The Zen Alarm Clock’s chime is tuned according to the ancient method developed by Pythagoras. The larger chime on model 4502 corresponds to an “E” note, and the smaller chime on model 4460 to a “B” note. However, these notes vibrate at different frequencies than their equivalent notes on a modern piano. Modern instrument tuning makes each note slightly flat or sharp so a whole range of instruments can play together. But modern tuning compromises the enchanting and therapeutic quality—the purity—of the naturally occurring tones discovered by Pythagoras. As a result of their natural tuning, the tones of your Zen Alarm Clock correspond to the vibrations of nature—the motion of the planets and the frequencies of life. This is the secret of its therapeutic effect.
The ancients took harmony very seriously. Healing music was practiced in ancient Egypt, China, Africa, and especially in the Pythagorean mystery schools. Number patterns and harmony were central to Pythagoras’ metaphysical philosophy. The Pythagoreans studied the harmonies of music as a key to understanding the harmony of the cosmos. The primary focus of the Pythagorean schools was the use of music and vibration in the healing arts. Their symbol was the pentagonal star—representing health and harmony
The ancients recognized in the seven-note scale the macrocosmic design of creation. The ancient lyre (the original ancestor of the guitar and all other stringed instruments) had seven strings. The lyre’s seven-tone scale was considered an imperfect representation of the pure vibrational pattern that orders the universe. The playing of the lyre was thought to entrain the vibrations of body and mind so as to bring them into tune with the pure vibrations emanating from the Creator.
The music of the lyre was used to heal through its affect on one’s emotions. Pythagoras was said to have subdued the murderous wrath of a drunken man and to have calmed a raging bear by playing appropriate tunes on his lyre. The ancients well knew the connection between emotions and the immune system—they used musical harmony as a way of bypassing the intellect and directly affecting one’s emotional well-being.
The Zen Clock’s long-resonating Tibetan bell-like chime makes waking up a beautiful experience – its progressive chimes begin your day with grace. When the clock’s alarm is triggered, the acoustic chime bar is struck just once … 3-1/2 minutes later it strikes again … chime strikes become more frequent over 10 minutes … eventually striking every 5 seconds until shut off. As they become more frequent, the gentle chimes will always wake you up – your body really doesn’t need to be awakened harshly, with a Zen Clock you’re awakened more gradually and thus more naturally.
Specially tuned Zen Alarm Clock by Now & Zen, Inc.
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