With the New Year upon us, we all make resolutions and in the hopes that these changes improve our quality of life. This year we should all start simple: be mindful of the things we listen to and the things we say.
Simple enough, right? But the reason behind this advice is profound and ancient. Modern science has proven that words carry vibrations that affect your body and the body of those who hear them.
Many years ago I attended a seminar which was hosted by Boston University’s Hindu Student Council. This is national organization that unifies college students that are interested in Hinduism with particular emphasis on the link between academia and the sciences and the teachings in our Hindu scriptures.
At this particular seminar, there was a recounting of an experiment conducted by a Japanese Professor, Masaru Emoto. In his scientific study he sought to determine whether there were any effects of sound vibrations on water. The rationale behind this experiment was simple: The human body is comprised of 50-75% water. By establishing whether there were any effects that constant exposure to different kinds of music or words had on the arrangement of the water molecules, the findings could then support a thesis that sound affects the body. I’ll summarize in general procedure he followed.
For the experiment, his control subject was water. He then exposed different cups of the water from various sources to different kinds of words/music for a long period of time. After that, he would take a sample of the crystalized water and look at it under the microscope. The configuration of the water crystals revealed that the vibration of words have the ability to change the crystalized shape of the water.
We have all developed our vocabulary for languages and words in that we were exposed to. These words and sounds you are exposed to in your daily life have a tremendous effect on the body and mind. And it’s these words that you use that affect your body and those you interact with.
With the supportive findings Professor Emoto’s study concluded, that the effects these words and sound vibrations were tangible and have the ability to change the shape of water crystals. Thus, words and sounds have the ability to change your body without you realizing the depth these words have reached.
For the New Year, let us all please be mindful, and think before we speak. And when we speak let it be words of encouragement, support, love and gratitude. And let those words come from a desire to elevate those we speak with. When we are listening to music or people, we must also be mindful that their words are affecting our mind and our body. We must be careful what we expose ourselves to, the effects may not be seen today, but behavior and words spoken to and listened to have a way of turning into a pattern, which then becomes a cycle and before you know it, our life becomes what you hear and say.
On the physically level the science of Sound works with the movement of the tongue in the mouth. The hard upper palate forms the roof of the mouth where there are 84 meridian points located. While pronouncing the Mantra, the movement of the tongue stimulates these meridian points which in turn stimulate the hypothalamus to secrete neurotransmission fluids. As these different chemical liquids are secreted to different parts of the brain, messages are transmitted throughout as well. Simultaneously, these Mantra sound vibrations are also received by the ear & are turned into electrical signals which move along the acoustic nerve towards the acoustic bark in the Brain, whose cells then correspond to these waves and move into the various parts of the brain especially the frontal part. All these parts work together corresponding to the signals and translating them to a language the human understands. And as our body is made up of at least 70 per cent water, our bodies become an excellent conductor of sound vibrations thus every cell in our body acts as a sound resonator. So finally, the brain analyses these signals and gives orders to the various parts of the body to correspond to these signals. The signs of this charged Mantra, re-entering the subtle body of the person chanting it, are in the different types of Vibrations or Emotions that can move one to tears, lift his spirits up, bring back beautiful memories, make him deliriously happy, or rouse violent emotions, sensations of energy flowing from the head to the base or goose bumps too. The mantra may be chanted out aloud, or repeated silently, or resonated in the mind (Japa) and should be recited from the base of the stomach which represents the seat of a person’s dormant power. There is a lot of hidden shakti here. It produces subtle vibrations in the fine nerves of the brain, thereby empowering the brain’s 108 centers and quelling their inactivity. If Mantras are pronounced correctly, following the rules and regulations, given in the Scriptures it can undoubtedly cure many a diseases. So, the Success of the Mantra lies in its correct pronunciation. Unless the pronunciation is correct, it does not have the desirable effects on our Nerves. JAPA and DHYANA, are similar to NAADA (Sound) and BINDU SAADHANA (Concentration on a point), which can pierce the greater or the subtlest particle.
EXAMPLES – The “Gayatri Mantra” GAYATRI MANTRA when repeatedly chanted, creates ring shaped sound waves which rises up with great speed, through Ether and goes towards the Sun, and after touching the surface of the SUN, it returns back along with the subtle powers of the Sun, like Heat, Light, Electrical etc. Thus the Mantra combined with all these powers of the Sun re-enters the subtle body of the one chanting it. Who, therefore is regarded blessed by Gayatri Mata. POWER OF MANTRA Tansen the famous court-musician of Emperor Akbar, could make the clouds pour down by singing the Raaga MEGH MALHAAR, and could lit the lamps by singing Raaga DEEPAK.
For further reading on Prof. Emoto’s study:
|Water Crystals: The Power of Love and Gratitude Made Visible|
Dr. Emoto has conducted worldwide research on the effect of ideas, words and music upon water molecules. The descriptions below are taken from a book of his published results.
To the left is the beautiful crystal of “gratitude”.
Water from clear mountain springs and streams has beautifully formed crystalline structures, while the crystals of polluted or stagnant water are deformed and distorted.
Distilled water exposed to classical music takes delicate, symmetrical crystalline shapes.
When the words “thank you” were taped to a bottle of distilled water, the frozen crystals had a similar shape to the crystals formed by water that had been exposed to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” — music composed out of gratitude to the man it was named for.
The most beautiful crystals result from the words “Love and Gratitude”
Words actually convert the vibrations of nature into sound. And each language is different. Japanese has its own set of vibrations that differs from American. Nature in America is different from nature in Japan. An American cedar is different from a Japanese cedar, and the vibrations coming from these words are also slightly different. In this way, nothing else holds the same vibrations as the word arigato. In Japanese, arigatomeans ”thank you”. But even when there is this mutual underlying meaning, arigato and thank you create different crystalline structures. Every word in every language is unique and exists only in that language.
|When water samples are bombarded with heavy metal music or labeled with negative words, or when negative thoughts and emotions are focused intentionally upon them, the water does not form crystals at all and displays chaotic, fragmented structures. When water is treated with aromatic floral oils, the water crystals tend to mimic the shape of the original flower. At left, water crystals were exposed to aromatic essence of chamomile.
When Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was played to water, the resulting frozen crystals were split in two!
|Of great interest for healing and everyday well being is the extreme effect upon water crystals of negative words and ideas.|
|Here, you can see the results of taping the words “You Fool” to a container of distilled water. Interestingly, the pattern made by “You Fool” was almost identical to the pattern that emerged when heavy metal music was played. Masaru Emoto wonders in his book whether perhaps heavy metal musicians look upon people as fools.|
Another instructive set of pictures showed the amazing difference between the crystalline patterns evoked by the words “Let’s do it” and the patterns produced by “Do it!”
The encouraging “Let’s do it” crystals were like beautiful snowflakes. The demanding “Do it!” water did not crystallize at all. http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/aug1/consciouswater.html
When people think of musical choices, the first thing that comes to mind is emotions. So you might be surprised to learn that a person’s musical preference has no clear link to emotional stability, self-esteem, anxiety, or depressive symptoms.
It’s time to better understand our musical preferences, how our identity has been shaped by music, and how our everyday life can be enhanced by the right music at the right dose in the right situation. If music is going to be the backdrop of our existence, let’s be intentional, enjoy the moment, and savor it again at a later date.
http://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug03/listen.aspx American Psychological Association: