Find Your Shamanic Song – Part 2
Remember I talked last week about shamanic song and its power…
By chance, that same week, a paper came to me pointing to some science. There is a very strong connection between music and nourishing feel-good brain chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine. This is the first direct evidence that the intense pleasure experience when listening to music is associated with dopamine activity in the mesolimbic reward system (feel-good center).
We all know that good music is soothing and healing. Well, here’s a scientific model [Salimpoor, V. Nature Neuroscience, Jan. 9, 2011 online edition].
Researchers found that listening to music releases the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and sends pleasure signals to the rest of the body. And the more pleasing the music is to the ear, the more intensely pleasurable the experience is for the body.
Dopamine is a chemical involved in the brain’s reward system and is usually associated with more tangible pleasures such as food, psychoactive drugs, and money. But it’s now clear that music does it too and these results help to explain why music is of such high value across all human societies.
Why Music Gives You Chills
In a set of experiments, researchers used brain scans to measure the release of dopamine while participants listened to pleasurable and neutral music.
The results showed that the dopamine release was greater when the participants listened to pleasurable music, such as music that gave them “chills” or prompted a change in heart rate or breathing, compared to when they listened to neutral music.
In addition, researchers found that even the anticipation of listening to intensely pleasurable music was enough to trigger the release of dopamine.
“These results further speak to why music can be effectively used in rituals, marketing, or film to manipulate hedonic states,” write the researchers.
Of course the shamanic song is a ritual music and very powerful when you do it right.
I’ll have to leave that to part 3 now. But meantime, try to sing your song and feel the “chills”, meaning you are in soul resonance.
And for your delectation, listen to the deep soul droning of a digeridoo. Try to sing along with that low, rhythmic tone and feel the chills! Don’t worry about melody and words. That’s not necessary.
This guy is pretty cool too. He shows you how to sing a shamanic song!