Eye of the Beholder

“The way we see the world is not how it is.
Who we choose to be in the world is what it becomes.”

Shades of Perception:

The bell is tolling in the broken down, forgotten cathedral of truth.  Its ring echoes down the streets and corridors through the cities, suburbs, projects and underbellies of the world.  We have become disinterested, desensitized and dismissive to its crucial, earnest and awakening call.  Once there was a time in the not so distant past when its chime would gather together all who were in earshot of its sincere signal.  Now, its beckon has droned off into the white noise of our insatiable desires for amusement, competition, intelligence, profit, vanity, self-righteousness and inauthentic security.

Our society has invented a disposable marketplace of compliance, censure, conquest, distraction, disassociation, disease, hatred and fear.  This has engineered such a distortion of reality and its perception that confusion, collusion and illusion reign.  Education, religion, politics, media sources and entertainment manipulate perspective into opinion further deluding common understanding.  The eyes and minds of the world are blinded by agenda, arrogance, belief, pride and judgment.  All that we have conceded to be our contemporary experience of life is simply a dream within a dream, within a dream…

What we have been led to believe is true are all lies.  Common and popular points of view have gradually alienated us from the truth.  The imposition of an artificial reality shapes, influences, overwhelms and ultimately annihilates any possibility of divergence.  Our perceptions are altered and distorted in our everyday lives.  Yet, they are even more so in our minds.  We are besieged by the onslaught of visual and audible stimulus and the energetic impacts of lethal, electromagnetic emissions.  As many thoughts we have are as many instances our perceptions of life are hijacked.

A Slight of View:

We surrender the potential and power of our perception as easily and frequently as we give our life force over to people, things and circumstances that are of little to no benefit.  We are shadows of the human beings we were born, inspired and empowered to be.  Instead of creating our lives as the expression of our truth, we predominantly emulate fantasies that prevent us from achieving our intentions.  We adopt layers upon layers of perceptual filters that inevitably obstruct our ability to see the world as it is, let alone ourselves as we truly could become.

We do not establish our own true perception.  We accept, adapt and adopt our point of view based on our external attractions, influences, relations and situations.  Creating our own perspective requires us to claim the power of our choice, purpose, life and destiny.  Our society does not support this lifestyle.  It discourages, punishes and condemns creativity and diversity.  It is counterproductive to the network of control the few enforce upon the many.  We all choose, or rather don’t choose to claim our true vision.  We resign ourselves to be enslaved by our own fear.

Our lives unfurl beneath a vast umbrella of human deception.  The world enables this grand swindle with its apprehension, attention, energy and unconscious consumerism.  Eventually, we all become vital components in this insatiable and insidious machine.  Our apathy, cynicism, indifference and resignation are the building blocks of our simulated perspectives.  Our perception doesn’t produce or influence reality.  Reality invents our perception.  It enforces an interpretive barrier in our observation of and interaction with how we understand reality and ultimately how we create our truth.

“We cannot see nor do we choose to perceive the world as it is because we deny our active role in its current dilemma.”

The Tao of Now:

Whosoever controls perception controls the world.  Much of society is ruled by opinion.  The facts, realities and truth of humanity are most often abandoned in the global, sacrificial ceremony we call “life.”  Perception is exploited into a vortex of greed, vanity and status.  This distortion of perspective separates us from each other and ourselves.  It inspires us to doubt our relatives, condemn the accused, hate our opponents and fear all who are distinct from the contrived norm.  It is this common fear that has become the superficial belonging we all cling to for importance, worth, orientation and relativity.

We are multi-dimensional beings with a four-dimensional consciousness existing in a three-dimensional reality having a predominantly two-dimensional experience.  This is our true nature when we are born into this world.  As we “grow up,” we are programmed by and conditioned to the three-dimensional reality and imprisoned in the two-dimensional experience.  We eventually surrender the eclecticism of our essence.  The piranha of contemporary culture maniacally and methodically takes it from us.  Yet, it is not simply a conditioning of the mind.  It is a manipulation of perception.

Linear time is the greatest weapon used in three-dimensional reality.  Our perception is consistently and relentlessly attuned to an ominous, possible future, yet most often focused on an incomplete and regrettable past.  Our lives are restricted by the uncertainty of what may be and the discontent of what was.  This is the mirage of common reality. The only experience that is true in our lives is this moment.  Everything else is an illusion.  Even the future is a fantasy in relation to the now.  Who we are being in the present is the only practice that will transform our life.

Eye of the Observer:

All of us are enamored within our personal hypnosis.  We invent fantasies to present our lives to others as being of great value, meaning and purpose.  We become so attached to what happens around us that we are not present to the extraordinary within.  Most of us live from our peripheral.  We rely upon external sources for direction, influence and motivation to make our choices, accomplish our routine tasks and endure.  This is the three-dimensional perception of our two-dimensional experience.  Yet, we rarely identify, consult and apply our own clarity, leadership, strength and wisdom.

The most overlooked and undervalued facet of our being is our “observing eye.”  This is our “third eye.”  It sources our epiphanies, insights, consciousness, transformation, creativity and enlightenment.  With this unique perception we are able to live from our intuition.  Our inner observer is not a locality within us.  It is an essential expression of our being.  This is our true personality.  It was who we were as children and who we are destined to be.  Our commitment to stand in and experience ourselves with the eye of the observer grants us the freedom to transform ourselves and ultimately reality.

We are not our perceptions.  No matter how much power we may give to them, they are merely echoes of our intellect.  We are almost entirely run by our positions due to our lack of commitment to consciousness.  Awareness for most is merely optional.  The less we create for ourselves, the more likely we become victims of our perceptions.  It may seem extremely daunting to reclaim our power from the imposition of this virtual reality.  Yet, our choice to transcend the tides of social influence and obligation is the distinction between simply surviving reality and truly thriving in our truth.

“The true power of experience is not in how it is seen, it is in how it is felt.”

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Music in the Key of Soul

The Conquest of Noise

It does not take an aficionado to observe the declining quality of contemporary music.  When we dare to explore the radio dial, we often find a barrage of noise attacking our ears and senses.  We may search for the message and our connection with it, though rarely are we able to enjoy or resonate with the songs or the frequency in which they are recorded and broadcast.  Where once we were empowered, inspired and happy in our listening, now we often experience the side effects of corpora-tized sound.

A hostile takeover has been executed with boardroom secrecy and precision.  It has nearly sacrificed the essence of music.  Initially it was the manipulation of the frequency in which music was tuned, performed and recorded.  Next it was the elementary, commercial, propaganda-laden lyrics influencing our listening, perceptions and lifestyles.  Then it was the incessant promotion of untalented people singing meaningless songs to distract us from the real issues in society and ourselves.  Now it is the control of the industry by the unoriginal few at the cost of the passion and creativity of the many.

An Uphill Battle

It has become exceedingly difficult for musical artists, i.e. singer/songwriters and composers, to find their audience and niche let alone succeed in the contemporary marketplace.  The industry has become an exclusive club of untalented and elitist entrepreneurs seeking instant stardom and financial windfall from engineered music that is here today, gone yesterday.  This has produced a system that has mirrored the pyramid schemes found most often in the corporate finance and business sectors.  Creativity and empowerment in music has been greatly replaced by popularity and profit.

The music industry is rigged.  To some degree it always has been, much like many other forms of artistic expression.  Creativity in music has become less about the art and more about what the artist is willing to sacrifice.  Hit singles and endorsement deals are the standards of success.  It is more about pushing corporate agendas then artistry.  The customary recipe for music is repetitive, trance-like lyrics that program explicit and subliminal messages to alter the thought patterns of the listener.  It applies mechanistic beats and multi-layered sounds more so resembling racket rather than music.

The common tuning frequency in music has been 440-hertz since the World War Era.  It was altered from 432-hertz to promote the energy of war and conflict.  The difference is less than a half step in diminished chromatic tuning.  The energy of 440-hertz is dark, chaotic, puts the listener on edge and can incite reactions of aggression, confusion and cognitive dissonance.  Most listeners of music, as well as the musicians that play it, do not possess a heightened awareness or understanding of frequencies.  The denser vibrations of music impose a forceful persuasion upon even the peripheral audience.

Revolution Reveals the Truth

Most artists and musicians have accepted the conditions of the industry, much like most human beings have adopted the rules and regulations of their society’s everyday reality.  Most are desperate, overwhelmed and willing to alter themselves and compromise their artistic integrity just to survive doing what they love.  Very few have been able to manifest their musical vision into its most pure and true expression.  Those that have, find it exceptionally challenging to gain the necessary attention, support and longevity to sustain their craft into a lucrative career.

The most vital and symbolic element in the dynamic of an artist’s successful creativity is their willingness to stand for, be confident with and share their expression.  It is a given in the contemporary climate of the arts that there are far more things against than are with them.  It isn’t merely their passion, desire or even the need to create and perform that can carry an artist to their melodious paradise.  It exists in their way of being and the energetic quality of their expression.  This is when the excitement, creative power and relatedness happens that allows musical artists to transcend the industry’s authority.

The Power of Expression

It may seem difficult to follow one’s vision in the process of writing, recording and performing music, yet it is as vital as our heart is to our body.  Each one of us received the blessing of life in this world.  Each one of us was given a voice and an avenue of expression.  The majority of us rarely discover ours, let alone convey it.  Our creativity isn’t just an ability or gift.  It isn’t even for the love or the freedom we experience while we are playing music.  It is our eternal life force made manifest.  It is our destiny articulated in sound.  It is who we truly are when we allow ourselves to be.

As artists, the measure of our creativity is in the declaration of our truth, purity and illumination.  In this age of contemporary music, it is very easy to be influenced by the external forces around us.  We may even catch ourselves unconsciously imitating the current popular melodies or beats we may encounter. Only our own true expression kindles our creativity, life force and energy.  It transforms our environment as well as our selves in our pursuit to expand our artistic being.

Who Feels It Knows It

All music is born from silence.  Everything that is creatively possible as music is first silence before it is transposed into sound.  The greatest music ever composed has had an evocative presence of silence to enhance its melodies, harmonies and rhythms.  The silence between the notes and beats have always expressed the enchantment and mystery of a song. Silence is the most overlooked yet powerful element in music.  It is in the silence where the soul of music is found.

Creativity is an eternal, multi-dimensional presence.  It plays the artist as an instrument in a communal exchange to become sound in physical reality.  However, the artist must be present and open to this force for it to flow through them and be expressed to its fullest potential.  This requires a great deal of de-programming and releasing what one has learned and believed to achieve an enhanced ability to feel and intuit.  This is the cornerstone of the transcendent relationship between the artist’s soul and the source.

Music is not something that we write and perform.  It is quite the contrary.  It is a stream of consciousness that moves through us when we have reached an enlightened expression of being.  All artists stand at the mouth of this current, yet we are not its source.  It is a sacred, ethereal bond we establish with our willingness and dedication to let go of who we think we are and become who we were meant to be.  It is not in the notes or even the instruments we play.  It is in the resonation of our soul’s harmony in concert with the melodic source of creation where music thrives in its purest and truest expression.

Music is the song of our soul.