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Earthsong

"There was Eru, the One, who in Arda is called Iluvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before aught else was made. And he spoke to them, propounding to them themes of music; and they sang before him, and he was glad. 
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"But when they were come into the Void, Iluvatar said to them: 'Behold your Music!' And he showed to them a vision, giving to them sight where before was only hearing; and they saw a new World made visible before them, and it was globed amid the Void, and it was sustained therein, but was not of it."

— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

In myth and legend, in fable and in the annals of history, the oldest traditions have ever held that the primary creative energy is sound. At a time when the visible world and its imagery dominate all other sensory experience, such an assertion may seem fallacious, even heretical. The matter is easily clarified by remembering that the same traditions taught that the ultimate creative principle is consciousness, and sound manifests the creative urges of consciousness, first as vibration and then as substance. The powers of mind and body alone can never determine the course of events in this world, for it is originally and essentially the creation of emotion, of desire. And the most potent expressions of emotion are speech, music, and song - that is, sound in one form or another. Thought and action are but the machinery of emotion, the tools by which the desires arising in consciousness are made manifest.

Many of our true and deepest desires are never given voice, except mayhap in the secrecy of our inner being; yet those unspoken desires are just as potent, often more so, as those to which we freely confess. Thus is the world we have created a true reflection of the sum of our inner beings, each and every desire of each and every man, woman and child amongst us.

Thereby are we each accountable for our own part in the greater drama of planetary life and evolution, although there are many who disavow so demanding a responsibility. Those possessed of courage to accept this gain the possibility of control over their own evolution as a consequence. A community of such awakened souls can escape the wearisome repetition of the brutal life of Animal Man and progress to a higher stage of evolution - Social or Psychic Man.

In making this transition, the intelligent use of sound, music, and song is of inestimable assistance. EarthSong sets forth a conceptual framework in which such a possiblity can be realised.

Click here to read an introduction to the book.