Sound Healing works on the principle that everything in the Universe is energy in vibration. Sound is all around us. It effects our health and the way we think. Most of us know that upbeat music can help you to exercise harder and slower songs can be soothing but if you understand how sound and music actually change your brain waves, you can use this knowledge to alter your mental and physical states. I’m going to briefly explain how. Yay science! (jazz hands)
Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, and your neurons use electricity to communicate with each other. This activity can be graphed in a wave pattern. The brainwave patterns are generally categorized like this (and measured in hertz, just like sound waves!)
Most of us are living the majority of our lives in a state of primarily beta brain waves – aroused, alert, concentrated, but also somewhat stressed. When we lower the brain wave frequency to alpha, we
can put ourselves in an ideal condition to learn new information, perform more elaborate tasks, analyze complex situations and even be in a state of improved focus in athletic performance and exercise.
So, for example, when you meditate, you are focusing on something, whether it’s a candle flame or your breath going in or out, a mantra or a prayer. The brain likes patterns. When you focus like that, the electrical patterns in your brain slow down and relax, and the amplitude of your brain-waves generally stabilizes in the alpha wave range.
You don’t need to be a monk or meditate for 10 hours straight to be able to achieve this state of alpha brain wave relaxation. The human brain has a tendency to change its dominant frequency towards the frequency of a dominant external stimulus (such as music or sound).
Sound has a powerful effect on how we feel throughout the day. Our bodies and minds react differently to the unrelenting noise of a jackhammer than to a trickle of water in a creek. In other words, some sounds simply make us feel better than others. Whether our conscious minds are paying attention or not, our bodies take their cues from these sounds and rhythms, knowing when to get energized and when to slow down.
Have you ever been to a really great concert where you and everyone else were dancing and really ‘feeling it’? That’s sympathetic resonance. You were all entrained to the frequency of the music. Music is the language of the emotions and you can use it as a tool to speak to your emotional states.
Even if you don’t listen to music or your hearing is impaired you can still feel music. Beethoven composed symphonies by sawing the legs off his piano and lying on the floor to feel the vibrations of the notes through skin sensors and bone conduction. In the physical body, we’re about 70% water and 30% minerals; skeletal structure and fluids are the perfect medium for sound to travel.
So whether you are experiencing live sound or music, or humming while you’re waiting for the train remember you can activate your body’s natural ability to reestablish alignment and harmony.
Think about that the next time you AUM.