Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold Auerback
“Sacred music—you can’t go by the lyrics or structure. There’s no sacred music rhythm or scale. So sacred music is based on the intent of the performers, what their goals are, their motivations for the type of music, and then the context of that, and also the community that’s created with that, and how the people receive it. We need to dig deeper in our hearts, we need to embrace other people and other cultures. That’s what spirituality is and that’s what God is.” David Lynch, USA, musical anthropologist
“With sacred sounds, the intention of the individual making the sound is to align with Divine Will and higher consciousness. . . It becomes ‘Thy Will’ not ‘my will’." Jonathan Goldman
“In ancient times...sound was considered to be but an earthly reflection of a vibratory activity taking place beyond the physical world... Inaudible to human ear, this CosmicVibration was the origin and basis of all the matter and energy in the universe. ...The power of sound as a force which could be used for good or evil was considered unsurpassed. ...music was of ultimate importance, deriving its energy from Above for the working of change in the world below.” David Tame, The Secret Power of Music
“Chanting is not ‘singing’—it’s about breath, about heart, and about Spirit, and we all come fully equipped to participate.” Robert Gass
Ethel Wilson, a Cowichan Tribe elder, says, "If you do not know any of the songs, ask an elder to teach you. Get yourself a drum. When you sing a song and play the drum you'll be surprised how your mind, body, and spirit will react. Everything becomes calm and joyful. Our bodies love the songs. The songs allow us to touch the Great Spirit's hand. He gives us power. Songs are another way to pray. My grandfather, teach me a song today."
"Sound can help people make shifts in perspective that normally take 1-2 years of meditation. Its the most powerful magic for enabling us to live extraordinary lives filled with peace, passion, health and a sense of unity with the universe." Oncologist Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D.
Nancy A. Watters, MA, is an expert sound therapist, professional singer, psychotherapist and Reiki master. She has a private practice in Oak Bay, British Columbia.
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