"I find that in making (playing) music I enter a meditative state. Im sure there are many definitions of meditation. By meditative state, I mean an experience that is categorically different than what we experience in our usual mundane activities. I have experienced in myself that this musical meditation has the potential to relax me, focus my attention, stop the inner dialogue and open up a connection to a more fundamental (some say higher) state of consciousness. In this respect the flute can be considered a transformative or meditational tool.
Once music making was open to everyone. Now, it has become the provenance of a select few who have the talent and dedication to master these difficult modern instruments. Musicians have become professionals and the rest of us are an audience.
This was not deliberate. But, it is unfortunate. Now the vast majority of us don't make music, we listen to music. The experience of making music and listening to it are not the same. It is as if instead of dancing we were content to watch others as they danced. We can derive a certain type of pleasure thereby but it is not the same as dancing ourselves. We have become spectators instead of participants. And, our bodies, hearts and minds are diminished thereby.
The simple musical instruments on which earlier peoples played - and in many cultures still do play - continue to exist. A lot of us were unaware of this. We thought that the band instruments that we were introduced to in school were all that was available to someone who wanted to make music. And, the music we were taught to play was very regimented and static. It was not our own inner music but some other persons music. Fortunately, the simple instruments of our ancestors such as the hand drums, thumb piano and Native American flute are still available They are being rediscovered. These simple instruments can be played with little effort by almost anyone. I bear witness that this is true.
I have developed a relationship with the Native American flute. When I play, I am almost instantly transported out of myself into a place of deep relaxation and enjoyment. I can only call this feeling meditative. Any worries, cares, problems that I think I have, immediately disappear. When I stop - after a few minutes of half an hour it doesn't matter - I feel clean, relaxed and refreshed. Perhaps it has something to do with the rhythmical breathing or the dancing of the fingers over the tone holes. I don't know what causes it. I'll leave it to someone else will seek a scientific explanation of the phenomena.
John Stillwell, http://www.atflutes.com/musical-meditation-or-therapy-with-native-american-style-flute
Health Benefits -- http://www.southerncrossflutes.com/healing-with-native-american-flutes/
Chakras and Music Keys-- http://mysticbeats.com/The-Chakras.php
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