By Robert Robbins
Music is a wonderfully expressive means of universal power that can and does help a person experience within themselves emotions that would otherwise be hidden from us. Be that emotion one of love, peace, hope or any of a multitude of uplifting spirits, or more negative oriented spirits like fear, anger and bitterness, the emotional statement is more easily expressed when it is put to music.
According to the Christian/Hebraic Bible, sound, which is of course the most essential element of music, was the very first indication of how this whole “Universe” thing began. In Moses’ book of Genesis, he said that God is a Spirit. But he did not explain or define what was meant by the word “spirit.” Immediately after that he said that the Spirit, God, spoke. Well, by simple logic we know that speaking means sound and with this sound, the rest of creation was spoken into existence.
Sound is at the heart of our very existence. We, as humans, seek it out. We are curious about it. Enjoy it. Study it. Many of us even spend hours doing nothing else than listening to it. Or even producing it in our physical world.
The intricate and beautiful compositions of instrumental and vocal musicians by those who study and perform the musical arrangements of today become things that enter our ears, vibrate our bodies and resonate in our souls throughout our lives, and beyond. This vibration of sound is an essential element in our minds and becomes a basis of our thoughts.
Music, even without words, can give us stability, harmony, motivation, and consistency. It can be, and in most instances is, the most basic life element to help us mold our souls into the type of being we want to be.
Recently there has been much research into how, by listening to music, people with Alzheimer’s Disease can be helped to reduce their symptoms and reduce their prescribed medications, as reported by Alzheimers.net (cited: 8/24/2018). Music is also used to quiet the untamed beast within people in cases of anxiety, depression, anger, and rage. It has been known by the people of eastern religions to be a source of peace and direction in life. And to Christian believers, Catholics, Protestants, and New Thought believers alike, music of many types are enjoyed to express faith in the Creator and the spirit within us.
Music, even without the vocalists, can send messages to others who can hear it even if the people listening to it or performing it do not speak the same language. The sound of a military band playing an austere march of patriotism as unto battle gives a totally different emotional message to those hearing it than does the sound heard from an orchestra playing Brahms’s lullaby.
We are made up of sound patterns which are ingrained from before birth which helps set a pattern for our lives. I once experienced a wonderful, yet somewhat frustrating, incident in my life of having a major hearing problem. A medical doctor was able to fix the problem with my right ear somewhat simply, but the period of time I was almost deaf gave me the opportunity to realize just how basic sound is in my whole spiritual makeup.
You see, during the whole time that I experienced not being able to hear people speak in a normal way, I could not hear the radio, television, or people on the phone, nor could I not hear a dog bark or birds sing. There was one thing I was hearing — though not with my ears. I had experienced this type of phenomenon before, periodically ever since being a child. Most people have. But we learn to sublimate it; to ignore it.
This phenomenon of which I speak is that while I could not hear anything with my ears, I could hear music in my head. Constantly. Somewhat like on the radio with one musical piece being played after another. Usually these pieces were instrumental only, but if there were vocalists they were very seldom singing in English. The music seemed to be largely from my past. Things like many Christmas pieces, religious music I’ve heard all my life and major musical show tunes, and some patriotic music. But there were some pieces that were unfamiliar to me, sung by voices that I could explain only as angelic. This music was beautiful, constant, and strangely comforting.
Now that I can hear more normally with my physical ears once again, the internal music which I experience is no longer as “distracting” as it was when it was the center of my “audio” life. But it’s still there. It lets me know, whenever I need to know, that I was created in a wonderful way and that God’s guidance and help never is but a song away.
What has been your experience with sound? Do you enjoy music, or is it an annoyance to you? I’d enjoy seeing your comments below. Please share your thoughts.
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