Peaceful Training as per the Oquaga Spirit. With a wave of a wand, I become a poet. I’ve always just been a composer of music. However, at Oquaga Lake I met a spirit. She loves to dictate poetry to me. This happens no where else. The resort is in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It is 25 miles East of Binghamton, New York. US-17 is the road that skirts the resort. Just drive straight up the slope for about 3.5 miles and you’re there. The Scott family have a huge presence on the lake. I have been in their employment for about 15 non-consecutive years. My first year was 1983. Eventually, the wisdom of the Oquaga Spirit as spoken will be on this site. Here is one of her poems from that summer of ’83. That year she seemed to have preferred mostly iambic pentameter in quatrains. That translates to 5 beats per measure in groups of four lines. Later she used triple meter in rhyme and quatrains. The result of the triple meter is The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It is available as a product on DSOworks.com.
Training for a subject means following a system for mastery.
In sports that means specific and proven exercises
Diet must be regulated for strength and endurance.
Athletes need to partake of practice situations.
Playing a musical instrument requires training.
Various technical problems need to be overcome.
Tone production and theory are of great assistance.
Rehearsals are necessary to prepare for the concert.
Studying for an exam necessitates a systematic approach.
Facts should be reviewed on a regular basis.
Primary concepts should be learned before the secondary,
Lists of questions and answers are also helpful.
For nations, training for war has become routine.
People, time and resources are channeled into conflict.
Mankind has come to accept war as a fact of life.
We eat, drink, sleep, and go to war.
The way of war goes back to recorded history.
Even now we still send many to the slaughter of battle.
Should you ask: Is there really an alternative?
I would answer with a question, how many train for peace?
Training for peace also require diligence.
Departments of Defense and War have become the norm.
But you ask, isn’t war a part of human nature?
No, we always have a choice between the two?
It seems we’ve fallen in efforts for peaceful training;
Even though we have one such world organization.
Everyone knows of the United Nations in New York.
We can also to help peaceful efforts along:
Anyone can practice peace in daily dealings,
And remember the saying: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Good deeds definitively promote the cause of peace.
Conclusion: Peace is easy going and yet accessible to all.
Musical Backbone of the Cosmos is a Number Square.Musical unity of the cosmos issues forth from the 3 x 3 number square. Notice that 8 boxes surround the central box in the featured picture. Be it ancient or modern, the number 5 is the crux of tones or key signatures:
In antiquity 8 the tones of the scale were derived from a series of ascending fifths. For example, “C” to “G” or “G” to “D”.
In modern times (today) key signatures are derived from a circle of 5ths. In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths when approached backwards) is the relationship among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space. *On ascending 5 tones to a new key signature, a new sharp is added that is 5 tones higher than the previous sharp. For example, G major has one sharp. It is an F#. D major has 2 sharps. It maintains the F# from the key of “G”. D major adds new C#. Note: F#,G,A,B,C#. Counting “F”, then “C” is 5 letter names higher.
Musical Backbone Set in the 3 x 3 Grid
Music comes in 8 bar segments. In the same way, on the featured picture boxes and their numbers, they are paired by opposites. For example, any boxed number and its opposite boxed number always totals ten. This includes 2 + 8. Or, 3 + 7, etc. Two paired boxes total 8 lines. This is at 4 lines per box.
In music the first 4 bars are called antecedent
The second 4 bars are called consequent
A complete musical song form typically uses 32 bars segments. These are described by AABA. Each letter (A or B)represents 8 bars of music. Likewise, 8 boxes are encompassed by the circle on the featured picture. That makes for 32 lines: 4 (lines per square) x 8 squares = 32 lines.
Here is one for those who believe this blog is simply a “slight of hand.” Go around the perimeter. That is, the numbers surrounding the central “5”. Use two numbers at the time in either direction as follows. You get the same total. Here is the clockwise direction. 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. The ancients tuned to A-440. We tune to A-440.
A number of blogs on DSOworks show the unity of the arts and sciences. They demonstrate how this is effected through the above featured number square. We know the way to peace. Why not follow the road signs? It’s that easy.
Most important, he had access to the books in the Library at Alexandria, Egypt. Shortly afterwards, it was burned down. We find a brief reference to Philo by the 1st-century Jewish historian Josephus. In Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus tells of this philosopher’s selection by the Alexandrian Jewish community as their principal representative before the Roman emperor Gaius Caligula. Earlier he had stated: “The Mesopotamians were known to seek worldwide harmony and unison through the musical tones.” The specifics of their system were lost when the Library at Alexandria was burned down.
I Rediscovered the System Philo Wrote About and Have Blogged About How it Works
Songs and instruments circa 1800 BC were rediscovered fairly recently. A team of scholars from the University of California at Berkeley discovered the world’s oldest known song. I believe the system they discovered was known 1000’s of years earlier. Their find was March 1974. The team included Richard Crocker, Anne Kilmer and Robert Brown. The song, in notation, was on a cuneiform tablet. It dated back to 1800 B.C. The location was Ugarit on the Mediterranean Coast. Their findings help to confirm Philo’s words: the Mesopotamians were known to ” seek worldwide harmony and peace through musical tones.” The scale the Summerians used was the same heptatonic-diatonic scale we use in contempororary western music. It was also played in Greek music of the first millennium B.C.
HERE IS THE ESSENCE OF HOW THE MESOPOTAMIANS USED MUSICAL TONES
We know the number of vibrations per second for each tone. Issac Asimov lists the notes of the old diatonic scale in On Physics. Here is a sample. Discover many more by reading my blogs. They are free. I will write about many more. My goal is to re-establish “worldwide harmony and unison.” This can be done.
Each side of the Great Pyramid measures 440 cubits. The diatonic “A” vibrated 440 times per second.
The distance from the Great Pyramid to the Sphinx is 440 megalithic yards. Again, the ancient diatonic “A” vibrated 440 times per second.
The Great Circle is in Newark, Ohio. It was built by the Hopewell culture. The diameter is 44o megalithic yards.
A different tone: C was 264 vibrations per second. The distance from the center of the Stonehenge to the heel stone is 264 feet.
Lepenski Vir in Yugoslavia goes back to 7,000 B.C. It has a rectangular foundation. The measurements are 555 ft. x 165 feet. This translates to 264 megalitic yards. That is the diatonic “C” by number. Thus, the tradition is much older than the Summerians. Evidence will continually be presented as we go along.
Music, by number, was placed in architecture all over the civilized world. The goal was to build peaceful and longlasting civilization. Slowly, but surely, the sites will be in the blogs. Hope you enjoy them.
Peace Can be Acquired By Uncovering the Distant. The key is using numbers five and six. Worldwide measure was once based on their interaction. Five was considered to be yin. Six was yang. They interacted through the megalithic yard. Through the Middle Ages five and six were still key numbers. At the time, the rose with its five strong petals was yin. The lily with its six petals was considered yang. Author, John Michell, discusses the topic in his City of Revelation. See chapter six, Sacred Geometry, The Plan of the Holy City.
How were 5 and 6 brought together to Create Peace?
They were unified by a Neolitic measure, the megalithic yard. It is 2.72 feet. Professor A. Thom of Oxford University discovered it in the late 1960’s. It had a worldwide use. Here is the formula for the measure. The number was then taken as feet. The 12 inch foot is of great antiquity. The cubic inch of gold was a standard unit of weight in Summeria, Babylon and Greece. Examples can be found at the British Museum. A cube has 12 edges. Thus, 12 edges x 1 inch = 1 foot.
5 x 6/ 5 + 6 = 2.727272……
The 2.72 foot measure was also projected by the Egyptian Canon of measures. I think the MY’s relationship of 5 to 6 was rediscovered by myself? The Egyptian formula was expressed differently. The megalithic yard was: the square root of 5 x 1.2165 foot Egyptian remen = 2.72 feet.
Israel Partakes of the 5 and 6 Tradition for Peace.
Six is obvious. It is the 6-pointed Star of David. Finding 5 involves gematria. This is a word that expresses the total unity the numbers and letters once had. There were no separate letter and number systems. Israel in Hebrew translates to 541 (יִשְׂרָאֵל). One (1) was often added to words for the presence of God. The tradition was called colel. How does that relate to number five? A pentagon (five-sided, plane geometrical figure) has 540 degreees.
What About the Oquaga Spirit and Peace?
So where does my poetry book The Oquaga Spirit Speaks come in? In my case, knowledge and insight came on Oquaga Lake. I spent many summers at Scotts Oquaga Lake House as the piano player. A spirit would keep me company on my hikes through nature. The blogs are all free. If you feel like it, read the words of the Indian spirit in this book. It is posted as a product on DSOworks.com. Download is $7.99, Hard copy has just been made available on demand. Price for the 80 poems and all color pictures is $29.99. Add $5.00 for shipping and handling.
Remen, Egyptian and where this Ancient Measure Came From. There are several sources of ancient measures. All are valid. Jay Hambidge lectured about his discovery: The Ancient Canon of Measures. This was at the turn of the 20th century. He started with a square. Each side measured 1 Egyptian remen. Then he drew a diagonal from an upper corner. It bisected the base (half diagonal is not in picture below. He shows other measures in this particular diagram). This “half diagonal” is also basic to ancient measure. Incidentally, this half diagonal is 1.118 times longer than any of the one remen square’s sides. The number 1.118 is the key concept of Judaism as follows:
The most sacred prayer in Judaism is the Shema Yisroel. It declares the oneness of God. שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד. (Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One). The Scripture is taken from Deuteronomy 6:4.
In many Middle eastern languages letters doubled as the numbers. There was no separate number system like English. Translating the words to numbers, they equal 1,118. It is the same as the ratio of the half diagonal to any side of the initial square. Anyone who knows Hebrew can double check my figures.
This system is popularly called “gematria”-a Greek word. John Michell discusses this topic in his numerous works.
The Egyptian Remen Comes From a Formula Involving the 3 x 3 Number Square in Its traditional Arrangement
Work with your calculator to double check me.
Add the numbers around the central 5 (I term these numbers p1 which stands for perimeter one). The eight numbers total 40.
Then add them two at the time overlapping the numbers. (I call this p-2. This stands for perimeter two: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. Now take the number three at the time.
Overlap the third with the first number. I call this p-3. This stands for perimeter three. 492 + 276 + 618 + 834 = 2,220.Then (p-1) is 40 + (P-2) is 440 + ( P-3) 2,220 = 2700. Finally, Divide the 2700 total of p1 + p2 + p3 by/ p3(2220) or 40 + 440 + 2220/2220 = 1.2162…virtually one Egyptian remen.
This is most appropriate because numerous sources call this tiny 3 x 3 number square the engineer’s number square. I have been spent years searching out how ancient builders worked with it, worldwide. On the Great Pyramid of Egypt, each side of the square base = 440 cubits (perimeter two’s numerical total).
Why all this fuss? Peace is based on what we all have in common. This tiny number square provides the seed of peace in this regard. It needs to be planted and cultivated. Now is the time. The engineer’s number square can give us an harmonious vision for mankind.