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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

“The universe hums like a great harp string Resounding a mighty chord
Answering each thought by returning a thing From that place where all
things are stored.”

Sound is the principal medium by which the higher animals express and excite emotion, and music, or sound indulged in for its own attractiveness, far preceded man's creation of a spoken language. The Thrice Great Hermes is credited with designing the first musical lyre by stretching intestinal cords of sacrificial bulls over a tortoise shell. When his half brother Apollo heard its beautiful tones he traded Hermes his prized herd of cattle for the lyre which became a very familiar trademark instrument attributed to Apollo in its later perfected design. In the mysteries the lyre was regarded as the secret symbol of the human constitution, the body of the instrument representing the physical form, the strings, the nerves, and the musician the spirit. Playing upon the nerves, the spirit thus created the harmonies of normal functioning, which, however, became discords if the nature of man were defiled.
It has long been held that no music ever played could compare to the music of Apollo's lyre. Later, Apollo's son Orpheus became renowned as a master musician in his own right. Hermes was also known to have created the Pipes of Pan. Pan's music was known to be so enchanting that anyone hearing it played could not resist it. Pan could lure his listeners deep into the woods and when they found themselves lost they would become anxious and fearful and thus the word "panic" found its origin into the languages of Europe.
The Ionic lyre had become perfected early in the seventh century BCE by old Terpandros of Lesbos, "father of Greek music", who increased its strings to seven and "canonized the Heptachord." Pythagoras and his followers believed that "all things are numbers" and that every structural form is, in essence, a piece of "frozen music”. The realization between musical sound and form led Goethe to declare that "architecture is crystallized music." Aristotle would later write that "the elements of numbers are the elements of things and therefore things are numbers." The alchemist Robert Fludd believed that most primitive music and the natural sounds of the world are in the minor key, because the creatures inhabiting the lower planes of life have not the spiritual intensity to produce or respond to the major key. Plato had stated that the music and poetry of ancient Egypt were of such an exalted and inspiring nature that only gods or godlike men could have composed them.
The great teachings of our heroic legends, gods and history were handed down from the lips of bards, rhapsodists and minstrels. Priests in turn relied heavily on the emotional effect of chants and ritual dances. It is well known now that music can control the human heart, raise the courage of men to battle, spiritual adepts to the divine, quench the fires of anger, even cool or excite erotic yearning.
Pythagoras of Samos has been credited with the discovery of the diatonic scale and the correct measurement of music intervals. He viewed the entire universe as a vast musical instrument and was believed to be the first human to hear and comprehend the Music Of The Spheres. Harmony is the combination of tones into a chord, and the laws governing harmonic interval are the ones believed to have been discovered by Pythagoras. Unfortunately the records of the Pythagorean Community were destroyed, and it is not known that any of the formulas of his musical philosophy survived.

"The vital experience of a positive life reveled through contact with important music strengthens man's realization of the reality of his internal, invisible, psychic being."
...................Manly P. Hall

The ancient Greeks took their music very seriously and composers could be fined, even exiled from the state if their compositions were considered to be detrimental to the public good. The modern societies of today could learn many valuable and intelligent lessons from the Greeks of old. The ancients were far more wise in the understanding of the negative effects of discordant music upon both the individual as well as society as a whole. We know now that the rhythm of an ordinary army of men marching in perfect unison across a bridge can act upon the molecular structure of that bridge and virtually collapse it. Nikola Tesla proved to the world that with perfect oscillating rhythmic wave sound patterns he could split the entire earth in half if need be. The great opera tenor Enrico Caruso could shatter a glass with the proper high steady pitch of his voice. The poets and musicians of ancient societies were sometimes held in higher regard then the Kings themselves, such as the Druids. They were believed to be closer to the gods than most other earthly men. The Iliad of Homer tells us how the heroes of the Trojan War kept their wives faithful at home by leaving them to the care of the right musicians. In today’s times a musician is probably the last person you would want to leave your wife with.
Through the course of our lives we are constantly maturing in our taste of music. In our youth our hearts beat faster and we are more prone to wild beats and fast rhythms. As we get older we usually learn to appreciate the finer tastes in music. As a people we still remain slow to adjust to new sounds we are not familiar with. Many composers that inject a fresh musical genius of their own style are not always accepted at first. Richard Wagner's compositions were thought to be somewhat barbarian by some critics when he first entered the world stage of music. The music of Brahms when first played in Boston repelled many concert goers. It was found at the time that signs mysteriously appeared over the doors of the concert auditorium reading "Exit in case of Brahms". Now of course we have all collectively come to appreciate the full beauty of both Wagner and Brahms music and others of unorthodox creative genius as well. Until we learn to escape the immediate inclination to judge musical values in terms of the familiar, we will never grasp the true power and influence of the arts in the life and growth of the human being. The ability to understand the difference between harmony and discord is a first major step. Music is music. Noise is noise.
In music, harmony is the total symbol of pure beauty, and it appeals directly to one's consciousness which is itself composed of harmonic elements. If you have ever felt yourself swelling with emotion during a particular passage of music it is that mathematical perfection of harmony that is reaching your emotional heartstrings. Sound creates moods and stirs emotions. The theory of music is mathematical; the practice of music is philosophical. Man is thus surrounded by a super-sensible universe of which he knows nothing because the centers of sense perception within himself have not been developed sufficiently to respond to the subtler rates of vibration of which that universe is composed.

"Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, Expels diseases, softens every pain----And hence the Wise of Ancient Days adored One power of Psychic, Melody and song!"
..............Armstrong, (Celtic Poet)

The vibrations of music serve as a healing quality for both mind and body. Negative thoughts and destructive emotions only discourage, run down and deplete ones energy. Music on the other hand does just the opposite. Most have become aware at some point that singing while you work makes the work easier and the time goes faster. Music is the least intellectual but the most intelligent and powerful of all the arts.

"Music represents the great struggle of reaching the wholly other, which it can never express. And in so far as religion also embodies man's efforts to reach or respond to, that same 'wholly other', then music has its given place; without it, man's quest would be immeasurably harder, and his pilgrimage immeasurably poorer."
……...................G. Van der Leeuw

Both health and beauty are intimately related, and to preserve the first we must cultivate the second. Harmony is the only basis of all of life’s successes and happiness, while absence of harmony lies at the root of every problem of the human race. Simply put, harmony generates harmony and attracts harmony, Disharmony generates disharmony and attracts disharmony. This applies not only in music but in all and everything in the universe. Harmony is imposed as a rigid law upon the entire universe of existence, except humankind which has its choice, by exercising free will, of "Harmony" or "Disharmony". Which, in your fleeting days of physical life upon earth will be your choice?
If mankind would only take the time to study the simple law of harmony found in nature, number and sound, and adopts it as a code of life, there would be an instant miraculous transformation in the world which up until now has always relied upon force in all things. Force is the antithesis of harmony and the key reason why mankind is vastly self-destructing and destroying the very planet which provides us the only sustenance to survive as a living species.
Even the hospitals which are supposed to heal people do quite the opposite and use force in most all of its applications. If someone is ill then the immediate remedy is to cut and slash in the effort to do away with the body part in question. Other resources would be to bombard it with radiation or smother the patient in the use of costly, unnatural; oil based pharmaceutical drugs which have most likely ten or twenty dangerous side effects. Hospitals are a butcher shop who, just like every lawyer, knows how to do at least one thing right and that is to professionally and quickly relieve you of your life's savings and hard earned money.
There are only two courses of life open to mankind at this time in history and they are diametrically opposites. One is founded upon Harmony, Knowledge and Intelligence, and the other is founded upon Force, Discord and Ignorance. Surely force has its time and place within the reality of our world. However when it comes to the point of a virtual annihilation of the planet and millions if not all of the people upon it, that is where the high intelligence of harmony must intervene. Those who now have nuclear weapons obtained such out of either fear or lust for World Control or both. Those who now hold nuclear arsenals swear that they will never use them.... only as a last resort. Those who know their history and or the pride and arrogance of human nature, know that it does not take much pushing to reach that "last resort". This planet and all the people upon it cannot afford another World War of which this time no one if any will survive and the ones that do survive will wish they had died. Harmony! Not Force! Is the only hope for human survival left to mankind in the doomsday world of force that man has created!

"Nature is the shape in which the man of higher cultures synthesizes and interprets the immediate impressions of his senses. History is that form which in relation to his own life, which he thereby invests with a deeper reality whether he is capable of creating these shapes, which of them it is that dominates his waking consciousness is a primordial problem of all human existence."
……………………….Oswald Spengler


Ron McVan

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