Music - The Brain Dances With Sound
The world is made of light. Light is frequency. Time is frequency. Everything that exists is dancing. Going back and forth in cycles within cycles within cycles infinitely up and infinitely down but also infinitely out and infinitely in. It is fractal.
This is why frequencies that are unnatural have such an affect on the subtle aspects of our lives. The tone of a voice. The sounds of nature heals us with balanced harmonies. Dissonant frequencies distort our brain's ability to think in flow. The more choppy a sound is, the less positive the biological affect. From my perspective the thing that makes a thing music instead of a sound is that music has variation and repetition. Sounds are isolated where music is a group of sounds that have gotten together and figured out how to play a game back and forth, up and down. Hide and seek.
The brain wants to dance. It wants to resonate. We all do. Everything in nature is looking for something to sync up with. This is connection, this is love. I believe the love a of a mother and child is not just about the fact that the mother carried the baby. The baby gets its mitochondria from the mother and in turn the frequencies that are expressed through the electrons that are converted to denser states (through electron chain transfer in the mitochondria) have a syncing potential resonance with the mother if both tune into it. Frequencies expressed by the (electro-magnetic) electrons called quanta (sunlight) are how we live in harmony with one another. This is why all hate is dissonant and you can never use dissonance to be in harmony with another. Love your enemy type stuff going on.
Music syncs with our neuro frequencies and is a powerful way for us to express dynamic emotions with far more aspects than just words. I myself was very into punk rock music when I was younger. I did not know much about the neurology that was syncing with dissonant frequencies, I just knew that I liked the music. I identified with it and the sadness in my life. Music is how I connect to my emotions.
I toyed around with the idea of soundtrack therapy for a while a few years back. After working with at risk youth in a residential facility I thought it was so strange that the kids had no way to say with words how they felt about different traumas they had experienced, but listening to the music they liked so much was like having a window into their brain.
In therapy it's often very difficult for people to talk about their trauma. My thought was to simply have a person play songs they were listening to at that time or to have them play songs that describe those times. I think soundtrack therapy could be developed into a true therapeutic model of treatment. I have a lot more thoughts on this and would love to develop them further. I am not a therapist so if anyone is interested in this, please reach out and we can develop it further.
This potentially gives someone a much wider spectrum of frequencies to help a therapist's brain sync up with the client's emotion and experience. Music also reminds us that we are not alone in whatever emotion we are in. I don't like bright lights, being out at night, crouds of people or lots of stimuli. I also love going to shows. Strange, right? Not all shows, just shows by bands I like. It allows me to sync up and connect with the other people in that space. Anyone who has ever had an experience where a crowd becomes one (moving to the same beat or singing the same songs) knows it is powerful. It can also be destructive if the message and frequency is destructive.
The word love is so overused and misunderstood, but love songs are wonderful tools to sync with frequencies. I'm old enough to remember making mix tapes for people. As I look for ways to express love I find myself listening to the songs that I absolutely hated as a single person. Why?
Frequency. I couldn't resonate with them at the time. Now I find myself listening to all kinds of stuff that people from the outside would think is so sappy but it makes me happy.
Pay close attention to the songs people love, to what they sync with. It is a far better tell about who they currently are than their words. Also know that music frequency exchange creates a feedback loop. The more you listen to dissonant music, the more you will sync with it, the more you will listen to it and so on. So use music as a tool to intervene in your subconscious. By changing the music you can change the frequency inside your brain in the same way your brain can change the song playing on the radio outside you. The inside and outside are always affecting each other with frequencies of light and sound.
When I worked at the facility with the guys they would get in trouble for listening to violent and disturbing music which they often longed for. I listened and knew they where consciously or sub-consciously telling me about their inner struggles. Pay attention to your own music choices and the choices of those you care about. Make your life soundtrack positive therapy. Use music to express yourself but also to understand others. We are getting worse and worse at direct communication so it is more important to pay attention to the indirect forces at play. If you are struggling to know yourself or others, what music do you/they listen to? What frequencies does your/their neurology sync up with?
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