The perennial wisdom associated with music goes back as far as Pythagoras (c 570 - c 495 BC) who, according to the scholar Iamblichus of Chalcis, liberated his disciples in the evening from ‘diurnal perturbations and tumults, and purified their intellective power from the influxive and effluxive waves of corporeal nature’ by means of appropriate melodies, rendering their sleep quiet, and their dreams pleasing and prophetic.
Since then, music has been the subject of wonder and philosophical debate until the recent development of fMRI that gave us the ability to study the working of the brain in real-time. As more and more research become available, the historical, almost mystical benefit of music on our physical, emotional and spiritual well being is being confirmed as scientific fact.
With the help of modern technology we are finding that ancient philosophers like Plotinus may just have been right when he described the ‘magic’ of music as the reigning sympathy in Nature.
The principle of programming may not fit comfortable in most of our minds when we are discussing a process of healing, but it is none the less the correct term in the well known technique of NLP. This treatment modality uses various programming tools to allow their client the opportunity to confront the emotional pains of the past.
With the knowledge and understanding that the NLP client have gained since the injury has occurred, the hurt that remain can be reassessed and put into a proper emotional context. If the programming is successful the recipient experiences an immediate feeling of relief and serenity that often changes their life, and sometimes result in a total change of personality.
The premise on which this technique rest is that the emotional pain that we find so overwhelming that we cannot deal with it, changes our world view to such an extent that we try to avoid it at all cost. In many cases we start to anticipate situations that may result in opening the wounds of our past, and any experience that even remotely resemble the painful memory is automatically subjugated as meaningless and void, thereby negating any value we may have gained through the situation or experience.
By identifying old emotional injuries and reframing them in the present, the NLP Practitioner allows a client to review the emotional history that follow the hurtful experience, and by changing our view of the painful memory we hide, it changes all the subsequent experiences that followed, and allow us to recognise our lives as worthy and valuable. By removing the emotional wounds in our past we change our view of the present and become totally different people.
Such is the power of our mind, that we may become all that we can be if believe that whatever has happened has made us who we are. Whatever the pain and injury we hold, nothing can make us less than what we are. Nothing exept our belief.
In the excellent article: “10 Things I wish somebody told me 10 years ago”, the author of Life Reboot discuss the following edited list:
#10 - What others think doesn’t matter.
#9 - Explore every new taste, experience or opportunity.
#8 - Nobody knows what you’re thinking unless you tell them.
#7 - Talk to everybody. Share!
#6 - Leave every job on good terms.
#5 - Pay your dues.
#4 - Invest in yourself.
#3 - You can’t change anything by sitting back and looking at it.
#2 - Expect people to be negative, especially if you’re carving your own path.
#1 - Do what you are.
From my own experience these 10 things could easily be used as general rules to live by, and in my own opinion there is just one important lesson missing:
All experience that follow choice have value - Too often I find people who consider themselves to be damaged by some previous experience. People seem to think that to be successful in life we first need to heal the pain and suffering of the past, when the answer to the hurt of our past is in doing the present without reserve. We are never ‘less’, and until we engage life with everything we are in the moment, we may never find the accomplishment of truly being alive.
“Flow is an unmistakable universal experience of unity, can be triggered by any of a variety of experiences, and notwithstanding it’s diverse origin feels the same whether you find it at a drumming circle, a revival rally, the Burning Man or a Mighty Men Crusade. It is found in the two thousand year old rituals maintained by the Catholic Church, the Jewish rituals that have their origin long before that, in ancient tribal worship and practice, in fire walking, trancing, tripping, and even in the Shamans dance of lore.”—
“Finally, people may choose the emotions they feel far more often than they are aware — and those choices, too, can trip up social interactions. A series of recent experiments led by Maya Tamir, a psychologist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Boston College, has found that people subconsciously prime themselves to feel emotions they believe will be most useful to them in an anticipated situation. The researchers call these instrumental emotions.”—Your Fuse Box of Emotions - NYTimes.com
In my own quest to find the ultimate source of entertainment, I have just recently noted a common thread that seem to resonate with most, if not all of the varying interests that I have. Be it sport, comedy, games or music, I find the things I enjoy the most are those that generate flow.
Comedy is a good example of flow, particularly stand-up comedy as it depends on the skill of the performer to “hook” the audience into their dialogue, and will continue as long as the performer keep his or her audience rolling. Once a skilled comedian manage to break through the barriers maintained to achieve social acceptance, keeping them captivated and in stitches is just a matter of good timing. As soon as the laughter begins to flow and move freely between audience members it will keep on growing in strength by nature, until everybody is caught up in the hilarity.
Laughter does that you know. It engages our bodies to such a level that we lower our social guard and open our self to the experience of flow, and before you know it you find yourself rolling in fits of laughter and having the time of your life. In fact, the enjoyment of flow is so intricately woven with flow that our bodies respond positively, even when we are laughing without finding anything funny.
Funny is what funny does it seems, and just like wonder, beauty, music and art, comedy can be some of the best entertainment you get. If you would like to share your own experience in flow, please use the handy comment system provided. I’d love to hear your side of the story!
“No longer the sole purview of philosophers and mystics, consciousness is now attracting the attention of scientists from across a variety of different fields, each, it seems, with their own theories about what consciousness is and how it arises from the brain.”—Why Great Minds Can’t Grasp Consciousness | LiveScience
“Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance. We are even comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know. When we first start facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives. But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better. In fact, you want more! It’s true that many people around you now may think you are weird or even a danger to society, but you don’t care. Once you’ve tasted the truth, you won’t ever want to go back to being ignorant!”—
From understanding the difference between emotional and neutral memories, to finding why people in a happy mood will almost always choose the first of any available choices given, all the way through to the role of emotions in determining self bias and the shocking discovery that morals are nothing less than conclusions and deductions to defend our actions - Read all about it in: The science of discovering ourself
“What do you think would have to change for us to live in love and harmony, equally shared with all who cross our path. Think of what it may cost and feel the freedom to live as one. To be in all diversity the best we can, to give in honest deed and find the grace to more than we need. Imagine what it took to take it all away, to hide it in plain sight of those who dream it so, just out of reach to all but those who live in choice and choose to be.”—The Game
“Ancient philosophers used the Greek word logos, originally a word for “account” or “reason” to define our understanding of life, and give meaning to living. It soon became a technical term in philosophy and was commonly used around 500 BC. And ever since we started using it, we use the term in different ways. True to man and nature, our search for meaning began divided, growing from beginning, just as it will grow forth hence.”—
“Spiritual intercourse with God is the ecstasy hinted at in all earthly intercourse, physical or spiritual. It is the ultimate reason why sexual passion is so strong, so different from other passions, so heavy with suggestions of profound meanings that just elude our grasp. No mere practical needs account for it. No mere animal drive explains it. No animal falls in love, writes profound romantic poetry, or sees sex as a symbol of the ultimate meaning of life, because no animal is made in the image of God. Human sexuality is that image, and human sexuality is a foretaste of that self-giving, that losing and finding the self, that oneness-in-manyness that is the heart of the life and joy of the Trinity. That is what we long for; that is why we tremble to stand outside ourselves in the other, to give our whole selves, body and soul: because we are images of God the sexual being. We love the other sex because God loves God.”—
Peter Kreeft (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven- But Never Dreamed of Asking) (via sex-death-rebirth)
This quote reminds me of flow, the meaning of life beyond reason, of love, and me.
B:But all replies the same? It says "A choice that's made, is life well played and since we're on a roll choose a symbol too!
A:Any one, matter not, choose the one that looks like fun!
B:But what's the meaning to it all?
A:Then what the matter still if every symbol stand as one to man and kind and more than most the will to be none other. Be it will or not the question stay what color choice you'll next to make.
B:But how to pick the one to best describe my want when most I want the reason why?
A:Pick a happy one! Pick the hue that make you blush, and brush it round and round the mulberry bush. Make it daring bright and paint the town from drab to fab beyond.
B:And fanciful dress and senseless prance I come to twirl and dance to left and swivel right. Hardly touching ground I whirl as one but still the sniggle snag what will and ask the reason for it all?
A:It's just a jump to the left, and a step to the right, put your hands on your hips, and shake it baby, shake it like you mean it like you like it! Then ask why and mind why not. Choose, or snooze a dreamy shimmy shake it, groove it, make it like you want it bru!
Efficiency must probably be one of the essential components of any machine, yet some are renowned that they don’t. Both are considered as tools that uphold our society, yet neither do man or nature good.
“Luv must surely be the pick of the three letter word crop to improve in sense when you repeated it rhythmically, twice, and then follow with something suitably whimsical like a off-beat me do, or clicking your heels together three times, crossing your fingers and making a wish for somebody else., but there’s no mistaking it between you and I.”—The game
It is a lesser known universal constant that define the shared experience of flow, much like the monsters hiding under your bed, and the grossly underestimated fact, that happiness is contagious and spread.
Movies make me want love My friends make me want love My parents make me want love The floor makes me want love Everything
It’s everywhere I look and I want I sit and I taunt Taunt myself into daydreaming
Into comas of need To love that I can’t see To things I just want but don’t need
I have to wait Fuck that I want it Now
Now this may not necessarily be an opinion widely shared, if you know what I mean (channelling Groucho), but it all sounds to me like a wail of a yearning for something already had, or readily have for sure. That, or a lifetime of therapy I’m sure. Now smile dammit!