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1 Simple Hack for Increased Energy and Creativity

A No Risk, No Cost Tool You Can Use Right Now

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I am endlessly fascinated by the human brain. Pondering all the trillions of processes that it performs on a daily basis without even having awareness of it is nothing short of miraculous. Neuroscience is exploding with discoveries about how the brain works and how we can help it perform even better. Nootropic drugs are popping up everywhere promising enhanced cognitive function, memory improvement and endless amounts of energy.

I am the first to jump on those bandwagons and try the latest supplements. I am a sucker for all the flashy marketing tools selling me the latest pill that will make me feel like superwoman and able to perform beyond my wildest imagination.

Recently, though, I have been delving into other modalities of enhancement. The brain is an intensely complex organ that derives energy from a plethora of other sources than just consumption. For some reason, our society seems to focus on drugs, food, pills, or liquid tinctures to energize and enhance. We put less value in movement, light, or sound for increasing energy and brain power. Somehow it seems less tangible to recognize these modalities as credible. But research is showing some notable results that are worth considering. And the greatest part of experimenting with them is that they are low risk. Much lower risk than popping new drugs or supplements or even ingesting copious amounts of caffeine to get through the day.

Your Brain on Sound

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One of these low risk forms of brain enhancement I’ve been experimenting with is sound. Alfred Tomatis was a French Medical Doctor (ENT) and a pioneer in the world of cognitive science. He studied the relationship between the voice, the ear, and the brain and how that relationship can enhance or detract from the brain’s function. He made some fascinating discoveries involving sound frequencies and how they influenced not only people’s voices but how they felt and the energy they had.

His work began when trying to help singers with damaged voices. He invented an instrument called the Electronic Ear. In The Brain’s Way of Healing, author, Norman Doidge, M.D., writes how Tomatis discovered that he could heal singer’s voices by allowing them to hear higher frequencies better using the Electronic Ear. By becoming better listener’s they were training their voices to reach different frequencies. This led him to formulate his Law of Retention. This law says that,

Tomatis noted further in his experiments that good listening had an energizing effect on the singers. In Conscious Ear, Tomatis writes,

“all without exception, felt an increased sense of well being. Even among those who were not singers, many confided in me that they felt like singing.”

Doidge continues to write about this groups experience:

And even more interesting is his further observation that the ear is connected with posture. Doidge explains:

Battery to the Brain

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It was this that caught my attention. Just by listening to certain frequencies you have the ability to energize your brain making it possible to work or perform better without needing that afternoon cup of coffee or caffeine jolt.

Tomatis believes that sounds are nourishment for the brain. He was raised in a musical family and spent a lot of time around opera singers. He observed something interesting from them. Opera singers were always able to sing a matinee performance and then an evening performance and still go out and enjoy a party late into the night. They were always full of energy. Their posture was open and their body language conveyed joy and lightness.

He observed the same thing of Benedictine monks who chanted for hours a day. Their chanting energized them so much they were able to easily get by on 4 or 6 hours of sleep per day.

To further support his theory, he observed some of the opposite effects in monks when some of the European monasteries stopped the practice of chanting in 1967. The monks started sleeping twice as long as before while reporting still feeling tired and even depressed and showing poor posture. At the time, the doctors could not help them. When Tomatis ordered them to begin chanting again, their energy returned, their posture improved, and their depressed receded.

Dr. Tomatis began experimenting with different types of music and found that Mozart had universal acceptance and the highest rate of therapeutic value. Tomatis explains that there is a “lightness of being” in Mozart’s music that transcends individuality and connects us to the Universe. His method is used to help autistic children and adults who experienced auditory problems in their development years. It has even been used to help adults learn languages better.

His method is strengthening the connection between the ear and the brain which energizes the brain and provides faster neural pathways to make learning and creating easier as well as enhancing mood and posture.

But Does it Actually Work?

Before I discuss my personal experiences, I should mention that the actual Tomatis method that is used to help autistic children and adults as well as those with ADD/ADHD utilized very specific musical recordings that are filtered and altered from their original states. A trained therapist will evaluate the patient and tailor a musical program to their specific needs.

But the unaltered use of Mozart for enhanced brain function still has it’s benefits.

I have been experimenting with listening to Mozart while I work as well as during leisure time and have found interesting results.

I have listened to it while writing and editing. I have tried it during various times of the day and in different locations. I have tried it while reading which is something that I often struggle with falling asleep during.

Typically, I would sit down, put on headphones and play Mozart. I would then begin whatever activity I was planning on doing. Most times I wouldn’t notice anything until an hour or more later after being engrossed in my activity when I would look up to see how much time had passed and be shocked that I had been working diligently for so long.

My usual fatigue, procrastination or mind wandering had all but disappeared. There were a couple of times when I had sat down to work after eating breakfast or lunch. Sometimes I experience fatigue after eating a meal. I recall feeling my typical heaviness and suspecting that I may soon get tired. I put on my headphones and put Mozart in my ears. I noticed an hour later that the heaviness passed and my mind was clear and energized.

This happened another time while lying down in bed reading. I thought for sure I would fall asleep but I put on the music, forgot that I was listening to it and found myself absorbed in the book until I finished reading it. Granted, I was close to finishing the book so it wasn’t like I read an entire book in one sitting. But for someone who is a slow reader and often falls asleep while reading, this was a big improvement.

Placebo Effect?

Some may chalk this up to placebo effect, but for each of my personal experiments I had forgotten all about listening to the music. It wasn’t until after a period of time that I was engrossed in my work that it dawned on me that I was focused and energized. And because the effect was repeated on several occasions, it has convinced me enough to continue the practice.

After all, there’s no risk involved. It’s certainly cheaper and healthier than popping the latest nootropic supplement or even drinking a bunch of caffeine.

So next time you want to focus, increase your energy or pump up your creativity, try putting on some Mozart and see if you like the results. I would love to hear your experience.

Debby Germino is a freelance tv/film editor who enjoys writing about mindfulness, health, and anything else that makes life happier. She writes a bi-weekly newsletter and is open to comments and suggestions on any of these topics.

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Debby Germino

Happiness & Health Improvement Junkie, Meditator, Yogi, Triathlete, Film & TV Editor, Writer/Blogger