Friday, May 30, 2008

What Does Your Internal Music Sound Like?

There is a special treat for you (regarding music) at the end of this post. Please enjoy the article:

Does the sound of your internal music attract other people toward you, or repel them away from you? What music is playing inside of you, right now? Is it upbeat and strong, or is it melancholy and sad?

I am not talking about the last tune you heard on the radio, which is now stuck in your head. Or, that stupid commercial jingle that you haven't been able to shake all afternoon, although these things do temporarily effect the tempo of your inner music, what I am referring to is your "internal" music. The music that emanates from your soul outward to the rest of the world.

At any given moment of your existence, your internal music is playing so that others around you can hear it loud and clear. This concept has also been referred to many times as the "Law of Attraction". The Law of Attraction has been written about so extensively, that you should easily be able to find a myriad of information on the subject just by typing those three words in to Google Search. It is also the basic premises of the national best selling book "The Secret". Unfortunately, many websites you will find on the Law of Attraction (and the book itself) are filled with New Age fluff that I don't personally believe is necessary, but I digress.

The point I am making is that people can hear your internal music before you even walk into a room. It precedes you, much like the radio waves of a radio station proceed forth from it. And, now you want to subscribe to my blog. The only difference is that the radio tower that emits your music (your brain) is mobile, as compared to the tall, stationary radio towers that you see spotted across the landscape of your local town.

Your internal music is made up of the most prominent thoughts, emotions and images that you keep at the forefront of your brain. In other words, whatever you think about most, whatever you focus on most, these become the dominant factors that make up your internal music. For more on changing what you focus on, check out another article of mine: "If what you see is what you get - What do you see?"

External music can also be used quite effectively to change your "inner music" over time. Due to the fact that your brain tends to repeat your stronger thoughts and emotions throughout the day, your brain picks up on the fact that you produce stronger emotions when listening to some songs, then you do when you listen to others. Your brain decides, for you, that the stronger emotions represent things that are important to you, therefore, it replays those songs or events of the day, over and over again which represent your emotionally charged experiences.

Unfortunately, this brain function also occurs as a result of traumatic situations as well. This is why the victim of a car crash (or some other traumatic incident) seems to replay, in their minds, the same scene over and over again. Depending on the degree of emotion, the scenes never cease to be replayed as in the tragic death of a family member.

For more on the relationship between music and your brain, check out This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession, by Daniel Levitin. You can click on the book's title to head to his website where he has some very interesting information about the concept I am presenting here. On a teen blog that reviews library books, called Ya Know at BCL , one can find a review of Levitin's book, which includes this statement:

"Humans prefer music of their own culture when they're toddlers, but it's in our teens that we choose the specific sort of music that we'll love forever. Those years are emotional times, 'and we tend to remember things that have an emotional component because our amygdala and neurotransmitters act in concert to 'tag' the memories as something important.'"

My wife Alison (Truthoughts) pondered this subject in her post titled: The Effect of Music

"I wonder if we choose music to fit our moods more or do we choose music to change our moods. I would probably have to go with the first option. This could be a problem though. If someone is depressed and they only listen to depressing songs, then they probably won’t get out of that stage very soon..."
She is very correct in her assessment. Music does have the power to effect your mood and therefore your actions. Listening to depressing songs, when you are depressed, won't help you much, if your intent is to change how you feel. The truth is, you can use this technology (or brain power) to your advantage. You can change your internal music. You can create a more upbeat, positive music that emanates from your brain to those around you, thereby attracting more upbeat, positive people into your life.

I personally believe that God gave us all music to enjoy (albeit Satan has perverted this gift, by creating some music that is downright evil). The Bible itself is full of verses pertaining to music. Here are some that stood out to me regarding this subject:

Psalm 98:4 "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;"

Psalm 108:1 "My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul."

Ephesian 5:19-20 "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

God created you with the ability to be "moved" emotionally by music. The music that you listen to on a regular basis can effect your mood and in turn your actions. Not only is it the external music that you listen to on a regular basis, it is also your dominant thoughts that cause you to "re-present" your internal music to the world. If you want to change your circumstances, you need to change your internal music by changing your dominant thoughts, especially your emotional charged thoughts. You need to create an internal symphony that attracts exactly who and what you want in your life.

Now that you understand this concept, it is up to you to determine what you choose to allow into your brain. What are you listening to all day? What are those around you listening to?

It is affecting you, and it's up to you to take control of the situation. If you don't like the music that you hear around you, either audibly or coming from someone else's internal music, than you must do something about it. Although changing the station, CD or someone else's internal music, may or may not be possible, you do have the choice to remove yourself from the situation. Only you can change the situation, if necessary, so decide right now, what you need to do to get yourself out of the situation you are in and move forward.

In the meantime, I used Stumble Upon to find this great website that allows you create a "stream" of your very own music, unique only to you. You can choose the genre, the era, the beat, the mood and it creates a continuous, hour-long or so, play list of songs from the parameters that you have set. It's better than radio... it is truly amazing. Use it right now, to change your music. Change your mood, enhance your desire to move forward, to become the best that you can be. You can do it! I know you can!

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  1. This is a wonderful article, very well-written. One thing that is amazing to me is that today at our church, it was Choir Day. It was a service filled to the brim with wonderful moving music, and was a day set aside to thank the choir for their contributions. Our minister's scripture reading was from Psalm 108. Then, I end up on your blog reading this article tonight!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. :)

  2. Very interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading it.

  3. @daisy: I'm glad it touched you. You showing up here the same day that your minister spoke of the same verse is exactly what I am writing about in this article. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  4. @g8rbryan: Thank you! I appreciate the compliment and I'm glad you ejoyed reading it.

  5. Me thinks my internal would be a mubble jumble My brain waves are ever where all at once.

    Or perhaps it would the song Windy You remember the one LOL

  6. @wendy: LOL... you are so funny! Thanks for the comment.

  7. What a great post! I am with the Mrs. in that I listen to music to fit my mood.

    Except when I'm pissed off.

    Then I switch it to KLOVE coz I need all encouragement I can get - lol.

  8. This article is truly beautiful. An amazing analogy to what people’s auras are or what “feel” they radiate is made here by using the term one’s “internal music”. I love it!

    I feel as though people see me from first glance as having inspirational and happy music playing as I enter a room. Of course we all have our down moments, but for the most part, my glass is always half full and my music plays this well.

  9. @dette: Thanks for the compliment. See, that's exactly what I am saying. When you are upset then the calming music from that station, soothes you and calms down your "inner music". Excellent example.

    @dr. kc: Thank you for your kind words. And, thanks so much for Stumbling this post. I'm glad you understand it and "get" it.

    For those of you who have not been by the new website, you need to head on over there and register your blog, or just peruse blogs of like-minded individuals who blog about growing, learning and changing.

  10. Fantastic post! I certainly agree. I am glad you stopped by and dropped me a note to check out your blog.
    I will definitely be back.
    All the best

  11. @wolfbernz: Well, I'm glad you came by... and that you found enough of what you liked to want to come back. Have an outstanding day!

  12. This is a very interesting article.
    Sometimes I pick a song that match my mood, sometimes I pick a song that changes my mood. Sometimes I just shuffled the song, and see what I got =D

    Our internal music is very important, that's what influence us the most.


  13. @robert: Thanks for your comment. I like that, just shuffle it and see what you get... let fate determine your mood. I've done that before.

    @kushmoney: That says a lot about who you are. Did you check out the link to One of the genres is classical, then you can choose whether you want slow songs or fast songs, happy songs or sad/dark songs. Have fun and thanks for the comment!

  14. Great Article! Loving Musicovery ~ wishing they had more to offer in the way of sharing though

  15. @rebecca: Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you are loving Musicovery. I know what you mean about sharing. Hopefully they will improve that soon!

  16. @rebecca: Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you are loving Musicovery. I know what you mean about sharing. Hopefully they will improve that soon!

  17. Interesting article. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

  18. @hollywooddream: You are welcome. I am glad that you enjoyed it!

  19. This is a highly interesting post. I studied sound and it's affects on the body/brain. And taught sound and have done workshops titled: "Sound and Silence". I don't have a degree in it but have taken courses in it and studied with Don Campbell who wrote the "Mozart Effect".

    I just did a video on sound and how I came into playing the piano over night without any training at all. I dream music, memorize it in my sleep and then play it. Have been a performer in the past. Oddly enough I hear music everywhere and I don't mean radio, ipod, TV, computer, etc. I mean the music of all LIFE, the energy of Love and Life. It is a wild experience for me. I also tend to SEE sound waves. I'll have to link here when I do my post. I have saved the link and this article.

    Unfortunately my video camera just died so the video I did where I talked about my music was garbled. But am looking into another camera. :)

    You have a really nice site. It is filled with good thought and insight. Thank you for choosing to live with a good kind heasrt! :) Robin

  20. Interesting post! Almost my entire blog is about the research being done on the way music affects us. I hope to see many more posts on your blog on the music we choose to listen to and play in our lives, and its consequences.

  21. Is this just something you made up, is there any research behind it?Or is it something you heard at a church? Last time i checked we do not have little antennas on our head that can pick up eachother's "Inner Music". I was just wondering if you had anything scientific to back this up..

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