According to string theory, if we could examine the fundamental particles of the universe that physicists have identified—electrons, neutrinos, quarks – with even greater precision—a precision many orders of magnitude beyond our present technological capacity—we would find that each is not pointlike but instead consists of a tiny, one-dimensional loop. Like an infinitely thin rubber band, each particle contains a vibrating, oscillating, dancing filament that physicists have named a string.
What if everything in the universe is made of vibrating particles? It gives us something to consider when we review our daily relationship to vibrations that we hear – sound – and the very basic impact that vibration has on our existence.
In the womb, the developing baby is exposed to the sound of his/her mother’s voice and heartbeat. Studies have shown that babies are calmed by a recording of a 72 beat per minute heartbeat, and show signs of recognition of their mother’s voice as newborns.
Each of us is impacted, emotionally and spiritually, by sound every day of our lives. From a friendly greeting, to soothing reassurance, from a beautiful song, to thunderous applause, from raindrops falling to horns honking – sound affects our well-being, and our overall health.
In our modern world, we are often subjected to sounds that detract from our emotional well-being, though we may be so used to these sounds that we “tune them out”. It is important to become mindful of irritating sounds and take actions to reduce our exposure to them, if at all possible.
In my work with clients, I use my voice and meditative music to create a healing environment fostering positive transformation.
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