The perennial wisdom associated with music goes back as far as Pythagoras (c 570 - c 495 BC) who, according to the scholar Iamblichus of Chalcis, liberated his disciples in the evening from ‘diurnal perturbations and tumults, and purified their intellective power from the influxive and effluxive waves of corporeal nature’ by means of appropriate melodies, rendering their sleep quiet, and their dreams pleasing and prophetic.
Since then, music has been the subject of wonder and philosophical debate until the recent development of fMRI that gave us the ability to study the working of the brain in real-time. As more and more research become available, the historical, almost mystical benefit of music on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being is being confirmed as scientific fact.
With the help of modern technology we are finding that ancient philosophers like Plotinus may just have been right when he described the ‘magic’ of music as the reigning sympathy in Nature.
The principle of programming may not fit comfortable in most of our minds when we are discussing a process of healing, but it is none the less the correct term in the well known technique of NLP. This treatment modality uses various programming tools to allow their client the opportunity to confront the emotional pains of the past.
With the knowledge and understanding that the NLP client have gained since the injury has occurred, the hurt that remain can be reassessed and put into a proper emotional context. If the programming is successful the recipient experiences an immediate feeling of relief and serenity that often changes their life, and sometimes result in a total change of personality.
The premise on which this technique rest is that the emotional pain that we find so overwhelming that we cannot deal with it, changes our world view to such an extent that we try to avoid it at all cost. In many cases we start to anticipate situations that may result in opening the wounds of our past, and any experience that even remotely resemble the painful memory is automatically subjugated as meaningless and void, thereby negating any value we may have gained through the situation or experience.
By identifying old emotional injuries and reframing them in the present, the NLP Practitioner allows a client to review the emotional history that follow the hurtful experience, and by changing our view of the painful memory we hide, it changes all the subsequent experiences that followed, and allow us to recognise our lives as worthy and valuable. By removing the emotional wounds in our past we change our view of the present and become totally different people.
Such is the power of our mind, that we may become all that we can be if believe that whatever has happened has made us who we are. Whatever the pain and injury we hold, nothing can make us less than what we are. Nothing exept our belief.
Evergreen - Will Young
In the excellent article: “10 Things I wish somebody told me 10 years ago”, the author of Life Reboot discuss the following edited list:
#10 - What others think doesn’t matter.
#9 - Explore every new taste, experience or opportunity.
#8 - Nobody knows what you’re thinking unless you tell them.
#7 - Talk to everybody. Share!
#6 - Leave every job on good terms.
#5 - Pay your dues.
#4 - Invest in yourself.
#3 - You can’t change anything by sitting back and looking at it.
#2 - Expect people to be negative, especially if you’re carving your own path.
#1 - Do what you are.
From my own experience these 10 things could easily be used as general rules to live by, and in my own opinion there is just one important lesson missing:
All experience that follow choice have value - Too often I find people who consider themselves to be damaged by some previous experience. People seem to think that to be successful in life we first need to heal the pain and suffering of the past, when the answer to the hurt of our past is in doing the present without reserve. We are never ‘less’, and until we engage life with everything we are in the moment, we may never find the accomplishment of truly being alive.
In my own quest to find the ultimate source of entertainment, I have just recently noted a common thread that seem to resonate with most, if not all of the varying interests that I have. Be it sport, comedy, games or music, I find the things I enjoy the most are those that generate flow.
Comedy is a good example of flow, particularly stand-up comedy as it depends on the skill of the performer to “hook” the audience into their dialogue, and will continue as long as the performer keep his or her audience rolling. Once a skilled comedian manage to break through the barriers maintained to achieve social acceptance, keeping them captivated and in stitches is just a matter of good timing. As soon as the laughter begins to flow and move freely between audience members it will keep on growing in strength by nature, until everybody is caught up in the hilarity.
Laughter does that you know. It engages our bodies to such a level that we lower our social guard and open our self to the experience of flow, and before you know it you find yourself rolling in fits of laughter and having the time of your life. In fact, the enjoyment of flow is so intricately woven with flow that our bodies respond positively, even when we are laughing without finding anything funny.
Funny is what funny does it seems, and just like wonder, beauty, music and art, comedy can be some of the best entertainment you get. If you would like to share your own experience in flow, please use the handy comment system provided. I’d love to hear your side of the story!