In Freemasonry, we are familiar with music as one of the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences. Pythagoras, our ancient Friend and Brother, is known for the Music of the Spheres. Albert Pike, writing in Morals and Dogma, notes in his mystical way that in “the Kabala [sic], the last Seven Sephiroth constituted ATIK YOMIN, the Ancient of Days; and these ... correspond with ... the Seven notes of the musical octave.” (“Knight of the Sun” Degree Lecture, p. 727, classic edition)
There is a nexus between music and mathematics, and as a mathematician I know that the human ear responds logarithmically to sound in general. Yet music can resonate better in sub-layers of sound and integrate more smoothly with the components that relate these signals to the body. Music motivates the dormant strings of the brain to bring forth energy to the entire system of the universe, as well as to the individual soul.
Perhaps for this reason, music is used in diverse applications in life as a balsamic treatment. It improves the health the patient and speeds his recovery in the hospital. It brings sleeps to those with insomnia and quiets the nerves from tension. It helps infants into a pleasant sleep and nice dreams. It spreads joy to the listener and relieves the burdened heart. It disseminates happiness and eliminates tension.
Yet even the greatest music in the world – like our Gentle Craft itself – is but a gateway into the Eternal, a sublime intimation of that “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Charbel T. Fahed
Grand Master of Masons
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia