Music and Geometry: The Flower of life (shown Below) is seen throughout countless civilizations from Egypt to Europe to China to South America to India and the middle east this symbol is seen engraved, carved, painted, drawn or sculpted in buildings, common areas, homes and temples. Breaking down the flower of life we find the seed of life, the egg of life and the fruit of life. The each contain information pertaining to a myriad of subjects from design to mathematics to music, a true and accurate universal language.
The Flower of Life
The Seed of Life
The Egg of Life
The Fruit of Life
Presented by JEKKS
MUSIC AS MEDICINE PART I
Music from the ancient world focusing on Shamanic and Indian Music
An audio/visual recording will be available online at http://jekks.blogspot.com.au/
Seed and Scale: In the unraveling of the seed of life we find the relationship between musical tones, these not only include the 12 western tones but also 12 overtones between each tone. Music of The Flower of Life: Tom Casella, a fellow music researcher has uncovered the link between the flower of life and music, his ‘flower of music’ includes natural notes, flats, sharps, double flats and double sharps. This is an all encompassing diagram to allow the mapping of chords, scales, ragas and maqams and provides the user with a graphical representation of the musical source. Tom’s Book is available on my site and Soon I am publishing a follow up exploring a selection of maqams and ragas.
Beyond use merely as a mode of therapy for an array of diseases, music can also be very useful as a preventative. For example, various choices of appropriate musical genres may have positive effects on people living a stressful urban lifestyle, on factory workers in order to increase productivity, and even on animals, to increase production of products such as milk and eggs Dr Mehmet Oz
and sometimes replacement for certain therapies. Vibration: Everything is vibration, vibration is frequency, Frequency is sound, sound is music. Music of the stars: In ancient Sumer the priests, shamans and musicians used a code from the star people involving birthdate and name that denoted a set of musical rules to create personal healing pieces. From here they would enter a chamber to perform healing ritual. Music of the Breath: Meanwhile, possibly before, in the south the Aborigines harnessed the science of breath and drone for use in healing and meditation. The Yidaki is known for it’s ability to heal snake bites, nuture aches and pains and provide deep relaxation. Music from the Nile: In 4000BC ancient Egyptians utilized the power of the throat with vowel sound chanting with the percussive sound of the drum and sistrum. Combining these in a unique setting inside the masterfully engineered and constructed chambers of temples and pyramids with the resonating qualities to provide a ‘bath’ of sound. The sistrum and voice were utilized first and continued to be held as the purest form for healing, similar to the chant and the rattle in shamanism. Harps and flutes were introduced into healing ceremonies and temple rituals soon after. Music in Africa: The Medicine man in African tribes had the power to heal the dying and injured through sound. The use of a flute and percussion would guide the spirit back to the body and drive the disease or sickness out. Music from across the dessert: Islamic scientists and doctors developed musical medical treatments, especially for psychological disorders, in the form of maqams, a system of notes and rules, similar to the western musical mode, which were used up until the 18th Century. Now Doctors in Istanbul Memorial Hospital are reviving this practice by using maqams as an additive
Music from the Vedas: In ancient India the Vedic people developed a musical system that went hand in hand with the medical system. Ragas, similar to maqams and modes, were scientifically produced by the ancients to fulfill certain objectives. Each Raga has a myriad of rules associated to it including: - Time of day to be played - Ascending and Descending scales (aroh and avroh) - Most dominant note (Vadi) - Second most dominant note (samvadi) - Signature Phrase (pakad) - Notes not to be played (Varjit) - Rules surrounding what notes can and can’t be played in succession It is believed that the human body is dominated by the three Doshas - Kaph , Pitta and Vata . These elements work in a cyclic order of rise and fall during the 24 hour period. Also, the reaction of these three elements differ with the seasons.Hence it is said that performing or listening to a raga at the proper allotted time can affect the health of human beings. Futher to Time Association the seasonal association of ragas is important also as each season affects Kaph, Pitta and Vata. Thyagaraja, the famous Indian musician had even sung life into the dead with the help of music therapy. Music in the Orient: Thousands of years ago, Chinese Medicine was able to identify that each of the organs in our body had it’s own rhythm and energetic flow. They were able to identify that the heart controlled the blood, the kidneys the urine, the lungs the flow of oxygen, etc without conducting autopsy! Within in each organ Chinese medicine identified a rhythm and musical mode. Each organ has a specific and unique music which relates directly to it’s functions. Music in Greece and Rome Pythagoras found through the investigation of his monochord that there were some very pleasant musical intervals between notes. Furthering his
research he discovered that by the use of melodies that contained these intervals and unison chants containing vowel sounds (from Egyptian chant) these would alleviate the pains of the psyche… anger, fear, hatred, depression etc etc Music of the Himalayas In the Himalayas Bon (an ancient religion) and Buddhism are fused into daily life. Chants are carried across the mountains to relay messages and pass on news. They are used in temples to focus the mind and are used in healing ceremonies to cleanse the mind, body and spirit for disease. Singing bowls, horns (similar to Yidaki) and drums are used in healing ceremonies of different types, depending on the ailment. The combination of chanting, the drone of the singing bowl and the beat of a drum entrance the patient and the resonant qualities re-align the frequencies within the organs of the body. Music of the Shaman The Americas and Europe house a medicine man of great power and a source of great knowledge. The Shaman is the herbalist, healer, storyteller and counsel for the tribe. Flute, Rattle, Drum and Voice are the tools of the Shaman. The Flute and Voice are used as invocation to express intention and bring about good luck for the task ahead. The Drum and the Rattle are used to entrain the Shaman and the Patient/s into a trance, where the healing can begin. Research into shamanic drumming has shown that when the drum beats at a rate of 60BPM the trance induced will cause a relaxed state similar to a dreamless sleep while increased speeds of 120, 140 and 180 can induce trance states for journeying equivalent to that of a vivid dream state. These journeying beats are used often for the shaman with journey as a form of meditation during consultation. The rattle is also used in healing ceremonies for its entrancing capabilities. Shamans study their entire lifetime learning the rhythms of different states of consciousness to aid in their practice. Masters of Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta detection and guidance they utilize their knowledge to guide themselves and their patient to the state/s that will aid them most.