Your Goals As Waveform

I thought it would be appropriate to use a as a metaphor for your pursuit of musical goals–such as absolute pitch–or pursuit of anything for that matter.

A wave is a disturbance that propagates through space, often transferring energy.

That’s a fascinating sentence. A wave is a disturbance. It is an interruption of space. So everything is just perfect until you get an idea that competes with the pre-existing emptiness for your attention. And this disturbance propagates through space, often transferring energy. So now this little disturbance has not only reproduced and spread, but has moved energy.

The word “energy” comes from the Greek ενεργός (energeia). The compound ενεργός in Epic Greek meant “divine action” or “magical operation.” In a very general sense, everything is energy and energy is everything. If everything is energy, then everything can be expressed in waveform at some level.

Back to waveforms. Waves have a number of characteristics: frequency, wavelength, amplitude, and period. Frequency is the number of times the wave occurs per unit of time. Wavelength is the distance between repeating units of a wave pattern. Amplitude is the amount of the maximum disturbance during one wave cycle. Period is the amount of time it takes to complete one full revolution.

sine wave
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How can we express intention as waveform?

Frequency is how often you express your intentions. But not just think about them. How often do you act on your intentions? How often do you hold these intentions in your mind? How often do you visualize their completion?

When it comes to frequency, we can consider all the levels or ways to express our intentions. We can think about them at the level of mind. We can voice them at the level of sound. We can act on them at the level of matter. And we can pray or meditate at the level of soul or spirit.

Wavelength is measured in terms of distance. While not easily apparent how distance can be useful in the achievement of your intentions, it offers another way to look at them. Space and time are inseparable. And much of goal setting is gap analysis. How do I get from point A to point B? So while being a stretch of its true definition, wavelength could refer to the distance between you and the manifestation of your intentions. It is a way of thinking about how to bring the outcomes of your intentions closer to you. And since wavelength has an inverse relationship to frequency, that means if you want to decrease the distance between you and your goals, increase the frequency of your intentions.

Amplitude refers to the intensity of your intentions. How bad do you want them to become manifest? To what degree are you willing to disturb the universe to achieve your goals?

Amplitude can be constant or may vary with time. The variation of amplitude is called the envelope. In music theory, an envelope of a sound is its variation in amplitude over time, characterized by the attack, decay, sustain, and release of the sound.

sine wave

Attack: How quickly the sound reaches full volume after the sound is activated. Attack can signify your initial excitement and motivation. With what speed and force do you attack your goals?

Decay: How quickly the sound reduces in volume after the initial peak. Most people lose their initial motivation rather quickly. And this can be a good thing. If you went after every single dream that arises in your imagination equally, you probably wouldn’t achieve any of them. But how far are you willing to let your motivation fall? What speed and level of diminishing force is acceptable to the fulfillment of your dreams?

Sustain: The “constant” volume that the sound takes after decay until the note is released. What is the ideal intensity level required to manifest your intentions?

Release: How quickly the sound fades after the end of the note. First of all, you must know when to release. How will you know when your goal is complete? What specific evidence will show you that you can let go?

Waveform period is the inverse of frequency. So if frequency is one expression per hour, then the period would have to be one hour per expression, right? Not quite. If only the crest of the wave is the expression of your intention and the cycle takes an hour, then the peak expression would be rather short, perhaps 15 minutes, with time to lead in to the actual expression and time to cool down.

Perhaps a better way to think of period is in terms of energy commitment. Waveforms have crests and troughs, or highs and lows. What is the commitment required to manifest your intentions? Are the crests equal to hours, days, weeks, or years? A goal of optimal health can have crests at every meal, crests a few times a week when you exercise, and crests every month to review your progress. Writing a new piece of music can consist of 3 2-hour long crests over 24 hours. Managing your finances can be a daily crest of 15 minutes for the rest of your working life. Get the picture?

A couple final points. These waves can affect other waves and be affected by other waves with positive and negative effect. Constructive and destructive interference can be connected to individual and collective human thought and action. Let’s look at both constructive and destructive interference in the individual and the collective.

Constructive wave interference are when two waves join, matching both peaks and valleys. The result is a wave exactly twice the strength of the original two waves–increased amplitude. Destructive wave interference is when two waves join, matching valleys to peaks and peaks to valleys. The result is the waves cancel each other out–neutrality and balance.

Constructive wave interference in the individual is when two intentions come together in support of each other. A cross-training of intentions that becomes a gestalt, the sum being more than the parts. This is a good thing. Constructive wave interference in the collective is when two or more people come together with the same intention and create a mastermind; a coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose. This is also a good thing.

Destructive wave interference in the individual comes in two flavors. Neutral and bad. First, the neutral. You have an intention to self-sabotage. Combined with any intention to counteract self-sabotage and the self-sabotage is neutralized. However, you have to somehow recognize the intention to self-sabotage in the first place. Which brings us to the bad. Let’s say you don’t know you have this self-sabotage intention and you also have an intention to manifest an important outcome. They neutralize each other and you don’t know why you’re not achieving your outcomes. Self awareness and self discovery is of the utmost importance.

It’s the same with destructive wave interference in the collective. Neutralize negative intentions with positive ones. But that alone doesn’t manifest anything positive. It only neutralizes.

The bottom line is to become aware of your intentions on many different levels. How do you see them manifesting and manifested in the world? Be as pure as a with your intentions and your path will be clear and full of harmony.

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18 Responses to Your Goals As Waveform

  1. Daniel Emanuelsson June 2, 2006 at 3:07 am #

    Sweet analogy. Genius of you to actually nail the metaphor down – all the way. Let it get published in print too, so even more people can be affected by this inspirational wave.

  2. Graham English June 2, 2006 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks Daniel. I appreciate the kind words. And I would be delighted if it were to be published in print!

  3. Toby Rogers June 4, 2006 at 11:07 am #

    Hi Graham: This is brilliant. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing it with the world.

  4. Graham English June 4, 2006 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks, Toby. It’s my duty 🙂

  5. Nelson July 30, 2006 at 5:09 pm #


    This reminded me of Ch. 100 (last one) in the tome “Projectiology” by the physician Waldo Vieira. He used harmonics as a model to tentatively frame “psychical” manifestations of consciousness (or multidimensional as he coined them).

    I think you would enjoy that.

    On that regard, the Laplace or Fourier transform (and its inverse) is interesting to me. It allows us to represent waveforms in either the spacetime domain or the frequency-energy domain (the components of the signal in terms of frequencies). It’s fascinating.

    There are negative frequencies that engineers ignore but that could have meaning. They remind me of the ideas of parallel universes. In Projectiology, they remind me of out-of-body experiences where people feel they can see this dimension but cannot be – usually – seen by us.

    I often use the term frequencies or degrees of “density” of energy to try to describe how different dimensions of being can co-exist in the same space.

    It is also interesting that the shorter the frequency spread the longer it is in time and vice-versa. At the extreme, a single note (1 frequency) is like an infinite sine wave. But a snippet of a sine wave would have infinite frequency components (althougth in practice you can chop off the higher harmonics as they are very small in magnitude).

    When you do differential equations in frequency domain you can do it as algebra and then switch it back to time domain.

    The ICRL has some interesting acoustics studies too (at ancient sites):

  6. Eric Blue September 2, 2006 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Graham,

    This is a truely excellent post. I think this analogy really helps with visualizing the goal setting process. I’ve linked to your article in my latest blog post where I discuss different models for viewing goals, progress, and change. Your article really helped me get a different perspective. Thanks!

    If you’re interested, here is the link:


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