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The Rhythm Of Life | by Charles Brodie Patterson



A fundamental examination of laws relating to rhythmic and vibratory forces that influence the sphere of thought and feeling.

TitleThe Rhythm Of Life
AuthorCharles Brodie Patterson
PublisherThomas Y. Crowell Company Publisher
Year1915
Copyright1915, Charles Brodie Patterson
AmazonRhythm of Life

By Charles Brodie Patterson, Author Of "Dominion And Power," "The Will To Be Well," "A New Heaven And A New Earth," "What Is New Thought?" "In The Sunlight Of Health," "Living Waters," "The Measure Of A Man," "Beyond The Clouds," "The Library Of Health," "New Thought Essays", Formerly Editor Of Mind And The Arena

The Rhythm of Life
-Foreword
Dear Dr. Charles Brodie Patterson This is a work for which I have long waited. I find here a fundamental examination of spiritual and physical laws relating to the rhythmic and vibratory forces that ...
-Preface
For many years I have been haunted by an idea that would not remain at rest in my mind, but kept ever and ever recurring; therefore, I have sought in this book to voice the thoughts which have so long...
-Chapter I. Introduction
The present time is one of transition. The dogmatism that has pervaded all schools of thought, whether religious or philosophical, scientific or artistic, is passing away before the coming of a new or...
-Chapter II. Music Of Other Climes
Nine sisters, beautiful in form and face, Came from their convent on the shining heights Of Pierus, the mountain of delights, To dwell among the people at its base. Then seemed the world to change. A...
-Music Of Other Climes. Part 2
Aristoxenus, an early Greek critic of prosody, distinguished the elements out of which rhythm is composed as: the spoken word, the time of music in song, and the bodily motion. And he defined rhythm s...
-Music Of Other Climes. Part 3
Palestrina, born 1528, may be said to be the first great master of Italian music. Certainly he was the greatest master of the pure old choral style. He accomplished far more during his life than any o...
-Music Of Other Climes. Part 4
After Beethoven came Schubert, who sang nature's sun songs while rinding life very difficult to live, and who was, nevertheless, able to impart to the world more of the joy and gladness of life, more ...
-Chapter III. Energy - Motion - Vibration
Oh, thou beautiful And unimaginable ether! and Ye multiplying masses of increased And still increasing lights! What are ye? What Is this blue wilderness of interminable Air, where ye roll along as I ...
-Energy - Motion - Vibration. Part 2
There is a very close analogy between sound and light. For instance, both possess the same properties of being refracted. We say certain surfaces absorb so much light and reflect so much back. It is e...
-Energy - Motion - Vibration. Part 3
We know that the Egyptians were in possession of a wonderful knowledge of the secrets of nature, and that Moses was thoroughly versed in Egyptian occult lore, and that he, in turn, was enabled to impa...
-Energy - Motion - Vibration. Part 4
Change of thought or change of mind may have some renewing effect upon the life, but the inner glow of joy or love will make for a new mind, and a new consciousness of life in a way that could never b...
-Chapter IV. Music And Colour Tones
For Nature beats in perfect time, And rounds with rhyme her every rune, Whether she work in land or sea, Or hide underground her alchemy. Thou canst not wave thy staff in air, Or dip thy paddle in th...
-Music And Colour Tones. Part 2
I have said that colour is a state of consciousness, but the mind uses its physical organisms for certain definite purposes. If we could see aright, we should know that the body of man is an exact phy...
-Music And Colour Tones. Part 3
Man must realise that as a purely personal being he can do nothing, but as a child of God, he is endowed potentially with omniscience and omnipotence, for it is God that worketh within him to will and...
-Chapter V. Colour Values
And what if trade sow cities Like shells along the shore, And thatch with towns the prairie broad With railways ironed o'er; - They are but sailing foambells Along Thought's causing stream, And take ...
-Colour Values. Continued
I have an idea that violet will prove one of the most efficacious of all colours for the healing of the sick, but it will demand better judgment in its use than possibly all the rest of the colours co...
-Chapter VI. Music - A Compelling Power
I pant for the music which is divine; My heart in its thirst is a dying power. Pour forth the sound like enchanted wine; Loosen the notes in a silver shower. Like a herbless plain for the gentle rain...
-Music - A Compelling Power. Part 2
From the earliest times, the value of music has been recognised by its effect upon armies engaged in war; that it inspired to greater courage and action. Tyr-teus, the Spartan poet, by certain verses ...
-Music - A Compelling Power. Part 3
Again the harmony comes o'er the vale; And through the trees I view the embattled tower Whence all the music. I again perceive The soothing influence of the wafted strains, And settle in soft musings...
-Chapter VII. Joy Rhythm - The Dance
Say, what shall we dance? Shall we bound along the moonlight plain To music of Italy, Greece, or Spain? Say, what shall we dance? Shall we, like those who rove Through bright Granada's grove, To the ...
-Joy Rhythm - The Dance. Part 2
But when it comes to the artistic side of life, and the effort to express through beautiful ways and means, we are woefully deficient. As a people we have given little, if any, encouragement to our ow...
-Joy Rhythm - The Dance. Part 3
Our own country gave the greatest impetus to the rhythmic movement which is being expressed through the dance. This movement has become worldwide; it has met with all kinds of opposition from clerical...
-Chapter VIII. Nature And Art In Singing
And here the singer for his Art Not all in vain may plead, The song that moves a nation's heart Is in itself a deed! - Tennyson. Thine is music such as yields Feelings of old brooks and fields,...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 2
If one is doing the very best one can, what difference does it make if some think well and others think ill? Besides, were the singer Israfel himself, he would not be able to please and charm everybod...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 3
Many people get the impression that, in voice production, a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of all the organs used in singing is necessary to both teacher and pupil. There is so much of this introdu...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 4
I believe that the very effort that one makes to sing is an aid to health and happiness. It sets up a more harmonious rate of vibration in the body, and continued singing will help to re-establish suc...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 5
Every tone in the human voice has its own particular power, and can be made to exert its influence upon the hearts and minds of others. The Hindu in reciting his prayers, very frequently intones to hi...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 6
Again, if there is unevenness in the development of the upper register, which really corresponds to soul aspiration, it is because of lack of spiritual development. I do not wish it to be understood b...
-Nature And Art In Singing. Part 7
It is a singular thing that notwithstanding how large a number of the greatest men who ever lived have attached such value to music, the world as a whole to-day still continues to consider it as somet...
-Chapter IX. Colour Tonics
White knowledge, if we win it, Is granted from One Source - for joy and dolour - To whomso hath it, Prince, or Man, or Beast, Yet, as each crystal by its inner colour Stains the pure beam enkindl...
-Colour Tonics. Part 2
Between the vibrations of red, the first note, and yellow, the third note, there comes into being the second note. We might say that red is the father and yellow the mother, and orange is the child. A...
-Colour Tonics. Part 3
Let me sum up, in a brief way, the effect of colour on the mind, and consequently on the body. Red tends to excite to activity, so that people who are sensitive and excitable should avoid the use of t...
-Colour Tonics. Part 4
Most people, at one time or another, have been thrilled and inspired by some glorious sunrise or sunset. Sometimes we feel as though we were almost in the presence of God, and we lose all desire to sp...
-Chapter X. Keynote To Health - Harmony
And ever against eating cares Lap me in soft Lydian airs; Married to immortal verse Such as the meeting soul may pierce, In notes with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out; With wan...
-Keynote To Health - Harmony. Part 2
Harmony is really the great keynote of life. The thoroughly adjusted, harmonious soul, while continuing in this state, can never be sick, and if there is no mental sickness there can be no physical di...
-Keynote To Health - Harmony. Part 3
There are many people who have .little, if any, appreciation of music, who look upon it as something tiresome, and they often say that it bores them to distraction. Such people may often be highly dev...
-Keynote To Health - Harmony. Part 4
The characteristics of some of the major keys may be stated as follows: A major is full of brightness and hope: it inspires to sincerity of feeling. Some of the brightest and happiest of music has bee...
-Chapter XI. From Out The Past
Over the keys the musing organist, Beginning doubtfully and far away, First lets his fingers wander as they list, And builds a bridge from Dreamland for his lay: Then, as the touch of his loved instr...
-From Out The Past. Part 2
Here are a number of illustrations to show how children, as well as adults, respond both in mind and body to music, and how music calls out much that may have been impressed upon their minds in a remo...
-From Out The Past. Part 3
All music, whether it be vocal or instrumental, that comes to us from without is only a means to an end. In the first place, it may serve to awaken music that has been dormant in the subconscious mind...
-Chapter XII. Cosmic Consciousness
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting; The soul that rises with us, our life's star Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar; Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, ...
-Cosmic Consciousness. Part 2
Mental development becomes the supreme end of his being, and everything is made subordinate to it. But this state of consciousness, no matter how great it may be made, is only one of the milestones on...
-Cosmic Consciousness. Part 3
Under the influence of this new consciousness the shadows of life can no longer disturb us. We have the confidence and courage of our inmost convictions. The new life has not only brought us into harm...
-Cosmic Consciousness. Part 4
Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb, Are they not sign and symbol of thy division from Him? Dark is the world to thee; thyself art the reason why, For is He not all but thou, that...
-Chapter XIII. Prophets Of The Invisible
Thoughts of my soul, how swift ye go! Swift as the eagle's glance of fire, Or arrows from the archer's bow, To the far aim of your desire! Thought after thought, ye thronging rise, Like spring-doves ...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 2
Said Wagner: The power of the composer is naught else than that of the magician. It is really in a state of enchantment that we listen to one of Beethoven's symphonies. Till now we are gazing in br...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 3
The office of the religious composer is a very much higher one than that of the preacher. Usually the preacher, through the spoken word, appeals to man, in a very marked degree, through his mind, but ...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 4
Surely music has some higher office than to amuse or even to give enjoyment. For if, among all the arts, it lies closest to the heart or the love-nature, surely its office must be the highest one. Wit...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 5
The great composer is a psychologist of no mean Order; he deals with all the hidden wonders and mysteries of life. Through his soul, he comes in touch with the great Over-Soul and all his inmost feeli...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 6
There can be no question that major chords more fully express the grandeur, power, and brilliancy of music than do the minor chords. But I feel sure that when minor chords are used to portray the beau...
-Prophets Of The Invisible. Part 7
The greatest composers of music lived to express the full passion, power, and beauty of music, often losing all thought of the self and becoming so absorbed by the consciousness of music that space an...
-Chapter XIV. Life's Love Melody
Love took up the glass of Time, and turn'd it in his glowing hands; Every moment, lightly shaken, ran itself in golden sands. Love took up the harp of Life, and smote on all the chords with might; Sm...
-Life's Love Melody. Part 2
Whatever we know ourselves to be deficient in, that is the one thing we should try to cultivate. Life can only be understood in a whole and in a complete way through knowing it and living it. We may s...
-Life's Love Melody. Part 3
Every original production, if it be truly great, is drawn from universal consciousness, and is as much a product of what is called inspiration as the sacred writings are. In the Cosmic Consciousness i...
-Chapter XV. Music, Beauty-Religion
To that cathedral, boundless as our wonder, Whose quenchless lamps the sun and moon supply: Its choir the winds and waves, its organ thunder, Its dome the sky. - Emerson. Then I said, I covet T...
-Music, Beauty-Religion. Part 2
It is generally found to be the case that musicians are very sensitive, that they respond either to good or to evil influences more quickly than do most people, and perhaps this is one reason why peop...
-Music, Beauty-Religion. Part 3
There is still one other quality that should result from living these three: that is, the development of Beauty. Beauty is the overshadowing radiance of a full and complete expression of all three. In...
-Music, Beauty-Religion. Part 4
The world is ready for another renaissance in sculpture, in music, in painting, in all that adds to the beauty of life. Art must keep pace with science. Art must keep pace with religion. And so we may...
-Chapter XVI. Music And Character
The man that hath no Music in himself Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. - Shakespeare. The harp the monarch minstrel swept, The King of me...
-Music And Character. Part 2
Now we come to a third step in the progress of life, which is more essential than either of the others; and that is the development of man's spiritual nature; this again is accomplished through indivi...
-Music And Character. Part 3
But as man unfolds to his higher powers more and more of these sounds will become musical to his hearing. It is a scientific fact that in the last 200 years there has been an increase in pitch, and th...
-Chapter XVII. Music And Education
And music of her woods - no works of man May rival these; these all bespeak a power Peculiar and exclusively her own. Beneath the open sky she spreads the feast; 'Tis free to all - 'tis every day ren...
-Music And Education. Part 2
There is no architect Can build as the Muse can; She is skilful to select Materials for her plan; Slow and warily to choose Rafters of immortal pine, Or cedar incorruptible, Worthy her design. She ...
-Music And Education. Part 3
Truth is within ourselves: it takes no rise From outward things, whate'er you may believe: There is an inmost centre in us all Where truth abides in fulness. To this end, then, cultivate imaginatio...
-Chapter XVIII. A Refining Influence
My soul is dark - Oh! quickly string The harp I yet can brook to hear; And let thy gentle fingers fling Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear. If in this heart a hope be dear, That sound shall charm it f...
-A Refining Influence. Part 2
In listening to music or poetry, one should endeavour rather to feel their beauty than try to use the mind in thinking about it; because such listening, in order to serve its true purpose, should awak...
-A Refining Influence. Part 3
There are some people who never like to be alone. They are constantly craving companionship or excitement of one kind or another. It makes them lonely and nervous to be left by themselves. This condit...
-Chapter XIX. Musical Therapeutics
Music the fiercest grief can charm, And fate's severest rage disarm: Music can soften pain to ease, And make despair and madness please; Our joys below it can improve, And antedate the bliss above. T...
-Musical Therapeutics. Part 2
The case of King Philip is only one of many similar cases that have been recorded from time to time. Some might say that this illustration goes simply to show the power of singing to overcome mental d...
-Musical Therapeutics. Part 3
A work in the early part of the last century on this subject cites a number of curious facts, which are adduced as proof that the most serious disorders, after having resisted every remedy, have at le...
-Chapter XX. Alive To Colour And Music
And the slender sound As from a distance beyond distance grew Coming upon me - O never harp nor horn, Nor aught we blow with breath, or touch with hand, Was like that music as it came; and then Strea...
-Alive To Colour And Music. Part 2
Criticism that is solely antagonistic or destructive will never be productive of good. But one should never refrain from the criticism that points out the possibilities of new ways and methods of doin...
-Alive To Colour And Music. Part 3
The very worst thing in life that can happen to a man is to get into ruts or fixed ways of living, for in the doing of this he ceases to be his own master and becomes the slave of his own habits. Such...
-Alive To Colour And Music. Part 4
Now, music was given to us to help us overcome all the unrealities of life in the easiest and best way. Wherever true rhythm is lacking, music supplies it; wherever melody is lacking in the life, musi...
-Chapter XXI. Eye Hath Not Seen
From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began: When nature underneath a heap Of jarring atoms lay, And could not heave her head, The tuneful voice was heard from high, 'Arise, ye mo...
-Eye Hath Not Seen. Part 2
To every spirit, as it is more pure, And hath in it the more of heavenly light, To it the fairer body doth procure To habit in, and it more fairly dight, With cheerful grace and amiable sight. For of...
-Eye Hath Not Seen. Part 3
If one can use harmony in one's daily life, one will get from it not only quality but quantity as well. For harmony is necessary to all true expression, whether it be in music, in work, or in one's re...









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