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By Arden & Jack Wilken
Published in the Journal of Subtle Energy & Energy Medicine
Vol 16 No 3- January 23, 2007

Music that creates sublime experiences such as "musical thrills" and music that makes us uncomfortable both use the same pathways and mechanisms for activation in the body

Our Physiology

Most joints in the body are designed to dampen the entrance of external sound. Sound enters the body through the cranial bones and through the hearing mechanism and propagates itself in the form of sound waves through the connective tissue using the water the tissue contains to travel at nearly 5000 feet per second in a more or less up/down direction.

The body produces its own sound waves and uses these for the regulation of more than 50% of the biological processes through ligand/receptor interaction. It is probable that crystalline structures that exist in many parts of the body are responsible for the specific vibratory patterns that lend themselves to this activation and that probably there is a neurological connection between the brain and the crystalline structures that are located in the upper chest.

Sonic Pathways

This process cannot be completely neurological, as the synaptic reactions would be too slow to activate the majority of these interactions; emotions and other similar changes for example, because they require simultaneous action in our bodies at a cellular level. The specific frequencies that activate these processes lie between 20 and 20,000Hz, which coincides with the average range of human hearing, further supporting the importance of external sound on our internal workings.

In order for these sounds or sound patterns to travel through the body, the pathways need to be flexible and easily vibrated. For this to happen the tissue making up the pathways need to be both thinly distributed and have the capacity to maintain a certain amount of water.

Emotional 'Blockages'

What happens, however, is that this network of tissue (the connective tissue) often becomes blocked by filling in voids created by incomplete emotional experiences. The tissue becomes, thicker, inflexible and dry. As the blocked area is forced to move, for example, in bodywork, it heats up and softens, and as it does so water is reintroduced. As well, the reliving of the emotional situation or memory stored in the specific area being worked is well documented.


Sound/music can also cause a pain or other uncomfortable sensation in a very specific location in the body, and with that sensation the listener may experience the memory of some emotional trauma that was stored from the past. By the use of sound/music this can be brought to the point of resolution where the pain, for example, will disperse and the feeling associated with it will also go away. It may require from one to many sessions before this release actually occurs. This often leads to a change in the person's perception of their world or reality.

(Case studies and a Listening Exercise are included)

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