Raga in sound healing

Raga is a set pattern of notes that have specifics in the way each note relates with one another, their subtle characteristics, intervals, and embellishments. These esoteric patterns both establish a framework and allow for improvisation. In North Indian classical music, masters like Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar are well know for their accomplishments in the art of raga. Each raga is special in the way it is played, the time of day it can be performed, the season, the mood. Ragas are purposely designed to invoke deep emotions. So how does raga work with sound healing? Have you ever been triggered by something that makes you feel a certain way? Perhaps you see a scene in a movie or experience a situation, and suddenly a flood of emotions over take you. Triggers are often formed as a defense mechanism during childhood and traumatic events. Whether we realize it or not doesn't matter. When our brains perceive an incident, connections are made in our brain. Over time these connection become reinforced through a process called myelination. Any associated experience with the inciting event such as color, sound, smell, a word, a gesture and stimulate the neural pathway or trigger. For many, this is the main reason why some people simply react and take things personally. They become triggered and relive a traumatic event or childhood wounding and go into a pattern of learned behavior. Maui Sound Healing uses raga for this very purpose, to bring up emotion. We also incorporate isochronic tones, a modified version of binaural beats and a secret technique to stimulate neural plasticity, the formation of new neural pathways during the old trigger pattern. This approach is founded from the trauma work done for PTSD victims called EMDR. EMDR helps to remove unwanted triggers, allowing the individual choice rather than reactivity.


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