Monday, June 28, 2010
Research into the science of sound, or vibration, helps us understand that creating music requires the interaction between the right and left brain. In a very real sense, music transcends the mind and goes directly into the heart!
Music is an integral part of RET processing as well as the cognitive work. It can be a powerful way to access the ability to feel in clients who have endured so much pain that they have dissociated from life and become “past feeling.” While listening to music can penetrate even the hardest heart, the activity of creating music, expressing oneself through music, develops a person's ability to organize creative thoughts and to express them effectively. It doesn't seem to matter whether that creation of music is in the form of humming a tune or in performing in a concert. Feeling will happen!
Researchers have studied Baroque music to discover why it is so powerful in assisting in learning. The combinations of notes, and the patterns of the music create order in the brain in much the same way a computer formats a diskette to implant a grid or map which will allow information to be stored in a location where the computer will know precisely where to go to retrieve it.
Why is order so important? To create is to organize that which is unorganized. There is no judgment between order or chaos, both are necessary to the process of growth and creativity. To make use of the information we accumulate throughout our lives, we need to be able to retrieve it. If there is no order, no system for storing and retrieving that information, it is much like a file cabinet with no separate folders, just piles of stuff. We know it's in there, yet we aren't able to find it.