Not so long ago, I did an article on the effects of beats on the brain. It reviewed the nature of syncopated beats as a means to examine the type of music God inspires versus the type of music Satan inspires.
A few fought tooth & nail on the entire idea of such a thing. That music - apart from the lyrics - can be against God all by itself.
In spite of the numerous scientific reports which show that music (not lyrics) can impact mood, behavior, thought patterns, and physiological development, many still refused to believe that the beats in music can determine the nature of a song. They insisted that music being good or bad can only be defined by the lyrics, and not by the music itself. Entire genres of music could not be considered unGodly just because of the beats. Well, apparently one company knows such claims to be false.
I-Doser is marketing what is being referred to as "digital drugs" which can be purchased for a few dollars over the internet. Being marketed as something that will "powerfully alter your mood" or give you the "highest quality exotic bud, mood enhancement pills, and legal hashish", this company is selling beats that give the effect of making you feel high...hence the name digital drugs.
In describing their product, I-Doser says, "I-Doser for the PC is the most advanced computer application available to achieve a simulated mood or experience through the use of binaural beats. Use I-Doser to play doses purchased through the I-Doser Store. Each dose is scientifically designed to give you the optimal measure of pure beats safely and effectively to induce state."
What are some of the drugged states which can be simulated with these beats? Ecstasy, Marijuana, LSD, and Peyote just to name a few. Got a particular drug of choice? I-Doser can give you the right sounds to replicate that high. How long does the high last? According to their website, "It seems to be dependent on how quickly you return to normal brain activity." Again, for those who simply cannot accept that certain beats do have a negative impact on the body, please notice that these beats alter your normal brain activity!
So what is the fate of those young people (and not so young people) who continually listen to mind-altering beats? That's right. They are increasingly training their brains to run abnormally.
The point of this article is not to address the binaural beats used by I-Doser specifically, but to examine again the question of beats in music and its spiritual applications. (You can find a review of the binaural beats being sold by I-Doser here).
Using beats in music to hypnotize listeners and alter their normal brain activity is not solely a practice in the secular world. Such practices are also being adopted by so-called ministers in Christianity.
Patrica King - who calls herself a prophetess - is using these same mind-altering techniques in her ministry called "Club Mysterio". In describing this "ministry" she says:
"Through the vehicle of DJ led, electronic worship music, Caleb trains the body in how to become free in worship and praise and to express adoration for Jesus through flag, song, and dance. He also teaches how to cry out to God through prayer, intercession and travail using the whole body."
Examine the following video which includes clips from Patricia King's ministry as well as non-Christian groups using this "Ekstasis Worship" to draw people into altered states (which the new agers call the process of Kundalini):
Notice the strobe lights and off-beat syncopations used in Patricia King's ministry. It is a known occult practice used in much of the music industry and in the club scene. In the video, Caleb Brundidge (the head and DJ of this ministry) says the following:
"This generation longs to experience God in a way, in an abandoned way like never before...The music as you are jumping and dancing and moving around, well the words we are speaking become one at a cellular level in your body.
And it is not like you're learning it, it's part of who you are. It's no longer that you have to study the word, but when you are inside of an infused atmosphere with dancing and your body is moving and the word is coming and the music, it becomes part of you...
With the rhythm, the sound, and the repetitiveness of the music the word is driven into your body, not just your mind, not just your soul, but the whole mind, body and soul. Ekstasis Worship is worship that you go outside of your mind and just release yourself into the abandoned worship of God."
He is telling you the truth and this is called mesmerization!!! He is using the club environment to put you in a trance so that you will become susceptible to control (Read up on Franz Anton Mesmer and how his practices were used to hypnotize his followers).
Notice that according to Patricia King and her ministers, "abandonment" to God is synonymous with not using your mind. You are not learning, you do not need to study, just go outside of your mind and let the rhythm, sound, and repetitiveness of the music bring you into an altered state.
This is the same thing that I-Doser is doing; using beats to drive people into an abnormal brain activity so that their moods can be altered. It is all witchcraft. God never calls us to let go of our minds in order to be closer to Him. In fact, he commands us to be watchful and to be sober minded. To gird up the loins of our minds, not discard them. He has given us a sound mind (self-control, moderation).
Why is it that everyone BUT those in the church knows that musical beats (apart from lyrics) can alter the human psyche and the human body?
Again, I am not against music. At the end of the day, I really don't care what type of music others listen to. The bottom line is that we have to wake-up out of this spiritual stupor in thinking that certain things don't matter just because we don't want them to. It is a delusion to believe that whatever we want to call of God is so simply because it makes us feel good or we don't see anything wrong with it. Don't be destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. Ask God for spiritual discernment. Seek wisdom from Him in all things...He is faithful to give it.
"...for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." Luke 16:8b