Animal Communication And Sound
thoughts + sound+ body language + body mechanics = communication
Communicating with Sound
This page offers you a few examples as to how sound is a form of communication amongst species:
*pitches of voice
*The Rescue Animal MP3 Project
Sound has energy. And when you work with animals on any level you realize that energy sends a profound message.
I study animal behavior and help humans understand their animals better. It is my theory that to thoroughly understand animals, you must have knowledge of your behavior as well as theirs. In addition to body language, body mechanics and thoughts audible signals have a huge impact on animal communication which can include:
I have worked with many domestic and wild animals and will share with you how sound has affected animals in the following two cases.
I am a certified hypnotist and work with humans to help “center” them so that their animals can benefit from their state of calm and so that they can “hear” their animals better. I was working with a brood mare (a female horse used just for breeding) that had not been handled by people. Centering myself first, my next step was to telepathically send her images of calm, treats, and no harm intended and what my intention was…to get close to touch her. My third step was to help her identify the images with sound, which intensifies the bond of communication, and gives it more “energy”. Thoughts become things. I started talking to her in my hypnotic voice as though she was a human and realized that she was becoming mesmerized, relaxed and responding to the tone and pitch of my voice. I had to ad lib a little when it came to her “relaxing her toes, which became relaxing her hooves”. I observed each body part of hers relaxing as I was going through the mental images, and talking in a melodic tone. Within 20 minutes her head was hanging low, her leg was cocked, and she was very clearly “going under”. Finally, success, I was able to stroke her neck.
I tried this approach with a wolf-dog (Part wolf and part dog) and with a pack of wolf pups. This time I took it one step further and rather than speaking in English began to chant a Lakota phrase “mitakuye oyasin” which interprets as “we are all related”. I made up my own tune. The female wolf dog slowed down her frantic pacing in her pen and began to make eye contact with me. When I tried this approach with the wolf pups, they came out of their hiding den slowly, one by one, remained at a distance but were willing to stay in an open area. Progress for both and again responding to a calm tone and pitch of my voice.
Different vowel sounds affect us in different ways:
The Sufis are a mystic order and they have studied the impact of sounds on your body and energy. Here are some fascinating thoughts from the Sufis about sounds..that may be in your voice! Special frequencies expand our consciousness, musical intervals, rhythms and harmonics may be directed to produce special effects!
Perhaps you may want to hum some of these sounds for their benefits!
Ah.........represents the feeling of unity...golden color...earth
sound...opens your heart energy and radiate energy
Ooo(cool).........blue...water sound...relaxes energy and draws
Eee.............bight blue to turquoise...air sound...related to
mind and thinking
Hmm......top of head...produces rainbow colors..connects you to spirit
Oh..... (as in go) Combines ah and oo. This sound effects the
from Jill Mattson/ sound healing
Natural tones are the most effective for balancing our voice, such as grunts, groans, moans, screaming, laughing, yawning and sighs. Sounds such as "mmm" and "ah" contain frequencies that elicit improvement.
The karate master cries before he strikes. The weight lifter groans as he lifts. Why? Because the voice releases energy and power. Self-created tones affect us from the inside out!
"Ouch"! Scream in pain! Why do we do this? We use sound to release pain out of our body. It is instinctual. We use sound naturally to relieve pain, but we forget to credit sound.
One reason why toning is an effective healing practice is because feelings attach to sounds. Our subconscious feelings are a part of our spoken words. The quality of our tone communicates our underlying intent and feelings beneath our words. For example, the "hello" we say to someone we love is different than the "hello" we say to someone we don't like. Our emotional communication is clearly in our tone of voice, more so than the words.
When our brain censors our spoken words, these censored ideas remain in our tone of voice. We may not even be aware of these subtle underlying feelings, but others sense these feelings from our tone of voice.
Sometimes we forget what our truth is, because we have hidden it in our subconscious minds for so long. Sound can carry our hidden feelings back to us. Our tone of voice is a communication link to our subconscious mind.
We don't always speak our truth. Sometimes the truth is painful. We are taught to be polite or kind, instead. Another example is a habitual white lie. How often do we tell people we feel fine, when we don't? Or "nothing is new", when we don't want to share something new? Or that we like something, when we don't?
When our feelings and our words are not in alignment, we create dissonance in our bodies. In contrast, speaking our truth sets us free.
Toning is a way to clear stuck negative energies and buried feelings from ourselves.
Healing with Sound
Sound Healing is an effective and proven modality that uses vibrational sound to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create a deep sense of peace, well being and better health. Sound has also been shown to be a vital part of the healing process for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and side effects especially for pain relief management.
During our waking state, the normal frequency of our brain waves is that of Beta. Sound tools entrain the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind and intuition. Modern medicine can now measure and thus confirm the practice of sound as a means to promote healing. (see sound healing questions answered for more info on this) Thus, sound is a type of energy medicine that creates the sacred space in which people can heal from stress disorders, pain, depression, the emotional roller coaster and more.
I believe in integrated health services so in addition to the vibrational healing initiated by sound, my sessions include Polarity therapy, visualizations and life coaching. This combination creates a true body, mind, spirit connection so vital to natural healing. Polarity is a gentle type of energetic healing modality that uses healing hands on meridian points, for foot reflexology and craniosacral techniques. It promotes chakra healing, remove
How does it work? Ancient instruments, including Tibetan singing bowls are 'struck and sung' in specific rhythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics at the frequency of "AUM" or "OM". This sound frequency known as that of Perfection impacts the sympathetic nervous system as your brain waves synchronize to the vibrations of the bowls. The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and disrupt the pain reflex creating a deep sense of well being. Some work with gongs, toning, color and visualizations may be integrated into your session to help move energy. In every case, Diane strongly refers to the clients inner wisdom to help in the healing process.
What are the benefits? Among the many are relief from pain, stress- related conditions and the ability to alter ones consciousness. It is an integral part of healing the effects of chemotherapy, reduces pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression, After sessions clients experience improved memory, clarity, vitality and the ability to take action. Many report out of body experiences, a deep sense of tranquility, sleep soundly and feel the effects of the treatment for several days.
ref: Diane Mandle, http://www.soundenergyhealing.com/pages/aboutSoundEnergy.html
Animals and Music
Animals just as humans, respond to music; soothing, relaxing tunes seem to calm them too. See more about the experiment in Lincoln Park, Chicago below.
Beautiful, peaceful music is thought to have a wonderful, even healing effect on man's mind and spirit. It is known to have a leading effect on the human soul, as it leads it to certain states, either joyful, or sad, more or less profound. The same thing is likely to happen to animals. You might have noticed your cat leaving the room when you listen to a hard rock piece, or see it relaxing on a chill out tune. So what is it with music and living creatures?
If they like that particular music, animals would come closer to the source it produces it, in order to fully enjoy those pieces of art. Music can even have a soothing effect for a suffering, ill animal. The same thing is known to happen to plants, which can blossom to certain beautiful musical works. One explanation to this phenomenon might be that, since we as human beings, plants and animals are part of the same creation, and have the very same Author, we are likely to respond to the same stimuli and to find peace, bliss, beauty and joy in the very same things.
Apparently tranquility inducing music can ease both physical pain in an animal, and psychological disturbances caused by abandonment, abuse, loneliness, sadness, different traumas or any other negative emotions. It is also said that certain animals that are very fond of their owners are likely to simply absorb their feelings and sicknesses, and music can have a positive influence on the spirit of these loyal creatures as well. It probably comes from the natural environment, where birds of all sorts produce such wonderful, calming and soothing music, which is in perfect harmony with the whistle of the wind passing through the leaves, streams flowing and fresh, pure water springs or waterfalls going down to the ground with such wonderful sounds.
One thing people are most certainly unaware of is that animals, just like children, may suffer themselves from things they cannot understand; but which, since they touch their owners, it reaches them, too, things like financial problems, broken or difficult relationships, many other worries that humans have every single day. All these are the side effects of our much praised civilization and technological evolution. Although they cannot explain it or completely grasp it, animals have certain negative sensations related to the negative aspects of modern life.
Animals living in the wilderness may never have to go through all this useless, extra stress, as they follow their natural cycle of life, living "at home" and at ease. Yet for these animal friends we share our home with, it can sometimes quite damaging to adopt our unnatural lifestyle. We can still try to use civilization for a good purpose and help these animals cope with stress by giving them the opportunity to enjoy some great, calming down music.
In Chicago, Lincoln Park, they decided to study this matter and see what effects may be produced by playing the violin to some animals there. The results were very interesting. Thus, panthers seemed to greatly enjoy peaceful tunes like "Home, Sweet Home", and the same did a lioness with her cubs and a jaguar: "The Lioness and her cubs were interested from the start, though when the violinist approached the cage the mother gave a hiss, and the cubs hid behind her. At the playing of a lively jig, the cubs stood up on their hind legs and peeped over at the player. When the musician retreated from the cage, the animals came to the front of it and did not move back when he gradually drew so near as almost to touch the great paws which were thrust through the bars. When playing 'Home, Sweet Home,' the entire family seemed very attentive, and were motionless except that the cubs turned their heads from side to side. Then another jig was played and the cubs pranced about."
"The Coyotes in a den, squatted in a semicircle, and sat silently while the music continued. When it ceased, they ran up and pawed at the player through the bars. He began afresh, and they again formed in a silent semicircle. This experiment was tried several times with the same results." Interesting, isn't it?
Music for Dogs
Canine Behavior Affected by Sounds
The branch of science that studies sound in nonhuman animals is called animal bioacoustics. It includes the study of the relation between environmental sound and animals. Joshua Leeds, a psycho acoustician with an interest in clinical studies of music for dogs, claims that auditory input may have a much larger impact on the psyche and body than most people think.
How Sounds Affect Dogs
Musical experts have found that one vibration can alter another and that external rhythms can speed up and slow down internal functions of the brain, heart and respiration of living things. Complex music increases energy while simple music has a relaxing effect. It has also been discovered that high pitched sounds stimulate the nervous system and low pitched sounds de-stimulate the nervous system, creating fatigue.
Leeds says, “When our auditory process is under or overwhelmed, or when we have difficulty processing sound properly, there can be multiple and far-reaching ramifications.”
Since studies have shown that music affects dogs and humans in much the same way, this suggests that dogs can also suffer stress from over stimulation in busy cities, hectic households, shelters and boarding kennels and perhaps react in negative ways such as house training accidents, barking too much, chewing, biting tendencies, and other behavior issues.
Soothing Music for Dogs
A research program conducted by Dr. Deborah Wells in 2002, studied the effects of five types of auditory stimulation on shelter dogs. They were human conversation, classical music, heavy metal music, pop music, and silence. This study revealed that heavy metal music caused the dogs to stand and bark more and that classical music caused them to rest more.
The BioAcoustic Research & Development project took her research a step further and studied the effects of different types of classical music on more than 150 dogs. Several of the dogs suffered various anxieties from sources such as thunderstorms, separation, children, and other pets. Reportedly, simple arrangements with a solo instrument and a slower tempo had the most soothing effect with 70% of anxiety behaviors reduced.
According to an msnbc.msn.com article, Alianna Boone played harp music for hospitalized dogs in Florida in 2000 and discovered that her tender strains lowered heart and respiration rates in many cases.
Through a Dog's Ear Research
Content provided by Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries
To animals, human music falls into that grating, unrecognizable category. With vocal ranges and heart rates very different from ours, they simply aren't wired to enjoy songs that are tailored for our ears. Studies show that animals generally respond to human music with a total lack of interest. With this general rule in mind, Snowdon has worked with cellist and composer David Teie to compose music that is tailored to suit them.
Back in 2009, the researchers composed two songs for tamarins — monkeys with vocalizations three octaves higher than our own and heart rates twice as fast. The songs sound shrill and unpleasant to us, but they seem to be music to the monkeys' ears. The song modeled on excited monkey tones and a fast tempo made the tamarins visibly agitated and active. By contrast, they calmed down and became unusually social in response to a "tamarin ballad," which incorporated happy monkey tones and a slower tempo.
Snowdon and Teie have moved on to composing music for cats, and studying how they respond to it.
"We have some work-in-progress where we've transposed music and put it in the frequency range for cat vocalizations, and have used their resting heart rate, which is faster than ours," he told Life's Little Mysteries. "We find that cats prefer to listen to the music composed in their frequency range and tempo rather than human music."
On the basis of their results, Teie has started selling cat songs online (at $1.99 per song) through a company called "Music for Cats."
Dogs are tougher nuts to crack, mostly because breeds vary widely in size, vocal range and heart rate. However, large dogs such as Labradors or mastiffs have vocal ranges that are quite similar to those of adult male humans. "So, it is possible that they might be responsive to music in our frequency range. My prediction is that a big dog might be more responsive to human music than a smaller dog such as a Chihuahua," Snowdon said. [Dogs Play the Piano in New Video]
Indeed, some dogs do appear to respond emotionally to human music. Research led by Deborah Wells, a psychologist at Queen's University Belfast, shows that dogs can discern between human music of different genres. "Our own research has shown that dogs certainly behave differently in response to different types of music, e.g., showing behaviors more suggestive of relaxation in response to classical music and behaviors more suggestive of agitation in response to heavy metal music," Wells wrote in an email.
Considering the great demand for new ways to please our pets, more progress is likely to be made in the field of animal music. But no matter how well composers perfect their dog, cat and monkey songs, the animals will probably never appreciate their species-specific music quite as much as humans appreciate ours. According to Snowdon, they lack an important musical ability that we possess: relative pitch.
"We can recognize that a sequence of notes is the same whether it's in the key of F or A flat," he said. "I have found that animals have very good absolute pitch, but they don't have relative pitch. They can learn to recognize a sequence of notes, but if you transpose the notes to a different key, so that the sequence uses the same relative notes but the key is different, they can't recognize the relationships between the notes anymore."
He added, "To that extent, we understand music in a different way than animals do."
The universal language of music touches our animal friends as shown by recent scientific studies. Specific musical compositions can help pets cope with common phobias such as thunderstorms, household noises and stress. Music can help create a harmonious environment for your animal companions while also improving their health and behavior.
Rescue Animal Mp3 Project, founded by Pamela Fisher, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in North Canton, Ohio is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for abandoned animals in Rescue Animal Adoption Shelters. Music arranged to promote relaxation and calm behavior will be donated to shelters to help the animals cope with stressful housing conditions and be more inviting of loving adoptions.
Calming Pet Music has been generously donated by various artists from around the world and transcribed on to Mp3 players which are available free of charge to Non-profit and Government Animal Adoption Shelters. The extensive variety of music in this compilation will provide soothing vibrational therapy to help relax the animals and enable potential adopters to see the pets' more natural and loving personalities.For more information go to: http://www.rescueanimalmp3.org/index.html
Watch the amazing video of how calming music affects these shelter dogs below:
Watch this funny video of sleeping piglets and how they react when the people around them talk, and then sing!
How to Communicate with Sound
Depending on how you want to approach this exercise, you can test sound communication and its implications by centering yourself first and seeing how your animals respond when you are in a calm state, vs. to speaking randomly in an excited tone, angry tone, and controlled monotone without any differentiation in loudness, tone or pitch.
For sound communication in a controlled monotone voice, take a deep breath and release all your emotions and thoughts and experiences of the day. Do this 2 more times inhaling the breath from the bottom of your feet through your nose, and exhaling out your moouth.
Now begin to speak to your animal and use a simple sentence like "I am ready to spend time with you". Dont ask questions. They will automatically make you elevate your voice. Just a statement. Dont use body gestures or change your body position. Just experiment speaking like this and then telling your animal to relax their nose, their eyes, and work your way down to their tails. Notice what this does to their behavior, to their body.
Now heighten the pitch of your voice. Make it real excited, and then angry and see what happens.
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