Regarding “harmony”… in music (as in life) this is never a static thing. Harmony has a vertical and horizontal component, chords and melody, and their combination or synthesis or integration as Song. Without relative tension and transition, musical harmony would not have its inner life and forward momentum. We want to distinguish between harmony as a static relational ideal (which has never existed anywhere in the life process since time immemorial), and harmony as a dynamic reality of relational interplay producing a flow of harmonies and harmonics. It is so as much in a Beethoven string quartet as it is in the orbital dance of electron wave-particle in an atom or in the movement of celestial bodies in the cosmos.
What would then distinguish the harmony that I’m considering from disharmony?
When I listen to the spontaneous sounds of nature I hear the Sacred Song of Life, which to my ears is the same as what Pythagoras intuited as the Music of the Spheres, which is the sound that emanates from Universal Wholeness.
“The musica universalis (literally universal music), also called music of the spheres or harmony of the spheres, is a philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies – the Sun, Moon, and planets – as a form of music. The theory, originating in ancient Greece, was a tenet of Pythagoreanism, and was later developed by 16th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Kepler did not believe this “music” to be audible, but felt that it could nevertheless be heard by the soul.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musica_universalis)
Yes, it is heard directly by the soul.
(Hence no, it is not a “philosophical concept”.)
This Harmony of the Whole is inclusive of all the transient and relative disharmonies that we can hear and experience. Always.
There is no full recognition of this harmony without the Three Petal Series of Awakenings that is an evolutionary discovery of the inner music of life.
When Ramana Maharishi says, “The body is a disease”, he may very well be in touch with a higher harmony “beyond form”, but this Harmony of the Whole is not yet fully heard. It remains partially obscured, in an era when form was yet to come into its own. “The body is a disease” is an expression of the wound before it’s met and transformed. It cries out to us from an aching unwholeness in the unmet core.
In evolutionary contrast, the movement of Deep Mutuality into Unconditional Relatedness with All is the opening into alive self-knowing of the Harmony of the Whole. It is a Sacred Synchronicity that is never not the case, everywhere, every moment.
If we listen closely, we can hear this movement in the TATC itself, as it evolves its collective organismic nature.
So we might find ourselves giving voice to slightly artificial and aspirational ideals of an unreal harmony. And we then might critique them as “dead”. And in the opened space of that polarity, we can find ourselves listening more closely to the song that the word ‘harmony’ wants to sing for us in our whole being auditorium. From there, we can embody and express the whole being truths that we are realizing, and let them give birth to the forms that fulfil the journey of self-knowing of the Harmony of the Whole.
Sacred Song of Life
Harmony of the Whole
Three Petal Series
Unconditional Relatedness with All
© Ralf Humphries and Mutual Field 2023