It has been some time since I posted a blog. Initially I followed the advice of the savvy internet gurus who recommended that a blog can only be successful if it contains new material regularly; regularly meant at least once a week. I took this to heart and posted regularly, sometimes from a truly inspired position but many times not. Then I decided that I would write and share only when it was meaningful and effortless. In other words when an inspiration would flow naturally.
On the 7th of March I had an amazing experience. I crawled under a grand piano onto some lovely silk fabric and rested my head in a nest of luxurious silk pillows. At the keyboard Craig Addy started to play as I settled in for a magical experience called Under the Piano. Although I had done this once before it was over four years ago and I could not really remember much about it other than the fact that it too had been magical. And anyway, that was then and this was now and I just wanted to immerse myself in the present sensations.
Sensations? Wow. I flew like a bird. I floated like an angel. I was in a different realm. I was out of my body. I was weightless. I was being caressed from inside out. Not only was I able to experience the magical effect of the sounds and vibrations while under the piano; they appear to be etched into the very cells of my soul, reverberating from the core of me out into the universe; waves of sensation rather like a tuning fork diminishing but eternal like an echo.
The music that Craig played for me is all around me right now because he records each session and makes the music available. And each time that I listen, that tuning fork is drawing back those sensations and having a continually amazingly soothing effect on me. The same effect as initially? I cannot really say. Is every kiss the same? Every hug? I gravitate to the recording because my soul craves that magical reverberating, that internal caress.
I wrote about this experience Under the Piano several days ago but was not totally satisfied. I felt that there was more to be said. A dear friend (and skeptic) has revealed to me what I believe that “missing bit” really is.
First of all one needs to relax totally while under the piano; to surrender all thoughts and feelings that may be going on in the mind and allow the heart to take over. It takes a great deal of courage for modern western man to surrender to the feelings and emotions that are normally under many layers of the conscious mind. That can make one very vulnerable. Modern man does not generally like to be vulnerable.
Yet surrendering, letting go, being vulnerable is the fulcrum of every self-help, personal growth program. To surrender to what is; to the awareness of now which is where true power lies, as Eckhard Tolle tells us is the secret of happiness. And this is exactly what happens while the body, Under the Piano, is absorbing the vibrations; allowing the music to wash and infiltrate the body and spirit. Upon crawling out from Under the Piano there is only JOY!
In this busy world the media and advertising direct our focus to our bodies. We go to gyms and spas; we diet; we work out. And yet there is more and more evidence that the body is a reflection of the mind and spirit. This is not only a message from Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer but more and more hard-core scientists are coming to the same conclusion. Yet how many of us take our mind and spirit to the gym or spa or nourish it with good healthy organic ingredients?
Julian Treasure, a master of sound, who has given numerous presentations on Ted Talks crawled under that same piano a few days ago and allowed Craig’s music to create magic, no doubt personal and therefore different from mine but nevertheless cathartic and ethereal. Here is his testimonial: Under the Piano with Craig Addy
And here are a few sample playings and testimonials: Under The Piano