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Beyond the Roof of the WorldMusic, Prayer, and Healing in the Pamir Mountains$
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Benjamin D. Koen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367744.001.0001

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Music–Prayer Dynamics and Cognitive Flexibility

Music–Prayer Dynamics and Cognitive Flexibility

(p.59) 3 Music–Prayer Dynamics and Cognitive Flexibility
Beyond the Roof of the World

Benjamin D Koen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 introduces the music-prayer-meditation dynamics model and shows how it can be employed in ethnographic and health science research; presents a case study; explores cognitive flexibility as a culture-transcendent dynamic necessary to bring about healing transformations; frames the quantum field as a middle ground of transformation between the tangible and intangible, between that which is manifest as matter and that which is its source—a source that is non-physical and unmanifest; shows how cognitive flexibility is related to local beliefs, symbols, metaphors, the natural and built environment, as well as musical structures of maddâh devotional music; and shows how cognitive flexibility facilitates entering a state of higher consciousness and quantum potentiality where healing can occur.

Keywords:   music-prayer-meditation dynamics, cognitive flexibility, quantum field, symbol, metaphor, healing, environment, transformation, higher consciousness

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