Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is the Chinese symbol of infinity. Whenever I see this, I think about sound. Why sound? Well, sound is infinite. Scientifically, sound can be measured far and wide, but they can't find that it ever stops. It just keeps on going, like the Energizer Bunny. Sound connects us with the Divine through chant and song. Even the song of a bird can connect us with the Divine.
I use a lot of sound in the healing work that I do. Through sacred chant, song, dance, drum and rattle, shruti box, singing bowls, chimes and gongs, energy gets moved and healed. Have you ever noticed that if you sing along to a song on the radio or on a CD that you tend to feel better? This is because sacred sound comes in many forms. Some would contend that stuff like Heavy Metal is not sacred. I don't think that I agree entirely with that perspective. No, I don't like to listen to a lot of Heavy Metal. I much prefer Zen style music and jazz. But Heavy Metal has its place in the infinite source. It reaches a section of the population that other music does not. And when you listen to some of the words in some of the songs, it is actually something that, if just spoken, can actually be a positive prayer! The destructive themes I don't like, whether it be in Heavy Metal, Rap, Hip Hop or anything else. I always figure that if it is infinite we might as well keep it positive. A lot of these styles of music, however, also have a very positive theme.
So go ahead....ring a bell or beat on a drum. Sing along if you like. It heals.