The Essence of Attunement: A Practice

Aviv Shahar with Emmy Schaling, Edward Dowrick, Aud Wilken, Amos Edelstein and Paul Stone

September 8, 2022

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Throughout history, the great questions have been asked, and great research has been undertaken, always expanding the territory of the known by shining a light into the unknown. Where is that cutting edge today? And can a community of people from all over the world, each carrying their own unique journey of discovery, come together to inquire at the edge of purposeful evolution, through dialogue and interaction? We think it is possible, and we hope that you will choose to be a part of this exploration.

We’re delighted to add to Portals the latest in a series of special practices that offer the support of new insights, practical application, and healing to any life on a journey of growth and refinement in this time of unfolding global crises.

For this demonstration we brought together an international group of musicians and Portals friends to walk us through the practice of ‘attunement’. It’s a simple but profound process of tuning in, or connecting to, or being in harmony with a quality, virtue or energy frequency we want to generate or experience at a deeper level.

We know from our recent practice of essencing that humans naturally can focus our awareness and creative potential to generate a spark of energy with intelligence and purpose, like the essence of care or courage. Attunement looks deeper at the steps and inner alignment that lead to true connection, access, and flow of the finer energy or quality we seek to express.

Our Portals friends demonstrate the steps of slowing down and quieting the inner noise, while listening with presence to finer frequencies and rhythms, and integrating reflections and feedback — a three-step dance to essence access and expression.

Their impressions include:

  • Attuning is not with an agenda pitching towards something, but rather being invitational to what wants to appear that maybe can’t be seen from outside of it.
  • People often say the secret ingredient that makes their food taste so good is love. There are many essences and qualities we can infuse into whatever we do.
  • We're essencing all the time; we can choose what we are open to and what we give our instrument, our life, to.
  • It often starts with a question or want or desire to be with something; you try to find out what it is. It's a trial and error experience.
  • Why do people feel at distance from the life we experience? What practices and understandings can bridge the gap?
  • I may be walking in harmony with a forest, or come out thinking about taxes or a fight with my coworker. What makes the difference?

The more we can look at the unseen aspect of human and universal life, the more we can allow something else to become valid in this world.

This conversation is part of the continuing Portals discovery into what is emerging on the frontiers of human experience in this time of profound change. Information about upcoming special events can be found on the Events page. Also visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Part of the next step in this process is to free us up to use our human capacity as an embassy, as an agency, to the broader invisible realm of essences and qualities that are there to join the process of human life. We're proposing that giving voice, and movement, and color to those realms through the human media is part of the assistance that's needed at this time.

Aviv Shahar

Emmy Schaling

Emmy Schaling

She has been moved by music from childhood. A musician who discovers the possibilities of the voice, and the instrument she has been educated in, the cello, and who is on a journey of finding out how mindset and connection can bring about a blessing of new music, new experience,  and new feelings in self and others: binding, helping, curing.

Edward Dowrick

Edward Dowrick

Born in Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia, I started studying music at age 5 and was quickly drawn to the piano by age 7. From this early age, I was also compelled to be on a discovery journey into the many aspects of "why is the human on Earth?," its purpose, and its application into everyday life.

I've learned that every thought, emotion, feeling, attitude, stance, posture, movement, action, and reaction is a part of a constant process of exchange of energies, of IMPRESSIONS and EXPRESSIONS, and realize that the quality of these in-breaths and out-breaths determines the state we find ourselves in, and therefore our well-being and intactness. Music is a theater of expression to this great search.

Aud Wilken

Aud Wilken

It has always moved me deeply that the human can process such a myriad of life, so many things, and in so many ways.

To be in charge of the sensitive machinery that can feel, think, listen, absorb, know, and create.  To come to know Life more intimately. To offer response - perhaps with music or poetry - to what is being felt and witnessed.  How to best tune oneself to accurately translate and be with all of this without shrinking it? To offer it one’s best, with great trust in the senses and by practicing often - alone, and with others - to give voice to Life as it moves in and through and between us all.

Many small offerings, so more beauty, more truth and more goodness can land and grow.

Paul Stone

Paul Stone

I started playing piano at 5, having been enticed into practicing by my parents. Throughout my life I’ve been passionately interested and engaged with the domain of music; this has ranged from listening to and studying intently many kinds and styles of music and, as I’ve grown more seasoned (matured), composing, arranging, recording and engineering new music.

I believe that music, and other art forms as well, can offer translation and transference of refined essences and qualities. Helping to create ecologies or atmospheres where a special kind of nourishment, healing, and enlivenment can be experienced. This is the background and context for appreciating my experiments with creating and playing Essence Music. My engagement and endeavor quicken and deepen. I know that there are others similarly compelled and called to these regenerative realms, where everyone involved is enhanced and elevated. I hope our paths may cross!

Amos Edelstein

Amos Edelstein

I started to play music as a child and continued throughout school, including graduating from the Music Academy. Music was always a wonder, as it integrated various aspects inside me as a human. It has the power to entice and attract people at different levels in themselves. I have experienced the power and influence of music on individuals and on groups of people. I have a great belief in music’s ability to act as a universal bridge between people of different walks of life, as well as between the abstract, or spiritual life, and carnal life.

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.