Music & Spirituality

Anyone who knows me, knows that my biggest addiction is Music. Even those who only “know of me” are aware of this fact. Music has always been part of my life & I cannot conceive of it not being part of my life. So it should come as no surprise to anyone here that I am today musing upon the glorious frequencies & their connection to metaphysics.

If I may, I’m going to start with a quote from one of my favourite song writers (coincidentally, I am listening to his “Eulogic Album” at the moment – Temple Of The Dog)

words and music – My only tools

communication
lets fall in love with music

the driving force of our living
the only international language

divine glory, the expression
the knees bow the tongue

confesses
the lord of lords, the king of kings

words and music – My only tools
communication…

       from Man Of Golden Words
Mother Love Bone

Music has been an integeral part of our Spiritual & Religious experience from time immemorable. Hymns, chants, &c… are present in just about every Spiritual Path & Religion known to humankind. But why is this? What is it about Music that helps us connect to the greater Spiritual presence? Continue reading

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Of Wonder…

Wonderment is possibly the single most joyous expression of humanity’s attempt at understanding the unknown.

Now that I’ve gotten a little depth out of my mind, let me meditate on this subject for a while. Hopefully I will not stray too far from the topic (as you are probably aware, my mind likes to wa(o)nder).

I Believe many of us remember our childhoods fondly (at least those of us who have what might be considered a “normal” childhood). I know that I do. The Innocence and Wonderment of Childhood is often something many adults wish to recapture. Also the simplicity of a Child’s life, i.e. the minimal responsibility & lack of major stresses which often are characteristics of our earliest years on this plane of existence. Many religions and spiritual paths hold childhood as something sacred & children (in particular) as sacred & important to our spiritual well-being. My own spiritual path follows this line of Belief. The Druids hold Children in awe. They view Children as having a greater ability to connect to the Spiritual (even having the ability to perceive through their senses the Spirit World – much easier then Adults). They are also Individuals we should take time & learn from. To view the world through a Child’s eyes is to essentially reconnect with the sense of Wonderment which helps Individuals connect more strongly with the Spiritual.

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Project Yourself…

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I was struck by the symetry, the beauty & the complexity of the ancient Hindu symbol known as the Sri Yantra. Now I have to admit that Hinduism is a subject I do not know much about – yet I have always been curious about this ancient religion & the mythos it espouses. And so, a few months ago I began to delve into the subject – concentrating on this amazing symbol. That is when I stumbled upon a website talking about the benefits of meditating on the Sri Yantra. I was immediately facinated & began to delve deeper into what the site had to say. There seems to be many ancient mysteries surrounding this powerful symbol. Mysteries that might allow the Individual the ability to unlock their true potential. I was hooked. I needed to find out more.

So now I am exploring further. And you can as well. Click on the link below to find out everything you need to know about the ancient mystical symbol & how it can help you realize your own potential.

Leave me a comment below & tell me your own experiences with this amazing symbol.

Passion and Truth

An insightful analysis of Truth versus the obsession with being “right”. An excellent blog post by a fellow blogger & Truth-seeker.

jonathanhockey

For many years I have believed myself to have a special access to certain truths about the world. Whether this belief is right or wrong, certainly I was wrong to think that knowing this truth is itself enough to give it authority. Authority comes not from what you know, but in how you use it in application within your own life.

I see a lot of debates between people sure that they have the correct view. Or maybe they are not, maybe, even worse than such a dogmatic certainty, they are merely cynically playing along at a game of arguing for the sake of it, to pass the time. Either way, the assumption seems to be that the truth will ultimately speak for itself and it will speak in our favor. It is a form of truth that is mixed up with the obsession with being “right”. To be in…

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A moment of beauty…

waterfall_7There is something about the beauty & the raw elemental power of a waterfall that captivates the soul.  One of the most powerful – yet simple – experiences of my life was because of a waterfall.

There is a provincial park just fifteen minutes from my house & at this park there is a beautiful beach that is enjoyed all summer long by locals & tourists alike.  The beach is located at the western end of a lake where the water flows into a series of waterfalls that are the source of a river.  The geography is such that one can walk along the granite stones of the shore & out into the water right where the first waterfall starts.  One can then sit down in the water (which is about waist deep) with one’s back to the waterfall.  The rushing water cascades over one’s shoulders filling one’s body with an amazing energy – that raw elemental power of the waterfall.

I try to perform this little ritual at least once a summer (if not more often).  It invigorates me & fills me with a gratitude for everything nature has to offer.  It is beautiful, powerful & meaningful.

What are some of the moments of beauty from your life?  Tell us what natural places are special to you & how they make you feel when you go there.  Leave a comment below & share your own experiences.

In the mean time, if your interested in some music to help you experience some Moments of Beauty, check out a little album I wrote & recorded last year.  You can find it on my Bandcamp site.

Candle’s Moments Of Beauty full length studio album

 

Sensing Descartes…

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Yet Monty Python said that he: “…was a drunken old fart”  Still, he had a lot of good ideas & is considered the father of modern philosophy.

So, do you completely trust your senses & the information they relay to you every single moment of your waking life?  Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.  Tell me any of your experiences when your senses have deceived you.

An Ancient Allegory About Enlightenment…

Over 2000 years ago, Plato described reality in terms of an Allegory.  He was keenly aware of how much of what we Believe is simply illusions we Choose to accept.  This wonderful animation perfectly presents his Allegory Of The Cave.

Are there any other Allegories or Parables that have helped you understand life?  If so, I want to hear about them.  Tell me what stories inspired you to look at the world differently.

The Top 5 Philosophy Books That Influenced Me

 

5. The Republic – Plato

As one of the Father’s of Western Philosophy, Plato has had a massive influence
on our civilization and the way people think. The Republic is probably his best
known work. In the dialectic style, Plato attempts to describe a perfect society
while addressing many of the issues any society would face. The sociology &
politics aside, the part that sticks out the most in my mind is The Allegory Of The
Cave
which begins on line 514a of the text. If you are able to see the material
world for what it truly is, it might bear a striking resemblance to Plato’s Cave.
What you can learn from this observation might shock & free you at the same
time.

 

4 Être Et Le Néant (Being & Nothingness) – Jean Paul Satre

Perhaps the greatest existential atheist to have ever lived, Jean Paul Satre was a
man who evoked strong reactions from his readers & from the world as a whole.
His ideas regarding the nature reality and the power of the Individual turned
philosophy on its head. For me, the most important thing I learnt from Satre is
that we are beings who are Free except that we are only constrained by Choice.
It is the understanding of the Power of Choice that will Truly set you Free.

 

3. Meditations – René Descartes

Whenever I think of Descartes, I can’t help but get Monty Python’s The
Philosopher’s Song
stuck in my head. You know the one: “René Descartes was a
drunken old fart//’I drink therefor I am’” But I digress… My own epistemology &
understanding of knowledge starts with Descartes. His famous Cogito (mocked
so well by Python & many others) is for me, the foundation of all Epistemology.
This a priori (or self-evident) Truth proves that at the very least, I exist. And from
there, anything is Truly possible

 

2. The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

Though not a Philosophical work, strictly speaking, the life’s philosophy
contained in The Celestine Prophecy will put you on the path of connectedness &
help you reach your goals. The idea of the Celestine is that every day
synchronistic coincidences happen to Individuals. These coincidences are
messages from the universe that, if heeded, will help Individuals along their life’s
path. The trick is, staying connected & following these coincidences to their
ultimate end. This is an endeavour I am still struggling to master.

 

1 Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

The great german Nihilist. The often misunderstood philosophical genius &
madman. Nietzsche’s masterpiece is superbly written & complex to its core. The
ideas it presents demand that the reader take up the hammer and strike down
everything – & then run through the forest dancing & singing, living life to its
fullest. It warns of the dangers of the Mob & forces the Individual to reach for
the higher goals in life. As Zarathustra himself says many times: “Man is but a
bridge to the overman.”

 

What are some of the books that have influenced you? Leave me a comment & let me
know. Maybe we can share our Knowledge & help each other cross Zarathustra’s
bridge faster.

 

 

A Technical Introduction To Epistemology

Hey everyone,

Welcome to the first post on Sacred Knowledge!

Epistemology, or the Study of The Theory of Knowledge, is a very important field of Philosophy.  It asks the questions: How do we know that something is True? How do we Justify the things we think? And, what is the source of Knowledge?

Check out the Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy’s Introduction To Epistemology Page for an overview of the subject.  Now, just a little warning: this is a rather technical rendering.  Anyone unfamiliar with philosophical jargon might get lost real quick.  But fear not, I’ll be posting a more user-friendly introduction to the important subject in the not too distant future, so stay tuned!