Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Practice--Musical Practices in the Aquarius Age

I've been wondering about music uses for the Aquarius Age. This new age represents energy, frequency, and let's add, intent. As we grow more consciously aware of the healing power of music and sound therapies, how do we take this information into practice? What do we need to focus upon? Here is information that is being downloaded for me at this time.

Lyrical Content

Since virutally anyone on a spiritual path these days has heard about the power of words then why are people still using shock words or profanity? And why are they marrying these low-vibrational words to musical frequencies and contours (harmonies, chords, notes, etc)?

The words we speak and the words we sing matter. Many choruses in songs repeat phrases and these phrases act like hooks in our brain often lasting through the course of a day. Not only that, the phrases become like mantras. So, are we singing about our Divine Connection and spreading love in the world or are we listening to, "Like a Virgin" or "I can't get no satisfaction"? Are we listening to songs about unrequited love or revenge? Believe it or not, what we listen to affects every cell in our body and ripples out to the entire collective because we communicate telepathically or we send out unconscious signals.

Rhythm and Tempo

The beats we play as well as the tempo of a song, affect brainwave patterns. They either place us in trances or get us moving. A shaman uses one type of beat, trance dancers use another, and then the masses of unconscious people expose their bodies to rhythms and tempos that interact with their natural rhythms including the rhythms of the brain and heart. So, as musicians, therapists, and music listeners we must develop a consciousness around the effects of tempos and rhythm.

Sway the Masses Through Emotions

This is not a new concept. Music has been used throughout history by all cultures to manipulate and control emotions and responses. And while it has been used negatively, we can use music and emotions consciously too for healing purposes such as with music therapy practices.

In the Aquarius Age, we combine musical frequencies and tones with other healing modalities. We learn how to heal each organ with corresponding notes, keys, and phrases. We have the ability to heal mental and emotional imbalances with sound alone.

Let's not detach from the beauty of music which is a side effect of Aquarius energy. We use the energy of Leo, the polar opposite sign to enhance melodies, write poetry, and move the masses through creativity and from the feelings of the heart.

Aquarius Age and Music

We have many opportunities to use music for awaking consciousness, for healing on all levels, and for promoting peace and justice. We will use sound frequencies to purify air, water, and the earth as well as, to help grow crops. But the shadow side is that tones can be used to control the masses as with brainwashing, and discordant tones could destroy crops, or destroy water molecules (and we are made up of 70%) water. Sadly, these destructive tones are already on the planet as is destructive music that was composed mindlessly rather than mindfully.

So, what is your role as a musical practitioner?

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Music Consciousness & My Journey of the Past Years

Perhaps having Neptune transiting in my second astrological house led to a dissolution of my work with music consciousness. For ten years, I researched music from around the world as a journalist and as a musician. Dr. Emoto's work with water crystals and discovering the power of classical music sparked this work. 

However, in recent years, I needed to find other ways to make a living, I found myself living between homes and my stress levels reached a crescendo so I lost the thread of my original work. On top of all that, my book, Whole Music ended up taking a different route than I originally intended. The first publishing with a small hybrid publisher was a fiasco. Then, I found an agent to represent the book, but she was unable to find an editor to publish it.

This caused me grief. And I wasn't sure where to go with music research. I wasn't earning any money from the work that ate up 40+ hours a week of my time. I ended up homeless and hopeless. Even my Go Fund Me campaign to relaunch this work did not bear enough fruit to keep going. Meanwhile, I listened to too much nostalgic pop music on YouTube and I stopped listening to the music that I found most healing. What happened?

And yet, I found that some pop music contained messages that I required on my healing path. Then, recently, I returned to listening to sound healing videos, nature sounds, classical music which I enjoy immersing myself in and I have listened to kirtans and spiritual music through this entire passage. I still don't know what awaits me on this journey.

I would like to get back to working on this blog, but I don't have the resources to do that. The cost of everything has risen. Life isn't simple any longer and I feel like I'm carrying the burdens of the world. However, I have not forgotten my original intention for starting the Musical Healers groups on Linked In and Facebook. I haven't forgotten my original intention for launching this blog in 2007 or for have written my book Whole Music.

Ironically, Neptune the planet that rules music and spirituality, has been dissolving my values, gifts, and any structure I've had in my life. I've not been able to balance my checkbooks. I have not been able to set any goals or follow any routines, such as a writing practice. I haven't practiced my guitar in years but I do still sing along with music, even if they are other people's songs. I guess I'm looking for a deeper message that appears in everyday music.

I realize that most people are not going to turn to spiritual or classical music. I gave up my Quixotic mission of getting everyone on board the healing music train that would raise our frequency. People will discover this music when they are ready and you can't just leap an octave as far as moving from 3D to 5D in an instant. Most bodies can't even handle higher frequencies without becoming ill at this time. So, what's next?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Practice--Use Music to Enhance Daydreams

Many of us were told as children to stop daydreaming. I only pretended to stop. While some people find daydreaming a form of laziness or believe that people who daydream will never amount to anything, daydreaming is a form of creativity. It's how we incubate projects or even solve personal problems.

True, daydreams provide an escape from challenges and harsh situations. And there is the right time and the wrong time to daydream such as we don't daydream while we drive in traffic or perform detailed work. But for us creative types, daydreaming represents a form of brainstorming. When we daydream we expand upon what we believe is possible. Daydreams also show us our heart's desires.

When we combine listening to music with daydreaming we create a powerful conduit for manifestation. However, we need to listen to music that matches frequencies with our desires. So, if our desire would bring us joy, then we listen to joyful music while we engage our imagination. And if we just want to feel relief, then we listen to new age wash music or classical music such as music by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, whose music lends itself well to floating off into daydreams. Debussy even composed a song called Reverie. 

When I was a child, one of my favorite activities was to sit on my mother's bed and listen to the radio. This was back when the FM stations on the dial played mostly music and with little commercial interruption--1970s. If I heard music from Brazil or the Caribbean, I imagined sunny places and happy people. And as an adult when I heard music from Latin America, I had more romantic thoughts in mind. In fact, this music lends itself well to visualizing romantic partnership or travel scenarios. I usually listened to love songs.
This brings up my next point. Choose the appropriate music for your intention for daydreaming. Are you looking to escape a stressful situation? Are you searching for a creative spark that comes from listening to music? Or are you wanting to use the music for visualization purposes. Or are you traveling as a passenger and you want to listen to music to pass the time and to match the backdrop of what you see outside your window? First, decide your intention and then this will help you choose the appropriate songs.

Here are a few caveats to watch out for. First, unless you want to revisit your childhood or another time in your life avoid any songs that appeal to nostalgia. The only exception to this rule is if you want to trigger old wounds so you can discover the belief and pattern behind the wounds and then clear the wounds in an appropriate manner using whatever technique works best for you. I would work with an energy healer, sound therapist or music therapist for this type of work.

Second, choose the right song to match the mood you wish to manifest. So, watch out for lyrical content and don't play songs with words you don't want to manifest into things or circumstances in your life. My usual example of this is to not use The Rollingstone's "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" for manifesting your desires. The Universe takes words seriously and so should you when using music for manifestation or for even promoting creativity.

Don't listen to jarring melodies or play the music too loud. This will only jack up your nervous system and set off alarms with the fight or flight responses. And for daydreaming purposes you actually want to relax your mind and body. Playing loud and jarring music sabotages these efforts.

Try to stick with musical washes or instrumental music. Or listen to nature sounds such as whale songs. Now, having said all that, follow your own inner guidance when choosing music to enhance daydreaming. Find a quiet place where no one will disturb you. Also, keep a journal and a pen near by so you can write about the dreams and information that surfaces during your session.

I would like to end with this Psychology Today article, How Music Feeds and Steers Your Imagination. The writer actually covers a lot of ground on the brain and music in this article published in 2009 when music research was still trending.

Imagine where music will take you. It's the best space travel ship around when you sail off to the land of dreams and possibilities.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Practice--Working with Mantras (Sacred and Mundane)

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Often when we think of mantras, our minds turn to religious chants such as kirtans. We intentionally use mantras with our meditation practice or perhaps, when we feel frightened or alone losing our connection to the Divine, we chant mantras. However, this article is not about the warm fuzzy feelings we experience from sacred words and phrases.

My definition of a mantra is a phrase that we repeat either mindfully or mindlessly. While some mantras are obvious such as the Moola Mantra or the Gayatri Mantra which are sung in Sanskrit, repeated words in everyday songs also act the same way on our brain as sacred mantras. While, a sacred mantra brings us closer to God or our god-self experience, a mundane mantra manifests our everyday life experiences.

As modern-day humans, we surround and cloak ourselves in mundane mantras--ranging from the Rollingstones' "I can't get no satisfaction," to R.E.M.'s "I am superman and I can do anything." Madonna's lyrics manifest, "...like a virgin touched for the very first time," and any lyric that begins with, "I am" unlocks the power of words which are repeated throughout the song, and then throughout the day in the form of ear worms stuck in our brains, like a needle stuck on the groove of a vinyl record.

Now, we are unable to control the soundtracks that surround us. As we go about our days, stopping at this shop to purchase our groceries and the other shop to pick up our shoes from repair, we are not able to control lyrics wafting towards us. However, we can become mindful of the text we hear throughout the day. We can write the text in our journals and then reflect on the manifestations from those messages sent out to the universe via a collective.

As songwriters, authors, and poets, we can choose our words wisely knowing that our words act as mantras for the masses, especially if we reach thousands of ears. And as we play our role as part of a society, yet to awaken spiritually and otherwise, we can add practices to our lives to cleanse our auras and emotional palettes. Keep in mind that all words contain energy, but words grow more powerful when intention is harnessed to them. Using the words "I am" charges all words that follow. So, R.E.M.'s "I am superman" isn't such a bad mantra. Whereas, I wonder what happens to Mick Jaguar as he continues to sing, "I can't get no satisfaction" for the remainder of his life. How's it going for you, Mick? Are you still seeking satisfaction which doesn't come from fame, fortune, and several wives?

Mantras appear in any lyric or poem where we repeat the words multiple times. So if we sing a chorus from a song several times than those phrases act like mantras. Perhaps, we can balance self-defeating mantras by listening more to the sacred ones which do clear our auras and open our chakras. Or you can make your own mantras by singing affirmations. Trish Hatley gives us an example of turning affirmations into mantras for manifestation.

Most important, develop an awareness about the power of words hitched to intentions and musical vibration. If you can do that, you are well on your way to sound healing mastership.  

In closing, please note that it takes more than words to manifest a physical or emotional experience. However, words repeated backed by feelings, emotions, and action, leads to manifestation.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Practice--Deep Listening Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun

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When I was 18 years old, I returned to my parent's house for college spring break and I shuffled through my mother's classical records. I found a recording of Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun. The title intrigued me so I listened to the composition. I immediately fell into a trance.

Musical trances weren't new to me at that time as I had fallen under musical trances as a child numerous times. But I found myself swooning to Claude Debussy's impressionistic music. I followed the different instruments as they rose and descended then hid behind other instruments such as harps, French horns, oboes, and flutes.

Then, years later, I felt a craving for French Impressionist music. I bought recordings of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. And again, I swooned when I heard Debussy's prelude. I spent a summer exploring French Impressionist recordings in my music lab that I created in my Seattle apartment. These songs launched my concept of keeping a musical diary and tracking emotional, mental, and physical responses that I experienced when exposed to certain types of music.

So, now, I'm passing on this concept to you. Get out your music diary and track your responses to Claude Debussy's controversial composition. I'm including a YouTube video of the piece. While this video has imagery, I ask you to close your eyes and listen to the rise and fall of the instruments. Then later, you can watch the video and listen to the music.

Answer the following questions in your music diary:

  • What instruments appear in the orchestra?
  • Which instruments are prominent or tend to take the lead?
  • Do you hear more upward or downward scales or are they equal?
  • What is your mood when the instruments move up the scale?
  • What is your mood when the instruments move down the scale?
  • Do you feel resolution at the end of each phrase or anticipation?
  • Do you feel relaxed listening to the piece or slightly anxious?
  • How does the tempo affect you?
  • How does the timbre of the instruments color your emotions and physical sensations?
  • Do you feel that the piece resolves itself at the end or does it leave you hanging?
Next, I want you to research the composer, the historic period in which Debussy composed the prelude. And how this piece of music fits in with the context of classical music. Was this softer piece of music considered radical and a game-changer? (This is for extra credit).

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Practice--Rhythmic Entrainment (Realigning the Cells in Your Body)

Try this experiment. Next time you hear music coming from a passing car while you're out walking, pay attention to your body's reaction. Pay attention to how your body rearranges itself to match the rhythm and tempo of the song coming from the passing car.

I've noticed this with myself. I'm walking on a city street at my own pace and cadence. Then a car passes by with rap music pouring out of the speakers. I notice that my step picks up, my heart races, and I end up walking to the rap rhythms against my will. Alternately, if I'm walking into a shop and a Bach prelude pours from a speaker, I pay attention to my body's rhythms as they slow down and my mind travels from worries of the day to contemplation. Or I stop thinking obsessive thoughts and I remember music history lessons about the Baroque Era--Bach's music.

Right now, I'm listening to Marvin Gaye's greatest hits on YouTube as I type this post. I'm feeling my heart swelling with compassion as I listen to "What's Going On?" I feel my feet tapping to the slow groove of this song and I catch myself singing along during the chorus. Not only that, my mind travels back to the first time I heard this song during my childhood. And then my mind travels to a memory of my good friend telling me about her fondness for Marvin Gaye. Then, I also think about a local musician who once toured with Marvin and sings those old soul tunes--leaving his audience feeling uplifted.

So, what is an anatomy of a song for you? If you hear a familiar song playing in the background of a shop or on Pandora or YouTube, what goes through your mind? What emotions does the song stir beside nostalgia? Do you have good or negative memories attached to the song? Perhaps, a song reminds you of a break up with a lover. Well, that's good music therapy. Sit with that song and allow yourself to feel those emotions so you can release them once and for all. You'll know when you have healed yourself because you'll have no emotional charge when you hear the song in the future.

Other things to focus upon when listening to a song includes the moods conveyed by the chord progression, instrumentation, tempo, timbre, and emotional palette. These are all the things a music reviewer considers when listening to recordings as well. Experiment with different genres of music and different tempos. Listen to instruments you normally don't listen to. If you mainly listen to electronic music then listen to bird songs or acoustic instruments. And if you normally listen to exotic acoustic instruments from around the world listen to new age music played on a synthesizer or sound healing bowls.

Then remember to note your responses in your music diary. You're keeping a music diary, right?

I'm going to get you started. Here is a tango by the great bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla.

Now, here's a Marvin Gaye classic.

And finally, we're going to listen to a Bach prelude from the Goldberg Variations.

Let me know how this experiment works out for you by leaving comments. I love getting comments. And consider donating to my Go Fund Me campaign to produce podcasts for the Whole Music Experience channel on YouTube.  Thank you. And if you haven't already, subscribe to the YouTube channel and this blog.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Practice--Deep Listening

In our sped up world, we don't often take the time to deeply listen to music. I remember taking a music appreciation class at college in 1982 where the professor played a recording of Bach's Fugue in G minor every day for the entire quarter. We learned every nuance of that fugue, even if I didn't seriously listen to Bach' s music several decades later.

So, for this practice get out your headphones and your music diary. Then listen to Kate Bush's "Man with a Child in His Eyes" which I'm including below. But first, I'm going to give you my impression of the song. Usually, when I review music, I review an entire album and I don't meditate on a single song. However, for this exercise, I have listened to this song several times through headphones. I've also heard the song many times in my adult life because I'm a fan of Kate Bush's work.

It's important that you hear the song as opposed to just listening to it with your ears and mind. Listen to the song with your entire body, especially your heart. Do your natural rhythms speed up or slow down. How does the softness of Bush's voice affect you? What about the Impressionistic horns, flute, and strings? Do you feel your spirits rise up when the music moves up the scale? What happens to you when the notes descend down the scale? Listen for tone, timbre, chord structure, and instrumentation. Also, listen to the emotions Bush colors and evokes with her voice. Then record your findings in your music diary.

I'll give you my impression of Kate Bush's song. When I listen to the songs on the album, A Kick Inside, which contains, "A Man with a Child in His Eyes," I experience a nostalgic and wistful, yet melancholic mood. I always get that mixture of emotions with Bush's first three albums. I feel like I'm in another worldly place with the impressionistic strings, French horn, flute, and piano. My spirits uplift when I hear the notes running up the scale and when the notes descend down the scale they put me in a hypnotic trance.

I can also hear Bush's musical influences from classical music. No doubt, with her middle-class English upbringing she would have heard classical music in her home growing up. There are some hints of jazz and folk too, heard in this pop song, as often is the case with English pop music from the 1960s and 1970s. This song was released in 1978. Bush also has an Irish background and she grew up in the countryside, as far as I know.

Now, it's your turn. (And feel free to leave comments). I removed the video because it's no longer available on YouTube. Look for "Man with a Child in His Eyes" on YouTube or see if you can borrow a copy of the album A Kick Inside from the library.