Because the soul listens as well….
“The right music at the right time is a marvelous medicine for one’s inner harmony.“ The famed Pythagoras, who lived in the 6th century B.C., was not only well-known for his mathematical knowledge; he was also a master of sound therapy. In the Near East, there were already hospitals in the 15th century in which patients were treated with colors and sounds!
We are – even quite often unknowingly – precisely in the mood of listening to the music that contributes to our inner harmony, which, for instance, calms us after a stressful day or excites us during a festive occasion. We listen to that which “does us good.” In this manner, a tranquil sequence of sounds slows the beating of the heart, has a relaxing effect, and lowers the blood pressure and skin temperature.
Steady sequences of sounds with high redundancy (uniformity) relieve tension, dispel aggression and fears. This is achieved through up to a twenty times more intensive relaxation, a slower heart rate, and a breathing rate that is deeper and twice as long. By means of targeted sounds, the conditions of illness, for example, that have psychic causes are influenced. Therefore, our hearing is substantially more than just the seventh part of our senses: it has phenomenal abilities. It is essential to make use of this for our well-being.
One possibility – hitherto unique in this form – is the color-sound therapy. Comprehensive studies, which over the course of nearly 20 years have dealt with specific frequency ranges and their effectiveness, for instance, on brain activity, on the functioning of organs and body chemistry, indicate that audio frequencies in a specific order are treated by the brain as information. Our brain decodes the information and passes it on to the controlling systems. In other words: with the ‘correct’ information, the brain can detect and remedy malfunctions!
Frequencies, meaning specific sounds, cannot be randomly combined with one another, however, since they do not necessarily complement one another, but rather in extreme cases even produce the opposite effect. With the color-sound therapies, the two music researchers Ludovika Helm and Kay Korten discovered a way to convert specific colors, from colorpuncture according to Peter Mandel, into audio frequencies, with the help of a mathematical formula. It actually sounds quite simple, but it is substantially more complex than one would imagine.
From the 1,500 sounds that the human ear is capable of hearing, the exact sound combinations must be selected, so that via the path from the sense of hearing to the brain they penetrate to the causes of the various symptoms, in order to introduce the corrective information. The audio equivalent of the therapy colors is made up of several sounds, which must be tested individually and in combination with one another. In addition to this, there are still many more effective components, such as the ‘directed attention’ .
This technique activates and stimulates specific regions of the brain and promotes their better cooperation, meaning communication. One can achieve this, for example, when a specific sound ‘in the middle of head’ is heard, separated and, simultaneously or with minimum delay, allowed to move to the left and right – meaning in the direction of the ears. Both tones may sound the same, but they differ in the ranges that are inaudible to us, and therefore also contain differing information.
While our conscious attention is only capable of following one sound, the sound that is unconsciously perceived can be effective without hindrance, therefore stimulating us therapeutically. Incidentally, this technique has absolutely nothing to do with so-called “subliminals” that manipulate with hidden messages. The color-sound therapies use exclusively the information of the pure frequencies, in order to stimulate, by means of these signals, specific correcting control mechanisms in the brain.
Sounds and sound combinations that are used in a targeted manner create a condition of subjective, often immediately audible, physical and psychic well-being. They have a substantial regulating influence on the body chemistry, and they can contribute to better dealing with problems –without the continuous effort of attempting to cope with these problems with our intellect and without medication!