Today’s guest blogger is sound wellness expert Sharon Carne.
She will be our special guest at the Midsummer Mindfulness event happening on July 24th.
Here is what she has to say about us being wired for sound:
For tens of thousands of years, music and sound has been a core value and primary element in every community human beings have created on this planet.
A bone flute found in Slovenia, over 40,000 years old, and another in Germany are believed to pre-date our use of language. We had music before we could speak to each other with words.
Why has music and sound been a core value of every human community that has existed on this planet?
Because the human body is a natural resonator for sound. And we are deeply and intimately wired for sound – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Science has shown that everything at the atomic level is constantly moving and vibrating. Sound is defined as vibrational energy. It is one of the few energies that affect how matter itself vibrates.
Sound is a physical energy that travels in a wave and pushes atoms and molecules around as it travels through a medium – like air – and like you!
Sound goes through you.
Let’s take a closer look at your natural wiring for sound:
Sound moves through the more fluid parts of your body four and a half times faster than it moves through the air. And twelve times faster through your bones.
Rhythm changes your heartbeat, breathing and brainwaves. The music playing in the grocery store changes your heartbeat, which then affects your breathing and brainwave state. And you can’t turn off this response. This is called entrainment.
Hearing is the first sense that develops in the fetus. Sound stimulates the growth of the nervous system. It continues to be food for your nervous system throughout your life.
Hormones are released whenever you play music or sing with other people – feel good hormones that bond you with your family and community and hormones that help keep you healthy.
New evidence is emerging from the Neils Bohr Institute that the main communication system within the body is a sound wave called a soliton. Your cells talk to each other with sound.Your cells talk to each other with sound. How cool is that? Click To Tweet
These are only a few of the ways you are naturally wired to respond to sound. Your wiring for sound and music is a great asset when you are looking for effective ways to sleep better, improve your health, make your days easier and so much more.
There are two principles to keep in mind when you want to use music or sound for your health:
- Low frequency sounds tend to discharge excess emotional energy and stress from the nervous system. When you have had a really tough day, reach for sounds that discharge that energy and create more relaxation like slow rhythms and deep bass.
- High frequency sounds charge the nervous system. When you need to stay more alert reach for higher frequencies, like flute, clarinet or birdsong and faster rhythms to speed up your heartbeat and bring more oxygen to the brain.
I trust this gives you a new way to look at your music collection and even how you use your own voice.
And as you explore sound and music with new ears, please be aware of the fact that every human being has a unique response to sound. The music that helps you sleep might keep me awake all night. Many modalities within the field of Sound Healing and Sound Therapy are gaining scientific recognition for their effectiveness. And science is continuing to document the profound effect that sound and music has on the human being.
Sharon Carne, BMus, M.F.A. is an author, speaker, musician, recording artist, sound healer, Reiki master and consultant. Sharon is the founder of Sound Wellness, whose programs are at the forefront of education in how sound and music can be easily applied to your everyday life – to reduce stress, help you concentrate, energize you, inspire you, support your health and so much more.