Author Interview

Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Amy Lignor is talking with Stephen O’Connor, author of Harmonology: An Insider’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music.

FQ: Could you tell our readers a bit about your background? Being a jazz guitarist, composer, with a list of accolades, how did the concept of Harmonology first come about?

O’CONNOR: I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I didn’t start my musical career until around the age of 16, when I started playing bass in a surf band. Soon after college, I gained a strong interest in jazz, and I began to investigate the guitar. In my early 20’s I won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Scholarship for performance and composition, to the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Upon my return to Southern California I not only played jazz with talented Southern California artists, but also entered the recording studios as a session player. Soon, I found myself writing and composing for Sea World, Toyota, Jeep, Folder’s Coffee, TV, film and documentaries. My writing career brought me to write for Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, The Republic of China, The Seville World’s Fair, The Olympics, NASA Space & Rocket Center and many others. I was fortunate to receive a commission to compose a suite for the San Diego Symphony and a commission to write a work for violin, jazz piano and jazz bass, which I talk about on my first book, Counterpoint to Reality.  Throughout that time I also had a very deep curiosity about who I was and why I was here. I read and studied intensely for years, mainly in the Western Esoteric Tradition. Ultimately, I was initiated into various occult and secret Orders such as The Knights Templars, The Rosicrucian Order, The Order of Pythagoras, The Order of Melchizedek and The Martinist Order. Through those experiences I was able to investigate the power of sound through vowel intonation and the nature of vibration. Harmonology is the logical result of that research and study.

FQ: Your novel, Counterpoint to Reality, was focused on your spiritual journey. Do you feel that journey is parallel or linked to your quest to Harmonology and being more open in regards to finding and keeping successful relationships?

O’CONNOR: Counterpoint to Reality was a memoir. It chronicled my Path to understanding and helped me “lay it out on the table,” if you will. During those years of deep investigation, I became acutely aware of energy and vibration as being the essence of all creation. Music is just that – energy and vibration. It wasn’t until later that I realized that since we, ourselves are vibrational, we must create sympathetic bond with those vibrating around us, like two notes played together on the guitar. That’s when it all began for me. It all started to come together––music and relationships.

FQ: Did you, yourself, attain music therapy during your lifetime? And is there a person or persons who have had an effect on your writing?

O’CONNOR: As I mentioned earlier, I spent a large amount of time investigating sound, not only for creating resonance and spiritual alignment, but also for assisting the chakras to open and begin their vibratory entrainment with each other. In a very tangible sense, I was dealing with sound therapy in a way that was just opening up to exploration at the time, at least in the West.

FQ: What can readers look forward to in the future? Will Harmonology be a subject that you feel you will write about again? Or will you be exploring other paths?

O’CONNOR: I am amazed at how Harmonology just keeps opening up and expanding. I know I have only scratched the surface on this subject. I hope to eventually interest someone in the scientific field to put the concept to the test.  I’m now curious as to the multi-ethnic ramifications such as how the idea plays out in other cultures, especially those, for example, that are more “macho” or male dominated, and those that do not use the 12 note musical scale.

FQ: You have had so many unbelievable accomplishments in your career. Can you speak about a few that perhaps included Harmonology? For example: is there a certain piece of music that is linked with a certain event of yours that remains in the forefront of your mind?

O’CONNOR: Being a musician and composer who has spent his entire adult life immersed in sound, I can’t say I have any one piece of music that surfaces on my conscious mind. Perhaps, Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber, or The Gentle Side of Coltrane, bring back the deepest memories, complete with emotional attachments. I was fortunate to have been given a special gift in both music and the Spiritual mysteries. Most of my major accomplishments have come through visions or dreams. Where those come from is out of my understanding. Harmonology is most definitely one of those. I feel it’s a gift–to be given at a time that it is needed.

FQ: Although this may sound like a “political” question, I assure you it’s not. From your point of view, believing in universal harmony, do you feel that areas in our world that are failing consistently (whether environmentally, education, etc.) could be fixed with Harmonology?

O’CONNOR: That is a deep and highly interesting question. The thought that large masses of humanity, say an ethnic or regional group of people, or even a country, can contain a singular vibratory pattern and then interact with another is very compelling. Could, for example, the Catholics and the Protestants in Ireland form a flat 5th or flat 2nd interval? If that could be proven, even to a small degree, it would take our understanding to a new level, perhaps even allowing healing and acceptance to happen.

FQ: Do you believe in astrology? You work with the 12-month calendar and music for this book, but do you have any belief or interest in how that part of science works upon relationships?

O’CONNOR: I think it’s all the same. The reason I did not include astrology in my book is that I wanted to stay neutral and open. Harmonology is unique enough to stand on its own. I also purposefully tried to avoid the label of “New Age,” though whether I accomplished that is up for further discussion. Again, it’s all vibrations. Astrology makes a fine case for understanding the “Matrix,” as I call it. So do many other disciplines, such as the Kaballah, the I-Ching and others.

FQ: Is there one thing you wish the reader to take away from this book?

O’CONNOR: Most definitely. I know that we, as a species, are, as they say in Star Trek, at the edge of a new frontier. The old paradigm is crumbling, and rightly so. In order to survive and prosper, we all need to clean up our act. Now is the time to tap into our higher power, take control of our lives and become, as I wrote in Counterpoint, a true being–to walk upright. In the Church of Santo Daime, where I experienced ayahuasca, they held to the belief of the “Second Coming of the Christ.” That’s when you meld with your Inner Presence and raise it to the level of Master. In the Knights Templar, it was called “Slaying the Dragon.” I am not religious, but that symbolism rings strong with me. Our relationships are a good place to begin that process. Harmonology has the potential to give many the tools to heal their relationship wounds and live in a much more positive and healthy, happy way.

To learn more about Harmonology: An Insider’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Through Music please read the review at: Feathered Quill Book Reviews. 

Your relationships are there for you to grow!

A friend sent me this post by Monica Loren and featured in the Yoga Journal.

It makes some excellent points in regard to your relationships and your growth. I am passing it along since I know you will enjoy reading it!

Your partner as a reflection of you

Cultivate Relationships | Couple  

Taking a closer look at yourself

Does your partner often upset you? Does he/she do things you don’t want them to do or dot not do things you wish they did?  In other words, you feel as they do not fulfill your “needs?” Before you decide to find someone who will “give you what you want or need” consider deeply that may be none of it has to do with them, but what triggers you comes from within you.A partner who challenges you is someone who can bring you directly to the highest aspect of yourself. They will directly show you where all of the hidden shadows and aspects of yourself you are running away from so that they can be liberated from the illusions and false beliefs that lie dormant inside of you.

This kind of partner can be your portal to the divine, if you allow it. If you are willing to buckle up your seat belt tightly when the ride gets bumpy, then there is a tremendous amount of freedom and liberation on the other side.

The issues that may come up in your relationship are not about your partner, but about a piece of you that is trying to be seen. The things you are not getting from your partner are not about them fulfilling these needs. No one will ever be able to fulfill your needs but you. Nor will anything outside of yourself will ever fulfill you or make you happy. 

If you come across difficulties in your relationship that are about your partner needing to change for you, these are actually opportunities to see how you can fulfill those needs within yourself. Once you do this, it will open the door to your partner reflecting these needs back to you. What is within you will be reflected back. Or it won’t even matter to you any longer because that void or lack of will be filled from within.

We tend to project our issues onto the ones we love. In fact, it’s never about the story that is happening, but what the feelings are underneath the story. When this can be understood, you will see that it wasn’t really about them, it frees you from the emotional charge you were experiencing. You can therefore comprehend that this was a hidden pain that was within you waiting to be expressed. This is true union with the divine. The divine within yourself, with your partner simply being a reflection of it.

This type of union isn’t just for your evolution but for your partner as well. If you are feeling as though your partner may not be willing to be as objective or conscious, just apply it for your self and see what happens. Either, your frequency will help shift them, or you will attract someone else who will.

You are one blessed being if you are in such a relationship, as it will allow you to dive deeper into the depth of your being. Thank your partner DEEPLY for not giving you what you want so that it can bring you closer to the truth of who you really are! Thank the magic that has brought you two together!

 

A Message from KRYON

Some years ago I attended a spiritual convention and jazz concert, in which I performed, in Hamburg, Germany. The main speaker, Lee Carroll, who was an old friend of mine, was the channeler for an entity named Kryon. I just came across this article and found the information so resonant that I felt compelled to post it on to all of you. Read it carefully. It contains the wisdom of our future. Lorena and I are already reprogramming our internal matrixes to conform to this new healing and anti-aging through Qi Gong, namely Spring Forest Qi Gong.

KRYON

Suddenly in 2012, you passed the marker [as measured by the precession of the equinoxes], and you’ve come to a place in consciousness that the ancient prophecies all told you about. Dear ones, that’s why I’m here! You have the ability, for the first time, to do what we saw was possible 25 years ago when I arrived. Your DNA is starting to evolve.

I want all of you to start telling Innate that you don’t need to go through the transition of death to pass on the wisdom you have. There is a new process now, and it’s different than any you have had in the past. Not only can your present wisdom to pass into the grids of the planet today, but everything you have learned from the beginning can be applied, too. Your full Akashic wisdom and learning is suddenly accessible in real time to the energy of Earth.
You don’t need to reincarnate quickly anymore. Instead, you can do it by remaining here as your DNA starts to increase in efficiency. By the time you get to 36 percent (do the numerology), the process is complete. You will then have the ability to stay – a very long time! Dear ones, Innate doesn’t know that. For thousands of years, it has been progressing this planet’s potential spiritual growth by giving short lifetimes. Innate needs to know this, and you are the ones to tell it. Longer lifetimes are the key to the planet’s evolution!
Doesn’t it make logical sense, dear ones, that you could accomplish more on this planet if you don’t have to be reborn and have to grow up all over again? Stay!
There are many on this earth who will say, “This is silly. You are born one way and stay that way.”But this is simply old traditional thinking. You can reprogram almost everything in your body! Many of you know that you’ve changed your entire personality, perhaps even your Human nature! You’ve even changed your corporeal structure. There are those reading this who have stopped aging, and that’s what this is about – proof that these things are real.
The key to stopping the aging process as you know it today is reprogramming the Innate. Your body is designed to age you, even against common sense! Your cellular body was designed to rejuvenate, and it isn’t doing it well. Do you understand? It is the job of Innate to change this, but it needs the signal to do that. This is free choice, and you are the only one who can do it – not a facilitator or a healer, not a channeller. YOU need to learn how to communicate with Innate.
Tell Innate: “I no longer have to die to create spiritual growth.“ You can do this almost any way you want. Learn how to build affirmations that are positive. Get in touch with the body through whatever process that comes your way. You are ready to communicate to the smart body.
Now, the beauty of this is the following: You don’t have to convince Innate of anything. It knows! It has been waiting for the call! As soon as it sees the progress that you have made in your consciousness, it’s a done deal. Did you hear that? Innate knows who you are! After all, it’s the smart body. But it doesn’t know until you make the call.

Innate is ready to cooperate as soon as it sees the new and evolved avenue of spiritual evolution. The result of this is that you may live a lot longer. Some say, “I’m not certain I want that!” If you say that, then you are buying into an old paradigm that age equals health problems. It doesn’t have to! So that’s the next thing: Stay healthy as you don’t age. [Kryon smile] Youthing is not complicated! Is it possible it’s filled with love? Yes. Is it new? Yes. It’s also smart enough to work well.
Dear ones, I just gave you an attribute that I have never been able to give humanity, and you heard it for the first time tonight. For this information to be given, you had to cross the 2012 energy, past 2013, into 2014. It’s time you knew the truth. You are in control of so much more than you have been taught. That’s how powerful you are. You’re going to see it, and then you’re going to believe it. Indeed, you are all unique, and not all of you are going to be able to awaken Innate with the same strength. That’s because each of you are individuals on a unique spiritual path. Dear ones, I know who you are!
Old souls of this planet, awaken! Awaken to a new process, and a new kind of life. You can double your lifespan and more! Don’t be afraid of what you see around you. There will be those who don’t agree with any of this, and the result will be that they can’t do it. They don’t understand it. Slowly, as you don’t age as much, the differences between you and them may actually frighten them. It won’t be forever, because there will come a time when all humanity will know what I’m teaching tonight is true.

And so it is.

KRYON

 

You hold the power and force of the Universe!

A good portion of our young lives is spent in education. We start out by learning what our parents teach us and then quickly move on to the higher institutionalized educational programs. When we finally come out from the other side of that labyrinth of data and concepts, we know many things––some useful, some not.

We can fly an airplane, send a man to outer space, write a symphony and even explore the deep inner space of quantum physics.

What we didn’t learn however is that we create reality. We are the inventors of our matrix. Ultimately, that we control the events that we experience everyday.

What we didn’t learn is that we are vibrational, that all things in existence are vibrational and thus connected on a very deep level.

No one gave us the knowledge of how to love or how to raise teenage children. No one explained the intricacies of relationships––how they interblend with another to form a new energy. And, no one taught us how to heal ourselves from illness.

So with all the education we received as a young person, we often are still without the necessary tools with which to navigate everyday life. We can drive a car but we can’t discover how to be happy. We can design a building but we cannot resolve the tension we create with our partner. And, we can create new drugs that show promise for cures but we cannot understand why our parents were so unloving and cold.

But, things are changing. Finally, in the West, we are discovering the incredible healing power of Qi Gong. Sages in China knew about it for centuries yet, with all of our book learning we had never heard or encountered that wisdom.  Instead, we filled our minds with analytical data––numbers and facts, often only to be corrected or changed for a “better” fact at a later date.

The Western education system totally missed the concepts of intuition and inner vision, long held in sacred regard by the shamans of our world––old and new.

Lately, more and more people are awakening to their inner power, their ability to sense the unseen, to be aware of the constant play of energy that permeates our existence. By opening ourselves up to that newly discovered world of potential, we are starting to collectively move to a more refined vibratory nature.  In a way, the past paradigm of our education system was locked into a box that prevented our inner wisdom from arising. Forces of the past held tight control over the quantity and quality of our learning. That, again, is changing. We are learning to heal ourselves without the intervention of a “specialist.” We are learning to sense energy blockages and resolve those issues before they become disease. We are learning to use vibrational energy to heal our relationships. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, yoga, meditation and many other disciplines are adding greatly to our new knowledge.

Everything is vibration, even our bodies. Hence, when we combine our personal energy with that of another––our child, parent, lover or even our friends, we create an energetic combination that is governed by the laws of the universe, just like in music.  Search your own inner feelings and become intimately aware of your vibrational connection to the universe, and everything in it. Then, you will be able to experience and learn what you were never taught in school, namely– You hold the power and force of the Universe!