Epiphanies Abound with the Sound of Music July 23, 2010Posted by TheIntentionalSage in Nature, Visions.
Tags: Beach, Epiphany, Flute, Music, Ocean, Sound, Tree, Water, Wood
Wilinre (pronounced will-in-ree) sat cross-legged on the soft dirt as he looked out over the landscape. There was a gentle slope down towards where the beach was, but he couldn’t see the sand from where he sat. There was an abundance of trees gathered in the area obstructing the line of sight. However, he could see the ocean above the trees. He chuckled as from this perspective, it almost looked as if the ocean was on top of the trees, but he knew that not to be true from his experience swimming in the ocean. However, it was rather odd to him, to think that the ocean could be on top of the tree. Wilinre thought about this for a moment and then he made a decision.
He decided that he was going to make some music, while thinking about this thought: “the ocean is on top of the trees.” It was a rather precarious thought to have, but it was intriguing to him – the idea that the ocean could be above the trees. Regardless, he knew that when he made music with his flute, it allowed him to enter into a state of creativity. Upon entering this state of creativity, it allowed his mind to relax and all of his ‘wayward’ thoughts seemed to float away. Additionally, when he would take a ‘question’ of a ‘thought’ to his playing of the flute, he usually came up with some rather interesting answers or conclusions.
He lifted the wooden instrument to his mouth and began to blow into the mouthpiece. He let the thought linger in his head as he continued to finger the various holes to produce different sounds. When he played his flute, he wasn’t attempting to play any particular song, but sometimes songs are what came out. On most days, he was just allowing his body to blow into the instrument and his fingers to move about – almost randomly. However, he knew that it wasn’t random what he was doing. He was allowing is creative side to takeover and make music. By doing this, he had come up with a number of different pleasant sounds that he remembered and later wrote down. He had collected a great number of these and he thought that one day, he just might write a song for each of these sounds, or that he might make them all into one great big song.
He continued to play in a ‘random’ way, while thinking about the idea of the ocean on top of the trees and then it came to him. . . the five elements! Wilinre laughed as he couldn’t believe he hadn’t thought of this before, but it was so simple to him now. And then he thought, of course it was so simple because of the way in which he went about coming to the conclusion. He knew that he likely would not have stumbled upon his conclusion as to why it was auspicious (the ocean and the trees) unless he had taken the time to play his flute. The five elements.
Wilinre knew that in the five elements theory and more specifically, in the cycles, water (ocean) and wood (trees) had a very special relationship. Wood immediately followed water in the cycle, but given how he remembered the look of the pentagram displaying the five elements, it always seemed that water was (beneath) or (before) wood, so in reflecting on the picture of the ocean and trees, he had to think a little bit more. He knew he was on the way to figuring it out though. Hmmm, he thought. So, he picked up his flute and continued to play some more because he knew he was almost there. Maybe just a little bit more playing. . .
He continued with the idea of randomness, allowing his fingers to key different holes and his lungs to blow at varying speeds. He allowed his eyes to wander around the area as he played and as he did this, he saw a tree root sticking up out of the ground. He thought that it was rather odd to see a tree root sticking up out of the ground where he was, so he concluded that it must have something to do with what he was working on – solving this particular thought he had.
And then it hit him! Of course, tree roots. He laughed a little bit and stopped playing as he allowed the idea to coalesce a just a bit more in his mind. Water comes from the sky. That is, water rains and then collects deep down in the Earth. Trees, and more specifically, their roots need to dig deep down into the Earth to find the water table – allowing them to grow big, tall, and strong. Without the water falling from the sky (ocean on top) and then collecting deep in the Earth, the trees’ roots wouldn’t be able to find the water down below and at the same time, creating a stable base for the tree to grow big and strong. Wilinre laughed. How simple a thing was – seeing the ocean on top of the trees and it bringing up thoughts of the five elements cycle and then that bringing up the idea of the importance of water and wood. He loved how a random day like today could bring about such fun and joy.