– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.99 –
The Hills Are Alive
Keep The Heart Blessed With The Sound Of Music
When sounds are appreciated they are music. Whether coming from a live band, a recording, a bird in the hills, or a person, sounds that are appreciated have to be listened to and not just heard. Music is a wonderful form of meditation because it keeps both the performer and the listener fully alert to the moment. Variations in melody and rhythm stimulate the feminine brain where careful listening is processed. Listening comes in stages: 1) the level of meaning, 2) the level of feeling, 3) constant awareness, known as presence, and 4) soundless sound (these stages are described in more detail later in this series of courses).
Regardless of which stage is being applied to the listening process, with the right attitude, all sounds are beautiful, good, and true. Judging sounds to be bad interferes with one’s perception and the enjoyment of life.
Sounds rouse the imagination. How the sounds foster imagination depends on if and how the listener perceives the elements of the music. These elements include Ether (which is space), air, fire, water, and earth. Each will be described subsequently.
Listening for the elements is a gut level primitive form of listening that requires “looking through the reality around a music to the elements that give rise to that reality” (Beaulieu, 1987, p. 16). We will be practicing and working with elemental listening later, a process that will include 1) hearing the sounds, 2) using your imagination with the sounds, 3) applying music to the realities of life, and 4) the silence that precedes and succeeds every sound plus offers untold guidance to the perceiver.
Like extracting medicine from a flower, elemental listening to music and toning is “vis medicatriz naturae.” The healing power of nature does not just stem from nectars and minerals. Vis medicatriz naturae--the healing power of nature --includes what music and toning -- two aspects of nature --can offer in the way of fostering personal happiness and planetary health.
Pythagoras’s discovery of the hidden musical blueprint for the formation of physical reality and modern theories of quantum physics were our species’ early warnings that the consumptive, un-thinking party of the Twentieth Century was about to end. Despite the warnings, our species still clings to its childish ways.
Now, after a period wherein our species grew to become, collectively, like a maladjusted adolescent, a new beginning is on the horizon. This dawning comes from our greater knowledge and acceptance of the kinds of solutions presented in this book. What is presented here has the potential to bring us out of our delusions of separation, beyond the notion of being mere united earthly brethren, to the responsibility of being co-creators of the future. We just have to learn to sing a different tune.