The Power of Music

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Music is every where we go, we carry music in our heart.
Here are some effects of Music :
1.) Physical and mental effects
Some types of music can relax us. After a stressful work day, classical music, certain types of jazz, or our favorite ballad singer can physically relax our bodies and distract our minds from the cares of the day – at least for a while. On the other hand, loud, fast music with a strong beat can exhilarate (or bother) us. In fact, sometimes we may prefer one kind of music or artist, and at other times that’s the last thing we want to listen to.
So we have all experienced music’s physical and mental effects on us at one time or another. In fact, the mental effect is so strong at times, a few lines from a song can keep running through our minds despite our efforts to ignore them or make them stop.
2.) Emotional effects
There are other ways music affects us emotionally. One way can be most clearly demonstrated by movie music. Music signals us when something scary, threatening or ominous is about to happen. If you close your eyes in an action, horror or thriller movie, you can pretty much tell what’s happening on the screen by the music alone. The same is true for a romance. Film composers such as John Williams get paid big money for their ability to shift your emotions from moment to moment. Movie theme music – such as Williams’ Star Wars theme – can make us practically march out of the theater, our shoulders thrown back, determined to vanquish our own foes. (And sometimes we just hope one will show up right then so we can spring into action.) Our self-confidence has been affected, and it is as much due to the movie music as the movie story and visuals.
So what’s going on between us and this music? What is the emotional hook music has on us all about? There is something going on here besides sound waves, the mechanism of the ear, and synapses firing in the brain. Apparently, music and mood are intimately connected in some non-physical way.
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3.) Altered states of consciousness
Music has also always had a sacred purpose. Most of our modern religious music is but a faint echo of other powers music has had in the dim past, although some of this ancient power has recently come to light, which is one of the purposes of this site.
Used in certain ways, one of the principal powers of music can be to induce altered states of consciousness (ASC’s). These can be anything from a very relaxed state, to a much deeper state, where non-ordinary realities can be experienced. There are many ways to enter such states – meditation and psychotropic plants are but two – but music has always been one of the primary entrance points to these inner states. Nothing is required but the music and the listener. Not all music can do this, but some, such as that on Memories of Home, is capable of inducing them.
What happens in these states? When I have played this music for different groups of people, many have reported that they experienced a mental and emotional excursion or trip that seemed
quite real to them. Calling this a dream seemed to be wholly inadequate; the word vision came closer. But experience seems more accurate. These experiences have generally been of a place and time, if you will, that is distinct from ordinary, waking reality. It is not that the music creates these realities or their contents, for they are all distinctly different for each person. Rather, the music opens a kind of inner space in which certain experiences can occur.
If the music itself doesn’t create the content, then what or who does? Perhaps the easiest way to express the answer is to acknowledge that we are all much more complex than we are led to believe. Certain kinds of music have the power to pull an inner curtain aside, so to speak, so that we become temporarily aware of parts of ourselves which are usually inaccessible. What is experienced in these moments is rather like a message or a movie from me to me – a non-conscious film clip made conscious through the music.
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4.) The expansion of meaning
Modern psychology, from Freud onwards, has contained the notion of the Unconscious – which consists of a collective aspect as well as a personal one. This is usually described as being an amorphous collection of suppressed emotions, feelings, past experiences, archetypes (moving on to Jung) and other flotsam and jetsam over which we seemingly have no control. This is described as being the “location” where our fears and phobias exist, which in some extreme cases forces us to become out of control, when we become neurotically or pathologically ruled by our fears.
The problem with this explanation is meaning. One result of listening to music played in these Mesopotamian tunings is that the experiences people have reported having always meant something to them at the time they were listening to it. If what is non-conscious within ourselves is just flotsam, then a random experience, instead of a pertinent and timely one, would be expected. There seems to be no doubt that these experiences were intelligently, and lovingly, I might add, presented to each listener to make of what they would. These “film clips” are usually presented symbolically, rather than literally, which is the language of our “unconscious.” Still, they are presented meaningfully, which implies a purpose, and therefore an intelligence, behind them.
We do not have to look far to find the source of this intelligence. It is only a non-conscious part of ourselves communicating with the conscious part. This non-conscious part has many names: Higher Self, Guardian Angel, Intelligent Self, Inner Self, and so on. It has also been called the link to Creator and the Oneness of all being. But by whatever name we use, denying that it is intelligent is to deny experience. It is the source of our dreams, visions, hunches, intuition and emotions.
(Source : Light Bridge Music )

 

Aryani Dian
She love music love to dance, books and movies are the best. She love poems and Haiku :). Diii blog SintaDian contains many inspirations poems & photography.
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