When we are attuned to our inner voice, life becomes art and art becomes life

5 09 2014

In my new book, Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom, I use music as a metaphor to inspires people of all pursuits and walks of life to hear an inner voice and have it guide their work. This work could be teaching, gardening, cooking, horseback riding, running corporations, conducting business, or practicing law, all with greater attunement to their inner voice.

Musicians who play devotional, sacred, or any type of expressive soulful music practice this technique. In order to reach deeper levels of expression, musicians tune into their inner voice and allow it to guide their work.

It is important to recognize this technique is not just for musicians or artists – it is for everyone.   We should all work with a sense of purpose and tuning to a higher calling and inner voice. If you do this life becomes art and art becomes life. The world would be an incredible place if everyone lived their lives as artists and attuned to their inner voices.

I examine mystical teachings from Hebrew, Hindu, and Sufi traditions that explain what goes on when one makes music and improvises a performance like in jazz.

I then look at the latest neuroscience studies that focus on what goes on in the brain when someone performs these actions. I take all this information and make some conclusions in my book about the process of receiving inspiration and doing something inspired by an inner voice.

I explore many different findings in the book from mysticism and neuroscience but these are intellectual ideas. While you can understand an idea intellectually, there is a difference between someone who understands an idea and someone who lives it and feels it in their gut.

In the case of music, it is not enough to understand music theory; you must sit and play with an instrument and practice to experience artistic expression. Because of this, I felt inclined to include exercises that teach people how to attune to their inner voice.

The inner voice starts as a silence. Nowadays our short attention spans are bombarded with pieces of information and our brains keep analyzing it. We are constantly processing information from distracting sources like Twitter, Vine, and other social media.

The meditation and sound exercises provided in the book give people a chance to practice and implement techniques that allow them to better attune with themselves.

One of the things I mention in the book is a fascinating process where Western Culture lost a great deal of self-expression in music and language. For instance, while we started with numerous musical modes (organized sets of musical pitches), we ended up with only two.   We have similarly lost many of the sounds that used to be a part of our language as well.

I believe losing the full spectrum of human expression through the loss of musical modes and language has limited our emotional and expressive range. I feel our lives will be richer if we restore the full spectrum of sonic expression.

We have lost the knowledge of how to craft works expressively in favor of modern efficiency. If you look at cars from the 1930s, the craftsmanship was far more intimate and artistic compared to today’s designs. Similarly, music used to be experienced through analog recordings that were richer in frequencies and sound.   Now we use digital recordings and we have lost much of this richness in favor of modern efficiency. MP3 recordings are even less rich than digital recordings. Consider how much depth our favorite recordings have lost as a result of this current technology. The younger generations have only ever listened to compressed audio on small ear buds – a comparatively poor listening experience. Older generations have experienced a richer quality of musical recordings that many people today don’t even know is possible. We are losing vibrations, artistic experiences, and ways of communicating. This is in turn creating a colder, more impersonal, individualistic world due to the lack of rich and nuanced communication.

It is important to restore the wide range of musical expression we possessed in previous times. I believe this restoration is important for maintaining human depth and for dealing with challenges ahead.

If we can recover our lost spectrum of expression, I think we will have the tools to finally achieve a relative world peace. It will not be a perfect peace because there is never going to be perfect peace. There will never be just light or just day and we know from mystical teachings the shadow and the energy of destruction is part of the balance of nature. But we can hope for more moments of balance and kindness than of destruction in this world.

The interesting thing about this book is that it is an interfaith book. It includes stories from ancient Judaism, Sufism, Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It encompasses more than one path and more than one culture.

Readers who have reviewed the book indicated the book led them to better understand traditions and beliefs other than their own. Everyone who opens the book will find a story that resonates with his or her own beliefs, but will also learn about different traditions as well. This will hopefully lead to more informed discussions and better understanding of our beliefs.

The sense of difference amongst people, that we are different and from different tribes, is quite strong and we have to restore the belief that we all came from one language and we are all branches from one ancient trunk.

My work is about strengthening that awareness and consciousness. It is harder to hurt another person if you and that person share more in common. This is the point I am expressing through folk tales, allegorical tales, and personal tales. These are the stories I tell in my concerts and at top universities across the country.

I believe the adversities we face in the world, whether it is the conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa; or natural crises such as climate change, the depletion of our natural resources, and pollution, stem from the fact that people have lost the sense that they are all from one tribe. I feel that people who lack emotional expression, communication skills, and cannot see past their own values will not solve these issues. These challenges will only be solved by humans who posses a full spectrum of expression and emotional connectivity.   This book strengthens the sense of oneness that underlines all living things on this earth.

A world inspired by the principles I discuss will be able to reach this place of relative peace and take on the challenges of depleting resources, global conflicts, and destruction of the ecosystem. We need the unity of the greatest minds on this earth to deal successfully with these problems. I believe this book provides hope and joins the contributions of others to guide us along a brighter path.

For more information about the book: www.TheOracleInstitute.org/DivineAttunement

For more information about Mr. Ron’s music: www.YuvalRonMusic.com

Edited by Wes Hughes





New Video for Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom

4 09 2014

Dearest Friends,

I am please to present a new 1 minute book trailer video about my new book, Divine Attunement:  Music as a Path to Wisdom.  Please check it out here:

Peace,

Yuval





The Israeli and Palestinian fighting in Gaza and beyond.

23 07 2014

Endless violence until both sides will learn the full history of why the other is there on the same piece of land and realize that they are both an expression of ONE source. Until then more bloodshed, more tragedy and more pain. We know the face of war, here is the face of peace: 

 





The story behind the brillant cover of Yuval Ron’s new book: Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom

7 07 2014

I hope you are all excited about my new book! There are many aspects of the book that have a purpose and special meaning to me, one of those being the cover.

We tried many images as the front cover image, from renaissance paintings of angel musicians, to old drawings and painting of musicians in Middle Eastern settings, but none of the images felt right or perfectly expressed the complexity of the book. Then came in the visual artist, Justyn Zolli, who did an incredible job creating an original image and helped solved this issue.

The Oud in his image is actually a representation of my first Oud, which I bought from a Bedouin in the Sinai Desert many years ago. I ended up recording my album “One” (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/yuval2) on this same dune in the desert where I found my first Oud. The Oud image symbolizes music, the musician, the artist, and the author. The tuning pegs of the Oud begin a winding path leading upwards toward the round Moon, which represent the perfect Absolute, the Divine, and the Great Mystery of the Source of Life.

The book has many of the stories that I tell in my concerts, workshops and retreats. Many of these are old legends from the East, some come from Judaism, others from Sufi sources, and a few from Christian sources. Some of the stories are based on my experiences traveling the world as a peace warrior and a troubadour of goodwill using music to bridge opposing people around the globe.

In addition to the cover image, I do have another work of art of Justyn Zolli in my studio. In that art work he created a triad of contemplative images representing the path of a whirling dervish towards the Divine. If you are ever in Los Angeles and would like to visit us at the studio to see these images up on our wall, please do email us at info@yuvalronmusic.com and we will set something up pending our production schedule.

It was a pleasure to work with Justyn on the cover image for Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom. You are invited to check out his work at: http://justynzolli-visualartist.com/

If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of the new book, you can do so here: http://www.theoracleinstitute.org/DivineAttunement

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“Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom,” A New Book by Yuval Ron about Music and Spirituality

26 06 2014

I am very excited to announce the release of my new book, Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom!

Music is the language of the soul and sacred sound has the power to transform our lives! Based on collaborations with Zen Buddhist masters, Gnostic Christians, Sufi mystics, and Jewish Kabbalists, Divine Attunement provides a fascinating window into the world of ecstatic sound and ritual movement. Through wisdom parables, essays, and rare personal reflections, the secrets of sacred music mystically transform and guide us toward personal growth and joy.

Throughout my career, I never really considered writing my own book until some students from a school I lectured at wrote to me asking if I had one. They offered to record and transcribe many of my lectures, which they sent to me. After much editing, I really found enjoyment in the process of reflecting on my own ideas. It was a process similar to writing music, each word a note in the symphony of the story I want to tell. It was a very eye-opening and enjoyable experience!

If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so at this website:

http://www.theoracleinstitute.org/DivineAttunement

I hope that you enjoy reading this book as much as I did writing it, and that it brings you closer to the Divine!Image

 





Everywhere Nowhere: Music for LAX Album Released June 1st 2014

10 06 2014

It is always a great joy, along with deep feelings of wonder and excitement that accompanies the arrival of a new baby on this Earth. It is a moment of celebration, the beginning of a journey; a new set vibrations, a new expression of light and renewed hope. It is the same with a new release of music. This week we are celebrating the release of a new CD with the original score I composed for the celebration of the new international terminal of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), it is called: Everywhere Nowhere: Music for LAX. It was just released June 1st 2014.

The music on this album was first premiered as part of a multimedia art installation commissioned by director, choreographer, and producer, Sarah Elgart for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). There were dancers on genie lifts, on the sidewalks, coming out of limousines, dancing on tricycles; film projections over the terminals of LAX; and a powerful new music score paying homage to every community in Los Angeles… what a spectacular show! 

If you did not have an opportunity to see the original performance, you may see some highlights here:

When writing the music for this project, I was deeply inspired by the energies found throughout the greater Los Angeles area and LAX. Whenever my journeys take me through LAX, I am always struck by two different sets of energies. At times I have been swept up in the bustling crowds of travelers moving through airport terminals. At other times, I have felt aloof watching these same crowds pass by as I wait for my flights.

Similarly, in my journeys throughout Los Angeles, I am struck by a similar set of energies. Often when I walk about the city, there are musicians, entertainers, and dancers performing. Sometimes this happens in light of holidays and other special occasions. At other times, I find myself in places of peace and calm where I can gaze at incredible views of the skyline. I wanted to capture these feelings in my music.

I incorporated elements of urban hip-hop, Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western-Classical influences into a constantly evolving soundscape. At times the music expresses moments of solitude and intimacy as if alone in the airport or watching the LA skyline. In other moments the music captures the bustling environment of crowded terminals and LA street performers with energetic dance grooves. The result is a collection of music that is at times infectiously upbeat and other times meditative and calming.

See an example of what it sounds like and the sights that inspired the music here:

I would like to once again thank Sarah Elgart whom it was a pleasure collaborating with, the staff of the Los Angeles World Airports at LAX, the good people of the Los Angeles Cultural Affair department, and the wonderful musicians who contributed to the album. 

I hope you will join me in sharing this journey through the sometimes lively, sometimes meditative realm of LAX. To listen to the music from this CD, please feel free to explore the links below:

You may purchase the CD here:

http://yuvalronmusic.com/cds-and-dvds/#everywherenowhere

And find more of my works here:

http://yuvalronmusic.com/cds-and-dvds/ 

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28 05 2014

This Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Los Angeles, the Yuval Ron Ensemble will be premiering a new concert program: “The Rose Garden of Peace.” I am so very excited for this program!

 

This concert will feature soulful music of the Middle-East, the poetry and stories of Persia’s mystic Sufi poet Hafiz, and sacred Hebrew Kabalistic Dance based on the mystical teachings of the Hebrew letters. Also we will have the world premiere of my new song, “Lay Down Your Vow,” http://www.yuvalronmusic.com/seven-pillars/ based on the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom vision of Pir Zia Inayat-Khan of the Sufi Order International.

 

This special new concert program bring together a unique union of Jewish and Persian cultures that is something that we find very little in our beautiful, yet troubled world today.  I am so very happy to be part of this coming together of cultures, and hope that it helps bring down the ethnic boundaries.

 

A quote of the Sufi Persian poet Hafiz that has inspired me in the preparation for this special concert in Los Angeles goes as follows: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the Earth ‘you owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that; it lights the whole sky.”

 

If you would like to see more information about the event, or purchase tickets, you can do so at the following links:

 

http://yuvalronmusic.com/rosegarden.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/644246485640732/

 

If you are unable to attend and would still like to see this concert, you could bring this new concert program to your home town! Please contact our booking agent to discuss the possibilities for that:

Rachel Cohen,

Tel: 310-838-0849

Email:

rachel@cadencearts.com

 

I look forward to seeing all of you there!    








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