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December 1, 2015

Welcome: Let’s begin with worship.

Why is worship important to inner healing? To begin with, the Scriptures speak of the Lord inhabiting the praise of His people in Psalm 22:3. When Paul and Silas were imprisoned, they were praying and singing together when their bonds were loosed, as well as the others in the prison who heard them singing in Acts 16:23-26. And, in 2 Chronicles 20:18-24, God delivered His people from their enemies as they sang and praised the Lord.
When we worship, we turn our focus from our difficulties to God and His greatness. I’ve heard that this puts them in perspective, and makes us see them as small as they really are. At times, I think that this might be true…there are times when I am so focused on something that in reality is not very important, that worship does help to put it in its place. However, sometimes I think that this type of statement minimizes truly traumatic events and occurrences. Yes, God is bigger than anything that happens to us, but this does not mitigate the significance of our hurts. God wants to walk with us through those times. I have found that during my darkest times, worship reminds me of his closeness and his comfort. I take courage in the words of the songs of those who have been through struggles of all kinds as well.
But there seems to be something more tangible that happens when we saturate our atmospheres with worship music. I’m not entirely sure of all of the whys and hows, but I think that quantum physics has something to do with it… Worship resonates at a frequency that seems to transfer itself into the structure of the place and it lingers on long past the time that the last note died away. I’ve been to churches and cathedrals where God has been worshipped for hundreds of years. There’s something unique in the very atmosphere of many of them.
Because of my experiences in those places of worship, when I first heard about playing worship music in my home in order to saturate the atmosphere with the Presence, it made sense. And, what could hurt? I was going through a difficult time, and I needed all the help I could get to keep moving forward. I played Christian radio 24/7. I began to notice a difference. There was a lightness in my house that I didn’t feel elsewhere.
There are several resources that I’ve found helpful, and I’m sure there are others that I don’t know about. I don’t think that it has to be a certain style or kind of music. I do think that it matters if the artists singing and playing are doing so from the right place and with the right Spirit. That’s why I’ve specified worship music here. Not all Christian music is worship, in my opinion, although I enjoy most all of it if I’m just listening. But, if I’m wanting to shift my atmosphere, then I pay more attention to which music I sense the Spirit in the most.
you-make-me-brave-bethel-music1Some of my favorite artists for this are:  Bethel Music, The Torwalts, Kim Walker-Smith, and the Helsers.
Katherine's youtubeThis a link to a YouTube channel that a friend curates with great soaking music:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7AC045DAFB932407
I-Am-CoverI’ve recently discovered a musician, Del Hungerford, who records music with the pitch tuned to A432, which is the same as the sounds of nature and the cosmos. She finds that music at this frequency is healing. I have begun to use it to help set the atmosphere in my office during sessions, it’s instrumental, so it works well. You can find more information at www.healingfrequenciesmusic.com. Use the coupon code A=432 or sign up for her newsletter and you can get a free download of one of her songs. Currently her Christmas special (2015) is $2.99/single download from her site. Her songs are quite long, 25-30 minutes each, and they flow well from one to the other.
Have you used music to saturate your atmosphere? What are some of your favorite resources? If you would like more information on this and the rest of the items on the Freedom Guide, I expanded this content into a book and workbook that you can purchase from me in the office, or on Amazon here.

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