Artist: Ólafur Arnalds
Album: “For Now I Am Winter”
Vibration Score: 9/10

Throughout history, music has helped to shape who we are as humans. Songs about freedom and relief from oppression have spurred revolutionaries to band together and overthrow governments. Love songs have helped millions of people fall in love and then create millions of babies. Worshipful hymns have helped increase devotion to the listener’s higher power. The music of racist bands spreads feelings of hated, fear and discrimination. There are more subtleties taking place in our everyday experiences with music, but the goings on aren’t so different than these examples when it comes to the subconscious mind. Music can directly influence our thoughts, emotions and behaviors, often in ways that we are consciously unaware of.

There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than just lyrics and musical notes. What is truly important about music is the vibration it holds. For example, the emotional state of a composer when he or she writes a song will have an effect on the overall vibration of the song. Exposing yourself to this vibration, or listening to the song will then have some kind of an effect on you. If you listen to the song enough times, your subconscious can be affected by it. If you listen to the song when you are asleep or half asleep, the affect can be even greater because your subconscious mind is more susceptible to outside vibrations, sort of like being hypnotized. Dr. Nelson teaches about Post-Hypnotic Suggestions and Inversion in The Body Code, so if you’re interested in learning how to correct the issues that result from exposure to low-virbrational music and entertainment, The Body Code is where to look (there’s even more information in The Body Code version 2.0 which will be announced and available soon).

Music can be and should be used to bring more joy into our lives. In order to make sure that’s what it will do, however, we have to be selective in what we expose ourselves to. Our answer? Muscle test it! To keep things simple, use a vibrational scale of 1-10, with 1 being music that vibrates at the lowest and worst frequency, and 10 being the highest and best frequency.

Keep in mind that this is charting the vibration of music on a universal scale, meaning that if a song vibrates at a 10, it is just plain good for everyone. This is not the same as asking how well a song resonates. If you ask how well a song resonates with you, you’re asking how similar a vibration it has to you. If you’re having a bad day and vibrating at a 4, for example, you’d want to improve your state by listening to music that vibrates at a 9 or 10. Music that resonates with you, also vibrating at a 4 isn’t going to do anything to help you feel better, it may just keep you feeling low for longer.

Not sure where to look for high vibrational music? It’s all over the place! This week, we would like to highlight the music of Icelandic composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Ólafur Arnalds. Iceland is a pretty magical country, and its artists have been producing some of the most stirring and beautiful music on today’s market – and Arnalds is a prime example. This year, he released a new album by the name of “For Now I Am Winter”, which vibrates at a 9 – pretty good! In addition to this new album, Arnalds has been busy for the past few years composing film scores that include Bruce Willis’ “Looper” and the tv series “Broadchurch”.

On “For Now I Am Winter,” Arnalds digs deep into his bag of musical talent to produce emotionally rich and beautiful compositions, bound together with string arrangements and organic electronic beats. His music is earthy, soulful, and the vibration is high yet peaceful— almost fulfilling in a way. For the first time ever, Arnalds has employed the use of vocals on a number of pieces, to great affect. Songs like “Words of Amber” are perfect for those quiet times of reflection. Perfect with a cup of herbal tea and a good book.

Here is a music video for one of the songs on the album, called “Lyjosio”.

What do you think? If you like it, you can purchase the whole album, “For Now I Am Winter” at his website. While you are there, be sure to check out his other albums and videos, we think he’s great!