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Chapter 5- Music – Prayer-Meditation Dynamic In Healing  Physiology: The physical, the inner function of the body, often seen, often hidden the biological flow of atoms and molecules in space an time, between states of being and states of mind- emotions, motions, the dancing flux across dimensions of dis-ease and ease and of illness and health.  Spirituality: the metaphysical, the transcendent, the soul and spirit, the unseen, the metabiological flow of mystical thoughts and beliefs, wave functions, frequencies and vibrations, the invisible, beyond space and time, yet effecting changes in states of being, states of mind, emotions and motions across dimensions of dis-ease and ease and of illness and health  Healing has been described as a “scared clinical reality” healing systems oriented “emphasize sacred reality, illness orientation(meaning that they take into account the patient’s account of the problem as their central concern)  Music an prayer as a means of connecting or balancing the physical and the spiritual realms. Which are viewed as opposing dimensions- a notion linked to a lingering Cartesian duality  Often noted from diverse cultures that the physical and spiritual are aspects of expressions of one whole rather than two distinct creations or dimensions that must be connected or balanced  Heisenberg uncertainty principle (HUP) shows  one’s mind state can effect significant changes in the subject of focus and indeed the universe.--- can affect transformation and healing there in and beyond.  Human Certainty Principle (HCP): which is a certitude or knowing that resides deep within a person’s being and can effect transformations and healing therein and beyond  THE HCP underlies maddah and diverse practices of music or sound healing, prayer and meditation as well as unexplained healing transformations that occur in patients throughout the world, regardless of the system of treatment- be it allopathy, homeopathy, integrative, complementary and alternative medicine (ICAM)  HCP can be implicated for healing and the transformation of the self  HCP is seen to extend to other domains of life where a unique quality of intuition about any given subject exists at a conscious level of is latent in the subconscious.  HCP is the potentiality and capacity that lies at the intersection of precognition and manifestation  HCP is the invisible energy at the quantum crossroads of potential/probability and materialization/actualization or a knowing that healing has occurred or is imminent, can be seen as both a result of healing and cause a of healing.  Seen in the Pamir Mountains: the Maddah performance: where a participant’s consciousness is immersed in a ineffable state of spirituality, a particular sensibility that can be best described as a knowing that a process of healing has commenced would arise into the forefront of conscious awareness and gradually unfold over the following days of weeks, during which a person would feel healthier, stronger and more vital as though the person had been healed of an illness, even though the person was unaware that an ailment existed. o Maddah performance, participants intentionally direct their thoughts toward the same spiritual realm to immerse themselves in what is known as a Baraka, a pure healing energy that is an inherent aspect of all of God’s creation, including the human soul  In the Pamiri people view, Baraka exists throughout all aspects of the spiritual Baraka through the music- prayer-meditation of maddah, participants can achieve a certainty that is energy will effect a healing change, which in turn aids in healing or can even cause it to occur  Cook’s investigation of sacred music therapy in northern India, looks at Isan musical healing ceremonies  Musciospiritual healing practices, a patient’s state of being moves from that of illness to a state of potential healing and then to healing. The HCP underlies this experience, along with a group of interrelated culture-transcendent principles and processes: music-prayer-meditation dynamics, spiritual entrainment, holistic embodiment, neuroplasticity and cognitive flexibility  Music, Prayer, Healing  Spiritual music and prayer have infinitely diverse meanings and forms of expression as well as universal underlying themes.  In religion and mystical activity music and prayer are practices that facilitate heightened specialized states of consciousness, spirituality, ecstasy and even transcendence.  In traditional healing practice- music is virtually always spiritual by nature and thus is expressive of inherent wholeness of the physical-spiritual relam or at least of a link between the seemingly separate physical and spiritual dimensions. o Music and prayer are vehicles through which spiritual qualities and sensibilities are more deeply endangered within healers, patients and communities as well as means by which participants draw nearer to or communicate with God, a higher power  When the modalities of music and prayer are enlisted for devotion, worship and healing they can function individually in combination or as a unified whole o So in some cases music is prayer and prayer is music – music and prayer are the same o Music can function as a prayer  Music can be a form of meditation  In some cases music, prayer and meditation are inseparable o Ex: Maddah performances you see this where music prayer and meditation are interrelated  Prayer and meditation is important along with music  Meditation is viewed as an essential part of the prayer process that takes the hopes, requests, expectations or certainties of the prayer into the realm of action and manifestation.  Prayer o Prayer: an expression of the prayor’s relationship to a Higher power, which o Haler’s in Pamir use an ancient book in which a multitude of prayers are categorized by illness o General categories of prayer include spontaneous, free form or colloquial o Prayer can be practiced individual or with others (voiced or unvoiced), with or without movement, dance or gesticulation or as a meditative practice or spiritual experience o Prayers can also be categorized by the intent of the one who is praying- for instance, a prayer may ask for one’s personal will to be done or for God’s will to be done o Prayer and poetry have a connection o In the Maddah performance the use of a Persian mystical poetry is prayer  Healing  Healing can differ between cultures and individuals  Healing is both a process and an event but it is an isolated event  The human being is dynamic and in constant process of “progression” toward health or “regression” away from health never static o Progression is viewed as healing and regression as illness  When the biochemical and physiological processes are not functioning properly, healing ceases and process of dis-ease begins.  A holistic perspective that includes a spiritual dimension as part of human’s being views health and healing as a process of balancing one’s inner being within the self and balancing that self with the greater whole- the universe and all creation, including the physical- spiritual realm o In the holistic perspective also include the mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of humans as following the same dynamic process of progression and regression  Music-Prayer Dynamics  Traditional healing most of it deals with religion or the supernatural and includes some form of music, specialized sound or prayer  Music is essential in worship  Music is a form of prayer  The role, kind and quality of music or sound can entirely change the experience and potential power of prayer.  The relationship between music/sound and prayer is such that one component might make an intervention (includes music or prayer) efficacious or powerless, depending on the individual’s cultural associations and beliefs o Ex: A healing prayer can be rendered powerless if the musical form is not suited to an individual’s cultural aesthetics or if an individual lacks a certain cultural knowledge or experience or music can be powerless if it is used in a context devoid of spiritual associations essential for an individual to be affected by music’s potential healing power  The interactive and effective relationship between music and prayer in the context of traditional healing ceremonies as well as in clinical studies requires that both components be considered in research but the relationships between music and prayer in healing have been little explored in their ethnographic or health science research  Biomedical focus on the decontextualized body and its physiological processes  Koen develops a model which represents a holistic model refer to as music-prayer dynamics: o This model can be used to conceptualize and explore music and prayer in diverse contexts of healing and healing human experience as well as ethnographic and health science research  Koen research suggest that the confluence of music and prayer in the context of healing is potentially the most efficacious  The model is made up of four parameters: o Music alone o Prayer Alone o Music and prayer combined o Unified music-prayer  The Music-prayer dynamics model o Binary relationship can be seen at the intersection between music and healing and prayer and healing o Although a binary relationship can be also be seen between music and prayer outside healing, the model emphasizes the confluence of music and prayer within the context of healing. o The model is flexible it can be applied in a strict or more open sense o The model facilitates cross-cultural comparison by establishing common ground between research projects o Model allows for a diversity of cultural expressions while conceptually approaching the problem with both culture-specific and universal potentials in mind  For studies interested in meditation without prayer the model can be made into a music- meditation dynamics by removing prayer and leaving meditation in one the circles  Maddah is a unique expression of all the parameters of music-prayer dynamic model o During Maddah ceremony one experiences music alone, prayer alone, music and prayer combined and unified music-prayer o The ritual performance of maddah emphasizes the baten ( baten : metaphysical, inner, invisible, spiritual reality or mystical essence) as opposed to the zaher (zaher: physical, visble, outer form) o The prayer and poetry of maddah draw from several Persian mystical poets like Jalal al-Din
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