Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb wonderful response to my book

30 10 2014

This evening, my dear friend Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb sent an email to many of her friends. IT was written as a response to reading my book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom, and itself, this response of Lynn is so inspiring and a call to action, that I was moved to bring it to you below in its complete text. Please share with your friends and family.

Dear friends

I encourage you to read Yuval’s book of music and stories called Divine Attunement. Yuval opens the door to the world of divine music with a tuning fork that releases the song of the heart. This book is well worth the read. Yuval Ron’s music is available via the web. One of my favorite artists!

The stories in Yuval’s book inspired me to dip into beloved memories of the Jerrahi Sufi Order in Spring Valley where I have sought comfort, friendship and prayer for several decades.

The three photographs below were taken by Doug Hostetter, another fabulous human being with a great heart.

In the first picture and second picture were taken during an evening of music and stories.
In the second pic, Sheikh Tosun Bayrak and I often spoke about the link between nonviolence, direct action and the service of the heart in Sufi and Shomeret Shalom traditions.

The Spring Valley Jerrahi community does amazing work. Among many other serivce projects, this community initiated the Bosnian Student Project during the period Serbians were putting Bosnian Muslims in concentration camps. In partnership with the FOR, under Doug’s guidance, The Bosnian Student Project brought 150 Muslims high school and college students out of Bosnia during the war to finish their education. The Jerrahi Order also graciously participated in one of the Interfaith Wilderness Peace Camps that I led by sending several kids from their community for a week of wilderness peace making. When RH and Ramadan coincided, I spent the first night in the mosque, praying with Sufis, seeking refuge
in a place I could feel wholly at peace with people on the same page of justice.

The third picture was taken near Hebron in 1998. My dear friend Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, a member of the Jerrahi Order and a great teacher of Sufism and nonviolence, Doug and I traveled to Palestine and Israel together on the first IFPB delegation. We spent a day with a Palestinian family whose home had been destroyed by the IDF. After several hours re-terracing a garden wall with stones, we planted a rose bush, and then, listened to the family’s testimony. One of their kids filmed the destruction! which we viewed (thanks to a generator). Her youngest child, a boy, had not spoken a word since witnessing the destruction of his world. Our hearts shattered, and tears became our only song.
At that moment, I wished I could play oud instead of drum.

These days, I feel an intense longing for peace pulling at my heart. Hardly anything quenches this longing, as we witness ‘the situation’ continue to deteriorate in the holy land.
And on account of other brutalities taking root.
For I, like you, have tasted the fruit of that beautiful garden, where souls sing together and, thus, transcend every boundary, and none are afraid, and so I know
the wounding is not necessary. Let us be sumud in love and devotion to what is good and right to do in this world. lg

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
Open Tent Shul of the Arts
and Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence





Amazing Amazon 5 stars reviews of Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom

30 10 2014

It is such a heart warming experience for me to see the many five stars reviews posted on Amazon.com (see: http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Attunement-Music-Path-Wisdom/product-reviews/1937465160/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending). Some of the readers offered quotes and insights which truly expand on the book itself. One mentioned a lovely quote by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes: “One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

Another reviewer, Dr Jan Bibel offered this interesting perspective:
“Mystics, as spiritual teacher Alan Watts once observed, are the jokers in the deck. Be they Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Taoist, or Hindu, despite their differing teaching terminology and philosophical approaches and interpretations, they perceive the world much alike, and very differently than the socially conditioned population at large. Their quest for a deeper, unifying, egoless reality, one that can be experienced, parallels the scientist on the intellectual experimental path. Moreover, musicians can be regarded as spiritual sorcerers, aiding the seeker through aesthetics, song, sound vibration, and repetitive trance dance. All mystics practice, usually in combination, some form of music, breath control, or movement.”

You may write your own review at: http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Attunement-Music-Path-Wisdom/product-reviews/1937465160/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_next_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Adding your review could help others to enjoy and benefit from this new little book that came out of me almost in-spite of myself. Read more about how it happened in the acknowledgment page in the beginning of the book.

And if you are in Los Angeles area, on November 15 2014, we are having our third book release celebration event at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Feliz, an historic place where the love of wisdom have been nurtured for about 100 years. See more details on that event at: http://www.uprs.edu/upr-blog/events/yuval-ron-at-the-university-of-philosophical-research/
Hope to see you there on Nov 15!
To get the book visit: http://www.TheOracleInstitute.org/DivineAttunement





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

 








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