16 Essential Steps To Use Music As Therapy…

16 Essential Steps To Use Music As Therapy

Music Therapy

“I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.”– Psalm 49:4

We use music in many ways—for dancing, singing along with, or as accompaniment or background to almost any activity.

But music has long been known to have healing properties, as David knew in the Psalm quoted above; as the ancient Greeks knew with Apollo, the god of music and medicine; as many other ancient cultures knew and practiced; and as William Congreve in 1697 well knew (“Music has Charms to sooth a savage Beast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak,” from The Mourning Bride).

SEE ALSO: Meditation- Its Origin, Spread, And Use Around The World


Music as a Science

More recently, as music therapy has shown, music has been recognized to have many curative uses. Among others, it lessens physical and emotional pain, heals, calms babies, and helps schoolchildren produce better homework American Music Therapy Association. I found another use for music that few may have applied consciously.

Not only giving pleasure, this method can solve any problem we come up with.



I stumbled on the technique only recently.

After wringing my hands and racking my brain for a solution to a problem, I took my hands off the computer keyboard, looked away from the screen, and heard fully the classical radio station always on my iTunes (that time, Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony).

With this move, I inadvertently proved what the Psalmist knew and practiced—and found the answer to my “riddle.”

During the music, I discovered that I could direct my mind, “talk” to it. Since then, I’ve practiced this music meditation often. It never ceases to soothe and supply. Here are the steps.


 

  1. Choose music you love. It should preferably be 15 or 20 minutes long and can be one piece or several in succession.
  2. Make sure there are no voice interruptions. A radio station with announcers and ads is not a good choice. Rather, use music from a CD, computer collection, or your own special mix.
  3. Choose a space you feel good in and where you can be alone and uninterrupted. This can be indoors—a bedroom or private den—or outside—in the woods, beside a lake, or on a sunny terrace.
  4. Make sure it’s a quiet spot and will stay quiet during your session. Obviously, a beach on Sunday would probably not be a good choice, but a beach on Monday morning could be.
  5. Lie down or sit so you’re completely comfortable. As part of your comfort, wear clothing that soothes you.
  6. Turn up the music as high as you wish. If you’re using headphones or earphones, so much the better.
  7. Relax. Take several deep breaths, concentrating on each in-breath and out-breath. Or use a short, progressive muscle relaxation. Start at your forehead and focus on each part of your body in turn, internally intoning, “Relax.”
  8. Ask yourself the question you need answered about the particular problem. Be as specific as possible. For example, “Which project is the next one I should be working on?” “What can I say to ____ to resolve this misunderstanding between us?” “What is the next step I should take to develop my client base?” “How can I do ____ and ____ so all concerned will be satisfied?”
  9. Expect an answer. Tell yourself you deserve the right answer and it is already here.
  10. Forget the problem, the question, and possible answers. Now, just relax and listen to the music.
  11. Let the music wash over you. This is an indispensable component. That’s why you forget everything. Open yourself to the music, focus only on it, yield to it, sink into it, and let it saturate you.
  12. Let your body respond. Bathe fully in the music. When I do, I feel the music viscerally, as if it’s entering my chest and nurturing my whole being.
  13. Stay in this state the entire period. As often as you need to, refocus and re-submerge on the music. You may enter a reverie or dream-like state, or even fall asleep. If you do, the effects of the meditation won’t be lessened.
  14. As the music ends, move gently. In the first few moments of silence, flex your hands and feet, move your head, blink your eyes.
  15. The answer comes. The response to your question, the answer you seek, may have arisen during the music. It may surface as you end the meditation. Or it may surface during other activities, late at night, or on waking.
  16. Trust and thank. Trust that the right answer will appear. Thank your inner self for its appearance.

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