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Lesson 21 - Esoteric Music

The hidden meaning behind music is an important part of the studies of the New Age.

As all is vibration, so when a piece of music is played we have its vibration impacting on us. It can be discordant or harmonious. It can raise the consciousness or lower it.

We find by singing certain songs that have been put to music in a certain key, it is possible to live from the head centre and be filled with light. One of these songs is Ave Maria. After singing it daily, the consciousness lifts until it is possible not to be aware of this world, but to be very much aware of the inner world, or more subtle planes of manifestation. On the instructions from the Universal Mind we have experimented with this and after practising for an hour everyone felt the top of the head become very warm and active.

Other music will affect the heart, the thyroid or the lower centres, depending on the key and the way the notes are arranged.

Edgar Cayce wrote, "If you learn music, you learn history. If you learn music you will learn mathematics, if you learn music, you learn most all there is to learn."

It is almost impossible to give a complete understanding of esoteric music, because this has to be found within oneself, which means hard work, much meditation and bringing into the conscious mind the understanding of a revelation. When this knowledge becomes experience, then the door will begin to open. In these words may be found a key to unlock that door, a glimpse that will set the searching soul on one of the many paths which will lead to realms universal, the Life of Spirit, the Kingdom Of God.

In studying music, art, literature, and other individual expressions of creativity, one has to stand outside time and see the expression in time over a great period.

Humanity moves in cycles and to understand the part that the arts play in its evolution, one has to see the goal for humanity, the balancing of the opposites, equilibrium, and then look at these expressions as part of the process in bringing humanity to this goal. The pendulum will swing from one side to the other, from one extreme to the other until this is so.

so formality. His trials and tribulations in life taught him much and his consciousness expanded as he triumphed over such. freedom from form. This task looked at in isolation may seem extreme. and they show the expansion of style. revolutionised the form and structure of the novel and pushed language to the extreme limits of communication. One of the many aspects of Handel’s music is that of sequences. Let us look now at a particular piece of music and its composer and even if the music is not known to the reader. Bach was the master of polyphony (which comes from the Greek poly. His music was “ground into shape by sheer hard labour” and from the beginning to the end there is portrayed the effort and the victory of a creative spirit moving forward to freedom. These extremes helped to break up the crystallisation and worn out forms of the novel that had served their purpose. bringing into manifestation what humanity had to be shown and the next step it had to take. but because of the stage of humanity at that time. James Joyce 1882-1941.Any great person who has left a mark in the world. Although some people are ready to confine such to the limit of the concept of the day. irrelevant and revolutionary to the utmost. The effect was formal. nothing can hinder its onward march. meaning many. or the repetition of chords and phrases which give it formality. repetition were translated to human conduct. meaning sounds) which is the combination of simultaneous sounds which result in harmony. It is written of Handel that his music was for the purpose of revolutionising English morals. conformity. “the existing state of knowledge did not allow him to see man outside the framework of nature as a whole”. This ordered music influenced more the mental type. It is recognised that his compositions are divided into three distinct periods. Paracelsus of the 15th Century saw the soul in all things. the principle can be applied generally in the study. than the emotional. incarnated to perform a specific task. Of course this is not the only influence of Bach's music but it begins to give an insight into some aspects of it. and phone. BEETHOVEN 1770-1827. The PURE creative spirit always moves towards the future and its works are vast in conception. content and experience. in his last works. the novelist. As his motive (note this word) became purified so did his creative ability fertilise and bring to fulfilment his task in this particular incarnation. . and yet these men and women have performed the purpose of their incarnation with exactness.

a voice.Beethoven's Ninth Symphony can be studied in many ways so the veil can be lifted to see on the inner planes what this music is intended to bring to humanity. emotional. Technically speaking. To understand this one must have some idea of the laws of vibration and apply them esoterically. interval. and it is indicated on a chart in the form of a curve. on the subject in the poem “Evelyn Hope”. the moving into universal joy and freedom. “Ode to Joy”. its use of harmony. If music is attuned to the keynote of the soul. a cough. where Mozart infused life into established forms. We know that a current flowing in a telephone wire can be measured with electrical instruments. the vibration of the dominant body at the time will be the most receptive. In the third movement comes the opening out and the flowing of that spirit and in the fourth movement. mental or soul body. the condition and individual state of the composer. and here is declared this freedom and Oneness of Life. “The first movement sounds in very truth that the end of the world is a spiritual eventuality. refer to Fourier's Theorem (French mathematician). ONENESS. SPIRIT. melody. or a symphony . German dramatist and lyric poet. the period in which this was written. The effect of music and how this takes place. knowing that only through this upheaval can the spiritual ground be prepared. There is a technical reason for this and if one wants to look into this. though. It can be looked at from the form of music. key etc. the working together in the great scheme of the whole can be clearly seen. Here Beethoven broke away from the formality of the way music was written in his time because so much of it had served its purpose and this freedom had to be brought to bear for the evolution of music and humanity to proceed. It is said that Beethoven created new forms of music in order to materialise his profound message from the inner.” In the fourth movement there is a choral work based on the poem of Schillar {17591B05). this freedom actually strengthened the basic structure of music and the non-essential forms died from lack of use. Any sound. Only those parts which harmonise or tune in on the vibration of the emotion will call forth a response. In this soil is nurtured and unleashed the forces of rebirth and regeneration and this is the theme of the second movement. very little or no response will come forth. and that one is centred in the emotions. The Poet Robert Browning knew what this meant when he wrote in rather an obscure way. And so as each artist performed his appointed task yet overlapped with many others. It is important to realise that all individuals are on different rungs of the ladder of evolution and if one is centred in the physical. The Ninth Symphony speaks of universal life and in its four movements depicts such and is not related to the individual but to LIFE ITSELF. the spiritual message which the music contains within itself.

the Gregorian. mental and soul body all vibrating at certain frequencies. its effect is far reaching on the higher planes. It is a general law that if one vibration has twice the amplitude of another it has four times the energy. The original Ambrosian Chant. think of the potent energy that could be produced from a vibrating structure or soul-infused personality or an individual whose soul is in control and the other bodies vibrating harmoniously.orchestra can be recorded and represented by a curve. A symphony is represented by a curve on a stereo record and from that curve one can hear the entire work. but in addition introduced a lifting effect in helping to produce feelings of reverence. a tuning fork only sounds a single pure tone. The physical. The energy of these separate vibrations does not usually pass from one to another. An advance on the Ambrosian Chant. a meandering up and down the scale in sequences. Today it is considered very depressing and irritating. had a subduing effect on the passions. also subdued passions. other strings are set in motion. could be played in unison and the same note produced as that played on a violin. but a single note on a violin sounds a whole chord of pure tones.g. (See diagram at end of lesson). A battery of tuning forks each tuned to one of these notes. Remembering what has been said about the energy of the combination of a number of vibrations. It is also proved that the motion of any structure that vibrates is regarded as the superposition of a number of free vibrations. whether in hearing or not. one can see how different music can have a CONSCIOUS effect on different people. They are independent so it can be seen that the energy of a number of vibrations may be thought of. Certainly. one would emit a certain note or frequency. emotional. but going back to the statement re the vibration of the dominant body. In Christian times in Europe we notice a series of definite musical ritualistic effects on consciousness. It was necessary at the time of its use to counteract the violent animal passions which were the heritage of past ages. If the hammer strikes on the middle C string of a piano. as the sum of the energies of the separate vibrations. Think of oneself as a vibratory structure. and note the word free e. which gives the richness and quality. The etheric body acts as the bridge between the physical and higher bodies and as music is played. When the three lower bodies are completely harmonised with that of the soul. Pope Gregory was apparently . many assimilate the meaning and influence of music subconsciously and are not aware of it.

Reed music like that of flute possess the ability to arouse this force. This sort of music therefore provides a stimulus of embryo faculties in man which will probably not be in general use for a very long time to come. The reader should realise that every note that is struck creates an interplay of Light. His Veni Creator seems to contain distinctly occult power. the Belgian organist. while wind music has a mysterious effect on the Kundalini. Bach affects the mental rather than emotional aura. It appears to create vortices in the astral aura and establishes conventional habits of emotion. The harp chords produce an effect that combines emotion and thought. The woodwind draws a force from the solar plexus. tend to sublimate emotions. Handel's music tends to establish an even flow of emotional force. creating certain colours and certain patterns. The Veni Creator would also probably stimulate the upper half of the emotional aura and tend to change any coarser colours there into flame. Percussion notes affect emotions. has a greater effect on the mind the than emotion. Stringed instruments. The music apparently provides a kind of body for them to manifest in. The music of Debussy. and in fact. César Franck and others embody the rhythm. It will awaken above or below the waist according to occultist of some ability and knowledge. Ravel. one of the typical characteristics of the Mass. Grieg. up to the heart centre. Plain song and the music of writers like Palastrina in the middle ages carried this effect further and are still used to great effect. friction music. His use of harp and woodwind is a striking combination of psychic and emotional effect. Handel through emotion. César Franck. The mellow percussion effects of the strings arouse pure emotion. vibrations and sounds of the spirits of nature. About Xmas time clairaudients can sometimes hear the usually inaudible sounds of Xmas bells carrying the nature spirits in their work at that season. corresponding in humanity to the type of impersonal subjective kind of emotion which the heart centre in human beings specialises. the seat of personal emotions. Viewed clairvoyantly it has been said to bring down vertical showers of rose red and crimson light from very high levels. which can be seen clearly by one who has developed his “seeing”. Tchaikowsky. rose and gold. Stravinsky. This is of course. admitted that he could hear the tones of the Angel of the Mass and used to try and reproduce these "voices" in his music. Bach reaching the devotional emotions through mind. Bells provide a body for nature spirits and lesser angels to travel far and set up a rhythmic swing. again . Delius. These tend to create spiritual response in the human aura and awaken the higher mental and spiritual bodies of man in a way to which the average person would not normally respond.

or intuition. and the introduction of mental themes of a spiritual or ideal kind. Some Jazz sounds are very destructive and dangerous to sensitive people. tend to raise the consciousness from the emotional to the spiritual by the process of purification. works of art etc. while the semi-frictional. HAPPY LISTENING OM . The voodoo drum can kill by sound. all help to increase the awareness of the Spirit and loosen the grip of the sensual nature. The Hawaiian melodies in their original native state were ritualistic chants linking humans and the devas of nature. The Ukalele as played in the South Seas calls the nature elementals to the neighbourhood. Unfortunately song writers took these beautiful reverential religious harmonies of an unspoiled and happy people and turned them into ugly. helping with spiritual the heart centre. There is a kind of unemotional stillness in spiritual awareness. which is not the coldness of intellectual thought and certainly not the excitable swirling of sensational emotion.. a sort 'of sophisticated heart consciousness. can be used for good or evil. This combination of purified emotion and abstract mind is what occultists term “Buddhi”. Music can either uplift or down grade. The ancients used rhythms with powerful effect. and learn for yourself what it can do. Beautiful. the correspondence of uplifting music and incense. semi sophisticated sensual amusements for the pleasure seekers. and by their effect in sublimating emotion and awakening it in the upper part of the aura instead of the lower. the beauty of furnishings. spiritual rituals unify on mental and higher mental levels. The ideal surroundings. working through the chakras. especially those of water and the sea. The Ah-ee-oku from Sanders of the River by Paul Robeson is a very powerful mantra. a kind of spiritual insight. Negro spirituals have a mystic effect. The "Ah-ay-u-ku" of Africa stimulates physical nerves and muscles. This week. bell-like tones of that instrument stir the higher mind also. experiment with music. the melody Boatmen on the Volga quietens the nerves while adding physical stamina.