R.E.S.T. Music

R.E.S.T. Music

Virginia Dixon – CEO of R.E.S.T. Ministry

By Steve Rees

This past week I have spent an amazing time with a wonderful ministry called R.E.S.T. (Relational, Emotional, Spiritual Truth) which was inspired by Virginia Dixon – www.theplaceofrest.com We did an interview in December, in which we started comparing notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7bkhT1hXHA&t=422s
One of the most inspiring stories comes from the work Virginia Dixon did with a young woman many people know as Nightbird who performed on America’s Got Talent, where she received the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJvBfoHDk0

The team at R.E.S.T. created a video chronicling the transformation of Nightbird’s life of disease and chaos into one of hope and positivity. One of Nightbird’s amazing statements occurred at the AGT judge panel when she said, “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” She did eventually succumb to the cancer that was racking her body, but not until she had made her incredible contribution to the joy of millions of people around the world. Here is her story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLbnh9FKSUw

The work that Virginia is doing is amazing. As I went through her program to try and understand its approach, I was impressed to hear her tell me about how she had discovered that everything she was doing was based on the numbers 3, 6, and 9. She had noted the patterns early on as she developed the program and wrote the protocols and explored the mathematical precision within.

For instance, a healthy marriage relationship is made up of a husband, a wife, and their Creator. There must be a higher authority to which each appeals for direction and stability. This is represented by a vertical axis. Along with that is the relationship between each of the partners. This is the horizontal axis. Each of these axis must be in balance and this balance keeps chaos at bay. When this balance is disrupted, chaos ensues. A visual of this relationship is the triangle, which is 3 sided and has 3 points, thus the number 3.
At some point, she was introduced to Nicoli Tesla’s work and was surprised to find that he had identified the importance of the same numbers. Nicoli Tesla is best known for his invention of the alternating current or AC that powers most homes today. Lesser known is the fact that he invented many things that are still classified with the U.S. Government. One of his most famous statements was, “If you only knew the magnificence of the numbers 3, 6, and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.” https://allthatsinteresting.com/nikola-tesla-facts That is the quote that got Virginia’s attention.
Virginia also told me that she was using my Calming Harp music with all her clients. She said that the music facilitated their recovery, and she was studying new ways to apply the music for even more forms of therapy. She believes that the music is somehow synergistic to the therapies she is applying.
One of the things I have discovered about the music that I am working with is that the notes or frequencies in the ancient Hebrew Text of Numbers, chapter 7 are also based on the numbers 3, 6, and 9. Without going to go into details and mathematics, each of these frequencies are repeated 4 times between the 12th and 83rd verse and the numbers 3, 6, and 9 are repeated 8 times throughout the same verses found in the text of Numbers, chapter 7. If you want to hear a talk I did explaining these numbers in more detail, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1hTrX_iL0E&t=155s
Further work into these frequencies and where they are found in the Hebrew text of Numbers, chapter 7 found an impressive link between each frequency and each piece of furniture in the wilderness tabernacle that Moses had been instructed to build. The purpose of the tabernacle was to essentially provide a mechanism for bringing people out of chaos into balance in their lives. Here is a link to a video that explores each of these frequencies and its piece of furniture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAprnc5D0S8
If you would like a free copy of a PDF, I put together that describes the journey through the tabernacle you can get it from my website: https://calmingharp.com/product/frequencies-of-the-tabernacle/
The main action steps or stations – performed at each piece of furniture in the tabernacle were designed to lead a person through the process of recognizing what was hindering them in their lives and then bringing that “thing” to the tabernacle to be dealt with appropriately. As each of the stations was addressed, the transformation back to balance was facilitated until the complete restoration was accomplished at the final piece of furniture or station.
As Virginia and I discussed each of these stations that were performed in the ancient times of Moses, she excitedly pointed out that the process she was working with was the same. Each of the stations was a mirror image of the processes that she was taking her clients through in their journey to restoration and healing.
I believe that the importance of this intersection of two completely different disciplines is a testimony to the causality and design of the world around us. The closer we look at our world, especially the natural world, we will see such intricate designs and even mathematics revealed.
Consider the spiral of a pinecone, or a shell, or a galaxy in space. Each of them follows a mathematical equation so precise that it has been given a special name, The Golden Mean. If you go to YouTube, and search out Golden Mean, you will find hundreds of videos describing this amazing mathematical phenomenon.
I remember watching a video of Michio Kaku, a physicist working out what is known as “String Theory” which he believes will eventually be able to explain how gravity works. In this video he made a statement that stuck with me. He said, “If you want to understand the mind of God, you need to think mathematically.” He went on to describe the incredible precision in the natural world and universe and then made another statement. “If there is such an amazing design in all that we observe, then there must be a designer.”
As I contemplate the intersections of these various disciplines, it is no accident that numbers 3, 6, and 9 show up in each. If there is a designer, and the designer is a mathematician, then it stands to reason that the designer would coordinate these various branches of design with repeating number patterns.
Our journey with R.E.S.T. music follows a path that is carefully laid out. Just like the order of our Universe which has been carefully designed so that if we follow the ancient path, we will rest our souls and avoid chaos.
The author of an ancient text once penned, “Stand at the crossroads and see, and return to the ancient pathway. And you shall find rest unto your souls.” May we all find that R.E.S.T.

Music Therapy for Addiction

Music Therapy for Addiction

by Steve Rees

Recently, I received an email from Wanda Blair, the main editor at The Grove Estate (https://grovetreatment.com). She made note of a recent article I published both in Masters of Health Magazine and my website: https://calmingharp.com/effects-of-music-posts/music-used-in-cancer-patient-therapy/
She informed me that her team had just published a comprehensive article on “Music Therapy for Addiction: Emotional Balance, Recovery” and offered to share it with this publication. I refer you to her article here: https://grovetreatment.com/addiction/treatment/therapy/experiential/music/
Her first paragraph starts out with, “Music therapy emerges as a powerful ally, providing a harmonious blend of emotional support and creative expression. It serves as a non-verbal avenue for individuals to navigate the complexities of addiction, offering a therapeutic space for emotional exploration and healing. This approach, integrating melody and rhythm, plays a pivotal role in enhancing traditional recovery methods, striking a chord in the journey towards emotional balance and recovery.” I will let you link to that article for further reading.
As she made me aware of the Grove Treatment Center and their use of music therapy successfully with their clients, I thought it might be a great idea to focus on some other sources highlighting the importance of using music therapy for treatment of addictive behaviors and substances.
A study published in PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268880/ was performed to determine what percentage of treatment programs used music therapy as a viable treatment modality. They determined that approximately 15 % of all treatment programs were using some form of music therapy regularly and this is expected to grow as the effectiveness is demonstrated.
“The idea is to help patients tap into emotions and needs that may be difficult to express through more traditional forms of communication. Furthermore, music therapy also provides a way to motivate patients to receive treatment. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) states that music therapy is useful regardless of musical background, and examples of clinical music therapy include lyric analysis, relaxation training, songwriting, musical games, and improvising music based on emotions or other topics relevant to treatment. In these treatments, patients go beyond simply listening to music to engage emotions, motivations, and barriers to recovery through lyrics and melody.”
An article in American Music Therapy Association’s publication explained some of the science behind music therapy for treating addiction: https://www.musictherapy.org/assets/1/7/FactSheet_Music_Therapy_and_Addiction_Treatment_2021.pdf
“Music Therapy is part of an integrated approach to treatment for addiction. Music therapy for substance abuse recovery is the use of music and therapeutic relationship to promote connection to self and motivation to change while learning to navigate life in sobriety. Active music-making, as well as music listening, has been shown to activate the dopaminergic pathways in a similar manner as many illicit substances. This response may reduce cravings and improve mood. Music listening also calms the parasympathetic nervous system which facilitates relaxation and decreases anxiety.”
There are some cautions, “for the use of music in addiction treatment which include the possibility of music serving as a trauma trigger or as a trigger for use and increased cravings. Therefore, it is helpful, when possible, to have a complete music history when working with individuals and to be aware of how these triggers or traumatic responses can present.”
Interestingly enough, I found a book titled, “Music Therapy and Addictions” by David Aldridge and Jorg Fachner. It is available in most book outlets. The introduction to the book states, “Recent studies show that music can reach the parts of the human brain that are linked to addiction and can function as an integral part of recovery. This research-based, practical book demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change.”
American Addiction Centers has a website that is very informative. Music Therapy & Substance Abuse Treatment (www.americanaddictioncenters.org) They indicate that music therapy is useful for many settings including:
· Enhancing the person’s emotional adjustment
· Improving physical health and mental wellbeing by relieving stress
· Developing communication skills
· Focusing on the development of particular aspects of cognitive functioning, such as attention or memory
· Trying to enhance the person’s social functioning by getting them involved with others with similar music interests.
” In substance use disorder treatment, clients may use music in a variety of ways. For example, they might use music to:
· Deal with cravings, to reduce the effects of stressful situations, and to deal with issues of remorse or regret regarding decisions the person has made in the past when they were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
· Cope with negative emotions, such as guilt, anxiety, depression, or anger.
· Develop coping strategies to deal with future situations that may arise.
· Explore inner feelings regarding motivation or self-esteem.
· Enhance current mood or to relieve boredom.”

The website goes on to list treatment centers throughout the USA that use music therapy as one of the modalities for the course of treatment.
I had a note sent to me from one of my YouTube listeners that shared with me his story. He said that he had been under addiction with drugs for years and had tried to stop but without success. Somehow, he found my music and started listening to it regularly for hours at a time. One day he noticed that he didn’t have the cravings anymore. He believed that listening to the calming harp music made all the difference for his successful return to normal life and he was profusely thankful.
As I continue to research the various ways that music plays such critical roles in our lives, I am always amazed. Something so simple, yet so powerful and useful for bringing us back to health and vitality. It’s no wonder that music has been a part of every culture since the beginning of time. Somehow, our mind, spirit, and body know that we need it as well as enjoy it and love it.
One of my friends, Angel Storm, PhD, who operates a coaching practice https://www.themanifoldmind.com/, recently interviewed my wife and me. She told us that she is using my music to work with people who are stuck in their thought processes when dealing with narcissistic behavior from people they are associated with. It seems that music helps them be able to rewire their reactions and approach their situations with much more clarity and objectivity.
I’m sure there are many more stories out there that would convince us that the use of music as therapy for addictive behavior is a reliable and viable modality. The wonderful thing about using music is that it really doesn’t cost much, and it is enjoyable. Even if you don’t have an addictive behavior, you still can’t go wrong listening to music! It has many known and unknown benefits.

Pythagoras – Father of Music Therapy

Pythagoras – Father of Music Therapy

Many of us remember the Pythagorean Theorem from our high school algebra days. But did you know that Pythagoras, besides being a brilliant mathematician, was also a musician?  Many therapy practitioners consider him to be the “Father of Music Therapy.” I would like to explore some history and see how this came about. The key thought here is that music and sound have been utilized for healing for much longer than most people think.

Just because our current medical system is just now starting to pay attention to the power of music to heal, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been understood and used for millennia. We even find reference in scripture to King David, before he became king, playing his harp to King Saul whenever he had a “troubling spirit” come over him, and the music would relieve the king of that trouble. David even predates Pythagoras by about 500 years, since he lived around 1000 B.C.

Pythagoras lived from 570 -490 B.C. according to the historical record. Wikipedia states that he was known for his expertise in mathematics, ethics, music theory, metaphysics, mysticism, politics, and religion. The bio lists some of his accomplishments.  “In antiquity, Pythagoras was credited with many mathematical and scientific discoveries, including the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagorean tuning, the five regular solids, the Theory of Proportions, the sphericity of the Earth, and the identity of the morning and evening stars as the planet Venus. It was said that he was the first man to call himself a philosopher (“lover of wisdom”) and that he was the first to divide the globe into five climatic zones.” Some historians debate whether he made all those contributions, however.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras#Notes

It is agreed by classical historians that the area of music was one of his most significant contributions. “Pythagoras of Samos, Greece, was not only one of the greatest mathematicians and philosophers of all time, but he was also an extremely accomplished musician. His instrument of choice was the kithara which is an ancient form of the guitar. He also sang whilst he played his music. He was known to be able to soothe both animals and people with his music and he came to recognize the effect that his music had on the senses and the emotions of those people that he played for. He eventually came to call it ‘musical medicine.”

It is also credited to Pythagoras that he identified specific types and genres of music that facilitated desired physiological effects. For example, he recommended slow rhythmic music to help calm an agitated person as well as assist in preparing to retire for the night to sleep. He also prescribed “happy music” to apply when waking in the morning to help rouse the energy that would be needed for the day’s activities.

A story is told about a young man who, “had had a few too many drinks and was filled with jealousy and placed some kindling about his mistress’s door with the plans to burn her house down. However, the young man was distracted by a flutist who was nearby playing a tune in the Phrygian mode. Pythagoras encouraged the musician to play a rhythmic mode, which made the intoxicated young man suddenly become composed and return home after first gathering his kindling from his mistress’s door.”

How Pythagorean Works on Sound Healing

As Pythagoras shared his observations and theories, many health practitioners began to put these ideas into practice. “In ancient Greece, patients recovering from illness could leave their rooms to attend musical performances to assist in their healing and quick recovery…. Plato believed that all our senses were gifted to us by God to speak to our souls in a pleasurable way through the vibration of music. The word ‘music’ comes from the Muses, the daughters of Zeus who were the patron goddesses of creative and intellectual endeavors. Music and singing are important practices.”

Healing with Music: How Music Therapy was Adopted in Ancient Greece to Heal Mind, Body and Spirit

In his capacity as “the father of music”, Pythagoras discovered musical intervals and taught that you could heal using sound and harmonic frequencies. He was the first person to prescribe music as medicine.

“Pythagoras stated each celestial body every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm, or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its function and character, contributes to the whole. Pythagoras was the first person to use the word cosmos and applied the above theory to the whole cosmos, where, he said each planet, and each sphere had its note, referred to as ‘music of the spheres.’ Flowing from this he affirmed music is present everywhere and governs all temporal cycles, such as seasons, biological cycles, and all the rhythms of nature.” Of note is the idea that even though these vibrations may be outside our audible capacity, they do exist, nevertheless.

With advancing technology and the ability to measure different cell frequencies and astronomical phenomena, Pythagoras’ vision is fast becoming a modern-day reality. Plato, who was a student of Pythagoras said, “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.”

https://magnificentmemagnificentyou.com/2016/11/03/the-healing-power-of-music-pythagoras-569-475bc/

Pythagoras did not have the advantage of the various instruments and technologies that are available to us today, yet many of his observations were accurate and are now being proven with the technology that is available today.

“In his investigation of therapeutic sound frequencies, Pythagoras discovered that the seven keys of the Greek system of music had the power to incite various emotions. Above all, certain melodies devised as remedies against the passions of the soul describe the therapeutic music of Pythagoras. Pythagorean Harmonic Healing remedied sadness and lamentation. Hence rage and anger were often cured with therapeutic sound frequencies….

Pythagoras recognized the profound effect of music on the senses and emotions. What he termed “musical medicine” had a great influence on the body and mind. Stringed interments interested Pythagoras greatly.” He even went so far as to believe that other types of instruments were not as beneficial.

“One of his most important discoveries was that the harmonic musical intervals could be expressed by perfect numerical ratios. Pythagoras used various Pythagorean Harmonic Healing compositions as a “medicine” for diseases of the body, mind, and soul. Through therapeutic sound frequencies, Pythagoras performed what he called soul adjustments.”

Pythagoras had a profound impact on the care of diseased patients using music in his time in history. As he shared his knowledge, techniques, and observations, a whole school of musical training and discipline emerged. The discoveries and modes of practice that he developed are currently gaining new attention in our modern medical establishment and our emerging technologies are providing us with scientific proof of many of the concepts Pythagoras intuitively knew and developed. Truly, he has earned the title of “Father of Healing Music.”

Sound Frequencies for Health

Sound Frequencies for Health

by Steve Rees, Ret. RN, Harpist

This article continues to explore the subject of Serenity and some of the scientific reasons for surrounding ourselves with the wonders of the natural world.

John Stuart Reid from the Shift Network provided a class on the subject of Sound Therapy. As this subject was close to my area of interest, I decided to pay for the course and learn from John’s knowledge. I’m glad I did because he is providing information that confirms what I have understood for some time now. Also, he presents it in a very scientific way.

One of the recommendations that I presented in my last article was to take the time and enrich your senses to the wonders of the natural world. These are the places and times when you will find rejuvenating energy for your body, mind, and soul.

As I listened to one of John’s modules, he explained that when we sit and listen to a waterfall, creek, or river, we expose ourselves to ultrasound frequencies that are not audible but are present as documented by instrumentation. A walk by the ocean will produce the same effect. He had a meter that recorded the presence of ultrasound frequencies and played a recording of a waterfall, and it lit up. Amazing! At the same time, it did not light up when a voice spoke into it.

John also observed that there are many sources of these ultrasounds in the natural world instead of the artificial environment that most people live within. The sounds of the wind in the trees, the birds chirping, and many other sounds one encounters on a walk in the woods produce these frequencies that are so beneficial.

What is even more amazing about this phenomenon is the biological function that occurs within our nasal passage.  When exposed to these ultrasound frequencies, special cells stimulate the production of nitric oxide which is responsible for reducing our blood pressure and slowing our heart rate. Other producers of these ultrasounds are full sound spectrum musical instruments such as the harp! This explains why so many people are positively affected by the music I present on CDs, on YouTube, and at live concerts.

A look at the properties of nitric oxide reveals that the endothelium (inner lining) of blood vessels uses nitric oxide to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, resulting in vasodilation and increasing blood flow. It also results in reducing blood pressure. Interestingly, breathing through the nose produces nitric oxide, but breathing through the mouth does not have the same effect.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitric_oxide

I recommend John’s work to you if you were interested in sound therapy. His website is:

https://soundmadevisible.com/                                                       https://theshiftnetwork.com/       

He has also developed a Cyma Scope that can display beautiful geometric patterns of different sounds that are sampled or spoken into a microphone.

One of the pieces of information that started me on my whole journey with understanding the healing qualities of the harp and its music was when a friend shared the concept of cymatics. He had shown me an article on geometric designs produced on a metal plate sprinkled with sand that had sound conducted to the plate. Different sounds result in different patterns. As I considered this, it suggested there were material properties to sound.

This inspired me to investigate if the physical letters of the Psalms of David might have clues to connections with musical notes or sound frequencies. I wondered if I could decipher those notes into musical compositions. This understanding has led me to produce the Calming Harp music that I present today at:  

www.calmingharp.com                                                                            www.youtube.com/peregrinnatti

John’s research takes this concept well beyond my original understanding. Through the images produced by the Cyma Scope, he demonstrates how structured sound is, and how beautiful it is to be able to “see” sound. For example, he experimented with a dolphin research group in Florida, which demonstrated that the sonar signals a dolphin sends out can be used by the dolphin to produce an image of what the sonar signals are bouncing off. This ability enables it to “see” with sound, even in murky water.

Experiments are underway to find out if the sound from a heart beating could be used to help diagnose any pathologies that might exist. Another area of possibility is the ability to hear cells and determine if they are cancerous or healthy. John even showed a Cyma Gram of a healthy body cell compared to a cancerous cell. This ability leads to the possibility of a surgeon being able to use the Cyma Scope to be able to tell if they were able to excise all of a tumor during an operation.

The medical world is embracing music and sound therapy more and more as studies reveal the abilities of sound and music to address disease. As we come to understand more about the properties of sound that can be applied, additional applications will be developed.

My hat’s off to John and the work that he has been doing over the past few decades. Fascinating discoveries have been made about the benefits of sound frequencies for health, and no doubt there are more to come.

New Harp and Cello CD Release

New Harp and Cello CD Release

I am pleased to announce the re-release of our CD set titled “Harp and Cello”. This is a 2 CD set that has music of the Psalms presented in 2 formats. The first CD is an instrumental only presentation with harp and cello harmonizing together in a delightful arrangement for beautiful background music. The second is the same music but has narration of the words of the Psalms recited by my wife, Shirley Rees. The CD set is a delightful combination of words and music creating a powerful listening experience.

The cellist, John Maskel, is a brilliant cello virtuoso and plays first cello position in several symphony orchestras in his area and I have had the privilege of playing with him on several occasions. When I proposed the recording project to John he jumped at the opportunity and was a key player in bringing the mix together.

I had prepared chord progression charts for each of the Psalms we recorded and John followed along on the first composition but then he came to me and asked if I would be willing to try letting him feel the music as I played the harp portion. We proceeded with that idea for the next composition and it went so well that we continued with that process throughout the remainder of the recording session.

My good friend Gene LeSage is the sound engineer and has helped Shirley and I record several of our albums. His technical ability and purity sustained this project through its development to make sure that it came across with boldness and sincerity.

Shirley’s skill in bringing the words of Scripture alive for her hearers also adds to the presentation of this CD. We have tried to interpret these Psalms according to the message that David has written into each of them. Someday, I want to ask him what he had in mind as he wrote these Psalms. Probably what is here is different than David played, yet I believe that there is something of the essence that he wrote into these works, in praise to God. It is our prayer that you are brought into the presence of Most High God as you listen and participate with the music of these Psalms.

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