Shining Light - Heads Or Tales And The Dream Guitar Tuning

We are the sum of the atoms of our universe. What passes through our bodies every nanosecond is the beginning of all time and the entire existence of mankind. This makes me believe that if these atoms carry the souls of all peoples, perhaps we can tune into that energy and capture it on earth in certain sacred and profound places.

One of those special sacred places is Goat Rock Beach, near the small hamlet of Jenner, California on the Sonoma Coast. It was here that I had a mystical experience that changed my ideas of life after death and opened the doors to a better understanding of the life-changing effects of altered states of consciousness.

The seaside town of Jenner is a rugged and beautiful place located at the junction of the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean. The river is in a constant battle with the intruding waves of the Pacific as they collide together at the mouth where they meet. The air is filled with charged ions that alter our energy field, adding to an increased awareness of the surrounding area and our internal dialog with our thoughts and emotions.

The evening that I experienced this mystical epiphany began as I watched the moon dart in and out of the fog on the shores of Goat Rock Beach where I was walking my dog. As I stood on the beach gazing at the stars through the fog, I felt an odd sensation in my body. My skin began to tingle and my mind filled with an intensity of love I have never felt before. I was alarmed at first, not knowing where this energy came from, but I knew at that moment something strange and special was happening to me.

This euphoric effect lasted for hours, empowering my subconscious by defining the inner depth of a lucid dream I had while I slept that evening. It was a powerful audible dream where I heard the sound of music that I never experienced before. It was filled with awe and wonder with the tone of an angel's harp plucked from the heavens. As soon as I awoke, I picked up my guitar and tuned it to match the sound I heard in my dream, I came up with a disparate variation of standard tempered tuning that is highly unusual.

Mystery Guitar Tuning

As I explored the notes on my fretboard trying to figure out how to play proper chords with this tuning, the song “Shining Light” burst through me in a creative spark. I wrote the lyrics and recorded the music in a matter of minutes on my phone, all the while re-learning the notes and chord positions on the fretboard of my guitar as I strummed along. It was as if something or, someone was guiding me from a divine place.

When I read the lyrics I had written in this trance state, I realized they told the story of losing my mother to an aneurism in the prime of her life. Was it her spirit that came to me on the beach that evening I encountered that mysterious energy force to inspire me to write this song?

Shining Light Lyrics

Mother can you hear the sound of children laughing

Children laughing at your feet

And if you gather them around, into a circle

The story starts where we will meet

For the days are passing by

They’re numbered by a time

When the sun sets on us all

We’ll join you in this rhyme

Father can you see the light

A silent memory, a silent memory in your mind

Your children gather around and feel your sorrow

A fallen tree lies on the ground

For the days are passing by

They’re numbered by a time

When the sun sets on us all

We’ll join you in this rhyme

Rest your soul we're doing fine

We miss your smile, but it's alright

We sing this song for you tonight

Your memory lingers in our minds

Brother can you hear these words

These words we borrow

From the fables of our lives

For, in the end, we find

A place of knowing

Knowing that our fears are blind

For the days are passing by

They’re numbered by a time

When the sun sets on us all

We’ll join you in this rhyme

And all the love that we share

Comes from knowing that you're there

It guides our dreams in the night

Your stars shining light

For the days are passing by

They’re numbered by a time

When the sun sets on us all

We’ll join you in this rhyme

Death is profound in its beauty and understanding of the impermanence of all things. To get a closer understanding of that enlightened state, I turned to the philosophies of Buddhism, Shamanism, and Mysticism. Through my readings of these ancient practices, I have come to believe that this new guitar tuning is a testament to the healing power of music and its ability to bridge the spirit and natural world. In this musical space, musicians connect to a higher power to contribute their “music soul energy” to our universe. It is here that they tell the story of our lives and help reduce the suffering in our world.

Music celebrates the power of reincarnation and the acceptance of death told through song, dance, and poetry. We are the energy that aligns the earth with the cosmos imprinted with the consciousness of man. Our physical bodies marry with the compounds of the earth (our instruments) to give a voice to nature and the alchemy that offers healing energy to our planet and mankind.

Music is a connector. It expresses the oneness of all things and shares a path similar to the constructs of Buddhism. In Zen philosophy, music operates in the tradition of the “three characteristics” of existence. The “anicca”, is the observation that everything is always in a constant flux of energy and matter, (hence, the tonal and atonal sounds of this unique guitar tuning I discovered). The “dukha”, where the mind is always in a state of dissatisfaction, (hence, the tension created by the abstract sounds created by this tuning). The “anatta”, is the realization that if we observe our behaviors closely, there is no “I” to be found, (hence, the search for melodic sensibilities from the chaotic non-tempered sounds of this tuning to help guide the soul and spirit in an egoless and meaningful way towards enlightenment.)

Can the dead speak? One can only speculate until we enter the twilight world beyond our life on earth. Until then, I find comfort knowing that the ones we love live through us in the powerful message of music under the watchful eyes of the cosmos.

Scot Sier

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