How Sound Affects Our Life
By Maria Lacey
Have you ever wondered why certain sounds and noises create an emotional and physical response? For example, a shrilling scream may sound piercing to the ears and create a feeling of dread in the stomach. We instantly hold our breath and listen, then our breath quickens as our brain assesses the risk, and the primal response of flight or fight kicks in. Our legs are either light and ready to run or heavy and paralysed as the adrenaline shoots through our system.
There’s the opposite like when we hear the sound of the ocean and the waves caressing the sand. A feeling of lightness and calm flow through our body, our breathing slows, and the mind becomes silent and peaceful. Our awareness heightens, and we momentarily smell the salt in the air, feel the slight breeze tickling our face, and the sun’s warmth on our skin brings a gentle comfort. Then, our body naturally takes a deep soulful breath in and out as we anchor into the here and now.
We are an incredible spiritual being in a human body, and our connection to Mother Earth brings us back into harmony, balance and alignment.
All sound has its frequency and accordingly creates a response such as the sound of our voice. Have you ever noticed some voice tones grate, and others soothe?
We often fill our lives with harsh noises by what we choose to listen to through television, radio, music, etc. I’m not saying we should incubate ourselves and not experience all of what life has to offer. I'm sharing how important it is to create balance and make a conscious choice to recalibrate and re-harmonise our body, mind and spirit.
In April 2016 I had a near death experience which caused ill health for some time. My brain was in a fog, I couldn’t articulate and remember simple words, and I was listless. Loving friends visited and gave me DVD’s to watch, cooked me meals and sat to keep me company. Their intentions were pure, but the sound and frequency of their voices caused my brain distress, and very quickly my body responded, I felt nauseous and the colour on my face turned grey as my energy depleted. I couldn’t watch the DVD’s or television because it did the same.
My body and brain needed silence to heal, and then along the way, the sounds and movement in nature were my gifts, and then I began to recalibrate and moved my healing to another level by chanting and singing. Then, I chose the music and DVD’s I could listen to and watch, and I recognised the sounds that soothed and uplifted my energy and those that agitated and drained it.
This experience although difficult taught me so much about how we respond energetically to our environment, and the importance of having this awareness for our health and wellbeing.
We are an incredible human being made up of trillions of cells. It’s time to nurture, harmonise and recalibrate, and as we take responsibility for our energy, wellness will be our reward.