Music Therapy

Music Therapy

The long and short of it is that, as care recipients’ health declined, caregivers were at increased risk of moving further away from their pre-illness identity in the context of their relationship with the care recipient. That means caregivers interacted less and less as a spouse, parent, or child with the care recipient — acts of love (i.e., eating dinner with my wife) transformed into mechanical acts of service (i.e., feeding dinner to my wife) that became less about fulfilling the need to relate meaningfully to a loved one and more about meeting the “next” need.

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The short of it is this: Music makes a real difference.

Great power and peace is reserved for those who have learned to make music in their hearts to the Lord.

Of course when was the last time you heard members speaking “to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”? Kinda tells you just how dead Cultural Christianity is.

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)

[ Bonus Wisdom ]

The Living God combines music with spiritual growth.

Sad truth is many are too busy grumbling, opinion spouting and relishing religious dogma to do much praising in their hearts. Thus, they, never “go onto the heights.”

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:19)

I love you, O Lord , my strength.
(Psalm 18:1)


[ Warning ]

The power of music is such that it calm or clamor for demons. Be careful, very careful then what you listen to, what music is playing in your heart because their is great power inherit in music.

Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.

Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”

So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.” (1 Samuel 16:14-17)

Reviewed Unto Righteousness | Proverbs 18:2 | Timothy Williams
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(—Music therapy helped address this issue through the following therapeutic sequence:

  1. When engaging with music, care recipients’ healthier, pre-illness aspects of self emerged and activated. Caregivers were provided access to facets of their loved one they had thought were lost.
  2. Care recipients functioned as the primary conduit for the music experience for the caregivers. That means caregivers did not have independent music experiences; what they thought, felt, imagined, and associated with the music was in direct response to whatever was happening for the care recipients.
  3. Consequently, as care recipients returned to pre-illness functioning, caregivers were cued to return to their own pre-illness identity (i.e., spouse, parent or child). This allowed for an interaction, not between caregiver and care recipient, but husband and wife, mother and daughter, or father and son.
  4. Caregivers felt healed and vivified in these spousal or parent/child interactions. They were reminded why they were exerting themselves in the ways they were as caregivers. They found their interactions to be informed by love rather than by necessity. They felt themselves connected to a person they were being with rather than an object they were acting upon.
  5. These effects appeared to extend beyond the music therapy session. Caregivers found ways to tolerate the pragmatic demands of the caregiving context with the loving expressions of their pre-illness identities.