Music as Highways of Connection
In a conversation with sound healing pioneer Steven Halpern years ago, he told me, “Music is a carrier wave of consciousness.” I agree. I feel that sound and music create highways of connection between the musician and the listener. The vibrations of the musician’s feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and life experiences flow through this highway and resonate within the listener, creating opportunities for the listener to explore similar feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and life experiences within themselves.
How Music Originates
During the last 20 years, the awareness of this etheric connective highway has deepened my appreciation and experience of three distinctly different origins of musical expression:
1. from a conscious technique, theory or proven application. (Mental)
2. from a heartfelt desire to share a personal experience. (Emotional)
3. from a source of inspiration independent of mental or emotional consideration. (Spiritual)
1. Creating compositions
begins with a conscious awareness of an intention or desire to create something specific utilizing learned techniques, theories and proven applications.
Examples of this type of expression could be the creation of compositions that intentionally use rhythmic pulses that entrain with the heartbeat, brainwave frequencies, specific key signatures or altered tunings of instruments to specifically elicit a desired outcome or response from the listener.
Side Note: I’ll never forget a conversation with a prominent sound healing pioneer who asked, “Now let me get this straight – you record the music first and then do the research?” This clearly illustrated his focus on creating compositions with specific intent rather than letting the music flow from an emotional or spiritual connection.
2. Communicating personal experiences
through music begins with a desire to express one’s feelings, emotions, thoughts, stories, ideas, dreams or insights. This music often becomes the soundtrack of our lives.
Examples of this type of expression could be popular songs of young love and heartache, patriotic songs of strength and courage, religious songs of hope and renewal, country songs of honest and hard living, or rap and hip hop songs of challenges and dreams. This type of musical expression often reflects human experiences.
3. Manifesting inspirations
originates from a field of all possibility. In this vastness, the potential for everything exists as unexpressed vibrations until an impulse ignites a spark of inspiration that moves potential into form. Within this field the musician listens. In this silence there is no conscious awareness or emotional feeling; there is no past or future desire; there is only the moment and the willingness to be a hollow bone, a clear channel through which the music, sound and vibrations from this field of possibilities are given form.
Examples of this type expression could be the uninhibited sing-song singing of children, the jazz/intuitive musicians who play what’s moving through them in the moment without any prior intent or preparation, the melody that ‘plays the musician’ from the inside as if trying to get out, and the ceremonial rituals of tribal cultures that passionately demonstrate how the musician becomes the music and the dancer becomes the dance. The desires and experiences of the ‘self’ dissolve, creating a clear highway of connection to that which is larger than one’s self. This is the type of music that takes us beyond the egoic self and opens a highway of connection to a spiritual realm in which we are all connected.
Once the music begins to flow, these three types of expressions often merge. Examples would be when a jazz musician starts a familiar song and their improvisations transform into inspired manifestations, when an inspired manifestation stops flowing because thoughts of theory or chord progressions enter the mind, or when musicians begin with the intent of using a learned technique and find themselves inspired to try something new.
Regardless of how our music originates, as musicians, we have a responsibility to be open, honest, vulnerable and unique in our expressions. For it is through our highways of sound that listeners consciously and unconsciously experience countless aspects of themselves.
“What are they saying?”
When my sons were in school we listened to heavy metal music during our morning drive; not just heavy metal but black metal, death metal, symphonic metal, from groups around the globe. At first it was painful to endure the apparent nonsensical growling vocals, incessant power bass drumming, and whaling electric guitar riffs. The energy moving through this music felt forced, angry, combative, even threatening and those were feelings I didn’t want to experience; mostly because they were feelings I didn’t want to address within myself.
Then one day I asked the boys, “What are they saying?” Opening to understand the inspiration for the creation of this music forever changed my perspective and experience of this genre. I learned about the ancient myths and historical figures eulogized in the music and the stories of band members who endured personal tragedy. My heart opened to feel this music as an expression of another human being’s experience of life and as a result I learned more about myself.
Music is an expression of the philosophy of our times and of our diverse cultures. Each culture is composed of unique individuals experiencing life from their personal perspectives, inspired to express themselves through distinct highways of connection. As we encounter these diverse highways of connection, we have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, if we’re courageous enough to explore.
There is a healing quality and value in all musical expression because it’s an expression of someone’s thoughts, ideas, emotions, pain, joy, and spiritual connection. As human beings, we are intimately connected to one another and music has the potential to build bonds of community that release fears, repair misunderstandings, rectify differences, restore hope, heal and unify our mind, body and soul.
Music is a universal language, but only to the extent we are willing to express it honestly and listen consciously. Conscious listening, along with honest feeling provides an opportunity for compassionate healing. Much more than background ambiance, daily entertainment, or a temporary diversion from reality, music is a vibrational connective highway which has the potential to unite and heal the world from the inside out - it’s up to us as musicians and listeners to make that so.
-Amy Camie - MU Columnist
*Amy Camie is a spiritual harpist, passionate speaker, gifted recording artist, intuitive composer, inspirational writer and Co-Initiator of The ORIGIN Methodology of Self-Discovery. Her strong classical background allows the music from her soul to flow freely through her fingertips creating highways of sound that awaken memories of wholeness, harmony, compassion, and love.
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