Monday, July 29, 2013
Do You Hear What I Hear?
If we take a peek back in time we know that healing mantras, chants, incantations, music and sounds are as old as the human race. We know from archeologist records that in Baghdad healers used flutes and harps as medicine. The ancient Egyptians also used incantations to cure pain. What is really neat-o is that the Egyptian hieroglyph for joy, well-being and music are the same. In ancient Greece, Apollo was both the god of music and medicine. One of the greatest stories about healing music is in the Bible where David plays his harp to ease King Saul’s depression.
If we travel forward in time several thousand years we “modern” humans also have learned that music can be healing. Here in the U.S. we stared using “music therapy” after World War I and World War II. Recovering soldiers returning to the United States were placed in Veterans Hospitals. These Veterans suffered extreme physical pain and emotional trauma but when the local musicians showed up and started performing the Veterans reported less pain.
Ok! Music can be healing so what does one listen to? I know it is hard to believe but healing music and the head bangers ball is a wee bit different. For healing music to be healing the intent of the music must be healing. Hymns, chants, mantras, classical music, new age music and brain wave music fit into this category but don’t throw out AC/DC just yet. Music from our youth can be very comforting and healing because it takes us back in time and can bring us joy. I am 48 years old and still know all the words to Back in Black and Highway to Hell. Singing these songs to the top of my lungs brings me joy and joy heals.
As an Activity Consultant I offer Activity Professionals an awesome and cool class, Good Vibrations for Well-Being. This class covers healing music in a fun, festive and holistic way and is a great resource for Activity Professionals. As a Coach I use music to help my clients relax and let go of all those Lizard thoughts and fears.