MM writes: “I’m listening to trance/techno music, as well as Christian music. I have been told by a priest not to listen to techno/trance type music since I went to a spiritual renewal. But I never got a chance to ask why and what its roots are. . . . “
MM continues: “I do feel something that isn’t right when I listen to that type of music, like a tiny tingly weird feeling that I shouldn’t listen to it. Probably my consciousnesses tell me not to listen to it. But when I go back to Christian rap or Christian pop I don’t feel any tingly feeling. I actually stopped listening to trance/techno music for about two weeks now and feel like I shouldn’t go back to listening to it. I tried finding something on it, but come up very short since I like to look at catholic type research instead of other type of secular research. I saw an article http://www.furious.com/perfect/occult.html on this website that states that it could come from Chaos Magick type of rituals. Are there any insights you can give me, or point me into the right direction, since I would like to know a reason so that I can tell my brother and cousins why techno/trance music is not a good idea to listen to?”
You are very wise to heed both the warnings of the priest and your own inner “alarm bells” (i.e. tiny tingly wierd feelings).
Trance music is electronic dance music that is used to induce altered states of consciousness.
Jonas Clark of Holy Spirit Ministry Training describes it as “a form of electronic music characterized by hypnotic arrangements of synthetic rhythms and complex layered melodies created by high tempo riffs. The original goal of the music was to assist the dancers in experiencing a collective state of bodily transcendence, similar to that of ancient shamanic dancing rituals, through hypnotic, pulsing melodies and rhythms.”
Trance music has 110 to 145 drum beats a minute and is believed by some to open the seven chakras (energy centers or gateways). It is also believed to be capable of awakening the kundalini, which is supposedly divine energy that remains coiled at the base of the spine until it is awakened in some way. Yogis believe that when the Kundalini awakens, the door of the Sushumna (an energy conduit) is opened and the Kundalini ascends through the six chakras (alleged energy centers) until it reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head. When it reaches this height, it unites with Lord Shiva (the god of destruction) whose consort is Shakti. This union supposedly brings about the joy of “Blissful Beatitude.”
There are a multitude of dangers associated with the so-called kundalini awakening, which are described in this blog.
Researchers trace the origins of trance music to Germany in the early 90’s while others attribute it to the hippie subculture that converged on Goa, India in the 1960’s. Now known as Goa trance music, it didn’t officially appear until the early 90’s and is very much a part of the annual Sunburn Music Festivals which drew crowds of up to 30,000 people in 2010.
Techno trance is also entering the Christian music genre. This is concerning because this type of music encourages the emptying of the mind and subsequent altered states, leaving young listeners who are hungry for spiritual “experiences” vulnerable to whatever mischief the devil wants to work while they are otherwise “asleep”.
Music is definitely being used by the powers of darkness as a conduit into the lives of the unsuspecting, as Father Gabriele Amorth so famously warns in his books, An Exorcist Tells His Story, and An Exorcist: More Stories. You can read more about this here.
While I’m sure there are many kinds of techno trance music that are not associated with the occult, the fact that it has as its goal the induction of trance-like states is worrisome. For this reason, my advice is to heed the priest’s warning as well as your own instincts and stay away from this music.