It is hard to say how far back in time sound has been subject to serious consideration as being vital to life. It feels as if mankind has been puzzling over the idea of “sound” forever and always. The Aboriginal people of Australia have believed for thousands of years that sound is vital to life as a healing tool. Primordial medicine may have actually centered around sound. The ancients tell of healing broken bones, children’s illnesses and war injuries solely by playing the yidaki, or modern didgeridoo, a primitive wind instrument. Contemporary reports refer to cases of asthma and sleep apnea being cured by the same instrument.
Pythagoras apparently used therapeutic sound to treat both physical and emotional ill health. And, of course, the Old Testament states over and over how David ministered to King Saul with his harp when the king was in the throes of emotional and psychological disfunction. It seems that many ancient cultures believed that sound is vital to life and good health.
There is a definite connection between the long history of sound as a healing entity and the long history of music as an omni-present force in the entire universe. Curt Sachs, the renowned German: “However far back we trace mankind, we fail to see the springing up of music.’ Music is sound, and sound can be music. In fact, I would say that the most scintillating example of sound is music. And, I believe it is of utmost importance to continually trace the history of sound—-in particular, musical sound—-as one of the vital components of life. Because music is endemic to all other disciplines in one way or another, it is becoming more and more necessary to understand its true value in our cultures and lives.
SOUND: PRIMORDIAL ORGANIZER
The only definitive textbook on Creation is, like it or not, Holy Scripture—the Old Testament, the Talmud, the Pentateuch, whatever nomenclature you give those writings. The idea of first causes states unequivocally that “God Is”. And that is the starting point for this entire endeavor—–the history of sound starts with the statement of the eternality of God.
John 1:1 reads: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The inference is very strong: the Word and God are one and the same, as in power, omniscience, omnipresence and all other Divine Attributes. Relate that fact to Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The equally strong common thread is that it was Sound of the Word (God) that created the “heavens and the earth”. In any event, it is not a large leap of faith to infer that the creative force at the moment of original Creation, was, in fact, sound which was the organizing component. This idea has always eluded theorists, probably because the idea of first causes and the existence of a Creator God is not always compatible with the theoretical suppositions of the scholar.
However, the history of sound is found in almost every single primitive and folkloric account of the creation act. The Brahmans, the Aztec, the Navajo, the Hawaiian, the Polynesian all have creator gods, and it is of great interest that so many of them were singer gods. The common thread in many accounts of the creation narrative is that the gods who created first thought, then sang, then brought life into being. Compare this to the scriptural account and it becomes evident that there is, in fact, a centrality to these primitive folkloric narratives—-sound was the energizing force. Since I subscribe to the inerrant nature of the Holy Scriptures, I shall make the statement that the truth in music is that music (song) is that force and that it is the voice of God Himself that sang that song.
Follow this thread and see if it is not logical. Science is now producing empirical evidence that frequency, vibrating energy—-sound—-is indeed the glue of the universe. Even a cursory study of music and its organizational qualities will stimulate curiosity about how those qualities could be inherent to all creation.
SOUND: HEALING POWER
The article in the link above is worth reading. John Stuart and Annaliese Reid have done a remarkable job of gathering, codifying and recording the results of their research into the efficacy of “sound therapy”. They have traced a line of logic which is inclusive of many differing fields of study and have successfully shown how this logic can be related to those various fields.
High frequency sound has been employed for many years in the treatment of kidney and gall stones. Even more dramatic than this is the use of classical music to alleviate pain in childbirth, to aid in healing after surgery and even in the treatment of mental and emotional illness. Up until recent years, there was very little empirical documentation to support the findings of such treatments and experiments. Thanks to the development of the cymascope and its ability to photograph the effects of sound on matter, it is becoming increasingly easy to document these events of treatment and healing.
Cymatherapy is an emerging healing science which is achieving monumental results. A 56-year-old woman who was injured in a car accident was relegated to life in a wheel chair. As a last resort she contacted a physician who would treat her with therapeutic sound using the cymatherapy techniques. Her knee joints were down to bone-on-bone, but after ten treatments, she was able to resume her normal activities including dancing, bowling and golf. Another woman with shingles on her upper chest and back was completely cured after six days of cymatherapeutic treatments. Common medical practice was unable to give her any relief.
This growing battery of evidence is profound and ever-increasing. It is causing science to re-evaluate the qualities and power of sound and its place in our universe.
Consider this: I Samuel 16:23 “And so it was, whenever the spirit—-was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well—-” Our present day scientists seem to be finally discovering what the Old Testament writers knew thousands of years ago—-“sound is vital to life—-in a healing capacity.”
Watch for a new post next week when I shall continue exploring the vital nature of sound as a healing force.