Studies in linguistics show a relationship between language and the mind or intelligence. Phonemes (the smallest unit of sound in a spoken word) are the building blocks of language. Our ability to perceive and think is a process facilitated by phonemes and phonemes and language constitute the mind
Each phoneme carries within it a specific form of intelligence.
Phonemes are involved in creating the overall development of the mental/psychological, intuitive, sensory and biological faculties.
The vibratory nature of reality is again demonstrated through the principle of entrainment. It is a phenomenon of sound in which the powerful vibrations of one object will actually change the vibrations of another object causing synchronization between the two objects. Entrainment is found throughout nature. Various organisms will entrain their physical functions with each other. This also happens at the cellular level. We experience entrainment quite often with external vibrations we're exposed to. Similarly we also experience entrainment with our internal rhythms such as heart rate, breathing rate and brain wave activity etc.
The effect of chanting certain phonemes (a basic unit of a language's phonology) and their impact on the brain was recently demonstrated through the Phonemic Intelligence (PI) program which is an innovative program undertaken by Dr. Pillai's Tripura Foundation that activates a child's greatest potential. Scientifically based sound technologies were used to stimulate whole brain states, enhancing learning and emotional development. PI incorporates the repetition of phonemes to stimulate important areas of the brain
In the pilot study, participants in the PI program were made to listen to and vocalize selected phonemic sounds focusing on different parts of the brain. Using EEG (Electroencephalography), electrical activity in the brain were measured and found to show profound changes in brain activity with the use of each sound. It was observed that children who participated in this program
∙ obtained higher test scores,
∙ had greater focus on schoolwork,
∙ showed cooperation and participation,
∙ experienced feelings of peace and happiness, and overall well-being.
Sounds, vibrations and frequencies have been used for 1000's of years to heal. As the awareness of healing sound vibrations become more popular, this field is being more scientifically researched. We compiled research from various health benefits /sound disciplines.
Sounds, frequencies and vibrations applied in various ways and methods, have been shown to increase:
- cognitive function
- language ability
- social skills
- physical development
Music's healing power has caught on in New York hospitals, where physicians and nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital have launched a music therapy program in their behavioural health unit. Since its astounding success in helping those suffering, they have expanded it to other areas of the hospital.
Music therapy is not a new concept and has been applied in numerous instances. Kenton O'Hara (Editor) and Barry Brown (Editor) reports a number of findings on the health benefits using applications of music in "Consuming Music Together: Social and Collaborative Aspects of Music Consumption Technologies". The material summarized below is taken from this publication and relates to various effects of music and sound on the body, mind and spirit.
Music increases long-range memory, reading skills and physical development. Students who sing or play an instrument have shown to score up to 51 points higher on SATs than the national average.
The work Dr. Alfred Tomatis reveals that the ability to listen has a correlation to a number of other skills such as balance, posture, musicality, attentiveness, language ability and expressiveness.
Don Campbell lists 50 common conditions which can be successfully treated with music therapy.
A hospital coronary care unit in Baltimore reports that half an hour of classical music.
Michael Vollerno states that music can "excite and strengthen complex patterns for the performance of higher brain functions."
A number of studies have shown that children who had received music instruction, scored higher in spatial task ability than those who had not.
One study revealed that children who listened to Mozart displayed better focus and mood control, and improved social skills.
Music therapist Deforia Lane reported that children given a single half hour music therapy session had improved immune function.
Research shows that music therapy significantly decreases heart rate and results in a happier emotional state.
(For more information please refer to: Consuming Music Together: Social and Collaborative Aspects of Music Consumption Technologies “by Kenton O'Hara and Barry Brown in published in 2006.)
Several prominent scientists have demonstrated that plants are influenced by sound.
Andy Coghlan reports in New Scientist that Joel Sternheimer, a French physicist and musician has developed a method to create music that enhances plant growth. The melodies are composed using specific notes that correspond to an amino acid in a protein, and the full tune corresponds to an entire protein. Sternheimer claims that when plants 'hear' the appropriate tune, they produce more of that protein. Sternheimer also creates tunes that inhibit the synthesis of proteins. His method uses simple physics, to translate quantum vibrations that occur at the molecular level during protein synthesis into audible vibrations of music. Sternheimer claims that in an experiment he found that tomatoes exposed to his melodies grew two-and-a-half times as large as those which were untreated due to his melodies being able to stimulate three types of tomato growth promoters. Sternheimer also claims that he was able to stop the mosaic virus by playing note sequences that inhibited enzymes required by the virus.
(For more information please refer to: “Good vibrations give plants excitations” by Andy Coghlan, in New Scientist, 28 May 1994, Magazine issue 1927).
Similarly, Dorothy Retallack's experiments revealed that plant growth can be significantly increased by playing music to plants. She also found that an overdose of music can seriously destroy the plants. In another experiment she played rock to one group of plants and, soothing music to another. The group that heard rock turned out to be sickly and small while the other group grew large and healthy. What is more surprising is that the group of plants listening to the soothing music grew bending towards the radio just as they bend towards the sunlight.
(For more information: Please refer to The Sound of Music and Plants, by Dorothy Retallack, published in 1973.)
In the book The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird there are a number of anecdotal evidence that plant growth is influenced by sound.
(For more information please refer to: “The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird” published in 1973 by Harper & Row).
There appears to be ample evidence that living organisms are impacted by music and sound. To delve into the science behind the power of sound it is first useful to understand the vibrational nature of matter. At the quantum level of subatomic particles, all matter is basically particularized energy fields. The recognition that all matter is energy forms the basis for understanding that human beings are dynamic energetic systems.
The etheric body is a holographic energy field or template that carries information which guides the spatial organisation of the physical body. Just as light and sound have particular frequencies so does matter. The higher the frequency, the less dense or more subtle the matter becomes. The etheric body is made up of matter vibrating at a very high frequency (i.e. subtle matter or etheric matter) (Gerber, 2001)
This is the reason why certain sound frequencies can have an impact on the physical body and its etheric counterpart which are essentially complex systems of intertwining energetic fields.
(For more information on the vibratory nature of the human body, the physical/etheric interface and a good overview of the emerging field of vibrational medicine please refer to: Vibrational Medicine 3 rd Ed, by Richard Gerber M.D.,published in 2001 by Bear and Company, Rochester.)
Jeff Volk (2005) describes cymatics as the study of wave phenomena and vibration, which is “a scientific methodology that demonstrates the vibratory nature of matter and the transformational nature of sound.”
Cymatics (Greek for waveform) is a word coined by Dr. Hans Jenny, a Swiss medical doctor, who demonstrated that sound has the ability to shape substance. He experimented with effects of sound on matter and observed that sound can create form. Based on the work of 18th century German physicist named Ernst Chladni, Dr. Jenny demonstrated the effects of sound waves upon many different types of material, including water, pastes, liquids and plastics.
Dr. Jenny was able to create incredibly organic looking shapes by placing these substances on a steel plate, and vibrating these at various frequencies. Dr. Jenny's work provides definitive proof of the amazing power of sound to create form. In recent years several researchers such as Alexander Lauterwasser of Germany and John Reid of England have continued Dr Jenny's work. Jeff Volk has been dedicated to studying the science of Cymatics, and have written extensively on how “inert” matter can be “animated” into life like flowing forms, by the subtle, invisible forces of sound vibration.
(For more information on Cymatics, the study of wave phenomena and vibration, that demonstrates the vibratory nature of matter and the transformational nature of sound please refer to:
“From Vibration to Manifestation: Assuming Our Rightful Place in Creation” by Jeff Volk, published in the Quester Journal, Issue 92, Autumn 2010 http://www.cymaticsource.com/articles.html
“Cymatics: Insights into the Invisible World of Sound” by Jeff Volk, published in the Caduceus Magazine, Issue 71, Spring 2007 http://www.cymaticsource.com/articles.html
“Shaping Up With Sound” Jeff Volk, published in Kindred Spirit Magazine, Issue 81, July/Aug 2006 http://www.cymaticsource.com/articles.html
“Sound Insights” by Jeff Volk, published in Kindred Spirit Magazine Issue 60, Autumn 2002
If sound can organize matter into morphological patterns then particular forms of frequencies can therapeutically alter the vibratory and physical structures of living organisms.
John Stuart Reid and Annaliese Kohinoor discuss how sound is fast emerging as the preeminent health modality. The ancient sound technologies are now been revisited and rediscovered revealing the intricacies of health both at the cellular and psychological levels.
Furthermore, healing with sonic patterns has been studied a number of people. To name a few:
Dr. Peter Guy Manners demonstrated that application of sonic frequencies to acupuncture points in the body can significantly improve various medical conditions. (For more information please refer to: Sound Perspectives by Steven Halper published in The Monthly Aspectarian, November 2007, Vol 29 No 3.)
Dr Irving Oyle successfully utilized “sonopuncture” to treat a variety of painful musculoskelatal conditions. (For more information please refer to: Martin L. Rossman, Jesse Wexler, and Irving Oyle, Am. J. Chin. Med. 02, 199, (1974).)
Recent in vivo studies have demonstrated that sonodynamic therapy (SDT), which uses low¬intensity ultrasound together with a sonosensitizer has a great potential as a non¬invasive and repeatable treatment for cancer therapy. (For more information please refer to: Sonodynamic Cancer Therapy: A Non¬invasive and Repeatable Approach Using Low¬intensity Ultrasound with a Sonosensitizer By Hirotomo Shibaguchi and others, published in , Anticancer Research 31: 2425¬2430 (2011).)