Science

Quantum science is forging ahead in leaps and bounds.  It shows us undoubtedly what we think, feel and believe affects and determines our reality.   Just having a basic understanding of the brain motivates us to change our behaviours because we KNOW with a few key techniques that this creates permanent positive change for a better life.

When we feel stressed or just plain joyless, it’s hard to pick ourselves up. This is where the power of music and singing can catapult our mood and completely transform our biology.  Merge this with conscious intention and you have a potent tool for change. The benefits that singing with focused intention can give to ALL aspects of our lives; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are nothing short of phenomenal.

The Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto’s extraordinary work discovered that our thoughts and intentions impact our physical realm. His research demonstrated what happens to water when exposed to loving benevolent words with compassionate intentions. The water took on molecular formations that appeared harmonious and aesthetically pleasing. However when the water was exposed to fearful, angry, anxious and discordant human intentions the results were disfigured showing unpleasant molecular formations. The remarkable significance of the fact that human thoughts, intentions and sounds can strengthen or disempower our surroundings and our own biological structure, is said to be one of the greatest discoveries of our time.

It starts to become fairly obvious that the magnitude of this information is due to the fact that our bodies are comprised of a lot of water. In fact, statistics show that water makes up 60% of an adults body, 65% of a child’s and 75% of an infant’s body. If we hold onto events that may have hurt us, or continue to recycle negative stories over and over in our mind, or if we are living with anxiety or fear, we are making ourselves sick.

Collective Human Consciousness effects the global information field, therefore large numbers of people creating heart centred states of care, love and compassion will generate a more coherent field environment that will benefit others and help offset the current planetary discord and incoherence.

HeartMath Institute

The exciting research being actioned, recorded and monitored globally through HeartMath is leading edge science. Waking up humanity to our Divine Blueprint and the enormous intelligence of our hearts innate wisdom to heal the planet.

Following are links to research held using the power of intention, sound and music.

https://www.heartmath.org/articles-of-the-heart/science-of-the-heart/documentary-explores-the-power-of-heart-intention-in-musical-performance/

https://www.heartmath.org/assets/uploads/2016/04/percival-thesis-final-3.pdf

https://www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/educational/effects-of-hrv-coherence-biofeedback-training-and-emotional-management-techniques-to-decrease-music-performance-anxiety/

https://www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/abstracts/music-and-the-immune-system/

https://www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/basic/effects-of-different-types-of-music-on-mood-tension-and-mental-clarity/

https://www.heartmath.org/research/research-library/basic/music-enhances-effect-of-positive-emotional-states-on-salivary-iga/

“Every cell in the body has a voltage, in other words, every cell is a battery.  We have over 50 trillion cells in our bodies.  Every cell has a signal.  There are three ways to mess up this signal. Trauma – interferes with the signal. Toxins – interfere if the chemistry is not good, the signal cannot be passed.  Thoughts – Negative thoughts create cortisol and other fight or flight responses that interfere with the signal. Positive happy thoughts create wellness chemicals in the body that will charge the cells.”

“To change our biology we must change our thoughts. The mind is the primary cause of illness on our planet today. We are all a product of childhood programming and conditioning. The switch that controls our biology is PERCEPTION. How we see the world controls our biology.”

“Energy, vibration and harmony is the new way of looking at biology. When you get music that expresses a nice flow and harmonic resonance to it, it entrains you and it causes the mind to stop with all that stress and calm down and try to become more harmonious and more flowing. If you could just do that, that would be a primary incentive for the body to heal itself because it heals itself when you stop your stress.  Music and sound create cooperation and harmony. Have that sound wash over you and that’s a lot healthier and effective than going the allopathic route.”

Bruce Lipton’s groundbreaking book ‘Biology of Belief’ shows stunning scientific discoveries about the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning, showing that ALL the cells in our bodies are affected by our thoughts. In more simple terms our mind influences our health and wellbeing and we absolutely have the capacity to change the expression of our DNA. We are energetic beings and our subconscious is full of belief programs from conditioning throughout our childhood.  Limiting beliefs can be destructive and it’s imperative that we alter these by changing our thoughts.  Pay attention, create habits and act the way you want it to be. Fake it till you make it because this process of repetition installs the programming.  It creates new neural pathways.

“When we put people in the scanner and look at their brains when they are singing, what we see is that large areas of the brain light up or activate, either thinking about singing or singing itself.  This includes motor networks, auditory or listening networks, planning and organisational networks, memory networks, language networks if we are singing with words, and also emotional networks and they augment social bonding and empathy.  The complexity of singing is striking for the brain even though to us it feels like a relatively easy process.  What’s remarkable about singing is that in the act of doing it we activate our reward network.  Those emotions lead to the release of dopamine which is the feel-good chemical for the brain.”

Articles on Singing and Health

https://www.singupfoundation.org/singing-health

Emotional/Psychological  

Singing lowers cortisol and relieves stress and tension. Studies have shown that when people sing, endorphins and oxytocin are released by the brain which in turn lowers stress and anxiety levels. Oxytocin (a natural hormone produced in the hypothalamus) also enhances feelings of trust and bonding which also explains the reports that singing also improves depression and feelings of loneliness.

Singing boosts confidence. The release of endorphins gives singers a positive feeling and an energy boost. The act of learning a new skill, improving and being part of a group also helps to influence your confidence and self-esteem.

Singing is a mindful activity. So much is going on in your body and mind when you sing that when you are singing you are fully focused on it. This allows you to ‘turn off’ your stream of consciousness and live completely in the moment, distracting your mind from negative thoughts, focusing on the sound, the action, the breathing, the feeling and the pleasure of song. Mindfulness has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing stress and increasing focus.

Social 

Singing improves social bonding and social cohesion. Singing is an intimate activity and when you share it with others, it helps strengthen bonds. Research has shown that group singing (no matter the quality of the results) is an excellent icebreaker and has even been shown to synchronise the heartbeats of those people singing together. When people have a mental illness, creating and sustaining social bonds is critical in combatting loneliness and depression.

Singing together creates a strong sense of community and social inclusion. Singing with others enhances the possibilities of empathic relationships and generates a positive group identity. Social inclusion is a key part of recovery for people with mental health needs. Feeling connected to others is not only important in terms of having a social and emotional support system where you feel loved, esteemed and valued, it also encourages healthier behaviour patterns and has a positive influence on overall physical health.

Behavioural Changes 

Singing helps you believe in yourself, increasing self-efficacy. Through the journey of learning a new skill, engaging with others and performing (even if it’s just within the confines of the group itself), you begin to believe in yourself more and in your power to succeed having long-term impacts in other aspects of your life. Research with The Choir With No Name, a homelessness charity, found 60% of participants in a singing group went on to volunteer, get a job or move into more stable accommodation.

Singing provides an unthreatening way to express emotions. Studies have shown that singing can also be a powerful tool in emotion-focused coping. Instead of eliminating stressful situations from your life (which isn’t always possible), emotion-focused coping is a way of managing stress with techniques that help you to become less emotionally reactive to stress.

Physiological 

Singing strengthens the immune system. Immediately after singing, studies have shown that singers had higher levels of the protein Immunoglobulin A, an antibody known to benefit the immune function of mucous membranes. High levels of stress and depression (often found in those with mental illness) have been found to impact negatively upon your immune system by activating your body’s fight of flight mechanism, raising your heart rate, interfering with your sleep and diminishing your physical health. Research has also shown that the increased airflow in your lungs during singing also lessens the likelihood of bacteria flourishing in your upper respiratory tract.

Singing improves breathing. When you learn to sing, you learn to breathe well, use your diaphragm and increase your oxygen intake and lung capacity. According to research, this improved breathing and knowledge of the breath also helps people deal with anxiety and panic attacks.

Singing is an aerobic activity and increases overall healthIt exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, helping to improve the efficiency of your cardiovascular system and encourages you to take more oxygen into your body, leading to increased alertness.

Singing stimulates the vagus nerve. Connected to the vocal cords and the back of the throat, the vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve in the body, connecting the brain to various organs. A key part of the parasympathetic nervous system, the vagus nerve influences breathing, digestion and heart rate among other things. A 2010 study showed that the more you increase your vagal tone the more your physical and mental health improve and the faster you can relax after stress.

Singing helps with pain. In studies conducted with people suffering chronic pain, singing has been shown to alleviate the pain symptoms not just immediately afterwards but for up to 6 months later. The studies have also shown that singing could have a real impact on the amount of pain relief medication used by participants. This is particularly interesting given the long-term negative side effects that pain medication can have on the body and also the savings that this could mean for the NHS.

“ The competitive nature of brain plasticity affects us all.  Competitive plasticity in adults explains some of our limitations.  Think of the difficulty most adults have in learning a second language.  The conventional view now is that the difficulty arises because the critical period for language learning has ended. The more we use our native language the more it comes to dominate our linguistic map space – because plasticity is competitive. If you don’t use it you lose it.”

“Competitive plasticity also explains why some of our bad habits are so hard to break or “unlearn”.  When we learn a bad habit it takes over the brain map and each time we repeat it, it claims more control of that map and prevents the use of the space for “good” habits.  That is why unlearning is often harder than learning, and why early childhood is so important – it’s best to get it right early before the ‘bad’ habit gets a competitive advantage.”

“Dr Merzenich’s research discovered paying close attention is essential to long-term plastic change.  In numerous experiments, he found that lasting change occurred only when his monkeys paid close attention.  When the animals performed tasks automatically without paying attention, they changed their brain maps but the changes did not last.”

“The ‘reward’ is a crucial feature.  The brain secretes such neurotransmitters as dopamine and acetylcholine, which helps consolidate the map changes he has just made.  Dopamine reinforces the reward, and acetylcholine helps the brain ‘tune in’ and sharpen memories.”

“What is remarkable about the cortex in the critical period is that it is so plastic that its structure can be changed just by exposing it to new stimuli.  That sensitivity allows babies and very young children in the critical period of language development to pick up new sounds and words effortlessly, simply by hearing their parents speak; mere exposure causes their brain maps to wire in the changes.  After the critical period older children and adults can of course learn languages, but they really have to work to pay attention.    The difference between critical-period plasticity and adult plasticity is that in the critical period the brain maps can be changed just be being exposed t o the world because “the learning machinery is continuously on”.

Excerpts taken from the book: The Brain That Changes Itself.  Pages 59, 68, 71, 78  

“How would your life change if you knew you had the innate ability to prevent illness, increase longevity, and thrive… especially in this time of extremes?”

“What if you could tap into your own intuition — on-demand — in the times you need it most?”

“Recent scientific research is revealing that many things we’ve assumed about being human — about our capabilities and limitations — have been flat out wrong. The science is now lining up with what mystics and yogis have been saying for centuries — and a whole new world is emerging.”

“Ancient texts and traditions say that we are connected, we are part of the earth, we are all one.  Science is now giving proof that by honouring that connection through our hearts, we literally have the power to influence the very fields of this planet to sustain life in the world and sustain the health, healing and wellbeing of our bodies. It’s all about the magnetic fields of the earth. Our thoughts affect this magnetic field.”

“It is human emotions. Specifically, the magnetic fields produced by the human heart during certain kinds of emotions extend far beyond our bodies into the physical world. Now our satellites can pick this up.  When a certain number of people come together, and they choose in a moment of time to create a precise emotion in their hearts, that emotion literally can intentionally influence the very fields that sustain life on planet earth.  We are all linked to the field. When we choose to feel feelings that create coherence in our bodies (coherence is the quality of the language between our heart and our brain, e.g., appreciate gratitude, forgiveness, care, compassion), those feelings are mirrored in the field and everyone benefits…. From the experience of the few that are creating this field.”

The human heart is now documented as the strongest generator of both electrical and magnetic fields in the body. The heart is 100 times stronger electrically and 5000 times stronger magnetically than the brain. This is important because the physical world as we know it is made of those two fields of energy electrical and magnetic. So how does this relate to The Law of Attraction?

It’s less about attraction and more about mirroring.  There is a field of energy that underlies all physical reality. In 1944 The Father of Quantum Theory Max Plank called it The Matrix. So when we create the feeling of what we choose to experience in our lives, i.e., everything from conscious choices of the perfect relationship, abundance in our lives, the healings in our bodies or the healing of our loved ones, those feelings are creating the patterns of magnetic and electrical fields in our hearts that are literally rearranging the stuff of this quantum soup, this quantum essence allowing the pattern of what we have claimed in our hearts to become manifest in the world around us. So it’s less about attracting from a scientific perspective and more about consciously creating the template within us, knowing that the stuff in the universe will congeal around that template in the world around us to simply mirror reflect what we want.

Gregg Braden extraordinary journey bridging science, spirituality and miracles through the language of The Divine Matrix. Between 1993 and 2000, a series of groundbreaking experiments revealed dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and our world—the Divine Matrix.  Online now.

Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind.  Dr. Joe Dispenza explains how the brain evolves, how we can learn new skills, how we can take control of our mind and how thoughts can create chemical reactions that keep us addicted to patterns and feelings-including the ones that make us unhappy. When we know how these habits are created we can set about not only breaking these patterns but also reprogram (rewire) our brain so that new and positive habits can take over and benefit us in our daily life.

“The only terrain we are overcoming is our limited view of ourselves”           Dr. Joe Dispenza

Blog  –  DR JOE DISPENZA – Spring Cleaning the Old Self – 9 April 2021

When you hear the term spring cleaning, chances are that it might bring up images of going through old dresser drawers, putting away seasonal clothes, cleaning out the closets, or removing the science projects growing in the back of the refrigerator. Or maybe it’s getting organized in the garage, cleaning the hard-to-reach spaces behind furniture, sweeping underneath rugs, preparing your garden beds for the summer’s bounty, or removing the yard debris from winter’s wake. It would be fair to say then that we are bringing light, cleanliness, and newness to the unnoticed, forgotten, familiar, overlooked, or routine places and spaces of our homes and yards.

Now for a moment, let’s suppose the external world of reality is a mirror of our internal world—this is, after all, what the legendary Hellenistic figure Hermes Trismegistus meant when he said, “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” Thus, if in our spring cleaning we are addressing these forgotten or heavily treaded-upon external places and spaces in our lives, should we not also examine the correlating internal places and spaces? At its core, this is the basic model of change I teach in the book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

What all of this comes down to is that, if we are talking about creating a new self, we can’t become the new self without cleaning out the old self. Said another way, you can’t reinvent a new self without breaking the habit of being your old self.

To fully leave the old self behind requires more than paying lip service to the desire to do so or simply “giving it a shot.” To become someone new requires contemplation, self-reflection, action and real substantive conscious work. What that means is that you have to get into the operating system where the subconscious or unconscious programs that rule your life exist—programs that keep you living in the illusion of this three-dimensional reality. Like concrete slowly setting over time, those programs (the totality of which form the old self) become solidified, thus creating your way of being, thinking, acting, and reacting in the world.

To extricate these programs from your life, you must become so conscious of and familiar with your unconscious thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that they never get past your conscious awareness unnoticed. This process of disentangling them from the old you is the work. That’s the spring cleaning right there.

When done successfully, you cease biologically firing and wiring certain self-limiting thoughts—which lead to certain self-limiting choices, which in turn lead to self-limiting behaviors, which lead to certain self-limiting experiences, which create certain self-limiting emotions. This is why the biological death of the old self is so fundamentally important to creating the new self—because the brain and body live in either the familiar past or the predictable future.

One of the greatest impediments to creating change is how many times a person unconsciously remembers their past throughout the day. Obviously, that thought of the past produces a feeling of the past, and it’s those thoughts and feelings that keep you in the past. The question that remains then is: How many times will it take you to remember a future that’s greater than the habitual thoughts of your past that you produce throughout your day? If you’re only remembering your future for 20-30 minutes in your morning and evening meditations, but you spend the majority of your day remembering your past, you’re back in the predictable future and back to being your old self…and nothing changes in your life because you haven’t changed.

The purpose of this work is to literally disrupt and change those patterns and habituations that keep you from moving forward in your life or becoming the YOU, you’ve always imagined. If you want to become someone new, it’s paramount to really unlearn who you are—to unfire and unwire the old before you fire and wire the new; to deprogram the past before you reprogram the future.

I always say that you have to, in a sense, lose your mind to create a new one. This requires you to unmemorize the feelings and emotions in your body before you condition your body to a new mind and new emotions—and that requires you to step out of the known familiar past and predictable future and into the present moment. Why? Because only when you are in the present moment are you in the unknown, and only in the unknown can you create something new. Becoming comfortable in the unknown is mastering the moment. Just remember: The unknown will never let you down.

“Everyone knows that the brain is very plastic early in life.  So from birth to age 25, you can learn so much.  Later in life, you have a lot more control over your life circumstances, but the brain becomes less plastic.  However, we know, based on Nobel Prize-winning work and recent work in addition to that, that the neuromodulator acetylcholine is secreted when we pay attention to something that is very specific, it acts as sort of a spotlight in the brain, making certain synapses, the connections between neurons, more active and more likely to be active than others. So when you hear that song that you love so much, and it moves you and feels dopamine being pulsed into your body, that’s a real thing. You are getting dopamine secretion, and you form a deep association with that.  And acetylcholine draws your attention to that, and that song is essentially wired in a very indelible way into your nervous system. So with certain songs, your body will be energized because the brain controls your body through connections with your muscles.

Bring as much focus to a thought or a behaviour, and there has to be a sense of urgency.  It needs to have a sense of urgency, so the brain releases acetylcholine.  Urgency and focus must converge.

Success in any endeavour is highly related to how much focus you can put on it.

Rewards are all internal. Reward yourself mentally – I am doing well.  The more often we can self-reward, which keeps us in the right direction, the more adrenal/quit response is being kept at bay.

We need an internal process that rewards ourselves as this give us more gas, more energy due to dopamine suppressing the adrenaline.

Learning how to calm the nervous system – physiological sigh – 2 inhales followed by an exhale we then offload some carbon dioxide. This is the fastest way to bring the autonomic nervous system down.  The breath is a real-time tool to control the autonomic nervous system,

The diaphragm is the skeletal muscle organ designed to be moved voluntarily. These physiological signs adjust our carbon dioxide and oxygen.  This happens naturally in sleep.

The diaphragm is the immediate link to the body, and it calms the nervous system, which is real-time control over the brain state.

Taking a walk where you let your mind go is very powerful.

“Trying to control your mind with your mind is like trying to grab fog. Positive thinking is not about being delusional, it’s about understanding your internal processes and understanding that that will shape your external environment.”

Change Your Brain – Andrew Huberman & Lewis Howes Interview

Self-generated optic flow – walking, running, cycling – shifts the brain into a state of relaxation that is not seen when you are stationary.  When you move through space and are active, there is a natural calming in the brain.

The ability to recognise when we are not seeing clearly requires tools that can help us shift this state very quickly.  We need to learn to control our autonomic nervous system better to improve mental health and our ability to deal with daily challenges.”

All extracts taken from Huberman Lab Podcasts

Thanks to some very clever scientists, Elizabeth Blackburn, her colleague Jack W. Szostak and her student Carol Greider (who won a Nobel prize for discovering Telomeres and the enzyme that maintains their health, telomerase), we now know how important joy and pleasure are to our health.

Telomeres are directly related to how we age. Poor lifestyles and stress cause them to shorten and fray, and then they can no longer duplicate themselves effectively, which is the ageing process. People with long telomeres live longer. Conversely, people with chronic health conditions have shorter telomeres. Science has discovered that the practice of meditation, delight, pleasure and feeling good reverses the shortening, in other words, de-stressing. When we SING and are having fun, we are absolutely contributing to the healing process boosting our health physically, mentally and emotionally. This helps us to become younger and more vital.

Choosing to consciously transform stress into vitality via singing, playfulness and pleasure, creates optimal well-being, enhances creativity and plays an essential role in the functioning of a healthy immune system and our overall happiness and well-being, AND staying young!

Neural pathways, comprised of neurons connected by dendrites, are created in the brain based on our habits and behaviors. The number of dendrites increases with the frequency a behavior is performed. Picture these neural pathways as deep grooves or roads in our brain. Our brain cells communicate with each other via a process called “neuronal firing.”

Psychologist Deann Ware, Ph.D., explains that when brain cells communicate frequently, the connection between them strengthens and “the messages that travel the same pathway in the brain over and over begin to transmit faster and faster.” With enough repetition, these behaviors become automatic. Reading, driving, and riding a bike are examples of complicated behaviors that we do automatically because neural pathways have formed.

Excerpt taken from The Neuroscience of Behavior Change Helping patients change behaviors by understanding the brain

By Julie Hani, RN, BSN, BA, CDE