by Rich Goodhart
The Sound Inside The Sound, 2013)
sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the
mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe."
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
is encountered through true listening.
Comprehending the intellectual meaning of the message, if there
is one, is of course an essential part of the picture. Listening
to the subtle soundings of the voice, to that which resides in
silent spaces unspoken, to the dynamic responses of the heart
and the quiet language of eyes, to the breathful conspiring voices
of wind and rain and trees are all of equally vital significance
to a holistically illumined perception.
A guide book
or training of techniques is not sound healing and it is not shamanism.
The listening must come first. True listening. The shutting off
of internal dialogue in order to be fully present kind of listening.
It is by this kind of reception to the radiant expansions of the
Great Mystery that one gets consciously closer to it, that it
may reveal the beauty within its beauty, its mystical power and
its healing light.
in this book are a result of an honest and dedicated attempt at
such listening. Some of these invocations of spirit are about
sound, some are about shamanism, some are about earth and healing,
love and luminescence, heart and whole being attunement. All are
about the listening.
There is the
meaning of words and there is also the music of words. The music
of words includes their melodic texture, shape and color as well
as their rhythm, accent and flow. The color of words may be described
as their tonal vibration, their inherent essence, their feeling
and effect, in the mind, to the ear and on the tongue. In addition
to saying something meaningful, it is important for me that the
invocational writings also express a certain experience of sound
in regard to these musical qualities. A basic level of visual
elegance on the page is important as well. The combination of
meaning and music within one's expressed words also carries and
transmits a movement of energy. This energy is of and interwoven
with, but also in addition to, the thought and the sound.
is an energy to words as well, and with our words we work the
vibrational fields within us and between us whenever we speak.
We all do this. The question is not if we do it but how. More
specifically, in what direction and with what level of consciousness,
heart resonance and intention do we manipulate these energy fields
with our words? One may be unaware that they are doing it but
the effect, whatever quality it may have, is still felt. Bringing
awareness to it, deeply bringing conscious, intentful awareness
to our use of words can transform our communications into a vibrant
life affirming and healing art. In accord with the themes of this
book, I would like to call this phenomenon, and the practice of
it, linguistic shamanism. The writings in this book may
be seen in part as a manifestation of my ongoing exploration of
and apprenticeship to this art.
good portion of my creative output has rather simple form, I rarely
ever write with form in mind as a preconception to fulfill. (This
applies to both music and the written word.) Instead, the form
reveals itself uniquely in the process of each creation. Among
the writings in this collection however, there are two very specific
forms that I attempted to allow the muse to be expressed within.
The first is the Japanese tanka. The tanka is an unrhymed five
line form with a specific syllable count per line of 5-7-5-7-7,
like an expanded version of the more popular haiku though the
tanka predates it. There are further subtleties to the traditional
rendering of the form but I make no claim to be a strict adherent
or scholar of them. The second form is the palindrome, i.e., to
quote the Monty Python skit where I first learned of the word,
"That which is the same forward as it is backward!"
Two pieces in this collection are complete palindromes and a third
piece contains a partial one split between its beginning and end.
All of these are word for word palindromes, not the strict letter
for letter variety, thus allowing for the possibility of much
greater expression and meaning and not simply a very tricky game
of word play.
Part One of
this book could easily stand on its own. Part Two as well, but
not as a book only in that it is far too short for the form. However,
I expressed what I wanted to in those three essays and I am also
not a great fan of the need to fill space. As they are, both parts
compliment each other and they were created with the intention
to do so. Quite often I feel that wisdoms and insights have their
best opportunity for effective transmission through the arts of
music, poetry, lyric and short story. If Spirit has something
of value to share here through moments of attunement, inspiration
and art it has done so at least as well with the poetry as with
the essays. The spirit dances and the teachings reveal in each
section no less than in the other.
May the words
on these pages invite the reflection of quiet eyes, and may they
inspire an ever deeper listening to the gifts of rhythm, of music,
of the subtle songs of nature and heart attuned perception - of
the sound softly singing, inside the sound.
The Sound Inside The Sound:
Spirit Medicine for a Renewed Earth Conscoiusness
Copyright 2013 Rich Goodhart/Beginner's Mind Productions
Reprinted by permission.
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out a tune but I never saw the face, heard but not replaced, I
ventured to talk,
but I never lost my place."
~ Jon Anderson (Yes)