The Effects of Sound and the Gateways to Our Innate Genius

By Tom Kenyon in Scientific Background on December 11th, 2006 / 2 Comments

The Effects of Sound on ConsciousnessThe use of sound and music to generate “healing” has a long history stretching back to the virtual beginnings of man. Indigenous shamans and healers using instruments such as the human voice, drums, flutes and percussive instruments have been documented to alter brain states (i.e. the neural activity within the brain itself). These studies have shown, for instance, that certain drumming patterns increase theta activity within the brain, a state known to be connected with hypnogogic states of awareness, dream-like states of mind as well as states of high insight and heightened creativity.

Research studies conducted on the neurological effects of sound have shown that the human brain responds to pure tone in highly specific ways. PET Scans, which measure glucose consumption at the cellular level show that pure sound and music (without words) stimulate an increase of cellular activity in the right or “non-dominant” hemisphere.

The Two Brain Hemispheres
Although both hemispheres of the brain process many different kinds of information, a simple division in tasking can be made. Basically the dominant hemisphere (left side for most people) processes language and logic. The non-dominant hemisphere (right side for most people) processes spatial information, paradox and is non-language based. While the abilities to understand and create language are vital components of our human experience, there are other valuable aspects of our intelligence that are not currently recognized by our culture as having intrinsic value. These other domains of our intelligence (such a heightened creative insight and states of high genius) are most easily accessed through non-dominant brain activity.

When the non-dominant hemisphere is stimulated, as in the use of pure sound or tone, there is often an increase in non-ordinary states of awareness. This occurs because the non-dominant hemisphere engages the spatial and intuitive aspects of our intelligence. In these neurological states, our perception of reality (both internal and external) can be very different from our everyday experience. Our senses may become heightened, or sensitive, more vivid or refined. It is not uncommon to have a more immediate experience of our inner mental and emotional life through the direct perception of our psychic drivers (i.e., our deeply seated emotions, fantasies and archetypal conflicts or dramas). These may present themselves as internal imagery (dream-like images) or even internal dialogues.

While our Western culture is generally unconcerned with these deep emotional and mental states, numerous anecdotal reports from the lives of great artists and scientists indicate that these state of mind are gateways to our innate genius.

Neurology Has Shown That Most of Us Use Less Than Ten Percent of Our Brain
What this actually means is that in order to live our day-to-day lives, we only need ten percent or less of the neural pathways available to us. The other ninety percent is dormant. And it will remain dormant until a need arises for these “sleeping” neural pathways to “wake up.” Having worked in the field of psychotherapy and human potential for over eighteen years, I am convinced that altered states of consciousness are a powerful key for unlocking much of our unused potential. And as a technology to assist us, sound and music are unparalleled.

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2 Responses to “The Effects of Sound and the Gateways to Our Innate Genius”

  1. Pharmaceutical Says:

    Don’t think a side effect when you first start is going to be a permanent effect. I have one med I didn’t sleep for more than 35 hours after two days of partial doses of it. WBR LeoP

  2. Devin Crozier Says:

    First, I would like to ask if kids who are in highschool that listen to music when they are trying to relax and do their homework, or project, or whatever it may be, would that have anything to do with stimulating the dormant side of the brain. What I mean is that another way to stimulate it. Also, I read another article that stated scientist in Sydney, Australia had developed a method of stimulating brain function with magnetism. With this method they hightened the artistic ability of their test subjects within 15 minutes. Please, I would like anymore information on any techniques you have for unlocking as much as the dorman brain as you can. I’m only 16 years old, and I consider myself to be a fairly smart person. I’m wasn’t ever one to show it off, but it’s just something I know for sure that I am. I did take an IQ test, not sure which site it was, I have the results saved im my email address, and I excelled in all the subjects that were there. I scored between 80 and 100 percentile (which didn’t make since to me on the charts because you can’t score 100 percentile) on all the subjects. But, in your article when I read ” The non-dominant hemisphere (right side for most people) processes spatial information, paradox and is non-language based, ” caught my attention, because that was the section that I had acheived 90 to 100 percentile out of the thirty million people who had taken the IQ test already, and I realized that I wanted a way to unlock more of myself. I know I can do it. I just need to find a full-proof way though.

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