Music is said to soothe the savage beast, I have also found it to be a powerful source for healing and release. In this blog I explore the power of music to heal – music of all sorts, including my personal favorite, heavy metal. And I give a shout out to my current musical medication – Disturbed!
Divorce, as many of you know, is NOT an easy process. While there may be a sense of relief in some areas, there is still grief and old, unhealed wounds (some related to the relationship and some not) come home to roost. While this is taking place, we are also visited with the fear and terror of a new life that has not yet been revealed. This is scary stuff! Grief, anger, sorrow, fear, anxiety, worry, rage, resentment, shame, guilt, depression, sadness, loneliness all show up to pay a visit and we have no choice but to do something about it. (Ok, I know we could choose to ignore it, but I have not found that to be a helpful decision as anything I try to ignore will simply show up in some other more painful form…..so…..I try to meet it head on!)
One of the things that I have found especially helpful in dealing with and processing the painful emotions of divorce is music. When I can no longer “think” through the pain, or try to conquer it through meditation, yoga, contemplation, when my fingers are too tired to write, I have sought refuge in music. While music is part of my daily spiritual practice through chant, the kind of music I’m talking about here has nothing to do with the ethereal strains of sacred chant. NO…..the way I have found to move through the painful, dark, scary emotions that are surfacing in this divorce process is Earphones on, as loud as my ears can stand it without bleeding, HEAVY METAL…..and the particular persuasion of this genre that I have found myself drawn to is the musical genius of Disturbed! “Wha ha ha ha!”
For as long as I can remember, without even knowing what it was, music has been a part of my spiritual practice. I remember as a child retreating to the sanctuary of my bedroom to put on my headphones (or not…..sorry mom and dad) and jam out to whatever was my favorite music at the time. Beginning with the Osmonds and the Partridge Family, moving on to Fleetwood Mac, eventually graduating to Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Heart, Guns and Roses, Aerosmith and Motley Crue – music has played a role in helping me to move through the painful feelings and experiences of the human condition. And….it has been heavy metal music that has been the most helpful when times are most difficult. I can’t say that I have made it as far as the Berzerker genre of East Germany, but give me a good dose of Marilyn Manson, GnR or Disturbed and I am transported to a place where I can find freedom and release from the dark emotions of hatred, depression and rage. If the movement of the emotions brings me to tears, I know that true healing is taking place. AAAAHHHHH
How does this work? Since I am not a sound scientist, I cannot give you the scientific reason for why sound helps us to find healing, but I can give you my current theory. I believe that music somehow harnesses the power of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and release. In the session that I teach on the Holy Spirit in my program, “Called to Freedom,” I use music to demonstrate this aspect of the Divine. I use music to invite participants to connect with an understanding of the Divine as “Creative Action.” When we listen intently to music and allow ourselves to connect beyond the notes and the words to the movement of the piece, we are able to connect with a place within ourselves where there is movement. In connecting with this movement, we are connecting with the transformational aspect of the Divine that lives within us and seeks movement. The Divine calls us to growth, calls us to movement, calls us to transformation and music has the power to not only connect us with this place of transformation but acts as a catalyst through which this transformation is facilitated. It is in this way that music is a powerful tool for healing and transformation – in divorce or in any other stage of transition in our lives.
So…..a shout out of gratitude and profound thanksgiving to the guys and gals in the band who have been vehicles through which we can experience profound healing and transformation. And a special shout out to David and the boys in Disturbed – ”Wha ha ha ha !”
PS: You Tube has an official site for Disturbed videos! CHECK IT OUT!
Authentic Freedom Ministries/Your Spiritual Truth