minutes for more peace of mind? Straighten your spine, breathe deeply, close your eyes and get real with Carol's
version of The Great Bell Chant.
The Great Bell Chant
The background music and chant is "The End of Suffering" by Gary Remal Malkin and Phap Niem, from the compilation
Relaxation requires a calm mind. Hypnotherapy can support
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Hypno-meditation (silent meditation preceded by entering a hypnotic state) is especially helpful
for those new to silent meditation and/or struggling with excessive thinking or anxiety. Once you have developed
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or simply at will. You decide to go there, and so it is.
Deep Meditation Short Version
Opening music for both meditations from "Nostalgia for Infinity," Thousand Star by Jonn
Serrie. Courtesy of Jonn Serrie.
Thousand Star and other works + more about Jonn Serrie
Jonn Serrie and Johannes Brahms
I had a revelation about the music of Jonn Serrie—why it's so peaceful and satisfying.
I came to this revelation by listening to the music of Johannes Brahms, a master of harmony. It was the opening of the Adagio
movement of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15, a manifestation of pastoral harmony, exquisite delicacy and restraint.
It just flows. This adagio is often described as a hymn. It reminded me of Jonn’s music. And I remembered hearing Jonn
say it is his mission to realize the space between the notes. Brahms was a forerunner of Jonn Serrie in this adagio, with
harmony primary and the entire pace slowed way down, thus filtering the ego and bravado from the melody. After all, melody
is all about singularity rising out of the sea of tones.
It’s very difficult to hum a few bars of most Jonn
Serrie songs. Melody surfaces from time to time, but it is a wily hermit—shy, humble, invisible at will. Jonn has gently
stepped away from melody to embrace harmony—relationship—and in so doing has stepped away from duality and the
illusion of separation. This, I believe, underlies the spiritual experience for the listener.
How can music be
all about harmony—a multiplicity of tones—and yet be about unity instead of duality? How can the Choir of Angels
sing in harmony when All is One? How can one monk sing three notes at the same time? I can't wrap my mind around it, because
it has no basis in my intellectual experience of this world. But my heart knows and hears, and recognizes the truth.
© 2010 Carol A. Niemi
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 - Adagio, Barenboim & Barbirolli - (1 of 2)
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 - Adagio, Barenboim & Barbirolli - (2 of 2)