A grammar of harmony

July 18, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Harmony may be something totally different than what you think it is.

Harmony is not always pleasant.

It may feel really uncomfortable, 

sounding a lot like dissonance.

It might be clunky, or awkward, or weird. 

It may resonate or not...

It may feel familiar, or distant.

It might penetrate us or be repelled.


It may not be notes that work together,

colors that compliment,

smells that jell,

or tastes that integrate.

It may not even be something I like.

New Age spirituality and music often feels like an attempt to seduce me into inertness. Some call it "spiritual bypassing." This superficial view of harmony: that something need be be whole, complete, and cohesive to be in harmony misses the real potency of what the act of harmonization can be. I'm looking for spiritual "off-gassing!" That place where I am confronted with things that I am uncomfortable with, where there is a pressure to grow and evolve.

At a much deeper level, harmonization is my ability to respond to life by accessing the full bandwidth of my experience, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, regardless of external circumstances. It is next-level consciousness that does not depend on a grid of right and wrong (3D/3F survival consciousness of fight, flight or freeze-and I often add "fuck" to make it a 2 bit equation!), but rather how I choose to move forward from a place or experience with maximal imagination and creativity at my disposal. Harmonizing with something allows me to see and feel its nuances, subtleties and complexities, and choose how best to move forward for whatever outcome I, and others, desire. Harmony is being present, no matter how I feel emotionally or physically in a situation, and integration is the goal.

Follow these simple steps to practice harmonization:

1) Breathe! This brings us back into our bodies.  

2) Ask questions: What is needed here? What is my part in moving forward? etc. How can I harmonize this situation and reach a deeper understanding?

3) Act upon whatever comes up, and move forward from a grounded and more creative space into a new and richer place.

Happy practicing!

 


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