How Does A Musician Deal
As a so-called expert on tinnitus and a professional
concert pianist I often get asked, “How does tinnitus affect
your ability to practice and perform music?” I’d like
to answer this question in such a way that my response applies to
everyone, not just musicians. Therefore, whenever I talk about music,
you must substitute your own dominant creative talent. In other
words, just replace music with the desire and creative activity
which you aspire to the most.
So, let’s begin. Music is a huge part of my life, yet even
though I make the major portion of my income from the music business
it doesn't seem like work at all. It seems more like "play."
But, this was not always the case. I saw my life in music as a job
and not a very enjoyable one at that. This was because the people
who I was involved with in the music business were competitors instead
Then when tinnitus came along, it infected me to the point where
I no longer enjoyed playing the piano at all. And, I can tell you
that it was a very painful experience to not be doing the thing
I loved the most. However, once I realized that my resistance to
"what is", in other words my resistance to tinnitus, was
causing me to self-sabotage my piano music career, I stopped. Then,
I started re-focusing on what I truly wanted, instead of what I
Once focused on music and how I could utilize my talents, experience
and energy in a more positive way, my tinnitus no longer became
a factor. It no longer kept me from what I wanted which, was a successful
music career. Now, that I have it, it keeps growing and getting
bigger and my tinnitus is continually taking a back seat to the
things that really matter the most to me.
However, until I realized through learning, that I could change
my reality by changing my thoughts, nothing would have happened
because I didn't know this was even possible. The key is 'learning'.
I went from being a know-it-all to a learn-it-all pretty much overnight.
This drastically changed my perceptions of music and the music business
So then, I went out in search of people, places, circumstances and
events that could support my new version of reality. Once I attracted
those things naturally everything seemed to get easier. Opportunity
seemed to be around every corner just waiting for me to acknowledge
My music career is already by most standards very successful. Have
I achieved everything I've ever wanted to? No. But, that does not
negate the fact that I live everyday as if I've already achieved
greatness. I know it's only a matter of physical time before I manifest
most of my desires into reality where there's proof, not only for
me, but for everyone else as well.
I'll let you browse around my website and see some of the things
I've done. It's quite an extensive site and you sometimes have to
dig deep to get where you're going but the information about my
past experiences and successes are there. Most of these things wouldn't
have been possible without the jolt that tinnitus gave me. Tinnitus
helped me realize that I was the only cause of everything around
me be it negative or positive. All I had to do then was change my
dominant consistent thoughts to include more of "what I want"
and less of "what I don't want."
Learning the Law of Attraction helped me a great deal in this process.
Like attracts like. If I'm constantly worried, afraid and obsessing
about things, I get tons of unwanted results I'd rather not have.
On the other hand, if I keep monitoring my thoughts and keep reaching
for the highest thought in the moment, I tend to materialize with
very little effort some amazing results. And, along with those amazing
results comes a lot less tinnitus volume.
Music was the key for me. Why? Because, music is my true hearts
desire. To succeed on any level in the music business is a bonus.
The whole starving artist thing kept me safe but in a place of not
having. I want my cake and eat it too. I want a life in music but
I also want to be successful at it and if that includes more money,
that’s a bonus.
So, to sum up, if I were to offer advice, which I do very rarely,
I would say that focusing on your music will not only eliminate
your tinnitus but, it will bring you more of everything you want.
Reaching for the highest thought, in every moment where you are
tempted to have a negative one, will have a tremendous impact on
your life situation. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish
just by focusing your attention and energy on what you truly want.
I'll leave you with this thought. "Life is not about struggle,
fear, worry and pain, it's about easily manifesting in a healthy
and positive way the things you desire the most. Once you figure
out what it is you truly want, and then focus your dominant and
consistent thoughts on getting what you want, you cannot fail to
get what you want. In the process, your negative self-defeating
habits will fade and be replaced with a completely new map of reality
- one in which every island exposes a lost treasure that was just
waiting for you to uncover it."
Paul Tobey is a professional concert pianist who has performed
worldwide and recorded several albums. He is also author of Tinnitus
Free Living a Tinnitus
Handbook Self Help Guide which helps people reduce their tinnitus