Thailand and Elephants

by | Mar 4, 2019 | Sound, Vibrational Sound Therapy | 0 comments

My trip to Thailand was amazing in many ways. I visited a country in the Far East: I got to experience a different language, culture and religion. I found it fascinating to watch how people drive on the wrong side of the road (they drove on the left side), see lots of traffic without accidents despite crazy motorcyclists, and I went for daily walks around the neighborhood to get coffee and fresh fruit. I also ate fried rice with fruit for breakfast every day. The highlight of my trip was interacting with Elephants for four days. While watching them, I observed several behaviors.

First, elephants are all about family. Our group noticed they were social creatures the first day while taking care of the elephants; they gravitated to where the food or water was located, preferring to eat with others. They also stayed near other family members; a bond exists to care and protect each other. Young elephants stay near mom until puberty- between 6 and 8 years old. We quickly found out baby elephants can be mischievous; they do not listen well to their care givers, and love to roam around and get into trouble.

Second, when our group worked on an elephant in the care-vet center, other elephants would visit us. They were curious about what we were doing with the other elephants and bowls; sometime these elephants walked into the area to look or listen to them. Sometimes, the curious elephant(s) would steal food found on the floor. Why? I think it was easy access to “free” food. I even noticed some visiting elephants relaxing from the sounds, which made me wonder if they enjoyed listening to the music.

My final observations related to the sound healing sessions. The elephants who received sound healing during our visit were; a young elephant with an abscess and pulled muscle, a pregnant mother who suffered trauma from past pregnancies, a female elephant who suffers anxiety and a male elephant with toe nail problems. By playing the bowls, each of these elephants relaxed and allowed the vet and vet assistant to easily treat them. The vet explained that each of our patients showed restlessness behavior normally during treatment. Our group played the singing bowls on average 15 minutes before the vet or her assistant neared the elephant to give treatment or give a physical examine. The vet and assistant both noticed the elephants relaxing from listening to the bowls and taught us these following signs. We observed the elephants’ trunk elongating and relaxing (a very common sign), sleepiness, relaxed ear and body pose. It was a beautiful transformation to watch an agitated elephant reach a peaceful state of mind. Elephants are gentle animals despite their large size and were very grateful for the healing sessions. I feel truly blessed to be able to assist with their healing process and to work with them.