An Introduction to Sound
Every thought, every word, has its form!
Sound alone, is free from form.
Every word of poetry forms a picture in our mind.
But sound alone, does not make any object appear before us.
Sound comes before music.
Music before language.
Language is the crafting of sign and symbol and meaning and feeling, created into the form of sound.
The whole of nature is breathing - not only the living creatures - but all of nature!
We trend to try to listen into what we hear the loudest, and often in the process of doing this, we tune out and find we forget, or miss, those sounds which are softer, quieter.
We tend to judge that which we see and hear but there are things we do not see, and do not hear. But they exist none the less!
Beauty is the inspiration of sound, of music.
Communication and connection, the inspiration of language.
As we explore and define and experience the 'sense' of beauty, we also bring in a binary experience. That experience of ourself, and our 'inner world' against the experience of our 'outer world'. - that which we see outside of ourselves, and we begin to notice that we are in reference to other things, people, places, other events, other objects…
We become aware of ourselves as separate from these and through that, our exploration of beauty also becomes one of difference, of comparison and an exploration of inner and outer, of self and other.
And through this exploration, we may sometimes encounter moments of conflict! Moments when our ideals, or our experiences of beauty somehow do not ‘fit’ inside the idea, or the construct of beauty that we ‘imagined’ originally. And we have an experience of conflict between our inner and our outer experience. Between a past experience and a present experience and there is a conflict of information.
But though this conflict there is the opportunity to explore what it is to be different, to be ‘internal’ or ‘external’, to be connected, to be separated.
To explore the experience of what it is to be ‘self’.
To be individual.
To be the “I”.
Sound as Exploration & Movement
Sound is the movement of our exploration.
It is the first expression of that 'feeling' and that 'being' of our internal nature, which comes to explore itself!
To express itself.
The sound we make - our voice - is an exploration of our inner world, which we seek to express outwardly - to try to make a connection to the outer world.
To try to understand and explore our inner world. and to somehow replicate or share that information to another person, being, environment.
Sound was the original form of communication.
It does not need any symbol, awareness or understanding.
It comes from a place of primal experience.
A primal need to explore and connect...
To allow for a movement from the singular “I” within ourselves, to the expanded set of people and places.
To the external environment.
To that which is outside of us.
So sound is created by the need of that ‘inner self’ to move!
And to see itself and express itself externally.
Sound always came before music.
Music would have grown from the understanding and awareness that we may be having a similar experience (to one in our past), a similar (or repeated) feeling, a similar (or repeated) awareness, and as this might repeat, we might find ourselves repeating similar sounds, making similar sounds.
And as we explore that connection between sound and our inner feeling, or our inner awareness of the external world, we begin to create ‘patterns’ that repeat.
And through those patterns (of repetition), we begin to recognise something which becomes like music.
Those recognised patterns are rhythms.
The rhythms that we first hear and recognise in our own body.
The pulse, that we feel beneath our skin.
The sound of our blood moving through our veins.
The pounding of our heart.
The inhale and exhale of our breath as our diaphragm rises and falls, and our lungs expand and contract.
All of these sounds can be heard, if we turn our attention inwards and allow ourselves to listen, with our inner ears.
In the Womb
Within the womb we would have been connected to these sounds. Not only the sounds of our own body, and the beginning of our own bodily functions, as we would be forming in the womb; but also the connection that we would have with our mother as we existed in that suspended state within the womb,
That connection that we would 'hear' through the movement of her blood, through her heart beat.
Hearing the movement of the diaphragm and her lungs as she breathed in and out, and the sensation of the change of pressure that we would have felt as that diaphragm expanded and contracted, moving upwards and downwards and changing the pressure and the spaces within the space that we would find ourselves growing in (the amniotic sac within the womb).
Creating ripples through the fluid in which we would be suspended within.
We would hear and we would feel simultaneously, and there would be a connection as we would grow!
A connection with this rhythm which would be with us from the beginning of our creation, our growth and awareness within the womb.
Right through to our birth and through the remainder of our lives!
"Connection to our Inner Sound & Rhythm" Meditation
(If you would like to go straight to the “meditation” on the audio recording, please go to 10:32 on the audio track of the mp3)
So we are going to do a “Connection to Sound & Rhythm” as a meditation and as an awareness.
To bring ourselves back to connect with those original sounds and senses and rhythms and feelings within our own body...
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