It’s really difficult to put such concept as harmony into words, but let’s try! Harmony gives the feeling of oneness or unity; it’s the impression that different parts or aspects belong together. It brings all elements and people together magnifying their beauty and positivity. It cannot be in one of the extremes because it’s the middle ground we all seek. It’s in nature, but can be created by humans, and indeed it’s one of our purposes since it explains diversity and doesn’t exist without it nor clash with it. It was the Mahatma Gandhi who said: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony“.
Harmony was featured as the PosiWord of the week a couple of weeks back on the PI website.
Harmony is not an easy thing to achieve on a personal level let alone outwards, but when achieved the blessings and advantages are countless. It’s a true bliss then to be in line with the universe and in unity with the rest of the world despite the seeming differences and diversities. Marcus Aurelius says: “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe”.
Our friend Shannon Campbell shared six points on the subject of achieving personal harmony: “You must be present. You must be attentive. You must be working on intention and purpose. You must be listening and on input mode. You must be mindful or point and counterpoint and the dynamics of sound and life. You must be open. You must evolve from ego and dissonance.” I have to add that to be in harmony one must be in love with all beings and vice versa, which naturally comes when these six points are applied. “Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love” James Allen.
Romantic love can be seen from this angle as two souls being in total harmony together. The kind of harmony that will provide them the energy to dance the dance perfectly and joyously, and help them accept and understand their shortcomings as human beings and learn from each other; they become one!
Have you ever heard something that seemed “just right” to you? Perhaps it was the performance or a song or an instrumental composition. All the aspects of the performance—the performers, the musical composition, the instruments—seemed perfectly combined and in harmony with each other. It’s such a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? Harmonious music is positive music, or what we call at PI PosiMusic, and positive music can make wonders in our lives. It can pick us up so softly and gently from negative feeling or thoughts in an instant.
PI/PMI founder Victor Sinclair added on the discussion of harmony and music: “when you say harmony in music it means you have to be listening to the other source of music to make sure the notes you are singing/playing are part of the same chord and therefore not dissonant. So it is with humanity, we must play in tune and when the White Ivory Keys are playing with the different Black Ebony Keys they must always adjust in order to blend harmoniously.”
Through my study and career as an Interior designer I have personally found that unity and harmony are the most important of the five design principles. How many times do we admire spaces even if they don’t match our personal styles and preferences? It’s because they have harmony and were done with care and inspiration. On a practical level, such harmonious surroundings help create positivity. They increase our abilities and enhance our qualities. It’s true that harmony is achieved within, but ‘outside’ harmony can give us a great push with all the positive feelings and sensations it creates, which leads to more harmonious manifestations, and this positive cycle will keep rolling. Sallust said it best: “Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay”.
Not only our personal traits can magnify and grow when exposed to the light of harmony, but also our productivity increases noticeably at work places. And that doesn’t happen just by creating positive physical environments, but also by having people who have certain chemistry between them work together. That’s an art in itself that successful managers can tell you about!
As mentioned in my definition of harmony; it’s one of our purposes and aspirations as humans. In design, a room with too similar elements can be boring, and one with clashing elements can be disturbing. Similarly, we are different for a reason, so that life won’t be boring and monotonous. Not understanding this fact and focusing only on the differences can be destructive! Harmony comes to create the middle ground for all, and help us learn about ourselves.
I guess we can agree that the world today isn’t exactly ‘in-harmony’. Countries and world leaders care only about their interests. But these world leaders did not come from outer space; they came from among us! So, it’s the job and responsibility of each one of us to achieve harmony within. We, however, can’t wait till all humans do that, but people with similar energy frequencies will start forming groups that will work on enhancing our world using different ways and visions. The collective efforts of all these groups will eventually create the world we all want. Peace and harmony will prevail. We may or may not live to see that time, but it will be so worth that the whole humanity will be proud of every human who have once contributed to the creation of such world.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” 🙂