For most people Sound Therapy and Sound Healing are new ideas.
The fact is that Sound Healing is one of the first and oldest forms of healing and nurturing, preventive care. Even if we notice it or not sound is always around us.
Even in “silence” its affects on us are vast. I say “if we notice it or not” because the fact is most people are unaware of the sounds around them.
They are becoming numb to sound even though it still has an effect on them.
There are four major ways sound affects you all the time and I’d like to help raise them in your consciousness.
Before I go further, keep in mind when I mention sound that this includes sounds that are not audible to us.
It is important to know that we perceive sound through our bones as well.
Sound can be distracting or it can help us to focus. It can be useful in nurturing creativity and inspiration. Also sound affects our cognitive ability to create visual images in our minds.
It is usually difficult to understand two people talking at once. We have a very small amount of bandwidth for processing auditory input which is why a loud and noisy work environment is extremely harmful to productivity.
Music is the most powerful form of sound that we know affects our emotional state.
Certain types of music evoke different types of emotions. The effects can be different from person to person and have a different effect depending on what mental/emotional state they are already in.
For example, when some one is in love a “love song”can heighten the feeling. Or, if some one is depressed because of a break-up then that same love song can have the effect of making them feel more depressed.
Likewise, if the person particularly doesn’t like that song or style of song they can become annoyed by the love song. But music is not the only kind of sound which affects your emotions.
We naturally move and dance a certain way with particular types of music/sound.
Typically, most dance styles come from the type of music to which we are listening. Sound can rise or lower our heart rate.
Everything is vibrating. As you sit here reading right now you are vibrating. Every part of your body is vibrating at different frequencies. So each person is, in fact, an individual
chord. One definition of health may be that your chord is in complete harmony.
As important as sound is on our sense of well-being, most of the sound around us is accidental. And much of it is unpleasant, like traffic or construction noise. We stand on street corners shouting over the noise and pretending that it doesn’t exist. Well, this habit of suppressing sound has
meant that our relationship with sound has become largely unconscious.
You recognize it fast. And you have very powerful associations. Shocking loud noise will produce cortisol, your fight, flight, freeze hormone.
Sounds affect your hormone secretions all the time, but also your breathing, your heart rate, and your brainwaves.
Cortisol (hydrocortisone) is a steroidhormone, or glucocorticoid, produced by the adrenal gland. It is released in response to stress
Cortisol’s primary functions in the body are:
It suppresses the immune system by “muting” the white blood cells. If you have to work in spaces like that, carry headphones with you, with a soothing sound like birdsong.
Put them on and your productivity goes back up to triple what it would be.
Sound Muscle Testing
So I hope this talk has raised sound in your consciousness. If you’re listening consciously, you can take control of the sound around you. It’s good for your health. It’s good for your productivity.
If we all do that we move to a state that I like to think will be sound living in the world. I’m going to leave you with a little bit more birdsong. I recommend at least five minutes a day, but there is no maximum dose.
With all that other stuff going on, it would be amazing if our behavior didn’t change. (Techno music inside a car) So, ask yourself: Is this person ever going to drive at a steady 28 miles per hour? I don’t think so. At the simplest, you move away from unpleasant sound and towards pleasant sounds. So if I were to play this — (Jackhammer) — for more than a few seconds, you’d feel uncomfortable; for more than a few minutes, you’d be leaving the room in droves. For people who can’t get away from noise like that, it’s extremely damaging for their health.
Notice and listen to your environment and see how you respond to it. The ocean waves, a jackhammer banging away, the florescent light above you. Have you noticed the effects of the Music and sounds in movies and on TV and how they have a huge effect on you and how you perceive what is happening or going to happen?
Some times the same type of sound can affect us differently. The oceans waves, a bird “singing” can be either relaxing or annoying. Particular attributes to the sound can change the effect on us. It’s not just unpleasant sounds that do it. The frequency of ocean waves is roughly 12 cycles per minute. Most people find that very soothing, and, interestingly, 12 cycles per minute is roughly the frequency of the breathing of a sleeping human. There is a deep resonance between the rhythm of the ocean waves with being at rest. We also associate it with being stress-free and on holiday. Natural sound can do that too. Birdsong, for example, is a sound which most people find reassuring. There is a reason for that. Over hundreds of thousands of years we’ve learned that when the birds are singing, things are safe. It’s when they stop you need to be worried.