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Music for Meditation  Pg. 4

 

"Steven Halpern is the meditation music master of our time.  I listen to his music constantly. Tune in!  You'll love it! "
Lama Surya Das - bestselling author of Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment
 


Meditation in everyday life

   The Panoramic Life Review (IPM 7903)

Panoramic Life Review by Franklyn Smith. Individuals who have had a near-death experience (NDE) often report undergoing a comprehensive review of their life's events. They witness their life from a spiritually heightened awareness and return to earth with a new appreciation of the true value of love.

Franklyn's gentle voice and guided imagery, with music by Steven promote a similar experience--without having to undergo a NDE. Highly recommended by Dannion Brinkley, NDE researcher and bestselling author.

             
 
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CHAKRA SUITE  (IPM 8000)1st Chakra: CSonic Satori7th Chakra: B

New!    Chakra Suite is the expanded incarnation of Spectrum Suite, Steven's award-winning, classic recording which was recently named "the most influential New Age healing recording of all time."

This landmark recording resonates each chakra with the corresponding keynote of sound which entrains your body, mind and spirit to a higher order of coherence and overall well-being. The luminous tones of the electric piano and ethereal harmonies spiral up your spine to the top of your head, making it ideal for relaxation or meditation.

New Age Voice calls Chakra Suite  "...One of the standards in the field of
sound healing."
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INTO THE MOMENT  (IPM 7882)

A collaboration with M.C. Cannon (Master Charles), a modern mystic and pioneer in the field of contemporary meditation. Two thirty minute drone-based compositions feature spiraling effects that swirl through your head when you listen with headphones

Master Charles is the founder of the Synchronicity Foundation, and the originator of High-tech Contemporary meditation. His work expands on years of study with Swami Muktananda, one of the most respected Eastern mystics.




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HIGHER GROUND  (IPM 7848)Higher Ground-Part 1

The first song grounds you to the earth with a shamanic drumbeat. When the rhythm ends, the sustained electronic music takes you on an introspective journey. Using leading-edge sound techology, Higher Ground creates a powerful alpha and theta induction effect for a guaranteed deeply meditative experience. AMG Review gave this album 4 stars!




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THE SACRED CHORDE  (IPM 7860)Keynote F (major mode)Strings of Light

French sound healer Fabien Maman created an extraordinary 77-stringed instrument, the monochorde. Its drone tone produces a breathtaking array of harmonic overtones that transmits healing vibrations and attunes body, mind and spirit. On grand piano, Halpern is inspired to add elements of Celtic, Indian raga and blues to create a historic and emotionally uplifting duet.

Overtones are now attracting a great deal of attention as an important factor in transmitting the healing power of music. Like the tambura in Indian raga music, the monochorde produces a drone effect that attunes you to "the field of infinite possibilities." The monochorde's drone tone, however, is unlike any other you've ever heard.




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SINGING BOWLS OF SHANGRI-LA  (IPM 7861)

For over a thousand years, special golden "singing bowls" have been part of a secret healing tradition in Tibet. Never before recorded, this rare 11th century healing instrument produces a breathtaking range of overtones. The sound evokes a transcendent state of meditation (especially when listened to with headphones). The incredible sustained vibrations resonate and attune the listener at the cellular level. No synthesizers or other instruments are added.


Meditation in Everyday Life
On meditation, music and the stillness within . .

 

Meditation is much simpler than most people realize. In essence, it refers to a state of being that involves quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and attuning to our "true self". Meditation and prayer are part of most spiritual practices, as well as an integral part of Twelve Step Recovery programs. 

How to Meditate: Sometimes, the simplest things are not necessarily the easiest. Even for "veteran" meditators, it is often a challenge to deal with the incessant chatter in the mind, with all those thoughts that come to mind when you stop doing and start being (Be Here Now; Ram Dass). 

There are a few universal approaches that have been used for thousands of years and are common to most cultures. These practices focus on the breath, sound, and relaxation.

In a relaxed state, the breath becomes slower, deeper, and more regular. This is the foundation of most forms of meditation. 

Many techniques teach you to pay attention to the breath. You might focus on the "in-breath" (when you inhale) and the "out-breath" (the exhale), and simply notice the phenomenon (The Relaxation Response; H. Benson). Variations have you count "one, two; one, two" over and over as you inhale and exhale. 

For many people like myself (a "Type A ", ex-New Yorker), this gets boring long before it gets meditative. 

I needed something I could use . . . something that was legal, non-addictive and accessible in the comfort and privacy of my own home. 
 
 

Why Most Music is Not Relaxing

Most music was not composed with the intent of relaxing the listener. Therefore it is not surprising that most music does not create a meaningful experience of relaxation. It's as simple as that.

This is not to disparage other forms of music. Rather it is to point out that different forms of music are appropriate at different occasions. For instance, you would not play a funeral dirge at a wedding or vice versa.

In addition to the rhythm component, most music has such a pronounced melody that people generally tend to get caught up in analyzing and projecting into the future what is coming next. This " subconscious anticipation response " (Steven Halpern, 1985) makes it difficult to relax in the present moment. 

The non-melodic, non-rhythmic sound of bowls and bells have been used for centuries to help individuals achieve a meditative state (The Secret History of Music Through the Ages, C. Scott). Many people find such sounds takes some getting used to, and need a bit more music to help them meditate.
 
 

Music for Meditation

Men and women have used certain kinds of sounds and music since before recorded history. (This is not, however, the kind of music you hear on the radio or in concerts.) 

In this genre of music, the goal is attunement rather than just entertainment. It requires a different tone and structure than what we find in rock, pop, or classical music.

     

  1. Meditative music should provide a presence without forcing you to pay attention to it rather than to your own internal reality. It should create an ambiance that provides an uplifting and inspiring sonic environment. Such soundscapes can be listened to at quiet volumes as a background, yet are also interesting enough to reward introspective listening with headphones.

     
  2. The tempo of the music should not exceed the speed of a relaxed heartbeat (about 60 beats per minute). The reason is simple: the physical law of "Rhythm Entrainment" (Stalking the Wild Pendulum, I. Bentov, 1977). Therefore by definition, most music takes you away from a state of relaxation, which is fundamental to most forms of meditation.


The History of Inner Peace

Over 25 years ago I got clear that my intent was to develop a contemporary expression of these ancient sound principles. The results became my
Inner Peace Music Series.

The tonal qualities of the instrument are carefully considered. Using piano, electric piano, harp, flutes and synthesizers I developed a way to access meditative states through music. 

Silence is a vital part of this music. The atmospheric approach to composition allows the listener to simultaneously be enveloped in the music while retaining an inward focus. Using headphones will often enhance the experience.
 
 

It's Your Turn

Give yourself five minutes to just "be". There is no need to do anything during this time. Put on any of our Inner Peace recordings on your stereo system. Close your eyes, take a deep breath . . . and let the music carry into your own private oasis of serenity. 

In future updates, I'll discuss relevant brainwave patterns - "Window frequencies" - (Mega-Brain, M. Hutchinson) and their relationships to music and mediation.

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