Music: Feel the Power

  • It is incredibly diverse and unique to a person’s taste.
  • It has healed you during your loneliest and saddest hours but has also laced your most cherished moments with joy.
  • It can bring back some of the strongest and fondest memories.
  • It can help connect you with your spiritual and religious beliefs.
  • It can communicate human emotion in the most poignant yet powerful ways.
  • It has the capacity to unite people across the globe.

Such is the power of MUSIC!

Since the beginning of mankind music has been an integral part of human culture. Our caveman ancestors played the drums on crude instruments made of animal skins and bones. In medieval China musicians in royal courts played soothing symphonies on their bamboo pipes. Victorian balls would resound with the symphonies of great composers such as Beethoven. During the 1950’s and 1960’s it was all about rock & roll Elvis Presley style. In today’s modern age, many music festivals reverberate with electronic house music while nightclubs entertain patrons with catchy R&B tunes. One can only wonder which new form of music will be born to appeal to the future generations to come….

Even the great spiritual masters have acknowledged music not only as a mode of entertainment but as an instrument which can help us reach the deepest realms of our souls. World religions have been known to use music as way to help followers deepen and enhance their spiritual connection to respective Gods and deities. Church choirs during Sunday mass, Bhajans at a Hindu Puja or Sufi music while followers swirl in a state of divine peace are just few examples. In fact some ancient tribes such as the Native American Indians believe that their ceremonial music has originated from deities and spirits themselves.

Music is an art that has been utilized by many as a means for creative expression. Many artists have used their songs as a medium to channel personal revelations and truths. The “wow” factor of the late Pavarotti can be appreciated even without verbal translations just as the thoughtfully written lyrics of the great Beatles. It is also a highly effective way of uniting people and collectively influencing them towards social, political, humanitarian and revolutionary movements. No other artist has done this better than the late Michael Jackson. With songs such as “Heal the World”, “Man in the Mirror”, “We are the World”, “Black or White”, “Earth Song” he tapped into his fame and ability to reach a wide audience to mobilize his quest of making this world a better place to live in.

So how does all of this relate to personal growth and improvement? According to Anthony Robbins, pioneer in contemporary human psychology, music is one of the most effective ways to instantly change your state. Attend any of his events and seminars and you will notice how he uses his power-house playlist to keep people in peak state throughout his 12+ hour long days. It can also help us become better individuals and improve the quality of our lives. Here are some ways you can use the power of music and sounds to enhance your life:

1- Listen to upbeat and motivational songs when you are down and need a boost of inspiration. Some examples are “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky soundtrack or “We are the Champions” by Queen.

2- Play classical music in the background while learning or when you need to work into the late hours of the night. Research has shown this as an effective way of enhancing the brains capacity and concentration.

3- Music inspired by nature and meditation tracks can put your mind at ease instantly when you need to relax and calm down. Studies have shown that it can instantly change brain wave patterns.

4- Dedicate or sing a song for a loved one when you can’t find words that express how you feel about them.

5- Learn how to play an instrument or sing to express that untapped creative potential inside you.

6- Experiment with other kinds of music to broaden your horizons by listening to different genres in a record store or listening to music previews on online music stores such as ITunes.

7- Stay in touch with contemporary music by updating your music playlist with the newest hits.

8- Join a choir or singing group.

9- When dancing always try to “feel” the beats and rhythms’ to get the most out of your experience. The best dancers are always tuned into the beats and tunes of a song.

10-Play sing-along games with your little ones.

11-Host a Karaoke party at your place.

12-When traveling to a foreign country always try to soak in the local music scene by attending music festivals, listening to street side musicians or simply tuning into the local radio. The music of a certain country is one the many aspects that defines its culture.

13-Don’t just hear the words a person’s speak. Pay attention to the tone and emotion behind it.

14-Always be aware of all the sounds around you- you might just receive a sign or divine message if you pick up what you hear. Don’t miss it!

“Music makes the people come together
Music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel”

-Madonna, “Music”

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