Music as Medicine Workshop
José Melo, BSc.
Understanding and experiencing the role of music in our well being
Duration of the workshop: 6 hours
Date: 11th Sept from 10am – 4pm
Location: Melilotus Herb Farm, Barão de São João
phone: +351 930572989
Exchange: 45 eur. (limited spaces)
Saturday, 11th of September, I will be lecturing about 'Music as Medicine' as part of the Herbal Path edition of September 2021. We will be going through the aspects of our being that are affected by Music and how to use it for our own benefit, and how music and plants interrelate in this context?
The relation between music and plants comes a long way. In ceremonies, shamans would use sound and plants in order to achieve higher states of consciousness that would enable them to bring clarity and healing to a dysfunction or illness within the community.
Music therapies and plant preparations are two ways of manipulating frequencies and vibrations, with an identical objective: to create a ‘medicinal agent’ for a specific dysfunction. Whether it is a tincture, a tea, a liniment, powder, or any other kind of medicinal plant preparation, or whether it is an arrangement of sounds, melodies and harmonies, the process and end result are the same: blending and combining frequencies and vibrations in order to create a healing ‘melody’, a medicine!”.
Einstein brought the principle that everything is energy and vibration when he coined the equation ‘e=mc 2 ’. Matter is actually energy and we should look at everything around us with that in mind. Plants and all living things have an auric field filled with subtle energy, and also have different subtle bodies, similar to human beings. Like music, plants can interact at all levels of our subtle bodies, but we are most consciously affected at the emotional/astral level and mental level. Most of us, with a connection with plants, may have experienced an emotional or mental shift from interacting with nature, even if momentarily.
Music and plants share a great deal of complicity and the more we consciously realize this, the better equipped we will be to deal with many other aspects of our lives, they are complementary in their nature and have a strong intersection at the emotional level.
During this workshop we will be unveiling the healing essence of music and how music and plants interact with and complement each other.
Structure of the Day:
Healing Essence of Music.
Exercises With Soundscapes.
Introduction to Essential Oils.
The Melodies of Essential Oils.
Blending Essential Oils.
Music and Plants.
The Astral or Emotional Body.
Introduction to the Chakras.
Exercise with Chakra Soundscapes.
Music of the Plants.
Everything in the Universe vibrates at a certain rhythm. Whether it is physical or non-physical, everything has a frequency. All the elements that make our physical and subtle bodies vibrate and have a frequency. Sound is also vibration and it interacts with our vibratory field, in fact everything in the universe interacts with other vibratory fields. This interaction of all the players in the symphony of the universe creates a Universal harmony that holds everything together.
Ancient cultures around the world have realized that everything owes its existence solely and completely to sound. Both in the Qur’an and the Bible there’s the mention: “First there was the word, and the word was God!”
This realization that everything is connected through vibration and rhythm is the basis of healing at all levels: physical and subtle. Whatever your favorite well-being or self-development activity is, the success depends on how clearly you can connect with this concept of wholeness.
Understanding how sound waves, harmonies and melodies affect our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies is shedding clarity on the potential we carry for being able to heal ourselves. We are natural music beings.
During this workshop I will be sharing music, research studies, experiments and exercises supporting the concept of music as a powerful medicine.
We will be looking at:
The mystic nature of sound and music - The importance and universality of music as a fundamental element for all existence, giving us a hint of its affinity with our well-being.
The macro and microcosmic sound - Sound in the perspective of the atom (particles) and the black hole.
The dynamics of the energy at the level of the Aura and the Chakras, and how music interacts with it - Understanding the essence of the energy thriving at these levels and how can music bring balance and harmony.
Understanding and using unconventional sound and music therapies.
Listening to original music compositions that will create channels that help us connect with different aspects of our deeper selves, and bring them to light in order to address any deep-rooted ‘emotions’ that may be causing imbalances and illness.
The Astral or Emotional level of our body, and how can music help support it - Emotions are behind old habits and old behaviors that can trigger dis-ease and illness.
Emotional awareness – Identifying specific emotions in music exercises.
Conscious, focused and intentional singing, listening and playing.
Whether you know concepts of music or not makes no difference. You can start using music to benefit your health straight away after this workshop.
Some of the benefits of prolonged used of music therapeutically are:
Reduces the effect of stress.
Improves the healing process.
Effective with hypertension.
Helps to reduce the effect of Alzheimer’s disease.
Helpful to reduce depression.
Helps with several other psychological disorders.
Beneficial to control asthma.
Helps with insomnia.
Increases and improves memory.
Bring writing material.
JOSE has been involved in music since his first successful punk rock band as a teenager in Sintra which had a strong following for many years and made a number of recordings. He quickly moved into working with the uplifting, feel-good beat of ambient electronic music which he composed and produced as a professional musician for several record labels and performed as an internationally acclaimed musical artist DJ for over a decade.
Performing to a live crowd gave him the knowledge of how music influences emotions, the sense of well being and connection to the whole.
His musical expression is continually evolving as he is continuously looking for new ways of communicating through music to now embrace the deep healing resonance phenomena of medicine songs and the healing frequencies of plant spirit vibrational medicine, especially to the essential oils and the aromatic herbs whose high frequency vibration has a commonality to harmonious musical resonance.
His warm, easy going and caring approach allows people working with him to relax into their own healing through close encounters with teacher plants and allies.