Music can be described as a pulse of energy that is transferred through vibrations. Apart from instruments and songs, nature also produces music. Things such as water flowing in a river, bird making sounds in the quite desert and the waves on the beach are all natural music. This research paper seeks to critically examine the healing power of music.
The human body comprises of a cellular system made of atoms that are constantly vibrating. Music on the other hand has a series of vibrations that are conveyed from the source to the human body through the ears. The vibrations in the music are capable of disarranging the cellular systems in the human body leading to healing. This does not only happen to the human species but also to other living things. Music alters the emotions of an individual and strengthens the immune system. It also promotes creativity. Music also has the ability to lower an individual’s blood pressure and reduce the stress level leading to reduced medical needs in an individual.
For countless years, music has been used as a powerful instrument for the attunement of the human body and mind. Human beings have an inherent ability to utilize music and sound to aid deeper levels of consciousness and transformation which can be traced back to prehistoric times and across cultures. Music has the ability to close gaps between different cultures that exist in the world today. It also has the ability to unite human beings and other living things as well as the whole planet.
Music is a language with global elements that cuts across all religions, sexes, ages and nationalities. Music speaks to all. It introduces and standardizes humans with the mystery of their souls leading to an integration of the body, mind and soul and glowing completeness. People naturally disconnect from the restrictions of the coherent mind and get into a more inspired figurative expanded state of consciousness.
The power of music to heal comes from its ability to cause changes in the brainwave activity. It also altar’s a person’s breathing and heart rates. Music has been in existence for a long time and has been acknowledged as the global language. It has the power to influence the well being of an individual. Listening to music has several psychological and physical benefits. Research indicates that music can alter the brainwave activity significantly. Strong beats in music can rouse an individual’s brainwave activity. An individual’s concentration increases as the beats in the music become sharper and faster. In contrast, music that has slower beats can stimulate calmness and a pensive mood.
In clinics and hospitals, music can be important in soothing patients and creating a peaceful environment. Studies have shown that patients with depression require less medication and respond better to psychotherapy once music is incorporated into the treatment course. Children with learning disabilities, autism and attention deficit disorder also respond positively to music therapy . The harp is an important musical instrument that has for centuries been used for comfort and healing purposes. In modern day the harp is played in hospital cancer clinic and hospices, operating rooms and hospital nurseries with enormously positive outcomes. The harp healing music, when thoughtfully played, has the power to affect the patient’s well being by lessening anxiety and stress levels. Studies have also indicated that the harp music is very effective in reducing blood pressure, pain and respiratory rates. It is also effective in touching the inner most feelings of patients who are non-responsive and in coma.
The healing power of music has the ability to stimulate people’s patterns of completeness and set fee an individual’s potential of becoming alive. Music speaks directly to the unconscious part of the individual hence connecting with deeply hidden emotions and feelings which is usually cut off from the normal conscious state. Music therapy and harmonic frequencies, healing musical tones, and therapeutic recordings are known to activate some brain regions that help tackle cognitive illnesses such as dementia, aphasia, Alzheimer’s, mood disorders and Parkinson’s disease.
Studies on the healing power of music indicate that it is far much effective and safer that most psychotropic medications. It is claimed that just as yoga and meditation, music has the ability to create an emotional and hormonal balance during times of illness and distress. The understanding of the healing power of music dates back to ancient times where music was used to cleanse consciousness. This is because people in ancient times understood that disease is a materialization of discrepancy and impurity of the body, spirit or mind.
Different kinds of music produce a quantifiable amount of power that has influence on all living things. A research carried out by a farmer in Illinois where the same type of plant was planted in two different green houses with the same temperature, fertilizer and humidity conditions. One green house had a speaker that played music every minute while the other did not have any music. He observed that the crops in the green house with music grew faster, the produce weighed more and the land was more fertile. This experiment was a success and that is why music is used for several agricultural operations in Canada .
Listening to relaxing music helps change stressful situations that can lead to psychological or physical distress. Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous structure and puts the individual in flight or fight mode, listening to calming music has the contrary effect. Pain can be identified as the non spoken form of communication emanating from emotional or physical trauma. If an individual is not able process the distressing experience, the emotions and memories connected to the trauma are separated and accumulated in the body. The pain expressed later is an attempt to bring consciousness of the unresolved conflicts in the body. Music acts as a catalyst for emotional discharge, a way of allowing the ailed part of the mind or body to express itself safely. Music facilitates self-nurturing and healing.
Music activity affects every region and sub region of the brain known to the neuroscientists. Listening to music begins with the sub cortical structures that it the cochlear nuclei, brain stem and the cerebellum and then move up to the auditory cortices of both sides of the brain. Additional regions of the brain are recruited when the individual is listening to music he knows; they include: some sections of the frontal lobe and the hippocampus.
Previous experiences influence the musical preferences of different individuals depending on whether the results were positive or negative. Safety also plays a significant role in how individuals choose music. People have a tendency of trusting composers and musicians and easily surrender to music during listening sessions. Most individuals admit that music has an unknown power that connects them to something that is of much more importance than their own existence. And even though music does not take the individual to a place that is inspirational it has the ability to change the mood of an individual.
Different forms of music generate different psychological and emotional outcomes. Rumba, salsa and other different forms of Latino and South American music can increase the heart beat rate, increase respiration and initiate body movement. Pop music can stimulate a sense of well being by engaging emotions. Rock music has the ability to rouse passions, initiate active movement, mask pain, release tension, and lessen the impact of other loud sounds in the surrounding. Hip-hop, punk and heavy metal music has the ability to electrify the nervous system generating a vibrant behavior and self expression. Religious music has the power to rouse feelings of deep tranquility and spiritual consciousness.
In conclusion, music has a series of vibrations that are able to affect the cellular system in the human body leading to healing. Music has the ability to affect the emotions, immune system and the heart beat rate of an individual. The effect of music is not only felt by human being but by other animals as well as other living things such as plants. People’s musical preference is influenced by previous experiences as well as the safety factor.
Different types of music have different effects on individuals. For instance salsa and Latino music increases the heart rate hence initiating body movement. Pop music on the other hand captures emotions and stimulates a sense of well being. Other forms of music such as religious music stimulate tranquility and spiritual consciousness. Whether we listen to music from an instrument, pure voices or even humming, music has the power to heal the human body, mind and soul.
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