Why does music affect the brain so powerfully? How does the patient with memory problems remember songs word for word?
…and why should Hospice music have NO words?
We often read about the power of music to engage the patient with Alzheimer’s and dementia.I saw this magical transformation many times weekly when I teach my music classes to the elderly through the Junior College Senior Program.Heads raise, feet start tapping and mouths form the words to songs from their childhood.Faces brighten and interesting stores are shared. The music brings with it a joy and the participation of seniors who are withdrawn or angry. It is very strange, like a wind up toy that enlivens during the song and then becomes quiet after the music.For awhile, they are a singer within a group, remembering shared historical experiences that have been paired with the music in their psyches.How can this happen for a person who can’t remember their name, or where they are?
The brain is a complicated place that stores different sensory inputs in certain areas, almost like a computer has files.Deep in the long term memory these pulses of sound, rhythm and melody are paired with early memorable experiences and there they are permanently imprinted. Researchers tell us the brain stem, or primitive reflexes are involved. When a persons favorite music is played, or a special song, the evoked memories are pleasant.And this is something.This is something we can do for the patient with dementia.When family and friends, foods and environment fail to bring comfort to our loved one…..Music can be of great relief and service. It is something you can do easily.Putting on a CD or tape or singing with the patient is a powerful intervention.
The important thing to remember about introducing music to a senior is to choose music they have liked or might like.And then carefully monitor their reactions and you will know which songs seem to bring comfort or response.Introducing instruments is especially powerful, as the patient can experiment and take joy in the lovely sounds it makes. My students loved bells, Tibetan instruments and drums.Without inhibition they seem to enjoy the experiential aspects and immediacy of their experience. The palpable joy, childlike was sometimes so heart-filling the hour long class would seem like minutes and the staff would come gather around to watch in wonderment. I had toddlers come into the Rest Home for parades and marches and singing the Itsy Bitsy spider doing the hand motions as a team. And just to keep myself in check, often a client might yell “you are a fake, come arrest her” or one woman said “you are angel, I see your wings and you can’t fool me” as she clutched her pink sequin evening back from her wheelchair. Music awakens. And it can also put us to sleep and take us to our final peaceful slumber.
As a music practitioner who has made personal visits to the bedside of the ill and dying I see firsthand the beauty and power of music in these special situations. Music calms the family. I sang french songs for Frenchy, and camp songs, and then when the final hours come I sing angel songs. There is a science to choosing the music and the volume, genre, and delivery is all an art. Go ahead and put on Cds the the client loves. For some situations you may want to hire a professional to come in and play an instrument and sing for a loved one. This is a memorable, shared experience that is therapeutic and well-received.I tell people, “When flowers and chocolate won’t work” send music.
New research and programs are being developed around music, healing and dementia and we are just beginning to understand what the Greeks understood through the Pythagorean music approach…Music is magic for the human body. We can measure the results, but exactly why or how music heals still eludes us. But perhaps that is just one more mystery of the great cosmic plan. Why does the sun rise? It just does. Why does music heal and soothe? It just does.So we should use this great gift freely and often. It is said that Music is the only thing that passes unchanged through the veils between Heaven and Earth! So we bring a bit of Heaven to Earth and assist the dying or tired to feel an inspiration and invitation to relax and restore and move on if it is the right timing. We can access the vibration of fear and resistance that comes with sickness, dying and accelerated degeneration and gently rock and release it with the correct intention and approach. Music soothes!!
One significant experience recently brought me to a friend’s home to support her dying husband with only 6 weeks notice that he would die of pancreatic cancer. Agitated and flailing, he was upsetting the family in his distress. I simply took out my crystal bowls and began playing low solid relaxing tones and added my voice. I asked his angels to speak with him inwardly and make a bridge for him to relax and go home. My friend told me that I left and he immediately fell limp onto the couch, opened his eyes to say goodbye and died within 15 minutes. The Bridge had been made. Music that is free with no words or melody contains no anchor to memories so I use improvised tones that are gentle and non-repetitive. Once I drew a picture of my work at the bedside. Five beings in colored robes surrounded the bed of the dying client and there was an open space…I asked spirit “What is the open space?” I was told, that is where you sit Jan, and these angels form a circuitry within you so you can sing People Home. I like that idea. Thank you for sharing the Magic of Music for Memory and Hospice Care with me.
Namaste, Jan Cercone RN, MA, CMP
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Jan is a Music Practitioner, RN, MA who Creates Inspirational Workshops and delightful experiences teaching how music Heals. She is a gifted healer, Sings like an Angel, Is a Minister, Avatar Master, Omnium Graduate, Author of two books and creates Sound, Light and Color Healing Events. A frequent radio guest, Television guest on Channel 4, she travels widely demonstrating the healing power of Music. She is available for classes, speaking engagements and private music visits.
When Singer-Healer Michelle Newman called me about the poverty oath many artistic, loving people took somewhere along their timeline and asked if I would I be interested in helping clear it….I said yes.
I have had an interesting relationship to money. In general, I have ignored it, just expected it would be there. I grew up dirt poor with holes in the bottom of my shoes with masking tape on the bottom. I was embarrassed when I knelt down at the front of the church for communion and my community could see the tape. As the sixth child in a family of ten, I worked at age 12 to afford my own hair brush. Flash forward to my 23 years of being married to an orthodontist and I was able to design my own office with 12 ft. french doors and have my home on Women’s garden tours for it’s immense beauty. I lived through the illusion that money buys us happiness as I went from being the little waif on the street with impetigo to the leader of the Women’s Dental Society with all the social status that implied.
So, obviously I was the same person. Pauper to Princess made me very thankful for everything everyday. I laugh that I was very poor, then very rich and now I am just right. People treated me so different as I lived in these different worlds and I would feel sad when I could feel people needed to be my friend based on their love of my Villa home. It said a lot about them. I refuse to let what I have determine how I regard myself. I know it really has a lot to do with my resilience as my mother said, Jan, you can do anything you put your mind to. And when you are poor, you are creative and when you are rich you are creative in a new way.
It is about our perception. I never felt poor, even when on food stamps in nursing school. And it is our thoughts, our beliefs that guide our ability to RECEIVE and get what we need. I always had what I needed, maybe not what I wanted. And what fills in the gap?
FAITH. Believing spirit is in charge. Guiding. And we work together. I was told recently that I might never be rich doing spiritual teaching though spirit said if I “meet them” in the middle by using the internet I could live comfortably.
So what message does spirit have for you around money?
But that is just one aspect…..It is the unknown, or unconscious attitudes about money and our worthiness that make up 90% of our decisions. We watched our parents agonize over paying the mortgage. My father would say jokingly, we are going to the poorhouse. This shook me up. I saw the dark Oliver movie type steps leading to a brick dark underground room. So our early experiences do effect us. But, the even deeper lurking vibrational flows can come from other lifetimes and make us feel that wealth is not spiritual. This is known as an oath of poverty. Our consciousness now realizes the power of vibration and the attractions and that there really is NO lack. Having what we need does not take from another. We are each running our own little movie and we get to choose independently and radiate this reality outwards and it manifests. It is so simple. Yet, if the deep beliefs are not something you can pinpoint or see it is difficult to begin the healing if you can’t see the source or root.
That is where Vibrational healing is magical. We can simply go into a light trance, ask our angels to locate the exact vibrational root and by our asking, or intending, we can re-program this aspect of ourselves. Then, we reap the benefits when we see our thinking and choices have subtly shifted. Relief follows…new income and surprises. Spirit promises to deliver if we work with them, and I have never been disappointed. My grandmother would say prayer can move mountains. And the same goes for bringing the “current” or flow into your home and life.
My dear Artistic friends Michelle Newman and Eliahu Goodman looked at the gematria of money, the energy of the M word itself and realized it does not have a flowing aspect. So we encourage you to use the word currency for your abundance and flow. Current has an alive feel, a circuitry of sorts. So enjoy our unscripted meditation and you will receive the shifts simply by listening. Find a quiet space, close your eyes and FEEL the energy behind our words. The active principle of energy moving through you for the most benefit.
It is time for us to thrive to achieve our goals, live into our mission and have happiness. It brings more to all when you are happy and radiant.
Jan Cercone RN, MA, CMP
“Becoming Light” everyday, every way
Jan Cercone RN, MA, CMP is a Visionary with a focus on the re-balancing of human experience towards joy and wellness through New Models of Health Care and Sound and Light Entertainment Experiences, and the exploration of the New Relationship Paradigm. Specializing in re-balancing Human health and spiritual ascension. Workshop leader, International speaker, Author/ Recording artist. Her Women’s Voice Release is a powerful tool for women to re-find their voice and empowerment. Jan is the Director of the Solara Center. She authored “Guys Guide to the Divine Feminine” and “Passion Healed Me’ to assist women to articulate to their partners what they are going through as they progress through their Spiritual Awakening! She leads Healing Circles and it launching a new Coaching Program “Angels in Training” to help people get grounded in their spiritual, physical, and work life. Soundandlighthealingarts.com
The New “Sound” of Healing… intentional fusion concerts feature massage-music-GLOBAL healing!
Paramount Booking Agency and Sound and Light Healing Arts devoted to “Sound Healing” the Globe!
I met Cheri Gross on a yoga mat across a huge empty room where we both were taking solo vacations in Hawaii to get a new direction in our lives. Cheri, Director of Paramount Booking entertainment agency, and I bonded over talking, raw foods and exploration about our futures. My Song and Spirit Sound Healing Center intrigued her. After we parted, each year Cheri was given spiritual direction to move towards “high vibrational acts” then finally, to fuse Music and hands on healing in transformative concerts to shift the paradigm. Whew…alignment with my visions.
Cherri and I created a Jazz Event at my Flowersong Store that had hot jazz bands playing on stage in the garden while guests enjoyed massage, reiki and energy attunements. As you can imagine, everyone was happy. In heaven actually. It reminded me of that statement,
Music is the only thing that is unchanged from heaven to earth.
Music holds coherent mathematically precise patterns that work within to move, relax and open channels of our energetic geometrically patterned energy field. We now know the auric field or matrix is the generator and “holder” of the physical body. Everything in this dimension is energy first and then is down-stepped into a physical form. So the energy of music dynamically engages our subtle energy field to re-create our emotions, body and mind. AND….because energy is endlessly subtle studies show it is the actual INTENTION and thoughts of the musician that are broadcast right into the hearts of the audience and receivers.
This makes one wonder what Jim Morrison of the Doors was thinking! Turns out, a lot. I recently met David Chiang, world specialist on the Doors, and we and we discussed how many of our musicians did have a shard of divine inspiration that was coming through powerfully to shift huge crowds during the big concerts. Sound Healing!!! David’s book “Jim Morrison and the Infinite Goldmine” delves right in to the mystery.
Just think of how you feel after a pristine Puccini aria (my choice) or a smooth riff by Carlos Santana… you feel GOOD. Yet, not all musicians perhaps are not in a place to “broadcast” their consciousness in a way that is uplifting. That gave Cherri and I a brainstorm. What if we could create a video meditation that helped align each musician with their own highest intention to be a messenger for change for good?
If music be the vehicle of the Gods..why not harness the hand, mouth and heart up to the intention of the divine energies to flow through them? First, it would make them feel fantastic, erase all fear. Fear and love cannot exist simultaneously. I had such stage fright when singing Cabaret in SF sometimes I would write across my music
ONLY LOVE exists…
Second, musicians who focus their message will gain fans as their non-distracted elated state is a deep magnetizer for those who resonate with their message. And of course, in our resource driven society, there will be more sales!
So we made up a Video. Sound Healing Protocol for Paramount Booking and here is the rough video for all you musicians to share. How to focus intention for a great event. And it was made in Nevada City. Interesting, as Edgar Cayce said that is the first city to “pop” with pure light on the planet and begin the new world paradigm! Things are quite connected these days.
So I invite you artists to just Do it!! Enjoy!! Break free of structures and just burst with your own Joy and that’s the ticket. Did you know Rodolf Steiner said it would be the ARTISTS who transform our confused little planet back into glorious harmony? And this is how we will do it, one concert at a time, one event, one painting. Remembrance of our innate divinity one person being lit up at a time by art. Our vision encircles the world…. Cherri and I visited UNESCO in Paris and discussed worldwide concerts at Heritage Sites, and this week Cherri is in conversation with Stanford Well-being Center to incorporate her programs. My Women’s Leadership program SOAR includes world-wide music-making. Who has time to sleep when we are having this much fun? Just step into your bliss and everyone benefits.
Make music, make art, it is making more Love on the planet…
oh….yes….make more love too!! (that’s 732 hz theshold)
I keep having the idea to tell people to stay in bed a month. Really! That seems to be the magic time frame for people to let go of their compulsive thinking and activity cycles. Before the holidays I called my daughter in NY and suggested she take a month off to rest and re-set. No, she needed to keep going she protested. A week later she broke her foot and had a restorative rest at my place and was thankful for the time off.
More and more people are just checking OUT to check IN. And the results is exactly what you need. There is a new plan brewing for earth and her people. And it is based on BEING, no DOING. Do less and get more done.
This is new thinking. Lifting our consciousness up without cares. Sounds like the old way we used to think about Ascension!! Or perhaps we would have to die to have such freedom? Or, as so many spiritual teachers are now sharing, we will indeed stay here, retaining these wonderful same human body forms AND expand our energy field to omniscience. And it will be gradual. As new light spectrum keep coming in through wave like activity we are being shifted and re-tooled everyday. Some say the solstice and equinox are extremely powerful times for such up-grades.
No wild stuff is going to happen quickly. Exciting to think that, but we will transform slowly as a species to new physical forms of a higher vibration. And as our physical body and mental processes open to the divine energies we will begin to see and demand new ways for government, spirituality, land use, education…everything will be lifted up to care for us in a new way together. What if the information you are downloading, who to call that day, what to do is part of a Divine Plan already created for you that moves along such changes, utilizing your gifts and bringing you the most joy? The easiest best path that we resist because of habit? And what if other people checking their spiritual upstairs mailbox are getting their marching orders for the day and as you each tap into this higher, finished order of what is to be created…you find each other that day and all the right connections and movements are made effortlessly. Because you both are “tapped” in to the higher messaging from source you have an easy time of co-creating. With no resistance and anguish for the human drama and condition. This is available to you.
So what do we need to know to begin to let go of our own agenda, resistance and the same old that brings us just more stuckness? It takes just 21 days to break a habit, that is a scientific fact. And we must STILL the mind for exactly 21 seconds to lift off the energetic forms associated with mental activity. Interesting. My spiritual teacher tells me that in the year 2012 all dissonance and negativity will be released from the earth plane as the new order and thinking takes place in the up-graded human! Sounds good to me.
What do you need to do to let go of planning
and ego-directed insanity?
Simply still your mind for 21 days for 21 seconds
Oh so easy to say. You might want to find a very quiet place and make it a habit, a ritual. Do this at the same time each day and your bodily rhythm will res-set nicely. Drink a big glass of water so you are not dehydrated and your electro-magncetic system can function optimally. Then, choose you method as you quiet the mind:
– breathing slow and deep – focusing on your heart
– listening to relaxing music – follow a spoken word meditation
– take a walk in nature
If we want to connect with the principles of truth, beauty and love we must shut out the conventional thinking and people until we re-set our own inner compass and direction. I invite you all to consider this and see how your life expands and flowers in a new direction….
– how to let go of fear, anxiety and understand the bodily and emotional changes
– learning how to balance your body and meditate easily and effectively
-how to anticipate and welcome the changes as you see the bigger plan
“I did not want the state of blessedness to end“
Jan Cercone RN, MA, CMP is a Visionary with a focus on the re-balancing of human experience towards joy and wellness through New Models of Health Care and Sound and Light Entertainment Experiences, and the exploration of the New Relationship Paradigm
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