloween. When he came home one evening a few weeks ago he found a message from Channel 22 on his answering machine and returned the call.
“I explained to them what I do and they invited me on the show,” he said.
He feels the experience could be helpful by making people more aware of the healing power of the bowls.
“I want the exposure because I want to make this kind of healing available to everyone,” he said.