Reflections on Music and Sound

God created by the power of sound, and the “music of the spheres” holds all life in being.

Alice Bailey

Sound permeates all forms; the planet itself has its own note or sound; each minute atom also has its sound; each form can be evoked into music and each human being has his peculiar chord and all chords contribute to the great symphony which the Hierarchy and Humanity are playing, and playing now. Every spiritual group has its own tune (if I may employ so inappropriate a word) and the groups which are in process of collaborating with the Hierarchy make music ceaselessly. This rhythm of sound and this myriad of chords and notes blend with the music of the Hierarchy itself and this is a steadily enriching symphony; as the centuries slip away, all these sounds slowly unite and are resolved into each other until some day the planetary symphony and our Earth will then make a notable contribution to the great chords of the solar system—and this is a part, intrinsic and real, of the music of the spheres. Then, as the Bible says, the Sons of God, the planetary Logoi, will sing together. This, my brother, will be the result of right breathing, of controlled and organised rhythm, of true pure thought and of the correct relation between all parts of the chorus.

Alice Bailey (adapted)

Music expresses the harmony of the universe, while rituals express the order of the universe. Through harmony all things are influenced, and through order all things have a proper place. Music rises from heaven, while rituals are patterned on the earth.


[There will eventually emerge] a creativity of such wondrous dimensions that the world will stand amazed; nothing like it will have been seen before. A creative planning for human well-being and a political expression, implementing this planning, will demonstrate in every country; a creative thinking will be apparent which will express itself in writing and in poetry; creative imagining will produce the new art, the new colours, the new architecture and the new culture; a creative responsiveness to the “music of the spheres” will bring forth the new music.

Alice Bailey (adapted)

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.

Thomas Carlyle

Know when the music of the spheres comes to you note by note, in misty dawn or sunny noon, at cool of eve, or sounding through the deep of night, that in their rhythmic tone lies secret revelation.

Alice Bailey

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Lao Tzu

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

Martin Luther

To know the science of music is nothing else than this,—to know how all things are ordered, and how God’s design has assigned to each its place; for the ordered system in which each and all by the supreme Artist’s skill are wrought together into a single whole yields a divinely musical harmony, sweet and true beyond all melodious sounds.