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I AM MUSIC

I am musicI love this message. It is so inspiring to us who have dedicated past four decades to sharing Peace Through Music.  Here’s the quote written out so you can read it better.

I AM MUSIC, most ancient of the arts. I am more than ancient; l am eternal. Even before life commenced upon this earth, I was here in the winds and the waves.  When the first trees and flowers and grasses appeared, I was among them.  And when Man came, I at once became the most delicate, most subtle, and most powerful medium for the expression of Man’s emotions.  When men were little better than beasts, I influenced them for their good. In all ages I have inspired men with hope, kindled their love, given a voice to their joys, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in times of despair.  I have played a great part in the drama of Life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of man’s nature. Through my influence human nature has been uplifted, sweetened and refined. With the aid of men, I have become a Fine Art. From Tubalcain to Thomas Edison a long line of the brightest minds have devoted themselves to the perfection of instruments through which men may utilize my powers and enjoy my charms.  I have myriads of voices and instruments.  I am in the hearts of all men and on their tongues, in all lands and among all peoples; the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and learned.  For I speak to all men, in a language that all understand. Even the deaf hear me, if they but listen to the voices of their own souls.  I am the food of love.  I have taught men gentleness and peace; and I have led them onward to heroic deeds.  I comfort the lonely, and I harmonize the discord of crowds.  I am a necessary luxury to all men.  I am MUSIC.    ~ Allan C. Inman

*Let me know your thoughts and experiences about music and what it means in your life.  And for those who comment here, I am giving away a free mp3 track of our peaceful music.  For more about the music we have been creating since 1979 and more free downloads, visit:  soundings.com

 

A Sabbath of Days

Sunrise oceanA Sabbath of days, peaceful feeling, simply being.  That’s what today has been at last.  Early morning pictures of the ocean, sitting watching the waves, meditating on the morning.  What is my heart’s desire?  It came to me this morning as I was quieting my mind that I really want to help people.  I want to provide others and myself with information that will help us all to heal, prepare, and prosper.  So maybe I am a teacher or a writer or a healer.  It is clear at least that whatever it is that I create or support the creation of is intended to be of benefit to others.  The music, the writing, the ideas, the events, the media, the words of encouragement, information.  All is meant to contribute to the healing of our world.

I wrote the paragraph above in Florida on November 6, 2005 almost ten years ago and I realize I could have written it today.  I love it when we can read a journal entry from years past and find that the words still ring true.  Over four decades ago when I was living in New York City and going through a personal spiritual struggle, I made a lot of entries in my journal wishing for what I could become, how I could change and discover who I really am and what I am here for.  Much transpired after that period of soul searching when I came across that journal and read my words of youthful yearning.  I had met my soul mate Dean Evenson.  He moved in across the hall from me!  We had married and I had given birth to our first child.  We had moved to the country.  We had discovered part of our purpose in creating meaningful videotapes.  And so on….  In reading my earlier words I realized I had become what I was wanting to be.  My dreams had been realized.  What a wonderful discovery to find out that our dreams really can become realities.

What is your heart’s desire?  What do you feel called upon to contribute in this lifetime to the world around you?  I hope you are keeping a journal and jotting down your thoughts.  Someday you may read your own words and find out your dreams have come true too.  Feel free to share your thoughts here.

Creating Personal Sanctuary – My Sacred Laundry Room

SacredLaundryRoomA personal sanctuary for rest and rejuvenation can be of great benefit for individual health as well as for the health of family and community. By allowing your soul and spirit the refuge of peace, you are able to reach out and have a positive effect on the harmony of all your relationships – including your family, workplace, community, and world.

It is helpful if you can define a physical space where you can devote yourself to inner healing work.  This can be anything from a room set aside for meditation to a small corner in your bedroom or living room or a spot in nature.  I have made my laundry room into a sacred space where I do my yoga and meditate and love the privacy and peace it provides. Whatever place you choose, this is your special sanctuary where you can do your yoga or sit quietly and meditate, free from distractions and let go of the worries and cares of the world or whatever is going on in your personal life.  In this sacred space you can focus on bringing harmony and peace into your life.

You might want to set up an altar to help focalize your meditation, contemplation or prayer.  The altar can include a candle, flowers, treasures from nature, sacred pictures or anything that inspires your spirit.  If possible, it is helpful to play peaceful music in the background to help ground and center your soul in the spirit of peace.  I would love to hear from you about the kind of sacred space you create for yourself.  It is always inspiring to know what others have discovered to help bring peace into their lives.

If you’re looking for peaceful music to use for meditation and yoga, try Healing Sanctuary which we created after 911 to give people a calm space to retreat into when the world becomes too much.

 

A Primordial Clear Light Mind

A primordial clear light mind
Is something that we all have within us.
It is not something external to us.
It is on this basis that we can attain enlightenment
When we can see, straightforwardly and non-conceptually,
the nature of our clear light mind
and remain totally absorbed on this nature
without ever regressing from it we have become a Buddha
– The Gelug/Lagyu tradition of Mahamudra

Buddha gardenWhat is this Pure Light Mind that the scripture above speaks of?  Is this something attainable by us mortals or only available to the realm of the Buddha and the Christ?  Modern scientists recognize that our DNA emits light in the form of photons. So even on the physical level, it is understood that we are made up of light.  Fortunately, many people across the ages have been able to access this aspect of their divine mind though their steadfast practice of meditation.  So, although it may take some time and of course personal discipline, there are tools that can help you in your own quest.  The goal of our meditation should be to move us closer to seeing clearly the nature of our mind which is ultimately pure light. Through meditation, we can hope to remove the impediments to this light by letting go of that which causes our suffering – clouds of worry, fear, anger, hatred, envy, craving and self-doubt.  As we let go of these negative emotions, we make way for a more compassionate, joyful and expansive state of being.  Through a regular meditation practice, we can expect to reach a state of inner peace and move that much closer to the realization our divine self.

Do you have trouble clearing your mind of worrisome or busy thoughts?  Fortunately music has been found to help the process.  Here are some of Soundings of the Planet’s meditation albums.

The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy, When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, The holly bears the crown.
~ Old French Carol

Holly-snowWhen I was growing up, this was always my father’s favorite carol.  For some reason it often brought tears to his eyes.  So when I think of it, I am remembering this sweet connection with my dad.  I have often wondered about this song and why it elicited such emotion for him so I did a little research on holly itself.

For thousands of years, holly has had special meaning with many cultures each adding a new layer of significance.  The early Druids saw holly and ivy as female and male – holly stood for the Goddess with her red berries representing the blood of fertility.  Ivy was her consort.

Apparently the Romans thought holly was given by the god Saturn and it figured heavily in the wild and sensual Saturnalia festivals.  It was used by early Christians to decorate their houses during Saturnalia in mid-December so they would blend in and avoid Roman persecution

Over the years, holly has been connected with the Christmas season.  Perhaps, due to its thorny nature, holly could have been seen as the crown of thorns that Jesus was forced to wear – the holly ‘bears the crown’.  It also looks so beautiful in the snow with its bright red berries and shiny green leaves and adds to the cheerfulness of the season.

Its upright growth and deep reaching roots speak to strength and goodness.  In the Bach Flower Remedy pharmacopeia, holly can support healing the inner soul and stimulating a loving nature.  Dean and I have several tall holly bushes outside our door which the birds love to visit.  Now that I know more about holly, I will respect this great and powerful gift of nature even more.

From the Cabin

St. Francis ice crystalsDudley is in the house, sitting at computer at the dining room table. Dean is in the barn searching his hard drives for master tracks from Chakra Healing to use on the new Chakra Meditations & Tones album we are working on.  It is really cold outside, down in the low 20s or teens. We had a tiny snowfall the other day and some is still on the ground.  It’s this kind of condition that causes magical ice cycles to grow out of the grass, leaves and garden statuary each cold night drawing more moisture from the air and turning the dew into icy crystals that grow longer with each passing day.  And if we should be fortunate to get some snow followed by a cold spell, the crystals would extend a few inches reflecting every ray of sunlight passing through them. 

 

Is it possible to have too many things to share and find that it is hard to choose where to begin so nothing gets offered?  I think that was a question but implied in it is the answer which is of course my dilemma.  I have floundering around in my mind so many stories and recipes and how to’s but they don’t seem to find their way to my writing.  I am constantly blogging in my mind.  Oh, I have something to say about a lot of things, but in the midst of daily duties, those thoughts don’t get put down and no post is made. Part of the challenge is we are so busy living our lives that there is barely time to document our process. But maybe that does not matter. We have already documented our lives in intimate detail through many forms of media.  Now is the time to gather up what we have already put down on paper, photographed or recorded on video or audio and organize it into little snippets to post on our blog and share with the world.

 

What is it that people would like to hear from us?  Are there any burning questions or wonderments that we could respond to? We have experience in long-term relationship success with over four decades of marriage and also in creating and managing an enduring creative business partnership for over 30 years. We are passionately concerned about the fate of our planet and use our creative and artistic expression as a vehicle to educate people about the environment.  We are highly intentioned about healthy living and are strong advocates of conscious self-care.  Add to that our pioneering media work with early portable video in 1970 through at least ten different formats of video.  Plus thousands of photographs from the 60s to now spanning the globe and many cultures including our own emerging culture with its unique twists and innovations.  Not to mention over 70 albums of music and many videos that we have produced and distributed to a world in need of our Peace Through Music offerings.

 

So let us know what we can share with you now.  What is your question?  We might have an answer and if not us, perhaps some of our readers will be able jump into the conversation and add their insights.  We want this to be a shared blog experience.  We’ll post and you add your thoughts.  Of course that’s how it works.  But we’ve never done this before so it will be fun to see what transpires in the conversation.  And we do so look forward to hearing your perspective and ideas on things as we respond to our healthy living dreams.

Welcome to Healthy Living Dreams

Welcome to Healthy Living Dreams! The official blog of Dudley Evenson, co-founder of Soundings of the Planet. Featuring helpful hints, inspiring stories and guidance on how to live a healthy life in harmony with others & the planet