Piano playing, increased awareness and personal liberation

Learning to play the piano can offer many revealing insights into the dynamics of positive mental growth and the principles for acquiring true personal freedom.

In fact, to succeed, the learner’s hands must go through a process identical to spiritual transformation. First, one is taught the language of musical notes and where these notes are represented as keys on the piano. So new information and knowledge is required.

True freedom is not simple license, but a learned and practiced ability. However, most people see freedom only in terms of being permitted to do and say things. But the process for obtaining legitimate freedom always moves inwards.

The beginner’s hand, while it is basically free to do anything it pleases, does not have freedom in the truest sense. One cannot play a piano simply by gaining permission or having the legal right to do so.  A person’s fingers are limited (enslaved) to the movement of their muscle fibers and groupings which, at first, can only act clumsily and make very general motions.

As one gets better at playing the piano, they gain control of more particular and singular muscle fibers of the fingers. This process requires imposing one’s will and intellect on individual muscle fibers, which are passive and offer resistance. Each muscle fiber finally gains a new freedom of action from this mind/body conflict. The result is that a person can then play more beautiful and complex piano music.

This process towards increased freedom is universal and ubiquitous. The whole direction of creation and organic evolution is for new individual and distinct things to emerge from general things. We see this in stars being generated from cloudy cosmic gases. On smaller scales we see this in the fertilization of a human ovum as cells first form a general “blob,” then multiply and diversify to create all the various organs and tissues. Human consciousness also develops out of a baby’s general awareness of his or her surroundings toward the discernment of new and increased details.

God frees our souls in the same way. What is unknown to most people is that the Exodus story of the Israelites being set free from Egypt in the Bible is an analog of learning to play the piano! That is, obtaining spiritual freedom is a process that also goes inwards—from general things to more distinctive things.

The enslaved Israelites, under the rule of the Egyptian Pharaoh, represented a condition of the human spirit that becomes oppressed and trapped in general worldly knowledge and is unable to express its deeper God-given potentials. God’s intervention in this famous biblical story represents new knowledge and a new worldview, which the Israelites are given and expected to put into practice (and move inwards to the heart and mind). The whole drama of escaping the Egyptians, and then battling various groupings and societies of people (who offer resistance) in the Land of Canaan is similar to a pianist gaining control over the various muscle groups in his fingers. Both pianist and spiritual seeker have their eyes set on a “Promised Land.”

I have just scratched the surface of the amazing spiritual details contained within the literal words of this biblical narrative (and others)!

I am sharing these ideas with you because the world is about to get a new education from the Lord God of heaven and earth! Be ready!


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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