“It is highly probable that the Greek initiates gained their knowledge of the philosophic and therapeutic aspects of music from the Egyptians, who in turn, considered Hermes the founder of the art According to one legend, this god constructed the first lyre by stretching strings across the concavity of a turtle shell. Both Isis and Osiris were patrons of music and poetry. Plato, in describing the antiquity of these arts among the Egyptians, declared that songs and poetry had existed in Egypt for at least ten thousand years and that these were of such an exalted and inspiring nature that only gods or godlike men could have composed them. In the Mysteries the lyre was regarded as the secret symbol of the human constitution, the body of the instrument representing the physical form, the strings the nerves, and the musician the spirit.” ~Manly P. Hall
The idea that music has healing powers is not new. Ancient shaman played drums and chanted to heal. The Australian Aborigines used the didgeridoo more for healing than for music. In modern times, the art of using sound for healing has become a science. Scientific methods have been used to find specific sounds and frequencies that heal certain illnesses or body parts.
We all know that certain types of music can be soothing. Other types can excite and make you happy. Still others can make you sad. Our mother’s singing or playing lullabies to us as babies is generally our fist introduction to this. Some farmers play music in their fields to produce better crops. And when I toured a small Tequila distillery in Mexico a few years ago, I learned that they played classical music to the bins of aging tequila. They said it produced a smoother, more mellow product. If you wish to delve deeper in healing sounds, visit the sonatherapy website. Continue reading “Healing Music for Body, Mind, and Soul”