Spirituality, science, and skepticism hold hands together in most people’s lives, whether we realize it or not. A healthy amount of skepticism allows for us to question beliefs and seek facts. There is a balance between what we believe and what is simply true. The two are not always the same from an objective standpoint. It’s okay to ask questions in spiritual and scientific contexts – essential really.
I think this topic became important when trying to find the balance of information during the 2020 pandemic start. From facts and facts that flew out the window, to conspiracy theories and personal beliefs, the idea of being skeptical can be both a pro and con – simultaneously. Some people dive nose-first into murky waters and never make their way back up for air, and maybe there’s nothing wrong with that, except that those people are the ones who love sharing their ideas the most often. People with balanced perspectives tend to not consider sharing their voice. So, one quick look at social media and we would easily conclude the world is divided into the nut and nuttier.
So, how do we find the balance between spirituality and science?
Throughout most of my life, I have been a big believer in scientific discoveries and I love archeology and anthropology. Similarly, I’ve always had a healthy and active spiritual lifestyle. The two things have never felt in conflict with each other, but for many people I know, this coexistence isn’t so happy. Why?
The first thing about science is understanding that what we know right now may change with the next discovery. This leaves ample room for spiritual beliefs to nestle into the holes. I’ve never had an issue understanding human evolution or the mysteries of the universe with my beliefs in God. The God Factor isn’t something that rings illogical to me at all.
In more specific subjects, related to this website, I am always amazed at how skeptical people are about music healing, even though most people claim to love some sort of musical genre and avidly seek health solutions. They’ll jump to fill an ultrasound prescription, but they roll their eyes at the idea of using soundwaves in a different manner. So strange!
The reason for most skepticism around music healing is that we associate some holistic practices with spiritual human cultures or archaic medicines, as if that implies a negative.
It’s not like the entire span of thousands of years for humankind didn’t survive and develop before ”modern” medicine. We all have ancestors and they all came up with music – no matter what nook of the globe they decided to master after leaving the dark caves. So it is curious how steadfastly people will rely only on ”science” when most of that is based on spirituality and has become the refined medical world of today. It’s even more curious to me how it’s been lost from common knowledge that penicillin is simply a regulated antibiotic known as ”mold.” Most young people never learn that eucalyptus is the main culprit behind popular over the counter products, like Vicks, Listerine, and more. Discrediting the roots of our human history within wellness really bashes us in the shins, eh?
Spirituality, science, and skepticism all have a place in a modern perspective about wellness. Maybe asking 100 questions should be the common practice about all things, not blindly accepting ”facts” without referencing historical context. It can be the difference between knowing you can prevent and cure most immune system speed bumps at home without chemicals or accepting when it is time to get potential cancer checked out in a timely manner. We are an inspiring species, capable of so much good. That’s a skill our ancestors all passed down to us via beliefs, traditions, and documented evidence. Maybe science requires more proof and research, heavier questions even, but it’s important to listen to the old wive’s tales and determine if they are indeed full of wisdom.
Back to music healing, I would love for people to develop a curiosity for Hz frequencies and how to use them for various body parts. You may find that you are a tuning fork away from using sound waves to move fluids inside your body to get rid of a headache or chest congestion. Imagine telling a scientist that the speed of sound has no effective power. So, why is it that an ultrasound machine feels reliable but a simple tuning fork feels like it won’t work, using the same method? I guess people think sound is not powerful. Tell that to the thunder. Sometimes we find it easier to believe what we see, because we don’t always understand the less obvious senses.
If you’re looking to explore health and wellness differently, explore the power of sound. Read scientific articles about how sound waves are used in the medical industry. Draw your own conclusions about how you can effectively incorporate a music healing routine into your own life. Maybe start with bells or chimes or singing bowls or Baoding balls or tuning forks or drums or or or or… you get my drift.
Let me start you off: