We Can Change Our Programming!
41. Beauty, Art and Music
Ah, beauty. Truly, it feels so good to experience something beautiful!
Imagine we’re free of worry on a well-earned vacation, at a dazzling tropical beach, after a night of deep sleep and lovely dreams, energized by sun, water, relaxation, exercise and no work or electronics. Waves roil bright white out of aquamarine waters that wash up and down golden sands. Soothing sounds range from deep rumble crunches of the breaks, churning mid-ranges of the rolls, to tinkling crystal high hats in the tumbling sands, setting up soaring solos of tropical birdsong in swaying palms. The sand is powdery soft under bare feet. The temperature’s perfect. Our skin feels so good.
All is gorgeously illuminated with otherworldly colors from the sun setting in a fiery boil on the ocean horizon, throwing outrageous pinks, reds, oranges and purples out across the undersides of evocative shapes and patterns of flowing, changing clouds, floating, sailing and shifting in broad, blue heavens. The light makes the ones we love glow with allure, which they radiate anyway because they feel so good about the time together, the wonderful day of relaxing and rewarding experiences, and the chance to just be ourselves, without outside expectations or demands.
We express and deeply feel our appreciation and love for each other, for this great day, and for how good we feel. It makes life and any troubles in it seem worthwhile. This is the reward. It feels so good to just be us, to be free and happy. It’s all truly lovely! It feels so good! Everything is stunningly gorgeous, the sights, the sounds, the sensations. The colors are incredible. It’s unreal. It’s beautiful!
Beauty is an attribute of something we sense or experience that makes us feel a way we want to feel, which makes us feel good. There are similarities in what we perceive or experience as beautiful, because there are similarities in ways we want to feel. There are differences in what we perceive or experience as beautiful, because there are also differences in ways we want to feel, at least sometimes.
Beauty is a subjective perception or experience. We don’t all always experience the same things as beautiful in the same ways at the same time, because we don’t always want to feel the same things in the same ways at the same time. What one perceives or experiences as beautiful, another may not. That’s OK. It’s OK to be different, to feel differently, or to want different things at different times.
In architecture, we may perceive a building as beautiful, because we see in it balance and symmetry, endurance and stability, attention to detail, strong supporting structures, things we appreciate and want to feel in our lives. We may find beauty in ratios or proportions we observe in nature, like Phi “golden ratio” organic growth patterns or mathematical patterns of perfect squares, triangles or circles, because they embody harmony with nature or basic stable patterns, which feel good. We may perceive beauty in sweeping curves and lines, because that makes us feel free and expressive, which we like to feel.
We may experience beauty in a child, because we perceive in it innocence, cuteness, vulnerability, wonder, openness, trust, growth, potential, or love, which we like to feel, maybe because it reminds us of when we felt that way as children, when we felt good.
In nature, we may be moved by a beautiful sunset, because it’s grand, colorful, expansive, transitional, lofty and part of the heavens, and we like to feel that. Or maybe we like to witness something greater than ourselves, something we could never create, because we like to feel awe and wonder at something so big and beyond. Or we feel we’re in the magical mystical gray zone between light and dark that hints at the union of opposites, beyond duality, where all is one, something we intuitively long to feel.
We may find beauty in music, because frequencies, wavelengths, patterns and interactions we perceive through sound are analogous to energy frequencies, wavelengths, patterns and interactions we like or recognize in ourselves, our environments, or nature. Or we may find beauty in music because it’s new, creative and expressive, or expresses something we like to feel but don’t often, or enough.
We may perceive or experience beauty in others, because something in the appearance, being, actions, expressions or behaviors of the others helps us feel something we need, want or like to feel, like strong, capable, flexible, open, loving, healthy, fit, sexy, supportive, supported, loved, growing, expressive, smart, fun, funny, happy, secure, vulnerable, or ready for relationship, procreation or spiritual growth.
The perception or experience of beauty is personal and subjective. One may experience something sad as beautiful, because we like that feeling of sadness, while another does not and finds it ugly. One may experience expressions of anger as beautiful, in desire to express or release anger, while others don’t. One may experience a form of stunted natural growth as beautiful, because it shows ingenuity, originality, perseverance and overcoming obstacles, which makes us feel good, while another perceives ugliness in the abnormality or deformity that mostly makes us feel uncomfortable.
Sometimes, our perception or experience of beauty has to do with our real or imagined perception of the intention, state or energy of whoever or whatever created the object of perception or experience. It resonates and makes us feel good or bad, based on how we relate to that intention, state or energy.
Perception and projection are two sides of a coin. Our eyes receive vibrating light energy in a range of frequencies in various interacting patterns and send it to the brain. The brain then works with that to create a perception of what it’s receiving and model that in ways that create understanding. Our brain paints a picture in our head to represent what it perceives out of the visible light information it receives. Part of what the brain does is try to recognize external patterns as perception. Part of what the brain does is to project a picture of what it perceives that becomes our model or image of the external world.
How we feel affects what we project or paint into our painted picture of the world. When we are in love, for example, things look more beautiful, we paint a more beautiful picture, because we feel good. In the right state of being, we can experience beauty in the midst of ugliness, like seeing as a triumph of spirit a beautiful flower struggling to express itself, all alone, through a crack in an endless expanse of deadening asphalt. When we are happy, we paint happy pictures. If sad, we paint sad pictures.
Perception and projection work together to create beauty as expressions or experiences of feelings we need or want. When we’re in a feel-good state of being, and we experience something beautiful, we perceive and project something beautiful, making it even more beautiful. We perceive something as beautiful, and we paint a picture of it in our minds that makes it even more beautiful. That is a virtuous interplay, a dynamic interaction of positive beautiful feeling compounding on positive beautiful feeling. We perceive something and are positively moved by it as beautiful; and we already felt good, so we’re doubly moved to paint our internal experience of that thing as even more beautiful. A virtuous vortex.
It works the other way, too. If we feel bad, and are exposed to ugliness, we paint that experience as really ugly. When we perceive something as ugly because it makes us feel a way we don’t want to feel, and we already feel a way we don’t want, it feels doubly bad. That’s a vicious interplay, a vicious vortex.
Regardless of what we personally experience or perceive as beautiful, it’s important that we perceive and experience beauty in our lives, because we need and want to feel good in order to enjoy our lives, be inspired, feel fulfilled, and feel all the richly different ways we need and want to in order to feel good. We need to find and experience beauty and feel good. We like to create and share beauty to help ourselves and others feel good. Beauty is a dimension we work out in to identify and create what we need or want in order to feel good about and within our lives. Beauty feels good.
Why then do we surround ourselves with so much ugliness in so many of the spaces we create? We create entire districts of hideous, utilitarian, stark, dark, industrial pollution belching, harsh-lined, boring structures, encased in drab concrete, eliminating most things natural, shutting out natural light or visibility to the outside. The energy put into them is exploitative, greedy and mean-spirited cheapness, lack of concern for nature, natural systems, or living beings, and derisive or ignorant insensitivity to or lack of interest in living spirit. They are soulless, energy sapping, dull, ugly and vicious.
We then expect others to work and be satisfied there, and we have to drive them like slaves to make them do it, because they feel bad. There’s too little beauty. Work is a struggle of will power pitted against a natural drive to leave the ugliness. Our energy is resonating with things we do not like, want or need, so we feel bad. Our spirit is being drained, rather than lifted. We hate work.
We line many of our main roadways with ugly storefront boxes and businesses, and put advertisements and billboards in the gaps to obscure views of anything that’s not ugly. The roadways themselves are hideous scars on the land, filled with ugly traffic and surrounded by foul air. We view it with stress and clenched teeth, from the ugly soul constrainers of our boring car boxes. It makes us feel bad, unless we can tune it out, with occasional music between advertisements and ego blabber, for example.
So many of our housing developments are dull streets lined with drab, identical, utilitarian boxes people seem trapped in, because we’re rarely seen outside on the artificially square plots of land, with their unused lawns and token trees and plants. Apartment buildings look like dreary concrete garages where we park the poor when they’re not slaving to survive in the retail and labor mines. Schools look like places we put kids because we want them to die. Cities are infested with blight, like eczema, strangled with ugly utility lines. We’re stimulated to feel bad by ugly environments. Why do we do that?
We spend huge amounts of time, money and effort creating spirit stomping ugliness and then wonder why we have problems there. Ugliness makes us feel bad. At best we ignore or repress it, but it still eats away at us inside.
Let’s stop making things ugly! If it’s worth creating, it’s worth putting some pride and creative energy into making it reflect or stimulate something in our spirit that feels good. Let’s value art and music, beautiful buildings and homes, beautiful parks and natural preserves, and things that make us feel good!
Creating, experiencing and enjoying beauty is important. We need to feel good inside, because we are being stimulated by things and experiences in our environment that make us feel ways we want to feel, and so good feelings contribute to projecting beautiful pictures of reality in our minds. Create, experience and appreciate virtuous beauty! More nature, art, dance and music!
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