Music and development

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Vibrations exist on all levels of manifestations:
All objects in the universe vibrates. Vibrations interact according to the laws of resonance
Harmonious vibrations create patterns. Music is harmonious vibrations. Music therefore is a universal language, potentially surpassing all barriers.

Each organ in the living body has its own rhythm, its own vibration. A healthy person therefore can be described as a person where the different vibrations he harbour all works harmoniously together ealth thus can be described as music.

picture of the organs from st patricks bassilica in fremantle western australia

The Organs of St Patrick's Basilica Fremantle, Western Australia.

How a Bach fuge look:

how the vibrations from back classical music looks

Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor,
1st movement, bar 30, before start of andante.


Cymatics: Through the pioneering work of Ernst Chladni (1756 - 1829) and Dr. Hans Jenny, it has been shown that sound affects physical matter. Chladni drew a violin bow across the edge of metal plates which were sprinkled with fine sand. Different rates (frequencies) produced certain geometrical patterns.
With more modern technology, the Swiss Dr Hans Jenny investigated what happens when sand, fungal spores, dust, water, etc, are vibrated by sound waves. He used crystal oscillators which can maintain an exact frequency, and invented a machine called the tonoscope, which allowed him to view the result of changing the sound in any way.
Using the tonoscope he was able to see the physical image, or "dimension" of a human vowel or tone. He called this area of research cymatics, and published his results in the bi-lingual 2 volume set Kymatik - Wellen und Schwingungen mit ihrer Struktur und Dynamik / Cymatics - The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations. (Recently republished in one volume with many colour illustrations - see resources).
Amongst his more amazing findings was the discovery that when the ancient vowels of Hebrew and Sanskrit were pronounced, the shape produced on the tonoscope was that of the written symbols for those vowels. With modern languages there was no such effect. Also, when AUM is sounded the shape produced is that of the ancient written symbol for AUM (the Sri Yandra). This suggests that the ancients knew something! Perhaps when sounding in meditation, the vibration created the form in their minds. Hebrew, Sanskrit, Egyptian and Tibetan are generally considered to be "sacred" languages.


In the beginning was the Word
The suggestion from these findings is that merely by sounding sacred texts, by singing sacred vowels, we can resonate our cells back into tune - back into shape, restoring our cells and energies to a state of coherence, in which our energies are synchronised with those of God / Universe / Source.
He noted that many structures (such as cell shapes) found in nature under the microscope, were very similar in shape to structures produced in the sand or dust whilst under the influence of a vibration. Perhaps there is an "underlying vibration" in nature, which vibrates atoms into forming a visible shape - but the vibration is the reality, not the shape procuced. This finding is very much in tune with the ideas expressed centuries ago in the Bhagavad Gita - that all we see is illusion.
Jenny also found that water could be shaped and even exhibited an antigravity effect when vibrated by sound. Considering that our bodies are mostly water, through sound we are able to restructure the cells of our bodies.

Interesting web sites about Cymatics:

Sound, Music and Pictures All is a manifestation of vibration all relates via resonance. Our whole being takes shape of what we look at

The animal psychologist Konrad Lorentz was the first living being
these geese saw so they treat him as their mother

Our whole being takes shape of what we look at

Helping the living (While Dying or very alive)
With the help of sounds, voice, music and pictures
We all know that art affects us, even if we may not be able to scientifically explain why. Nobody realises when they look at an object, that it always represent either a danger or a blessing that is lying in wait for them, depending on the nature of the object, its form and its radiations, and also on their own inner state, for their whole being takes on the shape, dimensions and attributes of that object. […] not outwardly anyway. But inwardly, on the psychic level, a human being identifies with what he looks at. This is a biological law of nature.

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov: The Splendour of Tiphareth p.31 - 33

waves crashing into the shore during sunrise or sunset

A sound produces a pattern a form a picture - A picture produces a pattern a form, a sound
The reason why looking at art affects us is the same reason why listening to music affects us it produces vibrations within us

Every form owns a vibratory pattern which regulates its existence. In order to come into contact with specific forms it is necessary to adjust our vibration to correspond to the frequency we desire to come into contact with. Often this means lifting ourselves up to Divine energy, while at other times it may mean gauging our rhythms to ˜lower, less complex forms of life (e.g. flowers, fruits, birds, etc).

Dr Stylianos Atteshlis: The Esoteric Practice p.43

Sound, Music and Pictures - All is a manifestation of vibration, All relates via resonance

Rupert Sheldrake has formulated a theory that in a nutshell describes that the forming force behind the different species of life and the different organs etc within each life is morphogenetic fields, ressonance structures - sound!

Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious
[…] Each species has its own fields, and within each organism there are fields within fields. Within each of us is the field of the whole body; fields for arms and legs and fields for kidneys and livers; within are fields for the different tissues inside these organs, and then fields for the cells, and fields for the sub-cellular structures, and fields for the molecules, and so on. There is a whole series of fields within fields.

Edited from Rupert Sheldrake article on the internet:

a painting of the sri yantra

Aum Om Amen Amin
Man is not only formed of vibrations, but he lives and moves in them; they surround him as the fish is surrounded by water, and he contains them within him as the tank contains the water. His different moods, inclinations, affairs, successes and failures, and all conditions of life depend upon a certain activity of vibration, whether these be thoughts, emotions, or feelings

Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan 1983 p. 5, here from Carlisle Bergquist:
Doorways in Consciousness

Music has a message

Music operates within a certain range of frequencies a certain level of consciousness; it has a message.
A piece of music will, by the law of resonance, bring us to its level of consciousness.

  • If the level the music operates on is above where we are, the music will tend to lift us.
  • If the music is on the same level as where we are, it will tend to lock us there.
  • If the music is below where we are, it will tend to drag us down

“Wrong use of music”

Wrong use of music - or use of the wrong music can be compared to a power game - the energy in the music creates an conflicting, ulterior motive to what apparently is going on, the client is not helped to deliver “his own baby”, it is a theory or the ego of the facilitator that determines the outcome.

“Right use” of music can have many different purposes:

In personal development:

  • To stir
  • Soothe
  • Stabilize
  • Transform

As an expression and celebration of the Divine.
Much music has been written that in its composition harbors strong pointers to the divine.

Music can be of high value in a death process:

  • Music for the living must engage
  • Music for the dying must release.

It is the purpose of music-for-the-dying to release the patient from time

Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Music for the dying
At Starbridge Centre higher music is an integral part of our meditations and experiential workshops, and we also teach how to utilize higer music in the death and dying certificate course and in Higher music courses.

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