vi·a·so·na·ta
The way, sounded or played
Inspired by Beethoven's discovery of the healing power of sonata form and The Art of Creation that exists within us all, Viasonata is designed to help you reconnect with the playful and infinite flow of life.
Sonata form
A type of composition in three sections (exposition, development, and recapitulation) in which two themes or subjects are explored according to set key relationships. It forms the basis for much classical music, including the sonata, symphony, and concerto.
The journey through authenticity
The Viasonata origin story, by Adam
Before creating Viasonata, I naively and optimistically left a promising career as an engineering leader to try my own hand at creating novel solutions (I mean, highly unconventional ideas) to corporate America's opportunity problem. After years of rejection and blank stares, I found myself at a crossroads between success (from building what people wanted) and following my heart. Fearing failure, I muted my creative impulses, and started building solutions that companies suggested, even though I knew with complete certainty they would never create the outcomes the world needed.

With a sliver of success but less fulfilled than ever, I stumbled upon an opportunity to train in the Shamanic Medicine Wheel and jumped in. There I learned that creative storytelling could help expose and develop our experience of life. Hey there first two sections of sonata form.
Here's an unedited version of the first story I skeptically—and with the least amount of effort possible—created based on my perception of symbols in three randomly selected tarot cards.
Once upon a time there was an angel playing a saxophone in the clouds and the people of the world loved the music that it played. He was an excellent angel saxophonist, but wasn't really in love with the music that he played. His music was therapy for the people of earth, and they worshipped him for it. They loved it as much as they did the sun. And so he became their sun to make them happy and healthy. So happy that they bathed in his music without clothing and would go out to feel even more connected to his work.
And then the angel died. He had a date with death and it took him swiftly and by surprise. Struck by his worthy adversary, he fell straight to the ground. Priests and people that loved his music came to mourn him from all over. As did the messenger that brought him down to earth. The angel was no longer separate from the earth, but a part of it in this state.
With the angel gone, the people of earth learned to love and appreciate the things around them, and to find value within themselves instead of seeking that in the sky. Humans began embracing their own godliness, and felt deeply connected to the earth, in many ways that they had not before, recognizing the infinite potential within each one of them. They now took care of themselves in a way that they never had before, after connecting with their own guidance system. The angel left them with a more powerful gift that he ever could have through his music. He left them with independence and self-reliance.
Rewriting the story in the first person changed everything for me. I was blown away by the perspective it gave on my current life situation.
Once upon a time, I was a humble angel playing a saxophone in the clouds, bringing joy and healing to the people of the world. At the time, I believed that my music was just a duty, not a passion. But ultimately, I learned that my music held a power beyond what I could have imagined.
I was the unhappy angel, playing music to satisfy others! And the more I did it, the more anxious, stuck, and stressed I felt. As an entrepreneur, I should have been as free as it gets, but deep down I still felt trapped.

While I could see myself in the angel, the angel's death pointed to a more profound realization.

I am as much the angel as I am the earth. In fact, I am all of the characters. They complete me. And they are my journey. I am the destination.

It's relatively easy to see our self in the character we most relate to, because this is often the persona or social mask that we adopt in our external lives, but we are fully represented in everything that comes through our imagination.

The characters we have a tough time identifying with are those that we have yet to rediscover in ourselves. In paying attention to them, we unlock a new dimension of our awareness.

Similarly, the seemingly paradoxical themes of external validation and authenticity aren't at odds, but instead two parts of a whole.

If I am all things, then I am both authenticity and external validation at once. In recognizing this, the distinction between these two ceases to exist. There is no longer any thing that can separate them.

With that, I gradually started to see every single expression as a form of creation. If I could let go of control and enjoy the real journey, I would meet new parts of my Self.

With a renewed commitment to Self discovery, what's now Viasonata emerged as effortlessly as the story that flowed from me in the Shamanic Medicine Wheel. I had no idea where it would lead, and for the first time in my professional life it didn't matter. I was simply dancing with whatever showed up. Allowing it to be, and to be seen.
Shortly after building the first version, I learned that once Beethoven discovered that the sonata form was the perfect format for fully exploring and resolving the paradoxes of life through music, he used it to create his most innovative and daring compositions. In adopting and pushing the sonata form to its limits for human expression, he became one of the best artists we have ever known.
What Beethoven found possible in the sonata form is what I have discovered through the creation of Viasonata. Thank you for joining The Art of Creation.

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