July 10, 2007

Energy in music

Ice CrystalsImage by LexnGer via Flickr

Music can have a powerful effect on us. Many experiments show that music affects our state of consciousness in beneficial or adverse ways. Music also has effect on the growth of plants and the energy patterns in water. Watch the following video to see water crystals energized by music.

Music in this video: Mozart "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - Beethoven "Symphany No. 9" -Dvorak "From the New World"

Music goes directly from heart to heart. When music is performed, a transfer takes place of energies that were put in by the composer and the performers to the listeners. These energies can be of different kinds. They can be energies of love, or sometimes hatred, that affect us on a heart level. They can also be energies on the level of the mind, inspiring us to get certain thoughts and feelings. A lot of music has a direct effect on the body, inciting us to dance or move. Some music has a strong healing effect.

Here i would like to write some words on the process of energy transfer through music. How does it work? For example, when you want to make music that has a healing effect, how could it be done?

The first that is necessary is to know a source of good energy and to have access to this source. This source of good energy can be in yourself or it can be outside of you, for example somewhere in nature. The energy that you connect to can have many different qualities. For example, you could connect to energy of the sun, or energy in parts of the cosmos, or energy in an ocean, energy in a tree, energy from the earth. The sources of good energy are sheer endless.

The second thing necessary is the medium through which you will pass on that good energy. The medium in this case is music. There is the composer of the music, the performer of the music and there are the music instruments. The main method to make the medium work in an excellent way is that all which is medium is centered both on the source of good energy and on the objects of your love, the people for whom the music is played and composed. The composer, thinking of the people for whom he or she makes the music, brings good energy into the composition. This is very much an intuitive and direct process. It works when the composer is very concentrated on both the energy source and the future or present audience. Often it helps to compose the music for just one particular person. Love flows more easily when you know to whom to give it. The process is the same for the performers of the music. Though some of the energies have been sealed into the music by the composer, the performers need to unite with the original intentions of the composer and need to revive the original energies to work as a channel for these energies to reach the audience.

The third element to be aware of is the listener, the object of the musician's love. When you make music, you don't make it just for yourself. You want to offer your music to other people. When music is composed, the identity of the listener is frequently known by the composer. When music is performed, the listeners are immediate objects to the love and energy that is given in or transferred through the music. It is here, in the actual musical performance, that the magic of music erupts in all its beauty and splendor.

Love and energy only flow when there are three elements present: the source of love and energy, a channel (composer and performers, the music itself and the music instruments) that function as medium, and the objects or the people to whom the music and the love and energy in it are given.

Listing these three elements may sound quite self-evident, but it is the degree that this is understood and mastered by composers and performers that music can be elevated from just a common daily experience to an event of mystical and truly beneficial proportions. When this process is understood, either intuitively or intellectually, there can come into existence a flow of good energies, emotions and joy of which the composer/performer experiences to be a part rather than a controller.

July 9, 2007

The goodness of a soul divine

Now it is true that all mistakes we make in life have a purpose and we can learn from them... But it is also true that certain mistakes made by people have caused very much suffering to others.

Now it is true that when suffering comes upon us, there is a deeper reason for it hidden in the karma that we carry... But it is also true that we have free choice and we can choose to make life better for the present and the future.

Now it is true that after you made a mistake, you must take time to learn from it for the future... But it is also true that you can prevent to make certain mistakes. It is better to think twice before doing something than to just do what we feel impelled to do at the moment.

In the life of each person there come these moments that we have vision and faith and hope. That image of hope can easily disappear again in the shadows and distractions of daily life. But we can also take that image of hope as a a beacon that was given to us as a guide and a promise. That beacon of hope is far ahead of us. It may sometimes seem impossible to reach it, but we have gotten the gift of faith for a better future.

Then there is the road to go towards that beacon. While we are on the road, we may often not see the beacon anymore. We feel to sail blindly into a future of which we have a recollection of an image, but not much more than that. What is going to lead us on the way to find that beacon and then to realize our vision?

We each have our own path to go. The course toward the beacon of hope can be in a straighter line, shorter but often more difficult. The way to reach the beacon may also become one with many detours and will almost certainly be much less rewarding.

How to shorten our way into a better spiritual future? The vision given to us is like a promise, a hand reaching out to us. By reaching our hand out toward that promise, we shorten the way. Reaching out our own hand implies that we also must give a promise, a pledge to ourselves first of all, that we are going to take that road and fulfill whatever is necessary to advance on it.

Two promises meet one another. First there is the promise of the Creator for a life of harmony and happiness, a promise that each of us will get at one point in our lives. The other promise must come from ourselves. It is the pledge and determination to do what is necessary to reach our highest goal in life.