With harp accompaniment we look at the plant kingdom and how we can perceive rhythms, transformations and harmonies in plants. We hear how the seven stages of plant development can be experienced in a musical scale. The plant can be perceived as a form of spiritual growth, rising from the earth to the heavens, refining its substance. The effects of music on plants and people are considered, and using musical examples we look at the real source of tones and their intervals.
We are surrounded by nature. It includes everything, from the stones beneath our feet to the most sublime realms of thought – and we are a conscious part of nature’s creative dance. The sciences arose as a means of explaining the laws and living forms in nature. Nonetheless, the sciences leave open a space where human beings can create the ‘higher nature’ which can be apparent to those who see nature’s intentions. In this space lies the source of the arts - which may be as necessary for the world as air and water. This view helps us understand the essential quality of beauty and artistic freedom. We explore artist-scientist Goethe’s belief that the great works of art are truly forms of ‘higher’ nature.
We have far more than the customary five senses, and in this talk we consider what has been long known in Western esotericism, that there are 12 senses – four of the body, four of the soul and four spiritual senses. In this talk we first isolate them to consider their part in the structure of the human being, and how they work in harmony to allow us to perceive everything from sights and sounds to concepts and character. We look at how the senses work at a physical level, and yet extend their scope into spiritual development. We consider too how the senses can, like the environment, be polluted, and ways to work meditatively with these wonderful windows on the world.