How Sound Therapy improves Memory

Memory is improved by brain stimulation

It happens to all of us. You go into a room to get something, then you stop dead in your tracks and realise you have no idea why you came into that room. You rack your brains but can’t remember. So you go back to what you were doing before, and the memory comes flashing back.

When I tell this story, particularly to older people, they really relate to it. Memory, especially short term memory is a big issue as we get older. The above example occurs more frequently as the system deteriorates and our synapses are not firing as effectively.

Sound Therapy is so effective for memory because it stimulates our neurons to fire and actually builds new brain connections. Our neurons, the unique cells that make up the brain, are connected by tiny branching filaments called dendrites, and longer ones called axons which link more distant parts of the brain. These connections use both electrical and chemical energy. New connections may be formed each time a neuron fires, so stimulating the neurons to fire actually builds and increases our neural network. Just to give you an idea of the immense intricacy of this network in your brain, let me give you some stats. There are as many neurons in your brain as there are trees in the Amazon rainforest. There are as many axons and dendrites connecting those neurons as there are leaves, on the trees in the Amazon rainforest.

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Intense focus
Norman Altrogge, University student and part-time restaurant worker:

“Over and above assisting me in relaxing and winding down, my hearing became much keener as I listened to the cassettes from day to day. There followed improved concentration and it seemed easier to zero in on things. The listening had a sort of snowballing effect in improving my ability to focus my mind and put myself into whatever I’m doing with a larger degree of intensity.”

Dyslexic adult “switched on”
Cecily Bova, Cape Town, South Africa:

“At last I am able to send you my experience of sound therapy. I have been listening for up to six hours a day since October last year. (Five months) A truly hard case with very stubborn ears. I am not just a visual type, but an artist, deciphering everything thro’ my eyes. Without being told, I already knew I was “locked in” for that is how I have experienced the world, as though I lived at a distance: which makes sense because the eyes are the furthest away sense.

I loved music, but I knew the quality of sound evaded me, and I longed to hear as a musician would. Much as I enjoyed colour tones, rhythms, I knew my ears were not experiencing true sound.

Being a dyslexic adult, with switched off ears, has caused terrible suffering, as you will understand. I am in my mid 50’s and it has taken all these years to wait, and work only with body and eyes, cut off from true sound.

I have experienced a lot of anger and frustration, because of the loneliness and isolation: one of my main hang ups in the world was that I felt invisible. In fact I was beginning to call myself the invisible man (woman). I was ignored, in other words. My anger was in my voice. No doubt all who heard me would switch off.

…The results came and went. I kept a diary for three months. Everything stressed me in the end, change of life, the terrible South African situation with the increased isolationism of that, stressful home situations, homesickness for England, and hostility for South Africa made me feel more locked in than Mandela.

…Last week a change began to take place. I could not sleep a whole night. I was wide awake… my mind clear and active all night. I was frightened by it. Then awake all day, with no fatigue. This has continued, my mind clear, not disturbed. My ears are lighting up. In the past two days I am aware of them as appendages on each side of my head, my ears feel like horns, or shells, I feel their depth into my head. Sound is coming through, I am “switching On”, Patricia, with a calming effect. I can hear the anger in my voice. My speech has become softer; I am so amazed by this listening ability. I keep on thinking it will stop. If it does I’ll go mad.

At last I am aware of the other, the thou in my life. There is no doubt about it. Sound therapy in my case acted like First Aid. I was drowning, like a stranded whale, disoriented, I missed that quality of being bathed in sound. Supermarkets, noisy places, and loud pop music drove me insane. I lived purely with my eyes, focusing on colours and enjoying life in the artistic manner. Any disturbance of that made me angry, critical and aggressive. I always felt as though my privacy was being invaded.

Now my experience of sound therapy has humbled me. I am in awe of sound. I can actively focus on sound sources. It’s incredible, as though I have been given a new instrument, calming my mind and soul.

Bless you, Patricia, and all the brothers who helped you and worked with you to produce this for the man in the street. I could not have afforded the therapy in a listening lab.

Crosswords, social skills, maturation
Claude Heppell, Rimouski, Quebec:

“The most recent effect of my Sound Therapy, after l4 months of listening to the tapes, is rather amusing: for I have lately discovered a capability of doing crosswords, at which I had slaved in vain in the past.

As a purely visual person, it took me a long time to realize effects with these tapes. I was patient and persistent, as I enjoyed the music and found that I missed it when I skipped a day. Gradually I found myself becoming a more social person, feeling more and more love for others, with a powerful new capacity to interact and create in volunteer groups for old people. I am 46, and whereas one might say this was a natural maturation, I believe that, on the contrary, change is more difficult as we get older.

A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.”

More focussed singer
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:

“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”

P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”

Dyslexic hearing
Madonna Schoonder, Sydney, NSW, Australia:

I’ve always had bad concentration & memory. I also have what I call dyslexic hearing. People talk to me but I have no idea what they’re saying most times. It makes no sense to me & I just shut off. I heard about Sound Therapy & wasn’t sure if it would help but wanted to give it a go. I listened for 3 hrs the first night & slept the whole night through & soundly. Something that’s never happened before; my whole life I’ve had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep more than 2 or 3 hrs, even when exhausted. So for me, that was great. Not only that, I’ve slept well every night since, even with my boyfriend there who literally jumps all around all night & constantly bangs the bed with his legs.

I’ve also noticed my concentration has improved enormously. I can read a book now without my mind wandering & I only need to read it once because it makes sense the first time. My conversations have improved also because people’s words make sense now & don’t seem all jumbled.

The first time I listened to Sound Therapy was just a quick listen from a friend. I didn’t even really know what it was. I’d just had a huge fight with my boyfriend & was extremely upset. Within seconds of listening to the music it calmed me down a lot.

Mind in a fog
Mrs A Stolz, Kirwan, Queensland, Asutralia:

A note to let you know how excited I am at the results I have with Sound Therapy. After approximately 20 hours of listening, I believe I am experiencing positive results.

I am a Registered Nurse working in a neonatal unit where we care for sick and premature babies. There is a lot to learn and know in this relatively new field of nursing. Because each baby’s weeks of gestation, present age, and weight must be considered before starting anything else, I felt my mind was in a fog for a long time in working out their progress. Now I find a joy in being at work that I haven’t had before. It is a marvellous feeling.

I have been listening to the tapes very softly, just before I go to sleep, or sometimes, on days off, while doing housework. I play tapes softly so I can listen to the same one many times without tiring of it before I change to another tape. I look forward to 100 hours of listening and have put on layby walkmans for all the members of my family including grandchildren.

Thank you so very much for making this therapy available.

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Better sleep – less sleep, more time
29 year old lawyer:

“I listened dutifully to the tapes for over 200 hours (averaging 6 to 7 hours a day) until a remarkable change occurred in my sleeping patterns. I began to awake at 5:30 in the morning after 5 to 6 hours sleep, and was fully refreshed and ready to leap into action. Previously I needed 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night. I am now a morning member of a gym and have plenty of time to pursue study interests, all before leaving for work. I am continuing to listen and maintain my new sleeping patterns. I have also noticed that I rarely get a stiff neck working at my desk. I often listen while engaged in work and find my concentration is excellent. I feel I am very lucky to have accidentally discovered Sound Therapy and would heartily recommend it to anyone, particularly those wanting to get more out of life.

No more sleeping pills
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.

“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.

For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning ‘blahs.’ I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”

Bus travel less tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, NSW, Australia:

“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey, slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions, spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.

The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved. I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”

Need less sleep, feel more energized
Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, USA:

“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.

After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”

A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”

Shift worker
Patricia Jankovic, Kirribilli, NSW, Australia:

At a very difficult time in my life, I was introduced to Sound Therapy. It certainly improved hearing loss in my right ear and reduced Tinnitus.

My sense of well-being improved greatly. I was not aware of how unhappy and stressed I was until I started to experience a feeling of happiness inside and a more balanced emotional state.

Being a shift-worker in a Health profession I have noticed better quality of sleep and I am able to be more focused.

I truly look forward to long walks with my Sound Therapy tapes. Somehow I am able to appreciate more the beauty around me.

Sound Therapy will continue to be an important and special part of my life.

Cut sleep by 2-3 hours
Courtney Milne, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada:

“Since the Sound Therapy has taken effect for me, I no longer know what anxiety is. As a photographer, lecturer and writer, I am travelling continually and am bombarded with more than average demands. Even at the times of greatest pressure I feel an inner calm, a peace and tranquillity that lifts me above the stresses of the moment. I have no doubt at all that this is due to the therapy, as I compare my present state with that of a year ago before I began the listening program. At that time I felt always harried, often exhausted and needed eight or nine hours sleep a night; now five or six suffice, and I awake deeply rested and with a supply of energy which remains constant throughout my long days.

Although I experienced the opening of the ear some months ago, I still listen for several hours daily, as I enjoy the music and it keeps my energy unflagging, my peace intact. I find it extremely simple to wear my Walkman almost anywhere without it interfering. I drive, jog, read, listen to the radio, carry on day-to-day conversations, eat my meals and do my photography while listening to the music. I would not be without it when writing as it is conducive to creative thought, the music humming along unobtrusively like a built-in mantra.

Sound Therapy also puts attention on caring for myself. It has had an influence on my eating and drinking habits and my desire for regular exercise – a strengthening of the positive life wish. For example, as a moderate social drinker, it struck me one day that I have no need of alcohol to relax me or make me happy – so why drink any? I now jiggle my ice in a glass of fruit juice and no questions are asked except the usual one: ‘Where do you get all that energy?’

Never slept so well
Mrs Graham, Stockton, NSW, Australia:

I came across Sound Therapy at a trade exhibition. I sat down and spoke to the very nice young ladies at the stand. The reason being, whenever I had background music and a conversation going on at the same time, it was impossible for me to hear the conversation, it was very frustrating. I thought I must be close to a hearing aid for myself at this rate. I could not stand music very loud at all. It was as if my ears were going to explode from the inside out with the pressure I felt inside them, which would quickly result in a bad headache. The other trouble I had was when someone spoke to me I would always say; “Sorry, what did you say?” and before they could finish repeating, I would know what they had said. It was like slow-motion delayed action. I read the Sound Therapy book, which made me understand my problem and it was a great relief I can tell you. I wasn’t going mad or deaf. Whew!

I have been using Sound Therapy for 6 months now. At first I experienced some sleepless nights (which was not really usual for me). 2 A.M I’m awake and that was sleep for me done. I’m over that now, I sleep better than I have slept for ten years. My hearing has improved immensely. I no longer say; “Sorry, what did you say?”. I hear the first time. I take my cassette player, I listen to it in bed every night, I enjoy it. Although you don’t really listen hard to it. Just softly in your ear. I can even stand the top twenty on Saturday mornings (my partner always has this on). I used to leave the house or go back to bed, anywhere to get away from the noise. I handle that okay now too.

Thank you, Sound Therapy. I was quite miserable before, now I am a much happier person. Thanks to the help of Sound Therapy.

To anyone that is shy of this, just try it. It’s great.

Better, shorter sleep
Dan Stuckel, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada:

“Before I began using the Sound Therapy tapes my hearing was becoming progressively worse. Ear specialists told me it was caused by nerve damage, therefore there was nothing which could be done for me. They said the ringing in my ears would become louder as time went on, thereby reducing my ability to hear. I purchased an ‘in the ear model’ hearing aid after I found their predictions to be correct. My hearing did indeed deteriorate. I found I had to wear the hearing aid more and more as time went on, to a point where I was wearing it 80% of the time.

After about 3 weeks of beginning the Sound Therapy, the ringing in my ears began to subside. Along with that my hearing also began to improve. One day I felt something almost like a minor earthquake taking place deep within my ears. Since then my hearing has improved to such an extent that I seldom have to use my hearing aid. I am able to function quite well without it now, after 7 months of Sound Therapy.

To list a few of the other benefits from this therapy: I am able to sleep better and can do with much less sleep than previously required. I am doing less needless worrying, and stressing situations are much easier to cope with than they were before. In fact my entire wellbeing is showing a vast improvement.”

Deep sleep more relaxed
Heidi Munz (check Database for location)

Comments from diary on Sound Therapy treatment – Heidi Munz

Saturday 25 Sept 1999 – I started listening, felt relaxedly tired at evening. Slept very deeply all night, though I slightly woke up a few times.

I felt sort of headache when almost end of tape 1 but it was a sensation of “head bones ache”, like bones being gently moved.

This same sensation of “bones movement” was felt in my lower back, where I’ve had a recurrent pain, now being treated by both Bowen and NSD treatments.

Sunday 26 Sept 1999 – I noticed that my morning walk was more relaxed today, there wasn’t that “rushing pressure” in my walk; I walked rather fast but at a more enjoyable pace. Didn’t feel that anxiety for finishing soon, being back home soon.

I was quite calm when speaking with mum and she was telling me that she had temperature, etc. today.

I have felt a bit sleepy, I did house work this morning, again, didn’t feel that anxiety to finish soon.

Sunday 3 October 1999 – I’ve kept on listening through the week. I had quite an extremely busy week and felt I could cope with grandchildren a lot better than other times, didn’t feel as tired at evenings.

In general, I feel a lot clearer in my mind, I think I now need one or two hours less of sleep; I’ve woken up around 5am most of the days. I sleep soundly and dream normally (whatever is normal for me).

Also, I have felt tired at times (I have overdone in general due family commitments) but the tiredness is of a different sort. Before I felt exhausted.

Monday 4 October – I woke up at 5am again- I’ve felt well, despite the fact that I’ve been doing a lot, I’ve felt tired but in such a different way, it’s like relaxedly tired, not exhausted.

Tuesday 5 October – I’m journaling this day later, as I think this is the day I felt that strong bone pain in my head, like a bone was being moved from its root, like placing it next to where it previously was. The pain lasted for a few minutes (2-3?), was very intense, it reminded me of the hip bones opening at childbirth, or a toothache, something in between these two pains.

Thursday 7 October – I keep on waking up rather early, even before 5am today. Yesterday evening I felt extremely tired, I did a lot during the day, it’s perhaps the reason but the tiredness is just that tiredness and not that sense of being exhausted I had before.

I’m feeling almost an attachment to have the earphones plugged.

Saturday 9 October – I have slept a lot more than I’d done since I started the therapy; I feel relaxedly tired now, not much desire for doing much at all and, at the same time, when I have put myself to do the house chores that needed to be done, I’ve done without that feeling of exhaustion that was always present before. I feel something different in my mind, present and not quite present, or present in a different way?

Wednesday 13 October – I keep on feeling very tired, earache comes and goes, today has been with me most of the time until now (4pm).

General Comments: Worth mentioning is that I’ve been waking up earlier almost since the beginning of Sound therapy; the first week I think I had between 2-3 hours less sleep and felt well all next day, as opposed when I have had insomnia. I need to mention that sleeping patterns have improved over the last years through different natural therapies I have been getting (kinesiology, massages, Bowen massage, chiropractor sessions, acupunture, etc) but, definitely the quality of sleep has changed since Sound Therapy.

Thursday 14 October – There’s some sort of “sensation” still in my right ear; I felt a slight ear bone ache this morning that lasted 1 or 2 minutes only.

Monday 18 October – This morning I wake up just past 5am (becoming usual time since I started sound therapy) and went for a walk. The walking keeps on being brisk but not hurried and, more importantly the internal “urgency” feeling is not there.

Friday 22 October – I keep on waking up around 5am and don’t feel like getting up immediately though. I don’t know if this is out of habit or my mind is ready and not my body, or my body still is trying to have its own way. I sleep less hours, 6 to 7 hours.

I think that the extreme tiring feeling it started gradually subsiding since last Saturday 16. I could then say that the “peak of it” lasted just over 10 days (I remember that it strongly started on 5-6 October).

I have still an almost “faint” sleeping feeling all the time and I can’t tell if I’m really sleepy, or tired or relaxed in a new way.

I’ve been doing telephone interviews for the Dept of Health last three days and it has been busy and my attention not distracted. Although my pattern of working fast and trying to do everything in one day is still there, that “internal urgency” is not, neither the frustration of not having accomplished all at once.

I had a “sort of right ear bone ache” yesterday, this time was located just where the external ear is and it wasn’t strong, the feeling was “opening”, like gentle pushes to make more room; it lasted a minute maybe or just over.

I’m currently doing NLP training and this is also producing changes at a deep level, like a “top up” to previous therapies I attended several years ago. But there are things that I strongly feel are the product of Sound Therapy.

They are not dramatic changes, they are rather subtle, so subtle that they can very easily be overseen. For instance, while in NLP training last week and when trying to copy from the whiteboard from a distance, I noticed that my sight was a bit better, I could read writing that I had not been able to distinguish before. When on the phone, I seem to be more aware of my voice tone and some people’s voices don’t feel as unpleasant as they did before.

Tuesday 2 November 1999 – Probably for some weeks now, I have been sleeping longer hours, not waking at 5am as I did for some weeks.

I don’t see dramatic changes so far, there are changes though. Overall it’s a more relaxed general state.

Monday 15 November – There have been no big changes, neither ear ache; I’ve felt in general more relaxed, slept better, woken up feeling well, but there is still a general “tiring” feeling; I don’t feel 100% yet but, I need to say that I have been extremely busy with my mother’s recent pneumonia and in hospital. I’ve handled this quite well, managed well with my sister facing mother’s issues.

I notice a better thinking quality, as in being more centred in my responses or clearer in my solutions or decisions about little things but could mean something important in the end.

GENERAL COMMENTS

I’m a counsellor (4 years), a hatha yoga instructor (24 years), also have done other therapies (4 years ago) and I’m also a hypnotherapist (2 years). I meditate almost every morning for 30 mins at least. I have increasingly accomplished a more peaceful state and a clearer mind most of the time and, how I feel now is, again, different. There’s a distinction in how I’ve felt since I started the sound therapy that I can’t quite classify just now.

Today is Sunday 4 March 2001 and I need to comment that I keep listening to the 4 tapes from time to time, always experiencing a sense of calmness overall, a clearer thinking. For one or other (practical) reason, I don’t listen to them continuously but definitely, they are a great help for me every time I go through them again.

One clear example of the above was when I bought a house (my first in Australia after 18 years) and moved in July 2000; the whole exercise of looking for a house first, the financing and paper work involved later, the move itself (all of which I did alone – I’ve been divorced for many years) took a lot of energy and work. A few weeks after the move, I started listening to the tapes for some time; the results were clear and loud: good energy level came back, more relaxed.

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Musical spark
Patricia Proenza, Finchley, London, U.K.:

There have been changes, which I hardly dare believe are happening. There has been a reawakening of the musical ‘spark’ within me. Having been trained as a pianist and taken a degree in Music and also composed, my life seemed to fall apart in my early twenties, when suffering a severely strained shoulder which didn’t seem to get better. This was accompanied by mental misery and there seemed to be a gradual withdrawing of the creative energy, as playing was always accompanied by physical pain and mental anguish. As life got more complicated in many areas I gave up piano teaching and stopped practicing, since there was no spark there, no desire. Only pain and guilt at not having developed a God-given gift.

That was fifteen years ago, so what is happening now, the beginning of a reawakening, is for me a miracle. Although physically much stiffer and with aches and pains, I am so thrilled that the fire inside has been re-ignited, even if it is a small flame. I have recently composed a piece of music, which although not in original style, is at least a beginning.

I have realized too that I have improved mentally – I seem to be more positive, brighter, and much less prone to feelings of despair, unworthiness etc. My friends have noticed quite a difference in me – more than I have, as the changes have been gradual.

New vocal range
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:

“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”

P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”

Creative potential opened
Herbert Spanier, Toronto, Canada:

“My immersion into the world of Sound Therapy has had several positive results. A strikingly noticeable one was in my work as musical performer and composer, where my creative potential was dramatically opened up. The compliments I am receiving for my concerts, where improvisation is a key, are more numerous and enthusiastic, and this from contemporaries and audiences alike. Also in the areas of stress and fatigue, considerable modification is being observed.”

Ed Rohner, President, United Fretters Ltd., Saskatoon:

“The greatest benefit that Sound Therapy has had for me so far is in the area of hearing. I have a noticeable improvement in hearing and need less volume on my Walkman all the time. Also, I’m aware of having acquired the capacity for more highs. Most important of all for a musician, I am getting closer to pitch. I find I’m able to compensate the tuning which is required on any string instrument. With the increase in musical perception I am getting much more critical of sound. I firmly believe that a person who was tone deaf would be able to change that condition with Sound Therapy.

Spontaneity and flow
Tony Richards, Rebirth Practitioner:

“I am writing to you to let you know the benefits I have been receiving from the sound therapy program. I have been listening now for 370 hours. The first thing I noticed was a vast increase in the amount of colorful and vivid dreams. For many years I seemed not to be dreaming at night and awoke with hardly any recall. I am really enjoying my ” Dream Life” now!.

I am interested in music and play the guitar. It has not been easy in the past re stringing the instrument and tuning up as Tinnitus has got in the way of hearing some of the higher frequency sounds. However I have experienced a reduction of the level of tinnitus in the right ear and a different perception of the way I have experienced tinntus in the left ear so some dynamic must be shifting!. Overall my practice of the guitar has improved greatly, with much more spontaneity and flow.

Thank you so much for your sound therapy program, it is really proving valuable in my life.”

Confidence in speaking
Jeff Johnson, Graduate Student, Dept. of Humanities, Buffalo, USA:

“Not only has Sound Therapy enhanced my learning capabilities, but it has greatly increased my confidence in speaking. Being a graduate student means that you must be able to speak with authority to groups of highly intelligent people. In the past I have been too shy and self-doubting to give such presentations with any confidence. They were the most anxiety-provoking situations of my life. My hands used to shake and I would be wet with perspiration before beginning to speak. Not anymore. I carry my Sony Walkman and tapes in my briefcase, and for a time before speaking I immerse myself in the recharging sounds of the music. I find then that I am perfectly at ease before large groups, and my presentations go without a hitch. Sound Therapy has helped me so much with my professional life that I’ve given it my own special name; I call it Confidence Therapy, because confidence was the area in which I was most lacking, and I now feel like a new man!”

Crosswords, social skills, voice
Claude Heppell, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada:

“The most recent effect of my Sound Therapy, after l4 months of listening to the tapes, is rather amusing: for I have lately discovered a capability of doing crosswords, at which I had slaved in vain in the past.

As a purely visual person, it took me a long time to realize effects with these tapes. I was patient and persistent, as I enjoyed the music and found that I missed it when I skipped a day. Gradually I found myself becoming a more social person, feeling more and more love for others, with a powerful new capacity to interact and create in volunteer groups for old people. I am 46, and whereas one might say this was a natural maturation, I believe that, on the contrary, change is more difficult as we get older.

A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.”

Writing
Cynthia Connell Davis, West Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

“Specifically — I can testify that within a week after beginning my listening to the first tape I was able to write the plot for a novel. I have never before been able to envisage a plot for fiction, though I have been able to write all other aspects of fiction. (Don’t try to imagine my frustration.)

Apparently I suffer from a mild, erratic but progressive dyslexia and a reversal of (brain) sphere dominance. Improvement – as well as more patience, better listening capacity, more empathy for my writing students, decreased anxiety and depression and fatigue — has been steady and I am tremendously enthusiastic about sound therapy.”

Lifted a veil from my ears
Lillian Strong, Perth, Western Australia:

I have suffered from insomnia and chronic back pain for many years and to make things worse, a disc problem developed early last year in my lower back and I haven’t been able to sit properly for nearly 18 months!

I’m currently in the early stages of separating from my husband (having been married for 16 years). Both my daughter and I have suffered much psychological and emotional abuse which I know has been the cause of many of my health problems.

During the middle of August last month, my 11-year-old daughter and I had to seek urgent refuge at a “safe house”. We ended up staying in a small empty apartment next to a busy main road on the other side of town. The apartment was undergoing renovations and the telephone wasn’t connected and there was no food or furniture, although we were given a mattress, sheets, pillows, a TV and a few items of extra clothing, with a few items of food to last until the next day.

To say the least, the stress I was under was enormous – I didn’t know how long we would have to be in this apartment either.

Thankfully, there was an electric clothes dryer for us to use but my nervous system was so taxed by exhaustion and stress that I found the noise from it going proved to be very unpleasant!

It was during the middle of this crisis that I received the Basic Sound Therapy Kit and Panasonic Walkman (God worked a miracle here!). I purchased some batteries and decided to begin listening to one of the tapes the same night I received the kit. I chose to listen to the third tape (not realizing that you’re supposed to start with the first one, as I hadn’t read the instructions properly) and to my amazement, the sound of the electric dryer going the next day didn’t bother me at all!

After just one night of listening to the sound Therapy cassette tape (about 8 hours), I couldn’t believe the difference!!!

Since then, I have been listening to these tapes each night and I have noticed an improvement with my singing and music. It’s as though a “veil” has been lifted from my ears and my hearing of the notes and sound vibrations is so much clearer and guitar playing has been more enjoyable.

The playing experience transformed
James W. Bragg, Kentucky:

“Sound Therapy has transformed my life. I’ve been listening to the tapes for two months, and while I started feeling subtle effects almost immediately, the real change occurred about five weeks into the program.

To give a brief history: I have spent a lifetime surrounded by a good deal of noise, but always had sufficient energy until about 1972. I was building my house and using power saws and an assortment of very loud motorized tools. After less than a year of this, my energy level dropped to virtually nil – five minutes of work followed by thirty minutes of rest. It got progressively worse, and I was very worried. Loud sounds drove me frantic.

I teach piano at Morehead State University. Piano playing became extremely difficult for me. It got so I could hardly stand to do it. I have played publicly only three or four times since then, with three to five year rests between performances, and I was never satisfied with the results. It always seemed as if a short circuit existed in my expressive mechanism. I was aware of a lack of connection in the heart area and the parallel area in the spine, and worked very hard to think it together. Needless to say, it never worked.

Well, let me tell you! My sound has changed, and I love to play! The playing experience has been transformed. I seem to be hearing back the sound that I go for, and that affects the way I make the next sound. The musical cycle is now complete. With the experience of musical sounds being so greatly deepened and expanded, I am liking music which previously bored me and adoring music which I previously liked OK. The implications for the learning and teaching of music with this therapy are vast.

Then, for many years I have had great trouble with my shoulders, upper spine and neck. It was never comfortable and the shoulders often painful in the extreme. Yoga made it worse. Activity hurt. I was a virtual cripple. I began to see a chiropractor, who said my upper spine was severely misaligned. During this period I began the Sound Therapy. At between five and eight weeks he was mystified to notice that the natural curvature of my spine was fully restored and assured me that he had not done it. He said he had never seen such a thing or heard of such a thing and would probably be drummed out of the profession if he wrote it up for a medical journal. My posture is transformed and I have real shoulders at last! This is obviously reflected in my playing since the shoulders are extremely important in piano playing.

In addition, I have had an elusive speech problem since childhood. Sometimes the speech was fluent and easy; other times it simply would not come out. I literally could not talk. Most people were not aware of it, since I ‘cleverly’ disguised my problem by acting ‘professorial’ – thinking a lot and talking very little and slowly. All of this had a devastating effect on my personality, creating mood swings which were violent and unexpected. Resultingly, depression became an old, old friend.

Now this is all changed. I can talk! Mood swings are very mild and no longer a problem. I truly feel that I am being myself for the first time in my life. I know who I am. Energy is greatly increased; stamina and endurance greatly improved. I sleep from two to four hours a night and awake feeling marvellous. Just call me Lazarus!”

Richer flute tone
Jocelyn Bealt, New Plymouth New Zealand:

I was most grateful that you forwarded to me another tape after I returned my broken one to you. This is my second session of using the tapes, and I am so excited at how they have helped my singing and my flute playing.

I have played flute for many years but since listening to the tapes, my tone has a richer quality and my singing voice is purer with richer harmonics. I keep wondering how could this be? Is it my imagination? But no, I am sure the tapes have helped open up some part of my brain/ear/neck/posture, maybe all four!!

Many thanks and all the very best for a happy Christmas to you all.

Mental clarity, family harmony, creativity
Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience – or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients – to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy – particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

Musical pitch
Ed Rohner, President, United Fretters Ltd., Saskatoon, Sask., Canada:

“The greatest benefit that Sound Therapy has had for me so far is in the area of hearing. I have a noticeable improvement in hearing and need less volume on my Walkman all the time. Also, I’m aware of having acquired the capacity for more highs. Most important of all for a musician, I am getting closer to pitch. I find I’m able to compensate the tuning which is required on any string instrument. With the increase in musical perception I am getting much more critical of sound. I firmly believe that a person who was tone deaf would be able to change that condition with Sound Therapy.

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Parkinson’s
Marjorie Noyes, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada:

“I have Parkinson’s Disease. I lie down every day and put on my headphones and go into a very peaceful and restful sleep. I think Sound Therapy is beneficial to the stress that this malady brings on, Depression seems to be one of the worst side effects, and this is where Sound Therapy works wonders, making me feel re-enforced to carry on my daily tasks.”

Multiple Sclerosis
Lorna Graham, Hardings Point, Clifton Royal, Nebraska, USA:

“I suffer from MS and have been listening to the Sound Therapy tapes for about three months. I have had great luck in stabilizing my energy and can carry on normally. Nothing else I have done has helped me the way the tapes have. The M stands for multiple or many, and so I need to do a lot of things, but the tapes really have helped bring it all together and make it worthwhile. They are a life saver to me. They also keep headaches at bay.”

Epilepsy, electric feeling
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Epilepsy, spacticity
Kathleen Boyd Sharp, Camrose, Alberta, Canada:

‘Because of epilepsy I have always had to take dental work cold turkey, no anaesthetic. If I take the anaesthetic it means an instant epileptic seizure. Even when I did not take it, a few hours later at home I would still have a seizure of six or eight hours duration. Well it was mid-September when I started using Sound therapy, very faithfully from four to ten hours a day. In February I had a cavity to be filled and wasn’t even dreading it. I had the tapes running while I sat in the chair, with the dentist working on my tooth. I was as relaxed as if I was sitting in the recliner chair in my own living room. I was hardly aware of the drill (that had to be a first). This was something I had never experienced before in my entire life. There have been many times when I had to be carried literally out of the dentist’s office, driven home and carried into the house, and it would be hours before I started functioning. This time, I felt so very good, and when I got home, no seizure, I didn’t even have to lie down, but crocheted for a while and played the guitar for a few hours. I am deriving untold benefits. I was paralysed about thirty years ago with spinal meningitis, and have tended to have bad falls ever since. Sound Therapy has helped my spasticity and caused a noticeable improvement in my walking. My feet were quite toed-in, but now I actually walk with both feet pointing straight ahead. I sleep better, am calmer, and wake up ready to get up and start the day. The tapes are worth three times their weight in gold to me. I had a male relative visiting, and he helped himself to my Walkman batteries for his razor and ruined the charge. I declare if anyone touches those batteries again they will meet with instant death! Would I kill someone over a messed up charge on my batteries? You bet I would, and sit in jail and listen to Sound Therapy.’

Brain damage
Carla Gaunt, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada:

Carla Gaunt, a brain-damaged, mentally handicapped teenager, has been doing Sound Therapy for the past three months and loves listening to the tapes. Her parents report that there has been a great improvement in her ability to handle stress; her speech has developed and also her recall of past events.

Shaky hands
Hannah Shein, Netanya, Israel:

We have just returned home after a lovely week with our children. It was a very grim week for our little country what with 6 terror attacks in as many days. I believe today was a quiet day, so we can but pray for some peace.

A couple of items of interest. I have shaky hands, particularly the left one. When I play bridge I usually have to hold my cards with both hands (esp. if I am playing for a slam!). The past week or so I have not had the shakes and hold the cards well. Also when I serve tea, the cups and saucers don’t dance around ) only when serving with the left hand – just a slight shake, but much better than before. I really think Sound Therapy is responsible for the improvement.

Dyslexia and reversal
Cynthia Connell Davis, West Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.A.:

“Specifically — I can testify that within a week after beginning my listening to the first tape I was able to write the plot for a novel. I have never before been able to envisage a plot for fiction, though I have been able to write all other aspects of fiction. (Don’t try to imagine my frustration.)

Apparently I suffer from a mild, erratic but progressive dyslexia and a reversal of (brain) sphere dominance. Improvement – as well as more patience, better listening capacity, more empathy for my writing students, decreased anxiety and depression and fatigue — has been steady and I am tremendously enthusiastic about sound therapy.”

Schizophrenia
Reba F. Adams, RN – Dallas, Texas, USA:

“The psychiatrist told me, “Your daughter is a schizophrenic and always will be.” At the age of sixteen she underwent a complete personality change as a result of a severe hypoglycaemic attack, and a fall in which she struck her forehead on a file cabinet. From being active and popular, with a wonderful sense of humour, she became irritable and suspicious, dropped her friends and became a regular recluse. She would not talk on the phone nor eat at the table, but took her meals to her room to eat behind closed doors. Her co-ordination was poor, very mechanical, like a doll. She became unable to sleep and would go days without even an hour’s sleep. That was ten years ago. She has been doing Sound Therapy for six months and is better in so many ways I hardly know where to begin. She will initiate conversations again, and occasionally I hear her deep joyous laughter that I have missed so much these past years. She is calmer, and has obtained her driver’s licence, she has started work on her education, with the assistance of a tutor provided through a special program, and she wears a Walkman to class. The Walkman is worn from the time she gets up until bedtime every day. She has come so far that I really cannot say enough about this wonderful therapy.

‘As for myself, I have recently been working a twelve hour shift, doing private duty on a stressful case. Before Sound Therapy, I did well to get out of bed and work just eight hours, and never kept a clean house. During this case, I am able to do chores at home too. I listen a short time and get twice the amount of projects accomplished.

‘Then there is my mother, who had a massive coronary and came to stay with me after ten days in hospital. I put her to listening to the Sound Therapy tapes as many hours a day as possible. After two months, the doctor said she was well enough to live alone again, so she is now back in her own apartment. Every morning she gets up at 7:30, puts her Walkman on and takes a walk around the apartment complex. Not bad for eighty-four years old!

‘Now I have begun an experiment with a man who has been in and out of psychiatric wards for the past twenty-five years. He is presently home but goes to a day care centre. I loaned him my music tapes and my Gregorian Chant tape. He has been listening for two weeks now, and says his depression is lifting, and also says, ‘I feel alive between my ears for the first time in twenty-five years.’ He wears the Walkman to the day care centre, Veteran Administration Hospital, where one of the psychiatric nurses also is wearing a Walkman and Sound Therapy tape.’

Post traumatic stress
Shea, NSW, Australia:

Just thought I’d send you a progress report This is my 8th day of Sound Therapy and already it is making a huge impact on my life in several areas. I am starting to feel a deep inner contentment and a sense that all will be well, no matter what happens – I have never experienced these feelings before. It feels like the music is surrounding me with a warm, protective glow – and this is just the beginning. As I told you on the phone, I have multiple personalities resulting from horrific, lifetime abuse and when I first heard about Sound Therapy, I instinctively knew it would help me. To this point, my life has been a constant daily battle – deep inner turmoil, confusion, fragmentation and FEAR, which drove me to alcoholism and psychiatric wards. I began my healing process over 20 years ago now (I am 53) but it was marred by persecution over some years by a satanic cult to which my brother belongs. If I’d stayed living in Sydney, I would not be alive now and somehow, two and a half years ago, I scraped together the courage to move to the country not knowing whether the cult would continue persecuting me up here or not. But they have finally left me alone and I am just starting to trust other human beings in this wonderful, warm, green valley full of birdsong. I play the tapes for about 10 hours a day with these results, so far:

  • Instant relief from stress/fear/anxiety.
  • Decreased tinnitus after 6 days
  • Sleeping pattern changing – still taking a long time to fall asleep but once I am asleep, I sleep deeper and stay asleep for longer, rather than waking every hour.
  • Sore, itchy, weeping ear canals are starting to heal – I have had this condition since I was 12.
  • Certain sounds are sharper and make me feel excited – particularly the birds
  • Decreased appetite for sweet food
  • A strong feeling that I will be able to heal from the abuse – already I have had some very healing dreams and deep realisations, (pennies dropping). Yesterday, tears started to flow a little. And although I felt sad when I was crying, the sadness had a sweetness rather than a stifling desperation.
  • feeling connected and continuity which I have never experienced before and it’s because the tapes, are reaching ALL my personalities at once, like there is a direct line/link from the earphones to my heart – I have many personalities but only one heart.
  • can tolerate and even enjoy being in company for longer. I am usually very stressed when in company, because I have to constantly be on the alert not to let slip out another personality. Now I am more relaxed (I play the tapes when in company) and am less triggered and fearful any more. People inside don’t hassle me as much.
  • A feeling of increased awareness and creativity – I am an artist an am looking forward to starting painting again now. I have also started writing again (in my journal) and feel the impetus growing to start writing my life story.
  • one of the ways I was tortured was sound or noise (triggering fear) in many different ways and I am constantly alert to new or old, triggering sounds the tapes are starting to somewhere change that and I’ve met a new confidence in sound and are taking away that fear.

I think the tapes are have a quick effect because I love music and normally listen to C.D’s (no more) most of they day and also play a lot of Scrabble – thank goodness I saw your leaflet in the Neighbourhood centre and it jogged my memory – I knew about Sound Therapy several years ago but didn’t have enough money then to buy the tapes. I believe these tapes to be invaluable for people suffering from childhood abuse, incest or trauma because, as it said in your book, they seem to take your back to the womb and gently and lovingly caress you back to wholeness that’s what’s starting to happen to me.

The music you have chosen for the Basic Music Kit is superb. The first few days it was just a warm blur but now I hear every note with new delight. Thank you Rafaele for making these tapes available to me and please convey my deep appreciation and gratitude to your mother. I will keep you informed of my progress.

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Musical spark
Patricia Proenza, Finchley, London, U.K.:

There have been changes, which I hardly dare believe are happening. There has been a reawakening of the musical ‘spark’ within me. Having been trained as a pianist and taken a degree in Music and also composed, my life seemed to fall apart in my early twenties, when suffering a severely strained shoulder which didn’t seem to get better. This was accompanied by mental misery and there seemed to be a gradual withdrawing of the creative energy, as playing was always accompanied by physical pain and mental anguish. As life got more complicated in many areas I gave up piano teaching and stopped practicing, since there was no spark there, no desire. Only pain and guilt at not having developed a God-given gift.

That was fifteen years ago, so what is happening now, the beginning of a reawakening, is for me a miracle. Although physically much stiffer and with aches and pains, I am so thrilled that the fire inside has been re-ignited, even if it is a small flame. I have recently composed a piece of music, which although not in original style, is at least a beginning.

I have realized too that I have improved mentally – I seem to be more positive, brighter, and much less prone to feelings of despair, unworthiness etc. My friends have noticed quite a difference in me – more than I have, as the changes have been gradual.

New vocal range
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:

“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”

P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”

Creative potential opened
Herbert Spanier, Toronto, Canada:

“My immersion into the world of Sound Therapy has had several positive results. A strikingly noticeable one was in my work as musical performer and composer, where my creative potential was dramatically opened up. The compliments I am receiving for my concerts, where improvisation is a key, are more numerous and enthusiastic, and this from contemporaries and audiences alike. Also in the areas of stress and fatigue, considerable modification is being observed.”

Ed Rohner, President, United Fretters Ltd., Saskatoon:

“The greatest benefit that Sound Therapy has had for me so far is in the area of hearing. I have a noticeable improvement in hearing and need less volume on my Walkman all the time. Also, I’m aware of having acquired the capacity for more highs. Most important of all for a musician, I am getting closer to pitch. I find I’m able to compensate the tuning which is required on any string instrument. With the increase in musical perception I am getting much more critical of sound. I firmly believe that a person who was tone deaf would be able to change that condition with Sound Therapy.

Spontaneity and flow
Tony Richards, Rebirth Practitioner:

“I am writing to you to let you know the benefits I have been receiving from the sound therapy program. I have been listening now for 370 hours. The first thing I noticed was a vast increase in the amount of colorful and vivid dreams. For many years I seemed not to be dreaming at night and awoke with hardly any recall. I am really enjoying my ” Dream Life” now!.

I am interested in music and play the guitar. It has not been easy in the past re stringing the instrument and tuning up as Tinnitus has got in the way of hearing some of the higher frequency sounds. However I have experienced a reduction of the level of tinnitus in the right ear and a different perception of the way I have experienced tinntus in the left ear so some dynamic must be shifting!. Overall my practice of the guitar has improved greatly, with much more spontaneity and flow.

Thank you so much for your sound therapy program, it is really proving valuable in my life.”

Confidence in speaking
Jeff Johnson, Graduate Student, Dept. of Humanities, Buffalo, USA:

“Not only has Sound Therapy enhanced my learning capabilities, but it has greatly increased my confidence in speaking. Being a graduate student means that you must be able to speak with authority to groups of highly intelligent people. In the past I have been too shy and self-doubting to give such presentations with any confidence. They were the most anxiety-provoking situations of my life. My hands used to shake and I would be wet with perspiration before beginning to speak. Not anymore. I carry my Sony Walkman and tapes in my briefcase, and for a time before speaking I immerse myself in the recharging sounds of the music. I find then that I am perfectly at ease before large groups, and my presentations go without a hitch. Sound Therapy has helped me so much with my professional life that I’ve given it my own special name; I call it Confidence Therapy, because confidence was the area in which I was most lacking, and I now feel like a new man!”

Crosswords, social skills, voice
Claude Heppell, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada:

“The most recent effect of my Sound Therapy, after l4 months of listening to the tapes, is rather amusing: for I have lately discovered a capability of doing crosswords, at which I had slaved in vain in the past.

As a purely visual person, it took me a long time to realize effects with these tapes. I was patient and persistent, as I enjoyed the music and found that I missed it when I skipped a day. Gradually I found myself becoming a more social person, feeling more and more love for others, with a powerful new capacity to interact and create in volunteer groups for old people. I am 46, and whereas one might say this was a natural maturation, I believe that, on the contrary, change is more difficult as we get older.

A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.”

Writing
Cynthia Connell Davis, West Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

“Specifically — I can testify that within a week after beginning my listening to the first tape I was able to write the plot for a novel. I have never before been able to envisage a plot for fiction, though I have been able to write all other aspects of fiction. (Don’t try to imagine my frustration.)

Apparently I suffer from a mild, erratic but progressive dyslexia and a reversal of (brain) sphere dominance. Improvement – as well as more patience, better listening capacity, more empathy for my writing students, decreased anxiety and depression and fatigue — has been steady and I am tremendously enthusiastic about sound therapy.”

Lifted a veil from my ears
Lilian Caro, Perth, Western Australia:

I have suffered from insomnia and chronic back pain for many years and to make things worse, a disc problem developed early last year in my lower back and I haven’t been able to sit properly for nearly 18 months!

I’m currently in the early stages of separating from my husband (having been married for 16 years). Both my daughter and I have suffered much psychological and emotional abuse which I know has been the cause of many of my health problems.

During the middle of August last month, my 11-year-old daughter and I had to seek urgent refuge at a “safe house”. We ended up staying in a small empty apartment next to a busy main road on the other side of town. The apartment was undergoing renovations and the telephone wasn’t connected and there was no food or furniture, although we were given a mattress, sheets, pillows, a TV and a few items of extra clothing, with a few items of food to last until the next day.

To say the least, the stress I was under was enormous – I didn’t know how long we would have to be in this apartment either.

Thankfully, there was an electric clothes dryer for us to use but my nervous system was so taxed by exhaustion and stress that I found the noise from it going proved to be very unpleasant!

It was during the middle of this crisis that I received the Basic Sound Therapy Kit and Panasonic Walkman (God worked a miracle here!). I purchased some batteries and decided to begin listening to one of the tapes the same night I received the kit. I chose to listen to the third tape (not realizing that you’re supposed to start with the first one, as I hadn’t read the instructions properly) and to my amazement, the sound of the electric dryer going the next day didn’t bother me at all!

After just one night of listening to the sound Therapy cassette tape (about 8 hours), I couldn’t believe the difference!!!

Since then, I have been listening to these tapes each night and I have noticed an improvement with my singing and music. It’s as though a “veil” has been lifted from my ears and my hearing of the notes and sound vibrations is so much clearer and guitar playing has been more enjoyable.

The playing experience transformed
James W. Bragg, Kentucky:

“Sound Therapy has transformed my life. I’ve been listening to the tapes for two months, and while I started feeling subtle effects almost immediately, the real change occurred about five weeks into the program.

To give a brief history: I have spent a lifetime surrounded by a good deal of noise, but always had sufficient energy until about 1972. I was building my house and using power saws and an assortment of very loud motorized tools. After less than a year of this, my energy level dropped to virtually nil – five minutes of work followed by thirty minutes of rest. It got progressively worse, and I was very worried. Loud sounds drove me frantic.

I teach piano at Morehead State University. Piano playing became extremely difficult for me. It got so I could hardly stand to do it. I have played publicly only three or four times since then, with three to five year rests between performances, and I was never satisfied with the results. It always seemed as if a short circuit existed in my expressive mechanism. I was aware of a lack of connection in the heart area and the parallel area in the spine, and worked very hard to think it together. Needless to say, it never worked.

Well, let me tell you! My sound has changed, and I love to play! The playing experience has been transformed. I seem to be hearing back the sound that I go for, and that affects the way I make the next sound. The musical cycle is now complete. With the experience of musical sounds being so greatly deepened and expanded, I am liking music which previously bored me and adoring music which I previously liked OK. The implications for the learning and teaching of music with this therapy are vast.

Then, for many years I have had great trouble with my shoulders, upper spine and neck. It was never comfortable and the shoulders often painful in the extreme. Yoga made it worse. Activity hurt. I was a virtual cripple. I began to see a chiropractor, who said my upper spine was severely misaligned. During this period I began the Sound Therapy. At between five and eight weeks he was mystified to notice that the natural curvature of my spine was fully restored and assured me that he had not done it. He said he had never seen such a thing or heard of such a thing and would probably be drummed out of the profession if he wrote it up for a medical journal. My posture is transformed and I have real shoulders at last! This is obviously reflected in my playing since the shoulders are extremely important in piano playing.

In addition, I have had an elusive speech problem since childhood. Sometimes the speech was fluent and easy; other times it simply would not come out. I literally could not talk. Most people were not aware of it, since I ‘cleverly’ disguised my problem by acting ‘professorial’ – thinking a lot and talking very little and slowly. All of this had a devastating effect on my personality, creating mood swings which were violent and unexpected. Resultingly, depression became an old, old friend.

Now this is all changed. I can talk! Mood swings are very mild and no longer a problem. I truly feel that I am being myself for the first time in my life. I know who I am. Energy is greatly increased; stamina and endurance greatly improved. I sleep from two to four hours a night and awake feeling marvellous. Just call me Lazarus!”

Richer flute tone
Jocelyn Bealt, New Plymouth New Zealand:

I was most grateful that you forwarded to me another tape after I returned my broken one to you. This is my second session of using the tapes, and I am so excited at how they have helped my singing and my flute playing.

I have played flute for many years but since listening to the tapes, my tone has a richer quality and my singing voice is purer with richer harmonics. I keep wondering how could this be? Is it my imagination? But no, I am sure the tapes have helped open up some part of my brain/ear/neck/posture, maybe all four!!

Many thanks and all the very best for a happy Christmas to you all.

Mental clarity, family harmony, creativity
Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience – or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients – to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy – particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

Musical pitch
Ed Rohner, President, United Fretters Ltd., Saskatoon, Sask., Canada:

“The greatest benefit that Sound Therapy has had for me so far is in the area of hearing. I have a noticeable improvement in hearing and need less volume on my Walkman all the time. Also, I’m aware of having acquired the capacity for more highs. Most important of all for a musician, I am getting closer to pitch. I find I’m able to compensate the tuning which is required on any string instrument. With the increase in musical perception I am getting much more critical of sound. I firmly believe that a person who was tone deaf would be able to change that condition with Sound Therapy.