Today I want to talk about ringing in the ears and what it means in relation to spiritual awakening. This started happening to me when I was meditating on a consistent basis and I had no idea what was going on!
This occurs when you are meditating or relaxing and suddenly hear a high pitched frequency in your ears. This is different to tinnitus which is a medical condition – please do not confuse the two.
Ringing in the ears can also take place after you have been too close to loud music like attending a concert, or working in environments where there is a lot of noise pollution. Again, rule out those causes before proceeding.
This information is for those who hear high pitched frequencies but have already ruled out any physical issue or medical condition.
Ringing In The Ears and Spiritual Awakening
Some people might describe it as a ringing, but it can also be perceived as: buzzing, a high pitched noise, a frequency – like tuning into a radio station.
I knew this buzzing in the ears was not a physical issue as I had never experienced something like this before meditating. What is an energetic sensation often feels incredibly physical when we haven’t learned to differentiate between the two.
Hearing buzzing in the ears is a clear sign we are tuning into a new level of being, one that goes beyond just the five physical senses. It’s during this time that we can also start experiencing synchronicities and unusual occurrences.
I knew that what I was experiencing was directly linked to my spiritual practice and it turns out many others have had this experience too! Below are some of the causes I’ve found through my own exploration.
Whenever I get ringing in the ears while meditating or in a relaxed state most of the time this usually means I am about to receive an ‘ energy download’. A spiritual download is like a package of intuitive information that you receive all at once, similar to an epiphany.
This can come in the form of visions, intuitive insight or an unexplained knowing. What makes a download distinct from a regular epiphany is that they come through as a full-body sensation, all of this energy coming through at once and cascading through the body like a waterfall. We can experience full body tingles, a sense of euphoria or peace accompanied by this audio frequencies/messages.
These downloads can shift the way you look at situations or provide information that you need at that moment to progress along your spiritual path. Stay calm and be prepared to receive information from your higher self or spirit guides that will be useful at this time. Be sure to record any information or insights you receive down on paper or digitally.
Kundalini Rising & Energy Upgrades
We can start to perceive higher frequencies when our energy body/ chakra system goes through upgrades. Each chakra is catergoized by a color and each color holds a specific frequency or tone.
One time while meditating I was able to tune into this high pitched buzzing and see it took on a green hue. This connected to my heart chakra which I was in the process of healing and opening.
When we work on our energy bodies through meditation and energy work (clearing our chakras) there are physical symptoms that come along with this.
These symptoms can be unsettling and often disrupt our waking lives, until we learn how to ground and balance our energies. For example it’s common to experience headaches when dealing with the third eye or a sore throat when dealing with the throat chakra.
Just as our physical bodies can go through a detoxification process when we change our diets and lifestyle, the energetic bodies go through a similar clearing process.
Another time we might hear this ringing is on the onset or during a kundalini awakening. Kundalini is the life-force energy which is always moving inside of us, this energy travels upwards from the root chakra towards the crown chakra where a union of our masculine and feminine energies takes place.
A kundalini awakening brings about transformation in all areas of our life and in all aspects of our being – physical, spiritual, emotional and mental. We can perceive this ringing as a sign that our energy body is detoxing, along with the different intuitive messages that can come through as a result.
Clairaudience is the psychic sense of hearing. Most of us are familiar with the term clairvoyant which translates to ‘clear seeing’, similarly clairaudience translates as ‘clear hearing’.
Many who are able to hear beyond the physical start out by hearing these high pitched frequencies: the sign a message is about to be received.
Clairaudient messages can come in the form of buzzing, hearing your name being called or hearing a single word command like ‘go’ or ‘left’ when you are in danger.
This psychic sense is prominent in people who enjoy working with and listening to music. The hearing sense is the most pronounced in musically minded people and as an extension the psychic sense follows.
Connecting with Guides and Angels
Another common experience after hearing a high pitched buzzing sound is your guides or angels coming through. These high frequencies are one of the ways our guides can start communicating with us.
If your intuition is guiding you that this may be a guide or angel getting in touch, hold a relaxed state and tune in. You can call your guides to you now and see if they have a message for you.
There is one way in which ringing in the ears can be related to a physical issue that isn’t a medical condition. Ringing in the ears can occur when there is a ton of electronic interference that we pick up on with our subtle senses.
There is a lot of debate about the impact of EMF or electromagnetic radiation and whether or not it poses a medical risk and/or spiritual hindrance. I don’t have a solid stance here but I do think it is beneficial overall to limit the amount of exposure we have to screens, WiFi, electronics in general.
For most of us this type of interference is unavoidable – we are living in places where WiFi and mobile signals are ubiquitous and forever crossing over us.
The best solution I’ve found is limiting my time on digital devices, looking at screens and listening to music. Allow for quiet time throughout your week where you have no distractions and turn your phone and WiFi off. Spend time in nature and ground yourself.
Shungite, black tourmaline and citrine are great crystals to help protect against electronic interference and EMF. I recommend trying out these crystals with an open-mind and seeing if they actually help your space and mind feel clearer.
The key to figuring out what this phenomenon means for you is to tune into your intuition and see what comes up. Ask for more clarity in meditation if you aren’t sure.
Ringing in left & right ear spiritual meaning
In spiritual literature there is usually a distinction made between the left and right sides of the body. Often the right ear ringing is said to represent good news while the left is negative.
I think these good/bad delineations can be quite reductive, and places unnecessary stigma on the left side of the body (similar to how having a dominant left hand was treated historically). It’s also unhelpful if we receive a message from one ear and immediately categorize it in this way, we might miss something important.
I like to look at the polarity of energy which has a more neutral tone. The right or masculine side of the body governs logical processes: analysis, structure, giving. The left or feminine side of the body governs emotions: intuition, creativity, receiving.
The best way to interpret the ringing you are experiencing is to tune into your intuition. Before labelling anything, what do you feel alongside the ringing? What emotions, impressions or images come to mind? These will give more accurate context to the intuitive guidance you are receiving.
What to do when you’re hearing frequencies
I’m coming back to this post two years later, and I have noticed a clear progression from then. I no longer hear these frequencies/this buzzing as often. I also don’t see it in the same way.
When we start meditating and getting in touch with our energy centers, the sensations that we feel are heightened. We fill our body with energy and it’s a new practice, we are getting accustomed to a steadier flow of energy.
We might feel heavy sensations such as vibrations, tingling in the body and this buzzing in the ears because we are overflowing with energy. As we deepen our practice, these sensations still arise but at a noticeably lower frequency and intensity.
These symptoms show us where we are getting our bodies (on all levels) accustomed to energy flow, but also where we might be ungrounded.
We take our centers to such a high level in such a short space of time that we move in and out of higher levels of consciousness frequently. It’s natural to become more solidified in a level of consciousness over time and more grounded as a result.
Therefore we don’t feel as if we are constantly tuning into random frequencies (like tuning into random radio stations).
Set energetic boundaries
One of the reasons we perceiving this buzzing noise is because there is interference in our energetic field or aura. This can be from electronics, attachments we have with people that we haven’t released, guides getting in touch during the day.
When we begin spiritual development we are usually concerned with increasing our awareness, often without knowing what we want to become more aware of. We open up our spiritual senses, but don’t have a way to manage what these senses are picking up on.
With each level we take up in awareness we want to create the corresponding boundaries to match. Setting energetic boundaries gets easier the further along you are in your practice, but it’s important even at the very beginning.
Energetic boundaries are like physical boundaries, but instead concern our energy and spiritual awareness. We don’t want to be tuning into random things unconsciously all of the time (as often happens at the beginning of a spiritual awakening).
It can be helpful to affirm ‘My energy is contained’ or ‘My energy is focused’ when you are constantly tuning into different streams of energy/levels of consciousness. Affirming that you aren’t open to everything is a simple but powerful prompt.
We can pair this affirmation with a visualization. This is great to do in the mornings before we go about our day and in the evenings when we’ve been around people and picking up their energy.
You want to ground, clear and contain.
- Get into a seated position and focus on your breath.
- Visualize roots flowing out from the soles of your feet.
- As you breathe in, visualize energy flowing up from the Earth into the body.
- As you breathe out, visualize any dense energy flowing out.
- Recite your affirmation.
- Visualize your aura filling up with white purifying light.
- Set an intention – how do you want to focus your energy?
- Visualize your aura sealing up.
A buzzing or ringing in the ears is often associated with the psychic sense of clairaudience as I mentioned above, there are a few ways to develop this further.
- Get into a seated position
- Focus on the breath and calm the mind
- Visualize your ears expanding in size
- Observe any subtle noises or tones you can hear
When we first practice meditation or mindfulness we have a tendency to view external distractions or noise as an issue. In fact, all of these distractions give us an opportunity to tune further inward.
When we do this exercize we might be able to hear birds in the distance, tones we haven’t picked up on before or our annoying neighbour who decided to start the lawnmower up at 7am. All of this is valuable with the right awareness.
When we take in this stimulus in a conscious way, without the usual tension that is associated, we can cultivate a more precise energy and are able to perceive things more clearly. Practicing listening on a physical level is also a way to heighten our non-physical listening ability.
Have you experienced something similar to this? Share your experience in the comments below.
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