by Kara Johnstad
Even silence has its music. When you slip into deep meditation there is still vibration. Energies moving all about. Resonance. Reflections.The reflection of your breath within the breath. The song that sings through us. There is always presence and if you slow yourself down enough to hear the soft pitter-pat of the cat as she crosses the porch and then listen into the breeze as it caresses your freckled arm, then you know, without uttering a word, there is always sound. Sound is looking to complete itself, like the wave looking for the shore to move against before it returns home.
The circle of life, ‘O.’
‘OM,’ the sound ‘OOOOOOOO’, a circle of perfection opened and followed by a buzzing hum, stands for the eternal sound of existence.
What fascinated me this last week, was that for the first time while sitting in deep meditation I connected the OM to POEM, and my spirit started to take wing.
Open ‘thr-O-ated’ I flew off to the ‘O-cean.’ There I glanced up to the ‘mOOn.’ I realized that the sun and and the moon speak a circular language, just like the black round dots on the Bach score which is sitting on my piano.
Does sound come and go like the wind?
Myron Uhlberg, Hands of My Father:
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents and the Language of Love
Contemplating orbits and riding on sound waves I stayed inside the ‘t-O-ne’ for a long time until I gently closed my lips on the light hum.
And did anyone else ever notice that tones contain
‘ONE.’ Yes, ‘at one’ – a tone?
I changed the light buzzing of my lips and entered into ‘FFFFF.’ My vocal folds now wide open, my lower lip pressed gently against my top teeth, the wind began to move through me. ‘FFFFF’ preceded the ‘OM’ that followed and caught myself surfing at the edge of the waves.
It was one of those ‘M-OM-ENTS,’ and as all poets do, I savored the now and – wondered if the power of now is simply the movement of OM flipped backwards. Living the ‘OM-ments.’
Well ‘NOW’ flipped is ‘WON’
‘Won = one and one,’ and the sign for oneness (completion) is always a ring or an ‘O.’
Can the power of ‘now’ be the power of ‘one?’ Is ‘OM’ the real ‘H-OME?’ And, ‘T-ONE’ good for your ‘B-ONES?’ I grinned. I love skinny dipping in frothy sound waves.
My legs were starting to fall asleep and my feet were numb. My half lotus was getting the best of me. And then lurking in my memory bank a question formed, “Why?” My mind wandered and the back of my tongue lifted to form a brilliant ‘Y.’ ‘Why?’ I asked myself. And deepening the hummed ‘Y’
I landed inside of ‘Y-OM.’
Yes, I remember learning that once. ‘YOM’ means ‘day’ in Hebrew.
And yet, many scholars share that it is not the literal 24 hours day. It is a time of creation. An age.
And as the sound rippled out, just as the “concentric rings ripple through a silent pond after the frog jumps in,” my body continued to explore the singing consonants, and
I landed on ‘L-OM.’
‘LOAM,’ a word which many have forgotten and yet I know it well. I grew up in the fields and you will find ‘LOAM’ in my song “Journey Me Home.” Loam is very rich soil, perfect for planting gardens and growing poetry.
I will write you a poem, full of flowers and loam, in the colors of earth tones and red, I’ll plant them deep in your heart, and there we will start to live the dreams, that dance in our heads.
And as I sat in the rich soils of my soul, listening into the sound of ‘OM,’I let out a light sigh.
I was H-OM-E.
Centered. Rooted. Nourished.
‘At one. A tone.’
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By the way, did you know that in the 1960s and ’70s the Swiss engineer and medical doctor Hans Jenny created a process called “grant cymatics?”
Dr. Hans Jenny performed experiments using sound frequencies on various materials such as milk, dust, sand, water, and liquid plastic. The word Cymatics derives from the Greek ‘kuma’ meaning ‘billow’ or ‘wave,’ to describe the periodic effects that sound and vibration have on matter. source: Wikipedia
He placed the material on a plate of thin metal which was attached to a crystal oscillator. The crystal oscillator was controlled by a frequency generator capable of producing a range of vibrations.
And by the way, legend says there was a time in the distant past, when the Navajo shamans made beautiful pictures in the sand merely by speaking to it. They look very similar to Tibetan Mandalas.
Go explore how the OM – the perfect circle and the sweet vibrating buzz of ‘MMMM’ has an effect on you and explore Cymatics and how all of what we speak and sing and listen to has an effect on our world, and our world has a great effect on our material physical body.
Remember, ‘OM is where the heart is.’
Traveling at the speed of love,
PS: And is ‘MOM’ actually emerging from ‘OM?’ Mother earth, the place where all life is born?
Thank you, as always, for tuning in, reading and contributing.
Image: “Lady Doing Yoga In Park” by adamr / freedigitalphotos.net
Image: “Inner Circle” by Simon Howden / freedigitalphotos.net