Harmony Spiritual Principle
|Outer Focus||Integrating Darkness|
“Integrating the dark” – That’s the outer focus of Harmony. That phrase, like so many we use in describing this work, means one thing in ordinary vernacular, and something entirely different when we look at the spiritual meaning. “Integrating the dark” sounds like a nefarious activity, but in fact it’s really quite positive. This phrase really refers to our unique ability to see the unseen, hear the unheard, articulate the unspoken.
Integrating the dark also refers to the importance of the background – the importance of the shadow – the importance of the echo.
Some friends of mine produced a Richard Pryor special in a decade back in the last millennium:) And one of Richard’s absolutely GENIUS comic ideas was to book “The Pips” as guest performers. Now for you young-uns, let me explain. Gladys Knight was a very famous R&B/Soul artist in the ’70’s and her back up trio were The Pips. Their billing: Gladys Knight and The Pips. So Richard booked The Pips to sing only the back up vocals to one of their hit songs, “Midnight Train to Georgia.” It was actually hilarious to watch them, dressed in their purple velvet suits performing their groovy dance moves while singing. . .”he said he’s goin’. . .goin’ back to find. . .leavin’. . .leavin’ on the midnight train. . .goin’ back to find. . .I know you will….whoowhoo. . .”
The point is, the audience could “hear” the melody even though it wasn’t being sung because they had heard it so many times, but perhaps for the first time they were being made aware of the background and the importance of the “harmony.”
With Harmony in your invisible garment pattern, you may find yourself often pre-occupied with what I call the “is-not.” You may have been criticized for this in your life. People may wish you were less attentive to what goes on behind the scenes. And yet, the “is-not” stabilizes and emphasizes the “is.” Do your job, Harmony-ites!
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My brother has Sun in Harmony. When I found that out, I wondered if that’s the source of his musical talent; he picked up a clarinet at age 8 and virtually never put it down. However, if we watch the “Who’s Who” column in this newsletter, we see that musicians can appear in almost any principle. Perhaps the kind of music? he was drawn to jazz at an early age, and jazz is a metaphor for the principle of Harmony, because the jazz improvisation lets you hear the “uncomposed” dimensions of the melody.
But even if that’s so, it wasn’t till five or ten years ago that his full relationship to Harmony appeared. He had formed a band to play New Orleans jazz, and as they developed their repertoire and began to play at clubs and weddings in and around Dallas-Ft.Worth, he ended up doing more and more of the talking in between numbers. An artful composer and arranger of orchestral and jazz music, now he began composing offbeat songs. And one day he confessed, “I’ve gotten to love being up on stage cracking jokes! I really get off on making people laugh and engaging with an audience.” Harmony was showing one of its other favorite faces: humor, where we appreciate the undertones of human behavior and human language.
His day job? An air traffic controller – watching blips of light which each represent hundreds of passengers flying through the sky.