What sort of external music resembles the internal harmonies

Updated May 21, 2022


If you are used to the ethereal music that the inward-facing senses reveal when the outward ones are partly turned off, memories of these harmonies can be triggered when listening to external music from artists like Charalambides. This image grabbed from the web is a cover from their album ‘A Vintage Burden.’

Mozart might have gotten the inspiration for his compositions from hearing ethereal music inside him. This is not to say that his music sounds exactly like that. Instead, it is to say that the flow of his music resembles the effortless elegance and beauty of ethereal harmonies originating from the inside when the outward-facing senses are more or less locked down. That is, except when Mozart does not want to impress the audience by adding more action to the compositions than the natural flow of it calls for because ethereal harmonies never build up to a peak.

Church bells and similar sounds that do not add up to something specific resemble inner ethereal music. Not the monotonic pattern of repetition, though, like in church bells, because ethereal music is the music of chaotic harmonies.

Contemporary electronic music that consists of glitches and other sonic artefacts spaced out or slowed played steel guitar, analogue or synth sounds mixed with for example piano loops, chimes and bells into ambient textures in very long tracks that seem to be without beginning or end, have much resemblance to the ethereal music revealed by the inward-facing senses in the organic way it appears to move on without going nowhere. However, electronic music has a lot harder edge and a less transparent sound than inner music, which has a crystal clear but transparent sound with no sonic artefacts needed to produce the ethereal harmonies.

The kind of new-age music that are dreamy symphonies of otherworldly states – Karunesh and Marsen Jules, for example – does not resemble ethereal music, but the new-age fantasy of us all wakening up in a merry-go-round world, where everything is always good. That, of course, is an illusion because, for something to be good, it must be contrasted with something bad. See hack #4.4 The duality flow goes to non-duality.

Ethereal music is not a dream about something better. Neither is it symphonic or anything that suggests a sequence of something happening in time, whether to wake up or whatnot. And it is not otherworldly, as it echoes that which is one, and there is no other world than that since it is formless and therefore endless.

In a world where there seems to be more than one, the random sounds making up ethereal music are most likely remembered as if they fit together like in a symphony because there is a sense of bliss or stillness from these random sounds harmonies united in one perpetual present.

Appearing in the world with eyes and ears wide open, it is evident that all experiences are deceptions, so Alexius see no sense in meditating or doing anything else to experience higher states of mind. If he wants to relax from appearing in the world of the outward-facing senses, he shuts them down by not following the urge to get excited from specific experiences. In other words, when not trying to escape boredom by finding something to get excited about, the world of the inward-facing senses opens up.

When Alexius appears to be in the world of the outward-facing senses, he deals with it by letting those senses do the navigation because the inner ones are hopeless regarding that. But they are great when it comes to how to perceive it. He sees no sense in listening to external music resembling internal music when he can get the real thing. Actually, while dealing with the world of the outward-facing senses, he prefers listening to music produced for that, for example Editors and Philip Glass. He loves Boleros from the 50s, especially Lucho Gatica. He also likes the Danish singer Bjørn Fjæstad. And guitar virtuosos, such as Dean McPhee and Derek Gripper. The latter is a classical guitarist from Cape Town, specialising in the kora music of Mali.

This article is a continuation previous article The four aspects of Enlightenment and how to sample them in regards to ethereal music, which also is mentioned in the following article The ins and outs of the inward-facing senses plus in the below ones:

Below is a list of electronic artists producing soundscapes that resemble inner music. Please be aware that although the inner music is impersonal, pointing out specific music with a similar vibe is personal. The list was made in 2015 and is far from complete. If you click on the below links, you can hear the music on Boomkat.

On Boomkat, you can also listen to two of Alexius’ favourite musicians, namely Lubomyr Melnyk and James Blackshaw. They are influenced by minimalist composers and European classical music, incorporating overtones, drones and repeating patterns. Drones, although, only in the case of James Blackshaw.

They have made an album together, which almost brings you in a state of not-knowing. Not completely, however, as you are dependent on the atmosphere that the music creates and in a state of not-knowing, you are not reliant on anything. Click here to enjoy the last track from the album.

NOTE: This article is part of hack #6.3 The inward-facing senses, the Enlightenment of that which is one and glimpses of it.

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