We the family of Roots Grown Deep tend to play a lot — a lot!!! No matter what’s our mission, the Music flows like a river from our lives and will not be contained. In the photograph above, you’ll witness a moment captured in South Africa in 2018. We stopped by the side of the road on the way to Phokeng just so we could get out in the sun and sing and dance! There is no posing here folks — this is just our real life and I happened to snap a shot while singing along. Let the music of a joyful mind become viral. Let us spread the pandemic of Love!
This is how I’ve come to realize that Music actually plays me, not the other way around. When the vessel is pure, she flows with ease, like water at the confluence of two rivers.
At the meeting place of my most wholesome sense of humour and my darkest lingering pain, two rivers called song and rhythm come together, whenever and whenever they are invited, to cleanse and renew my soul and the soul of another. The Music comes, when and as desired. Am I free in my mind to receive her? If we are deeply listening, she will come again and again and again!
Don’t let anyone influence you to believe that you can’t sing or that you don’t have “the gift”. Whether or not we see ourselves as a “musician”, we still have to discover our inner musical voice (intonation) in order to experience wholistic human growth. This is one of those natural or cosmic laws in a universe which materializes and evolves through sound vibration.
If you’re reading this, it means you’re in some way committed to your own health and discovering your personal ways of self-healing. Good on you, and blessings be upon you for taking this challenging and rewarding journey. Whenever we meditate, our goal is to become so quiet and attentive in mind, body, and heart so as to reach a deeper level of listening. Many people mistake the end goal of meditation to be “inner peace”. Actually, inner peace is just one of many valuable by-products of a much greater and more adventurous goal: wholistic attunement.
To “tune in” is to connect with frequencies that align our heart-mind with our divine purpose for living and doing.
Consider the orchestra. When all the many string players, wind and brass blowers, percussionists and conductors are in place together and sufficiently “warmed up”, they will tune their ears and hearts — and as extension, their musical instruments — to One note, so that what they play together henceforth is a more pure expression of unity. The tuning of the instrument is a deep practice which helps the orchestra players avoid unbearable chaos, commit to a common goal, and thus fulfill their intended purpose with greater liberty and connection.
In organic life, our body is the instrument. We need to tune it, lest we devolve by way of disharmony and dis-ease. And if our body is an instrument for the Music of life, then who is the player of that instrument?
The real player, I would say, is not really we as individuals but the multi-dimensional Spirit of the All in All, the Designers of our spiritual, celestial and organic worlds, the crafters of our bodies as the complex meeting place of evolving flesh, personality and soul.
How does this design play out, musically speaking?
The core substance of our cells is not three-dimensional matter but a vast space which is resonating with sound. From this sound comes the electricity which powers the cell and thus powers the body. The heart generates the beat which focuses and consolidates the myriad of electricity within the body’s cells into a guiding rhythm. The mind composes (builds) upon that beat with a balanced fusion of intellect and emotion, which is creativity. And then the soul unifies this power and creativity by infusing the emergent sound with the unique and exotic expression of our personality. What a mind-blowing phenomenon!
That is how Music reprogrammes our mind toward joy. It is a delicate and vulnerable process of surrender to the highest godly way which we all know is written upon the blueprint of our souls. The tuning of our bodily instruments (our practice of meditation) to fulfill our purpose (our Music) is a process of purification. This is really the only process that brings a lasting and resilient mind-state of joy in the midst of environmental confusion.
When the vessel is pure, she flows with ease, like water at the confluence of two rivers.
At the meeting place of my most wholesome sense of humor and my darkest lingering pain, two rivers — song and rhythm —come together whenever and wherever they are invited, to cleanse and renew my soul or the soul of another. The Music comes, when and as desired. Are we in a mind-frame to receive her? If we are deeply listening, she will come again and again and again! And this is the fount of joy, akin to personal relationship with divine source.
There is no beginning or the end to this process. And so we give thanks, infinite gratitude for the harmony of life, infinite respect for the All in All which we cannot fully understand…
Keep traveling light, you beautiful souls, and may the music of a joyful mind be your sweet medicine in these fascinating and challenging times!
Your brother in harmony,
This essay is part 1 of a series called The Music of a Joyful Mind. In Part 2— “Create A Resonant Sound!”, published online by JabuMind — I focus on the relationship between Music and inter-generational education, illuminating simple methods for channeling Music for the development of people.
All photographs and album artworks featured here are original, and each caption has a link to our original music, so click away and share with friends, give thanks! I would also like to thank Brittany Marie Young, Stacey Fetterman and Michelle Solidago Carter for their feedback in creating this essay series.