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We had the experience but missed the meaning
T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets
What does it mean? How many times we ask ourselves that question!
Frankl wrote that to find meaning in onefs life was the primary
motivational force in man. Gurdjieff fs fundamental question was gWhat
is the meaning and purpose of manfs life on earthh? Without meaning,
life becomes only a dreary disillusionment, a mere stop-gap between birth
and death. Since our human nature abhors a vacuum, our common search
turns towards filling the ever-present inner void. Our humanity urges us
to fill in the empty space between the two points. What urges us is the
will to meaning: Who am I? What am I? Why am I here?
The Mysteries not only address these wrenching human questions, but
afford them objective, mathematically-provable answers. The Mystery
teachings are all about the science of mediation. Mediation means the
gmean between the extremes.h Without the calculable knowledge of
the mean, we are the halt leading the blind; and all fall into the ditch of
ignorance and discord.
From ancient times, the keynote of the special training into the Mysteries
concerned the vibratory laws of harmonics. Harmonics is the language of
initiates. Even today, our scientists, peering into the ineluctable mysteries
of Nature, recognize how the knowledge harmonics unveils the hidden,
mysterious, underlying substructure of the visible material world in
which we live. They call it string theory. However, they see only the tip
of the iceberg, and fail to comprehend the vastness of the structure lying
below the surface. Consequently, their results give no real meaning to
their discoveries. As ancient cultures well knew, unless understood with
a special cast of mind, the arid and secular (Ú Ital. secco, dry) knowledge
of mathematical harmonic ratios lead only to pedantic factual data that no
one, except perhaps the pedants themselves, care to peruse. The sacred
meaning is lost.
Meaning, one might say, is the value computed by dividing the sum of
two extremes of a range of values by 2. Both means and meaning are
valuable as the connectors that join together the proverbial two ends of the
octave stick. Means are what come in between. As the ancient musicians
were at pains to point out, means provide the middle position. As the
reconciling force, they represent the distinctive and valuable aspects of
our human nature.
In the Timaeus, Plato expresses the importance of the mean that mediates
between the two incommensurable things: mind and body, allegorized
as fire and earth. However, the universal frame was not simply a surface
plane (for which a single mean would have sufficed). Rather, it was a
solid, gand solid bodies are always compacted not by one mean but by
two.h Therefore,
God placed water and air in the mean between fire and earth,
and made them to have the same proportion so far as was
possible(as fire is to air, so is water to earth); and thus he bound
and put together a visible and tangible heaven. And for these
reasons, and out of such elements which are in number four,
the body of the world was created, and it was harmonized by
proportion, and therefore has the spirit of harmonia; and having
been reconciled to itself,

The Meaning of the Musical Tree by Mitzi DeWhitt

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