How Music Plays A Role In Holistic Medicine, Art & Healing
Yesterday I was talking to a good friend of mine about the different types of music that people listen to and how that affects their overall health and wellbeing. This particular conversation occurred after we rehearsed our new set list for our upcoming shows. We were interested in how what we play fits into certain venues and crowds versus other types of music. We are a fit of guitar and vocal (me) and he is the acoustic bass player.
Me and my friend have both utilized our music to heal, relate the frequencies of our instruments to the internal feelings we are trying to understand, match and ultimately resonate with. This directly correlates to quantum mechanics as resonance frequency is a crucial aspect to understand health and the literal vibration of an individual. I teach my students this same concept as a professor that correlates to resonance frequencies healing particular organs and diseases on a quantum level. This is the exact type of concept for why Qi Gong and Tai Chi are utilized so often in TCM. It is a way to align with a resonance frequency and energy to heal and charge what is within.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine
Within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we utilize this understanding in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Body Work. The vibratory state of the practitioner needs to be cultivated to heal the vibratory state of health of the patient. Practitioners who understand this well (also practicing pulse diagnosis, facial diagnosis for example) tend to get better results in their clinic. While we have basic biomedical diagnostic methods, reading the energetic vibration very much has to do with pulse diagnosis and what the practitioner can understand through witnessing someone’s “Shen” which is known as the spirit that lies behind their eyes.
Vibration & Frequency
You will see these different concepts in music as well. A heavier vibration will resonate with lower frequencies while a lighter vibration will resonate with higher frequencies. Therefore we can actually analyze the type of music an individual listens to in order to better understand their health and where they may need balancing. For example, someone who listens to heavy bass constantly may resonate with needing to “rise above” because the bass is a reminder of their state of being low. On the other hand someone who listens to something that is constantly bright and stimulating may be feeling they need to be “brought down” because the frequency is a reflection that they feel when in reality they likely want to feel calmer. I am not saying heavy bass or bright noise is bad, it is only unhealthy when it is out of balance.
In A Gym
To relate this in a slightly easier context. When I am powerlifting with my friends there is typically metal playing in the gym. Metal is heavy and gritty, well so is powerlifting! You are constantly thinking about “how do I work through this weight to rise above it.” On contrast, in my clinic I play light and bright music because the focus is on “relaxation and rest” and counteracting the anxieties of everyday life. This is actually how we can use music and sound to our advantage and understand deeper what we need.
It All Fits Somewhere
There is a time and place for all music. A raging party would not be very exciting for attendees if they were playing light violin just like a relaxing evening and fancy dinner would not pair with loud rock music.
Your Music Homework
So next time you are listening to your music, think about what you are feeling in the moment and see how the frequency of the music is relating to your mindset and telling you what you need. This is one of the ways our body literally tells us what it is feeling and what it needs. Pretty cool right?
How This Is Visual Art
Looking at visual art is actually no different. Certain art resonates with certain emotions. A person who is feeling low or down would resonate with a heavier concept and dark colors while a person who is feeling manic would resonate with warm light and bright colors. We can use the opposite to help balance someone out as a result.
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