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I Call Music “A Spiritual Vitamin.”

The dictionary defines music as “a composition of rhythmical, melodic, harmonic sounds.” Music can also be defined as the result of our conscious development of sound into an art and a science. Goethe called architecture “petrified music.” I call music “a spiritual vitamin” or, simply, “a miracle.”

Music is Vibration, Energy and Sound Waves.

Music is the most direct of the fine arts; the harmony of the universe is attracted to the harmony of the music.  Music, which is composed of vibration, energy and sound waves, surrounds us.  The universe is a complete harmony of many sounds – many lives and energy vibrating together as they fill the silence.  All this energy can end up as harmony or as noisy discord, dissonance or disharmony.  The music we choose to listen to contributes to our energy, mood and state of health.

The Five Variations in Music that Affect Your State of Being

You need to be aware of five general variations in music that have the power to change your health, mood, and energy level.

  1. Tempo: the speed of the music; fast, moderate or slow.
  2. Dynamics: the volume of the music; loud or soft.
  3. Pitch: the frequency of the music; high or low.
  4. Timbre: the tone or color of the particular instrument or voice.
  5. Style: classical, romantic, jazz, Celtic, pop.

    Learn more from my book, Music, Healing and Harmony


Each Note Activates a Specific Chakra

It is believed by some that different notes or tones of the scale have special effects on us. There are seven notes of the major diatonic scale, and there are seven chakras (wheels of energy) surrounding the body, according to yoga philosophy. The chakras are located from the base of the spine to the top of the head. When a certain note of the scale is produced, this is said to activate a certain corresponding chakra. When activated, this energy or aura is sent to the physical body. The Hindus call this subtle, divine energy prana; the Chinese call it chi, and the Japanese know it as ki. It is sometimes called kundalini. Many people report seeing a spinning wheel of light in a certain color for each chakra. Everyone has certain chakras or energy centers activated at different times. Here is a description of the seven chakras, notes and their colors.

Musical Note C – Red   The root chakra located at the base of the spine. It is associated with survival, ambition, grounding one’s physical energy.
Musical Note D – Orange  The sacral or water chakra located just below the navel. It is associated with creativity, sensual and sexual energy, and relationships.
Musical Note E – Yellow  The solar plexus or fire chakra is located midway between the heart and navel. It is associated with physical energy, traveling, personal power and emotions.
Musical Note F – Green  The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest. It is associated with compassion, understanding, love, and healing.
Musical Note G – Blue  The throat chakra is located at the base of the throat. It is associated with communication, speaking one’s truth, clairaudience, and taking away pain.
Musical Note A – Indigo or Purple. The brow or third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead. It is associated with clairvoyance, intuition, understanding, and inner vision.
Musical Note B – Violet or White. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. It is associated with spirituality, meditation, and cosmic awareness.

When you want to enhance certain energies, find the corresponding note with a tuner or instrument. Hum or listen to that note while visualizing the part of the body where that chakra or energy center is located. There are therapists who use crystal bowls and other methods to create the vibrations and specific tones that you need.

Many massage therapists, chiropractors and other holistic practitioners now have a patient’s table with built-in speakers. Various tones and frequencies allow you to hear music through your bones and skin as well as with your ears. This type of vibrational therapy is often incorporated with other types of healing.

Listen to some healing harp music. Choose a song that your intuition says is right for you.



Create Your Own Spiritual Place.

Anything beautiful, whether visual art, music, nature, flowers, or love can be sacred and remind us of the awesomeness of life. Even when a piece of music isn’t formally labeled as religious, it may bring us to a spiritual place.

Use Your Favorite Piece of Music and Something Beautiful.

Try an experiment. Put on a favorite piece of music – something so beautiful it instills in you a sense of awe. The music can be classical, popular, religious, folk song – whatever appeals to you. Then look around and choose something beautiful to observe intently. For instance, focus on the center of a flower.

Focus on the Music and the Beautiful Object.

Breathe deeply, and concentrate on both the visual and auditory experience. Try to imagine how this beautiful flower was created, at the same time being aware of different harmonies, rhythm patterns, and the tone and timbre (color) in the music. Bring your attention back to the flower’s center — its colors, shape and structure. Continue shifting between the music and the flower, eventually merging your reactions to each.  You will be filled with a sense of awe and wonder, feeling at one with the universe.
Listen to some relaxing harp music.



Getting Closer To Your Spirituality
The most direct way to get in touch with your spirituality is through music. Artists often picture angels playing on harps, and music is called “the celestial art.” Beautiful, soothing, healing music can appeal to the soul. This “soul music” is sometimes referred to as the music of the angels and can connect you to cosmic consciousness or perhaps spiritual perfection.

Music Helps You Feel At One With the Creator
Certain music can give you an inner thrill. You feel at one with the Creator, inspired and illuminated. When you discover music that helps you get to this state, listen to it over and over. Playing soulful music quietly as you go to sleep will enhance your dreams with solutions, divine direction and ideas. Your creative mind is busy while you’re sleeping, and music can truly be like a spiritual vitamin. Some examples of spiritual music from the harp, Hymns for Healing, are available at




The Organ Seems to Express The Full Range of Human Sentiments.

The pipe organ has been called the king of musical instruments because it takes up all the sounds of creation. The organ has a wide expressive range, from piano to a thundering fortissimo. The largest pipes (the lowest) can make the floors of a church or hall shake, while the smallest pipes (the highest) can sound like a delicate bird.  It seems to echo and express the fullness of human sentiments, from joy to sadness, from praise to lamentation. Differences in the shape of pipes enable the organ  to imitate many other instruments, which creates a wide variety of sounds (timbres).

The Almost Endless Possibilities of the Organ Remind Us of the Magnificence of God.

Beautiful organ music, like all music of quality, seems to transcend the human sphere, and evokes the divine. The endless range of timbre and variety of sounds of the organ seems to remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God.

“The Lost Chord” by Organist,  Adelaide Anne Proctor

The beginning of this poem by organist, Adelaide Anne Proctor, puts into words the magnificence of the organ.

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys;
I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then,
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

To hear some magnificent organ music ……


Music and Love Are Common in All Religions

Over the years, I have served as a church organist and harpist, playing for over ten denominations. I can’t imagine a worship service without music.  Singing about love is the common thread that connects the different churches – love of God or Higher Power, love of other people, and love of nature and beauty (including music).

All Religions Use Music to Sing About Love

The bible verse, “God is Love,” I John, pretty much says it all. Many hymns that are sung in church are about love. “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by Charles Wesley, is a good example. Many Unity churches sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at the end of each service. “Love Lifted Me,” “You Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love” and “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” are more familiar hymns about love.

Use Beautiful Music for a Spiritual Connection

Whether you attend a place of worship or not, you can feel a spiritual connection by listening to some beautiful music – religious, classical, jazz, new age music or another type of music. Be quiet, listen, observe, feel a sense of gratitude for life, for the beauty and love that’s all around you. The harmony in the music will transfer to inner harmony, which leads to good will and love for others.
Listen to some timeless hymns to feel the love that surrounds us.
What is your favorite music to help you get in touch with God or to meditate?



De-stress With Music

Are you worried about buying the “correct” gifts?  Are you overwhelmed with all the parties, excitement, hustle and bustle of the holidays?  Take some time to relax with calming music.  When you are relaxed by the music, beta-endorphins are released, affecting all your cells and allowing your body to heal itself. Try a little visualization. Put your problems (challenges) in an imaginary balloon and let it go up into the universe. You can get it back if you really want it! Say to yourself, “I release this challenge into the universe.” As you listen to the music, let the vibrations of the music carry your stressful challenges away. Now, take three deep breaths. Let your stomach expand to make room for the air as you take the air into your lungs.  Breathe out slowly; feel the air on your lips as you exhale. Breathe with the rhythm of the music. Now, just relax and enjoy the music for a few minutes. You will be receiving answers subconsciously, even if you aren’t aware of this. This will accomplish more than trying too hard to figure out solutions to your challenges!

Select Your Music for Relaxation

Some ideal relaxation music for me would be by a  harpist, cellist,  flutist or chanting .When you choose your music for relaxation, make it what you enjoy and love, not what someone told you was the “correct” music to play for a certain disorder or state of mind. What song makes you remember a time when you were totally relaxed? Start a collection of those songs for your de-stress time. Soon you’ll know which ones work best for helping you reach a state of relaxation and peace. After a while, you will build up a habit whereby your relaxation music will get you to the quiet time sooner and sooner. Your brain will build connectors and make the association between your special music and your time to relax.
If you love some of the Christmas music, use that.  If you’re tired of hearing it everywhere, choose something entirely different.

Use Upbeat Music to Beat the Blues

Many people get depressed during the holidays.  You can use music to get out of  blues, too.  Choose music with a faster tempo and a fun rhythm – something that will make you want to tap your toes or swing.  Some of the Christmas music is like this, as well as any of your favorite songs.  Let the music lift you up, and take you to a lighter place.  Christmas is a time for joy, and music can help you enjoy the holidays.

Check out some relaxing harp music for yourself or for gifts.


Music Helped Americans Deal With 9-11 Attack

On the night of September 11, 2001, many people in Manhattan neighborhoods gathered and sang.  No matter what their political preferences were, they sang songs from elementary school, religious songs like “Amazing Grace,” patriotic songs like “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” They gathered around firehouses, using music to get them and others through the horrible destruction of the Twin Towers. Several days later everyone gathered at Lincoln Center to hear the Brahms Requiem. Later, the reopening of Broadway was celebrated as a big step in the recovery of New York. Perhaps the music helped them understand, better than words, the senseless act that took so many lives.

Music Unites People Worldwide

Often musicians unite people worldwide with a concert to benefit a charitable cause or victims of a catastrophe. Even if the language isn’t understood, people share emotions , feelings, memories, joy or sadness. As the music reverberates through our bodies, the shared feelings allow us to know that we are not alone but are connected.

The popular song “Let There Be Peace On Earth” has been translated into many languages. Those who are familiar with the song only have to hear the melody to feel that there is hope for peace.

Classical music is more likely to be known and enjoyed around the world than other styles of music. People everywhere can communicate through their music, which acts as a messenger that carries history and experience across time and space. We understand the message and get to know others, whether we can speak their language or not. When the music is powerful and beautiful, the language doesn’t matter.

Watch and listen to American fallen soldiers and “Amazing Grace.”









The Invisible Vibrations of Music Affect Your Body and Mind

Have you ever had a change of mood because of hearing certain music? Each combination of sound waves (harmony) will change the electrical activity of your brain and your general metabolism. If you don’t believe this, watch the strings of a harp or violin after they’ve been plucked.

Everything in existence – atoms, molecules, the entire universe, and yes, music – is in a constant state of continuous vibration.

Some Ways to Control Vibration Using Music

– Rhythm and Tempo  (fast, slow, waltz, 4/4)
– Pulse (accent)
– Melody (tune)
– Pitch (high, low)
– Harmony (simple, jazz, dissonant)
– Different Instruments (timbre)

All this has an effect upon your aura or state of being.

You can’t see the sound waves or vibrations unless you intentionally measure their speed with a mechanical tuner. The speed is calculated in numbers, or hertz. Hertz is the term used for cycles per second of sound waves.

Choose Music to Control Your Energy Field

– For exercise, listen to music that is fast, 130-150 beats per minute.
– For energy in your day to day activities, use upbeat music that is 80-100 beats per minute & higher in pitch.
– For slowing down & relaxation, listen to music that is 60-80 beats per minute, mellow, deep and repetitive.
– For meditation, use music even slower than 60 beats per minute. A single mellow instrument like harp, cello or crystal bells with no recognizable melody is ideal.

Listen to some samples of calming music, “Serenity from the Harp.”





Numbers Connect  Music  with Spiritual & Mystical Numbers

– There are 12 keys and 12 tones in music (counting the half-steps).

– There were 12 disciples of Christ.

– There were 12 tribes of Israel.

– There were 12 gates of New Jerusalem.

– There are 12 astrological signs.

– The pentatonic (5-note) scale was used in China because because of its link to the cycles and rhythms of the heavens.

Do We Use the phrase”Music of the Spheres”  Because Spheres of the Universe Touched?

The ancient Greeks believed that the “music of the spheres” was created when the spheres of the universe bumped into each other. This music was supposedly tied to the very structure of the universe.

The Christian hymn, “This is My Father’s World” says, “All nature sings and ’round me rings, the music of the spheres.”

Music Is a Form of Prayer

Music amplifies prayer, resonating and awakening your sense of God, Higher Power, Universal Mind, or whatever word feels right to you. Music has the power to connect us to our creator. The harmonies of beautiful music can make you aware of the beauty in the universe.

Whether it’s Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” or “Amazing Grace” or “Kum-ba-yah”, or modern Christian rock music, or chanting, music connects us with the spiritual world.

Let some harp music  awaken you spiritually.