Mystery of Music
“Mysticism, the most romantic of adventures, from one point of view the art of arts, their source and also their end, finds naturally enough its closest correspondences in the most purely artistic and most deeply significant of all forms of expression. The mystery of music is seldom realized by those who so easily accept its gifts. Yet of all the arts music alone shares with great mystical literature the power of waking in us a response to the life-movement of the universe. … Beethoven heard the very voice of Reality, and little of it escaped when he translated it for our ears. … Of the music of humanity, one is of the body, another of the soul, another is the connection that is between them. Thus the life of the visible and invisible universe consists in a supernal fugue.” ~Evelyn Underhill
There has always been a connection between music and mysticism, and always will be. Great magic and healing powers have been associated with music. The walls of Jericho were brought down by the sound of trumpets. Angels sang at the birth of Jesus. The pied piper used a flute to control rats. It is not by coincidence that most churches and religions include singing, chanting, or instrumental music in many of their services and ceremonies.
In healing, music has been used for many centuries in various ways. Ancient shaman and witch doctors often chanted over the sick person. The didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines was considered in the old days a tool for healing, not music making. If a person had stomach problems, the shaman would play sounds intended to heal such illness. If the person had an ear problem, certain sounds would be played near the ear. In modern times, some musical researches have taken a scientific approach and developed formulas for producing sounds that heal the body, mind, and spirit. One of not is Dr. manners.
Dr. Peter Guy Manners developed Cymatics which uses sounds in the frequencies of healthy organs to encourage sick or injured organs to heal. Before the good doctor passed into the Light, he passed much of his research on to Dr. Gary Robert Buchanan who further developed the concept creating his own program called Sonatherapy® . Others take an approach that is aimed more at healing the psyche and soothing the spirit. As the old saying goes, “music hath charms to sooth the savage breast.”
I truly believe that many great composers were influenced by muses who were mystics, whether physically living or spirits. A few may have had some mystical training or experience themselves.
In spiritual training, there are two primary uses for music, or sonic tools. The first is to simply calm the mind which is necessary for most in order to experience the higher worlds of spirit. The second it to raise the vibrations of the students by bombarding them with higher vibration music (some recent studies indicate that may have been one of the uses for the standing stones at Stonehenge.) In a more detailed variation, sometimes sounds are played that are intended to stimulate the energy centers (chakras) in a specific sequence in order to encourage them to grow stronger and to get energy flowing through them and between the spirit and body.
The average person may not understand the mystery of music, but the mystic and spiritual adept does.