“Psychedelic, man!” An expression heard seldom in the year 2010 was once the depiction of what some would call a generation devoted to spiritual freedom, creative expression and many attempts to reach that higher level of consciousness … one way or another. What happened to the magnificent musical trips so many manifested in the 60’s and 70’s? Drug users aside, not all found it necessary to use hallucinogens to let the music of Pink Floyd, Cream, or The Beatles take them on a spiritual ride through imagination and fantasy.
An article I came across on TusconCitizen.com talks about the effects, benefits and experimentation of how psychedelic music does more for you than just paint a pretty picture in your mind — it could actually help you reach your spiritual goals. The author of the article, Tyler Woods, describes his experience with psychedelic music … “It allowed your spiritual being to expand and develop. The possibilities became endless. I think that is why as a kid listening to psychedelic rock, I felt like I was tripping because I got the spiritual aspect of this music. It really was like finding God without even looking.”
So what is it about psychedelic music or any music for that matter that could lead you into the realm of enlightenment? Music has a profound affect on the human psyche — both the brain and the mind. From before a human is born, to someone well in their 80’s, music stimulates the thinking, analytical, and planning parts of the brain, not to mention, the creativity center! It causes the brain to produce feel-good endorphins and chemicals are released that promote healing.
Psychedelic music specifically came from a place of a newfound freedom and experimentation — experimenting with sounds, lyrics, even the length of songs — all had the aim of taking the listener on a ride. The Beatles came out with one of the first publicly known ‘psychedelic songs’ Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds which featured Eastern spiritual influences, rare instruments and the use of the some of the earliest electronic machines. Stuff to just ‘freak you out, man!’
Depending on the type of music you listen to, whether it’s the guitar-ripping of Jimi Hendrix to the classical symphonies of Beethoven, music can take you to a place of complete inner solitude, fill you with the sense of oneness between you and the world and is an excellent way to deepen your spiritual journey.
Is there specific music you listen to in order to enhance your spirituality? Any key experiences with music that stand out?