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LISTENING IS THE KEY

Posted on October 1, 2013 with 0 comments

I'm not into politics, but I would be stupid if I didn't acknowledge that political decisions directly affect my way of life as an individual.  Therefore, I observe political trends so that I don't get caught up in any of them, if possible. 

There's a lot of conflicting information out there, and sometimes you don't know what to believe. That's why what we do as musicians is important.  When you listen to music--and I mean listen to it, not have it on in the background while you're vacuuming the rug--you develop a quality of awareness in yourself that no one can take away from you, and can serve you well in times of stress or danger.  The quality of awareness  cultivated while truly LISTENING to music is gained by accessing a deep part of you that can show you the truth when your mind has other thoughts running through it that may not be your own.  Because let's face it, we're constantly bombarded with images and sound bytes purveyed by government and businesses who want us to buy their product.  It doesn't matter whether that product is a deodorant, a prescription drug, or a war. 

At the end of the day, we simply cannot just accept carte blanche what we are told. There are too many factions with their own agendas out there for us to trust we are being told the truth, about anything.  To really discover what we in our hearts believe is true, we must go to the heart itself.  We must go deep enough into ourselves to obtain a feeling that will tell us what is true and what is not.  We cannot afford to give away this basic human ability to have a gut feeling about what rings true to anyone other than ourselves.

That's why musicians are important.  Music provides a direct route to the unconscious mind and the heart and soul of a person.  The power of music to bypass the circuitry of the brain is well-documented and I won't go into it here; suffice it to say that LISTENING to music, as opposed to background music, may be the most effective antidote to the mind-poisons that are being foisted upon us daily.

Music: the palate cleanser for your mind, the medicine for your soul.

NB: You do need to exercise some judgement over what music you listen to.  Heavy metal may not cut it.