Music and the Soul

"Music has the ability to activate more parts of the brain than any other stimulus."

Oliver Sacks.

Here is our daughter Freya at nine months demonstrating the innate attraction that she has not only to the rhythm of drumming but also to harmonize with a collaborator in her music. In this instance she is singing along with our rooster!

Drumming Boosts the Immune System.

Barry Bittman, MD, has made a study that demonstrates group drumming actually increases cancer-killing cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS.

According to Dr. Bittman, “Group drumming tunes our biology, orchestrates our immunity, and enables healing to begin.”

Michael Thaut, director of Colorado State University's Center for Biomedical Research in Music, states “Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, as with Parkinson's patients...”

Drumming brings neurological integration and a reintegration of self.

Drumming synchronizes different aspects of the brain and brings and integration of nonverbal information from lower brain structures into the frontal cortex, producing “feelings of insight, understanding, integration, certainty, conviction, and truth, which surpass ordinary understandings and tend to persist long after the experience, often providing foundational insights for religious and cultural traditions.”

'I Would Believe Only In A God That Knows How To Dance'

- Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra

Neurological studies show a connection between music and the orbitofrontal cortex and ventral striatum. These are the pleasure and reward centres in the brain. In other words, it is innate and can be healing in humans to want to dance so as to connect with the vibration of music that is already working unconsciously in their nervous system.

"Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing."

"Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe."

~Hazrat Inayat Khan