My Early Experiences with Music
Music was part of our school curriculum for most of my early years and while I didn’t dislike it, I wasn’t really into it either.
In high school, though, something very special happened in Calculus class. Our teacher would play classical music for us as we worked on problems; often he played works of Vivaldi such as “The Four Seasons.”
As ambient music, this was very nice; and I had many mathematical discoveries while the music played in the background.
But there was something else.
Sometimes, instead of working, I would just listen for a minute or two.
I felt something in those times that I couldn’t explain.
I felt a certain liveliness: not like being hyper or energetic, but a sense of deep relaxation, peace, serenity, and a feeling of openness or connectedness.
This liveliness was quite distinct from the feelings I would get from listening to the pop, rock, or rap music I had in my personal music collection. It was very interesting.
Learning about Faculties of Consciousness
A year or two later, still when I was in high school, I began to understand why I felt the way I did when listening to this music.
I was taking Belsebuub’s Searching Within course. In the course he wrote about the spiritual faculties of consciousness and music. He’s also mentioned it in one of his books:
The natural faculties of the consciousness when combined with the superior emotional center give the ability to appreciate fine art and music. ~ Belsebuub, The Peace of the Spirit Within
It seems when I listened to the music consciously, I was more perceptive to its beauty and spiritual qualities. And some pieces of music can really “feed” our consciousness.
Since these discoveries, listening to spiritually uplifting music has been an important part of my collection of practices. I could give a whole list of pieces I enjoy, but I want to highlight just a few select pieces and musical genres that have touched me deeply and served as a big boost in my quest for self-knowledge.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
I don’t think I can ever say enough about how much I love this piece of music and how much it has helped me.
There was a time when I would listen to this piece almost on a weekly basis! And I never got tired of it.
Somehow, despite sometimes initially feeling absolutely downcast, by listening to this music, I was uplifted. To me, this communicated the ubiquitousness of the divine and the Soul’s journey to enlightenment through endurance and perseverance.
During my first or second year at uni, I went to the university orchestra’s rendition of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. It was the first real concert I went to and due to the short notice of the event, I had to go alone. But truly that was one of the most beautiful evenings of my life.
Here is another quote from Belsebuub, where he mentions Beethoven’s music:
Beethoven’s music elevates the melody out of the pure emotion into the spiritual realms and connects you with the internal worlds, that is, if you at least have a solar astral body created with alchemy, which gives the ability to feel superior emotions. ~ Belsebuub, The Peace of the Spirit Within
Through reading The Flight of the Feathered Serpent, I became interested in finding Andean music because of a dialogue between the author and his wise, mysterious friend discussing the power and meaning of Andean, Inca, and Guarani music.
At one point, I remember finding a collection of Andean songs that I really enjoyed. During lunch at work, I would go outside to a quiet area and eat my lunch. Then after eating lunch, I would listen to the music for about 15-20 minutes before going back to work.
The music made a real difference for me. I felt more aware and I felt like my psyche was vibrating at a higher frequency than before. I could also sense how parts of the music were somehow inspired by something higher. In The Flight of the Feathered Serpent it says:
[Inca and Andean music] are essentially mystic music. The one of the Inca origin follows the rhythm of the celestial bodies and it can’t be any other way; it is music that contains in its rhythm and melody, everything which our soul already knows about the solar system and the unknown of the Milky Way and the Pleiades. At more than three thousand metres above the sea level, the man of the Andes has to inevitably feel in grandiose terms. ~ Judas, The Flight of the Feathered Serpent
I really think that music is a wonderful tool to tap into spiritual feelings and to sense higher truths. And from what Belsebuub has described of the feelings music can evoke when we have advanced sufficiently on the path, I can only imagine how much more beautiful and powerful it can become!
I don’t find that all Classical or Andean music “speak” to me in the same way I described above. Some of these pieces I find quite unpleasant because the music seems to strengthen my emotions or make my mind wander. And at other times, if I am not entering a period of listening to music with enough awareness, even very beautiful pieces may have little effect upon me because I’m not able to listen with my essence. But when I’m in the right state and the music has these higher qualities, music can be a massive boost to my inner state.