Almost all people intuitively understand that music/sound is a ‘kinda magic’. Few understand that this is really true. Science has more and more research on the enormous influence sound and vibration has on ‘everything’ and more relevantly for us, on human beings. The ‘spiritual’ world has known this for millenniums.
Music therapy has for many years been a leading form of therapy and one that is recognised as having profound results on many psychological disorders. There is also sound therapy often called healing sounds. Sound therapy is about working with vibrations.
I am excited to add a new link here to a fascinating article that digs deep into ‘18 wonderful ways music effects the brain’. I was directed to this article by the website NuMusician a site which helps music artists to find inspiration and develop their skills. This article offers a deep dive with videos and scholarly articles.
Sound/Music is experienced across the world by billions of people every day; From easy listening to meditation to musical performance to background music, in therapy, through ultrasound in medical use to communicating with voice…the list is endless. The point is that sound is a real and positive energy force that can be used to create positive outcomes for both our emotional and physical health and well-being.
Areas where sound and music positively impact on us all
Some of the benefits of sound healing include:
- lowers stress
- decreases mood swings
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers cholesterol levels
- teaches pain management
- lowers risk for coronary artery disease and stroke
- improves sleep
- Improved well-being
- Awareness and awakening for people living with dementia
- Promoting social cohesiveness
- Lowers cortisol levels
- Enhanced emotional awareness
I will be presenting a series of ‘Let Music Lead’ ideas. I will keep them short and concise and in each article I will add links and extracts from music and sound related sites/articles and respected experts in their field.
In this article I have offered up a taste of cymatics and some thoughts from Tunisha Mehrota focusing on the healing powers of music…Just a drop in the ocean of what is available out there.
Check out this really great article and video that deals with Cymatics: Cymatics shows how precise sound vibrations can structure matter into any form.
In this video you will see the most amazing patterns emerge that are anything from grains of sand to liquid responding to vibrations
“I looked for interesting science experiments that showed how sound waves affect things, figured out what looked good, and then wrote the musical parts for each experiment” Stanford says.
A few more cymatics links:
- This is full of exciting stuff including the possibility to download the CymaScope app https://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/articles.html
- This site deals with healing frequencies and cymatics https://www.healingfrequenciesmusic.com/cymatics/
Sound and music healing
Following are a few paragraphs from Tunisha Mehrota’s article ‘Music to Heal’ about music healing. She talks about both the science and the spiritual forces that are part of all music.
‘….For composer and sound healer, Shawna Carol, singing is akin to natural medicine. She has developed a process which she calls ‘Spirit Songs’, which helps people release their emotional and creative blocks, which is therapeutic.
The scientific reason behind all these exploits is very simple. Sound, like electricity and light, is a conventional form of electromagnetic energy. Today, we have a clearer understanding of how vibrational frequencies can affect us at a cellular level. Sound has the ability to rearrange molecular structure. Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration, including the cells in our body. When these cells vibrate harmoniously we experience health. Tranquilising music can alter brain wave patterns and induce a relaxed, calm state in the listener, and has a beneficial effect on health.
No wonder the Egyptians referred to music as the ‘physics of the soul’.
At the emotional level, music acts as a facilitator in altering our moods. Music affects the limbic system, that part of our brain which is the seat of emotion. Hence listening to soft and gentle music calms emotions and brings about a state of mental wellbeing. Music, in itself is neutral energy. It is we who are responsible for its ultimate effect. We need to use the energies of music with awareness. Loud, aggressive and discordant sounds will lead to violent and stressful states, whereas soft, calming music will engender peaceful and loving states. Helene Caya states in her groundbreaking book From Sound Springs Light, “the gentler the music, the more love it transmits.”
One of the most beautiful effects of music is the eradication of anxiety. Fear and anxiety are the underlying causes of various psychosomatic disorders. Even listening to harsh, distressing sounds can generate an autosuggestion of fear. Conversely, listening to soothing and harmonious sounds can generate a sense of immediate peace and wellbeing in the listener. Hence, music can be used as an effective therapeutic tool to root out anxiety and keep the mind in control…’
A few more links:
- Jonathan Goldman is a true master of healing sounds and has been a practitioner for over 30 years, check out his website for a dive into the world of healing sounds.https://www.healingsounds.com/
- A wonderful overview of of sound healing from the Healthline site https://www.healthline.com/health/sound-healing#benefits
- Deep dive and study on Music Therapy form a neurological and psychological angle. https://pianoreport.com/music-therapy/
- And again if you missed the 18 ways that music creates magic in our brain please follow this very cool link