Because N.O.W. is different than anything you have ever heard, and different each time it is used, it eludes comparative judgment. As you let go of judgment you begin understand the difference between what is real and what is not. And in an instant, peace is restored.
N.O.W. creates a succession of different sonic moments that are continuously forming and dissolving. The combination of its limited timbre palette of pure sine wave tones, narrow pitch range and small pitch interval set creates a sound experience that is somewhat familiar each time it is used. But the moment to moment random composition process creates difference and novelty. As a result N.O.W. seems paradoxically both familiar yet different.
One of the psychological effects of listening to N.O.W. is the subtle impression that each moment, and each session is “good enough”. Because the mind knows that a particular N.O.W. moment or complete session cannot be grasped nor repeated it tends to give up judgement as a means of separating what is desired from from what is not desired, and stops clinging to the former as the latter is dismissed.
Since vinyl records are making a comeback let’s use an example familiar to both baby boomers and their millennial children –– the record album. A record album is a progression of songs, presented on two sides of a 12” vinyl disc. The presentation order of the songs is always the same and further, the songs themselves are “closed form” –– their form is fixed and unchangeable, the song is always the same every time it is played.
It is common for a listener of an album to have a favorite song. Somehow the listener’s analysis and feeling-response leads to a particular song being judged as more pleasing, more exciting or more danceable. Judgment naturally arises when a collection of fixed form objects are brought together in close proximity and can be compared to each other.
But N.O.W. is different than a record album. N.O.W. gives us practice at relinquishing judgment (for the purpose of transcending the perceptual errors that arise from judgement) and thus allows truth to be experienced.
N.O.W., very cleverly, does not create memorable melodies, chord progressions, musical arrangements, verse / chorus / bridge structures nor are there lyrics that can be remembered. N.O.W. makes it practically impossible for the listener to compare one moment to the next, or one tone session to the previous session, and make a judgment that leads to attraction / clinging or repulsion / dismissal.
N.O.W. helps you remember what it is like to exist, to be conscious, without judging what is perceived with the egoic goal of either wanting or rejecting it. And this happens in an instant, each instant judgment is suspended.
And when the mind of judgement is quieted, I AM consciousness awakens, and with it, the “peace that passeth all understanding” blossoms.