Music offers an incredible way for facilitating healing on a psychological, and even soul level.
For a long-time I have worked with brainwave entrainment, using alpha, theta and delta brainwave frequencies to bring calm, relaxation and help with stress relief. Adding in Solfeggio frequencies to various tracks in order to help with release and personal growth on an unconscious level. Living in an abusive environment led to these things proving to yield a very empowering level of help on a daily basis.
Much of the time I was using purely instrumental music, staying clear of lyrics so that I could clear my mind and help myself to heal on a more effective level. As much as anything, many songs have relatively negative lyrics when you really listen to what is being said, often to do with break-ups and breakdowns. Things which when listened to repeatedly start to form limiting beliefs that can cause issues in life. Requiring more healing through things like deep meditation, or more actively through coaching and therapy.
As I write this I am listening to a mix which I hadn’t listened to in years. I have loved trance and house music since I was in my teens. For a very long time dancing was my key form of stress release. I would happily just dance all night, hour after hour, sober other than for the euphoria that the beautifully mixed musical journey took me on.
Having had an interesting time recently, working through some personal healing following a change of country after a marital breakdown, I have been doing a lot of writing. And I have been dipping back into various mixes and music that always had a good effect on me. Big thanks to Shane Collins for his incredible music, much of which is purely instrumental, and has been helping.
Just now though I was dipping into something else.
And was caught off guard by the song “I Lived” by OneRepublic.
There is a key point in the song, where the lyrics are:
Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad (Yeah)
The only way you can know
You gave it all you had
And I hope that you don’t suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes,
I, I did it all“I Lived” by OneRepublic
It’s funny, until this song appeared in the mix, following various other songs which discuss challenges in life, I had been fine.
When these lyrics came through with the music, I just broke down. Literally in floods of tears.
Here’s that strange thing though.
Half of me was falling apart, the pain of having walked away from four years of abuse, feeling like I had given up and failed.
While the other half of me felt, “You gave it all you had.”
Half of me was practically rejoicing in connection with the words and music drifting through my ears. They had always resonated with me, from the first time I heard them. This was something very different though. A totally different level was coming through. Right now, as I write, I have hit repeat. Letting the lyrics flow through me, resonating ever deeper.
Previously, hearing the lyrics:
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Had sparked thoughts of a traffic accident which caused a massive life transition and the need to let go of a life-long dream. Something I came to view as a blessing later.
This time throughout the song I was sensing so much more.
What at times had felt like failure, that I had consciously worked to transition through telling myself it was just life experience. Was building into something else.
Through everything that has happened in my life, the wonderful highs and at times life threatening lows, I can truly say I gave it all I had. That acknowledgement in itself is of incredible value. And it all just hit me like a ton of bricks because of the pattern interrupt that brought it.
That is the power of music and songs in particular at times.
A certain song which was unexpected, or a different way of connecting with the lyrics which catches you off guard, can spark healing breakthroughs which are much needed. Recently I have been doing a lot of meditation, and the writing I have been doing has help me to process. But this song sparked a different perspective which I had missed. The kind of thing which usually only happens when interacting with a coach or therapist.
The point with this, is being open to healing from wherever it comes. Music as many know can bring incredible healing. Though most people think of holistic healing music, relaxation music and music to meditate with. When the reality is that any song, at any time, can spark a shift in thinking. With that pattern interrupt that causes a cascade of healing in a truly amazing way.
It is good to be conscious of what you are listening to. Listening to music that is empowering is a really good thing, helping you to build more positive beliefs. At times, leaving yourself open to other things, and allowing them to trigger a wider journey of healing can be a wonderful thing to do too.