the artist had a community responsibility to develop the inner ear of
the listener and create greater awareness of the unity of all things.
In Persia, the sounds of birds or waterfalls were used to heal. Mothers
often use a soothing voice to put their babies to sleep. The recitation
of the Qur'an has been used for healing since the time of the Prophet
(saws). However, not all sounds are healing. Some can be harmful.
noise pollution as bad as Airpollution!
The sound of music, for instance, affects
pulse rates, skin temperature, blood pressure, muscle tension and brain
wave activity (Kaufmann, p.1). Music can also help to release
biochemicals such as endorphins in the brain and act as a natural
painkiller (Overload p.2). The human bone structure is also highly
responsive to vibration, as much as 69%-79% of sounds heard within the
audible range and sound move faster in water, which man is mostly made
of. The bone structure then continually translates information from the
more subtle levels into the neurological tissue (Gurudas, p.52).
Inappropriate or loud music, on the other hand, can be harmful. A 1990
study purports that loud noise causes vasoconstriction causing
increased blood pressure. In turn this leads to the hypertrophy of
smooth muscle, a narrowing of small vessels and a resistance to blood
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Similarly, inappropriate sounds of any
sort can be harmful. Electricity and electromagnetic energies are the
worst pollutants. With increasing noise pollution a person's hearing
can become more and lose the capacity to hear sound within a certain
frequency range (Overload p.1, 2). In a laboratory study, volunteers
were confined to a dormitory and exposed to pulsed tones over the
course of 30 days. The result was that plasma cortisol and blood
cholesterol levels increased with increased noise levels beyond 85 dB.
The effect lasted for several days after the noise ceased (Macalester,
p.1). Such pulses can be found coming from air conditioning units,
transformers and other electronic equipment.
Changes in earth's electromagnetic field
caused by TVs, computers, power cables and radio waves effect people
too by causing the body's energy waves to vibrate at unnatural
frequencies. A branch of bioacoustics studies the effect of sound and
noise on man. A pioneer in the field, Sharon Edwards proved that every
muscle, compound, process and structure in the body could be
mathematically calculated and assigned a tone. This led to the
discovery that that each person has his or her own set of frequencies
(Sound Health Clinic, p.2). Hence, when someone is ill or imbalanced,
certain notes may be absent or over-abundant in their speaking voice.
Bioacoustics addresses such illnesses such as epilepsy, respiratory and
heart conditions, bone breakages and fractures, traumatic pain,
multiple sclerosis as well as drug dependency and depression (Overload,
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Sound Therapy addresses
the issues of what sounds are helpful and what sounds are harmful to
the body and aims to 'retune' the body back into harmony (crystalinks,
p.1). Healer, Barbara Brennan uses sound to strengthen the charkas
(different areas of the body). She uses her voice one inch away from
the chakra she is working on. She states, "Each chakra has a different
pitch, and each persons pitch for a particular chakra is slightly
different." In adjusting her pitch, the patient can hear and feel the
resonance. She has been successful in treating ulcerative colitis,
discs, obtaining enhanced tissue growth, aligning the functions of the
organs of the body and balancing the nervous system (Brennan p.241). In
the same way, the intonation and variations in tune of a skilled Qur'an
reciter can also invoke healing.
In Cymatics, another aspect of
Bioacoustics, the understanding is that every cell in the body is
controlled by an electromagnetic field with its own frequency. This
therefore means that the body has a composite harmonic frequency!
However, in Cymatics, the method isn't the cure. Like Homeopathy and
some modern vaccines, Cymatics stimulates the regulatory, metabolic and
immune systems back into balance. Dr. Peter Guy Manners developed an
instrument that emits over 800 controlled audible frequencies.
(Manners, p.1). The required sound frequency is focused through a skin
applicator from an electronic device and has been found to be useful in
rheumatic, bone and muscular disorders (Pichler p.1).
Oncologist Dr. Terrance Bugno of Chicago
attests to the benefits of Sound Therapy and Bioacoustics. Michael, a
patient of his had a voice print analysis done at a Bioacoustics
clinic, which revealed a thyroid problem. This was not verified by the
lab results received by his doctor. Nine days later he collapsed with
unknown symptoms. Eventually a thyroid condition was discovered. In
another case a top class reader had 'forgotten' how to read, causing
much distress. A voice print test at a Bio-acoustic clinic revealed
that the student Andi had formaldehyde poisoning. Her 'signature was
rebalanced using low frequency sound. In addition she was placed on a
detoxification program. Her reading level standard returned! (Sound
Health Clinic p.2).
Many braches of Sound Therapy and
Bioacoustics exist; however, one must not ignore what is nearest to
them. Qur'anic recitations are an ideal way to enjoy sound therapy. As
David Williams, self-awareness and self-development teacher informs us,
"Harmonious sound vibration directed with appropriate mental thought
disrupts negative qualities and transmutes them into positive
qualities. Esoteric sound vibrations shatter rigid patterns…"
"And [as for] the who follow the right
direction, He increases them in guidance and gives them their guardian
[against evil] (Surat Muhammad 67:17).