The Unifying Power of Music

“There will come a time when a diseased condition will not be described as it is today by the physicians and psychologists, but it will be spoken of in musical terms, as one would speak of a piano that was out of tune.”
Rudolf Steiner
I have recently discovered the miracles of Internet Radio, it is awesome, there are stations dedicated to single bands, singers, and genres – music everywhere. I know you all know this, but I’m an old fashioned guy and still have to catch up with all of this cutting edge stuff. Anyway, it got me thinking …..that once upon a time (until 1887 in fact when Emile Berliner invented the gramophone) the possibility of hearing recorded music did not exist. Music was only available ‘live’ so to speak. This meant that you may have only heard a piece of music that you loved just a few times in your life, and so each time that must have been a sublime moment. Then I recalled a conversation with the great visionary artist, dear friend and teacher Pablo Amaringo when we were working on the book ‘The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo’ about religion; he said “I see religion as something that is open and free, just as one has the freedom to choose the colour of one’s clothes. No one should tell you what to wear, and this is how religion should be. In this respect, in compiling this book we share a facet of religion, because we endeavour to understand each other. What we are doing together here is like a religion—it is something we are determined to do, and it liberates us.” Pablo also spoke about music, “The ícaro is the sound of the universe, the planets, stars, comets, and supernovas. Everything is created by music, by vibration, by sound. When the celestial spirits enlighten us with their wisdom we receive the ability to sing ícaros and we become part of a divine choir. Music is universal and we are made of primordial vibration. Ícaros are the music of creation”. Then the two disparate thought streams merged, and I asked myself – What if? (And it is a huge ‘what-if’). That in the future, music takes the place of religion? The visionary Rudolf Steiner recognised that music is a powerful transformative medium; he understood that it influences our moods, emotional states, and health. It is something that brings harmony and balance into our lives. Music or sound is a perceptible manifestation of the primordial energy that underlies the geometric nature of physical matter.  The ancient sages and philosophers of all traditions possessed a profound understanding of how sound shapes reality; what we now call Sacred Sound or Sacred Geometry (in my view it’s the same thing). The combination of sound vibration and how it affects physical matter is well documented. An example of this is the work of Dr Hans Jenny, who developed the extraordinary body of work he called Cymatics. In this he dramatically demonstrates how music shapes matter. To read more about Cymatics click on the link. On a purely anecdotal note, whenever I’m feeling rough, I just play some Elvis, and within a few minutes, I’m singing and rocking along, and my blues have evaporated. I’m sure there is potential for a compilation album ‘The Healing Sounds of Elvis”. So consciously bring music into your life. Do this with awareness, and pay attention how music influences your state. For example, when I’m writing I often play Bach, there is a certain precise mathematical geometric vibration in his music that enhances my thought processes and creativity. Music is something we all share, unites us all, moves our body and emotions, is uplifting, and connects us to the source of creation itself. That is my kind of religion, no dogma, no allegorical tales masquerading as truth…. just music. May the composers and musicians of the world be blessed and double blessed, life without you would be unimaginable.

What do you think about music, how would your life be different without it? Let me know I would love to hear your views.