Music…Come Together…And Heal

By P.D. Alleva, MSW

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Have you ever heard of the healing power of laughter or music? How many songs do you have in your iPod and what significance does each song or artist have for you? We relate dates, times, events and the greatest moments of our lives to song and music. Three times a week I go for a two mile walk, headphones on and music blaring, allowing my thoughts to roll over in my mind to provide feedback and conclusions to daily problems and concerns to conjure up some positive thinking and solutions. Music is everywhere; it binds us as a society. Watch the many music awards or go to a concert, you’ll never feel more in unison with your fellow humans than when your favorite band belts out your favorite song and all the people in attendance have united in a thousand voices to sing as one.

Music can clear your mind and enrich your soul. My wife and I went to see Andrea Bocelli on Valentine’s Day and during the performance the female opera singer he had brought on stage with him reached a high note that filled the arena so perfectly, so clearly and so profoundly, I turned to my wife and said, “My Lord, my soul has just been enriched!” I wonder now at what frequency that note had reached. There is much discussion in the scientific community concerning the frequency of 528 Hz, which is ascribed to be the frequency for which the sun emanates its core energy, as well as the frequency that comes from our hearts in the form of joy. It is also the frequency used by biochemists to repair broken DNA. I’m more than sure if there was any broken DNA in the arena that night, that note would have repaired them all.

The healing powers of music date back to thousands of years B.C., when the philosopher, mathematician, scientist and psychologist, Pythagoras, healed people using frequency vibrations in the form of music. That’s correct; Pythagoras was more than the guy for which most of us were annoyed by the essential Pythagorean Theorem in high school math class. Music is known as the highest form or artistic expression, for no other medium of art can change our mood in an instant. It’s the perfect stress relief, self-confidence booster and lends to our mental wellness. Music can also be used to aid in our personal self-improvement.

For those who have difficulty meditating, music offers the perfect avenue to do so. I wrote above about taking a walk with my headphones on and allowing my thoughts to roll over in my head; this is a form of mediation, a practice that leads to conclusions and sharpness of the mind. But there are also many other ways to use music to “clear your head.” People often get stuck in making decisions, or fall into a rut when life starts pouring down challenges, one after another, and it seems like we will never be able to get out of. These are the times when I would suggest switching the channel.

Human beings are creatures of habit. We fall into cycles that are either good, bad, or both, and when a change begins to present itself, or a crossroad of life emerges, some of us take the challenge by the horns, others falter, and then some of us just simply freak out altogether. These are the times to listen to something new, a new beat, a new drum, a new musician or band, or even a new era of music- it’s a fact people, Mozart works for babies and it will work for you too. Switch your favorite radio station to a classical or jazz station or a classic rock or pop station. Change your morning radio show to something else as well. These simple changes allow your mind to be prepared for change while giving your brain the proper time to manifest and process the information and changes you are going through.

Here’s another possible lesson from music. Instead of spending your nights in front of the classical boob tube and watching another episode of reality television or taking on a new comedy or drama series that’ll be sure to tap and zap your time and effort, take a night where you and your spouse, you and your friends or you and your kids click on the radio and listen to some good music and allow the conversation to flow from your lips like a space ship rocketing into outer space. See and feel how such an event plays out with your family. Light some candles, eat, drink and be merry, as the saying goes. I’m more than sure you will all be pleasantly surprised with the outcome of such a night. Plan on similar nights at least once a week.

Music truly does bring people together; it’s just about a no brainer. I’m not going to try to stuff any particular music down your throat, your all big boys and girls and can make decisions on your own, however, I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t suggest listening to some smooth jazz, classical or meditative music to help heal the mind as you are moving through changes and transitions in your life. These types of music mediums help the mind to settle down and relax, allows your mind to process information with a calm and meditative state of mind, a relaxed and focused brain where the answers you are seeking to current problems come into awareness and are uncovered like that moment where you finally find your car keys with a quick remembering of where you had placed them to begin with. The answers are always already in play, we just need some help uncovering them.

Live long and prosper!

Paul is the founding owner of Lifescape Solutions and Evolve Mental Health which he opened in December of 2011, based on a new model of healing and psychotherapy called Spiritual Growth Therapy. His newest book Let Your Soul Evolve: Spiritual Growth for the New Millennium 2nd edition describes the model.