The Music of Life

You probably won’t find a single person in the world who is not interested in listening to the music – apart maybe from a few tone-deaf peasants who also insist on serving port with pickles! By those of us who consider ourselves truly human, music is considered as synonymous with breathing and being alive. Why? Music displays an almost magical healing power for issues of both mental and physical issues; it soothes the soul and causes us to rage against ‘THE MAN!’

Listen to this:

That’s Beethoven’s GLORIOUS 5th! Where the hell can this sound originate except in heaven itself? It rages with primeval passion and yet conveys the vulnerability of a child! Who could not be moved and indeed healed to some extent by such resonance?

This idea of music as a healing agent leads to the formation of the concept called music therapy that is used in conjunction with conventional treatment (as necessary of course – I am not promoting magick here!). Of course, making music yourself is the ultimate therapy, but there are very few people who are sufficiently gifted with the requisite talent to actually sing melodiously, whereas almost every one is capable of enjoying the music to the fullest (except a few peasants as I said above).

From pop to traditional, music makes life worth living, driving passion and insight into our souls, releasing us from the bondage of material life and concerns, if only for a while. Today, sadly I think, and unnecessarily, music is divided along generational lines, but as we getb older, we tend to broaden our music tastes. As a boy I loved rock and loathed Motown, but as an adult, I realized what I’d been missing! I also went on to love the music my parents loved – Frank Sinatra and the Rat pack! Hell, the Beethoven you are listening to now (I hope) is hundreds of years old and as fresh now as when it was first written. Music not only makes people happy, but also redefines their specific life moments and gives meaning to them. They make such songs that get world level recognition, awards and audience support. Here’s a link to a cool music article for you. I’ll be looking at guitar next, but in the mean time – here’s a link to a simple article on why you are not too old to play guitar
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Shadow Architecture

shadow-architecture

As David Bowie once sang, “Run for the Shadows!”. The image above is from Jacob Glines Intimations. I think it’s a superb example of what is currently known as ‘Shadow Architecture’ wherein we build environments, artistic and real around the concept of shadows. I think this may be the way the great cathedrals of Europe were designed, albeit in a semi-conscious, subliminal way, to enhance the secrecy of God, and the holy spirit.

Shadows

there’s something about shadows and the idea of living in a shadow-land that appears to my soul, – it’s an idea that’s deceptively simple and conceals its occult and complex concept. Shadows are the constant reminder of the man layers of existence. The shadows cast by a great building, a masterpiece of architecture, are as much a part of its design as are the walls and windows, the buttresses and pillars. In the shadows we find the mind of the architect revealed, much as in our own shadows we see the passive side of our own potential for both life and death.

It is in the Great Christian Churches that we see the the art of light and shadow brought to its highest and most sublime form. Take a look at the great church of Notre Dame in Paris, here.
Notre-Dame-Paris No one can doubt that shadow is woven into its form as much as any arch or portal. In many ways, the shadows define churches such as this and provide us with deep insights into the minds of their architects and creators. Their Christ was a spirit of unbearable brilliance who shone with a  fierce and blissful light, yet they also knew that God is found in the quiet hours, in the shadows and corners of life when we confront those things we fear and call on God for guidance and help.

In may ways, all humans a re creatures of shadow, for it is only in the shadows we can confront our deeper selves, for fear we might be recognized by both kindred and opposing spirits. We are of this earth, and yet not! We are creatures of Spirit yet not! And so we seek our own secret hearts amid the shadows of the night, in dreadful foreboding of our inevitable death. For we are always of the shadows and to shadows we must return.

This is no comfort, this doctrine of shadow and death, and yet look closer  – does the shadow not live on when the light is extinguished? Indeed it does, for once the light is withdrawn, the shadow becomes the ALL, and it is i the lands of shadow that we find or life eternal. So this is no counsel of despair, but a foreboding of ultimate truth, of the ultimate triumph of the dark. This is the message of science – that the light must burn bright and die, leaving only the shadows of potential and memory in its wake. So fear not the dark, nor take heed of Dylan Thomas great cry ‘rail Rail against the dying of the light!’ No – fear not the dying of the light but only yearn for the dark of the shadows, for the promise of eternity in all its dark Glory!

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The Deceptive Simplicity of the Eye

EyeParts of the Eye

The Cornea

The cornea is the transparent skin covering the front of the eye. It is like a window and has no blood vessels at all.

The Sclera

The sclera is the tough skin covering over the the eyeball and covers the whole eye except for the transparent. It is usually known as the ‘white’ of the eye.

The Iris

The iris controls the amount of light that enters the eye. It is the colored part of the eye.

The Pupil

The pupil is the hole in the colored iris. It lets light into the eye. In response to light the pupil contracts, and when in dim light or darkness is expands.

The lens

It is the lens that focuses light onto the retina where an image of what you are seeing is formed. The lens changes shape to make sure that the ‘picture’ on the retina is as clear as possible i.e. it focuses the image and esures it is not blurry.

The Retina

The retina is somewhat a screen upon which the image you are seeing appears – upside down! The retina has unique vision cells called ‘rods’ and ‘cones’.

The Blind spot

Because there are no cones or rods there, the blind spot is caused by a section of the retina which is not sensitive to light. It is the spot where the optic nerve is joined on to the retina.
Optic nerve. The brain actually fills in this gap so that you are never aware of the hole in your vision. The electrical impulses from the retina travel along the optic nerve to your brain.

Eyelashes and eyelids

These features of your face are designed to protect your eyes. They shut very fast if they feel something that is trying to get into your eye.

Eyelashes

Eyelashes really do have a purpose and it’ important to look after them. Eyelashes are very sensitive, and if they feel dust coming they trap it as your eyelids close.

Eyebrows

Eyebrows also have a purpose – they help to keep dust and sweat out of your sensitive eyes.

Tear glands

When you blink, your eyelids spread the tears over the surface of the eye. Small irritants that are on your eye (such as specks of dust) wash into the corner of your eye next to your nose.

Conjunctiva

The consjunctiva, which we are all familiar with from hearing about the disease ‘conjunctivitis’, consists of the lining on the inside of the eyelid and the outside of the front of the eye. The blood vessels in the eyelid swell significantly and the eye looks red if your eyes get sore.

Fluids in The Eye

There are two types of fluid in the eye.
1) Aqueous humor.
Aqueous means water, and humor means fluid – from very archaic English – if someone was ill, they were said to be in ‘bad humor’. This watery fluid fills the front of the eyeball around the lens.
2) Vitreous humor.
Vitreous means ‘like glass’, which is appropriate because vitreous humor is a thick jelly-like liquid which fills the larger part of the eyeball and keeps it in shape. It is transparent to a high degree.

Ciliary muscles

Ciliary muscles are comprised of a circle of tiny muscles around the lens of the eye. This si what allows your eyes to focus. Your eyes are not only  very beautiful and also extremely well adapted for their purpose. They are a major point of controversy in the ‘design vs evolution’ debate, because the advocates of a designed universe say that they could not possibly have developed without a designer.  I have sympathy for  this viewpoint, because it’s a bit like looking at a jet airliner and claiming that it just fell together when a tornado ripped through a junkyard and assembled the aircraft in all it’s perfection. having said that, as an optical system, the eyes are indeed deceptively simple!

Bags Under The Eyes

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Deceptively Simple

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