Have you ever shared a problem with somebody whose response was, “That’s easy, you just _____.” Did you want to punch them in the face?
Albert Einstein said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
This simply means, that if you have a problem, you need to shift your consciousness to solve that problem. The $64 question is: how do you change your consciousness?
I’m sure there are lots of ways, but the way that I have found shift my consciousness quickly and most profoundly is with the energy of sound. Specifically: the rhythm of drumming.
When I am perplexed, confused, frustrated, or all of the above, the first thing I do (after I frustrate myself to the bitter end of my mind) is grab my drum. I start with simple soft rhythms. Whatever rhythms come to me. Then I let the music of the drum take over. Most of the time, within 10 or 15 minutes I have shifted my way of thinking, blasted out the obstacles that were keeping me stuck, and created an entirely new perspective on the issue at hand.
Now I’m sure some of you are saying, “That’s an easy! You’re a drummer!” I guess there is a certain element of truth to that statement. So here’s what I’ve done:
Below you will find an MP3 track that is about three minutes long. Its specific intention is to assist the listener in the skill of problem-solving. Give it a try and see if it will get you unstuck. After you have listened to it a few times, I would love some feedback on how it works for you. If it really rocks your world you can go towww.healingdrummer.com and find a 30 minute version of this track to use as a tool for when you feel stuck or need to shift your state of consciousness to solve a problem.
Listen here to Problem Solving: Get Unstuck! Sample