Stop Coping: Start Living half-day workshop, one of my Raise Yourself Workshop series.
This was an empowering and enabling, intellectually stimulating and challenging experience. The goal was to deepen one’s self-knowledge and confidence, with new information, insights and understanding that will take you to the edge—and dare you to leap with new possibilities of being and freedom!
Understanding Intense Emotion Music Can Produce. You give me fever.” Don’t remember that song? Surely you remember the feeling hearing Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Rachelle Ferrell, Minnie Riperton, Mariah Carey or Mahaila Jackson, hit a high note, and hold it…seems like forever. Or maybe it was Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Hubert Laws? Such common, intensely pleasurable, even euphoric responses to music are described as “shivers-down-the-spine” or “chills.” Recent brain imaging studies (PET and fMRI) reveal “chills” correlate with activity in various brain regions underlying reward/motivation, emotion and arousal―in the same manner as drugs of abuse and sexual orgasm; (hence the early association of ‘jazz’ with sex). Yet, this knowledge is not new.
Humans sang before speaking
According to award-winning composer/musician Kelan Phil Cohran, who wrote the soundtrack to the Adler Planetarium Sky Show, African Skies, humans sang before speech developed. Indeed new scientific research in cultural biology and brain-mind science affirms that notion. Cohran maintains that music was the basis of every ancient civilization—Kemet (Egypt), India, China, Olmec, Mesopatamia and even Greece. These people connected and cultivated themselves socially and spiritually through sound; many Africana people such as the Aka and Baka people of the Cameroon, West Africa rain forest still do.
Artists, poets, philosophers, scientists and religionists of all sorts speak of in their works. But what is the ‘light’ they are referring? This article attempts at unpacking the hidden meaning of light from the material, metaphorical and metaphysical to give those in personal growth or pursuits an edge, and clarity.
Touched by light; saved by light; embraced by light; living in the light; and in the light. Most of us have heard these terms or have seen films read books or articles with these titles or themes. Marvin Gaye, for example, in his last and least known, yet most philosophical and album, In Our Lifetime, advises us to “groove on the light” and in the light.”
We are familiar with numerous and diverse scriptural references to light. Yoruba Odu Ifa, Buddhist Dhamapadma and the Jewish Zohar or (metaphysics works) are exemplary, containing a host of references to light. Recall in the Christian Holy Bible, Genesis 1:3-4 –, God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the, that it was good: and God divided the light from darkness.” and 5:14 – “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your works.” Light was recognized as the organizing agent forming the and applied conscious awareness.