Understanding Sound: Part 2

This is the second post in Toby’s Understanding Sound article series. The first part can be read here.

Sound’s Rhythm

DrummingMuch of the power of sound lies in its cyclical beat, better known as rhythm. This is evident in both the physical and emotional bodies.

As you examine the function of the human body, from breathing to heartbeat to the pace at which we walk, rhythm is everywhere. As we change the rate of these cycles or rhythm, we change the energy that is being carried in the body. This change of vibrations enables us to attract different people, activities, and objects into our lives. All we need to do is create a different rhythm or cyclical beat that generates a different frequency of electromagnetic field and, therefore, “magnetizes” to us different energy.

Sound can effectively create or alter emotions simply by altering rhythms or beats. One rhythm may invoke feelings of euphoria while the sound of another may provoke fear. The physical body also seems to be sensitive to cyclical rhythms. Many biological systems are based on the premise that opposite, complimentary movement or change produces equilibrium.

Take breathing, for example. The lungs expand in order to take in oxygen and pass it into the bloodstream. The outgoing breath then releases carbon dioxide, which has built up in the blood. The body cannot exist for long without both phases of this process occurring. The rhythmic cycle also changes according to our activities. When we are at rest, we may take slow relaxed breaths. Yet, when exercising, the rhythm increases to accommodate the pace or vibration of the energy of that moment.

Brain Rhythms

Patterns of the BrainEvidence also suggests that some neurons in the brain fire repetitively at a constant frequency, that is, they beat, and have rhythm. These neurons are sometimes called pacing neurons. According to the article entitled Interpretation on thermal comfort mechanisms of human bodies by combining Hodgkin-Huxley neuron model and Pennes bioheat equation by Yong-gang Lv and Jing Liu at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, “Although external stimulation can change the firing rate of the cell, or inhibit it altogether, the mechanisms that drive repetitive firing are often intrinsic to the neuron itself and do not require stimuli or other external synaptic activation.”[5]

Other neurons, called bursting neurons, fire in sustained rhythmic pulses that occur without any external stimulation. These neurons in the brain are responsible for regulating automatic physiological processes like heartbeats. When this natural rhythm is disrupted, physiological and energetic imbalances occur, which lead to disease.

Heart arrhythmia is a good example. The understanding that every process in the body has a distinct bioelectrical rhythm or beat leads to the perception that when everything is working well, that is, the physiological energy of the body is in balance and able to flow freely, then health and well-being exist. Conversely, when the bioelectrical rhythm of the body is disrupted or the natural frequencies altered, then energetic blocks and imbalances start to occur and illness or disease is often the result.

Sound Energy & Well Being

Happy GirlRestoring health means changing a disease-producing energy pattern and replacing it with a pattern that enhances health. As Tom Rodgers, vice president of the Qigong Institute, suggests, “Every cell in our body has a characteristic vibration. When these cells vibrate at a certain rate and in a certain pattern, the body functions well and the person feels good. When they vibrate at a different rate and pattern, the body functions less well and the person feels not so good. It is highly probable that assessment of the differential vibratory patterns associated with health and sickness will be a core feature of the research of the 21st century.”[6]

The natural thought that follows from that statement is, of course, the body and people of the world are ready and waiting for sound healers—whether they realize it or not.

Stay tuned for Understanding Sound: Part 3. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me here.

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[5] (http://www.demec.ufmg.br/disciplinas/ema890/11.pdf – Forschung im Ingenieurwesen 69 (2005) 101–114 Ó Springer-Verlag 2005 DOI 10.1007/s10010-004-0145-8), cited July 25, 2011

[6]http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/papers/QigongEMedicine.pdf (Qigong – Energy Medicine for the New Millennium Copyright (c) 2004 by Tom Rogers

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