Alicia Bomhoff | Taos, NM
Hi Greg, although I have encountered Tibetan Sound Bowls many times in my 20 years of meditation and ceremony, the experience of a Sound Bowl Immersion that you created was as different as day and night. It was one thing to hear the sound of bowls and gongs while gathered in a group setting, and something completely different to feel it when the bowls surround and touch you. The sound vibrations seemed to move right through my skin, cells, psyche and spirit, unlocking a myriad display of emotions and sensations, and ultimately clearing blockages in these areas. I called what you do acupuncture by sound, but no needles needed, just powerful tones and soothing chimes. A highly beneficial experience and a lovely gift from Greg."
Claudette Shaw | Manglaralto, Ecuador
Had my first Sound Bowl Immersion session today. Greg Haner was great. I left feeling like a weight I never knew I had was lifted. Long after the bowls stopped singing I could still feel the vibrations from my toes to my head. I will be back for more."
Deb Davies Griffith | Manglaralto, Ecuador
Words can never describe how wonderful I feel."
Jae Geelen | Tornonto, Canada
You will find talented and passionate practitioners at Sound Bowl Immersion. I was in Ecuador visiting family and friends and it was highly recommended that I schedule a treatment. I received three treatments in a week and it has ignited a stillness and focus which I’ve been working on for years with little success. I'm grateful that my body and mind are more balanced and aligned to enjoy what Toronto has to offer now that i'm home. Thanks for your beautiful spirit and caring nature.
Holly Gollen | Music Teacher, Omaha, NE
I was very excited and eager to have Greg’s Sound Bowl session! As a musician, teacher and cello player in the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, I feel that I have a deep understanding of sound and its effect on the human condition. In my career I’ve been very aware of how music can move emotions, and I have heard about how it can heal the physical and was keen to have that experience. I have had issues with my right shoulder and with carpal tunnel symptoms in my right hand/wrist. Acupuncture, epsom salt baths and massage therapy have helped but nothing had really gotten rid of it completely. I was concerned about my future with the symphony. My first session was amazing and I could feel the vibrations working on the blockages in my arms and shoulders. I felt relief right away. My issues had been with me for a very, very long time so more sessions seemed like a great idea to dig deeper into the injuries. I am excited to report that I have had the hoped-for results and then some. The pain in my shoulder is completely relieved and the carpal tunnel symptoms are nearly completely gone! The hand pain is gone and the numbness in my fingers is almost completely abated. My thumb and fingers have had varying degrees of numbness for 9 months and I am thrilled that it is so much better! Thank you for this gift, Greg. I am so grateful."
Sophia Stratbucker | Director Nirvana Pointe Wellness Center, Omaha, NE
Greg is a wise and extraordinarily gifted sound bowl practitioner. His deep connection to his Tibetan Bowls and his passion for sharing the restorative power of an Immersion experience is brilliant. My left hand was badly broken laterally across the palm in a recent accident. Among other things, I could not make a fist that allowed my ring and pinkie fingers to fully engage with my palm. In our first 30 minute warm-water Bowl session, he positioned a bowl on the base and then the center of my palm, and then out onto the tips of my fingers. I could feel the warmth radiating from the bowl with each gentle strike, and the vibrations began to sooth my wound almost immediately. By the end of our third session, the pain of making a fist was gone and I had reclaimed the full range of all of my fingers. I can now firmly grasp and make a tight fist. The world needs to know about this work."
2018: Sophia completed her Certification training and practicum, and is actively facilitating Professional Sound Bowl Immersions at Nirvana Pointe.
Robert Stratbucker | MD-Ph.D., Omaha, NE
I’ve never experienced anything like this. I feel like I’m in Heaven. I feel like I could go run a few miles!” first words spoken by Bob Stratbucker, M.D.- Ph.D, after sitting up and sipping water following my second Sound Bowl Immersion session with him at Nirvana Pointe Wellness Center. Bob is my friend and fellow Sound Bowl Practitioner Sophia Stratbucker's father. He is 87 and experiencing early signs of dementia. Both hour long sessions started with a brief demonstration-based dialogue while he was seated with "feet in the Meridian Bowl". This familiarized him with (((feeling))) the vibrations move through the soles of his feet and up into the body's energy field. Bob's Ph.D. is in electrical engineering and he let me know that he clearly understood the physics of "toning" sound frequencies into a vibrational field to align and restore balance to the molecular and cellular resonance of a holistic system.
In 2016, Daughter Sophia commented: "I am highly impressed with my dad's ability to speak clearly and express his brilliant mind after Greg's sound bowl sessions. He is a cardiologist and an electrical engineer, so he understands how frequency works from a western science perspective. It seems like now, due to the dementia, he understands the experience of frequencies from an energetic perspective as well. Sophia is a certified Professional Sound Bowl practitioner. and continues to discover an expanding range of quality-of-life benefits resulting from her weekly integration of sound waves and breath work to re-awaken sensations of clarity and freedom in the experience of her dad's Alzheimer's condition.
Satya Brat | (Greg Haner's Teacher), CEO & Founder of IASH, Mumbai, India & New York, USA
Thank You Greg Haner ! For all of your amazing work spreading the message of divine healing through the infinite power of Sound. You are truly a gem in our worldwide IASH Sound fraternity. May God bless you always on the divine journey of your life!"
Simone Lindner | Touch Medicine NYC - KMI/ATSI Teaching Professional
Hi Greg Haner - I felt completely relaxed and balanced after your wonderful guided Immersion into the Tibetan Sound Bowl medicine. I felt your intention, wisdom and compassion coming though the beautiful vibrations. Thank you for this experience. I am so grateful to have a healer friend like you close by to receive your work and to collaborate in service to our coastal community."
Note: Simone is a highly credentialed osteopathic professional. When she's not in her Manhattan office or teaching in Asia, she's a neighbor in Manglaralto, Ecuador. www.touchmedicinenyc.com
Gigi Turner | Psy.D., Psychology - Colorado Springs, CO
In 2016: Dear Greg. When you left, what you left behind was big. I never left the singing bowls. I acquired Tibetan Bowls and some large crystal bowls. I did my research and found a wealth of studies showing the benefits of deep relaxation. I had watched you with my daughter and our friends many times and also received numerous sessions. I knew the calmness and the depth of the vibrations. So I finally took the bowls to my office to begin using them in combination with talk therapy. Now, I am in the process of letting go of the talk therapy and will only use the Tibetan Bowls. My clients love the change. Finally, you not only changed my life, it is a chain linking all those who are crossing my path too. Still there is nobody who does do it like you. You left, but the seed you planted is multiplying. Again, Muito Obrigada.
In 2019: Dr. Turner wrote: "I recommended that you take advantage of anything Greg offers at Sound Bowl Immersion. Greg is well trained and dedicated to the work he does. His intuition seems to provide clients with what they need at that moment, and his heart and mind are totally focused throughout the entire session. Plus he has the best sound INSTRUMENTS. His magical singing bowls are an incredible collection. He rented my airbnb in COS for a month during his 2016 sound bowl tour. He did multiple sessions with me, my daughter, our friends and our experiences were indescribable. It is something you should try at least once in your life. Thank you Greg Haner, you deserve a PH.D in Singing Bowls."
Professor Turner is now a certified Sound Bowl Immersion Practitioner. See Singing Bowls of the Rockies listed under Contact Us.
Robert Turner | Denver, CO
I had an amazing singing bowl experience with Greg Haner recently. Tibetan bowls of various sizes were placed on and around me and rung in beautiful sequences with felt mallets. I could feel the waves pulsating through me and felt aware of the inner spaciousness of my body, and the fact that it's mostly water, rippling as though waves through a pond. It felt like a cellular massage and all of me was tingling. It was a tough spring this year with pollens and a bad cold exacerbating my habitual asthma, but I've had nary a symptom since this session. Thanks Greg. I recommend this experience to everyone.
Sara Vargas Alvarado | Olon, Ecuador
Greg Haner, there’s so much I would like to say about my Sound Bowl Immersion session and at the same time, I am speechless. This was incredible - spiritually and emotionally cleansing. Before the experience, I thought about what I would like to get out of my session and decided that I would go into it without expectations. Prior to the session, you agreed. So, I did that. While I prefer not to go into detail about the personal, spiritual messages that came to me, I can say that this was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and that you are a master of your craft. The Sound Bowl Immersion is both, a most gentle, spiritual therapy and a therapy with the most deep emotional impact. Thank you for this Magical experience."
Roxy Wallace | Crystal Cave, Hot Springs, AR
Greg seemed to suddenly appear in Hot Springs this spring and within one day, a series of events occurred and he was renting my newly renovated bungalow next door. The following day, he had his beautiful Tibetan Sound Bowls set up around a cushioned matt with silken covers and the living room became a sound bowl chamber. He explained that this was his first stop on an open ended road trip, and within a short time he was offering Sound Bowl sessions in the bungalow. But i knew he was ultimately interested in exploring my adjoining Crystal Cave, a 100 year old building "framed" with hand-crafted interlocking-iron wall and ceiling panels.. interior portholes & arched doorways.. all tightly filled with spectacular clusters of specimen quality local crystals! There is no power or natural light, and the structure needs roof work and improvements, but it's going to get done. It is my dream to one day open a healing center and special event space for our community. Musicians rave about the Crystal Cave's acoustics and when a flashlight shines onto and into the crystals, the beautiful energy of the inner worlds are out of this world. Greg was immediately drawn to the structure and once I gave him the flashlight tour, he was inspired. With lanterns and candles and matts and pillows, Greg set-up a Sound Bowl Immersion for me, and my first sharing of a spiritual experience in the Crystal Cave was a Sound Bowl epiphany. The tears came in waves, and as the sound bowl vibrations amplified the sparkling crystalline energy... i knew in my deepest heart of hearts that my imagined vision is meant to be. I will be creating a crowd funding The Crystal Cave campaign this year, and I'll ask Greg to keep anyone who may be interested informed. I certainly hope he'll be back. We miss him."
Michael Zeff | Hilo, Hawaii
Greg facilitated my first sound bowl immersion recently. My mind literally floated into a state of peaceful stillness. Weightless and buoyant, as my ears dipped beneath the water's surface, I lost touch with hearing the normal background noise of external sounds, and I became intensely aware of the internal sound of each breath. My mind instinctively recognized a feeling of safety, and the rhythm of my entire body gently synchronized with beautiful sonic waves rippling off the bowls. I could feel the tones resonate both on my skin and through the water. I particularly enjoyed the large bowls, as I could feel each one of the vibrational waves pass through my entire body. Physical sensation gave way to a silent mind and a calm dream-like drift. Afterwards, I spent an hour in spacious meditation. Thank you for a wonderful experience and fresh avenues of clarity."
Carol Crews | Taos, NM
Thank you so much for this fabulous experience, Greg. I have never felt my body in quite the same way as vibrations moved through me in pulsing waves that integrated all parts of my psyche and form. It felt like a cellular massage and all of those millions of cells were happy and tingling after their glorious sound bath. And the sounds were fabulous... Not like music or toning, but more celestial and timeless. I could really sense the truth that we are mostly water and space. Afterwards, I was so relaxed that I went out to my dome home and was able to take a wonderful afternoon nap, which is very unusual for me. Everyone should experience this... Thanks again and happy travels. Mi Casa Es su Casa."
I've been working with Greg for several years and he is blessed with an important gift to share. He is a fearless explorer and a trailblazer who shines bright light into darkness. His Sound Bowl Tour is a testament to his commitment of trust to following his connection to guidance. He has tapped into the courage to step out into the unknown miracle of surrender. All who are touched by his Immersion experience are fortunate beings.
Alan Pratt | Sound Healer, Spirit Channel, Clairvoyant, Speaker, Miami, FL
Judith Williams | Abique, NM (A wonderful story about learning to meditate...)
Greg's Personal Note: Judith has given us permission to post this. Her open-hearted message authentically offers the truth of her heart while she is blazing new trails into uncharted territory. Thank you Judith, for expressing the intimacy of your process as it unfolds, moment by moment, with such inspiration & clarity.
I can’t believe I’m writing this but I think I am finally settling in to meditation. Why is it we go through life believing false stories? I have lived my entire adult life telling myself that I cannot meditate and that I have tried and it never works and it is not humanly possible blah blah blah. But now I see I was deceiving myself and that if I had just had the right training and viewpoint I would have been meditating years ago.
What has always been the biggest hangup for me is the idea that it’s possible to empty the mind. Well maybe for some people but my mind starts kicking and screaming at the mere hint of it. I see myself now, anticipating trying to meditate and getting frustrated before even starting, knowing that my mind will rebel by being more active than usual. Going into it expecting to fail dooms it from the start. The second thing is that I always felt that if you’re going to meditate you better do it for a good long spell. So I would expect to be “out of it” for at least an hour, my mind peacefully drifting along until time was up. Yeah right. What I anticipate is telling myself I am going to sit there for the allotted time and the clock just seems to stand still and I can’t get comfortable and I quit after a few minutes and wish I had never tried. I have had a little more success with creative visualization but that’s cheating because I have always been a master daydreamer and can go on literally forever in fantasy. -
So what’s new with me on the meditation front? Why am I suddenly seeing the light about it? How am I all of a sudden turned around concerning meditation and so many other things in life? I can sum it up in one word; Vibration. For me the turnaround has come as a result of having been introduced to the amazing vibrations of Himalayan Singing Bowls. I never would have believed it if someone had told me this would happen. So let me explain how this all came about. -
A month or so ago I heard from an old friend that he would be traveling through the Southwest and would like to include a visit to Abiquiu. We had not seen or talked to each other for 51 years, hard to believe I know. Are we really that old? Anyway, I had seen on his Facebook page that he had been studying the bowls for several years and was offering sessions to people at each stop on his road trip. He described the value to me as a way to relax and get into your meditation. Of course I thought that was great as I had been so unsuccessful at meditation and if this was the key I was all for it. So Greg arrived and it was so wonderful to see him. We clicked right away as if no time had passed in our friendship. We spent a little time together before he introduced the bowl ceremony to me. My first impression when I saw how everything was set up was that it was much more elaborate than I had assumed. Greg had the bowls beautifully arranged on the floor around a cushion that was draped with a decorative fabric. He had set out other relevant and pretty things, a crystal, bells, wind chimes and of course the many different strikers. It was so colorful and beautiful and had been arranged with such care and love. I was really quite impressed even before I heard the amazing sound of the bowls.
Greg was wonderful about explaining what would happen and what I should be doing. His gentle heart and love seemed to create an invisible shield around us protecting us and closing us off from the rest of the world. I was free to let down all defenses and allow myself to relax into the meditation. I lay down on the cushion with these incredibly beautiful bowls all around me including one or two between my lower legs. I put an eye pillow over my eyes and felt my body release tension. Greg started out with an excellent visualization of a mist entering my feet and making its way swirling up my legs and through my body. This was easy for me to see and was very effective. Then he started striking the bowls with just the right percussion. Something about the sound of it, something in the vibration went straight to my heart and I felt it open up. Sitting here now and trying to remember what was going on in my mind is impossible. I have no idea what happened. I don’t know how long the session went on or any of the details. It is almost as if I went under mental anesthesia, work was done on my mind and heart while I was out and when I woke up my world was different. Greg tells me I lay there for a long time after the session was done. I do not remember that. When I finally tried to sit up I felt so weak I had to lie back down again. When I was able to sit up the tears started. A floodgate of emotion let go and decades of fears, disappointment, guilt, sadness and feelings of inadequacy escaped on torrents of tears. My emotions were completely out of control. As soon as I would feel I could stop crying it would come up again so strong it could not be reined in. I felt my body tremble uncontrolably. This went on for an incredibly long time. I think it lasted the entire night. I remember telling Greg this was his test as he sat calmly and patiently, a tangible lighthouse and rock for me, protecting me and allowing me to be totally vulnerable.
In retrospect I can see that I have spent my entire life avoiding this very thing. I had shut down my feelings as a way to cope with life, not allowing myself to feel anything because sometimes feelings are hard to take and it was easier to just eliminate all of them. I lived under a blanket of guilt and disappointment in myself and rarely felt anything even close to joy. It was always so much easier to see my failures rather than my victories. My heart was closed off from reality for many years, since I was 12 and the bottom sort of fell out of my life but that’s another story for another time. The point is that it is possible to change, to tell yourself the truth, to allow emotions to surface and to deal with them successfully. What an amazingly powerful lesson! The explanation is that our bodies are 70+% water and the vibrations travel through the water of each cell and are able to reset the cell in some way. If someone were to tell me this I may entertain the thought, not sure if I believed it, but having experienced it firsthand I have to say it is not important to understand how it works just that it most definitely does.
Greg and I continued the sessions for another 10 days or so. I had some very strong visions and reactions and felt a definite reset to my thought process. Honestly it is like a miracle to me, one who has never had enough perseverance to break even the tiniest bad habit. I think we had maybe 7 sessions in all. I am convinced that I needed every one of them. I cannot see having such dramatic results after one or two sessions. I felt a progression and as I said to Greg, I have always been a sort of slow to absorb new concepts. Sometimes there were definite immediate reactions, crying and anxiety caused by the strength of my emotional responses. For someone who had spent her entire life attempting to control everything the feeling of being out of control was truly frightening. However it was also incredibly liberating. This was a huge object lesson in what happens when you let go of control and let life happen. What a revelation! A huge light went on in my heart. I opened up to love. These words seem so anemic it’s pathetic to even try to explain it.
I was slightly apprehensive about how I would continue to meditate without Greg here to help but of course we both knew he would be moving on. Saying goodbye was hard for both of us but somehow the lightness of my heart continued as I understood his journey. The gift of a crystal, a bowl and a couple of strikers was generous and well appreciated. I started meditating with my bowl right away. As is to be expected I went through a melancholy period a couple of days after Greg left. I was still tired from all the emotional activity, lonely for the conversation and comfort of being together, having trouble integrating all of this new information and thought process into the reality of my life, feeling sort of hopeless of ever being happy without Greg here to guide me. But like a baby bird who has been ejected from the nest I spread my struggling little wings and flew, a little wobbly at first but soon doing OK. There was a spell where I could not get into the meditation. I would lie there waiting for the relaxation to set in but instead would be treated to the big to do list in my head. I would quit in frustration, get up and make that phone call or note or whatever that important thing was. I see this now as another example of my taking time to absorb new habits and ideas.
Yesterday after my house guests had left (Yes I have had company through this reset period too) I settled down with my bowl and crystal for a good long meditation. When I started the sun was shining brightly and when I finished it was almost dark out. I did take one small break but went right back into it. I had been concerned that I would not be able to go deep without Greg or someone else to strike the bowls but I found I sort of fell into a rhythm with striking the bowls. At first I hit them frequently then as I went into deeper relaxation I let silence take over. Time went by. Even in my state of semi consciousness I could tell that a lot of time had gone by but I did not want to stop. I didn’t know what to expect coming out of it. I felt kind of fuzzy and hazy. When I finally roused myself I felt absolutely wonderful. I felt relaxed and calm. I felt genuinely content in my heart and mind. All these expressions seem so cliché but I cannot find the words to convey the true meaning. I went to bed early, fell asleep immediately and slept soundly, quite a departure from my usual insomnia and sleep apnea.
I can clearly see the general benefits of this amazing experience. Before I was introduced to this I had a constant chorus singing in my mind, like the chorus in a Greek play. There was never any rest from the relentless list of things to worry about, the kids, the family, money, relationships, unfinished projects, the past, the future, and on and on. Even relatively good days were always interrupted by negative thoughts. A phone call from someone with bad news would throw me off for days. I am finding that now I am not dwelling on things as I used to. I still see the problems the kids are having and I still see how unhappy my mother is in her situation. I still don’t know where the money is going to come from or if I will have the strength to get my many projects done. But for some reason my mind is calm and my heart can handle it. I have no explanation other than the vibrations from the bowls along with the love and guidance from a dear friend and my own receptive heart and mind have combined to clear me of my past negativity. It is still unbelievable to me but I have no choice but to believe what is clearly right before my eyes. I have achieved something I have tried to do for years and all of a sudden it is not impossible any more. How did this happen? Do I really need to know that?"