The Healing Powers Of Music (AKA The Healing Powers Of Intention And Sound Vibrations)
Music has power. The power to make us feel. The power to instill hope. The power to make us understand. The power to bring people together. Music… is….. Powerful.
We all know this, but science is just now getting into studies and scientific applications of music. It may be years before they come out with any official science-y verdict on music benefits and uses, but there are facts floating around that we can use to make our own sound conclusion…
It starts — and ends — with energy. If you’re like me, you grew up hearing that particles we’re the smallest units of anything in physics, but this “certainty” has been shattered into smithereens. Today, physicists are exploring the realm of “String Theory” in which particles consist of one-dimensional loops of string that vibrate in existence in 11 different dimensions (If that doesn’t blow your mind, today’s “brightest” scientific minds will say that there are over 200 different strings, but the “uneducated” Dogon priests of West Africa say there are exactly 266). The strings in string theory have different shapes and functions, but really, they’re all the same string. The sole determiner of their form and function is vibration.
The various fields of physics are beginning to unravel the mystery of energy, frequency (the vibration of energy), and the human body. Because sounds are frequencies and music is but a composition of sounds, you don’t have to be a scientist to theorize that music has a connection with human well-being. Physics degree or not, you can do your own experiment. Simply listen to “Love Someone” by Jason Mraz, and take note of the thoughts and feelings the song inspires. Then follow that up with Marilyn Manson’s song “Tourniquet.”
My own home laboratory research as an armchair Quantum Physicist has led me to theorize that the scientific conclusion of this at-home experiment will show a strong correlation between music and human thoughts and emotions.
But, jokes aside, further research in the livingroom laboratory shows an even stronger case for music’s power on human behavior….
Many of us are already familiar with the famous water experiment of scientist Masaru Emoto. Long story short, it looked into the effects on water via words and feelings. Water samples were divided up and labeled with words or phrases like “I love you,” or, ”You make me sick.” These words or phrases would be said out loud while projecting the associated emotion at the water sample. Then the water samples were frozen to look at the resulting crystallized structure. The results?
As you can see, the water samples spoken to with positive words and feelings produced intricate and detailed water crystals of beautiful design. As for the water samples subjected to negative words and emotions? This detail and structure was nowhere to be seen. If anything, the negative samples looked worse than they did before they had been experimented on.
This experiment brought up many questions around the validity of the study and what was really at work. Emoto took his intention studies further by studying intention on rice, and once again, the results showed that positive thoughts and emotions had a powerful impact on the structure of water. Except this time, you didn’t need a microscope to figure that out. Because the rice samples treated negatively were decaying and succumbing to mold before everyone’s eyes.
The rice study was incredible because it showed the power of words and emotions without a microscope. But it left people questioning if the power was in emotions, words, or both. So, in 2005, Emoto took his studies even further by testing intention on water. Water samples were placed in a room in Los Angeles with an electromagnetic shield to factor out emotions. Then, five thousand miles away, a picture of these water samples was shown to a group of 2,000 people in Tokyo, Japan. Together, they said a prayer for the water which lasted all of 5 minutes. These water samples were in a room shielded from the electromagnetic field of emotions. And they were prayed for by people 5,000 miles away who only ever saw a picture of the water samples. Still, neither distance nor electromagnetic blocks could stop the formation of the water’s beautiful crystalline structures.
What can we conclude? Intention is powerful! Emotions and thoughts are an energy all of their own. Studies seem to suggest that thoughts themselves may be the ultimate life-giving force. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the placebo effect and you’ll see that pills are addressing patient symptoms as well as pharmaceutical drugs (if not better).
We don’t have to be a Quantum Physicist to see that thoughts become things. The little experiment called “everyday life” will show this again and again. This is a crucial thing to consider when we consider the power of music. We know that the lyrics and mood of a song can affect us emotionally and mentally, but just as frequencies can impact our body, so too can the intention behind the song. Naturally, Emoto has experimented with water and music, and his results support this 100%.
So, can music heal us? Well, we know that intention can affect water (even in an electromagnetic shielded room), and that the adult human body is around 50-65% water . We also know that our body is composed of trillions of microbes, cells, atoms, particles, and loops of “string” that are all vibrating with energy and emitting their own individual frequency. Music also possesses it’s own frequency. When it comes to the psychological and emotional complexities of recovery, music isn’t a substitute for the vital treatment offered by substance abuse counseling and holistic drug rehabilitation. However, it stands as an alternative healing method that can play a powerful role in emotional health and sobriety.
Just how powerful music is with healing is yet to be determined, but there one thing that’s for certain — You gotta find the right rhythm…..