I believe the power of music and sound can assists us in our own personal awakening journey. Music as medicine has been practice since the beginning of dawn of humanity. Today while living an awakening of humanity we are facing the darkness of it at the same time. We are living the dawn of a new consciousness and the dusk of an old paradigm. This dawn is reflecting our light and our shadow simultaneously. The archetype of the shaman is vital during these times. There is a call to become shamans to dive within our own darkness to reach our light and take responsibility of our own lives. Facing our darkness and be open to work with it is part of this transformation. There is no place to hide from ourselves, from our darkness and light. What we see out in our world is a reflection of our internal world.
Shamanism is based upon the metaphysical premise that the visible world operates in a state of interactivity with invisible forces or spirits, whose non-physical presence affects the lives of those living in our third-dimensional ‘space’. As a result, the shamanistic worldview sees human mental and physical conditions (such as diseases) as displaying a lack of energetic balance – a cause which lies in the spiritual ream – and the shaman uses a combination of physical and spiritual techniques/tools in order to correct the imbalance and heal the individual. Shamanism is a way of living and dying. That means living and working from a soul-centered place, reaching beyond dogma, politics, religion, or any conditioned beliefs and seeing a wider perspective of human existence.
During this voyage of transformation, I began journeying through the shamanic and magical “hyper-realities” with a curandero (healer/shaman) from the jungle, and was subsequently exposed to experiences which involved huge expansions of awareness in regards to death/life, the mind, body, spirit, knowledge, and the de-programming of history and stories our society had impressed upon me about our collective reality. I saw (and felt) these other spirits and forces interacting with third-dimensional density existence in order to keep us in fear and oppressed within this controlled/distorted reality that is governed by a predatory system or “matrix”. As part of our human evolutionary agreement, we have been so distracted and conditioned by these other forces – in so many ways – that we have forgotten how to listen to the sound of the soul…an ability that is our birthright. I came to realize how schools within the system/matrix infiltrate peoples’ minds and thoughts, inserting false doctrines with regards to what is real, what is love, what is development, what is true, etc. Through distorted and corrupted programs (religions/’spirituality’, science/reality, politics/patriarchy, education/programming, entertainment/distraction, nationalism/wars), I clearly saw how this synthetic system works, and why we are caught up in this global body/mind/spirit illness and collective amnesia.
This is what I call a sort of spell or psycho-spiritual virus or wetiko. This term is used by the Native American Indians (wetiko for the Algonquin, windigo for the Ojibwa) to describe the way of thinking that develops among human beings who practice cannibalism, as if it were the mental virus of cannibalism. This pathogen is said to deceive its host into believing that obtaining the life force of others (plants, animals, people, etc.) is a logical and rational way of existing. Jack D. Forbes describes on his book “Columbus and Other Cannibals” the common belief among indigenous communities that the European conquerors were chronically infected with wetiko. “Tragically, the history of the world in the last 2,000 years is, to a large extent, the history of the epidemiology of wetiko disease…I have come to the conclusion that imperialism and exploitation are forms of cannibalism and, in fact, it is precisely those forms of cannibalism that are most diabolical or evil.” — Jack D Forbes
In my understanding, this psycho-spiritual disorder could be a multidimensional manipulation affecting our body-mind-spirit. Also this disorder affects the nervous system, reacting in a survival-behavior mode to eat each other. It put us to live on fear. As Forbes describes it, a kind of cannibalism. This wetiko also seeks the distraction of consciousness and separation of the self, the separation between each other, separation with nature, and therefore with the Great Spirit, the divine consciousness.
Going back into the concept of music medicine, sound and shamanism have a strongly-intertwined partnership, and the shamanic heritage represents a universal conceptual framework found amongst many of Earth’s indigenous cultural practices. It includes the cosmological idea that the natural world has two primary components: an ordinary, everyday awareness (formed through repetitive exposure to habitual behaviors, patterns of belief, social norms, and cultural conditioning), and a secondary, non-ordinary awareness – the realm of spirit and magic – which is accessed through altered states of receptivity, states which are induced by musical practices such as repetitive drumming, flutes, rattles, chants, etc. The act of entering into this ecstatic, trance-like state of altered consciousness is called the soul flight or shamanic journey, and it allows the journey participant to view life (and life’s problems) from a detached perspective of spiritual observation; a perspective that is not easily achieved from a state of ordinary, conditioned awareness.
In this modern era, the majority of people employ sound/music as an entertainment diversion. Entertainment for what purpose? To distract ourselves from the soul, our connection to the Divine. Having studied how mainstream cultural industries of the matrix control system produce popular music formats for mass consumption – filled with insane messages and tricky-sweet melodies – it is clear how sound has been hijacked to further their agenda. Popular modern music is designed to keep us caught up in a distorted reality, reinforcing their programs of lust-craving, war, depraved sexuality, relationship chaos, economic scarcity, anti-nature scientism, shallow lifestyles, aggressive power, competition, and on and on.
Sound could be used to manipulate or harm our bodies and minds, blocking our connection to the soul and diverting our energy to support the matrix of lies. In the modern-shamanic/new-age world, I personally experienced how sound, music, songs, and plants of power are used to manipulate and affect people’s mind, body and spirit (while they are told all of this is ‘healing’ them), interrupting the soul’s journey by ushering in confusion, self-doubt, low self-esteem, anxiety, and foreign-entity attachments via hyper-dimensional forces. These ‘seekers’ are left in a permanent state of physical and psychological illness in order to keep them coming back for more “work” – these ‘alternative’ cults operate along the same lines as the modern pharmaceutical industry…parasites who create a cycle of dependency while disabling any genuine self-healing breakthroughs. Another manifestation of the wetiko mind.
The act of shamanism with integrity and sincerity can see this spell or wetiko playing out in the world. “The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognising the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” — Carl Jung
How does music medicine contribute to our journey of the soul’s evolutionary path? As with everything in life, exploring the sounds of the soul is an individual and personal journey, a practice-in progress. During my years of discovery within the Peruvian shamanic world – alongside the insights I acquired during my studies in the healing arts of sound and music – I can see the deep connection between music/sound and the journey of the soul. Through my own experience that was gained via sound healing and counseling work, I have grasped the truth that every sound, every word, every silence has something to tell – a connection to be made between mind, body, spirit, and soul. When we listen to the sounds of nature, we realize a profound inner peace and interconnection to the wholeness of Life. In my understanding of indigenous traditions, it was the intention of ancient peoples around the Earth – an intention that was developed over the course of thousands of years – to build musical instruments that would allow every soul to communicate with the divine, to harmonize with the breath, to dance, to raise the spirit, to heal, to comfort the heart, to express courage, bravery, gratitude… and to pray.
“When the musician composes, he cannot imitate anything. He must draw the motifs of the musical creation out of his soul. We will discover their origin by pointing to worlds that are imperceptible to the senses. We must consider how these higher worlds are actually constituted. Man is capable of awakening higher faculties of the soul that ordinarily slumber. Just as the physical world is made visible to a blind person following an operation to restore his sight, so the inner soul organs of man can also be awakened in order that he might discern the higher spiritual worlds.” – Rudolf Steiner
In the world we are currently living in, which is based upon fear, control, war and manipulation, we are called to step up and summon our inner shaman, our inner warrior to develop our body-mind-spiritual training, in order to cultivate a deep and sincere self-work practice. It is a work-in-progress that relies upon the individual to embody and live out their personally-discovered truths in their everyday existence with themselves, their relationships, their families, and our wounded world. Walking the thin-line of Love and Fear is the path of the sacred warrior, for the warrior recognizes that the war is not just all around us, but within us as well.
“Many people try to find a spiritual path where they do not have to face themselves but where they can still liberate themselves–liberate themselves from themselves, in fact. In truth, this is impossible. We cannot do that. We have to be honest with ourselves. We have to see our gut, our real shit, our most undesirable parts. We have to see that. That is the foundation of warriorship and the basis of conquering fear. We have to face our fear; we have to look at it, study it, work with it, and practice meditation with it.” ― Chögyam Trungpa
Finally, I find the powerful tool and practice of music as medicine in our daily lives to access our unconscious consciously, to access the realm of spirit and discover the sacred shaman which lives within us, our own healer, the one who does not have fear to go through his/her own darkness to reach out the divine light to be awaken.
The flute is a hollow design, with an empty interior; the exhalation of your spirit into the flute is the instrument’s ‘divine spark’, and as your heart’s intention fills out the instrument’s form, it expands into a melody, a complex spiraling frequency, the Divine Feminine made manifest as vibrational SPACE. The drum is the heartbeat, a straight line of rhythmic intention, pulsing into a tempo, a river of fast and slow currents, bringing dynamic energy to the void, the stairway to the cosmos, the Divine Masculine consciously transformed into TIME. Both sound universes join together to create a Divine music that touches the Earth and Sky, form and consciousness, the divine female and male, the inner and outer reality, the dark side/the light side. Bridging two worlds into one. The shaman’s journey, guided by sound/music.