Using Music for Transformation
& Healing. 11 Free Tips.
1 Select Appropriate Music.
Most of us choose music that we “like” but will this give us the
best results? In fact, often the music we are least attracted to will
have the greatest benefit (when played in the right sequence). Let’s
say you are very angry. So your first instinct is to put on some
really angry music. Does it really help, or does it kind of perpetuate
how you feel? Yet, on the other hand if you play some light and happy
music, by comparison to how you are currently feeling, it will
probably make you feel angrier! As you see, selecting music is not a
simple one-shot process.
2 Consider Music Sequencing.
Sometimes it is necessary to first choose music that totally
matches your current mood rather than the mood you wish to acquire.
Consider arranging a series of different musical compositions in
sequence that are customized just for your needs. For example, if you
are dealing with depression, select a composition which represents
depression in its extreme form, to you. Follow this with one that is
only mildly depressing. Then select a neutral composition, and end
with a composition which is clearly uplifting and motivating.
Listening to music in a sequence like this allows for your current
stress level or mood to be first honored and then to be gradually
3 Speakers Are Ideal.
It is ideal to listen to the music through speakers rather than
headphones so that the cells of the body themselves may “listen” to
4 Prepare Yourself to Listen.
Take off your shoes. Stand relaxed, sit or lie down and breathe.
5 Listen All the Way Through.
It is preferable to listen to the musical composition all the way
through, without interruption. This allows for the optimum response to
the transformation process.
6 Foreground, Not Background.
We all have the tendency to use music for the background of other
activities. Try developing the technique of just listening to the
music, not doing anything else. This way, you will get the best
7 Your Response is What is Important.
It is through your response that the emotional/cellular memory may
be released. Do not think that you have to just stay still and
concentrate on the music! In fact, if the music inspires you to get up
and do something or your mind begins to wander, allow, allow, allow!
Allow all responses without judgement. On the other hand, do not begin
listening to the music while you are already doing other unrelated
activities. The important thing is to let the music embrace you
8 Listen Actively, Not Passively.
Allow the music to reach your inner feeling, and respond freely to
it. Everyone has a different manner of expression. You may experience
visual images, thoughts, movement, an intensification of emotion,
physical vibrations, sleep, or nothing at all.
9 Observe Mind/Body Connection.
A lot of research has been done recently showing that there is a
definite connection between the mind and the body. (Actually this
refers to the emotions too but it sounds succinct to say “mind/body.”)
Even though music healing is often related to relaxation and emotional
issues, there is the likelihood that this indirectly could have a
benefit on physical illnesses as well.
10 Enjoy the Silence!
When the music stops, it is suggested that you bask in the silence
for many moments. This will help integrate the feelings.
11 Use a Journal.
If you wish to record your progress in a journal, it can be
helpful, but not necessary.
Howard Richman Sound Feelings
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