How Music Can Scientifically Alter The Mind And Body

By Jez Dhiillon (@HipsterVeggie)

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“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

Music is powerful and has existed throughout all cultures in history. Like our eyes process light, our ears process sound.

Music has the ability to chemically alter the human body: when we like the sound of a tune our body creates dopamine. Typically, dopamine is referred to as the “feel good” chemical but I prefer to call it the motivation chemical. Although dopamine does create a feeling of reward, it more importantly acts as a mechanism which prioritises actions (which is the basis of motivation). We are then motivated to do whatever our brain believes is the highest priority. So, when you like a song or an album, your brain will tell you to listen to it.

My point is that music has a huge influence on us … bigger than we often know.


Our body is largely made up of water (somewhere between 60% – 90%). Japanese researcher Dr Emoto Masaru has conducted many studies on the importance of frequencies and water.

In one of his most ground breaking studies, Dr Emoto placed rice and water into 3 different cups. Everyday for one month he used the power of word to see how it would affect the rice. To the first cup he said “thank you”, to the second cup he said “you’re an idiot” and he completely ignored the third cup. After a month, the first cup of rice began to ferment and gave off a pleasant smell. The rice in the second cup turned black and the rice in the third cup was rotten.

From this study Dr Emoto concluded that words are extremely powerful and we should be mindful of what we say and how we say it especially when talking to children. He says that we should be positive around them and nurture them with uplifting words as much as possible.


“If one should desire to know whether a Kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer” – Confucius.

Here, Confucius is referring to the frequency that the music is being played in.

Frequencies are measured in a unit called Hertz or Hz. When listening to music with a frequency of 432 Hz, research shows that humans feel more centred. This frequency is also known as the natural tuning as it resembles a code underlying our universe in all aspects: light, time, gravity, DNA, sacred geometry and so on.

During the Chinese dynasties the emperors would send out designated teams to ensure the people of the kingdoms were playing and listening to music in optimum frequencies with prime mathematical intervals. The emperors each understood the importance of music and knew that if everyone was listening to music of different frequencies it could create a lot of tension and turn people against one another. Essentially, this means that around 4,500 years ago the Chinese were using music to control people.

Fast-forward to today and the same thing is happening but for very different reasons: music is still being used to control people but not necessarily for the better. Sound is a very powerful thing.

The number 432 (and its divisions) extend throughout ancient history and play a huge part in influencing the mind and body immediately. Extensive research on sound and music has proven the following:

Music can slow down and speed up the heart rate
Relax or shake your nerves
Have an affect on our blood pressure and digestion
Have an affect on our emotions and desires

Most importantly, music can affect on our thought processes which means it can influence whole societies to behave and think in certain ways.

Now, this is the ‘interesting’ part. The majority of the modern world and modern music is tuned to the concert pitch 440Hz. However, studies show that this pitch is slightly “off” and disharmonious with our bodies and minds. But why is this?

Sound is vibration and even the slightest vibrational dissonance can create confusion and inner chaos within us without us even recognising why. Think about it, if you are in a bad mood/bad place mentally, your immediate thought probably wouldn’t be “what music have I been listening to and how could the frequency or lyrics be affecting me?” Try asking yourself next time. You may find that a “music clear-out” is needed.

It is a well-known fact that the molecular structure of water is affected by vibration, words and thoughts (as Dr Emoto’s study showed). Taking this into consideration, lets talk about the human body, which is made up of about 80% water. If water is affected by music and words, and majority of the human body is water, this means that music and words affect our bodies.

With this in mind, take care of what you say, listen to and generally surround yourself with. Music, words, sounds and frequencies are so powerful. Energies are always transferred and flowing through us: be sure that these energies are positive and help you to progress and thrive!

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