“The conductor … depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful”
Sometimes, perhaps a couple of times in a lifetime – if you are lucky and pursue truth relentlessly, stubbornly with the tenacity and rigor of totalitarian regime – you will have found yourself in the presence of a Master, a being who as a consequence of a mysterious process such as fate or an effortful process such as discipline and self reflection has achieved the level of self knowledge known as Mastery.
Truth has a vibration and music captures truth in a way that gets under the conscious mind, gets under ‘words’ like a draught under a door that seems closed. Masters have a ‘field’ around them, an aura if you like and in their presence you experience the bliss of being held, seen and known. A Master is able to reveal your true nature – to you.
“My job … awaken possibility in other people”
A being known to me but remaining slightly unknown and concealed from themselves, has subtlely quietly stealthily but definately revealed their true authentic Self Mastery to both of us by forwarding to me this TED Talk presented by Benjamin Zander about the transformative power of music, of classical music – at that.
Sensory information perceived by our skin, our eyes, our ears, our nose, our tongue is transferred from ‘outside’ us by our nervous system, in a massive jumble, to our brain – that organizes and makes meaning out of the vibrations and patterns ‘inside’. The world and more importantly the way we perceive and experience the world is full of reflections of us, of what we ‘think’ is true.
The short version of this idea is to say, “what your mind perceives in the other is also within you”. This idea is not new and depending on what you are seeing, may come as a big shock but just the same it is at least one thousand years old.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
“Never say anything that couldn’t stand as the last thing I ever say”
Music has the power to soothe and transform the mind. If you are in any doubt of this bold claim, test it. Listen to this piece of music – it claims the power to soothe in manner of lullaby, why do we sing to babies?
Try it and see what you think …