Man has been using sounds – and in particular musical sounds – as therapy for thousands of years. The art of healing with sounds and music can be traced back to prehistoric times. In ancient Egypt, one and the same hieroglyph served for music but also for joy and well-being.
The theme of music that stimulates our emotions has always been used in poetical tributes. This capacity is the very vital nerve of a musical performance. Music goes past the filter of logic and analysis of brain to make direct contact with emotion and passion. It awakens our memories and stimulates our imagination and in so doing provokes us to physical reaction. Healing incantations, songs, hymns and mantras have all very old origins.
One has to see the wholeness
According to our western thinking, a body is composed of parts put together. Western medicine has lost sight of what in the East is known as Qi, Chi or Prana, different expressions for one and the same thing, i. e. the vital energy. This divided view causes us to forget to see man as the multidimentional being, which is his true nature.
Here we treat each organ separately without regard to the whole or to the context. Concentrated on the symptom, we rarely investigate its origin. But if we do not look for underlying cause of an illness, the symptoms are going to surface again. Our view on diseases is fatalistic, we hope the medic will heal us with a drug or cut off whatever hurts us.
In ancient China a medic would receive payment only as long as his patient stayed healthy, an attitude that developed advanced methods to prevent disease, methods to stimulate and direct energies in a patient’s organs and glands to keep ailments away. From the eastern viewpoint the organs are considered as parts of an unbreakable system. It is the energy flowing between them that determines how well we feel. An illness is caused by lack of negative or positive energy.
Everybody has seen a cabaret artist balancing plates on long, thin rods. He does not need to know the physical forces that are in action here.
On his side, a scientist wants to evaluate forces allowing the plates to stay on top of the rods. He does not need at all to do the trick himself. Therefore, at least two sorts of knowledge coexist. One is theorethic and uses paper and pen. The other is practical and is performed as action. This division is very old, it goes back at least as far as Aristotle who lived around year 300 AD.
Science is fundamentally an activity proper to man and as such is subject to all limitations in human perceptions and capacity of comprehension. Science wants to explain ’our reality’ at any price. To make a sharper point, we can say that eastern countries were QI oriented while we, in the western world, are IQ oriented.
”Monks in Asia have been using sounds as medicine for thousands of years”, says Michael. ”When I first started to work with sound therapy in Sweden I called it Tibetan Sound Therapy. I continued my efforts to develop what became a modern method of purifying people’s energy system with sound.
”Twelve years ago I was making my bells, tuning forks and timbals myself. I created tons of tools that would not even fit into this office. Nowadays I work with electric sound generators. Many sounds of nature have healing qualities too. I registered bird song in the woods.