Playing an Instrument as a Support for Well-Being and Thriving in this World.
Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Recently, it occurred to me that many people, whilst enjoying listening to the music I and others play, don’t actually realise the benefits of playing music and learning an instrument THEMSELVES.
It is my hope that this article will support people in having a greater understanding of just what singing and playing instrument can open up for you....
In order to convey what Expressing through music can be for you, I will share some of my own story...
Back to 2002
Wind the clock back to 2002. Coming out of an unhappy relationship situation and working in a job I didn’t like, my energy, body, and expression were extremely blocked.
In fact, I even found it hard to walk due to chronic tension at that time in my life, let alone be able to express or even know how I felt. At that time, music was a catalyst for helping me to move from holding all my thoughts and feelings inside, to moving them outwards into the world. Up and till that time I had spent some years quite contracted and afraid to express myself and move through the world.
Jam Sessions - Support for Wellbeing
For almost 10 years, I would sit for up to 3 hours a day on my guitar strumming, singing, playing Irish whistle. And it Felt amazing!
It felt like I was surrounded by a warm bubble of energy and I could even physically feel energy running through my body, my hands, my legs and core. I would even get quite hot during the sessions.
No matter what was going on in my life, I could always rely on this space to express freely and unreservedly and connect back into that feeling of wellbeing.
Releasing the Dam wall - Creative Expression
Many people are walking around with a lot of unsaid words and unexpressed emotion in their fields. It might be felt as general or chronic tension, feeling disconnected to life, or restricted in certain situations.
One way to access and release this stored Emotion is to sit in hours of therapy, then search for and talk about the situations that led to this dynamic. This is a valid and relevant avenue of healing and one I personally used for a time. Another way and a great support for this kind of a process, is playing an instrument.
The key with musical expression is there is no requirement to enter the conscious mind to find and discuss memories and stories of what happened and who did what etc.
It’s pure expression and pure creativity, and that free movement can at times unlock stored energy and open doors to the places within.
The heat and warm bubble I have personally experienced playing the various instruments and singing is I believe burning off the "Pain Body #" as Eckhart Tolle calls it.
Is it possible that, rather than channeling our energy into fixing problems and pain, that this creative expression is opening up our energy to create outside of ourselves and our own stories? This is a great support for shifting our focus OFF what we don't want and ONTO what we DO want.
No, it’s not an exact science. But everyone can recognise the feeling that music can give you.
The Calling I've observed in myself and others a "Call" to engage with music and express music. Many feel this call by how they feel while listening to certain types of music, a warmth and connection to a clarity and peace which transcends the daily mix of thoughts, emotions, and experiences..
It is my hope that by reading this article, more people who have felt this call will act on it.
How to get started
Identify the Pull to a particular sound or instrument. This is a guide to the particular sound that your system wants to work with, in accessing the world of creative expression.
Engage. Make the call, buy the instrument, do the class or workshop. Opening up to the world of music will require you to say yes to the urge to play something or sing.
Learn Skills. Music is a completely new language. There are skills to learn with every instrument which can help you have a wider vocabulary of expression on that instrument. This vocabulary helps you stay interested and engaged while playing.
Play & Practice. Lastly, regular (Daily) play and practice on your instrument. Even though you may be learning specific skills, set aside some time just to express yourself and play.
See What unfolds!
Music with Tune2Peace
At Tune2peace, we offer a variety of options for people to connect with creative expression through sound and music.
All in support of people just like yourself connecting with Music and ultimately, with yourself!
For more information, visit www.tune2peace.com
Infinite blessings, Aaron
# Eckhart Tolle Writes in his Bestseller "The Power of Now" If you are unable to access the power of Now, every emotional pain you experienceleaves behind a residueof pain that lives on in you. It merges with the pain from the past, which is already there, and becomes lodged in the Mind and Body.