Sounds of Light
Painting, writing, and living with light, color, and sound is an ongoing adventure of the spirit. I am turning on Enya right now! Before creative work, I often look for a sound to generate the healing frequencies needed to download invisible light into solid words or painted colors. Vibrations transfer themselves into color and line, sometimes quickly and sometimes over time, a therapeutic process for the reader/viewer, and for me as well. In searching for just the right frequency, I may scan many songs or music from various artists and styles. Today, I intuitively "know" and "feel" the track needed to bring in the light, "Intuition to Fruition." When the correct frequency for the task is located, the music actually vanishes from my conscious hearing. These frequencies become like white noise and aid clear channel downloads.
Create a Puzzle
Painting and writing comes in scattered bits and pieces for me, like a written mosaic or painted puzzle. Words and paint "present themselves" with great joy and often surprises. Each a lesson, a teaching piece, to savor with freedom from preconceived ideas. A bit of Tai Chi or Qigong for warm up and focus, then cut, paste, breathe: let go! I can hear one of my invisible editors saying now, "Let it happen!"
Channeled work is a co-creating spiritual partnership with God and the beyond. Pray that only positive energy enters. Angels, faeries and other messengers need us to bring messages into solid form for distributing on Earth, and we need them to inspire and direct. Spiritual surgery may be needed on a piece to bring it to full flower. A "nuts and volts" effect with an invisible screwdriver works on canvas or words. When painting I can feel the surgeons' hands most clearly, or when editing a written passage.
Why does music work so well in partnership with human creativity? The human frequencies vary between 421-428 Hz while music vibrates around 440 Hz, lifting the human consciousness a bit into higher states of perception. In contrast, the purring cat vibrates at 50-70 Hz, a healing and hypnotic frequency. Tai Chi practice vibrates at about 8 Hz, the Ohm frequency, and creates alpha waves in the brain for relaxed physical meditation, balance, and healing.
In Musicophelia by Oliver Sachs some people perceived musical notes or tones as colors. We have the chakra colors, vibrating the rainbow. When I learned piano, I had a rainbow card inserted behind the keys on the keyboard, each note was different color of the spectrum. This sheet music had notes painted in the corresponding colors on the rainbow card. Black notes on sheet music meant next to nothing to me, I memorized all my music! Naturally, my piano playing vanished quickly morphing into the ease and joy of painted animals.
I am a one track pony during the creative process, rarely letting musical tracks drift from one to the other. The CD player is a Godsend to me because of the ease of repeat track play. In the days of LP's, I kept the record player near the painting in progress, replacing the needle onto the desired track every time. I fondly recall painting a combined portrait of three German Shepherds to the tune of the Beatles' Rain. Where were you when you first heard Rain?
"Repeat trackers of the world unite!" Repeating a music track gives a stability, a predictability of energy and frequency for some folks' creativity. I keep my music low volume so as not to disturb others who may find a repeating theme more than annoying. According to Oliver Sachs, more people than admit it use the repeat track method to enhance concentration.
Do you hear music in your head? I am usually playing some songs or combinations of music or loops of tunes even in my sleep. When a strong song comes in, I may get the music selection out and play it just to hear the physical tones. I also learned, in talking with others, that some people hear only a single melody line, with or without lyrics, and some hear a full spectrum symphony.
I first heard Chinese health music in Tai Chi class. We practiced with music for the 88 Pattern variation for the Yang Style Long Form Tai Chi of 108 sacred movements. Each theme in the music represents a choreographed cue for your practice. In other words, with white crane theme, you practice white crane spreads wings. This way in addition to group practice in the park, one can self teach and refine your learning and practice of the form without aid of a teacher/leader using musical directions. In China, there are many varieties of form practice music to aid learning and enjoyment. Ancient teachers sang and chanted the movements, and students chimed along.
My teacher, Jiong Gu originally from Shanghai and a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, says form practice music can also be listened to by itself. Notes and tones touch various organ systems in a specific order for body balancing. For example, the flute (woodwind) energizes the liver. In Chinese medicine, the wood element represents liver health. The whole long form is a detox, a daily energizing and cleansing of the body in harmony with nature. Some speculate that this form may have developed as early as the twelfth century.
Listening to Chinese music can be like an self acupuncture session during quiet rest. Besides form practice music in its many varieties, Chinese health music can balance yin and yang, even help with headache relief and other conditions. Now there is also Chinese New Age music to add to enjoyment and relaxation. Choose frequencies to blend with your expected results of rest or activity.
Tai Chi and Qigong practice help creativity by activating the balance of left and right brain hemispheres. Before practicing Tai Chi, I was nearly all right brained. After daily patient Tai Chi practice, my left brain opened enough for me to be able to focus and write an organized book, Silver Butterfly, Create A Vision. Before creative work, a bit of Tai Chi or Qigong is warm up, raising qi (energy). Cooling down exercises after writing or painting sessions help calm, clear, and balance.
Dr. Yang Jwing-ming in his book Shaolin White Crane gives guidelines for Chinese practice of self hypnosis! How wonderful this secret is discussed. Many of us use self-hypnosis Cd's or sessions from qualified practitioners with wonderful results. My favorite is Debra Basham's Freedom from Pain CD. I sleep through it every night on very low volume for deep restful states and relaxation benefits enhancing my creativity with voice and tones. Eyes of Light CD by Linda Hunt features crystal bowl toning and vocals to balance chakra energy.
Music, audible or inaudible, helps brings our lives into a joyful balance of work and rest. We are shifting in consciousness from "self centered" to "centered within self." Enjoy your musical adventure, take a walk without an I-pod and listen to birds calling you and breathe in color and light!
"Put a Flower in Your Heart. What color is your flower? Look at all your friends and family. They have flowers in their hearts. What colors are their flowers? Every One a Different Color Blooming!" Master Weiqi He, co-creator of 18 Form Tai Chi Qigong (Shibashi)
* http://www.theenergyconnection.com/ Linda Hunt, Eyes of Light CD. Zodiac Vibrationally Sound designed by Linda Hunt, reprinted with permission.
http://www.actah2012.com/ Mayan Wisdom Keeper, Ac Tah, energy of unity on Earth and beyond. Maya Vibrational Sound Technique: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.dynamiclivingmagazine.com/ Shirley MacLaine's free online bi-monthly magazine. Jan-Feb 2011, Sound Healing, What it is and Why it Works by Jonathan Goldman, and Photon Therapy: Light That Heals by Ron and Pamela Patterson, blog, submit articles
http://www.scs-matters.com/ Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D and Debra Basham, NLP, CHTP, HTt, RMT Blend of NLP (neurolinguistic programming), Energy Medicine, and the Intuitive Process. Relaxation and hypnotherapy Cd's, seminars, online instruction, blogs
http://www.mythreesistersonline.com/ Patsy S. Dollar and others enhance your life with art work, music, relaxation, blog and much more.
http://www.ymaa.com/ Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming Taiji, Qigong, and Martial Arts Master The Essence of Shaolin White Crane book Traditional Chinese Music, Tai Chi Melody: Music for 88 pattern and other form practice music, Chinese Health Music and Chinese New Age Music Cd's
http://www.taichi18.com/ Master Wing Cheung, free downloads. Master Cheung learned 18 form from the creators of the form, Master Lin, Hou Sheng and Master He, Weiqi.
http://www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org/ Paul Lam, M.D, Tai Chi for Health Programs and Music for Tai Chi, articles, Forum
http://www.enya.com/ Enya CD The Celts, track Deireadh an Tuath
http://chetday.com/ Cat's Purr CD, Lucy's purr and nature sounds help heal and relax.
Wind and Mountain by Deuter, a guided imagery music CD useful for Tai Chi and painting, track Silver Cloud
http://www.sequoiarecords.com/ Sacred Earth Drums by David and Steve Gordon, Shamanic World Music, native sounds and animal harmonies, tracks: Dancing for a Vision, Power Animals
http://www.oliversacks.com/ Musicophelia book by Oliver Sacks, M.D. Learn how we hear, see, and perceive music.
The Mozart Effect book by Don Campbell, "seeing sound," healing with Traditional Music, orchestrating mind and body
Born on A Blue Day by Daniel Tammet, "I was born on a Wednesday and Wednesdays are always blue," a personal story of painted numbers and more
Design: Zodiac Vibrationally Sound by Linda Hunt, reprinted with permission
Photo: Wild Orchid by Emilie