In Brief: What is Contemplative Musicianship ™
|Can the world now support a medicine of peace? The greater question might be: Friend, how can we not?|
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A brief word:
In order to work with the dying with prescriptive music, a very particular reflective formation, education, orientation and dedication occurs. The spiritual call of vocation is needed. Though certified music-thanatologists represent a wide spectrum of religious identities within the Judeo-Christian worldview, all have grown and studied together in a curricular formation that emphasizes metanoia — a deep change of the formerly habituated and unconscious ways of being/knowing that results in the greater good. This gradual, ongoing and thorough inner change prepares one spiritually and emotionally to meet the daily challenges of a high-pressure service profession. Second, regardless of religious identity, certified music-thanatologists share a daily spiritual praxis that permeates the whole imagination while supporting personal freedom and responsible choice. In many different ways, we try to link (on some inner level) with our dying patients by taking up the opportunity to die to something little each day – an opinion, a bias, a grudge, a disappointment, a misplaced attachment. In the end, this repeated praxis becomes a capacity. At the same time, it prepares us personally for the great transition which awaits every human being and crowns the human biography. Finally, the contemplative dimension resembles the continual process of tuning the harp strings. As we tune ourselves daily, the soul also becomes harmonized.
This vigil information continues on Why the Harp?