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Lullabies are Love Songs


by Michaela Glöckler, M. D. 

From the Foreword to :

Lullabies are Love Songs 

by Mary Thienes- Schunemann


Our lives now suffer from a

tremendous lack of rhythm –

a high percentage of people

use drugs in order to sleep.

The rhythm of day and night, 

of sleeping and waking, are 

known to play key roles in 

establishing the circadian rhythms in human physiology. These rhythms in our organism occur at regular intervals within the 24 hour day. Most of our metabolic processes, as well as the changing concentration of the hormones in our blood,  follow this twenty-four hour rhythm. When these rhythms are in harmony, we experience balance and peace. When they are not in harmony, we can feel imbalanced and unwell. 

The establishment of the circadian rhythms is critically important for children. One of the most important rhythms to establish early in life is that of waking and sleeping. Many children today experience a great lack of rhythm in their lives. They often sleep far too little, and their sleep is often not peaceful. I believe it is important for us to reflect upon the value of singing before sleeping. Giving children a rhythmic, regular organisation to their day, then bringing them to the threshold of the night with songs that carry a lilting rhythm within their melodies, sets the stage for healthy, peaceful sleep. In addition to the harmonising effect that all rhythm and singing has on our physiological processes, a softly sung, love-filled lullaby supports a child emotionally, helping him or her toward balance and peace.

There is something else of great importance. Our songs at the end of the day help prepare children spiritually, so that they can meet – while they sleep - with the world of the angels and can experience the cosmic harmonies of the stars and planets. Ancient spiritual traditions and modern spiritual research, including that by Rudolf Steiner, describe a profound inner relationship, between the human soul’s encounter with the laws of Earthly music and the harmonies of the planets and stars in their pathways around the earth. It is this traditional, centuries-old knowledge that has moved all cultures to include music as part of their sacred ceremonies and their daily lives. Many customs have their origins in this awareness, including such simple practices as singing a grace at the beginning of the day and a lullaby to prepare for sleep at night.

Music before sleep was seen as a conscious preparation for bringing the soul into a state of peace and contemplation. This allowed one to leave the world of the senses behind,  thereby enabling one to meet the divine beings of the spirit world. Today, as in ancient times, we can sense that when such meetings occur, we awaken in the morning feeling refreshed and newly encouraged to meet the reality of physical demands in our daily life.

For Mozart, music was the threshold experience between the visible and the invisible worlds, between the world of the senses and the world of the divine. He awoke every morning with new inspirations for his music – he knew it all came from the spiritual world, from his being with God’s angels during the night. And when he prepared to sleep, he made himself ready to die and to “go home.”

There is also a more scientific component to the laws of music and their relationship to the stars. Since Kepler’s work ”De Harmonices Mundi” (The Harmony of the Worlds). much research has been done on the relationship between musical intervals and tone frequencies and the interrelationship between rotation time, planetary orbit and other interactions against the background of the fixed stars (the Zodiac). It has become increasingly clear that the relationship of number, proportion and interval that can be applied to planetary movements, are also reflected in music. Armin Husemann’s book, “Harmony in the Human Body”,  further connects these same fundamental relationships of proportion, number and interval with human physiology and anatomy. We human beings don’t just enjoy music, all our physiology, its rhythms and interactions,  follow the laws of music and the laws of the stars and planets! Sensing this relationship, the poet Novalis arrived at the deep insight that illness and health can be expressed as problems of music, of dis-harmony and harmony.

Thus we human beings are expressions of earthly music and the starry heavens. The immense, yet intangible energy of the stars and planets actually sounds through us each time we sing and create music together.  We are, so to speak, sounding, singing stars! This inexorable connection is part of the great mystery of music and singing, known all over the earth. Music is the greatest link between all the cultures of the world and unites human beings with their divine origins. When we experience beautiful singing and music it reminds us of our heavenly home!

All rhythm in music– including the earliest known African dancing and singing - is based on or copied from human physiology: breath, pulse, and heartbeat with their various relationships, syncopations and rates. Over the past years, remarkable research has been done that demonstrates the positive influence of music, especially the music of Bach and Mozart, upon brain development, health and intelligence.

The human soul thrives in the presence of good music. Live, acoustic music has the strongest ability to stimulate, activate and nourish human beings, in body, soul and spirit. Harmony and integration within the human soul arises through inner activity and attention in listening, the sort a child gives to beloved adults as they sing and speak. This kind of attention and inner activity can only happen in relationship to ‘live’ music. 

Singing is the best form of illness prevention, the easiest bridge-builder between human beings and the most wonderful gift adults can give to their children. Singing can help generations navigate the time and space that separates them, thus weaving a bridge of love, health and joy around the world.

Michaela Glöckler, M. D. Pediatrician, Dornach, Switzerland

From the Foreword to :Lullabies are Love Songs 

by Mary Thienes- Schunemann


Reprinted by Expressed Permission of : Mary Thienes- Schunemann



Mary Thienes- Schunemann has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a musical instructor for LifeWays childcare trainings, is a Waldorf Teacher, music educator, singer, composer, inspired mother and homemaker! She teaches singing workshops around the country, and gives private music lessons in her home in southeastern Wisconsin. She is the president of the Rafael Foundation for New Impulses in Music, and is the director of the women's vocal ensemble Avalon a cappella. She works out of the principles of the School of Uncovering the Voice, and has studied singing extensively in Europe and America since 1989.



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