Humans have probably been using sounds to heal from the earliest time that we could produce sounds - and from the time a baby was able to hear its mother's heartbeat.
Certainly indigenous peoples have always known the power of sound to heal - and have used it for everything from daily life to sacred ceremonial rituals and healing practices.
Native American healing will almost always include music or sound as a major component of the practices.
But what sounds really are healing?What do humans experience as soothing, comforting, uplifting, and transformative?Some of the sounds might involve crooning; the soft high-pitched tones of a flute or reed instrument; the gentle melodies produced by a stringed instrument; the steady, regular beat of a drum; and even the repetitive sounds of chanting or singing.
Harmonies have been found in studies to help bring energy fields into coherence, and harmonic chords throughout history have been found in some of the world's greatest musical creations - forms that have lasted centuries.
Most people find loud, discordant sounds to be jangling and disturbing - which is all the more reason why music therapy can be so effective in today's world, with its cacophany of noise and intrusive sounds.
Healing music, and music therapy, can provide an important counterbalance to the sounds and energies of living in a world seriously out of harmony with nature, to help restore wholeness and a sense of well-being in a world that may feel increasingly dangerous and unhealthy.
Native American flute music has a special appeal, as do many chants and songs from the "old ones" whose wisdom comes down to us through generations of practitioners and healers.
Today more and more Native American healers are willing to share their songs with the world, to help us return to a more balanced way of thinking, feeling, and being.
Their music lives on in CD's and audio tapes, as well as in the daily lives of those who still try to "walk the beauty road" and live in harmony with Nature and the Earth.
In his book, Music and Fragrance for Health, Blue Eagle, a traditional Native American healer from Canada, shows why music therapy works to clear unwanted energies from your system, and how to use the healing power of music - and specific fragrances -to clear and cleanse yourself.
Blue Eagle's series of five music therapy CD's are a useful starting point for anyone who wishes to create a more peaceful environment, and to heal past or present conditions in the body, mind, or spirit.
In the meanwhile, you can experiment with the sounds you hear around you; recognize which ones make you feel well and at ease, and which ones don't.
You may also wish to set aside time to listen to natural or harmonious sounds that make you feel wonderful - that uplift and inspire you - or create your own.
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