Music can slow down and equalize brain waves. There are 4 kinds of waves that the brain has. Beta waves, Alpha waves, Theta waves, and Delta waves. All of these waves are measured in hertz. Beta waves range from 14-20 hertz, Alpha waves range from 9 to 13 hertz, Theta waves from 4 to 7 hertz, and Delta from .5-3 hertz. When we focus on daily activities, or experience emotions that are strong, that's when Beta waves occur. Calmness and having a heightened awareness are part of the Alpha waves, and if you're in meditation, sleeping, or in an inspiring mood where you're very creative, that's when you're using theta waves, and when you're in deep sleep, and deep meditation, that's when delta waves are used. The slower the brain waves, the more relaxed, contended, and peaceful we feel. Common household music, medium paced music, generally has a pulse of about 60 beats per minute, which in turn can shift from the beta waves to the alpha waves. This is in certain types of music like Baroque, and New Age type music. This will increase alertness and things of that sort. If you're listening to a Shamanic drumbeat, your waves may drop into the theta range, which would in turn, alert your state of consciousness. Because a Shamanic drumbeat alters your hearing, because it's so different than other types of music. Different types of music, alert different waves, which then react differently, which makes you react differently. “If you are daydreaming or find yourself in an emotional, unfocused mood, a little Mozart or Baroque music in the background for ten to fifteen minutes can help to steady your conscious awareness and increase your mental organization.” There isn't any bias or opposing viewpoints on this part, mainly because it's all proven fact. One can't argue with what has already been proven, because it's right. Scientists now know that the brain reacts differently to different types of music. 

     Music affects respiration, there's no doubt about it. Everyday breathing is rhythmic. When one breathes deep, and at a slow rate, this helps calmness, and lets you have a better control of emotions, you can think deeper, and speeds up your metabolism. If one breathes fast, quick, and shallow, it leads to that person having shallow scattered thinking, and you'll have more of a tendency to make mistakes in what you're doing while you're breathing so hard. 

     The music you listen to affects the way you breathe and react to the music. If you react by dancing and banging your head around, you're usually listening to fast paced music, which will then speed up your breathing.  Bias in this is that this doesn't happen for everybody. Some people listen to fast music and relax to it. I am one of those people. But that doesn't mean that the music still doesn't have an affect on my breathing. It really just depends on the music you listen to and who you are.

     Music affects the heartbeat, pulse rate, and blood pressure. It's pretty obvious how this works. From the previous paragraph where the breathing was affected, it's nearly the same thing. The heartbeat responds to sound and music just as we would. It picks up on the frequency, tempo, volume, and it tends to speed up according to the pace of the music. It's not necessarily going to go with the beat, but it will slow down or speed up to a fast or slow song, but only within a certain range. Because the heart can only go so fast or so slow and still be safe, and it sure wouldn't kill itself. Just like the breathing rates in the last paragraph, the slower heartbeat makes it so the mind is calm, it reduces stress and tension, and helps the body heal itself. There are studies on this particular statement, but nearly all the studies are the same. Two groups do one thing, one is exposed to either silence or a neutral music, and the other to the music you're trying to prove something for, and it comes out positive for the hard rock, or the elevator music, or whatever music one may have tested. The heartbeat, affects the pulse rate, because they're related, so that's how it affects the pulse rate. Music can change the blood pressure also.  Dr. Shirley Thompson, an associated professor of epidemiology at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health, reports that excessive noise may raise blood pressure by as much as 10 percent.  It's not likely that all the types of music you listen to will raise your blood pressure until it's unhealthy, these are just minor changes that don't really mean anything; it just shows what music can do to our body. 

     Music reduces muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. There was a study conducted in Colorado State University in 1991. twenty-four undergraduate women had to swing their arms and hit a target with an object on completion of the downswing. They played music during this and the researchers found that when the women coordinated their movements and swings with the beat, instead of going at their own rate, they had more control over their muscles, and it also enhanced their mood and motivation. 

     Music affects the body temperature. For a very common example, think of a creaking screen door, or fingernails on a chalkboard, and how those noises send chills up your spine and give you Goosebumps and often make you shiver. All sounds and music can put out an influence on our body temperature and make our body adapt to changes in heat and cold.  Transcendent music can flood us with warmth. Loud music with a strong beat can rise our body heat a few degrees, while soft music with a weak beat can lower it. Music does this by influencing blood circulation, pulse rate, breathing, and sweating.

     Music can regulate stress-related hormones. The level of stress hormones in the blood declines significantly in those listening to relaxing, ambient music report anesthesiologists. Sometimes this music can overcome the need for medication. People with hard stress related jobs often times go to music for relaxation. 
     Music and sound can boost the immune function. Current research in immunology suggests that an insufficient amount oxygen in the blood may be a major cause of immune deficiency. Music comes into this problem simply. Music, can actually oxygenate the cells. “Buddha Gerace, a voice researcher in Lake Montezuma, Arizona, has developed vocal exercises that can increase the lymphatic circulation to as high as three times the normal rate. In fifty years of teaching voice, Gerace has witnessed many remarkable changes, and he credits his exercises with helping actor Henry Fonda boost his immune function and recover from vocal trouble during the Broadway production of Mister Roberts.

     Music changes our perception of space. Music can do all kinds of wonderful things for us. It's a wonder why most people don't realize that music helps them that much. Some people listen to music all day, all the time, and they just think its music. It does something for them. That's what they say. But more people should fully understand that music might be the reason they haven't been sick in a year, or why they have such a low blood pressure for the way they eat.

 

 

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This song goes out to the 28,000 + people who lost their lives in the blink of an eye in Japan and those who will follow due to radiation poisoning from the nuclear power plant.  This also goes out to all the other souls who have been taken by the earth changes since 1987.  Our earth will not be the same without you and the contribution you could have made.

All of this is soooooo true!!

I have made music my life and my living and I feel as though I might as well be saying that I've made magic my life and my living.

My instrument, in my case that's a guitar, is my magic wand.

Music, as is magic, is an incredibally powerful thing and can be used for great good (All You Need is Love by the Beatles) and for great evil (the German Fatherland songs of World War 2) and it is our resonsibility when making music, art or magic of any kind to make our energy into a positive force in the World.

I don't know if light passes though us or is created by us, but the color (and sound) of the light we shine is our individual right and responsibilty as human beings. We are after all, really at our truest essence, "beings of light"!!

 

The song I've attached is from the CD The Nature of Light and is called "The Light of Dreams Part One (Dreaming with Eyes Wide Open)

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Thank you for sharing about magic and music, Brian.  It is wonderful that you make the connection between the two.  And more importantly thank you for sharing your beautiful composition.  Very early on my son realized the universal spiritual connection in music.  He started playing cello in second grade and he has always recited this passage before his practice.  

Stillness In The Silence

I lift my spirit within me and sing God's praise.  In the tones of my music inspiration hums. Louder and louder within me the Great Mother sings of new life.  Louder and clearer with each new day, inspiration is lifting my conscious thought until it is attuned to God's rhythm.  Again I lift my spirit high and give close ear that I may hear the glad music.  My keynote is harmony and the theme of my song is God, and God seals my song as Truth.  ~Spalding


He is very much like the character August Rush, hearing music in all things.  I have watched doors magically open for him along his chosen path.  He has always maintained a purity of heart and never let his gift go to his head and I believe it is this sweet nature and his knowing how to work with the law of attraction that has made him so successful at such an early age.

I would very much like to meet your son someday! Well, you too......

All of our senses, what we see, hear, touch, smell are all connected. I was just introduced to Poi for the first time at a festival last year and thought it was amazing!

Light and dance in perfect tune with music.

I've often thought it would be great to have incense burning, a light show to match the music and a separate massage therapist for each person in the audience as part of a concert.......

I think that whatever natural way we alter our consiousness to the divine is magic.

Reality itself is not altered by our perception of it, but what we learn from our perception is.  When we take what we've learned of the divine and make it real in our waking world, our reality, then reality is changed. It's up to us, especially in this time of change to make our reality divine......

My heart felt like it would break when I read this, Dee. For one who loves the expression of music so much and to have been denied that expression as a youth is sad beyond belief. I have grown up in a family of musicians and cannot imagine not having that expression all my life. I am a dancer and music is the core of that expression. My husband plays piano and my son cello. I have several other family members who have played with symphonies. This is the very thing that we are doing in our public schools as well. We have gutted the music programs, so how can a child ever know if they have this ability if they are not exposed to it. My husband and I made sure that our son had every opportunity to develop his art, but we are fortunate enough to be able to afford this outside of the school system. Many children like yourself, Dee, never even hear a symphony play until they reach adulthood. Our society values the arts highly, yet it will not put the money into the proper schooling of our artists at an early age. Not every child wants to be a doctor or lawyer, some have the innate ability to bring forth the muse. Let us not miss the future Bachs or Mozarts of tomorrow by cutting these vital programs for our youth. If you do not have a music program at your son or daughter's school, ask why not. You can always move your child to one that does.

A beautiful Native American piece by Coyote Oldman called Compassion.  We can never have to much of it.

I love music, but infrequently listen to it... I suppose I love silence even more

Just received the most wonderful news.  My son has been selected as Principle Cellist for the Friday perfromance by the Sacramento Youth Symphony at The Disney Concert Hall.  This is indeed a great honor for him and I could not have gotten a better Solstice gift.

Congratulations to your son Lady moonheart ,you must be very proud ~~~
I myself find music to help my magick work more potently and  I can seem to be able to access more power I always play music when doing any magick work. Depending on the music I can get different kinds of energy also. I experiment with different music to see what I get.
I am with you, Crystal Wolfclaw.  I have been meditating to music for years now.  I love how it can take me into the most wonderful places.  It becomes by OM, so to speak.

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