“Music is the universal language, and love is the key
To peace hope and understanding, and living in harmony..."
~ Mac Davis

When Mac Davis penned the above lyrics for his 1970's classic pop song, I Believe In Music, he was expressing in song what just about every musician of the time was feeling when they sang or played an instrument. It certainly was true for me and I suspect for anyone who has ever been a musician and shall be as long as music moves through the hearts and souls of human beings.

The spiritual significance of music lies in the fact that it literally brings people together at a level of vibration that transcends boundaries, culture, language, religion, gender, age, color and politics, a place where we can all experience our sameness. When we can move beyond all of the aforementioned “labels”, our differences tend to dissolve into the Oneness from which we came. How can the energy of music be this powerful? Music resonates with the heart, not just the head.

While there is indeed a mathematical element to music that requires the integration of the left brain with the right brain, when music flows it penetrates and permeates the heart and soul of every human being it touches. For most of us, music is not an intellectual process, it is an emotional experience that is uniquely personal and, yet, at the same time, interpersonal--it’s what connects us with others. While we may need an interpreter to tell us what the lyrics of a song mean, no one needs an interpreter to tell them what the energy of music is saying--the heart knows. In the words of my singer-songwriter friend Harold Payne, “Music speaks louder than words, it’s the only thing that the whole world listens to.”

From the day when humankind first discovered music by beating a stick on a hollow log, to this moment in time, the "music" that flows through us is really the outer manifestation of an inner urge; to express life. The word express means topress out. When music erupts from within us it is the desire of the soul seeking to push out and “be.” When music becomes a shared experience with others, it is simply the soul seeking to push out and spill over into the souls of others in a creative process where their energies blend in amazing ways.

As musicians, when we commingle our desire to express through our “music” and we experience it together, we create something that no one of us could create alone. When this happens, it is literally divine harmony as the soul rejoices in its oneness with something far greater than the individual "I." Some of my most intense and blissful peak moment experiences have happened while playing music with others.

Music calls us home. It reminds us that beyond all the apparent differences we seem to have, we all come from the same place--our unity in Spirit. That is the power and significance of music. Whether you create music or just enjoy listening to it, music brings us together to celebrate, co-create and express the joy we find in our oneness, while at the same time honoring how it is expressed through us as individuals in such unique and creative ways.

So, the next time you turn on your TV, radio or iPod, or go to a movie or a concert, pay attention to the music and imagine what your world might be like without it...then, thank a musician for being the instrument through which it all flows. Music is simply that which invites us to remember we are never separate or alone and that we have far more in common with our earth family than we have differences. I agree with Harold Payne -- music really does speak louder than words and it’s a language we can all speak. So turn up your CD player and sing along! Let the world know you believe in music...it might just catch on, and in the process bring the people on this planet closer together.

Peace, Dennis Merritt Jones

Copyright 2009 New Reality Press

Author's Bio: 

An author, lecturer and minister, Dennis Merritt Jones has been involved in the human potential movement for more than twenty-?ve years. He is the author of The Art of Being ~ 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life, released by Tarcher/Penguin Publishing. The Art of Being is comprised of 101 individual writings designed to assist each person in living a life that is purposeful, peaceful and abundant.

At the end of each writing are Mindfulness Practices to encourage the reader to implement the ideas discussed in each writing. Dennis is also the bestselling author of the New Thought primer, How to Speak Religious Science. The Art of Being is available in both English and Italian; How to Speak Religious Science is available in both English and Spanish.

Dennis was the founder and spiritual director of the OneSpirit Center for Conscious
living in Simi Valley, California. While at OneSpirit, he also served as First Vice
President for the International Centers for Spiritual Living (ICSL) during which he was awarded ICSL?s prestigious Raymond Charles Barker Writers Award and the Ernest Holmes Legacy Award. Dennis retired from the pulpit in 2008 to take his message to the world by means of his books, sacred journeys travel program, spiritual mentoring, keynote speaking and seminars.

In Feb. 2009, The Art of Being was selected as a Silver Finalist in the Multiple
Sclerosis Society Books for a Better Life Award. The Books for a Better Life Awards
were established to celebrate the authors of the best self-improvement books published each year.

In May 2009, after an intensive judging process carried out by three teams of highly
quali?ed and experienced reviewers comprised of editors, writers, librarians,
schoolteachers and bookstore owners from throughout the United States, The Art of
Being was also awarded the Nautilus Gold Award designed to highlight books that
offer new ideas and options for a better world for everyone.