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  1. #21 How Music Helps Us Be More Creative — by Jill Suttie 
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    "A new study suggests that listening to happy music promotes more divergent thinking—a key element of creativity.

    In today’s world, creative thinking is needed more than ever. Not only do many businesses seek creative minds to fill their ranks, but the kinds of complex social problems we face could also use a good dose of creativity.

    Luckily, creativity is not reserved for artists and geniuses alone. Modern science suggests that we all have the cognitive capacity to come up with original ideas—something researchers call “divergent thinking.” And we can all select from a series of ideas the one most likely to be successful, which researchers call “convergent thinking.”

    Though we may not all be equally accomplished at these kinds of thinking, we can all become more skillful in creative problem-solving—whether the problems we face involve figuring out technological challenges at work or the next steps to take in creating a new painting. The question is how.

    One new study explores music as a source of creativity. Since music has been shown to improve cognition and enhance learning and memory in other studies, it makes sense that perhaps it has an impact on creative thinking, too."

    How Music Helps Us Be More Creative — by Jill Suttie

    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/art..._more_creative



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  2. #22 Soul Resonance and Music — by Montalk 
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    "So what we’re really talking about here is soul resonance characteristics, meaning the unique spectrum of emotions, themes of experience, and pathways to fulfillment that you most deeply respond to and yearn for. These can be glimpsed by asking yourself the following questions:

    • What are your deepest priorities?
    • What brings you the greatest fulfillment?
    • What motivates your existence?
    • What completes you as a being?

    The answers may correspond to the music you resonate with most. Esoterically, the answers to these questions also correspond to the “story of your life.” The same soul resonance characteristics that are touched by music are also touched by your inner responses to life events. In fact, it is these resonance characteristics that synchronistically attract such events in the first place through quantum-metaphysical processes. Thus the theme of your life, the nature of your soul, and the musical qualities of the songs you resonate with all share correspondence."

    Soul Resonance and Music
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    https://wakeup-world.com/2017/11/28/...nce-and-music/



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  3. #23 Your Favorite Song is Rewiring Your Brain: Here’s How Music Is Changing You 
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    "Listening to music lifts our spirits. It truly is a Universal language, as well as a spiritual one. We can sense this intuitively without knowing the science behind it. We play our favorite song on our smart phones, and a smile ignites across our faces. But, even with its obvious sway over us, we may not realize that music is reorganizing our brains just like an adaptogenic herb, or a session of meditation.

    Adaptogens are herbs that can reorganize cells in our body – they adapt to our greatest needs – be they stress reduction or the boosting of our immune system. It seems music can do the same thing.

    Music was likely invented for human enjoyment in Paleolithic days, but the music of the Universe, what the Pythagoreans called the “music of the spheres” is likely as old as the Universe itself. NASA has even recorded the “song” of the Earth, and each planet is said to have its own musical vibration.

    Similarly, the ancient Greek initiates understood the therapeutic benefits of music, which were likely gleaned from the Egyptians. Early Chinese, Tibetan, Hindu, Persians, and other cultures all knew scales which were meant to induce certain hypnagogic states – but we really have no idea how far back the use of music goes into human history. Even Neanderthals could sing or chant. Undoubtedly music has been an essential evolutionary tool – but how exactly is it rewiring your brain?"


    Your Favorite Song is Rewiring Your Brain: Here’s How Music Is Changing You — by Christina Sarich

    http://themindunleashed.com/2017/12/...nging-you.html


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  4. #24 New brain study reveals how music can change the structure of children’s brains... 
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    "Two new studies from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California have revealed that even just two years of music instruction has multiple benefits.

    Music training can alter both the structure of the brain’s white matter, which transfers signals through the brain, and gray matter, which has most of the brain’s neurons that are active in processing information. It also improves brain network engagements that optimize decision-making abilities and the capacity to focus attention."

    I was glad to see focus of attention a focal point. That is very important. This article also has the longest title I've ever posted. I had to stay focussed just to read it.

    New brain study reveals how music can change the structure of children’s brains, enhancing emotional and intellectual development, boosting decision-making network
    — by Jhoanna Robinson

    https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-12-...g-network.html


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  5. #25 Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine — a TED Takl 
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    "When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy, which can succeed where conventional medicine fails."





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  6. #26 Music: The Language of Spirit — by Wes Annac 
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    "Music is a universal, metaphysical language that we can tap into and use to lighten our vibration, and uplift anyone who hears our joyful, melodic sounds. Plenty of people feel there’s more to music than meets the eye (ear), and we’ll get the most out of it if we can open up and consider that it could actually be spiritual.
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    Here, we’ll look at what Sri Chinmoy has observed about music’s potential to help us raise our vibration and spiritually evolve.

    Sri Chinmoy on Music and Spirituality

    As I’ve written about Sri Chinmoy before, he’s a spiritual teacher who never encouraged us to all-out abandon physical reality, but rather, to use the consciousness-expanding tools embedded into it to raise our awareness and transcend our limitations. He was a huge advocate for transcending limitation and achieving miraculous feats, and he wrote a lot of music and poetry when we was alive. He was also an advocate for exercise as a means to spiritually evolve, and he encouraged the masses to transcend their limited perception of themselves and achieve things they never thought they could before.
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    First, Sri Chinmoy tells us that music is “the inner or universal language of God."

    There's more - lots.

    Music: The Language of Spirit — by Wes Annac

    https://wakeup-world.com/2018/01/22/...age-of-spirit/


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  7. #27 The Health Benefits of Music — by James Clear 
    James frames these conclusions with a couple of fascinating case histories.
    The Research: Music as Medicine

    First, music can be used to relieve pain in patients. For example, surgery patients at the Cleveland Clinic that listened to recorded music saw a 4x decrease in post-surgical pain. Music has also been shown to reduce the amount of anesthesia needed during operations.

    Second, music can be used to relieve stress and anxiety. Calming music decreases blood pressure, steadies the heart rate, and eases stress. Research has shown that music can reduce stress for patients undergoing surgeries and colonoscopies, for children undergoing medical procedures, and for patients with coronary heart disease.

    There is also preliminary evidence showing that listening to music can boost immune system function by decreasing stress hormones and increasing growth hormones. These changes should prime the body to be in a better state for recovering from and resisting illnesses, but the research is weak thus far and needs further investigation.

    Finally, there are a range of studies that link music to happiness and pleasure in different ways. Despite the differences in the individual studies, the scientific consensus on the topic is that music does stimulate the same areas of the brain that trigger pleasure in other activities. A range of studies have found that listening to pleasurable music stimulates the mesocorticolimbic system in the brain, which is the same “pleasure center” that is triggered by humor, tasty food, and even cocaine. In this way, you could say that music is like a drug. If music makes you happy, then it might be possible that it is good for your health.
    The Health Benefits of Music — by James Clear

    https://jamesclear.com/music-therapy



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  8. #28 Sound Healing Therapy: 14 Mystical Instruments That Induce Profound Relaxation and... 
    “The sweet harmony of music not only affords us pleasures, but renders us important services. It greatly cheers the drooping spirit, clears the face from clouds, smooths the wrinkled brow, checks moroseness, promotes hilarity; of all the most pleasant things in the world, nothing more delights and enlivens the human heart.” — Giraldus Cambrensis

    The use of sound healing therapy is not just a new age phenomenon but extends back thousands of years into the ancient times where mystical instruments of all kinds were used to remedy illnesses and revive the spirit. From the Aboriginal use of the yidaki (or didgeridoo) to heal physical ailments, to the ancient oriental use of the gong for spiritual attunement, music therapy has been used in many cultures and traditions for thousands of years.

    So how can the use of sound healing therapy help you?
    Sound Healing Therapy: 14 Mystical Instruments That Induce Profound Relaxation and Inner Quiet — by Aletheia Luna

    https://wakeup-world.com/2018/12/09/...n-inner-quiet/


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