Music is an essential ingredient for the direct application of healing and the general maintenance of a healing environment. Whenever, one starts speaking about music, like food, and let’s take ice-cream as an example, people usually have an opinion and don’t like to be told what flavour they should have.
I’d like to address not the flavour but the constituents. In a sea-side town on the east coast, a couple of hours drive from where I live, is a gelato shop that makes world class, awarding winning gelato (gelato is the Italian word for ice cream) using only natural ingredients. I remember when I was much younger, someone said to me that the soft serve ice-cream at a certain fast food outlet was mostly pig fat and contained no milk at all. Now I don’t if that is true or not, but for the sake of an example, let me compare the ‘pig fat’ “ice cream” with a world class gelato. The same flavours are available, except that the soft serve uses artificial ingredients (colours and flavours) and the gelato doesn’t. Now while a steady diet of either soft serve or gelato is not a good thing, you would be hard pressed to show that the ‘pig fat’ soft serve was healthier than the gelato.
You body tells you straight away. After the soft serve, you feel a little off. After the gelato, you feel full and satisfied. So I want to address in this article the type, not the flavour of music, necessarily. The qualification comes where an artificial flavour is made that can’t be produced naturally, but we’ll worry about that later.
You may have heard of people who play music to plants and get varying results depending upon the type of music played. Often the results would be something like, ‘classical music improves the plants while modern rock music causes them to die’. If you are of the younger generation, you simply discount this as your elders trying to hold back progress in music development. I guess in some cases, this was a convenient ploy used by parents with teenagers liking a different form of music than them. But remember, we are not talking about flavour here. We are talking about type. If the truth is told, there are probably healing qualities to be found in most forms of music as well as destructive. I’ve a hunch, however, that some types are simply destructive.
There is a lot of research done on the effect of sound on water, plants, people and there are arguments and counter arguments. I’m not sure that a definitive scientific pronouncement can be made on the subject. I suspect because there are two many variables at play that we either don’t understand are unable to accept and/or comprehend. Even with the use or words, which is sound, the difference between a positive word and a negative word, my not be the sound itself, but rather the spiritual power connected to the word from the speaker. Then you take how the word is interpreted by the hearer. I believe there is a lot more at play than just pressure waves that we can detect as sound and music.
I know music has an effect. I read a headline just today, “For once, I’m lost for words…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing … Chinese pianist, Yuja Wang, whipped a sold-out Sydney Recital Hall audience into a standing, bravoing frenzy last night with a program of Chopin and Scriabin.” What makes an audience do that? I myself have listened to Handel’s Messiah and been moved to tears with goose bumps all over me. I’ve listened to a rock violinist that left me feeling simply exhilarated. I went to a Brian Adams concert and was just thrilled to my boots at the quality of music played. What causes that? I’ve also been horribly turned off by many forms of music. (Well some people call music, I just call it noise!)
So, what is it? The frequency, the intensity, the lyrics, the beat? Does music really heal?
Dr. Mike Friedman is a clinical psychologist in Manhattan and a member of EHE International’s Medical Advisory Board, says “Does music heal emotional suffering? Research says yes. We now know through controlled treatment outcome studies that listening to and playing music is a potent treatment for mental health issues. Research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics . Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.“ (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brick-brick/201402/does-music-have-healing-powers)
Scientific America says, “Music Can Heal the Brain. New therapies are using rhythm, beat and melody to help patients recover language, hearing, motion and emotion” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-can-heal-the-brain/
Then there is 432Hz! Listening to 432Hz music resonates inside your body, releases emotional blockages, and expands consciousness. 432Hz music allows you to tune into the knowledge of the universe around us in a more intuitive way. Read about it here. https://attunedvibrations.com/432hz-healing/
There is also the classic example found in the Hebrew Bible. 1 Samuel 16:23 “And it came to be, whenever the evil spirit from Elohim was upon Sha’ul, that Dawiḏ would take a lyre and play it with his hand. Then Sha’ul would become refreshed and well, and the evil spirit would leave him.”
Do I have a definitive recommendation for music. No, I wouldn’t be so bold. Allow me though to make a few observations and maybe make some recommendations.
Music can have a powerful effect on the environment we build around ourselves. So let’s give it some thought.
If we put aside the flavour issue and broaden our horizons we may find different some of the stereotypes we’ve adopted might just be ill advised. So whatever style of music you ‘like’ take the time to investigate other forms. You might be surprised.
If we take the time to be self-aware, we will begin to notice the effect that certain music has on us. We can use our built in discriminator to isolate what’s good for us and what’s not. For example, on the way home in the car today, I was listening to some sort of modern electronic music and I noticed, I had started to feel quite stressed in my upper back and neck muscles. I’m currently listening to a 432 DNA healing track. Normally I can’t concentrate with music playing at all. However, I’m writing (typing) this down in quick time with the 432Hz music playing.
I make three observations here;
- There is Music that has a healing effect by enhancing the bodies immune system letting it work better. I make this claim based on my own personal experience with the Healing Codes.
- There is music that is grating and negative either in the way it makes us feel or the negative lyrics that we take into our minds image of ourselves.
- There is also music that is specifically designed to alter the brain and move it into altered states. This is almost always connected in someway to spiritualism that is sourced from eastern mysticism, new age or some other incarnation. It is highly dangerous. Already we are seeing this type of music peddled by pseudo-scientific secular organisations and composers and I place a warning here, It is dangerous. In the spiritual realm, there is the Creator and the Adversary. This third type of music leads to the Adversary and the possibility of deep bondage. You can identify dangerous types of music when it is designed to alter your mind state where emptiness / oblivion is the goal. (Emptiness is not peace! Perfect relationship is peace and wholeness) Music designed to fill you mind with knowledge of the Creator and his attributes will have a positive effect and is the path you want to follow. Take or leave my advice as you like, but don’t say you weren’t made aware.
Then there are the lyrics. Yes, the lyrics again. No matter how catchy the tune, If someone told you day in and day out that you were no good, it has a negative effect. Negative lyrics can have the same effect by peddling lies that damage our sense of being.
While our built-in sensors, if allowed to operate can guide us quite well, there is a sure fire way of testing your stress response to Music. HRV measurement.
Using a mobile phone and a relatively inexpensive monitor you can monitor your stress levels at home yourself. You can work with your health professional or fitness coach if you like. I understand this system is virtually immune to the placebo effect, meaning that what you measure is real. The higher your HRV, the less stressed you are.
I’d suggest using your own built-in awareness system, and then once you have identified what you think is healing and helpful when it comes to music, get a monitor and a free HRV app and prove it, (or not).
In summary, I have barely scratched the surface on the importance of music for healing and your general environment. Part of your ill health could well be linked to what you are listening to! Think about it. That’s all this post is about. Raising awareness. Music matters to your health and well-being. Count on it. Be Blessed Aryeh.