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cording to the principles of music, which are also the same laws that govern the Universe. Music can teach us so much more than just how to play an instrument. Music can heal us and help center our minds and souls. It can help us find our true selves and it can help us to communicate and in- teract with others in a much more “musical” – a better way. Sky Academy aims to be a source of inspiration to the students and to help them find their own voice in music and in life. The aim is to become in tune with the musical laws and to overcome obstacles in our own minds in order to be “musically liberated”. Then, anything is possible. You will also become a much better musician and instrumentalist in the process, as long as you go about it in the right way and have sufficient dedication to embark on the journey you must travel in order to get there. The aim is to transcend the necessary level of pure craftsmanship and to reach the much rarer plateau of the true artist. Craftsmanship is the lower octave of Art. Most musicians are craftsmen; few are artists. But we definitely need more art- ists in this world!

What is your view on the link between music and spirituality?

Music originates from the world of the Unseen. Spirit is what gives all living things the spark of life. It makes them expand, lifts them up and fills them with positive energy – the life force. It also imbues music with life and meaning. Music is very close- ly connected with spirit. For me, music without those kinds of sparks is pretty much dead, or without strength or higher value. Just like our guitars, pianos, violins need to be in tune, we also need to be in tune. That is what I connect with the word spirituality.

During one of your workshops I attended you often relate musical notes to colors and taste. Do you have synesthesia?

Yes, I have it to a good degree, but I hasten to add that it is not a medical condition. And I have learned to kind of switch it on and off at will, more or less. Therefore I am not at the constant mercy of it like some people and I’m glad about that. I think it would cloud my judgment. With some people these things tend to take over and then these abilities are pretty useless in terms of doing anything meaningful with them. I don’t want to be at the mercy of any of my senses. On the contrary, sense perception needs to be mastered, interpreted and used wisely, meaning intentionally and skillfully. That goes for all the senses, of which there are quite a few more than the five that we learn about in school and science, by the way... I am very lucky in that I can consciously switch to various modes of perception at will and I can do it pretty much instantly. This is something I have learned to do and practiced a lot when I was much younger. Back then I did investigate my senses, ex- perimented a lot and trained them in a kind of Jedi way almost, but there is still vast room for improvement. I never cease to learn and try to improve my abilities. That’s very important, otherwise there’s no point continuing the journey, is there? The most powerful tool is to juxtapose the way we employ the senses and to combine their strengths. To tune into their

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“Just like are guitars, pianos, violins need to be in tune, we also need to be in tune”. ULR

different, hidden octaves so-to-say and to use a tunnel-vision approach, magnifying the results to see what is really there. Cross-connecting the various

senses in unusual but pow-

erful combinations and juxtaposing, translating the mes- sages from one sensory organ to the next. The results can be amazing and revealing. These, in conjunction with in- spiration, intuition and inner knowledge are the best tools to get to the root of things to connect with the true essence. For instance, in Sky Academy, I am always making a big point of encouraging the students to close their eyes and to start SEEING with their ears. I do that all the time… The results are magical. Yes, ears can see! And so can the nose, the skin, the third eye and so forth. And yes, eyes can hear and they can feel the velvet of a Rembrandt brush stroke. Because photons are carrying the message undiluted and in real time directly into the center of our perception. All we need to do is tune in on the right wavelength and we start perceiving amazing things. That way I have access to many different angles of the spec- trum. And I am still finding new angles, which is very exciting! It is endless… Synesthesia takes on so many different forms with different people, but it is not always the same, scientifically speaking. One needs to learn how to use it effectively. Other- wise it is just like a drug and offers little meaning. Synesthe- sia offers a gateway to unseen worlds and it helps enormously when it comes to a 3-dimensional kind of musical perception. It is the difference between superficial listening and the full- on 360-degree experience that can unfold if we have access to the keys, which can unlock these vistas. Over the years, I have found ways to use synesthesia in a meaningful way which is very helpful in understanding and connecting with the deeper layers, the spirit of music. Some of that – quite a lot, actually – can be taught. But not all of it. Not everyone can have access to the inner sanctum of music itself. To enter there one needs a positive and loving heart and the deepest commitment. There is much more to it than just the colors of the notes, however. That is just the tip of the iceberg, or perhaps a scintillating icing on the cake. There is so much more to it than that, fascinating as this is, though. The whole thing is a beautiful interlocking, multi-facetted system, which includes frequencies of emotions, the world of numbers, astrophysical aspects, symmetries and even more. I am particularly fascinated by the realization how interconnected all these different vantage points are and why things are the way they seem to be. There lies a vast storehouse of knowledge in this; and it is as yet largely unexplored. Music resonates deeply within us, and in a wider sense we ourselves are music. Every organ of the body has a root note and our minds work in a similar way as harmonies, melodies and rhythms do.


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