04/26/2012 03:56 pm ET Updated Jun 26, 2012


As a writer I pull from various data sets to complete any one of my articles. One of my favorite areas to extract content from is music. I utilize lyrics throughout much of my writing, as I believe music is the language of the heart. As individuals, we can easily assimilate the message conveyed by most lyrical compositions and find ourselves being emotionally responsive to the allegorical nature of music, whether it is a vibrant or melancholic tonality.

Our human makeup fundamentally consists of vibration, making the brain resonate with other vibrations it encounters such as music. Distinct pitches, like the ones found in solfeggio and arpeggios tones, can elicit a sensual response, while other arrangements with more rhythmic series of scales can set us in motion. Then the question becomes a matter of syncopation (disturbance), as not all vibrations are conducive to states that elicit the brain's ability to harmonize. In nature, for instance, the Schumann Resonance frequency can be altered, causing atmospheric imbalance, whereby we react without even being consciously aware. In any case, music is far reaching into our sensory mechanism, creating a recall of memories and awareness of self.

Recently I spotted a song titled "Kissing" by Bliss that has captivated me. Over the course of one week I have played this song over and over numerous times. I began to question why I was so attracted to this song, aside from the obvious simple and romantic lyrics. Having a good ear for music, I quickly assessed the variety of instruments played in the background and the interesting arrangement of exotic sounds. Soon after, I came to the realization that "Kissing" was tugging at more than one of my higher and lower centers, tickling a vibrational frequency in me.

According to G.I. Gurdjierff, and the teachings he named "The Work," there are three main centers that trigger consciousness: intellectual, emotional and moving. The moving center, or bottom story, is further divided into three separate functions: sex, instinctive, and motor. Taking the concept of "centers" into account, we can grasp how much of our cognitive functions operate on either a reactive base or an observational stance.

We are constantly receiving similar vibrations throughout various interfaces in life. Our society, however, has conditioned our automatic default to be one of reactivity as opposed to becoming willful musicians in the rhapsody of life. In our attempt to disguise ourselves, we hold our own ground and refuse to play and display this natural wave of resonance. Consequently, we participate in what is known as the "collective unconscious," which quickly has us believing we are separate entities. Once entrained in this mindset, our thoughts disengage from what constitutes the whole of our being and our interconnectedness.

This departure from self and the intrinsic quality of our internal melody creates dissonance. This discord causes strife and pushes us out of sync, creating a "sleep walking" effect. The main factor for this is a lack of awareness or interest in knowing how we play as actors in our own Broadway stage, the stage we know as "life." One could say we have been lulled to sleep by lower vibrational scales modifying our brainwave functions, inhibiting us from seeing the entire show.

Is it possible we have embedded ourselves in the diversity of life's little "dramas" and have forgotten the principle of KISS, "keep it simple and sincere"? In this era of consciousness-driven learning and new age awakening, becoming receptive to our "centers" is a critical piece in moving forward and understanding how we affect the reality we create for ourselves in the present moment, "now."

Our heart is our spiritual center from which all energy and action flows forth into the material plane. It is through our emotions we can language the condition of our heart, our love for others and ourselves, creating our purest form of self. Self-observation (not criticism) is pivotal in gaining intuition and a broader sense of awareness. In actualizing this pure self, creativity becomes the manifested expression of our inner wonder, laying a melodic path to our arrival into higher consciousness. In the words of Ernest Shroder: "Once we understand the magical power of a song, a melody; only then can we flow with the rhythm of life and love."

In the process of becoming authentic to our emotions, perhaps we should all be questioning how to step outside of the limiting story we perceive as our life. Take charge of creating endless possibilities through personal choice by implementing the art of "Kissing" -- allowing ourselves to ascend on a cloud, leading us on a "journey of the heart," where "there is so much to see."

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