Marie Kondo Loves Tuning Forks and So Should You
I never expected someone so orderly as adorable real-life human cartoon character Marie Kondo to be a tuning fork stan.
Kondo's new Netflix show, "Tidying Up," invites viewers to watch as the organizing phenom whip a new subject's space into shape in every episode. There's a lot of purging, folding, and whispered *thank yous* to long-tossed aside Gap sweaters that find themselves in the trash pile. It's typical OCD fodder that you'd expect any pragmatic, organized mind would enjoy.
But then, in one episode during which she's clearing the energy of the old space, Kondo whips out a silver tuning fork and swiftly hits it on a crystal in her hand. A reverberating wave of sound vibrates through the air—a clear pitch, like the noise a xylophone makes.
I almost broke my neck I whipped my head so fast to double take. Did pragmatic Marie Kondo just use a crystal tuning fork as an energetic spatial cleanse??? Yes, indeed, she did.
What are tuning forks?
Tuning forks are often used as sound healing tools during energetic healings. (They can also be used for physical healing by placing the instrument directly on the body.) Buuuuut like ... how?
Every living thing has a biomagnetic field that surrounds it—a sort of energy field. And certain schools of thought ascribe another name to this field—chi, qi, prana, akasha, subtle body, life force energy, aura. Most energy that we talk about in the world is electromagnetic energy, and measured in transverse waves. But music and sound are described as a longitudinal wave, but expressed as a transverse wave.
How does sound healing work?
Some sound healing practitioners work on the belief that the human energetic biomagnetic field is measured in longitudinal waves. And when it comes to energy, like attracts like—or in this case, like influences like. In many types of sound healing—vibroacoustic, frequency, and tuning fork/singing bowl—the objective of the practitioner is to raise align the actual vibration of the client's biomagnetic field. In theory, you could raise the actual measurable vibration of the longitudinal waves around a person (aka their energy) by using tools that vibrate at a higher frequency, like a tuning fork.
And for many people, the effects of sound healing are obvious. Clients report feeling more calm, aligned, and at ease after a session. Think about how you feel after a soundbath, or even after listening to the singing bowl played in a yoga class—a bit more tuned in, right? During a sound healing session, you’ll likely experience the same feeling, and there are even specific frequencies that are said to influence individual chakras and moods for a more customized outcome.
Different pitches on the harmonic and Solfeggio scales are believed to have different types of effects on the emotional, subtle, and physical bodies.
Tuning forks are a really easy tool to use at home, much like singing bowls or crystal bowls. To use a tuning fork on yourself, tap the fork against a crystal à la Marie and sweep the energetic field around the body to:
help move and dispel stagnation
promote a healthy and unobstructed flow of life force energy
attune your body's biomagnetic field
Wanna do a deep dive on sound healing? Sync up with a practitioner who's an expert in energy and sound to experience it for yourself.