Sunday, February 28, 2010


The Sacred Nature of Music
By All Is Light

For most religions, cultures, and even just ordinary people in general, music has an important, almost essential place in everyday life. Just look at how widespread it is; every culture has some unique form of music to call it’s own, and it is such an important part of our lives as human beings that not only do we have radios, tape decks, CD players, and MP3 players for our cars and for use on the go, we also use music to set specific moods in film and on T.V., to pass the time while we shop or stand in an elevator, to motivate us when we need it, (like when we clean the house!) and to help us get in touch with parts of ourselves we might normally repress (heck, I’m even listening to music as I write this article!) Music is something marvelous, a thing that transcends reality, evoking emotions and encouraging all sorts of actions (like dancing, lipsyncing, etc.) that might otherwise not even exist; musical talent and singing have been described as creations, even gifts of the divine, of god or the goddess, (or both, or whatever else you might believe in!) but regardless of your spiritual orientation, the amazing power and potential within music, be it traditional and spiritual chanting, the most raucous of death metal, or anything in between, is so blatantly obvious that it’s quite often overlooked, despite the fact that it is arguably as essential to culture and the human mind as food and drink are to the body.
It’s inherent power is not lost on those who follow the Path of the Yazhi, however; to them, music is seen as a wonderful tool, perhaps the most useful and amazing ritual instrument available (i.e. v.s. what you might see in different religions, candles, holy water, crosses, idols, incense, etc.) when it comes to working energy for use in different applications.

Yazhi believe that specific sorts of music stimulate specific emotions, reactions, and modes of energy within specific individuals; to this degree, most of them believe it is impractical (and closed minded!) to label any particular type of music (be it a genre, artist, style, etc.) as good for only one particular mode of working with energy, no matter what that mode might be. An example, in layman’s terms, if you will– A healer (typically singers, an aspect hearkening back to the Diné or as they are more commonly known, the Navajo) is as likely to do his or her most powerful work with healing energy using Gregorian chanting or traditional singing as he or she is with classic rock, death metal, lounge, country, or even techno/rave! As stated before, those who follow the Path of the Yazhi see music as a tool, not as clumsy or basic as a wrench or a hammer, but eternal and endlessly adaptable, controlled by intent and as precise as the mind of the user, indeed a veritable extension of the soul, of the divine power within every human being. It is everlasting, spiritually powerful, and incredibly diverse in it’s styles, forms, and subtleties, the very epitome of everything a Yazhi strives to be.

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All is light, and light is all.
We see, we breathe, we think, we love, and in the hinterlands between the folds in the fabric of reality and spirit, we find magic, we learn what it is to be Soul, to be light.


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