Jorge Alfano - Shakuhachi, Tamboura, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Bansuri, Dizi, Quena, Sikus, Quenacho, Native American Flute
Jorge Alfano is a natural-born healer, mystic, and shaman and he is a licensed metaphysical minister. Sacred Sounds is part of The Relaxation Company's "Healing Music" series. This music is designed to tap into natural body cycles and affect the chakra suite within the self. This CD includes a guide book with exercise instructions. It is a good CD for zoning.
-Jim Brenholts (All Music Guide)
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The Soundless Sound
"In the beginning, was the word" reads the Bible. The "word" can be described as the soundless sound, which is vibration and energy. It is always expanding through the universe, creating other vibrations, each one denser and denser, heavier with each wave of expansion. The different planets, galaxies, the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms, humans, spiritual realms and the heavens are all expressions of that first vibration.
Sages able to perceive the soundless sound have tried to name it: Nada Brahma, Om (Hindu), Zat (Sufi), Chi (Tao), Music of the Spheres (Pythagoras), Noccan Kani (Andean), etc. I say "tried" because there is no appropriate name to describe the beauty and harmonious emotion created by perceiving this soundless sound. This soundless sound, or primal energy, is our life force. By connecting with it we are reaching the center of the universe.
"The use of music and sound as a tool for spiritual development, can set us on a path to a better life. While listening to the music of Sacred Sounds you'll discover your power to listen and your ability to resonate with your Self and with nature. We'll be using some easy-to-follow exercises along with our intuition, concentration and inner vision' in" the most fascinating adventure - to find our essence.
Music and The Spirit
Meditation is the simplest and most natural way to establish a permanent relationship with your Self. It will also give you peace of mind, confidence and a new perspective from which to look at your life. There are many ways to meditate. Each one is only a base for you to develop your creativity and intuition-a personal experience that only you are able to perceive inside of yourself. This particular model for meditation is based on teachings of Swami Vishnu Devananda, and I have found it to be very effective while listening to sacred music.
o It is important to establish a regular time and place for meditation. Dawn and dusk are the most effective times to practice. If possible, set aside a separate room or area for your meditation.
o Make sure that the volume level of the music is not overpowering.
o Consciously regulate and focus on your breathing. Begin with two to three minutes of deep abdominal breathing. Then normalize the depth of your breathing and allow it to become rhythmic. If you inhale for three seconds, exhale for three seconds.
o Breathing in this way helps you to quiet your distracting thoughts. These breathing techniques also help to bring nurturing oxygen to every celi in your body.
o Notice the activity of your mind (mental chatter, worry, etc.). As you move your focus from your thoughts to the music slowly allow your self to disassociate from these distracting thoughts and allow your mental progress to slow down. Your mind may wander and jump around at first but it will gradually become more quieted.
o Do not force the mind to be still, this may hinder your meditation. Attempt to just let go of your usual thoughts worries and concerns.
o Continue to focus on the music You will find that it carries you away from your ordinary mental processes and helps to quiet your mind.
o Practice and repetition will lead to pure thought in which sound vibration merges with thought vibration. Meditating with sacred music will help you to relax and to go within your Self, allowing you to experience new states of consciousness.
The chakras are centers of energy that exist in and around the body. Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning "wheel," chakras are perceived to be whirling vortices of concentrated physical, emotional and spiritual energy. There are seven main chakras in the body, each of them is associated with a specific color frequency, body system and mantra, or sacred word.
By working with the chakra system we can balance and affect the connections between mind, body and spirit. By visualizing and energizing the chakras while meditating and listening to specific sound and music, you can strengthen the integration of both your physical and spiritual salves. Unlocking the power of the chakras can provide you with an opportunity to gain control of and insight to the subtle yet powerful energies that drive the body and spirit.
1. Muladhara Chakra, or Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine. It is associated with the gonads the color red and the sound "LAM"
2. Swadhishthana Chakra, or Belly Chakra, located two finger breadths below the navel. It is associated with the pancreas, the color orange and: the sound "VAM"
3. Manipura Chakra or Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and the chest. It is associated with the adrenal gland, the color yellow and the sound "RAM"
4. Anahata Chakra, or Heart Chakra, located at the sternum at the center of the chest It is associated with the heart and thymus, the color green and the sound "YAM"
5. Vishuddha Chakra, or Throat Chakra, located at neck level. It is associated with the thyroid, the color light blue and the sound "HAM"
6. Ajna Chakra, or Brow Chakra, located at the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. It is associated with the pituitary gland, the color indigo or dark blue and the sound "OM"
7. Sahasrara Chakra, or Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head. It is associated with the pineal gland, the color violet, described only as the soundless sound.
Using the Music of Sacred Sounds "Chakras Suite"
o Sit in a comfortable position on a chair or on the floor. You may also lie down on a bed. Close your eyes.
o Become aware of your breathing.
o Focus your attention on your inner world. Relax your body starting from your legs up, and continue to the top of your head.
o Start "Chakra Suite."
o Through the power of visualization, focus your attention on the base chakra, (Muladhara). Breathe the music in, visualize it as Red energy and send that energy to this center. You may also chant out loud or to yourself the mantra "LAM," which is associated with this chakra.
o Repeat this exercise with each of the chakras. Refer to the chakra chart for the color and mantra for each chakra.
o As you reach the last center, allow yourself to feel the energy flowing through your body. Stay in that state for a few minutes.
o Come back slowly.
The goal of this exercise is to allow your inner power to help you free yourself of distracting emotions and thoughts through, the sounds of the Suite. The piercing sound of the Shakuhachi flute represents the style of Zen teachings whose intent is to domesticate the ego and awaken the soul.
o As you meditate and listen to "Zen Garden" focus first on your breathing and then on the music.
o Try to let go of the mental chatter and distracting thoughts of your ego by watching them as if you were watching a movie.
o Allow the sounds of the flute will help you to separate your Self from your ego.
o With practice you will find restless states giving way to more peaceful feelings of "emptiness."
"The Tao moves in every direction at once, its essence is fluid and yielding. It is the maker of everything under the sun: And everything comes out of nothing"
from Lao Tzu's "TaoTe Ching"
"While meditating and listening to the music of "Sweet Wind" begin to notice the polarity that exists between your personality and your spirit.
o Now open yourself to the concept of balance, where the two exist in harmony, neither overpowering the other. As you do this you will enter a state of emptiness, where the is no polarity, where there is only nothingness.
"Dear Father Sun, let the warmth and the strength of your power illuminate my mind so I can shine your light on others. Dear Killa, let your sweetness and compassion show me the way to the City of Light so l can serve with a humble heart" - Kechua Prayer
o Use "Machu-Pijchu's Voice" to gradually slow your breath and relax your body and mind.
o The Andean spiritual tradition is based on respect and worship of the Sun (INTI) and the Moon (K1LLA).
o While meditating with "Sun Prayer" allow your mind to focus on, the qualities of the sun (given of life, power source, etc.).
o While meditating on "Moon Prayer" concentrate on the virtues of the moon (balancer, feminine power, etc).
o As you quiet "your mind and do this exercise observe the images and emotions that the sun and the moon generate in you.
"Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - myself Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame." - Sioux Prayer
o The American Native tradition teaches us to respect the spirits present in nature. Read the Sioux prayer before meditating. Focus on your breathing and begin meditating on your connection with nature.
o The animal kingdom plays a major role in this tradition in that spirit guides usually takes the form of an animal. The music of "Coyote Call" is meant to call the spirit of this sacred animal. By meditating on his presence we can assimilate the qualities of this spirit guide and become what the Native Americans call a "Nagual."
o Observe the emotions and images that this exercise provokes in your consciousness. These observations can help you to grow in your understanding of your Self and the universe.
These are basic guidelines, I encourage you to discover and create new ways of growing in consciousness and spirit.
Rev. Jorge Alfano