All forms of spirituality use music: from the ancient shamans to the Celtic bards; from the African drummers to Western sacred musics, the connection is obvious. Everywhere, music is used as a medium for healing and for communicating with the sacred.
The discoveries of Doctor Lefebure on the phosphenes and the cerebral rhythms have allowed him to explain, in a scientific manner, the physiological processes underlying these practices.
The phosphenes are the colored patches that appear after focusing on a source of light.
Thanks to the phosphenes, Doctor Lefebure has discovered unknown cerebral rhythms. Indeed, there is a particular relationship between the phosphenes and the rhythms of the brain, between light and music.
The phosphenes behave in a rhythmic fashion: they pulse, vibrate, alternate or oscillate. Produced by the action of light on the brain, they illustrate the rhythmic functioning of the nervous system. They adapt subjectively to the rhythms of thoughts, allowing to measure these rhythms precisely.
Nevertheless, the phosphenes also have a profound and mysterious action on the nervous system. Indeed, if one thinks while observing a phosphene, it is their thoughts, on the contrary, that will tend to take on the natural rhythms of the phosphenes.
Thus, the rhythms of the phosphenes induce the rhythms of prayers, chants, mantras or sacred musics, generating currents of energy in the body that are exteriorized in the form of dances and postures.
To sum up, it is the act of praying while focusing on a source of light that is at the origin of all religious rites.
Music and its rhythms transform the state of consciousness of the musicians and their audience, leading them to states of ecstasy.
On a therapeutic level, music can generate various states of consciousness. From the mothers who sway their children, singing a lullaby to soothe them, to the musics of war, meant to give courage to the warriors, it is a whole range of emotions that music can generate.
The Celtic legends relate that the music of the bards had the power to heal, to make people cry, sleep or even to terrorize opponents.
The Blues, music of the Black slaves of America, is based on a sway or a swing. It is thanks to this sway that the blues musicians give to themselves and to their audience the courage to live, even in the worst conditions.
All musicians feel the power of music, and it is during concerts that it explodes and becomes meaningful, resulting in a genuine communion. Bruce Springsteen expresses this very accurately: ‟Doing a concert is like taking a train, going on a trip. Every time, I wonder where this train will take us, the public and myself. And the band and myself do everything we can so that it takes us as far as possible”.
Choose one of your favorite pieces of music.
Do a phosphene.
Close your eyes and sing the rhythm or the melody mentally.
Repeat this operation during 15 to 45 minutes and you will perceive the energy of music.
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Wishing you the best with your practice of Phosphenism.
Daniel Stiennon (Dr. LEFEBURE School Director, France)