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Music Aspect 3: Rhythm
It has often been said that the human body is an orchestra with the heart drumming out the constant beat. In the womb, we hear our first communication in the rhythm of the mother’s heartbeat. We receive reassurance through a steady rhythm.
Rhythm can affect our pulse and heart rate, breath, stress response, and the pace of our voice, walking and activities. A healing rhythm increases or slows our energy down, strengthening the elasticity of our pulse, helping us gain vitality.
Our own rhythms can be a more complete expression of who we are than we realize. On a busy street watch the variations of walking. Some people bounce, others shuffle and a few march. Some are rigid, others flexible. Other variations include jerkiness versus regularity of rhythm, or a calm rhythm versus a rushed one. Our personality and emotions can be revealed in the rhythm of our walk.
Words have rhythm. Our rate of speaking and associated movements is an expression of individualism, in fact they often show unspoken communication, our underlining meaning beneath our words. While our words may say one thing, our rhythm of words and body language can say another, revealing a deeper truth.
Reinhard Flatischler, who developed the revolutionary approach to rhythm, combining pulse, breath, voice and rhythm, said in his book, The Forgotten Power of Rhythm, “The drum returns my energy by translating it into audible rhythm and thus completes a circuit of energy that allows me to connect with my own power.” The rhythm expresses our own energy and power.
American Indians used drum rhythms to induce trances, in which they experienced “out of the body” travel, similar to effects from hallucinatory drugs. These “journeys” were used to glean information from the future or to receive wisdom for their decisions and purposes in life.
African witch doctors utilized drumbeats to work dancers into a frenzy, citing that these experiences cause one to shed negative energy that can be the underlying cause of illness.
Rhythm is an important contribution in the many faceted art of Sound Healing. Impressive results can be obtained when rhythm is properly combined with other powerful Sound Healing techniques.
This concludes our tour discussing intervals, pitches and rhythm, a few of the many fundamental musical components of Sound Healing. Science is beginning to embrace and understand many Sound Healing techniques some originating from antiquity. Sound Healing can profoundly impact and change our health, intelligence and energy. I am excited to be involved in Sound Healing as a researcher but more importantly through my musical recordings. The creative process is very fulfilling but I am most rewarded in realizing the benefits that others can receive from sound and music.