“The fifth realm of Devachan is the sphere of heavenly harmony. The higher regions of Devachan are characterized by the fact that all sounds have a greater clarity, brilliance and richness. In a mighty harmony we hear the voice of all beings. This harmony was called by Pythagoras, the ‘Music of the Spheres.’ It is the living Cosmic Word. … On Earth, the individual is lost among the crowd of other being. In the highest spheres of Devachan, each being has his own particular sound; yet at the same time the initiate is united with all beings; becomes one with his environment.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Spheres of Heaven
While it doesn’t seem that Steiner’s realms quite correspond to the nine dimensions of the Cosmos that are taught in Cosolargy, the basic concept is the same. The idea is that reality consists of a number of realms, spheres, or dimensions. One of the lowest of these is the world of matter that we live in. It is not the lowest, because there is still some spirit on this level. What Steiner calls the fifth realm does seem to match what we call the fifth dimension. This is a higher level where the angels and other beings of Light dwell.
Mr. Steiner says this is a realm where sounds have greater “clarity, brilliance and richness.” This is true, but is not limited to sound. Just as we have the Music of the Spheres, we have the Scents of the Spheres, the Sights of the Spheres, and possibly even taste and touch is in there somewhere.
One thing that must be made clear is that Steiner is not saying that all sounds become clearer in this sphere. We wouldn’t want the sound of a jackhammer to become clearer, we just want it to stop! What he is saying is that the sound on that level are limited to those that are part of the celestial harmony, part of the Music of the Spheres. Discordant noises cannot get into that realm. Everything on this level functions in harmony, or it wouldn’t be there. And this heavenly harmony extends to all senses, or at least the interpretation of all senses of what is really a harmonious flow of energy.
Experiencing Heavenly Harmony
One way a spiritual student can often tell that his spiritual practices are succeeding is that he briefly experiences some of this heavenly harmony. While practicing, she may hear a very pleasant music softly playing in the background. After finishing the techniques, she looks around and can find no source of that pleasant sound. Instead, she is now bombarded with the usual noise of the world.
Another student might smell flowers or an uplifting perfume. Likewise, when he finishes his spiritual practice and looks around, he sees no flowers, no source of the perfume. Others might feels a pleasant tingling all over the body, or see geometric shapes made of light. They are all experiencing a brief glimpse into that heavenly harmony of the fifth dimension. But don’t feel disappointed if you haven’t experienced any of that yet. Each person is different.
One reason why many inspired artists create their works is because they have experienced brief encounters with this heavenly harmony. So they try to put it into their songs, their paintings, their sculpture, or other art forms. They ever succeed in capturing it, but some come close. Such art can help inspire us to seek spiritual growth ourselves.
While to a large degree, the purpose has been lost, this is the reason many churches play music during services, burn incense, and have works of art on display. Because they have forgotten this purpose, many now have the wrong kinds of music and they wrong kinds of artworks, but that may change.