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Shining Light And The Journey Of The After Life

January 21, 2013


We are the sum of the atoms of our universe. What passes through our bodies every nanosecond is the beginning of all time and the entire existence of mankind. Which makes me believe that if these atoms carry the souls of all peoples, perhaps we can tune into that energy and capture it on earth in certain sacred and profound places.​

One of those special sacred places is Goat Rock Beach, near the small hamlet of Jenner, California on the Sonoma Coast. It was here that I had a mystical experience that changed my ideas of life after death and opened the doors to a better understanding of the life changing effects of altered states of consciousness.

The seaside town of Jenner is a rugged and beautiful place located at the junction of the Russian River and Pacific Ocean. It is the yin and yang of the Sonoma California Coast. For the river is in a constant battle with the intruding waves of the Pacific Ocean as they collide together at the mouth where they meet. The air is filled with charged ions that alter our energy field, adding to an increased awareness of the surrounding area and our internal dialog with our thoughts and emotions.

The evening that I experienced this mystical epiphany began as I watched the moon dart in and out of the fog on the shores of Goat Rock Beach where I was walking my dog. As I stood on the beach gazing at the moon and stars, I felt an odd sensation in my body. My skin began to tingle and my mind filled with an intensity of love I have never felt before. I was alarmed at first, not knowing where this energy came from, but I knew at that moment something strange and special was happening to me.

This euphoric effect lasted for hours, empowering my subconscious by defining the depth of a lucid dream I had while I slept that evening. It was a beautiful and powerful dream where I heard the most beautiful music I had ever heard before. The music was filled with such awe and wonder that it made me contemplate on how this might be what the sound of an angels harp might sound like plucked from the heavens. To capture this strange and wonderful tone, I picked up my guitar when I awoke from my dream and stumbled upon an odd variation of standard tempered tuning.

This what the tuning sounds like:

(Listen here:)

Shining Light Tuning

(Open Tuning: D# – A# – D – G  – G – D)



As I explored the notes on my fretboard trying to figure out how to play proper chords with this strange new tuning, the song  “Shining Light” burst through me in a creative spark. I wrote the lyrics and music in a matter of minutes, all the while re-learning the notes and chord positions on my guitars fretboard as I strummed along. It was as if something, or someone was guiding me from a divine place.

Shining Light Song

I recorded the tuning and song immediately on my phone so that I could remember and improvise upon in later on. When I read the lyrics I had written, I realized that they told the story of losing my mother to an aneurism in the prime of her life. Was it her spirit that came to me on the beach that evening I encountered that mysterious energy force to inspire me to write this song?


Mother can you hear the sound of children laughing
Children laughing at your feet
And if you gather them around, into a circle
The story starts where we will meet

For the days are passing by
They’re numbered by a time
When the sun sets on us all
We’ll join you in this rhyme

Father can you see the light
A silent memory, a silent memory in your mind
Your children gather round and feel your sorrow
A fallen tree lies on the ground

For the days are passing by
They’re numbered by a time
When the sun sets on us all
We’ll join you in this rhyme

Rest your soul were doing fine
We miss your smile, but its alright
We sing this song for you tonight
Your memory lingers in our minds

Brother can you hear these words
These words we borrow
From the fables of our lives
For in the end we find
A place of knowing
Knowing that our fears are blind

For the days are passing by
They’re numbered by a time
When the sun sets on us all
We’ll join you in this rhyme

And all the love that we share
Comes from knowing that your there
It guides our dreams in the night
Your stars shining light

For the days are passing by
They’re numbered by a time
When the sun sets on us all
We’ll join you in this rhyme

Death is profound in its beauty and understanding of the impermanence of all things. To get a closer understanding of that enlightened state, I studied the philosophy’s of Buddhism, Shamanism and Mysticism. Through my readings of these ancient practices, I have come to believe that this new guitar tuning is a testament to the healing power of music and its ability to bridge the spirit and natural world. In this musical space, musicians connect to a higher power to contribute their “music soul energy” to our universe. It is here that they tell the story of our lives and help reduce the suffering in our world. Music celebrates the power of reincarnation and the acceptance of death told through song, dance and poetry. We are the energy that aligns the earth with the cosmos imprinted with the consciousness of man. Our physical bodies marry with the compounds of the earth (our instruments) to give a voice to nature and the alchemy that offers healing energy to our planet and mankind.

Music is the great connector. It expresses the oneness of all things and shares a path similar to the constructs of Buddhism. In Zen philosophy, music operates in the tradition of the “three characteristics” of existence. The “anicca”, which is the observation that everything is always in a constant flux of energy and matter, (hence, the tonal and atonal sounds of this unique guitar tuning I discovered). The “dukha”, where the mind is always in a state of dissatisfaction, (hence, the tension created by the abstract sounds created by this tuning). The “anatta”, the realization that if we observe our behaviors closely, there is no “I” to be found, (hence, the search for melodic sensibilities from the chaotic non-tempered sounds of this tuning to help guide the soul and spirit in an egoless and meaningful way towards enlightenment.)

Can the dead speak? One can only speculate until we enter the twilight world beyond our life on earth. Until then, I find comfort knowing that the ones we love live through us in the powerful message of music under the watchful eyes of the cosmos.

Scot Sier

The Shining Light experience inspired me to create the “Internal Spark” blog. A blog that focuses on creativity and spirituality in the advancement of the art of making music.

Visit the links below for interviews on spirituality and creativity with our special musical guests.

For Indian tabla-electronica musician/philanthropist, Robin Sukhadia, click here,

For Persian Nu-Flamenco musician, Farzad Arjmand, click here.

For Zen Age guitarist/composer, Shambhu Vineberg, click here.




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