If we close our eyes, nearly all of us can go to a song that either reflects our current mood or invites us to create movement toward a preferred one, and most are associated with memories related to those feelings. Music is powerful! Sound, words - vibration
One of my favourite functions of music is dancing -- a beautiful way to shift energy, and sometimes to communicate intimately with others. It is unknown if the first dancers created a musical accompaniment, or if music led to people moving rhythmically -- the latter seems more plausible to me? Some of the documented reasons for music is communication, often over large distances, using instruments such as drums or horns. Another reason for music is ritual, and virtually every spiritual practice uses music in some way.
Research has shown that music and sound have the power to change emotional states, change perceptions and physiology, and elevate spiritual awareness. Certain types of music, devotional and sacred in nature, also have the power to transform individual and collective consciousness into the heightened states of love, forgiveness, compassion, and physical healing -- a personal love is kirtan and chanting.
Such heightened states of loving awareness are what empowers human consciousness to identify with disharmonious societal and geopolitical issues, environmental imbalances, and attune more empathetically to a deeper awareness of the root causes behind physical health situations. This same heightened awareness is what inspires the ability to envision, co-create, and implement solutions for these various disharmonies.
Life is always moving, and if we resist the ever-changing flow, our energy can become stagnant, and we can fall out of rhythm with the universe -- the mysterious intelligent force which governs all of our life.
When we’re feeling a little stuck and can't get onto our mat, under our singing bowls, or into the outdoors, another truly helpful way to shift our energy, frequency or vibration is to put on some music and dance along with it -- free yourself up. When we dance unrestrained our spirit takes over, and with every sway or bop, we are moved back into harmony with the flow of life…in doing this, your body learns how to be moved by your intuition, by the Divine.
This reference point of the Divine within is what ultimately inspires the awareness to intentionally look for this same Divinity in the eyes of another person, in the eyes of the animals and in the eyes of Mother Earth. In this state of sacred awareness, we can choose to evolve and honour the spiritual, cultural, and ethnic diversity that is the watershed of the Divine's loving and creative expression towards ALL.
“Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration or the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1). Paramahansa Yogananda