Music is a powerful tool to bring balance back into our lives. Music is a language to which every part of our body responds – with or without our conscious awareness.
Music can soothe, calm, irritate, agitate, motivate, console, inspire, terrify, and relax. The more we understand how and why music affects us, the more we can effectively use music in our daily lives.
The fundamental reason music has such an impact on us is because everything in the universe is energy; everything in the universe has a frequency or sound; everything in the universe is made up of atoms that are constantly spinning and radiating energy.
These atoms emit their own frequency at levels inaudible to the human ear, yet they exist. Everything has its own resonate frequency, or ‘frequency at which it most naturally vibrates.’ Even you and I have our own resonate frequency, and it changes.
Metaphorically, I like to think of every human being as a harp – we have all of these wonderful strings that resonate or sound at different frequencies. These vibrational strings include our thoughts, emotions, memories, cells, organs, blood, everything that exists inside us. Some days we sing or resonate in the middle of the instrument; some days we resonate more in the lower register; some days we resonate in the upper register; and all the strings, all the frequencies, make us who we are.
How can you tell where you’re resonating?
Our feelings are good indications. Are you feeling happy or are you feeling down? Happy feelings carry a higher vibration than low feelings. It’s just like a harp where the upper strings sound lighter and the lower strings sound deep and heavy. Have you ever noticed when you’re in a great mood and someone walks into a room after having had a rough morning? You can literally feel the energy change in the room. That’s because the person who had a rough morning is resonating at a lower vibrational frequency and you felt it. They came into the room playing their instrument in the lower register and all those bass notes tended to overpower your upper or higher notes.
This concept is called, forced resonance – when an outside frequency changes or alters the resonant frequency of an object to match its frequency; the outside frequency literally forces the object’s frequency to change.
For us, it’s usually not a conscious act to shift out of our resonant frequency; in fact, most of the time it’s completely unconscious. Yet, this example illustrates how sensitive we are to outside vibrations. As you become more aware of where you vibrationally feel most comfortable, you can begin making conscious choices.
For example, when you’re in a room with someone who’s had a rough morning, you now have options:
1. Lower your frequency to match the other person – we’ve all heard the old saying, ‘misery loves company’ (who knew it was simply a vibrational match).
2. Hold your frequency high by staying in a good mood, which may help the other person shift their frequency through the concept of forced resonance.
3. Leave the room, if possible, which is an act of ‘vibrational self-care’ and not rudeness.
These are all conscious choices you have once you become aware of how you are impacted by outside vibrations.
Here’s where music can help.
When you feel you’re shifting out of your resonant frequency, make a conscious choice to be responsible for what you’re experiencing and then choose music that supports what you desire to experience. If you’re feeling low and want more energy, play something fun and upbeat. If you want to relax, play something that will help you slow down. Your body is simply responding to the outside vibrations of the music and shifting its frequency, along with your mood.
When used in this conscious way, any genre of music can help bring balance back into our lives!!
It’s all about vibrations and it starts from within!!
Originally appeared on Musicians Unite and featured here with author permission.