“Music stimulation increases endorphin release and this decreases the need for medication. It also provides a distraction from pain and relieves anxiety” –from research conducted at an Austin, Texas medical center.
After meeting and hearing Margaret Tilly play for him, Carl Jung said: “I don’t know what’s happening to me. What are you doing?” After describing some of her case histories, he said, “This opens up whole new avenues of research I’d never even dreamed of, not because of what you’ve said, but what I’ve actually felt and experienced. I feel that from now on music should be an essential part of every analysis, because it reaches the deep archetypal work with patients.” Joel Andrews’ meeting with Margaret Tilly around 1963 helped to inspire him to begin his work as a music healer.
“It has been found that the rhythmics of the human organism function utterly harmonically — that is, the frequencies of pulse, breathing, blood circulation, etc, as well as their combined activities.” ~ Rudolf Haase, German musicologist
“The human organism is not only constructed according to harmonic principles, but also functions within them.” ~ Gunther Hildebrandt, German physiologist
From “The Sounds of Healing,” by: Dr. Mitchell Gaynor:
“Music can have a powerful salutary effect on our cardio- vascular, immune, and nervous systems, not to mention our emotional and spiritual selves.”
“Sounds permeate our systems, resonating with our essence, so that inner chaos, conflict, and dissonance seem almost immediately to be transformed into harmony.” “I believe unequivocally – and I’ve seen for myself the proof – that the use of sound is among the most powerful modalities ever embraced by twentieth-century practitioners.”
“Through the process of entrainment, sound can transform negative, repressed emotions into a state of psychological equanimity that has direct and immediate effects on our physiology. Sonic entrainment can also restore harmony between our innermost selves – our essence and the universe, thus re-awakening our spiritual consciousness.”
“When properly mobilized, sound can specifically entrain the human organism toward the greater harmony and homeostasis that it requires to remain vibrant and to regenerate after injury or illness. The properties of sound medicine -entrainment, harmony and homeostasis- represent the rational AND spiritual foundation for a new movement in the healing arts and sciences.”
“Sound and music can help you develop your own intuitions which, in turn, can help you with your own healing. The human capacity for intuition and its effects on the body, on relationships, and on one’s environment is not grounded on the occult or esoterica, but rather in hard scientific investigation by some of the great minds of physics and philosophy.”
Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Boston’s Deaconess Medical Center, having studied the effects of chanting mantras on human physiology, found that repeating a single syllable or word produced measurable changes in energy consumption, respiration rate, heartbeat, metabolic rate and pulse, as well as an increase in alpha brain waves.
Energy healing processes are profoundly direct, effective and efficient. By creating a point of focus for the mind, sound forms an energetic grid through which previously blocked energy can flow. This creates a healing mechanism of resonance and vibration, allowing sound to move to those parts of us that are “out of tune,” returning it to its natural rhythm and frequency. In Northern Middle English, the meaning of the word health is “to make sound.” Sound, then, is the antidote.
Dr.Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist who studied the effects of sound upon organic matter, called the work cymatics, or the study of waveform phenomena. Using various organic substances vibrated at different frequencies, he found repeatable patterns that represented cellular growth, mandalas, and microscopic life forms. From his work it has been proposed that sound creates form and changing frequencies affect form at a cellular level.
Dr. Andrew Weil, author, lecturer and founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, states that “The new science of psychacoustics — the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system — shows that [frequency] can relieve pain, help stroke patients, and benefit other conditions.”
According to author and lecturer Dr. Deepak Chopra, Ayurveda teaches that:
“The body is held together by sound, and the presence of disease indicates that some sounds are out of tune… primordial sound is the mysterious link that holds the universe together in a web that is the quantum field.”