Communicating Through the Music of Your Personality
Each human personality is like a piece of music having an individual tone and rhythm of its own ~HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
When I read these words recently, I almost stood up and cheered.
For the past few months, I’ve been thinking of ways I could incorporate more music into my seminars and workshops or speeches.
When I go to a concert or listen to music at home, I’m always responding to it. Music penetrates my pores and infuses my body, my heart and my brain with its energy. When I’m really into the music, I feel like I’m being swept away. It’s actually a euphoric feeling, one filled with happiness and excitement.
What about the music heard in nature? The pounding of waves, raindrops on the roof, an intense wind in the trees and my favorite: water – rolling over rocks large and small as it makes its way down a creek.
History has been affected by music as well. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a particular part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the
words from his brain onto the paper.
I encourage you to use the music in your life to inspire you, to relax you and to ignite your creativity. Even music that isn’t really your style or preference can be motivating. Listen and respond.
Another aspect of music I want to incorporate more (and hope you will too), is rhythm. I’ve read about the two responses to rhythm. The first is the hearing of the rhythm and the second is the actual physical response to the rhythm.
It has been my experience over the last few years that many people are reluctant to get in touch with their natural sense of rhythm. When I use music to get people to just be in the moment and let their bodies respond, they get embarrassed and freeze up. They start judging themselves.
For millennia people have been singing and dancing to celebrate and let go. Are we our losing our connection with our inner rhythm because we focus too much time on technology?
Part of my philosophy has always been that your body is an instrument and it’s up to you to “make music” with it, taking in, interpreting and expressing what you’re experiencing in the moment. Whether you’re listening to actual music or experiencing something else, internalize, interpret and express. Once you get your instrument in tune and are making music with it, you can more easily harmonize with others.
Listen to the rhythm of your heartbeat. It’s the first and most profound rhythm in all of our lives.
Nothing expresses my emotions more than music. It is poetry with notes instead of words. Or as Hazrat Inayat Khan said, “Sound is the force of creation, the true whole. Music then, becomes the voice of the great cosmic oneness and therefore the optimal way to reach this final state of healing.”
When you’re ready to find your true rhythm and use the music of your personality to communicate with those who need to hear your message – I’ll be waiting to help you develop your ‘gift’ for better success.
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