Chimes never symbolize strangers; they always reflect someone we know in spirit. When you hear chimes, the spirit is talking with you. Accept them and find a quiet area where you can listen to what they have to say.
Chimes were originally used by monks as an instrument for counting prayers. Since then, they've become a popular way to mark the hour on clocks and watches. Today, you may see chimes in churches, museums, and other places where people come together to pray.
Monks made chimes by blowing air through holes in metal plates or shells. The sound of chimes reminds us that our lives should be filled with prayer. Even if you can't hear the chimes, imagine how beautiful it would be if all churches had them!
People from all over the world have heard the chime. It's said that El Cid, the great Spanish knight, was watching a battle when he saw one of his soldiers throw a stone at an apple tree. The branch broke, and the soldier went to tell his commander. A few minutes later, there was a knock on the door from another soldier who had also seen what happened. So El Cid sent for his secretary to write down the names of those two soldiers who brought him the news of a victory.
Wind chimes may be either pleasant-sounding background music or a tool to bring good luck, positive energy, and fend against negativity, depending on your attitude on life and spiritual beliefs. Wind chimes are also frequently utilized in meditation and yoga programs.
The sound they make is called "muzak" by some people, but not only are wind chimes more pleasing to the ear than Muzak, they also contribute to a meditative state of mind. A study published in 1998 in the journal Nature showed that brain activity while listening to chimes was similar to that seen during a dream or while under the influence of drugs. This means that the sounds can trigger thoughts and feelings inside your head just like real-life situations might.
People all over the world have used wind chimes for thousands of years. In China, where it originated, people have been hanging them from buildings as early as 220 B.C. The first written reference to them in Europe comes from Germany around 1450. From there they spread to other parts of the world including America.
In modern times, they're becoming increasingly popular again due to their ability to create a peaceful environment without disturbing those who live nearby. These days you can find beautiful handcrafted wooden chimes at many retailers, but even cheap plastic ones will do if you want to use them as an alternative to traditional bells.
A chime (/'tSaIm/) or set of chimes is a carillon-like instrument, i.e., a pitched percussion idiophone made out of 22 or less cast bronze bells that are tuned to sound beautifully together. The diatonic octaves of American chimes are normally one to one and a half. Some chimes are programmed. Others may have additional sounds added, such as gongs, drums, or other instruments.
The word "chime" comes from the Old English cniht, meaning "young man," which is also the origin of the words "cadet" and "choirboy."
In North America, where they are most commonly used for university campuses, chimes are played at lunch times and dinner times, to signal the start and end of classes and meals. They are also often played before lectures and examinations.
In Europe, where they are used mainly for churches, they are usually called a clock bell or church bell.
Chimes can be either hand-pulled or foot-operated. Hand-pulled chimes require a person to pull a rope or chain to play the chime. Foot-operated chimes use a mechanism attached to the bell frame to strike the bells. Both types of chime can be single-action or double-action. With a single action chime, once you pull the rope or chain it will ring until stopped by an operator.