MUSIC / HEALING POWER of SOUND / OM CHANT and other Healing Sounds

The Greeks used music and sound to heal the body almost 15,000 years ago. I pick on the Greeks because I am one of them. HOWEVER other nationalities and countries have been using the art of music and sound to heal the body for years. China uses the OM Chants in the Buddha religion for years. Allow my research to begin with my reading of Dr. Mitchell Gaynor's book "The Healing Power of Sound".  I will keep this research, although as lengthy as it could be, as short and brief as possible.  Eskimos of Greenland settle their arguments with drums and song, while tribes women of New Guinea keen songs of grief to mourn the passing of love ones. Again in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt the priests in the temples sang as they healed the sick and afflicted. There are many examples of countries and times present and past that hint on the idea of using sound and singing (in one form or another), as a healing source.   I don't know of the medical research only what I have read but can assume that the brain can only receive a calming pulse of stimulation with what it is receiving. If you hear the following OM that has been used in Tibetan healing you might realize that over time the sounds might relax your soul and mind. Explained is: 

The vibration produced by chanting Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose at the time of creation. The sound of Om sustains life. Om also represents the four states of the Supreme Being. The three sounds in Om (AUM) represent the waking, dream and deep sleep states and the silence which surrounds Om represents the "Bliss" state.Because the first of the three states of consciousness is the waking state, it is represented by the sound "A" pronounced like "A" in America. Because the dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states, it is represented by the letter "U" which lies between the "A" and "M". This "U" is pronounced like the "U" in would. The last state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is represented by "M" pronounced as in "sum." This closes the pronunciation of Om just as deep sleep is the final stage of the mind at rest. Whenever Om is recited in succession there is an inevitable period of silence between two successive Oms. This silence represents the "fourth state" which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognizes his identity with the supreme.   
If I were to ask you to listen to Georgian Chant from the early 1100's you might agree that the same sound quality of that yesteryear might work in the same respects.
If I asked you to listen to the music of the Native American 
All over the world and at any time from the beginning of time, you and I can agree that whatever the country that the sounds SOUNDED alike.  Please allow this Zulu original song.

the bass, tenor, alto and harmonizing parts are incredible. 

CHILDREN and SLEEP and how music helps 

Children and adolescents need at least nine hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems and a lack of sleep can have negative effects on children's performance in school, during extracurricular activities, and in social relationships.
A lack of sleep may cause:

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  • Accidents and injuries
  • Behavior problems
  • Mood problems
  • Memory, concentration, and learning problems
  • Performance problems
  • Slower reaction times

Signs of Sleep Problems in Children

Talk to your pediatrician if your child exhibits any of the following signs of a sleep problem:
  • Snoring
  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Problems with sleeping through the night
  • Difficulty staying awake during the day
  • Unexplained decrease in daytime performance
  • Unusual events during sleep such as sleepwalking or nightmares

Tips for Improving Your Child's Sleep

  • Establish a regular time for bed each night and do not vary from it. Similarly, the waking time should not differ from weekday to weekend by more than one to one and a half hours.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as giving your child a warm bath or reading a story.
  • Do not give children any food or drinks with caffeine less than six hours before bedtime.
  • Make sure the temperature in the bedroom is comfortable and that the bedroom is dark.
  • Make sure the noise level in the house is low.
  • Avoid giving children large meals close to bedtime.
  • Make after-dinner playtime a relaxing time as too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.
  • There should be no television, radio, or music playing while the child is going to sleep. TV and video games should be turned off at least one hour prior to bedtime.
  • Infants and children should be put to bed when they appear tired but still awake (rather than falling asleep in their parent's arms, or in another room). Parents should avoid getting into bed with a child in order to get them to sleep. 


Steve Berke said...

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I'll come back for more :)

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