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The ancient wisdom of many cultures held that human beings possess special auditory centers that are sensitive to sound. This notion is supported by recent research, which confirms that music has the potential to be employed as a medicine. Taoist Classical Music is a potent means to attain natural harmony for both the performer and the listener. This musical form was utilized in ancient times for special ceremonies and by Confucian followers to promote social harmony. Later, Taoists adopted it for meditative purposes.
It was believed that Taoist music could elevate a person to a higher state of being. From the 14th century onward, Dong Jin music spread throughout China and around the world. Modern technological tools have recently been applied to study this music. Researchers discovered that the distinctive quality of Gong Jin music arises from the slow tremolo that fluctuates from a perfect fourth interval from A down to E and back. Some scholars suggest that this distinct sound is what underlies its therapeutic properties. We anticipate that this music meditation will be cherished both by music scholars and by those who practice martial arts for their health. The listener must find a tranquil space where they can immerse themselves entirely in the performance. They should clear their minds of all extraneous distractions and focus their entire being on the music. Only in this way can they truly comprehend that this music is the equivalent of medicine.
Preparation for the Meditation
Some important tips
1. Comfortable clothing and a comfortable posture, sitting or standing zhan zhuang.
2. Close your eyes, but do not refuse the light to get in.
3. Close your mouth with a smile.
4. The tip of your tongue touches you palate.
5. Keep your mind clear, relaxed
The classical Taoist music meditation.
During the Taoist Music Meditation we will touch a set of Six sound sensitive points on a fixed meditation trajectory. We do this on the rhythm of the ten small gongs, part of a centuries old instrument the “Gate of Heaven’. We move from during the exercise from point to point on the Ting sound of the small gong: Ting 2/3 counts Ting 2/3 counts and so on. We jump in our mind on the Ting of the ‘Gate Of Heaven’, at which the Ting imaginary slightly presses on the points you touch in your mind. There are totally six of this music sensitive points see the illustration.
1. Starting point is the spot just above the left side of the left eyebrow.
2. The Laogong of the left hand. The Laogong is the point where the nail of the middle finger touch the hand palm if you make a light fist.
3. The Laogong of your right hand. Same location but on the right hand
4. The Dantian, a spot some inches below the belly button.
5. Under the left foot, acupuncture point kidney 1.
6. Under the right foot, acupuncture point kidney 1.
From right foot kidney 1. We move in our mind with one big circle back to the spot above the left eyebrow and the whole trajectory starts again.
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