We pay little attention to the overall effects of the sounds of our environment, but they affect us deeply.
So many people go home after a stressful workday, only to turn their stereos on as loud as possible, hoping they can block out the stress of the day with intense, non-harmonious rhythms. For those who are successful in blocking out their day, they will also block out the people around them, thereby making it more difficult to be aware of their environment and the conditions of others.
If I’ve had a stressful day at work, the last thing I want to do is go home and listen to intense music or pop a pill that will numb me. I may sit alone for a moment and focus my being on harmonic tones, and let the day go. I can accomplish this as I’ve had many years of practice.
Tones affect everything around us, and music affects us deeply. Movie producers and advertisers have known this for decades.
You can feel this when you watch a well-made movie. Take, for example, “The Bourne Identity” movies; it is difficult not to sit at the edge of your seat as you watch these movies. What makes them so hypnotic is the music. As it moves from one scene to another, the rhythm of the music accelerates your heartbeat, and you feel the blood pumping through your cardiovascular system. It creates greater and greater levels of adrenaline, and at times, you feel as if you are right there in the scene.
So effective has been the rhythm of this music, it is now used in many action movies, as it helps keep you glued to the screen.
Another example is the movie, “The Matrix”. In one scene, there are hundreds of people dancing and celebrating to the fullest, on what may be the last day of their lives. They are the last of the human race, and the machines are coming to get them. The music is played loud, and they dance hard to vibrate the caverns so that the machines may know they are alive. It is a very intense scene. The rhythm of the music affects one’s root and sacral chakras, and causes eroticism to emerge from them, hypnotizing the viewer. As the tones vibrate every cell in your body, you feel as if you are there in the caverns; you can even smell the environment.
So successful was this hypnotizing rhythm, it has been used since then in many science-fiction movies, especially in scenes where rebellion against great odds are being played out.
It’s all about tones, and sound does affect us.
Healers have known this for thousands of years. Every culture on Earth, and every religion that has ever existed, has known that tones play a key role in our lives. For thousands of years, flutes and drums have been used for the purpose of healing; Gregorian chants have also been used by Christian civilizations for hundreds of years to induce healing.
Tones are not something new. What is new is that today a great number of scientific studies have been initiated to understand how tones interact with the cellular structure of the living being. So far, the studies show that music (tones) has a far greater effect on the human body than the visual.
People who are subjected to harsh, disruptive sounds all day long have a tendency for greater physical and emotional problems than an individual who is exposed to harmonious sounds.
So, when you go home after a hard day at work, perhaps you might want to pause before you pop that pill to relax or put your stereo up full-blast to block out the experiences of the day. Instead, take a moment and listen to some peaceful music. Instead of forgetting your day, experience the gentleness of the moment.
As the music in a movie can increase your heartrate and have you sitting on the edge of your seat with excitement, peaceful and gentle sounds can calm your heart and bring you into a state of relaxation without side effects or addiction.
Be at peace.