Musings along the Blue Sky Highway 3

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Through a Dimension of Sound and Vibration
Part III: Sound, Music, and Healing

 

The Word

 

This garden universe vibrates complete
Some, we get a sound so sweet
Vibrations reach on up to become light
And then through gamma, out of sight

 

Between the eyes and ears there lie
The sounds of colour and the light of a sigh
And to hear the sun, what a thing to believe
But it’s all around if we could but perceive

 

To know ultraviolet, infrared, and X-rays
Beauty to find in so many ways
Two notes of the chord, that’s our full scope
But to reach the chord is our life’s hope
And to name the chord is important to some
So they give it a word, and the word is…
 
Graeme Edge

 

And so it is: we come back to almost where we started with this triplet of articles; vibration, word, sound, et cetera. As Thomas Ashley-Farrand writes, “The chanting of songs, verses, and mystic formulas existed long before the development of even the most primitive instruments. In modern times, the healing benefits of liturgical chanting have only recently been rediscovered…”

 

Interestingly, in the development of these articles, I have been redirected back into the practice of reciting mantras after an absence of several years. I started back on a discipline—recommended by Ashley-Farrand—of 40 days: 108 repetitions in the morning and in the evening—a total of 216 per day. I usually end up doing more (since it’s not always easy to keep a precise track of the count) while reciting the mantra. The mantra I am presently working with is for the purpose of invoking Saraswati “…with the intention of consciously moving the level of spiritual understanding among humanity to ever-higher levels,” as Ashley-Farrand states. Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of all the creative arts, including music and knowledge. Saraswati is also known as the Mother of the Vedas, the goddess of speech, and the muse for many Indian artists.

 

Saraswati

Saraswati

The word ‘mantra’ originates from the Sanskrit words manas, or ‘mind,’ and trai, ‘to protect’ or ‘to set free from.’ The literal meaning of mantra is ‘to set free from the mind.’ Therefore, a mantra may be used as a tool that may help free us from our various conditioned mental habits and from any predetermined life conditions or circumstances.

 

A Saraswati mantra:

 

Om Eim Saraswatyei Swaha
(OM I’M SAH-RAH-SWAH-TEE-YEA SWAH-HA)

 

“Chant the Saraswati mantra with the intention of consciously moving
the level of spiritual understanding among humanity to ever-higher levels…
or use it in any creative endeavor, as this mantra invokes energy
for making the project successful.” Ashley-Farrand

 

A simple and powerful healing Rama Mantra:

Om Ram Ramaya Namaha
(OM RAHM RAHM-EYE-YAH NAHM-AH-HA)

 

“This mantra begins to awaken and activate the entire solar plexus chakra. It
specifically prepares the chakra to be able to handle the inflow of kundalini energy
that gives the chakra its power…This simple mantra, Rama, qualifies as a healing
Mantra in its own right.” Ashley-Farrand

 

A mantra for the elimination of anger and irritability:

Shante Prashante Sarva Krodha Upasha Mani Swaha
(SHAN-TEH PRA-SHAN-TEH SAHR-VAH KROH-DHA
OO-PASH-AH MAH-NEE SWA-HA)

 

Although this mantra is a bit more complex than the first two, it is reported to be effective in alleviating the inner conditions of irritability, which, in turn, may be very stressful. Inner conditions can temporarily blind one to the many good things that may be right in front of one and alleviate stressful conditions.

 

The following is a sample of the discipline I perform:

 

Forty-day discipline. A discipline of forty days is the time given for practicing mantra in the Eastern texts.
Place. Set a specific place to recite your mantra where you will be undisturbed for about 15 minutes, or the time it takes to work with your mantra.
Time of Day. Set your time of practice to be at the same times every day: in the morning, upon waking, and in the evening prior to retiring.
Completing the Practice. If you are in the midst of your practice and the telephone rings, do not answer it. Better yet—before you begin—either turn off the phone or let it go to voicemail.
Prayer Beads: Mala or Rosary. If you wish you may use prayer a rosary or mala for your practice. The rosary is an ancient spiritual tool. Throughout the Far East, rosaries are called malas and consist of 108 beads. For spiritual disciplines, a mala of 108 beads may be used for counting, or a rosary of 54 beads which are then counted twice to complete the 108 repetitions.
For those who haven’t done a mantra as yet: Don’t let it overwhelm you. Take your time and relax. If you have any questions, let me know. I’ve been doing them for a while now.

 

To know ultraviolet, infrared and X-rays
Beauty to find in so many ways
Two notes of the chord, that’s our full scope
But to reach the chord is our life’s hope
And to name the chord is important to some
So they give it a word, and the word is…OM
 
Graeme Edge

 

Roger’s SoundCloud Picks of the Week

 

Here are my three SoundCloud picks for this week. Give a listen, and if you like what you hear, please ‘like’ and ‘repost’ the tracks you enjoy on SoundCloud, Twitter, and/or Facebook. This is a great opportunity for you to support the creative work of these fine artists.

 

Screaming Silence – Mario Mauer – Electronic, game, opera, soundtrack and voice.

 

 

♦ Letting Go
 
– Sizzlebird – “I wanted to create an atmosphere in this track. The feeling of letting go of the real, and taking hold of make believe!” [Ot Moruno Bird Bushey, Hertfordshire, Britain (UK)] – Chillout.

 

 

♦ OTSO VS. DEAD CAN DANCE - COTXETXE (Mashup) [Madrid, Spain] – ambient, bootleg, darkwave, electronic, melancholic, neoclassical, otso, remix & more.

 

 

The Blue Sky Highway™ is
Roger Allen Baut - Michael Ash Sharbaugh
and Adrian Hallam

 

The Creative Nexus™ presents the Blue Sky Highway™ [Episode #005 - "Air Castles"]
Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 12:00 NN, EST.

Maxfield Parrish Air Castles