Music is a universal language. There are things music can communicate in just a few notes that would take a lifetime to communicate in words. When we hear something harmonious in a musical piece it can bring feelings of elation, elevation, love, peace, joy and can touch our emotions in so many ways. On the other end of the spectrum, when dissonance in a musical piece is present it can create feelings of uneasiness, anxiousness, fear and contracting feelings… Dissonance, in small doses, has a role in music and our life. I am sure we have all experienced the music of a chase scene in a film that tap into this theory. So how can we use harmony and dissonance to create expansion in our lives? Let’s Explore!
So, what is harmony? According to www.dictionary.reference.com:
1) agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
2) A consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
a. Any simultaneous combination of tones
b. The simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm
c. The science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords
So, what is Dissonance? According to www.dictionary.reference.com:
1. Inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony.
2. Music ..
a) simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest and needing completion.
b. An unresolved, discordant chord or interval.
An unresolved, discordant chord or interval.
3. Disagreement or incongruity.
In reading these definitions did it bring to mind different areas of your life that are in harmony and others that are in dissonance?
Let us move through a three-step process together:
- Identifying one part of your life that feels dissonant
- Resolving and managing the dissonance in this area
- Attuning to bring in Harmony in this area
If we take the time to identify our dissonant energetic patterns we can begin to see why we are so tired at the end of the day or why we lack excitement and passion in our lives.
Just as if we were overhauling our business to see why we lost money this quarter, we can overhaul how we spend our energy and create an energetic budget that releases some of the dissonance and moves us towards harmony. The first step is identifying how dissonance in our life can drain your energy. So, is there a person, place, situation or energy in your life right now that is creating a disagreement, is unresolved, in a stare of unrest or needing completion? Write down what it is and any other thoughts or feelings that come to mind when identifying
2- Releasing, Resolving and Managing
As you identified the dissonance within your life did you notice a particular story or belief system that is keeping you in that dissonance? It is easy to project the “usual” outcome for the person, place, situation or energy that we imagine. Let’s shift that story.
Begin by asking “What Can I do to resolve, release or manage this dissonance”?
a) Awareness– Identifying the problem allows us to move out of limbo and being aware empowers us to spend our energy more effectively
b) Creating boundaries- when we are unable to release the situation or energy entirely due to obligation, commitment or other reasons we can set a boundary with it. How much time are you spending in the situation or thinking about it? Is it possible to limit this interaction? Give yourself energetic budgets…you are spending way too much time in the situation…don’t head for emotional bankruptcy!
c) Releasing the situation– Sometimes we just have to clean our garden. If there is a weed, maybe it’s time to get rid of it. Our lives are sacred; do not sacrifice the garden of your life to please the weeds.
3-Attuning to bring Harmony
As we begin to resolve and manage the dissonance in our live we begin to make room for creating a more harmonious way of being. As you see in the definition of harmony,
harmony is the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
Harmony can be a way to prevent relationships moving into dissonance. Although we don’t have to necessarily agree in every situation is it possible that we can bring a new point of view that harmonizes with the other person to co-create growth in the situation?
When we become aware that dissonance is coming into a situation we can ask ourselves,
“What can I do to create Harmony in this situation’? Maybe there is a third way of doing things outside your way or the other person’s way. This is the essence of harmony, creating a new chord together that was neither your note or the other person’s but a combination of both and a new note. The chord is a co-creation that moved beyond what either of you could have created individually! As defined above: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
Be in gratitude for the dissonance that existed, for the awareness of it can assist in bringing relationships and challenging situations into new unchartered and harmonious outcomes.
Our lives are too short to be humming in the dissonant energies of unresolved issues. Expand your life into harmony and tap into the song of your heart!
Barry Goldstein has been a composer, producer, and researcher on the vibrational effects of music for more than twenty-five years. He brings his knowledge of frequency, resonance, entrainment, and harmonics into his healing with music series Ambiology, which is being used in hospitals, hospices, medical offices, and in individuals’ homes worldwide. He is a Billboard Top Ten recording artist and has composed music for film and television. His work spans many styles and genres, from coproducing the Grammy Award–winning track “69 Freedom Special” with Les Paul to providing original ambient music for Shirley MacLaine, Neale Donald Walsch, Gregg Braden, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Daniel Amen. In addition, in his new book The Secret Language of the Heart, Barry shares how every one of us—the musical and nonmusical alike—can harness the power of music to alleviate specific illnesses, reverse negative mindsets and attitudes, dissolve creative blocks and improve overall health. Backed up by the latest scientific research on the benefits of sound, music, and vibration, this book offers practical, concrete instructions for healing that can be tailored to suit your individual preferences and needs. Available at www.amazon.com/author/goldsteinbarry. More about Barry at www.Barrygoldsteinmusic.com
If you are in the Phoenix Arizona area Barry will be doing a book signing for The Secret Language of the Heart: How to Use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools for Healing and Personal Transformation
Saturday June 25, 2016 2:00 PM Award-winning composer and producer shares how everyone can harness the power of music to dissolve creative blocks, reverse negative mindsets and improve overall health. Backed by the latest scientific research on the benefits of music and sound, it offers practical, concrete instruction for healing. Use music to transform your life.
Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258