I remember as a kid how much I enjoyed listening to music while busy with my homework and that has never changed. Now I work, write, paint, exercise and cook to music, it helps me both to focus and to be creative. Because of my multi cultural background I enjoy listening to all kinds of music. What music I choose to listen to depends a lot on my mood. If I feel down and I want to feel better, I play a lively CD with a nice dance beat that puts me in a good mood immediately because my body responds instinctively to the beat of the music. If I feel scattered and beside myself, I play Bach, Satie or Mozart and I can instantly feel my musical notes relax. Sometimes I feel nostalgic for my roots and then my soul calls for Arabic or Indian music, or some other music that reminds me of happy special moments in my life, so I listen to that for a while to soothe my soul and without fail it works wonders.
The use of sound and music is the most ancient healing technique. It was practiced in the ancient mystery schools of Tibet, India, Egypt, China, Athens and Rome for tens of thousands of years. Over the past centuries much of this information disappeared in the west but is now re-emerging.
From time immemorial, music has been a part of the Indian culture. Music is an age-old part of Ayurveda, the holistic Indian science that promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle. The curative power of music emanates from the resonance of certain ragas on hormonal and glandular functions, which produce secretions that keep the body balanced and infection free. There’s music for indigestion, music to build up self-confidence, music for insomnia, to heal gallstones and arthritis, for anxiety and for any ailment you can think of.
Music is capable of improving health and concentration, promoting peace and happiness. It is important, however, to know the method and the duration for which music therapy is to be administered. Listening to music helps control negative aspects of our personality like worry or anger. It can also cure headaches, abdominal pain, strokes, stuttering and tension. Music therapy is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions, blood pressure and restoring the functions of the liver.
It is also believed that music stimulates the pituitary gland, whose secretions affect the nervous system and the flow of blood. To be healed by music, it is necessary to vibrate the cells of the body, for it is through these vibrations that the person’s consciousness can be changed to promote good health. The right kind of music helps one to relax and to refresh. The right kind of light music also increases efficiency while working. This reminds me of a friend who enjoyed listening to what was known in the 80s as background music that was played in lifts in all hotels in the US. I personally found it boring monotonous music as it lulled one into docility. Being docile and being relaxed are two totally different states of being.
Modern western science and medicine has now rediscovered the healing powers of music and music therapy is now an accepted form of treatment within orthodox medical practice. Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, who healed thousands of people while in a trance state, said that ‘music is the medicine of the future’. I read somewhere that what we might expect in the future are tonal spas where we can rejuvenate our vibrational fields. Perhaps even chanting centres in schools and work places? Now that sounds like music to my ears!
Until that becomes reality, you can in the meantime find music on you tube to activate and to raise the frequency of your DNA, your pituitary gland, your pineal gland and much more. All with the goal to assist you to evolve.