The Mysticism of “The Phantom of the Opera”


 
Any form or thing can be, and is, a reflection of Spirit, and, as Zen teaches, any activity can become a meditation.

When I began to listen intently to the lyrics of the love songs in the stage musical “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, I began to perceive an underlying current of mysticism in them. For example, in the song “The Music of the Night,” I began to hear the Phantom’s words as words of seduction and love spoken by the Spirit in its divine romance with the human soul. Its mystical union with the soul in meditation became to me the music of the night.

Here is that beautiful song performed by the original London stage Phantom, Michael Crawford. May you also find the mysteries of the divine romance and meditation in it. Above all, enjoy it.

Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night.
(From “The Phantom of the Opera”)

Listen very closely as the Phantom (in our case, the Spirit) begins the seduction (at time count 0:52 of the video) with the words “Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendour…” and then tells you to “Close your eyes start a journey through a strange, new world; leave all thoughts of the world you knew before..” Open your feelings to the song… “Only then can you belong to me.” …and be seduced in “sweet intoxication” by the Spirit’s plea to “Help me make the music of the night.

[Acknowledgment: To KathyGeinLecter for the Michael Crawford video of the song and its lyrics on YouTube.com.]

Lyrics:
Nighttime sharpens, heightens each sensation
Darkness wakes and stirs imagination
Silently the senses abandon their defenses
Helpless to resist the notes I write
For I compose the music of the night.

Slowly, gently, night unfurls its splendour
Grasp it, sense it, tremulous and tender
Hearing is believing, music is deceiving
Hard as lightning, soft as candle light;
Dare you trust the music of the night.

Close your eyes for your eyes will only tell the truth
And the truth isn’t what you want to see
In the dark it is easy to pretend..
That the truth is what it ought to be…

Softly, deftly, music shall caress you.
Hear it, feel it, secretly possess you.
Open up your mind, let your fantasies unwind
In this darkness which you know you cannot fight
The darkness of the music of the night.

Close your eyes start a journey through a strange, new world;
Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before.
Close your eyes and let music set you free;
Only then can you belong to me.

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication
Touch me, trust me, savour each sensation.
Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in
To the power of the music that I write,
The power of the music of the night.

(music)

You alone can make my song take flight;
Help me make the music of the night.

With some modification in the lyrics as when the Phantom tells Christine to “Turn your face away from the garish light of day; turn your thoughts away from cold unfeeling light…and listen to the music of the night,” here is the sensuous movie version of the song performed by Gerard Butler.

[Acknowledgment: To thephantomoftheopera for the Gerard Butler film rendition of the song on YouTube.com.]

Once the divine romance between Spirit and your soul enters its climax, Spirit grasps your soul firmly in the lock of Its dissolving embrace, and you know you have reached the Point of No Return — a point of mystical oneness, spiritual ecstasy, deep emotional rapture, and intense mental orgasm.

Read the lyrics of the sensuous song “Past The Point of No Return” below, also from “The Phantom of the Opera”. Then listen to the song as sung with raw passion and full emotion in the embedded video clip following the lyrics. Note how the lyrics appropriately express the divine romance and the mystical union between God the soul. Listen again to the song, this time with your eyes closed, and in your heart contemplate the words of the song as spoken by the Spirit to you, you to the Spirit, and the unison of oneness at the end of the song. You will actually feel the soul ecstasy and rapture the song produces in you — just open yourself to it.

      (Phantom/The Spirit)
      You have come here in pursuit of your deepest urge,
      In pursuit of that wish, which till now has been silent, silent . . .

      I have brought you, that our passions may fuse and merge;
      In your mind you’ve already succumbed to me, dropped all defences,
      Completely succumbed to me — Now you are here with me:

      No second thoughts, you’ve decided, decided . . .

      Past the point of no return, no backward glances:
      Our games of make believe are at an end;
      Past all thought of “if” or “when” — No use resisting:
      Abandon thought, and let the dream descend . . .

      What raging fire shall flood the soul?
      What rich desire unlocks its door?
      What sweet seduction lies before us?

      Past the point of no return, the final threshold;
      What warm, unspoken secrets will we learn
      Beyond the point of no return?

      (Christine/The Soul)
      You have brought me to that moment when words run dry,
      To that moment when speech disappears into silence, silence . . .

      I have come here, hardly knowing the reason why;
      In my mind, I’ve already imagined our bodies entwining
      Defenseless and silent; now I am here with you:

      No second thoughts, I’ve decided, decided . . .

      Past the point of no return, no going back now:
      Our passion-play has now at last begun.
      Past all thought of right or wrong, one final question:
      How long should we two wait before we’re one?

      When will the blood begin to race;
      The sleeping bud burst into bloom?
      When will the flames at last consume us?

      (Both)
      Past the point of no return, the final threshold —
      The bridge is crossed, so stand and watch it burn.
      We’ve passed the point of no return.

[Acknowledgment: To XJavertxEponineX for the still video of the song by Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo on YouTube.com.
(Fuck the fascist YouTube management for censoring the original video clip from the stage performance.)]

The exquisitely beautiful love song “All I Ask of You” from the same musical, again, is a love song between Spirit and the individual soul: “Then say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime; Let me lead you from your solitude. Say you need me with you, here beside you. Anywhere you go, let me go too… that’s all I ask of you.” That’s all God asks of us: To share one infinite love, one infinite lifetime; to let God go anywhere we go (through our conscious awarenss of Its presence).

“Love me… that’s all I ask of you.”

[Acknowledgment: To 06s091 for the video clip of the song on YouTube.com.]

You can find the complete lyrics to “All I Ask of You” at the YouTube site of the audio clip. You can watch the entire musical in the video (below) taken during the fabulously lavish 25th anniversary celebration production at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Can you feel the flames of spiritual romance burning and consuming you from within?

 

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About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of contemporary mysticism. His understanding of the mystical life is rooted in over 30 years of study, practice, unfoldment, realization and experience, in the course of which he has received the gifts of spiritual discernment and transmission. His teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in a student through the process and alchemy of mystical transformation. Marc facilitates the mystical teachings under the style of Contemplative Pathways, enabling others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning the Truth teaching and living its principles. He has been conducting classes and meditation meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area in a classroom, lecture, workshop or group practice setting, for over fifteen years. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism. His approach to the mystical life is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, spiritually transreligious, and definitively unitive and nondualistic. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring and spiritual healing practice. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness now occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work presently focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing through the practice of contemplation or meditation, as the vehicle for transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. He remains firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination.
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One Response to The Mysticism of “The Phantom of the Opera”

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