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

 





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!    





Healing and Transforming Consciousness Through Sacred Sound, Music and Dance

30 10 2013

This march I will be coming to Boulder, CO, to Shambahlla, finally! Over the last 20 years I have met so many people, specifically people who graduated from Naropa Institute who were compelled to comment on how much my work belongs there, in Boulder, CO. The seminar that I will be leading at Shambahlla Mountain Center is based on my work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through my collaborations with such masters such as Pri Zia Inayat Khan – the head of the Sufi Order International, and brain researcher Mark Robert Waldman who wrote the best seller How God Changes Your Brain, I will be taking the participants through an incredible journey into their inner world,  providing them with a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of the mysticism of Christianity. In this seminar that will take place on  March 28-30 2014, at Shambhala Mountain Center (For more information, registration or to request a free catalog: http://www.shambhalamountain.org | (888) 788-7221) we will experience introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. Drawing from the hidden wisdom of the Eastern  traditions of sacred music chanting, movement, and spiritual mindfulness practices I expect we will have a life transforming weekend at Shambahlla. These practices have been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and social awareness. These practices also overcome the neural mechanisms that generate stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.

In each session we will focus on a different tradition, and sessions will demonstrate the deep commonality and love for life and humanity reflected in these spiritual practices. I like to emphasize that these kind of seminars are experiential, and will not be lecture-based. The focus is on providing a deep spiritual healing experience, including walking, sacred movement, ecstatic chanting meditations, storytelling, and poetry.

The night before the retreat, on Thursday evening March 27 at 8pm I will be giving a special intimate concert in Boulder celebrating the divine Sufi poetry of Hafiz and Rumi  along with sacred Hebrew music of the Middle East. It will be a unique program as with me ons stage will be my wife Carolyne and my daughter Silan playing harmonium and violin plus one of Boulder best percussionist Ms Kathleen McLellan. I hope you will be able to join us for these exciting events in Boulder at the end of March.

Peace be with you
Yuval Ron