Music – What are we Really Listening to?

I was in the gym changing room when I took a moment to stop and listen to what was being played through the speakers; it was along the lines of “if you love me, come and get your fill”. Hmmmm… definitely not a love song by my standards, and certainly not what I would want to hear from someone I loved or who loved me. I’ve learned that love can only be something that truly comes from within me first, not from anyone else filling me up: believe me I’ve tried it, and looking outside myself for love simply doesn’t work.

Hearing this song made me stop, and think; what are we really listening to?

As I listened I felt in my body the hardness of the song; it actually hurt my body to hear the music. I could feel it in my chest, and the words became so clear, in the sense they were not loving at all, keeping us in the belief that love is something we find outside ourselves. Even the lyrics were not honoring of women or men at all.

I decided to conduct a little experiment: I chose to observe music for the week, just to feel what is really going on. Music is everywhere, 24 hours a day, non-stop: in the supermarket, clothes store, the gym or in the car whilst getting a lift to work, even the kids put their earphones in when moving from class to class at school. The more I observed and listened, the more I became aware of how music imposes on us and just how harming it can be without us even realising.

Sometimes I could feel like it was trying to hook me in – all the stories, emotions and need, other times it was more the actual tone of the voice or the sound of the instrument that actually hurt my body to hear; my chest would tighten, my head hurt, or I’d actually physically wince at the sound. I found when I listened to my body it spoke to me loud and clear.

Looking back I remember being little and reacting to music that didn’t feel right by hiding behind the couch when a certain person and song came on the TV, or shouting ‘stop’ at the radio in the car, and getting into trouble as my sister whacked on the brakes.

As I grew up I got totally sucked in by music that was being played, as long as it had a story of emotional woe I could relate to that kept me immersed in some sort of drama, for example – being sad, lonely or in the misery of a relationship breaking up, or if it had a good beat I could also dance to, I was totally gone.

But thank goodness, it is not like this anymore.

I have found that there is actually music out there that is clear, without one ounce of emotion or woe, which is made with love. It doesn’t hurt my body to listen to it, nor do I wince or get sucked in – it’s the complete opposite in fact. I feel me, I feel so much expansion, freedom and joy in my body, there’s not one ounce of tension or pain.

It’s music that allows my body the freedom to expand, and it calls me to connect more deeply within myself and all that I am – absolute love, joy, truth and so much more. The difference is it has not been made to self-promote or gain, but made with love for all of humanity to hear: it holds all others equally and allows people to feel the truth of who they really are with no imposition at all.

Inspired by Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon.

By Gyl Rae, 37, Scotland

Related Reading:
Serge Benhayon on the Energetic Science of Music
Music by Glorious Music
Music by Chris James
Music and Parenting

1,355 thoughts on “Music – What are we Really Listening to?

  1. Music can be very intrusive on the body, you can feel it pull you further away from yourselves dulling what you feel and in general I have found I just check out while listening to it, however not all music is like that and we have to deeply discern for ourselves.

  2. Listening to the difference between music that is full of emotion and music that is completely free of emotion there is no denying which one leaves you free of imposition and allows you the space to connect deeply with your own body, and free to feel what is true and what is not, rather than filling it with a toxicity that takes you away from knowing who you are.

  3. Music can fulfill our needs, just like people do. It is temporary relieve just like any other drug and after the music is gone the emptiness remains. Waiting for the only remedy: our own love.

  4. I feel the same way about advertising. It is everywhere and wants to pull you into lots of different directions. I was travelling recently in Brisbane and at a train station they had put advertising television screens on the other side of the tracks and were pumping the sound across the platforms. It was invasive.

  5. We need to discern the effect that music has on us because it does have an effect. Just like everything else in life it can be harming or healing.

  6. What are we really listening to? When I go to the dentist or other place where they have piped music or the radio on I ask for them to turn it off and its amazing how many people thank me afterwards – they had forgotten how enjoyable it is to have silence and how more supportive it can actually be too.

  7. I used to get totally sucked in by emotional music to the point where I would feel depressed or low if I got too entrenched in the sadness. These days I have learnt my lesson and stay clear of such music because I know that it’s not there to leave us alone, it’s there to interfere with our natural rhythm.

  8. I have always struggled with classical music and opera it has always sent me running in the opposite direction. It is revered by many as being the best echelons of music but to me it is full of emotions and I can feel my body and my heart get heavy and harden when I hear it. Music when clear has the power to heal but unless it is played by someone who is clear themselves their unresolved issues will come through the music.

  9. I recently went to a very small music festival – I used to love festivals and dancing into the wee hours. Here the music was just your general cover songs and nothing too crazy but I noticed the children were running around and being hyper and super excitable. I found the music, though the singer sang and played well, started to make me feel unsettled in my body. It wasn’t until a student of Universal Medicine started to play his songs that my body settled and loved dancing along.

  10. Isn’t it funny how in the past there were a handful of singers well remembered – and today – we are bombarded with artists – all trying to make it – but all the lyrics are about drama or empowerment or love – and at the end of it – so much emotion comes through lyrics – we have not stopped to consider the effect this has on us – and how influenced we can be by these lyrics.

  11. Indeed, music is everywhere and it’s very hard to get away from it. I wonder if it would ever be a criminal offence to play music in a public space without energetic integrity. Maybe one day. Meanwhile, it is our own responsibility/choice to stay tuned with the song of God.

  12. I have become more aware of how music is used in movies/TV shows to manipulate people’s emotions and how easily it is to get sucked in. The more we become aware that everything has an energetic vibration the easier it is to see through things.

  13. When I listen to music I often hear pervasive sadness or hurt or anger in the voices and even in the way the musical instruments are played and I prefer not to be enveloped in those emotions.

  14. All those emotional hooks big and little in music pull us back into ups and downs in life, completely missing the joy of living from our inner hearts.

  15. I find music very often very seductive. How it is arranged and the beats and the voices that want to entangle you. It is like a hidden manipulation and energetic relief that pours into your body through the seductive flair our ears then tend to align to. What kind of energy do we let in, when we fall for the seduction?!

  16. Music is there to evolve us and remind us of our essence – through the communication to our beingness and to our body. The music that is played in this world in contrast is there to distract, check out, excite, withdrawal, desire, hooks with emotions etc…Regarding the fact that everywhere this kind of music is played, you can imagine how much we are constantly manipulated by it.

  17. Whenever I take a taxi I ask them to turn off the music, as I don´t like the constant sound and the music that is played on the radio. The last Taxi driver said to me, that he never had a passenger that wanted the music off. The opposite is the general. It is like no one can stand the stillness and the intimacy that occurs through that, so everyone wants the music to be played as a kind of intimacy wall. Very interesting.

  18. The emotion in songs is very addictive and disturbing at the same time. When my girls were teenagers, I could see the change in them when they started to get into the emo music. People may think it is harmless but when I stopped to listen to it myself a lot of it felt really angry and depressive.

  19. It is great to observe the effects of music on our bodies and how sensitive we are to this. Gyms are a sure place for us to listen to mainstream music that we do not realise is affecting us. If we can take a moment to listen to the lyrics, the tempo of the music and the way it is delivered to us, then we can discern if that music is truly supportive or not.

  20. Music but also things like news reports have a huge energetic affect on people. I have often seen people go from feeling great in themselves to feeling awful though being affected by both.

  21. What are we really listening to? Great question Gyl. It can feel like an assault walking into some shops and cafes where the music is blaring out. I love your experiment of observing music and feeling the effects, I find the more I am attuned to my body and it’s vibration it becomes very clear when a vibration is out of this rhythm. There is a lot being communicated through music which can emotionally ‘play us’ if we are not aware.

  22. Music hurting my body? That for society is still a “the world is not flat but actually a bowl” kind of truth that is not believed, laughed at, even ridiculed, but will one day be revealed as the truth.

  23. Yes, we are surrounded by music everywhere we go, and they are not tunes or words that are supportive to us feeling vital and energised but rather fuel our emotions and moods.

  24. “Hmmmm… definitely not a love song by my standards, and certainly not what I would want to hear from someone I loved or who loved me.” Very true Gyl, it is definitely also not what I would like to hear from my partner. It is showing how much we have let go the true meaning of the word love to allow this kind of expression to be out there.

  25. We cannot enter a building these days without music playing, be that at the doctor’s office, the supermarket, the gym etc. What is it about silence that we seem to dread? Could it be that we fear having a moment to ourselves to feel how our lives actually are?

  26. I like how you did an experiment to just be more observant of how you were with music in all areas of life, to observe and potentially be more aware of your relationship with it…

  27. Music can be deeply imposing or allow us to be, and having felt both kinds I now know which is preferable (yes the later), but it’s taken time and awareness to feel this, as I’ve had to get honest with myself about how I can get hooked into music and lost within that, but I was choosing this as a way to continue to feel an emotion like anger or sadness but not truly address it or getting completely lost in dancing; once I say and observed this in myself, with honesty I was able to look at how I truly felt and what I was feeding and cut that and then I noticed the impact of the music and let that go too. Having now found music that just allows me to be, it’s now a joy to listen to music which allows me to simply be as I am, nothing added.

  28. Such a great question to ask, and when we actually stop and feel it we realise we have been feeling it all along and just went along with the mood it put you into. So what really happens when we allow another source to enter us and to dominate what mood we are in. Yes, of course we have to let it in first, but if we haven’t chosen to say no to it then we haven’t really said yes to it but it comes in anyway. Music is everywhere, so is it not down to us first and foremost to discern what we say yes to and what we say no to, based on how it feels in the body?

  29. Having been completely hooked by music that I played to increase my emotional distress especially when I was feeling low, I can say with absolute certainty that the music I listen to now has no hooks within the music. It leaves me completely detached and emotionally free.

  30. Music is indeed everywhere and so much part of our lives. I used music big time in the past: to get me going in the morning, even when I was tired most of the time, to confirm sadness when I was sad, or to go into melancholy because I liked that feeling, was seeking it. Basically I was using music as a drug.

  31. I used to want music to take me away from the reality of life because I didn’t like what I saw around me. Music readily obliged. Much of the music I listened to I wanted a high from. I used to dance for hours non-stop without drugs because the music was enough to get that hit, that tiredness and adrenaline – and a lot of attention. Now with music like Glorious Music I listen and it supports me to be present with all that’s going on in the world. I don’t seek music to escape into a bubble.

  32. A lot of the music created today is also deeply offensive, completely unnecessarily explicit, racist and often full of hate. If you were to speak some of the words to someone you’d be arrested for a hate crime, yet because it’s put to a background beat and labelled “music” – it’s ok.

    1. Well said Meg. Most music I hear in the gym falls under this category and I must say it is very much felt in the atmosphere of the gym what the music is about.

      1. True, I find also sometimes that as a women some music can make me feel very uncomfortable in the atmosphere it can create – especially the very derogative, disrespectful way women are talked about in many songs.

  33. I agree there is a distinct difference in music that supports and feels light with our body or that which feels heavy. Like food, it has many flavours, you want dulling, busy, stimulated, sad, you can get it. We need to be more discerning concerning what our ears and body feed on.

  34. There is so much for us to realise, learn and accept of what precisely is delivered to us through music as you have wisely shared through your insightful observations. The quality in which it is delivered, the intention behind the artist and what we are seeking when we listen to music. Music is a healing art that has the potential to offer and support our evolution. When this modality is bastardised or corrupted for self-gain, it then only imposes to harm and keeps those who consume it trapped, caught up and stunted in emotional stimulation.

  35. I had never stopped to consider what I was listening to until at a presentation with Serge Benhayon and he asked that exact question. Then as we discussed how the energy of the people that are involved making it and the emotions that write the lyrics all come together in a cocktail package for us to take in to our own bodies by absorbing it. It made so much sense because I could feel myself and my body change after listening to certain types of music. Such a great thing to see and feel for what it really is and the impact it can have on us. Everything either heals or harms us, so its up to us to discern what we let in.

  36. I remember as a teenager being besotted by a certain singer, I bought all his records and later as a solo artist I purchased a long awaited for album after he had had a gap from making music. After ceremoniously creating some space to listen to all the new songs I was so disappointed, it was a very self pitying, self indulgent, emotional dump, and though I’m sure he felt it was part of his art to express what was going on for him all I could feel was how awful it felt! Let’s face it we don’t like this in conversations because we feel how draining and damaging it is for the receiver, but here it all was to be listened to repeatedly on a record – ouch!

  37. Beautiful Gyl, just exactly what we need to hear about music, truth, reading and feeling the energy that comes through it. Sharing your sentence again as it shows us what is possible when music is played that comes from a fiery energy, that does not impose at all: ‘.. it holds all others equally and allows people to feel the truth of who they really are with no imposition at all.”

  38. Music is much more harming than we would like to think, and we get very easily effected by it. To start to feel this is pretty huge and makes me appreciate the responsibility we have to not get caught in the music trap. I used to indulge in music a lot, but when I was presented with and understood the energy behind it, I was able to see the harm it can cause if any ounce of it is to draw people in.

  39. The insidiousness of the energy that floats around us every day, be that from music, another person, our own desire to put ourselves down. The impact is constantly there. It takes a very astute person, one who is deeply connected to their essence to discern these energies and begin to know they are not coming from within us.

  40. So much of the music played in shopping centres and elevators or cafes seemed to be about filling up a space as if to further disconnect us from the power in being fully present in the moment and feeling what is really going on.

    1. People often do not feel comfortable to have space to just be, many people prefer music constantly in workplaces or home environments as well. I personally find the music in shops incredibly distracting and imposing, it feels very unnecessary to have it constantly blasting and usually at high volume.

  41. Reading this article it makes sense to me now that I didn’t used to like music as a child. Even as an adult I tried like music but actually found most of it it felt awful in my body. When I came across Glorious music, which is music, made with love without the usual emotional hooks in it, it felt very gorgeous to listen to and my body loved it. I can listen to it over and over and enjoy it every time.

  42. Gyl interesting exercise you did here, and my guess is that if other people connected to their bodies and did the same, that you would not be alone in the results. What was interesting is that this is just one area of our lives, where something can have an affect on us, what if we tuned into other areas? What would be the results? Generally speaking we live quite disconnected from our bodies (I know I did for many years) so I don’t think we are hearing these important messages from our bodies about how they are being affected by what goes on around us.

  43. I have to say I just hate it when I am out either walking or driving my car and another car with that palpable duff duff music passes me – it honestly feels like the thump a sledge hammer is trying to force itself on my body. How can it be healthy, moreover, what is it doing to the bodies of those that choose to listen to it?

  44. Most music produced is super imposing and aims to hook us into something, for example a certain emotion. This is very harming for the body as emotions are a poison in the body.

  45. We are still a long way from admitting as a whole that to listen to music that does not come from the depth of the love that lives within us all, but instead comes from the ache of the separation to this love, we allow ourselves to be soaked in a poison we do not even know we are ingesting because we have been so hooked and hypnotised by its tune and thus the vibration it offers to not live the fullness of who we are and the responsibility that comes with this.

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