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The Healing Power Of Music

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can the music of the spiritual (upper) worlds influence us under modern conditions when people distance themselves from real values and strive to receive material pleasures? How much can it influence listeners, even subconsciously?

Answer: Great higher power is in the music of the spiritual (upper) worlds because a person feels this music when he reaches the higher strata of our world.

He feels nature on its subtle and higher levels, where the signals and forces control that are later lowered and descend to the level of this world, working with the material of the still, vegetative, animate, and human, shaping our thoughts and desires.

He feels forces that descend into our world and carry out particular actions in him (we call it evolution or history) on a higher level. He seems to ascend higher than our world and begins to feel these forces as they descend into our world.

The moment he feels them, they are much stronger than when they descend and are clothed in all kinds of directing signals in all types of material, including us.

So when we simply listen to the melodies of the spiritual worlds, without conveying them to any other images, they act on us in a good, positive, and beneficial manner: purifying, pushing us towards higher desires, and directing us towards better cooperation with other people.

Besides this, they bear a tremendous amount of information. Even though we don’t understand it, it begins to work on us positively and beneficially in that it balances and even heals (in the broadest sense of the word) all physical, moral, and mental defects.

I consider that this music should be listened to as a medicine. It prepares people so that they can gradually perceive it more deeply.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 2/9/14

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The Simplicity Of Greatness

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: “The Melodies of the Spiritual Worlds” (the upper worlds) is the kind of art that should now be revealed to everyone. I would call it a level that is a bit higher than classical music since the sixth sense (the point in the heart) is involved here. At first glance, the melodies seem rather simple and not so sophisticated, but…

Answer: The tune “A Concealed God” sounds very simple and may even be incomplete, like a minor composition, but it is an expression of the harmony of upper attainment or the harmony of revelation.

There are very sublime words to this tune about the one unique, eternal, and whole upper force that surrounds us and leads us to a perfect and ideal state.

The tune praises and glorifies the ten streams of abundance that descend unto us, the leadership of our world that, unfortunately, because of our egoistic attributes that are revealed on the level of this world, become the complete opposite.

Instead of opening ourselves to receive the spiritual abundance and to resemble it in perfect harmony among us, we distort all that and eventually receive a tiny bit of spiritual energy that keeps our world alive.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 2/09/14

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Song Of A Devoted Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanTraditionally, people sang melodies written by Kabbalists, in sad minor keys. But we must understand that every Kabbalistic melody is above the Tzimtzum, meaning above concern for oneself.

All the melodies are directed towards the Creator with a yearning to adhere to Him with bestowal and love, to give Him contentment, and to resemble Him in one’s relationships to other people. They don’t express regret about the hardships and suffering, or complaints about the difficulty of life, as is commonly understood in religions.

Concerns like these and the general sorrow of a person are not mentioned in the wisdom of Kabbalah and in the books of Kabbalah. This is because the Kabbalists are in a state that is beyond the Machsom, in the borders of the spiritual world; therefore, they take no account of themselves but only the Creator.

And if they are sorry, then it is only because they cannot achieve more devotion and self-sacrifice for the Creator. All thoughts, desires, and expectations are directed outside of a person, and this should be felt in the melody. This song is an outburst and enthusiastic outpouring of the soul.

If we sing a melody by Baal HaSulam, we must imagine his state and try to be as close to it as possible. Otherwise, we associate this melody with our physical state, to our crying and requests: “Give, give, give!” We transform the sacred into the profane.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/20/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What happens inside me when I listen to music that penetrates me?

Answer: The sound of music generates a harmonious feeling inside us, creates balance between all the frequencies of the sounds and we are filled with great pleasure by that.

This impression can last for a long time, from the beginning of the composition to its end, but in fact we enjoy the wholeness that we feel in these sounds, like a text, words, or wisdom, but here it is conveyed through our feelings.

Our matter is a desire to enjoy, and so the sound of music has an immediate effect on our desire and makes us feel and understand that this is surely a force that affects all our parts in a balanced and harmonious manner. There is something of the upper perfection of nature in it.

So when I listen to music, my inner vessels are rebuilt according to this harmony and I begin to feel that I ascend above my matter, above everything that happens. Music corrects us and lifts us upwards. It can purify, cleanse, tune, and regulate us.

I am presently like a musical instrument with entangled strings, an instrument that is flawed and out of tune. Suddenly the music reaches me, the sounds penetrate me in a precise order, are connected to one another with harmonious chords, forte, piano, and all this tunes and calibrates me. I fee how the music takes over my feelings and untangles them, as if it combs me according to the tune.

This is the reason that we really love it when music takes us over. If it is classical music, we want it to take over our feelings and to fill all the emptiness inside, just like water that pours and fills us with sounds. This is the effect music has on man.

The sounds reach us from the level of the upper Bina, and so we don’t feel any threat in music. A person can be scared by some picture or by words, but music doesn’t scare us, even if it is the alarming sound of drums.

It evokes emotion within us and can make us feel excited. But most musical pieces were meant to make a person feel pleasure and joy. It can move us to tears, but it is a very internal, intimate experience.

It isn’t a message that is transmitted to us visually or by an audible message that can scare us. We can listen to music and not know who composed it, what it is about, or who is playing it. It is like pure water that washes my vessel, but doesn’t obligate me in any way.
From the program “A New Life” 4/27/2014

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About The Music Of Nature

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I grew up in nature, on a farm, surrounded by fields and gardens, in a world of sounds. What is the music of nature?

Answer: If a person lives in a place like this, then the music of nature is actually what should fill him and tune him correctly. The music of nature provides the right background for a good and healthy life. Trees, flowers, and the wind are all sounds that are actually vital for a person’s state of balance.

Question: How is the natural world of the sounds of nature around us related to a person’s health?

Answer: It is common knowledge that music can heal, stabilize the heart beat, our inner frequencies, and the inner organs. Everything depends on the sounds that we hear.

People have not yet learned to make proper use of that, but there is a great potential in it. It is a wonderful way to cleanse, correct, and tune a person.

Comment: This is very interesting since I lived in India for a while after my military service, in remote places, far away from any form of civilization, and I felt very healthy, healthier than I ever felt before. When I returned to the ordinary urban environment, I realized to what extent the music of nature had healed me.
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Melodies Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhen we sing the melodies that were written by Kabbalists or read the Psalms or other Kabbalists’ writings, we need to understand that they are all written in the state of being adhered to the Creator. Thus, there is no issue here of sadness, pessimism, or feeling of difficulty in the work.

Everything that seems as the expression of weakness or sadness are completely opposite feelings and specifically come from hope, from longings for love, from within the Light that already illuminates from afar, like the dawn rising.

These melodies can sound minor, in sadness, with a feeling of heaviness and weakness, but it is not at all this way. They come from a passionate desire, adhesion, joy, and devotion. Try to sing and feel them specifically in this way.

The same is true of the Psalms. All the most seemingly tragic poetry of David crying about how he has to run away from everyone who persecutes and hates him, and is abandoned by the Creator, all were written from a very high level of adhesion. We need to try to feel that in these melodies.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/11/13

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The Music Of Baal HaSulam At The International Music Festival In Moscow

On August 27, 2013, in the Rachmaninov Hall, the Moscow State Conservatory is hosting their annual International Festival “Gathering Friends.” Included in the festival is a concert of piano music titled “Armenia-Israel: Dialogue of Musical Cultures” from the musical project “Secrets of Armenia.”

The author of the project is my student Mikael Hayrapetyan, a famous pianist,. He will perform the music of Baal HaSulam from “The Music of the Spiritual Worlds.” Before the presentation, the guests will learn about the features of this music and the history of its creation. This will help to tune in to the musical perception.

The concert is part of the upcoming International Music Festival, which is a very significant event in the cultural life of the capital. It is presented by the Moscow Department of Culture and the Conservatory management and is held in one of the best venues for classical music in the world Rachmaninov Hall.

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from The Telegraph): “Sudden, jarring changes in pitch and frequency play on the same emotional mechanisms as the signals which animals use to alert one another of danger, a study found.

“When animals cry out in distress they force a large amount of air through their voice box very quickly, producing a discordant effect designed to grab the attention and provoke an emotional response in other animals.

“Hearing similar sound patterns, like Hendrix’s distorted version of Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969, sends a shiver down our spine because we are programmed to react strongly to the harsh noise, researchers said.

“The same goes for discordant music associated with horror films – such as the screeching soundtrack to the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – but not for generic ‘elevator music’ which lacks jolting changes in sound or volume.

“Researchers also found that while dissonant music stirs up strong emotions, these are usually linked to negative feelings like fear or sadness rather than happy ones.

“Greg Bryant, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and one of the study authors, said: ‘This study helps explain why the distortion of rock-and-roll gets people excited: It brings out the animal in us.

“’Composers have intuitive knowledge of what sounds scary without knowing why. What they usually don’t realise is that they’re exploiting our evolved predispositions to get excited and have negative emotions when hearing certain sounds.’”

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Most Important Is Connection And Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we conduct the meeting of friends at the convention?

Answer: The meeting of friends at the convention should include all the groups worldwide. You can include greetings, but they shouldn’t take much time. Being given an opportunity to say a greeting, the group must value time; 15 seconds is even enough. The focus is all on your love and connection.

The meetings of friends have to reflect the world group in the first place, that is, our huge volume. You need to prepare a number of small spots so that there is a huge impression of the immense united global desire, connected above all the continents, differences, time, and distance; so we know that that there is a great number of us; so we feel mutual dependence, connection, and love.

In principle, that is what the meeting of the world group means—to become impressed from each other by the greatness of the goal, the greatness of our power and aspiration.

Question: How do you see the cultural evenings at the convention?

Answer: I think that the cultural evening should be with fewer words and expressed more in music and songs, moreover, more in tunes without words to make them more international. Although the host countries of the convention have their own South American culture with exciting rhythms, they need take into account all the other people. So you could have half of the time dedicated to local folklore, and the other half to our common tunes, which are even better without words when we are just humming the melody together.
From the Virtual Lesson 4/22/04, Preparation to the Congress

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What should the music at the convention be like so it would really warm people’s hearts?

Answer: Joyful music is not mindless partying. Rather, it has to awaken a good feeling within me, sympathy for what is happening. At the convention, as well as every day, we must imagine our future state that we aspire to, from which we want to receive an illumination, a glow, an influence. Let the Light that reforms come from there and draw us there.

Looking at something beautiful, I am automatically drawn to it. But in this case I have to imagine the beauty myself, as an exercise before and during the convention. In December we will immerse ourselves in the world of the future for 72 hours. We have a single vessel in which a general bestowing force becomes revealed and we all dwell in mutual bestowal.

What do we discover by that other than a feeling of euphoria? What are our relationships? How do we interact in the family, among friends, at work (with our coworkers, employees, and employers), in the economy of the new generation, in ecology, in society? We are entering a new world and are starting to check its details: culture, upbringing, science, our attitude to all kinds of things…

And that’s where music can help us develop the right approach to life. And it doesn’t matter if it has words or not.

However, music should not draw me to any sad thoughts, to anything reminding me of a descent or despair. And this prohibition is effective in our day-to-day work as well. Sad music, the left line can only be used if I have built a strong right line ahead of time and am in it. As Baal HaSulam writes, only half an hour a day can be spent on critical self-analysis, on the condition that I worked in the right line for 23.5 hours.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/1/11, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”

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