Music is unquestionably a potent modality of healing and has been around since the beginning of time. Initially, man created a crude drum to mimic the sound of thunder. They believed that God was thunder and were trying to communicate with Him. Later, man mused that God was the wind and made flutes out of hollow bird bones to mimic the sound of wind in another attempt to contact God.
Music is a universal language that removes language barriers. It is also a powerful communication tool that brings people together.
From our first social bonding as infants to the funeral rites that mark our passing, music plays an important role in our lives, bringing us closer to one another. It has the uncanny ability to provoke the sense of a shared human experience despite its myriad forms across continents and throughout centuries.
Have you ever noticed that hearing a familiar song on the radio can instantly transport you back to a particular event in your life?
Is it any wonder that one of fastest growing fields of study and vocation today is that of music therapy? Music therapists are finding new effective inroads with Alzheimer patients, stroke survivors and people suffering with insomnia. In fact, music appears to have a profound effect on several types of disease.
- Manage pain
- Improve mood and mobility of Parkinson’s sufferers
- Reduce the need for sedatives and pain relievers after surgery
- Shorten hospital stays
- Relieve anxiety
- Lower blood pressure
- Ease depression
- Enhance focus and creativity
And music can do all of this without prescription medication. Music is a source of security and—perhaps most importantly—joy. Music therapists agree that spending at least 15 minutes a day listening to music without any distractions can change your life!
Music as Therapy
While I am excited about the current renaissance of music therapy, I must also temper my excitement with one concern. I don’t believe that one must be a certified therapist in order to administer music therapeutically.
I have nothing but respect for ANYONE who chooses to make a career of music therapy. However, if we are not careful, we will find ourselves stuck in the same quagmire as with the government regulating our healthcare. The government should not interfere with our ability to treat ourselves with music.
All that is needed for effective music therapy is a peaceful environment and the right music! And as you will find out in a moment, there is another factor that can empower music to literally affect matter and thus…stimulate spontaneous healing in your body.
Frequency as Therapy
Are you familiar with the word, “frequency?” A frequency is a measure of vibration or energy. Every object possesses a resonant frequency. Resonance is the phenomenon that occurs when a sound frequency matches the resonant frequency of a physical object.
Think of it as transmitting and receiving. When you listen to a song on the radio, the radio station transmits a signal and your radio receives it. That signal you are receiving is a frequency. Every radio station broadcasts on a different frequency, which allows them to be differentiated on the FM or AM bandwidth.
When matching frequencies occur, it is called, “sympathetic resonance.” Here is my working definition:
“Sympathetic resonance, or sympathetic vibration, is a harmonic phenomenon, wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness.”
Here’s an example.
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