“All music ever played is still playing”
I read this sentence in Victor Wooten’s book ‘The Music Lesson’ some years ago. I remember lifting my head up to stare into empty space for a while. It felt like there was some deep meaning in it, taking its time to sink in. Then suddenly it clicked. In my mind’s eye I saw someone banging two stones together in a rhythmic way. He was excited to share with a friend who felt inspired to do the same in turn. What followed was a continuous chain of music and inspiration for even more music, passed on from person to person, from century to century. No music was lost in the process. The not-so-good tunes were necessary for the better ones to emerge and the better ones were kneaded in the form of inspiration into the ones that followed.
As I put on the next song, I remember feeling its magic deeper than ever before as I traced it back down the chain to that first human musical impulse. And then even more magic as I felt part of the giant wave of music that was moving forward in time in so many spots around the Earth – in bars and music players, in little rooms and huge concert halls, on the corner of the street and up on a satellite in space.
And how about the connection of that first human musical impulse to the songs of birds, the sounds of streams and leaves rustling?
Why would two stones being banged together make a sound in the first place? Wasn’t that the most basic form of consciousness – you do something to something else and it RESPONDS? The capacity to produce and detect sound was not uniquely human, so depending on our definition of music, one could see how it goes all the way back to the origins of the Universe and its laws. What a journey from a single sentence!
Ever since that experience I’ve taken up a habit of exercising my curiosity and wonder like that every now and then. The simple reason for it is that it feels absolutely magical, humbling and awe-inspiring to do so. It’s an experience of oneness that stands absolutely equal in magnificence to the ones that can be accessed through emptying the mind in meditation. It’s the feminine way of story weaving, playing with the imagination, going deep in the meaning of things to complement the masculine way of pure presence and being.
One of the most beautiful things to examine that way is the thread of our own LIFE.
And I’d like to encourage you to take 5 minutes for it. You can watch the video above or do it yourself. It can look like closing your eyes and feeling into your own life force and following the string of beings and ancestors that connects you to the origin of life on Earth. Following it even further to the origin of our Universe. Coming back the thread to the present moment to connect to the wave of life that you belong to and to the even greater wave of unfolding of everything there is, right now. When you open your eyes, look for a person, animal or plant and see how they fit into this context. Do it your own way. The important thing is to allow yourself to wonder and feel the magic of existence! Isn’t this what life travelled all this way for in the first place?
About The Paradise Vlog
I believe we already are in paradise, regardless of where we are and what’s going on in our lives. I believe life is a journey towards becoming aware of this and enjoying as much of it as we can in the limited amount of time we have here. The ‘The Paradise Vlog’ youtube channel is the space where I share my process of shedding patterns and beliefs that obstruct our view in order to replace them with presence, joy and wonder. It’s also my invitation to you – an invitation to connect and journey together in creative ways, as we help each other see through to the greatest expression of ourselves. I also love creating spaces for growth-oriented people to connect to their soul power and life purpose. I do that in the form of coaching, shamanic work and workshops. Reach out if you feel curious to explore these topics with me.