In the last hundred years popular music styles changed rapidly featuring swing tunes, jazz, rock and roll, heavy metal and rap. Historically, musical styles lasted thousands of years and now they change in just one generation. In a parallel development, sixty years ago color TV was an exciting innovation. Now the Internet, cell phones and personal computer have revolutionized that world many times over. Once again, the sonic vibratory changes precede the physical ones.
The conversion from analog to digital recording methods cooked up a new diet of distorted harmonics, another subtle but huge change in our vibratory nourishment. Sound healing methods use either analog or digital music. Digital is a powerful devise to kill pathogens and viruses, while analog sounds mimic the internal body dialect created by sounds of body functions.
The digital process does grant easy access to multicultural sonic diet. Music from around the globe spreads with the push of a button. Travel is no longer necessary for cultural change, allowing equal access to world influences among those who can and cannot afford travel. The Internet allows people to access to music from different cultures, sonically uniting them on a multitude of unseen levels.
What of radio, Internet, mp3s, music on TV, CDs… and all the vastly different styles of music today??? Musical styles and formats are being mixed in a huge global melting pot. The musical styles of the East, the West and different continents are available on radio, the Internet and on easily accessible CDs. This influence to today's composers creates a musicality that unites the melodies and musical themes formerly isolated into separate regions.
The vocal content of Heavy Metal and Rap's music can exude either positive or negative emotions, but they always carry a heavy load of personal situations and emotions. Their negativity can be cathartic and also shatter dissonance. Some have vulgar content that is an unconscious and disguised call for unconditional love. The singer blatantly represents himself in a vile emotional portrait. Someone who goes out of his way to say that he "doesn't care," deep down cares. Deep down he wishes someone cares about him. On the downside the singer who is not ready to release the low ebbs of human emotions, may find this music a source to enhance an unpleasant state of mind and being.
This negative music represents the pinnacle of duality - the furthest point that we can involve in matter, the greatest degree of individuality, the furthest point away from God or "being one with all things." Perhaps these are the days of "ebb tides" when the energy flow of the human race halts its involutionary cycle into matter and reverses directions to begin the evolutionary process to remove its attraction to matter. Think of a stretched slingshot, pulled back in the furthest and tightest position, ready to return to on its journey to become one with spirit.
Think of a rubber band that is stretched tighter and tighter still, it will go flying in the opposite direction when released. Perhaps this is the unseen wisdom of such harsh music. It has potential to act as a catapult, after we turn the corner as we evolve back to spirit.
New Age music reflects a still point and the calm within the "eye of the storm" as the Earth's energy prepares to reverse directions. The popularity of crystal bowls to provide a snack of rich natural harmonics heard in their sweeping and rolling sounds. The use of Tibetan bowls, made from gold, silver and copper evoke the ancient concept of frequencies being different depending on which element the instrument is fashioned out of.
Not only is this practice revived, but people are placing the bowls and tuning forks with their unique sonic blessings on acupressure and meridian points, investigating the effects of music as it channels throughout the body and auric fields.
Fabien Maman even revived the seasonal energy concerts characteristic of many ancient cultures.
New Age music is rich in glissandos and can emulate older techniques of calming the emotional and other subtle energy fields. This genre is spearheading the return journey by duplicating ancient practices and displaying calming and uplifting feelings.
About Jill: My personal interests in Sound Healing, helping people and expanding consciousness were the result of my lifelong love affair with music, coupled with my personal spiritual quest, which I started in earnest about 40 years ago. I was drawn to the study of antiquity; specifically, I extensively examined methods employing Sound Healing and music to alter and improve mind, body, emotions, energy and spiritual aspects of practitioners’ lives. I collected voluminous materials on Sound Healing over many years. This prompted me to write my first book on the field of Sound Healing where I interview leading researchers and scientists in the discipline. Concurrent with my research, I began producing my own Sound Healing recordings. In the early 2000’s I built a studio in my home to record my own compositions. I blend my original music with ancient techniques and embed special sounds in the tracks. The end result is pleasing and beneficial on multiple levels. Many people enjoy the music as a normal listening experience; more significantly, other people have been able to reach new levels of consciousness, peace and wellness by focused listening to my compositions.
The field of Sound Healing is a rapidly growing discipline that is attracting great interest. As indicated above, many of the techniques that are employed stem from ancient traditions. There is also cutting-edge research underway, which is expanding the understanding and promise of this field. My personal specialty in Sound Healing utilizes the intricate combination and interplay of numerous musical effects along with specific frequencies. It is the magical and complex interaction of special healing sounds with the human body and mind that give the impressive results that can be achieved with Sound Healing.
Jill's website: https://www.jillswingsoflight.com/