Try this Experiment with a partner. One of you will be the antenna, and
the other the ground wire.
Put any of the Shaman Music Series discs on your CD player (the Clear Light
or the Journey to Alpha might be good suggestions here, but feel free to experiment with
others in the series).
The antenna is to be blindfolded, so as to use only the ears and the
sensing. The ground wire will hold the antenna by the arm and shoulder.
The antenna will pick up the music, and follow the music where it leads
trusting the constant, silent, and unchanging support of the ground wire. The
antenna will move whenever and wherever the music leads. The music comes to the
antenna, which in turn transforms the signal into movement and direction. Sometimes,
stillness is also a direction.
The only constraint the antenna has is the ground wire. The ground wire
provides safety--grounding. The ground wire will simply follow the antenna. It
will not direct, talk, project, or interfere in any way. The ground wire is simply
there, with the antenna, silently providing support and protection. The only time
the ground wire will react is if the antenna moves towards physical danger. The
ground wire will subtly but firmly direct the antenna away from obstacles such as
furniture and walls (unless they happen to melt away as the antenna approaches
While accompanying and supporting the antenna, the ground wire will use
sensing to be in constant and unwavering contact with the antenna.
When the Experiment is over, draw a picture (which can include words) of the
impressions the antenna had of the space.
Switch roles. Repeat.
Put on a CD. It can be a "Shamanmusic" CD or any other CD that you
have available. Preferably it should be music without lyrics, so that the content of the
lyrics won't distract you from the exercise.
1- As you listen to the track concentrate on the bass. Try to focus as
directly and completely as you can on the bass (the lower notes that you can hear in the
2- After you listen a couple of times, concentrating on the bass, write a
short paragraph that describes what you heard. This could be a description in musical
terms or in metaphor. Any way that you can describe it is fine.
3- Now listen to the same track again and concentrate on the percussion. Any
drum sound that is in the piece is fine. If the piece doesn't have any drums in it,
concentrate in any noises or other "non musical" elements that may be present.
4- After you do this a few times write a second short paragraph that
describes what you heard.
5- Continue with each element that you can distinguish in the piece: melody,
harmony, sampled words, etc. Try to separate as many as you can. For each one write a
separate and distinct paragraph.
Experiment - Detector
- Put on a CD of music. Pick a piece that lasts between 5 and 10 minutes.
- Listen carefully to the music with a pad of paper and a pen in hand.
- Try to leave all thought aside as you listen, but when particular throughts
insist on appearing, write them down.
- When the piece of music finishes, look over what you wrote. Try to summarize
it in some way. Today, this moment, what was the message of this piece of music for you?
To make this experiment more practical, more effective and to put more on the
line, try to make sure that the message that you write down implies some course of action
on your part. Make it clear so that you can actually perform the action in the near future
(or even inmediately). It should NOT be some vague generarility about the oneness of all
the Universe or the beauty of little animals! Make it a clear and precise instruction that
can be definitely carried out without any ambiguity.