"Music Medicine brings home to our hearts the truth that music is a most organic medicine. Christine Stevens reveals how the intricate beauty of harmony, rhythm, and song course through our veins, uniting us with the cosmic music of the universe."
-Michael Bernard Beckwith Author of Spiritual Liberation
" Music Medicine is an interstate of sound that awakens, soothes, dances, and silences us."
-DON CAMPBELL Author of The Mozart Effect
From the Author
This book is an invitation to take part in making your own music and to share it more widely in the healing that is taking place on the planet. Even though music is already in you, this book is a guide to remembering, reconnecting, and discovering the healing benefits of sound. This is the story of an ancient artifact--or perhaps a fact of art--that has underscored thousands of years of humanity's development: the medicine of music. This treasure has been with us since the beginning of time. No war can destroy it. No one religion can claim it. Mystics of different faiths have heard its song, shamans have traveled its rhythmic beats to invisible realms, and healers have carried its tune to wounded souls. It is present in the symphony of the notes of our lives, the harmony between people, and the inner music that is unique to each person as a living instrument of his or her own song.
I want to serve as your guide to discover music's medicine--the sound, play, passion, and pause are waiting for you, a sonic remedy composed at the core of your being. I will take you through the four elements of music's medicine--rhythm, harmony, melody, and silence--with guided practices that show you practical ways to orchestrate healing and wholeness in your life and in the lives of those you serve.Then we'll move inward to the fifth element, which is the music within you, a quintessence that blends all four elements into the human instrument. Finally, we'll explore how music's medicine can orchestrate change in the world and for the planet.
This is a book that sings. Free online music playlists offer a soundtrack to the teachings on the groove, song, harmony, and silence within you. If you are in the fields of education, therapy, health care, or personal coaching, the guided practices can augment your work. If you are a parent looking to give your children the creativity and expression of music, you can incorporate the practices into your family life. If you are a musician, you can become more well rounded and create music that resonates more deeply from your soul.
This book is about a paradigm change. It's not about being taught music; it's about music teaching us. It's not about practicing music; it's about music as practice. It's not about talent; it's about truth. It's not only about loving music; it's about living music. It's about finding your way into a "sound" health strategy that is joyful, creative, harmonious, and fun.