Using Music and Art to Heal

Obviously, such conditions as cancer require the diagnosis and treatment of a physician. However, in my opinion, physicians have taken upon themselves the diagnosis of some conditions about which they are inadequately informed. That lack of information is particularly noticeable in the range of mental and physical conditions involving ear dysfunction that may be corrected by stimulating the ear with high-frequency music. The discoveries of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis and Dr. Guy Bérard have been overlooked by many doctors and psychiatrists. However, the businesses founded on the Tomatis Method are flourishing on their specialized knowledge. Some people unable to access Tomatis Method or Bérard AIT treatment have asked me how to set up a home listening station such as our son Daniel used. While the artwork may not be absolutely essential to the healing of the ear, I think it is extremely important for integrating the ear’s healing with the other senses: sight, touch, and smell and the interior awareness of movement (kinesthetic sense). Daniel used circular designs from Pat Kelley’s http://www.papermandalas.com/ that are offered free from her website. Please observe Pat Kelley’s copyright notices; you need special permission to publish her designs used as collaborative art.  Pat has graciously allowed me to reproduce her designs that Daniel completed with his colouring. Those collaborative works of art provided important documentation of the extent of healing in Daniel’s right ear. I document and describe Daniel’s artwork in my monograph Hemispheric Integration and the Ears, available at: http://www.northernlightbooks.ca

1. We use equipment for playing CDs that allows one to plug in headphones: a stereo or CD player or computer.

2. We use ordinary headphones from our local big box store and electronics store. I prefer the kind that covers the ears to reduce ambient sound. We are interested in transmitting high-frequency sound, so avoid any headphones that advertise their excellence for low-frequency transmission.

3. We use a few CDs of classical violin music. The music with the high-frequency sound that best stimulates the middle ear is Mozart’s violin concerti, Bach’s music for the violin, and Vivaldi’s. The vivacity of their compositions gives the stapedius muscle the best level of workout. I use a chamber music rendition of R.E.M. music my son gave me that is excellent for its dissonant high-frequency sound; it works wonderfully. I have several CDs of the Canadian violinist James Ehnes of which his “French Showpieces” CD has some spectacularly high, high-frequency passages.Once you become aware of the effect of music on  your energy and mood you will find your own favourites.

It is important to rotate every few days through the collection of CDs at the listening station  because entrainment reduces the effectiveness of your listening. “Entrainment” is the effect of repetition that causes the stapedius to work less energetically. Think of entrainment as brain and muscle boredom. Variety offsets that effect. However, Daniel recovered from schizophrenia using no more than three CDs of classical music.

4. Of course, the volume should be kept to a LOW, comfortable level. Too loud sound damages the stapedius muscle further, exposing the inner ear to greater damage. Caution is particularly important when wearing headphones because the music is focused onto the eardrum.  We STOP at the slightest sense of fatigue, edginess, or feeling of “sensory overload” that indicate the ear has been over-stimulated.

Bérard, who recovered from some level of hearing loss under Tomatis’s care before he also became an ear specialist, is emphatic about a listening program lasting no longer than 2 weeks. For very severe conditions such as autism and schizophrenia, some research has found that amount of stimulation is not nearly enough. But for other less severe conditions, two weeks of listening followed by two weeks of only ambient sound is a good way to begin.

5. Tomatis strongly cautions against low-frequency music. The low frequencies affect the vestibule and can cause serious problems. Drums and other low-frequency sounds should be avoided by people with middle- and inner-ear damage.

The vestibule, which is most strongly affected by the lower frequencies, also “hears” motion. For example, the movements of sign language (in the single digits of Hertz) for the deaf is registered in the same part of the brain as higher frequencies of motion in air that we call “sound” and and hear with the cochlea: Broca’s area of the brain that produces speech and that is activated in reading. Thus, the vestibule and cochlea overlap and co-ordinate their perceptions. Battering the ear with low-frequency sound disturbs those processes.

The ear and the eye also are co-ordinated in normal people, partly through the ear’s stapedius muscle. When the stapedius muscle is damaged, vision problems develop as well. This information seems not to be widely known by the researchers I have run into lately. For example, some are recommending special glasses for kids with dyslexia who have been found not to focus their eyes properly. However, the child’s fundamental problem is not the eyes, but the stapedius muscle in the ear. The child’s alternating dominance makes it impossible for the eyes to focus during the right-brain interval of shifting dominance. (The same phenomenon produces hallucinations in severely non-dominant people with stapedius damage in the severe range.) Low-frequency music that strongly affects the vestibule will affect the eye to some extent and may also interfere with the established neurology in Broca’s area of hearing/reading/speaking established by the normal range of frequencies that people hear.

6. A working surface may be more convenient than working on your lap. Dime store colored markers and pencils and paper patterns for coloring can be used to help the integration of the hemispheres. The work of the eye is co-ordinated with the inner ear mechanisms under the activity of the stapedius muscle. Producing unstructured art within a circle also is helpful. You can trace circles from a dinner plate turned onto a piece of typing paper. The designs of by Pat Kelley mentioned above are ideal for their clarity, simplicity, variety, and range of themes.

7. If you experience dramatic results, be careful. Your body has been in an unusual condition for an extended period of time and needs to be brought back to optimal health very patiently and gently. Especially, do not exercise too much and too suddenly. Stop activity BEFORE you feel fatigued. Muscle fatigue in the body shows up as backlash in the stapedius muscle. I have several times see someone recovering and the surge of energy leads the person to over-exercise; the stapedius muscle, which controls all the tensors in the body, receives the chemical results of that vigorous activity and is overwhelmed and the fatigue and other symptoms of stapedius damage return. So take it easy as you start to feel better.

8. Remember, too, that it is muscle you exercise with music. To stay fit, that muscle needs normal amounts of sound: singing and speaking and listening to music. Such activities as part of a daily or weekly routine are especially important for people who have suffered ear damage. Take good care of your ears!

I hope that covers your questions and provides the information you need. Get in touch with me anytime you have questions. And let me know your own recipe for listening and how it works for you!

Laurna

Your can read more about the paradigm of ear-related behaviour syndromes in the publications available at: http://www.northernlightbooks.ca

11 Responses to Using Music and Art to Heal

  1. I realize that you are talking about something far more sophisticated than simply listening to the radio or any CD that strikes your fancy. That said, I still want to share my experience: often times for me, listening to music causes me to feel depressed. This is true of most types of music. I have found that certain types of music (which, thankfully, I enjoy) don’t cause this, but that all other types do. I have actually had to stop listening to my favorite types of music because the feeling it causes is so awful. (but don’t worry – as I said, I am able to listen to other music that I enjoy very much) Any thoughts on this?

    • WildRose says:

      Hi, Jamie,
      I could be talking about listening to the radio! On a couple of occasions, because I am particularly well-informed about how sound can affect people, I have experienced “ambient” sound from the radio that (1) strongly energized me so that my drive home from an exhausting day brought me home safely (2) healed my vertigo and other symptoms of the flu during the playing of a particular piece of music. While headphones are essential to developing strength in the middle ear muscles, when those muscles are generally fit but experiencing a milder form of assault, stimulating them can actually throw off the effects of that assault, in these two instances, fatigue and a viral infection. An ear that has been harmed with drugs, whether prescribed or illicit, over a few weeks or months, may require much more focused stimulation, i.e., through headphones, and for a longer period of time, say, two hours per day for two weeks, or for two months, or, as in the case of our son Dan, 6 weeks to 10 months. Dan was medicated, which doubtless slowed down his rate of recovery even though his dosage was minuscule.

      It would be facile of me to attempt to answer your question fully without knowing more about you. I have followed one or two of your posts since I asked to be kept informed about your blog, so I am becoming acquainted with you through your use of language. I can make certain assumptions about your left cerebral development from your profession, your beliefs, your values, and the types of writers who interest you. To be more accurate, I would need even more specific information about your lateralization, your dominant ear, and the types of music you listen to and those you call “your favourites” before venturing an opinion on your feelings of depression when listening to “your favourite” music. Let me attempt to answer you, for the moment, by telling you more about how the ears function and how they create moods.

      The right ear in most people (about 80% of persons) is slightly more dominant than the left ear from before birth. The unborn infant more frequently sucks the right thumb, which tells us the fetus is right-handed and right-lateralized. The language bump in the fetal brain is in the left hemisphere and that is almost always where language develops, even in people with weak right ears who become left-lateralized because their left ears are forced into the dominant listening role. Those two different situations develop the person’s neurology differently from before birth. They are extremely important for understanding behaviour because people with weak right ears have greater difficulty learning rationality, control of their emotions, and while some become quite strongly left-cerebral dominant, their cerebral integration develops differently from the vast majority of people with dominant right ears and dominant left cerebral hemispheres.

      Knowing whether you are right- or left-handed would tell me right away whether you have easily developed left-cerebral dominance or whether you have developed your rationality and self-control under exceptional stress. Left-handed people, even if their parents and teachers have not pushed them to use their right hands, are perceiving all of reality under greater influence from their emotional right brains. Focus of the eyes, maintaining attention, the way the left brain accesses memories in the right brain, the way external reality impinges on internal reality to form the emotional life all depend on how the ears are arranging the neural networks in the brain.

      Because the left brain is preoccupied with reason: the concepts, beliefs, and ordering of experience through language that is its primary activity, the right brain becomes the “default” setting for perceiving in different modalities: the joining together of visual and other sensory experience with feelings that define our emotions. As long as the left brain dominates, the right brain is its great, non-moral, “visceral” source of information, not necessarily available in language but vital for the left brain’s decision-making. If something goes wrong with the left ear, which is the left brain’s sub-dominant source of information via the right brain, the emotional life–the person’s prevailing mood–is disturbed. Dr. Guy Berard determined that the range of depression stemmed from audio deficits, usually in the left ear, at 1 and 8 khz (mild depression), 1.5 and 8 khz (moderate depression), and 2 and 8 khz (suicidal depression). He treated those conditions by treating the ear with those specific frequencies of sound until the ear muscles became strong enough to transmit those frequencies correctly. Once the muscles could carry those frequencies of sound, the person’s mood changed. (That process took 2 weeks for 90% of his suicidal subjects; some of the remaining 7.7% who were cured had to come back for further 2-week courses of treatment.)

      Now, I will make an informed guess, but hope you will respond in ways that will reduce the guesswork!
      If listening to particular styles of music alters your mood from cheerful to depressed, I imagine that is because your right and left ears accept that stimulation from a single source of sound very differently. Your right ear hears the music more-or-less precisely for all frequencies of sound, but your left ear is unable to process the same frequencies of sound with the same precision. You have audio deficits in your left ear at 1 or 1.5 and 8 khz. (by comparison with your right ear) that you become much more aware of under the heightened stimulation of music. Your left brain, which receives the sound “rationally” from your right ear, becomes aware that your right brain cannot “feel” the music with appropriate emotions: sounds are missing that the rational brain perceives as losses. Those perceptions of loss create a cycle of sadness or depression.

      While music shows up those deficits, they must be present prevalently. You (i.e., your right and left brain) are missing those frequencies of sound that ought to be coming through your left ear into your right brain at all times for the left brain to notice. I think some of your writing reflects persistent sadness and that you have hoped to erase those feelings by writing. But the best way to alter them, oddly enough, is to expose your ears to more of what makes you feel sad until your left ear can hear sound as perfectly as your right ear. At that point, you will no longer experience depression when exposed to those frequencies of sound — not when listening to music and not when listening to people’s voices, including your own, and not when listening to other sources of sound. Using headphones likely would facilitate that process.

      I hope you will help me in this analysis by filling in some of the blanks: your lateralization, the types of music you are referring to that cause depression, and the the types of music that do not. I would love to be able to nuance my reply.

      Let me know if my response makes sense to you. This format is necessarily abbreviated. Feel free to call or contact me by email if you want to delve more deeply into how sound is affecting your mood.
      Laurna

  2. Dad of Schizoeffective says:

    I am impressed with your writing and responses to writers.
    My dear son is diagnosed schizo effective. No antipsychotics have helped him, but rather make him worse. It is possible that Depakote helped him as he was doing well taking just that for about 6 mos, but then he stopped.
    We believe his mental illness was drug induced. There is no mental illness in either my or my wife’s families.
    When he was > 18 he wanted to be more outgoing with girls and went to a psych who gave him Zoloft. That made him outgoing but also dumb, and he started doing bad in college, so she gave him Adderall which did not help. It is now known that Adderall causes psychosis. He also was on Klonopin during this time. He was also drinking and smoking marijuana. During this time he was a bad kid, but I would not have considered him mentally ill. One evening when he was grounded he climbed out of his 1st floor bedroom window and went to a party where he drank while on Klonopin. He could not find his car. He went to a house and broke in through the window thinking he was returning to his own bedroom window. He got arrested. That was an isolated case at the time.
    He soon realized that the meds and drugs were messing up his life, and he quit all cold turkey and rededicated his life to the Lord. He then was a great young man. This was around March 2008. In Sept 2008 with a new school year, he wanted to get back into dental school, so he took 23 credits and volunteered 20 hrs/week at slum dental clinics. He was determined to get all A’s, which he did. But he started not sleeping. For 1.5 years he averaged 2 hrs/night. He started becoming stranger and stranger.
    First he said that God told him stuff, which God definitely did not say. He claimed that God told him that he was admitted to dental school, and when he was rejected in May 2009, he stopped talking and became very mean. Then he became an atheist, then a Thor worshipper.
    He was at first diagnosed bipolar manic and severe psychotic. The bipolar did not make sense to me since he is always the same. Always insane and always manic. For a while his face showed no emotion at all, but now it shows some emotion.
    He is right handed.
    He is getting out of the hospital for about the 12th time after 3 wks in with no improvement.
    He is very uncooperative. He does not realize anything is wrong with him. I can force him to take supplements or meds, but they don’t help.
    I once took him to 10 days of Brain State Tech brain wave training http://www.brainstatetech.com/. When he was doing it he stopped his 8 hour monologue rants. But no other improvement. They offered to let him come back for a second set of trainings for free to see if it would help more, but at the time, I didn’t think that stopping his monologue rants was impressive. Now I do.
    What do you recommend?

    • WildRose says:

      Your son’s ears have been badly damaged. He may have been harmed in other ways as well, but his ears are the essential issue. I must first draw your attention to the disclaimer on my website: I am not a physician and I am not medically trained. Anything I say should not be construed as medical advice.

      When I discovered our son’s schizophrenia could be healed by music (2006), as his dyslexic syndrome had been healed by the Tomatis Method in 1997 when he was 16, I was simply overjoyed. I did not understand how either of those healings occurred although I had observed both of them.

      Because Dan was addicted to drugs and alcohol, he relapsed two years later (Christmas 2007, New Years 2008). I gave him a minuscule amount of Risperdal (1/16 mg Risperdal), the amount that had greatly helped him during another very long (over a year) episode of psychosis but this time he became very severely schizophrenic. Again, I set him up with headphones (the left earpiece blocked with a wad of Kleenex) and one or two CDs of classical violin music, plus geometric mandalas to colour. Again, I could see he was improving although progress was extremely slow. I describe all of these observations in my book, and in my other publications.

      This time, I decided to try to find out how music possibly could alter behaviour. I read everything available to me on the brain, discovering that neurological science does not have a clue what causes mental illness. I turned back to the book by the psychologist who ran the Listening Centre where Dan had been healed of dyslexia; I began to focus on the ear and how it functions. I also had made a number of observations about Daniel’s fluctuating behaviour, including tests I had made of his ability to count, read, and pay attention, that no one in the literature ever mentioned. He alternated cognitive states, from greater to lesser confusion, at two-minute intervals BY THE CLOCK. Those changes were consistent in various types of mental activity over a decade. Some basic physiological process was involved in his mental illness. At the same time, I watched his progress: how his language patterns changed (my academic background is English language and literature); how his ability to remember altered (he had no short-term memory at first); and many other symptoms including physical abilities, such as lethargy, not being able to stand or sit upright, and torquing his body to the left and using only his left hand at intervals and not being able to co-ordinate his hands.

      When I came across a chart of the different functions of the two halves of the brain, I knew instantly that Dan’s listening to music WITH HIS RIGHT EAR was making him more “left-brained.” How did that work? As I studied the anatomy of the ear, it became obvious that the only thing in the ear that can change is muscle: the vibrations caused by the music were making the ear muscles, specifically the stapedius muscle, stronger. As it gained in strength it could better control the amount of sound energy reaching the left brain, allowing that hemisphere increasingly to dominate the right brain. Once I had grasped that essential knowledge, many other discoveries cascaded from it. I watched Dan progress through a specific pattern of stages (syndromes of behaviour) as he recovered. Then, I realized he had deteriorated through those stages IN REVERSE ORDER DURING EACH ESCALATION OF HIS SCHIZOPHRENIA. In other words, the condition of his ear collapsing mirrored the condition of his ear becoming stronger. Only when his ear was strong enough to convey sufficient sound to his left brain was Dan able to sustain normal memory, normal language structure, normal physical co-ordination, and so on. Clearly, ALL so-called “mental” illness is on that gradient of ear-muscle function.

      Once Dan regained consistent left-brain dominance, I was able to teach him how to take care of his ears (he was 26 by then) and he became able to take control of his behaviour. He has had no symptoms of schizophrenia since the end of Nov 2008. However, learning to overcome his addictions has been the most difficult part of his recovery; like everyone, he has learned the hard way to cut back further and further on his substance abuse. He has developed in other very positive ways, such as going back to community college to get his high school equivalency certificate, sustaining more mature relationships with people. While still more vulnerable to stress than would be ideal, he continues to grow in maturity and responsible behaviour.

      If I am going to help you with your son, we will need to be in close communication to discuss various issues. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Laurna

  3. Monica Paquette says:

    Hello Laurna,

    I just want to comment that I am glad I stumbled upon your site. I am doing sound therapy from Sound Therapy, Inc. (Australia). I know their product is based on the works of Dr. Alfred Tomatis. I am doing the therapy for tinnitus. ST instructions are that we are to listen to the music a minimum of three hours a day and that more is OK. While I still really believe in this company and their product, my tinnitus (and anxiety/depression that comes with tinnitus) is actually worse and I am 7-8 weeks into the program. I am beginning to wonder if I have hit my ears with too much therapy as I use ear-buds at work and sometimes have them in for 6-7 hours. I think after reading your post I am going to back off a bit on the therapy. I also plan to buy classical CDs so I can listen to them as ambient sound. I don’t know what brought about my tinnitus (I have internally carried a LOT of stress after losing a child to cancer years ago) and I only have very mild and unnoticeable hearing loss, or so says an ENT. I never listened to classical music before but it is growing on me so I hope that CD listening combined with a little less ST at least lessens my tinnitus a little. I hope Daniel continues to be OK. Thanks for writing.

    • WildRose says:

      Hello, Monica,
      I am so sorry for your loss of your child. Having trouble with your ears can only make such pain even more difficult to cope with. I hope I can help you to understand all that your ears do for you so that you can take care of them optimally.

      My personal experience with the Tomatis Method and my research into other music programs that stimulate the ear all suggest that three hours of listening to amplified sound is probably too long. Two hours is usual in a Tomatis Method program, but even that can be too long for a person with hyperacusis. I think some (but probably not all) tinnitus may be related to hyperacusis (too great a sensitivity to certain frequencies of sound). I am not extremely well-informed about tinnitus apart from being able to mention things Tomatis and other practitioners of his method have written about it. I have read medical studies that claim tinnitus does not originate in the ears but in the brain. I can think of some questions I would like to ask those researchers about the persistence of memory, which might continue to “run the tape” of tinnitus sounds even if the auditory nerve was severed. As medicine has given very little attention to the effects of the flow of sound energy through the brain, some research is going to have to be revisited.

      On the other hand, both Tomatis and Berard mention tinnitus often disappearing following treatment, although that may not have been a particular goal of treatment. Something that may be related to (some) tinnitus is the misfiring of damaged neurons, which I think causes the hyperactivity in some dyslexic syndrome (also called Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, which is ADHD when it presents with hyperactivity). I mentioned that in my book and I have seen recent references online that corroborate my surmise. Those conditions can be cured with a very, very high level of success according to the information provided by Berard. If you factor in some of my learning about longer intervals of treatment (same daily amount but carried out for more weeks), I think those percentages could be improved still further.

      If you realize how small are the muscles of the middle ear getting a workout from sound stimulation, you recognize why they tire. The pivotal muscle of the two (I hadn’t intended a pun, but it is “pivotal” both physically at the neck of the stapes, where it acts as a fulcrum of the chain of bones of hearing, and in its essential role in the health of the body) is the tiny stapedius muscle attached to the third bone of hearing : the stapes (stirrup). That muscle is about 1/8 inch long and is the smallest muscle in the body. It controls the extremely rapid movement of the stapes against the oval window. It must be strong from two standpoints: endurance and the flexibility to vibrate accurately with the higher frequencies of sound. It is susceptible to various kinds of assault. Tomatis teaches that the muscles of the middle ear — the stapedius and the tensor tympani, i.e., the muscle of the eardrum — control all the other muscles in the body. My research and observations bear out that assertion. When the stapedius is strengthened by music, the tensor tympani is being helped at the same time. When the stapedius becomes able to convey high-frequency sound effectively to the brain stem and left temporal lobe, behaviour changes and the body’s musculature becomes stronger and better co-ordinated.

      My learning has been a result of my problem-solving, first for myself and my family, then for others. The caveats on this blog and website apply here in the comments section, too.

      Berard (acute accent on the “e”), who was a colleague of Tomatis until Tomatis became too involved in useless psychiatric theory, strongly warns against earbuds because they place the sound too close to the eardrum. Over-the-ear headphones are best, and you should limit that type of amplification to two hours per day. If you have over-worked your ears, I would recommend stopping treatment for three or four days before beginning again. You should be able to listen to hours of ambient sound without harm as long as it is not loud. However, that possible link of your tinnitus to hyperacusis applies here, too. We need to talk about why you feel you may have over-stimulated your ear(s).

      There are important reasons for stimulating the left or the right ear or both. If you are suffering from depression we need to discuss those issues. Berard did more work than Tomatis in that area and I can summarize some of his findings.

      I will email you with some further information. Thanks so much for your interest and don’t hesitate to come back with your questions.
      Kindest regards,
      Laurna

  4. Denise lewis says:

    Could you send me a quick review of what you would recommend for someone struggling with depression and anxiety. I have difficulty focusing snd com0licated information is hard for me st the moment… what music how long both ears? Thank you.

    • WildRose says:

      Hi, Denise, I would not offer anyone suffering from depression and anxiety a “quick review.” If you are able to study this subject, you could read my books and the little book by Guy Berard, the French otolaryngologist who had tremendous success in treating depression. His book is Hearing Equals Behavior and the old edition is as useful as the new one. He found through testing his patients that most depression originates in the left ear, although there are exceptions. He also learned that specific frequency deficits are associated with depression (usually in the left ear) and they occur at 1.0 and 8 kiloHertz for mild depression; 1.5 and 8 kHz for moderate depression; and 2.0 and 8 kHz for suicidal depression. Deficits show as little “peaks” or “valleys” when you join the marks on the audiogram. Most audiologists are not aware of his research, however. They will tell you your hearing is “within the range of normal” even if you have suicidal depression or schizophrenia — because the research about the role of the ears in behavior is only beginning to reach mainstream medicine. You can find an account of a person who was healed of suicidal depression in Norman Doidge’s recently published book, The Brain’s Way of Healing. Doidge has looked into the Tomatis Method (my introduction to healing with sound) and in Chapter 8 of that book. He also describes the healing of the type of attention deficit and confusion with complicated information you experience — which are an aspect of dyslexic syndrome.

      Please remember that I am not a physician and the information I share should not be construed as medical advice. If you see a physician, you could take Doidge’s book and my book to that doctor, explaining that exposure to high-frequency sound strengthens the middle ear muscles. Likely, both of your ears need an “exercise program” of listening to violin music with headphones. You could start for a few days (about 1-2 hours per day) of exposing both ears to music, then give your right ear a workout for a few days, then your left ear for a few days. Then, return to listening with both ears for a few days.

      If you would like to keep in touch with me by email, I would be happy to track your progress and give you tips as you go along.
      Kind regards,
      Laurna

  5. Chantelle says:

    Hi,
    I went to a charismatic conference which was very intense and during a Christian praise session of music I had a very strange experience where electric energy left my body and people around me felt the energy. I went home and within a few weeks I had a brief psychotic episode. There is much more to this story and it centres not just on music but on radio presenters tone of voice, voices I heard in my head and words spoken in secular music which had a healing effect but I was nervous of Christian music (and charismatic prayer!) for some time afterwards. I currently find normal music quite emotionally satisfying and was embarking on my own healing strategy with music as I still have a tendency to get paranoia(my diagnosis) which I manage with mindfulness. Interestingly, while I am not ‘healed’ I do feel like a different person now. It was as if the
    music made an existing condition manifest and become uncontrollable though. I have been looking for answers to why this should have occurred and wondered if you could shed any light aside from the typical ‘spiritual’ response that I had demons! I am not ruling that out but I have had no satisfying answers that explain my experience at all.
    Thank you for reading this.
    Kind regards
    Chantelle

    • WildRose says:

      Hello, Chantelle,
      As you say that there is much more to this experience than you have explained here, I would have to know those details to attempt to answer your question. I am a “charismatic” Christian and in my book Listening for the Light I explain aspects of the neurological events that allow speaking in tongues, prophetic insight, and the differing effects of certain kinds of prayer. However, the types of experiences people call “spiritual” were not the main thrust of my writing. I was explaining our son’s recovery from schizophrenia and the observations I made and the research I did that allowed me to use focused listening as a healing therapy and to explain in neurological terms what had happened to him.

      I have taken the time to write about the relationship of the condition of the ears in worship contexts to some of the spiritual events that occur in those situations. However, I don’t include the type of group experience you describe. I have seen and experienced group discernment, the type of unity among a large group of people that brings the same message or teaching to a large number of those individuals at the same time. And I have seen so much of the type of behavior that some people ascribe to “demons” (including Jesus) that I now understand in neurological terms, i.e., as part of how our bodies have been created, that I expect similar sorts of scientific explanations apply to what you have described. In my view, that does not make them less spiritual but, if anything, more so. I will shift this conversation to personal email so that I can send some of my writing to you. It may even help you to analyze your own experience more precisely.

      Thank you for writing and for your patience. I apologize for not having answered you more promptly. My blog has been swamped with spam and I am still sifting the wheat from the chaff. I would very much look forward to continuing this conversation.
      Easter blessings,
      Laurna
      Sincerely,
      Laurna

  6. Daniel Lind Miller says:

    Hi Laurna,

    My 24 year old son Christopher has had Schizophrenia for two and a half years. He is being treated with Homeopathic remedies with some limited success. As the energetic Homeopathic preparation reverses the symptoms of schizophrenia it does not hold. We have come to understand that there is a pathology or obstacle to cure that lies in the path to true healing. When Chris was a teenager he was diagnosed with a left brain deficit from a specialist known as a Chiropractic Neurologist. Basically a trained Chiropractor who has gone on to obtain a neurology specialty.

    He had Chris doing specific bilateral exercises that attempted to integrate the two hemispheres of the brain. None of these exercises involved music however, even though he did use music in his practice. He indicated Chris would make his problem worse if he did listen to music. Chris discontinued working with this particular doctor to to lack of success, even though it was preventing Chris from becoming Schizophrenic.

    You’re work with the middle ear certainly provides a “aha” moment in reflecting upon Chris’ history. His Bio encompasses having tubes placed in ears in 3rd grade. 4th grade, Demon Drop at amusement park (maybe brain damage) never well since. Of course a diagnosis of left brain deficit as previously described. Growing up with some undiagnosed Aspergers.

    While we will order your book, I am eager to get started with the Classical Violin Music. However I am not sure I can get cooperation from Chris using head phones, he has many things he can and can not do that are controlled by God as he has said. Could we start having him listen to the Violin Music without headphones. He lays on the couch with his right ear positioned toward the music. Please let me know what you think. Thanks, Lind Miller

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