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 disease. For in every state of bodily weakness or disease there will be found a corresponding mental condition. If that mental condition is changed and is superseded by a wholesome, natural condition of mind, the body is quick to respond. Our bodies may be said to be the mirrors of our minds. Some might object to this statement, saying that certain diseases are contagious, and that the individual could in no way be responsible for his trouble, because he had not produced it through any mental action of his own, but had caught it from another. Nevertheless, there was a mental action of his own which made it possible for him to take disease from the other. Negative-minded people are the people who catch diseases. People who have strong wills, who are thoroughly courageous, and who look at life from its most optimistic side, are not nearly so liable to catch contagious diseases as are those of a more fearful disposition; of these latter, medical doctors say they are unable to offer resistance when they come in contact with diseases of a contagious character. People may make it possible through negative, gloomy, or despondent thoughts to take on the diseases of others, and they themselves must bear the full responsibility, because they have not attuned or adjusted themselves to life in a truly scientific way.
Some time we shall come to know that what we sow we reap; that it is possible for each individual to so relate himself to the rest of humanity that he will only attract or draw to himself that which is good, that which is mentally uplifting and physically strengthening. But it is also true that through negative or morbid, despondent thought one does attract to one's self not only the discordant, unrestful thoughts of others, but also their physical troubles. We set in motion the causes which bring to us health and strength, or weakness and disease, and we are responsible for the causes set in motion and the effects that we reap. If the causes are good, the effects are good; so our lives are really what we make them. Doubtless we make mistakes, often all unconscious of what we are doing, but it is quite possible for us to profit by our errors if we really desire to do so. It is not necessary for anyone who has violated the laws that make for harmonious living to continue doing so indefinitely. If it is possible for man to make mistakes in life, it is just as possible for him to correct them and to refrain from making other mistakes of a similar nature. "If a man is unhappy, this must be his own fault; for God made all men to be happy." (Epictetus.)
Man may be likened to a highly attuned instrument, which, whenever the keys are touched in right relation, gives forth melodic, as well as harmonic, music; but, at times, he allows the keys to get out of tune, and instead of harmony he produces discord. One needs not only to keep the instrument constantly in tune, but also to keep it constantly in use; otherwise the strings grow rusty and do not give forth beauty of sound. The person who is mentally harmonious and physically whole is in possession of a body that is constantly giving forth musical vibration. Through perfect circulation the blood is singing its song of life as it goes coursing through the arteries and veins, carrying the necessary body-building products to every part of the organism; and when one is working in a thoroughly natural way without undue tension, all the muscles of the body that are being used, small and great, are also giving forth musical sounds, so that the whole body may be said to be singing its harmonious song of life, because the man is rightly attuned to his inner life and to his outer environment.
Every time a violinist plays he carefully tunes his instrument. If he failed to do this, he would not be able to produce the wonder of rhythm, melody, and harmony that he is capable of giving out through the use of his violin. The human body is not only a violin, but a whole orchestra of musical instruments; how much more necessary is it, then, that all those instruments should be in perfect tune! It would seem absurd on the part of the violinist to tune his violin one day and, after laying it aside, say it would be unnecessary to retune it on the morrow. Perhaps during the interval the temperature might increase or decrease, the weather become very damp or very dry, making it imperative on his part when next he wished to play, to retune his instrument in a thorough way. Sometimes in life we make new adjustments and find everything very lovely and harmonious, and we have the hope that this condition is to continue without further effort, but it will no more do so than the violin will continue giving out beautiful music when there has been failure to keep it in tune.
In the true adjustment to life it is necessary for anyone who wishes to retain his healthy, happy condition, to make new adjustments for every morrow; for, in growing, no one should feel that any two days of his life are going to be exactly the same. Man is in constant need of daily attunement or of renewed adjustment to both the inner and outer consciousness of life. All harmonious thought pictures entering the mind of man make for mental and physical construct-iveness, and all discordant or inharmonious thought pictures make for unrest of mind and disease of body.
It is, therefore, of the greatest importance that music should be made to convey to the mind not only a sense of beauty, but a sense of power; not only a sense of peace, but a sense of action; and that all this power and peace should be worked out through harmonious action and beauty of expression.
Life was intended to be lived not in part but to the full in everything that can make for truly harmonious living. In striking the keys of life we shall not always produce harmony, but it is through constant practice that real knowledge and harmony are obtained. We should remember, too, that whatever we bring to life we receive back from life again; that the discords we create for others come back to us redoubled; that the harmonies by which we are able to brighten and uplift the lives of our fellow-men, are returned to us in an ever-increasing way to bless and to comfort our own lives. This is the law, and all may reap the joy and the gladness of life, its strength and its perfection, its love and its hope, if they so will. We only come to know and to understand things or people through learning to love them. It is through loving understanding that the clouds of life are dispelled, and the real appreciation of anything or any person comes.