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Significance of Listening to Appropriate Music on the Appropriate Time

Have you ever thought that most of the time you’re in music intervention, but it doesn’t heal you actually? Or you do feel joy and bliss listening to the certain tunes but it’s not actually healing you from within? Well in that case you must understand the logic behind the listening to the particular at the suitable time. Yes! It is exceptionally essential to listen/play/sing the right kind of music at the right time for healing purposes and better brain functioning.

Let’s come to the logic behind this before merging the emotions with sound vibrations and then with time cycle. I will start with the human emotions because thoughts and emotions are the origin of all stress and anxiety. Bliss, joy, euphoria, tension, stress, self-esteem: all emotions are the advanced stage of thoughts. Inner healing begins with balancing or directing these origins in a better way, without suppressing it. Most often we notice that we perceive and react to the petty situation which don’t need much attention like being overstressed on what to wear for the party, or spouse is not helping to wind up the kitchen. On the other hand, we should perceive the situation little more than we do such as laid back or extra-cool while fetching the flight thinking, “its okay! I have time.”

Scientific researches state that the direction and positioning of the moon rules the flow of fluids, as well as the individual’s body’ fluids, mucus, phlegm and affects the unconscious mind, dreams and thoughts.[1] Thus, possibility is that our stress levels, reactions and deep perceptions may depend on the celestial body’s movements.

Emotions and thoughts are deeply triggered by sounds vibrations. Author of The Universal Sense and auditory neurologist, Seth Horowitz says that sound is in the background and often taken for granted, yet it developed to trigger deeply-held emotions.

It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognise emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill.

Day and night time sphere have a great deal of impact on the emotions caused by the subtle and suitable sound vibrations. Therefore, it’s highly essential to give your body right tunes on the right time.

Day-Night time with Ragas

Ancient Indian musical heritage has already scripted and documented the suitable pre-defined sound templates, (which we call ‘Ragas’) according to the time cycle or the Kaal-Chakra. One person who has executed the widespread research in this Raga-samay padhhati (Raga-time theory) is Pandit V.N. Bhatkhande. Pandit Lalmani Mishra has also documented a few stuffs on this topic.

Indian musical tunes or ragas are defined into 12–12 hours within 24 hours having 8 time-zones (Prahar); 4–4 zones in each meridian. Fours zones of 12 midnight to noon being: 12 am -3, 3am-6am, 6–9 and 9–12 respectively and the cycle is repeated from noon to midnight.

Sound vibrations and reverberates our chakras constantly. Thus, there is an interesting reasoning behind why one should listen to the correct tunes at the correct time cycle.

Read the full list of song recommendations here.

Why Raga Music is more Therapeutic than other Music-Cultures?

raga impact on brain

raga impact on brain

Music in India has great potential in this study because Indian music is melodic and has somewhat different pitch perception mechanisms. Western classical music which is based on harmonic relation between notes versus the melodic mode (raaga) structures in the Indian Classical Music System (ICM) within the rhythmic cycle music may demand qualitatively different cognitive engagement. The analysis of EEG data to determine the relation between the brain state condition in the presence of ICM and its absence would therefore be an interesting study. How rhythm, pitch, loudness etc. interrelate to influence our appreciation of the emotional content of music might be another important area of study. This might decipher a technique to monitor the course of activation in the time domain in a three-dimensional state space, revealing patterns of global dynamical states of the brain. It might also be interesting to see whether the arousal activities remain after removal of music stimuli.

There are a few unique aspects of raga music which may be considered more therapeutic and recommended for healing. However, there is a scarcity of rational researches in the field, whereas, west music has been researched and has gained pretty much authenticity. But there are various unique elements in raga music or Indian music which can be considered as the medium of more explorations and analysis and further for healing.

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