If you’ve seen the movie, The secret, then you know Reverend Michael Beckwith from the Agape Spiritual Community in Culver City, California.
Reverend Beckwith teaches a concept he calls vision, in which you ask the question (most often, I think, with a specific question in mind), “What is the idea of God?” so be quiet. If you can calm down the chatter, you begin to imagine receiving images and feeling tones. This is a revelation; God thinks through you.
I can talk at length about this process and what you might do after receiving these sounds and images – better to hear Reverend Beckwith directly, of course – but the point is that if you ask and be open, and get your ego apart, God speaks to you and through you.
(A brief explanation here of what I mean when I refer to God: I want to say that Infinite source of energy creating life force, the Energy which, when connected to it, feels like love, peace and harmony; and when you are disconnected from it, you feel fear, hatred, disharmony and so on. A simple metaphor: if God is the sun, you and I are sunbeams, creations and extensions of this energy.)
This process has application and implication in all areas of human activity. We are surrounded by rich and complete spiritual ideas that need vehicles to manifest. As conscious extensions of Source Energy, we can very effectively tap into “Source Spirit” and discern between the reactionary functioning of the ego and the purer “intention” of God and become those vehicles.
As a saxophonist, as a channeller of loving energy, my job is to “get out of the way” much like Reverend Beckwith’s visioning process. I ask the question: “What is the idea of God on this music?” or, “What is the musical message that God wants to communicate through me?” or “What is the purest creative and loving energy that I can allow to pass through me as I perform this music?”
Then I try to step aside, I try to let go of my ego’s “mentation mechanisms”, I listen and respond to musical “sights and sounds”. With specific intention I let go of the attachment to the outcome and let that feeling of love flow into my heart and flow through my fingers into the saxophone in the best way I know.
This is, I hope, the essence of romantic Saxon music, and it is, I hope, what you, the listener, can feel when you hear the music.