Likely Badu's reasons for brandishing tuning forks is more than slightly different than the reasoning of the New York Philharmonic, but the tuning fork's dual purpose makes it appropriate for her and others who work with vibrational frequencies for both spiritual and musical reasons.
How They Work
There's a direct correlation between sound vibrations and consciousness. In healing work, vibrations in any form are worked with to bring the body into resonance with a desired state they sonically intone. Resonance is a natural phenomena that utilizes the principle of vibrational mimicry. An energy body exposed to negative vibrations is likely to vibrate at a negative level unless there's conscious resistance that prevents it. The same phenomena is active when the energy body is exposed to positive vibrations.
We all the know the healing effect of music upon the mind and emotions; direct sound frequencies are likewise instantly effective in gaining the attention of our inner being. Where attention goes a consciousness is shaped. In the case of tuning forks, the tones provided are pure and enable the healee to focus on a particular frequency. Even a few minutes of this easily brings forth an altered state of awareness. Those who are familiar with Solfeggio frequencies are aware of the swift switching of conscious states brought on by focusing on a particular frequency. In the case of the average tuning fork, the standard vibration is the key of A which is the foremost 440 hz frequency used by most concert halls.
High Quality vs. Low Quality Tuning Forks
When investing in a tuning fork online, check the reviews closely. A tuning fork with an off-pitch, tinny sound that requires very harsh movements or actual contact with a material surface to work at all is too low in quality to serve vibrational-resonance purposes.
Seek out reviews that guarantee a perfect pitch as promised in the product description. Successfully purchasing quality tuning forks is wholly dependent on experience or the word of those who've gone before you and report back on the product. Sites like Epinions and Amazon are usually good sources.
Utilizing The Law of Attraction With Tuning Forks
Lynn Grabhorn's book “Excuse me, your life is waiting” considers our consciousness a kind of magnet that tugs to us anything that is vibrating at the same frequency. It's an excellent way of simplifying the shining principle movies like “The Secret” try to relay through the varied commentary of experts in the LOA (law of attraction) field. The consciousness-as-magnet symbolism removes the heavily redirective “work” from the equation. With no intention of suggesting we're lazy, there is a very real value in having the ability to “snap to attention” with so many regular demands competing for our attention – many of them low vibrating and consequently stress-increasing in nature. Working with tuning fork frequencies that raise the consciousness to a peace state and focusing upon the desired outcome one wishes to bring into reality bring to the law of attraction an extremely viable medium.
Badu on Tuning Forks
It's not difficult to love Badu. Her wit, “southuhn drawl” (that was intentionally misspelled fellow grammarians), undeniable inner and outer beauty, and uplifting example of Aquarian and Piscean consciousness-in-action keep us endeared to her and grateful for the thought-redirection she usually gives all who encounter her arts. Given her extensive metaphysical study and experience, her opinion on the matter of tuning forks offers us additionally relevant food for thought:
“Pendulum in rotation (real.). Polarize it, c'mon. Tuning forks on my dresser (real.) ”
-Erykah Badu, “Real Thang” lyrics
Clearly, tuning forks, pendulums, and the balancing of polarities are an integral part of Baduism, and if the coming Neptune in Pisces transit (that will last over a decade) has anything to say about it, they'll soon be a part of our innerverses as well.