Issue 679
This week's practice

 


 

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Dear Friends,

I had the great pleasure of attending two events on Saturday.  One was a concert performed by well over 150 children in Tower Hamlets.  There were orchestras, bands and choirs made up of children from every colour and creed joined together through a love of music - proof indeed of music being the food of love. 

If you would like to see the children in action click on the link:
https://youtu.be/oAPNBeKYTbs


 

In the evening I had the job of being the compere of an entertainment at an end of term party at the Philosophy School.  Again the atmosphere was full of love.  One of the pieces performed was Purcell’s setting of Shakespeare’s - you’ve guessed it - If Music be the Food of Love Play On.  It was sung by an ex professional singer, David Reid Alker, who hadn’t performed in public for a long time.  It was a great moment to hear him rediscover his public voice, great for him and great for us too. 

There was also Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor played by David Ward, a concert pianist.  Being a long standing friend I have heard him perform the Fantasia a number of times, but there was something in his playing on Saturday that was magical.  I don’t know whether that was down to him or whether there was something about the occasion that allowed for a connection for all of us with that place where really great music arises.  It’s a wonderful place to visit, believe me.

With my best regards, William

This week's reflection

LIMITLESS POSSIBILITY

I was speaking to a friend the other day about music.  He is a teacher, and he was telling me about something he often tells his students, about how music arises moment by moment, that the composition is not to be found at the end of the piece, but only in the notes that are been being played at that moment.  

That’s where the real substance is to be found. You don’t get any prizes for getting to the end of the piece but only by connecting with the beauty that arises as you play.  

We are often in life subject to a linear way of thinking, believing that a thing has worth only in its completion, and to that end we strive.  But only in the moment might we discover the underlying sea of creativity out of which the whole thing is arising.  We must teach the mind that real completion is to do with a movement on the vertical axis, diving deep rather than simply scurrying along the horizontal plane, desperate to achieve some kind of preconceived idea of getting to the end.  


 

By diving deep, the end is looked after by what is known in the moment, moment by moment.


Mozart, that great master of music and creativity, writes of how in a good state of mind the ideas flowed as if from nowhere and formed themselves into a beautiful composition that could be heard not as successive movements but all in a moment.

Mozart was a man who lived on intimate terms with harmony, who knew from experience the joy of the parts standing in the presence of the whole.  And when people speak of:
     ‘the depth, the vast extent of his musical genius’,
what is this ‘depth’ and ‘extent’ if nothing more than the expression of this vast underlying sea of creativity out of which the whole thing is arising.

To hear Mozart's Fantasia click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESRwx36lvOM



PRACTICE:

 
When faced by any task, great or small, not only be aware of the method, the system, the desired objective, but also the moment of manifestation as it arises out of limitless possibility.  

Enjoy the music of manifestation rather than trying to force events to some kind of preconceived conclusion.  By attacking things in this way you can only work from separation, forcing things to comply with your will and following from it the inevitable satisfaction at success and frustration at failure.  

The other way of working, however, is from unity, creatively accepting what is offered in the moment, playing one's part at the point of manifestation, loving it by being there, gaining all the energy you need to meet the situation from that love.

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