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Master of Arts (MA)
Rooted in the historical philosophy of the ancient Greeks such as Pythagoras and Plato, and including later sources like medieval theorist Boethius, the idea of a sacred musical mysticism abound. Referred to by the ancients as the "music of the spheres," this idea is centered on cosmic music governed by proportional structures in the universe. Modem day thinkers such as Joscelyn Godwin, James Hurtak, Robert Lawlor and Manly Hall embrace the mystical traditions of non-linear thought (the realm of the spirit beyond the world of form), linking the corporeal and incorporea1 natures of man with the sacred nature of music. After an in-depth historical overview, ideologies will be presented by Pythagoras, Robert Fludd, Plato, the Cabbalists and Johannes Kepler, revealing their ,- visions of the Universe in connection to music, number, astrology, astronomy and theosophy. It will then be shown how the physical body in alliance with the spirit are linked harmoniously to music, with further study revealing the inherent presence of such mathematical systems known as the Golden Proportion and the Fibonacci series. Finally, an association between the orders of color and sound will be explored. Music is one of the most powerful ways of entering into the domain of the spirit (the macrocosm) where we experience a transcendence beyond our physical forms (microcosm) allowing us to experience and express the divinity and universality within us.
Wasyliw, Irene, "THE MUSICAL UNIVERSE: NUMBER, COLOR AND THE SOUL" (1998). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6616.
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