How can we say all music spiritual in nature?
Music as a Tool of Consciousness
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 energy. Waves modulate up and down as the frequency changes. Frequency carries energy from one place to another.
Music is one way to express vibration. Sonar is a form of music. Scientists use sonar to explore the oceans. Whales and dolphins use sonar to navigate and hunt via echolocation. Sounds waves are signatures. 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 vibration. This underscores our use of music as a tool for exploring the fabric of consciousness. Our very lives are melodies in motion.
The Inner Quest Via The Time Machine
When we hear a song, a melody or rhythm we are listening, 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 the inner quest. We take it every time we listen to our favorite songs.
Rhythm, melody, and song are very effective 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 real to both our psychology and physiology. This is why music is a time machine. Almost everyone can relate to the spiritual significance of music in this way.
Our Connection Spiritual Energy Centers
The vibration of a melody is a mechanism to connect with and engage the more instinctive aspects of the mind. This helps us transcend the Ego. Specific sounds can be used to resonate with the energy centers of the body called chakras.
Different musical vibrations affect different chakras. Each frequency and rhythm cultivates different energies. Many indigenous cultures use instruments drums, singing bowl, and rattles to explore the relationship of vibration and consciousness. The quality of the voice singing a melody are key ingredients to the spiritual energy of the song. This aspect of the inner quest is useful for healing the mind, body, and soul.
Music as a Tool for Spiritual Exploration
As part of your spiritual journey, we highly recommend that you investigate the music that is significant to you. Some music connects with us because of the lyrics, some because of the melody, rhythms, or flavor of the music. 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 you can 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 just write or doodle. Some people don’t even watch the page while they are writing. Let your hand simply write what you feel, words, pictures, etc. Once you access this creative and instinctive 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. It could be that the music is “off-key” or in a genre or style that you don’t like. The more you explore different types of 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. This is worth investigating with the Automatic Writing practice noted above. The use of vibration, through drum and music, is probably the first community-building tools.
The Spiritual Significance of Music
Rhythm is probably the first tool of the inner quest. The use of 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” is the world’s earliest melody. It is approximately 3400 years old. It is on a clay tablet in the Cuneiform text of the ancient Hurrian language. This 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.” This 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.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia