Summary: There has been a growing interest in the healing ability of music within the church. That has led some to explore ancient religious music traditions and practices as people seek supernatural encounters and deeper intimacy with God.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn — shout for joy before the LORD, the King.” (Ps 98:4-6 NIV)
Music has always been an integral part of my life. My Mom told me that I was humming and trying to sing long before I could talk. Throughout my years on this planet, I have heard the harmonies of sound in nature and virtually everything around me. It is as if I can hear heavenly choirs singing deep within my mind. Songs and melodies come to me all day long. It is natural for me to harmonize my voice to the sounds I hear.
I joined various choirs and vocal groups during my school years. As a soloist, I did some musical theater and sang in a rock band. I remember being given a choice to either go to Bible school or make a career in music. I chose Bible School and have never regretted it to this day. I still sing and make melodies in my heart to the Lord, and I easily get lost in intimacy with Jesus as I worship Him through music. I truly understand how the Angels in Heaven can sing God’s praises forever and ever.
There has been a growing interest in the healing ability of music within the church. That has led some to explore ancient religious music traditions and practices as people seek supernatural encounters and deeper intimacy with God.
Music can be defined as an arrangement of notes into a melodious and harmonious structure having a defined construction and phrasing which is pleasing to the ear. God is the creator of all things, including music. He even created human beings with a musical instrument in their body called vocal cords.
God also created the enemy with vocal cords, but also, He gave his body timbrels and pipes to make musical rhythm and sounds (See Ezek 28:13-15). The Bible says that when the enemy is finally cast into the pit, his music will also be cast down (See Isa 14:11). It is obvious that the enemy is very aware of the spiritual power of music. The deceiver knows better than anyone that music connects people to the spiritual realm.
Music has healing and restorative power and has been used as a catalyst to deeper insight, wisdom, transformation, and healing in many ancient and modern cultures because it is believed that sound acts as a direct channel into the emotions and inner being.
In the Bible, it is revealed that David, the future king of Israel, used a musical harp to soothe King Saul's fits of manic depression (See 1 Sam 16:23).
Some scientific studies have found that music can be therapeutic because the vibrations of sound can lower blood pressure, relax the wave patterns of the Brain, and reduce respiration, which helps reduce the release of stress hormones.
One ancient religious practice - predating Judaism and Christianity - called “sound healing,” or “sounding,” has been passed down through the centuries. It is taught that life is rhythm and matter is structured by sound because rhythmic sound, vibration, and harmonics are at the root of all creation.
Within the Occult, it is believed that the vibration of music and sound - as well as the spoken word - has the power to shape reality by restoring heath and relieving pain because they can align with the energy that is the source of the universe.
Scientific studies have shown that sound can help the body boost natural opiates and Endorphins such as Serotonin, Dopamine, and Melatonin. This can cause feelings of elation and euphoria as it masks emotional and physical pain. However, in actuality, it acts more like a placebo as it distracts the mind from focusing on a stressful event or situation.
Within the Occult, it is taught that sound can release and allow the natural flow of healing energy to move through the body. This is similar to, and a variation of the Hindu “mantra,” which are words or vowels that are sounded repetitively aloud or inwardly in a steady rhythm.
For centuries manmade religions have used variations of mantric chanting to help induce a “relaxation” response by causing a reduction of the heartbeat, brain waves, and respiration. It is believed that chanting creates a pathway to higher states of consciousness.
Another Occult practice active today is called “Toning,” which is used to restore balance to parts of the human body by sounding the correct vibration through resonance and harmonics.
It is clear that within Occult teaching that “toning” and “mantras” are intended to stir up a deity (aka - satan/demons!) to become one with the person (i.e., possess!) and the higher energies of that deity will unite with the chanter.