Are you aware of how music subliminally affects your children's minds?
To understand HOW our brain processes music and song, we need to review a few basic principles of the human brain. Research tells us
Scientists agree that the human brain has the capacity to process 400 billion bits of information per second. That's right, 400 billion bits per second! But we are only conscious of approximately 0.0005% of that information. This means that, consciously, humans can process about 2,000 bits of information per second.
In other words, WE ARE NOT CONSCIOUS OF 99% of the information our brain is gathering. However, not being conscious does not mean that we are not receiving, processing, and incorporating this subconscious information into our daily lives.
Understanding that our brain learns information consciously and subconsciously is key to realize the importance of our environments. It is up to us to decide in what measure we expose ourselves and our kids to certain environments, learning platforms, and resources.
THE CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSICOUS BRAIN
The above explanation of the way in which the brain processes information, leads us to classify information into two forms of mental communication:
This is information that we are aware of. We understand and have the capacity to explain or describe content and its significance.
SUBCONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION: This is the way we process information received through our senses but which we are not aware of. Even though we incorporate this information into our lives, we cannot identify it.
It has been proven that subconscious information holds the most influence and impact in our lives.
Here are two examples:
1 – A loved one receives good news: he has been promoted at work. Nonetheless, his posture and facial expressions communicate a different story: slumped shoulders, sad eyes, low tone of voice, and so forth.
Even though the content of the message is positive, the subconscious information is communicating our loved one's true emotions. Subconscious information accounts for 75% of our state of mind and mood, while only 25% is due to the content we consciously learn and understand.
2 – You are eating or taking care of house chores and the TV is on and tuned to the news channel.
Even though most people would swear they are not paying attention to what the news anchor is saying, it has been proven that the tone of the information coming from the TV is affecting your mood, energy level, and degree of vitality in your thoughts and emotions.
We are not aware or conscious of what the TV is saying but our brain—which processes 400 billion bits of information per second—is absorbing all the information. The subconscious message we receive and perceive from the televised news is transmitted as frequencies and vibrations (which, in the case of the news, have been deemed to be 95% negative!).
The most important channels through which the brain receives information are three:
Visual: what we see
Auditory: what we hear
Kinesthetic: what we feel/experience with our body
The brain also processes information through smells and tastes, but the most representative is our visual, auditory and kinesthetic channels.
If you're thinking, what does all this have to do with music, songs, and my children, the answer is, well, a lot!
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT MUSIC? WHAT MAKES MUSIC SUCH AN EFFICIENT CHANNEL OF SUBCONSCIOUS INFORMATION?
Music is made up of particular elements that synchronize together to form conscious and subconscious experiences.
Nicola Tesla says, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” And to that quote, we add “rhythm.” “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, rhythm, and vibration.” Power for Kids
THIS IS MUSIC: SOUND, FREQUENCY, VIBRATION, RHYTHM, AND ENERGY.
SUBTLE AND EFFECTIVE
Music is composed of notes. Each musical note is determined by its own vibration and frequency that transmits a certain energy.
In its subtleness, music is able to harmonize or disharmonize, almost instantly, not only the brain waves but the entire psycho-biological structure of the person.
For this reason, music is vastly used in healing therapies, and one of the reasons why it is such a powerful channel of communication.
Through sound patterns, music has the power to build a deep rapport with people. The vibrations, the melody, and the lyrics all come together to profoundly affect the emotional state of individuals.
A joyful, friendly, familiar rhythm can be used to introduce good or bad messages in people's subconscious.
Even without lyrics, the frequency of the notes used to form each melody can influence our emotional state, thought processes, and feelings in the most instant and effective way. This is the power of music.
HOW TO USE THE POWER OF MUSIC IN YOUR LIFE
One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is finding the right time to talk with our children and making sure they are receptive to us.
If we just tell them we want to talk, they tune out. Perhaps it is not the right time and they are in the middle of something, or their intuition tells them they are about to get lectured.
However, we can use the influential power of music to communicate with our children and get our positive messages across.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
In this article, we will share two very effective ways to use the power of music in
communicating with your children.
WE SHOULD CONSCIOUSLY INFLUENCE OUR CHILDREN'S MOODS BY CHOOSING THE APPROPRIATE MUSIC AND LYRICS TO LISTEN TO.
Now that we understand a little more about the POWER that music has in our psychology and how it can affect our lives, we can consciously select not only the melodies, but mainly the lyrics and the type of messages contained in the music our children listen to.
We must choose POSITIVE, UPLIFTING SONGS WITH FUN LYRICS that express our values and virtues. Children absorb the frequencies and messages faster than adults and we must be mindful to provide stimulating and positive music environments.
Start the day by listening to fun, uplifting songs that invite dance, joy, and happiness! It is a great way of getting your kids on a positive mindset for the day ahead.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR KIDS BEYOND WORDS, AT THE SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL
We can also use music to establish a deeper connection with our kids and to ingrain in them a specic lesson or message.
1- First, we need to know our message. Write it down in short, clear phrases, no more than two or three paragraphs long. The main idea will be the chorus of the song.
2- Then, choose a rhythm for your song. Create one or borrow a famous catchy melody from a familiar song. Make sure your message ts well with the melody as the new lyrics.
3- Finally, perform your song! There are two ways to teach your musical lesson to your child:
a) Indirectly: Sing the song out loud, over and over again, when your kids are near or at hearing range. Don't worry if they are distracted; their subconscious minds will be at work and the effect will be even more powerful. You will surely find them later humming the melody or repeating the lyrics You will have achieved subconscious communication!
b) Directly: Sing the song together. Find an appropriate time to sing and play together. The song does not have to call them by name or even speak to them directly. It is only important that our message is clear. Make it a positive one: sing about values, self-esteem,
safety, love, trust, and so forth. The joy of music and the shared moment will significantly contribute to the way your message is received by your child and his or her subconscious mind.
WE INVITE YOU to practice this new way of communication with your child using music and songs of see yourself the incredible results it will yield. WE HOPE that you can use this extraordinary tool to IMPROVE your life and that of your loved ones.