By Jill Mattson
“Vibrations, or sounds, can control civilizations!” wrote ancient officials. An outrageous idea at first glance, but many ancient dynasties lasted thousands of years, while we grow tired of our president in merely four years.
I planned to uncover why many rulers believed this. I hunkered down into the study of antiquity… for twenty years, carefully recording musical and esoteric secrets. Esoteric societies guarded this data, believing that whoever knew it - could control people and for the wrong reasons! They refused to document this secret information. Esoteric students were divided according to their moral and psychic advancement into categories such as initiates, disciples, adepts and masters. Secrets of sound were confined to verbal discussions among proven adepts and masters… safeguarding this powerful information. Each esoteric school divulged a few secrets, but I studied so many, I accumulated a wealth of diverse vibratory knowledge. Merely considering these ideas exponentially increased my understanding of the power of music!
Sparse writings from Rudolf Steiner discuss the musical system of the ancient Lumarians and Atlanteans. The earlier civilization, the Lemarians, listened to a descending musical scale, in which the smallest distance between adjacent tones was equivalent to nine of our notes! This music connected the listener with the Divine. Later, the Atlanteans claimed to enjoy a descending musical scale with the notes closer together, yet neighboring notes still represented seven of our musical notes. The Atlantean music connected man to his own Divine Spirit.
In order to hear Lemarian or Atlantean music, one would need clairaudience, as few notes would be within our hearing range. Steiner suggests that man had not “involved” into matter to the extent that we have today, enabling people to hear clairaudiently.
The ancient Indian and Persian epochs boasted of a musical system built on the interval of six of our notes. Persian cosmetology mingled with writings about Zoroaster reflect that music escorted man towards a connection with the next lower hierarchy of spirit, the “Planetary Logos,” providing a spiritual experience.
Increased historical documents shed light on music of ancient Egypt and China. Music was believed to be a powerful controlling influence on the population. The rulers governed, regulated and policed the music people heard. By controlling the vibrations that people were exposed to, officials believed they yielded a strong influence over them.
Ancient Chinese rulers believed that each musical note was a connection to the Divine. The rulers orchestrated concerts with 10,000 players, making plentiful and powerful connections to the Divine. In a current example, the Latvian country of Estonia sponsors a weeklong songfest every five years. These historic concerts boasted of half a million singers…a good showing for a country of only one million people. Many credit the historic courage of this tiny nation in their struggles for independence - to the energy created by this vitalizing, musical experience.
Ancient Chinese music centered on twelve notes. Each note was five of our notes apart and was referred to as the “Lu Scale.” Musical sounds floated like the sounds of wind chimes, with no beginnings or endings. Tones still descended and were said to augment the imagination.
As the stars in the skies journeyed across the horizon, this changing energy was believed to influence people. The music or “musical astrology” changed throughout the year, providing support for personal and emotional challenges caused by the vibrations of planets in motion in our solar system. This musical feng shui varied as energy in nature changed, providing a balancing mechanism for the population! Instruments made out of the various elements were exclusively played at certain times, further engineering the balancing effect of the music.
In the Greek epoch, tetra chords, two groups of four notes each, created modes, which resembled our scales. These modes characterized personalities. The modes were even named after people who preferred its mood. According to Steiner, this musical system enabled spiritual energy to descend to a greater extent, so mankind could see the world primarily through a physical body.
Control of music shifted to the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages. Initially adopting the Greek modes, they later dropped all but two, renaming them “major” and “minor.” Music prior to this period was a series of ongoing tones. An “amen” was added on the end of Gregorian chants and church liturgy, creating the concept of a beginning and ending in a song.
Earlier writing suggests the sound of the first and third note of a scale sounded together, so harmonious today, was shrill and hard to listen to. As the Middle Ages progressed the third became a staple of harmony, and chords using the 1-3-5 notes of the scale flourished. In a more recent example, the jazz-sound introduced a chord with the seventh note of the scale added, and was considered to be outrageous, scandalous and “the music of the devil.” Today, jazz is not considered sinful, or even racy, but is relegated to soothing elevator music. This suggests that populations get used to new sounds, and in essence harmonize with them. Esoteric writing suggests that such harmonization transitioned people’s consciousness and experiences.
Turn of the century esoteric writing insists that the Renaissance music pulled the population out of the dark ages by introducing the perfection of chords, harmonies and mathematical patterns. The early ornamental classical music inspired the excessively decorated architecture and dress of the time. One mystic writer revealed a concern about cold-hearted people hiding behind elaborate decoration. Hence, Beethoven was “over lit” to create music that enabled the masses to feel compassion. According to the writing, charities in Europe were recorded only after people heard the music of Beethoven.
During the Renaissance people choose music for the first time as musicians made a living from public performances. Songs changed in key to accommodate singers’ vocal ranges. As a result today’s Equal Temperament tuning system was created to allow easy transition between musical keys. Some liken this scale to “aural caffeine,” saying it influenced the Western Hemisphere to spur industrialization and modernization. In contrast, the Eastern Hemisphere played the older mathematic scales with soothing sounds and developed meditation practices. Now popular music is becoming world wide, lessoning cultural differences.
Popular music styles are changing rapidly from swing tunes, to jazz, to rock and roll, through heavy metal, and on to rap in just sixty years. At this time the changes in our society have also been immense. Sixty years ago it was novel to see color TV. Now fax machines, cell phones and computer games have revolutionized our world. Once again, the sonic vibratory changes precede the physical ones.
Melodies sport sequential notes, displaying a system of two’s… Rap music sounds a rhythmic series of the same note, a musical system of one’s. In conclusion, musical systems throughout the ages reveal a pattern of frequencies becoming closer together, as civilizations learned various lessons. When a musical style stopped, the culture transitioned and was rebirthed with new music. Throughout the ages man incarnated into matter and duality, as the music descended, changed styles and the space between neighboring notes decreased from nine of our notes to only one.
If listening to frequencies closer together precedes further separation from God - then reversing this process should facilitate evolution and our journey back to the Divine. Listening to ancient musical patterns may expand our consciousness… perhaps leading to increased awareness, including that of the Divine!
Jill, a four-time author/soundhealing expert, uses Sound Healing techniques with original music. Free soundhealing mp3s at bottom of home page: www.JillsWingsOfLight.com. Special frequencies expand our consciousness; musical intervals, rhythms and harmonics may be directed to produce special effects!
Jill Mattson is a 4-time author and widely recognized expert and composer in the emerging field of Sound Healing. Jill lectures throughout the United States on “Ancient Sounds ~ Modern Healing” - taking followers on an exciting journey revealing the Healing Power of Sound. For more information: www.jillswingsoflight.com; www.jillshealingmusic.com; www.musicforbeauty.com
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