Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Practice--Song Manifestations

One question we hear a lot from metaphysical teachers comes up, "do you like what you experience in your world?" And I would add, "do you like what you hear in your world?"  Do you believe strongly in the lyrics of your favorite songs or even your least favorite songs? And be honest, what type of reality are your favorite songs creating for you to experience?

Now, I'm not going to label experiences as negative or positive. I'll let you decide.  What I will ask is this, what pleases you more, living a life of drama or one of joy? Again, you decide.  But maybe you don't believe a life of joy is possible or maybe you tossed out your dreams in favor of fitting into the status quo and not rocking the proverbial boat.  A small life seems comfortable on the surface and only requires a knack of putting up with situations, people, and events.

What if I told you that the songs we listen to provide mantras in our lives? And what if I told you that we walk around in an altered state, often in a dreamy state with a slower brainwave so we absorb and digest those song mantras into our life experiences? And if this is true, which I believe it is from my experiences, then why do some of us listen to break up instead of love songs? Why do some of us listen intently to protests songs (not saying that doing this once in a while leads to negative states)? Why do we listen to songs with hateful or vengeful lyrics? Though I doubt anyone reading this post fits that description.

Songs have the power to manifest our dreams and our nightmares.  And we control the tuning dial based on the choices we make on an unconscious and conscious level. I launched this blog to spread consciousness around sound vibrations and music. I wrote a book for the same purpose.  I did this because I've noticed that we have no problem jumping on board the quantum physics and Law of Attraction trains, but we do face challenges deleting songs from our lives that don't serve our desires and wishes.  We do this because of sentimental and nostalgic reasons.  We do this for the same reason we crave food with fat, salt and sugar, because it goes down nicely, but then digestion problems occur. 

But if we're honest, we would choose songs with lyrics that bring us life-affirming mantras.  This list includes Disney tunes like "When We Wish Upon a Star," as well as jazz classics such as Louis Armstong's "What a Wonderful World."  I mentioned American soul music from the 1960s through the 1980s that provide mantras for love, spiritual awakening, and setting boundaries in our lives as we honor ourselves.

So if someone wants to attract love and romance in their lives, listen to songs with loving lyrics, and not breakup songs.  As much as I enjoy Carole King's "Too Late," for its chordal progressions and sentiments, this song won't attract love into my life in the way I would like to experience it.  However, Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" will attract what I desire. 

If someone wants to attract their wishes such as wealth, prosperity, a new home, or a vacation, then wishing upon a star might do the trick.  If someone wants to feel at one with the world or feel joy, then head over to the Louis Armstrong classic, not to mention countless jazz classics.  Why not listen to George Gershwin's show tunes or his jazz-classical Rhapsody in Blue which has upward moving scales that uplift us?

However, if what you desire is to get in touch with your shadow or what's lurking in your subconscious that keeps you stuck, listen for song motifs or lyrics that stick with you.  Then use some sort of access or clearing tool to release those stuck emotions and integrate your shadow.  I recommend spiritual teachers such as Rikka Zimmerman and Cari Murphy to help you with this process.  Emotional Freedom Technique also works for some people as far as a clearing tool.

So take stock of the type of songs that attract your attention and ask yourself if those song lyrics create your reality? Do those song lyrics cause limited and fearful thinking? Do those song lyrics lead to feelings of self-righteousness or dualistic thinking? Do those songs lyrics bring you hope, faith and a sense of peace? Some people listen to songs for the same reason that they read thrillers or adventure novels to experience an adrenaline rush.  However, consider that every time we engage in fight or flight experiences, we release cortisol in our body which leads to inflammatory diseases.  While the diet and nutrition industry gazes deeply at how food leads to disease, musical vibrations attached to word vibrations I would argue also leads to dis-ease experiences.

In the end, I won't choose your musical menu for you.  I make tons of suggestions on this blog for anyone who chooses to read the hundreds of CDs reviews or browse through interviews and articles.  Sadly, traffic to Whole Music Experience has declined over the last year and this saddens me not because I want anyone to stroke my ego, but because I channel this important information to bring healing to the planet.  If the message goes unnoticed, then what type of healing takes place?

Of course, for anyone who seeks spiritual transcendence, stick with the sacred chants from whatever practice.  Kirtans, toning, Gregorian Chant and Buddhist chants have spiritual power no matter our personal beliefs.  Just being around these chants has a purifying effect that sends us in the right direction.

If you find any of this information useful, please forward to friends, post links on your social media or blogs.  Thank you for helping me to deliver my musical messages.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Practice--Indulge Your Soul with Music

Wikipedia Soulful lions
Often we feel empty and we look to food to satisfy our craving or we escape into another type of addiction. Sometimes we feel disconnected from the life around us or we lose our connection to our Divine Source, whatever name you want to call it.  During those times, I recommend indulging in soul music, a term that came about in the 1960s or 1970s that categorized songs of African-American musicians.

Roots for soul music vary going all the way back to the Mandinka and other ancient African kingdoms or most recently to the African-American Church or "Black Church" while finding inspiration from African-American spirituals, blues, jazz, and gospel (not be confused with spirituals).  Some of the favorite artists to come from the genre include Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Earth Wind and Fire, the Commodors, Bill Withers... The songs reached deep into our souls allowing us to feel an array of emotions from defiance, sensuality, spirituality, sadness, and joy.  With soul music we feel our emotions more deeply, which has led to the popularity of this genre.  Many young people listen to the soul music classics from the 1960s through 1980s when the genre all but disappeared or transformed into syrupy pop music dripping with sentimentality.

So let's dig some deep soulful songs.  I'm including some of my favorites here and if you have trouble watching these YouTube videos, check out your local library for the entire albums by these artists.

The first two songs remind us that no matter how hard life seems, there is sunshine behind the clouds and soon we'll find our way back into the light.

Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now"

Many people enjoy soul music as a route to seduction and often this type of music played in the background of bedrooms or a candle light dinner.


Soul songs also found their way into Civil Rights situations or provide an act of defiance

Finally, soul music helps us get in touch with our spiritual destiny