Music is more than a vibration. It is a powerful tool for the inner quest. See how you can use this tool to explore consciousness.
A Gateway for Spiritual Exploration
Physics helps us understand how everything is energy. Energy expresses itself in our universe as a vibration, a unique frequency. A frequency is a wave of power, and these waves modulate up and down as the frequency changes. In this way, energy moves from one place to another.
Sonar is another form of music (1). Scientists use sonar to explore the oceans. Whales and dolphins use sonar to navigate and hunt via echolocation. Each sonar sound wave made by these creatures is a unique vibrational signature. We can tell individual whales and dolphins by their songs.
Everything in our universe has a unique energy wave signature. That means you and I are a musical vibration. So, all musical frequencies are vibrations. This concept underscores our use of music for exploring the fabric of consciousness. Our very lives are melodies in motion.
Music as a Tool for Inner Work
The Shamanic Journey is a process we find in indigenous cultures around the globe. It uses rhythm and imagination to open the 5th door of consciousness Michael Harner calls the Shamanic State of Consciousness. Many societies were interested in exploring the mind. It raises the question, how did all these different cultures find the same formula?
Shamanic teaching talks about the many uses of this process.
Music is a Time Machine
When we hear a song, a melody, or rhythm, we listen, not only with our ears but also with our Essence, or Soul, our Being. If we open up and investigate what’s going on with the music that resonates with us, we can learn a lot about ourselves. Exploring our memories is an aspect of inner work. We take it every time we listen to our favorite songs.
Rhythm, melody, and song are beneficial mnemonic devices. It connects with us on a basic emotional and visceral level. It resonates with memories of significant times, places, and people. Hearing it transport back in time. Thus, we re-live moments or cultivate emotional reactions. So music is a time machine. Almost everyone can relate to the spiritual significance of music as a tool to explore memories.
Our Connection Spiritual Energy Centers
The vibration of a melody is a mechanism to connect with and engage the mind’s more instinctive aspects, which helps us transcend the Ego. We can use specific sounds to resonate with the body’s energy centers called chakras.
Different musical vibrations affect our chakras. Each frequency and rhythm cultivates different energies. Many indigenous cultures use instruments, drums, singing bowls, and rattles to explore the relationship between vibration and consciousness. The quality of the voice, melody, tempo, and musical accompaniment are critical ingredients to the song’s spiritual energy. This inner work aspect helps heal the mind, body, and soul.
Music as a Tool for Exploring the Subconscious Mind
As part of your spiritual journey, we highly recommend investigating the music significant to you. Some music connects with us because of the lyrics, some because of the music’s melody, rhythms, or flavor. Some music connects with us because it relates to people, places, things, ideas, and desires on an emotional level.
Here is a simple but effective way to investigate your connection to music. You will need your journal with several blank pages. Some people prefer a larger art sketchbook or even easel paper. Once you have your paper or easel ready, start your favorite music, and write or doodle. Some people don’t even watch the page while they are writing. Let your hand write what you feel, words, pictures, etc. Once you access this creative and intuitive part of the mind, it is very freeing. Some refer to this as Automatic Writing.
All music is spiritual, even the music that doesn’t resonate with you. The music is “off-key” or in a genre or style that you don’t like needs is has no association in our memory. Once we associate it, the mind can accept it as something we like.
The more you explore different music, the more you find that you like. Over time, your taste in music may also change. These are clues to what’s going on inside. It is worth investigating with the Automatic Writing practice noted above. Using vibration through drums and music is probably the first community-building tool.
The Spiritual Significance of Music
Rhythm is probably the first inner work tool. Using a stick on a log produced a vibration. Almost immediately, our ancestors began exploring the use of rhythm patterns and voice. The earliest songs recorded are chants.
The Hurrian Hymn No. 6, (2) is the world’s earliest melody, about 3400 years old. This hymn is on a clay tablet written in the ancient Hurrian language. This Cuniform table is from Ugarit in Syria.
Another example is a musical composition from the first century A.D. It is a Greek tune known as the “Seikilos Epitaph.” It comes from an engraving on an ancient marble column for a woman’s gravesite in Turkey. These examples underscore how our ancestors used music as a tool for exploring consciousness.
We enjoy our favorite music, but we don’t often think of it as a gateway to spiritual exploration. However, music is one of the most effective inner work tools humankind has ever created.
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(1) Sonar, Wikipedia
(2) Hurrian Songs, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia