Music surrounds us and impacts our daily lives in numerous ways. Many of us use music to influence our mood, energy level, motivation, and connection with the world. Whether you listen to music while sitting at your desk, in your car, or on the treadmill, music can help you power through the task at hand. It’s no secret that music can help to push you forward during difficult times, but did you know it may also be therapeutic for those fighting a life-threatening disease?
Some examples of music therapy goals for people with cancer and other illnesses are to:
- Promote wellness
- Manage stress
- Alleviate pain
- Promote physical rehabilitation
- Express feelings
- Enhance memory
- Deepen one’s relationship with their selves and the world around them
Sound healing has been prominent in my life, and I wanted to explain why it is so useful. Healing is a movement from disharmony to harmony, from duality to non-duality or Divine Awareness; a process where we are released from an ego centered finite perspective of ourselves in the world and move into our essence where our vibratory energy is connected with the universe. It is a regenerative process married to a spiritual awakening that can have profound healing consequences on illness, disease and all aspects of our lives. As we awaken, our perspective shifts; as our perspective shifts, our vibration shifts; as our vibration shifts, our cellular make up shifts. These changes can not occur as separate entities. Each change affects the whole of who we are and extends infinitely. It is possible that healing can lead to being cured. However, simply being cured on a physical level, without sufficient healing of core issues will often result in the manifestation of illness again.
Every illness is an opportunity to see beyond the uncomfortable physical realities and find a way to adopt a new and larger perspective about one self. It is an imposed ‘time out” in which we may find great depth and value. It is certainly a journey that can teach us how to love ourselves unconditionally with honor, respect and high regard.
Of course the harsh physical realities of cancer can also make it difficult to navigate the spiritual aspects of the road back to health. Effective sound and energy medicine can address the multi-faceted aspects of cancer and other life threatening conditions.
The after effects frequently associated with chemotherapy and other medications can often result in fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep patterns, nausea, profuse sweating and an overall deterioration of the quality of life. Bowl therapy (sound healing) aids in resestablishing the proper energy flow throughout the system. Other sound energy vehicles are used to release stress and encourage the flow of nourishing energy back into the body.
Stay tuned for more information on other forms of music therapy.