"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 instrument Gives hope and fervour, nearer draws his theme, First guessed by faint auroral flushes sent Along the wavering vista of his dream." - Lowell.
"I have sent books and music there, and all Those instruments with which high spirits call The future from its cradle, and the past Out of its grave, and make the present last In thoughts and joys which sleep, but cannot die, Folded within their own eternity." - Shelley.
"The soul of music slumbers in the shell, Till waked and kindled by the master's spell, And feeling hearts - touch them but lightly - pour A thousand melodies unheard before." - Rogers.
Elsewhere I have stated that mental poise and physical health are experienced through harmonious, rhythmic vibration, such vibration being the result of harmonious thought and feeling. The right adjustment of the mind to one's inner or spiritual feelings will, in turn, bring about a harmonious adjustment to one's environment; moreover, with such a state of heart and mind, true rhythmic vibration will be established, and music could be made one means of forming and keeping this the normal state, and not a passing or a transitory condition. Right habits might be so firmly established that it would be easier for one to continue in such a condition than to break away from it. Remember, I do not make music the cure, but the means to an end. The curative power is undoubtedly latent or potential in man's spiritual consciousness, and music may be made the means of awakening this consciousness. I would not have anyone suppose for a minute that this curative power in the life of man is only to be found in the higher spiritual consciousness. On every plane of man's development, from the lowest elemental plane to the highest spiritual one (about which we know little at the present time) there is a degree of this higher consciousness quite sufficient for the needs of the particular plane to which a man may have unfolded, and music may be used to call out this higher consciousness. Each plane of development would have its corresponding plane or degree of music. On every plane of being in the development of the life of man there is a lawful, orderly sequence from the initial movement to the ultimate development of the plane. Law and order enter as fully into the life of man as they do into anything else in the universe. Power is not given to one and withheld from another, but it is given to all men according to their needs and requirements. The needs of one living on the purely elemental or physical plane of being are only in a limited way the same as those of one living on a higher plane. It will be found that they are not the same in degree because the physical or elemental plane is limited to the needs and requirements of that particular plane. With the greater development comes the greater need. Each plane has its own particular needs and when man rises from a lower plane to a higher one, he becomes dead, as it were, to the lower, and alive to the higher, so it would not be possible for him to continue to supply his needs solely through the use of former things. It should be fully recognised then that what is good on one plane in human development, not only is no longer necessary, but might really prove harmful if continued on a higher plane. Furthermore let it be known that there is everything in the way of supply necessary for anyone's needs on any one or all planes of life; therefore music can be said to be an agent for the restoration of health on any plane.
Music is equally effectual on all planes, only it would require good judgment and wise discrimination in selecting the kind of music to meet all the needs of those to whom it might be given. All the way from the sense to the spiritual plane, we may have music varying in degree but not necessarily in kind, which appeals to the best in man's nature. The simple music in the undeveloped life has its determining influence in the building of character just as much as the music of a higher order upon the more developed life. A man who listens to music which awakens only superficial emotions is sowing the seed of something which in the future time will not only have to be overcome, but will be the cause of misery to him until it is overcome. Why should one consciously store up in the subconscious mind certain kinds of possessions which in the end will only be destructive, bringing in their train not only sorrow but disease? We should make the subconscious mind the storehouse for all the real riches of life, so that at will we may be able to draw upon them. Elsewhere, I have said that the subconscious mind is the repository of all that we have ever felt, thought, or done, and daily we are living over again what we have already lived. There is a law of association of ideas by which when anyone consciously thinks anything, such conscious thinking acts instantly to call up things from the subconscious that are similar or in some way related to the thing thought. If it should prove that the person was thinking of something that brightened or uplifted his mind, then such a thought would be reenforced or strengthened by kindred thoughts arising from the subconscious. But if the conscious thoughts were of a morbid or gloomy nature, the subconscious would add to them still other morbid or gloomy thoughts. The subconscious mind is our book of life, and we are constantly going back and reading its pages or chapters. If we could realise the truth of what we are doing, we would pay far greater attention to writing into this book the things that we would enjoy reading over again; we should try to avoid writing into it things of an unwholesome or of a disagreeable nature. We cannot get away from the fact that all our conscious action is simply the beginning of something which later must be lived and relived, whether we wish it or not. Perhaps we all have had the experience of listening to a certain piece of music under very happy or delightful conditions, and, whenever we have heard the same music again, we have been able to recall and experience something of the happiness that we had when we first heard it. Or again under sorrowful or depressing circumstances we may have heard music that, whenever we hear it ever after, calls up from the subconscious the sorrow and depression of the past. Subconsciousness may even go back into a remote past that one may have lived in another life. It is my firm belief that our subconscious minds contain all the melody and rhythm of all the music of the past, so that whenever music is made to appeal to any phase of life that existed in the past, there is recalled by it some of those distant events that one has already lived.