While in the cultures of Eastern countries, music has always been key to maintaining or restoring psychophysical balance, Western culture has only recently started rediscovering the therapeutic value of music on the body and mind.
In the West, the use of music as a therapy is a recent phenomenon. This is now the subject of rigorous scientific research, which has seen the science community validate the theories that music has a powerful role to play in healing.
Science, though, is not the only discipline to give testimony to the positive response of the body to music. Just by listening to certain types of music, we can be brought to a state of total well-being. This is why a huge industry has arisen from the need to compose music that supports the different types of healing therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, Reiki, and alternative therapies in general.
On this CD, you will listen to music played by instruments chosen according to the theory of the five elements, which is the doctrine governing ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Each of these five elements, namely, wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, is in resonance with a specific internal organ, or with an energy system, or a chakra.
According to this theory, each element is also associated with a specific group of musical instruments, these are as follows:
- WOOD: Includes all woodwinds and corresponds to the energy of the liver and the gall bladder.
- FIRE: Includes string instruments and corresponds to the energy of heart, small intestine and pericardium.
- EARTH: Includes all the instruments made of earth or clay, like the ocarina, and corresponds to the energy of spleen, pancreas and stomach.
- METAL: Includes instruments like the xylophone, the Tibetan bowls, brass and gongs. It corresponds to the energy of the lungs and of the large intestine.
- WATER: This element is represented by the drums and corresponds to the energy of the kidneys and the bladder.
The music modes used to compose these melodies are based on the seven ancient Greek Modes. The word ‘mode’ comes from the Latin for ‘manner, or method’. Basically, a mode is a type of scale, as in ‘doh re mi fa so la ti do’. If you alter just one of those notes, you can call your scale a ‘mode’. As the musical modes all originated in ancient Greece, they have Greek names, the list goes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.
These, in old times, were used to calm and relax the mind, and therefore to heal the listeners. These modes resonate with the endocrine glands and with the chakra system. In the Golden Age of ancient Greece, these modes were used to calm, stimulate and promote new and diverse moods.There are seven melodies, each of which corresponds to one of the seven primary chakras that are located along the spine. As well, each melodie corresponds to a mode, and to a natural element and its related musical instruments.
The order in which the melodies are played follows the chakra system, so we will start from the first one:
- First Chakra:
MULADHARA – ROOT, the MODE is F LYDIAN
The instruments used are: synthesizer, small celesta, bells, tubular bells, flugelhorn, bouzouki and xylophone.
- Second Chakra:
SVADHISHTHANA – SACRAL CHAKRA, the MODE is C TONIC
Instruments used are: viola, violin, cello, double bass, bass drum and orchestra.
- Third Chakra:
MANIPURA – SOLAR PLEXUS, the MODE is G MIXOLYDIAN
The instruments used are: harp, darbuka (clay percussion), violin, electric bass and viola.
- Fourth Chakra:
ANAHATA – HEART, the MODE is D DORIAN
The instruments used are: violins, violas, cellos and double basses.
- Fifth Chakra:
VISHUDDHA – THROAT, the MODE is A AEOLIAN
The instruments used are African percussion, accordion, violin, santur, sampled electric bass and Celtic harp.
- Sixth Chakra:
AJNA – THIRD EYE, the MODE is E PHRYGIAN
The instruments used are: male and female voices, sampled choirs, synthesizer and African woodblocks.
- Seventh Chakra:
SAHASRARA – CROWN, the MODE is B LOCRYAN
The instruments used are tenor recorder, real and sampled, soprano recorder, real and sampled, bass flute, violin, bouzouki, double-bass pizzicato.
The karma purification meditation is based upon different ages of our life. The root chakra relates to three months before birth; the sacral chakra relates to our birth; the solar plexus chakra relates to our childhood; the heart chakra relates to our adolescence and growing; the throat chakra is related to our present and how to express our feelings now; the third eye relates to a past life and finding elements of past life that will heal the present life, and finally, the crown chakra relates to our life in the future, to projects that we might have, and to dreams that we want to accomplish.
The word ‘karma’ in this project is that element that takes us from one life to the other and brings us into this life. Cleansing karmic aspects of our past and present life means being able to create a new and better life of harmony and balance.