Healing with Music: Never Assume Preferences

Man in shadowsA young Asian man who made occasional sounds was referred to me with a history of violence.  His parents and carers were subjected to regular attacks of spitting, scratching, pinching and biting.  When I first saw this man in his day care environment his body position was closed, his shoulders were hunched and he sat in a crossed leg position with his head down and eyes lowered.  His glances towards those around him were fleeting.  My initial assessment revealed cyclical triggers to his outbursts, which coincided with monthly shaving of his body hair in accordance with his faith.  Arif was terrified of the vibration of the clippers and the restraining of his father and brothers during this ordeal compounded his fear.  Arif’s emotional distress manifested in bowel problems which metaphysically relate to fear patterns, holding on to emotion and an inability or difficulty in expressing negative feelings.  Arif’s ‘key worker’ mirrored this pattern with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

My weekly visits took place in Arif’s room in the presence of his male key worker and in our sessions I played a variety of music from all over the world including folk, classical, sacred and popular music from other cultures.  Through careful observation of utterances, facial expression and body language, we were eventually able to ascertain Arif’s musical preference.  The outcome of this observation taught me never to assume because Arif visibly relaxed and smiled when I played Handel’s Water Music    rather than music from his own culture.  His whole appearance changed from closed to open and from submissive to confident as he lifted his head, turned towards the music, unfolded his arms, straightened his body and uncurled his legs.  Encouraged by this reaction, which surprised us both, I asked Arif’s key worker to play this music quietly in Arif’s room and in the car on short journeys and I explained that we carry unreleased imprinted memory from early experiences in this life and from other lives we have lived which influences our belief system and colours our perception and behaviour. This piece of music was obviously empowering Arif and triggering a positive response which we needed to build on.

HANDELpngI visited Arif over a period of six weeks and on each visit, as the music played softly in the background, I gradually introduced Arif to toning.  The vibration of individual  tones corresponded to specific anatomical areas and released resistance patterns manifesting in the form of compacted energy in the lumber region of Arif’s spine and upper and lower bowel linking to the base, sacral and solar plexus chakras.  I brought swathes of rainbow coloured silk to our sessions and we focused on the corresponding lower chakra colours of vibrant red, bright orange and clear golden yellow.  

My sessions always closed with an Emerald Alignment  which aligns the subtle energy of the electro magnetic field (auric field) to attune the lower vibrational frequencies  to the higher unimpaired frequencies of consciousness above the level of the lower mind.  Arif then watched transfixed as I talked his carer through an Emerald Alignment with a focus on the colours of Emerald Green and Royal Blue which I had hung at the window.  I am grateful  to Arif’s ‘key worker’ who readily cooperated in the healing process, by practising the Emerald Alignment exercise himself and taking the time to learn how to make the lower chakra tones so that he could take Arif through the same process in the interim period between my visits.  Arif’s continued improvement inspired the Residential Home Management Team to integrate music, toning and alignment into Arif’s Care Plan.  Handel’s Water Music’ was played in his room and the colours he was focusing on were hung at his window, illuminated by sunlight during the day.

Arif’s resistance to shaving gradually dissolved as the imprinted memory triggered by the sound of the clippers was gently and painlessly released through music, colour and sound. Family members began to relax in his presence, no longer feeling the need restrain him, which had perpetuated the anticipated cycle of fear.   Staff noticed that Arif was beginning to view his room as a sanctuary in times of agitation.  As his fear ssubsided, he initiated communication by spontaneously voicing a greeting to those he liked.

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