Music School of Life
Dr. Beaulieu, ND, Ph.D. is a composer, Mental Health Councelor and Naturpathic Doctor. He is an expert on stress science and oversees molecular research on the healing effects of sound and music. He kindly gave his permission to feature one of his sound musings from the book.
I call learning about and
our personal challenges
Everyone is enrolled. We are all working towards our masters degree. In this school, whether we like it or not, we must learn about dissonance and resonance. Fortunately, music school is a school without walls and we don’t have to pay money for our lessons unless we want to. It is a funny school in that some people pay money not to have lessons, and it always seems like lots of people are trying to “play hooky”.
Sometimes it looks like there are a lot of music school dropouts. Unfortunately for them, the law, sometimes called the “Word of God”, says that they must finish school and pass all their tests at the 100% level. The truant officers like St. Peter and Mr. Lucifer are very strict. Fortunately for us, we have all the lifetimes we want to get through school. I have heard of people who have been studying for several million years.
Sometimes our personalities do not understand they are in music school. Our personalities like to make up stories, rearrange things, and spend a lot of time looking good for other personalities. They can’t understand when things sometimes go wrong.
We need to understand our problems are just dissonances seeking resonance. We have a special opportunity to learn about a new level of energy and make a quantum leap in awareness. Unfortunately, when we are having problems they are considered judgment of ourselves. Sometimes we go to a professional therapist, and this really means are in trouble and our neighbors better not find out!
we are like the caterpillar
becoming a butterfly.
We need to be told that experiencing dissonance is a natural state. Dissonance is beautiful. During dissonance we are like the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. We are getting ready to transform into a new form. Instead, we are often told that there is something wrong with our personalities. It’s not surprising that everybody tries to hide their dissonance and act consonant. I call it the”Who! Me have dissonance!?” or the “Alfred E. Newman Syndrome”.
We sooner or later learn that it is impossible to hide dissonance. Hidden dissonance sneaks out and attracts more dissonance. Some personalities even come to understand the old saying that what you resist will persist.
When we try to hide our dissonance, it doesn’t take long before more dissonant friends show up. They want to have dissonance fun. When a nice person withholding anger meets another nice person withholding anger, they have a good time blaming each other in a nice way. Sometimes they even forget they are nice people and blow up. Then they say, ”That wasn’t me”.
On resonance and dissonance
When dissonance is pushed into your body, it causes different organs to vibrate in dysfunctional ways. Eventually you get a physical disease. Then you say “How did I catch that?”
Then one day, usually in the middle of a crisis we hear…
”My dearest one, you are a being of Sound composed of many tones. Your body’s shape, movements, desires, motivations, and wellness are determined by your inner concert. The source of your concert is a core of Sound beyond your wants and desires. Listen and the Sound will heal you.
This is Music School. Everything you know and feel is Sound. Learn to dance with your dissonances. Your partners may look strange. You may feel them as anger, grief, sadness, fear, and despair. However, once you listen, they will transform into beautiful sounds.
This spiritual concert is everywhere. When you dance, your body organs will make sounds, and your muscles will play the correct tones. Your voice will sing praises, and the stars will shine upon you. Use your years… Graduation day is near.”
The vibrations of Sound, gong sounds, singing bowls, tuning forks and other instruments, are psycho acoustic gateways to higher vibrational frequency states which in turn allow you to be more present to participate in “Music School” on an ongoing basis. Expressions such as “being in tune” or “being on the same wavelength” or “in the groove” mean that one is in resonance with a higher energy vibration.
Resonance comes from the Latin verb resonare, meaning “return to sound”. It means to sound and resound as in an echo. Resonance can be understood as a merging created when energy moves back and forth between two or more bodies. Waves that vibrate the same length create resonance. The opposite of resonance is dissonance. Dissonance happens when energy moves back and forth between two or more bodies without merging into unified pulsation. The pulses beat against one another, a “turn off”. Resolution happens when dissonance becomes resonance. Our personal sensations of dissonance, resolution and resonance in our daily lives serve as sonic guides. Being attuned to and in resonance with the strings of the Universe, to the “Music of the Spheres”, is a daily choice. Learning to be aware, listen to and appreciate these sensations in daily life is key to quality living.
Dr. Randolp Stone, founder of Polarity Therapy, described the concept of strings orchestrating the Universe very elegantly: