In the movie, The Weeping Camel, after a long and painful labor, a camel gave birth to a stillborn in a small Tibetan village. The animal, grieved beyond her owners' imaginations, lay down in grief and would not get up. She keened and groaned in pain.
The villagers tried everything to encourage her back to the world of the living. They enticed her with foods. They cajoled her with caresses. They pushed her, pulled her, and pleaded with her.
But the camel was beyond their emotional reach. Barely sensing their presence, the grieving mother had become entombed in her own loss.
One day, a villager had the inspiration to call in a local musician. When the musician arrived at the weakened camel's stable, he became very still. He listened for a long time until he picked up his instrument and made the sounds of the camel's weeping. He "sang" this way with her until she lifted her head. He kept playing. In time, she stopped weeping and started looking for her food. Finally, she stood. Her grief was resolved.
A colleague told me about this movie before I gave a workshop on classical homeopathy and I included it to demonstrate the power of vibration and the principle of "like cures like" (or similia similibus curentur). In clinical terms, it is called pacing and is considered to be one of the most powerful healing tools in a therapist's kit.
I also told my husband about it since he's a musician and engineer and I thought he'd not only understand but be delighted by this mystery of resonance and musical healing.
"So, what do you think?" I asked.
"So she had to have someone to grieve with?" he said.
"Precisely," I answered.