I have always taken an interest in spiritual and metaphysical areas.
This goes back to when I was a child, where I could see and sense things at a young age.
I'm a believer that children when they are growing up through the toddler and infant years, are very receptive to a lot of different energy which goes on around them. This all gets weaned off of course as we get older and we become more conditioned by society and dumbed down as we head into our teenage years.
Which kind of leads me into this blog about the aspects of karma and heavy metal music. Two odd subjects to put into the same blog, but anyway. I'm guessing most of you will be familiar with the latter but perhaps not so familiar with the former, and how these two interrelate.
I'm not going to turn this into a scientific dissertation, no far from it. But I'll start with the first - karma.
Whether you believe your journey through life has a preordained path, in terms of tasks and achievements you are setting out to do, that is entirely up to your belief system.
I'm of the opinion that yes, we come into this existence with an inkling of our future unfolding before us. Whether we achieve it or not is a different story. We are none the wiser, even on our deathbed.
Even from a young age, we were taught how to live our lives in the right way rather than the wrong way by our parents mostly. There are things that we know to be painfully wrong. Things like murder, greed, envy, lust. Even suicide. All the things on the list of Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments.
Coming down to Earth and incarnating on this world is a test. It's a really hard test.
If you believe like I do that when we leave this mortal coil we will eventually return somewhere else, but do we come back and reincarnate and pick up where we left off previously? Or do we take a retrograde step backwards because of some of the bad things that we've done? That makes for some interesting discussion.
For me personally, all the way through my childhood right up until my late High School years, I was blissfully unaware of these types of things in my innocent existence. All I knew then was how to kick and pass a rugby ball, hit a tennis ball (quite well actually), and listen to beautiful melodic music.
I only really became jolted into reality when I joined the workforce, and saw how my circle of friends and colleagues all lived, and it was a hell of a lot different than what I was used to. I was quite shocked.
By the early 80's, my love affair with melodic music shifted somewhat to heavier styles and I guess you could call it lyrically negative music as well. Bands like Venom, Iron Maiden, W.A.S.P., and anything else that had a negative aspect to it had come onto my radar.
Recently I read some material on the subject matter of karma, and I decided to throw into the search engine the terms: karma and heavy metal music. Just to see what would come up.
I was worried that if I listened to too much negatively inclined heavy metal that I would return in a new afterlife in a slightly lesser form. I'm not talking chimpanzee, monkey or a refugee from Somalia, but perhaps someone who is reborn with sickness, ailments, maybe an ear infection issue, or maybe I return as a classical musician, or a deaf mute? lol. That would be punishment!
By now you can see where I'm going with this?
I read recently where someone made a comment that heavy metal music in its purest form has no karma. It's just vibration. But the intent of the lyrics was something different altogether.
So I guess that's why I haven't really taken to genres like death metal, thrash, and other forms of extreme metal. Bands like Slayer just didn't do my vibration any good whatsoever. At least I knew that much. So perhaps listening to all that sugar sweet CCM AOR during the late 80's placated my soul somewhat? Maybe I might return in the afterlife as Kim Kardashian's underwear! haha!
So to wrap it up, in 2019 I think you'll find that I'll be listening to less heavy metal, more instrumental music, loads more music with melody, and perhaps music with a simpler and positive message. Not quite folk music, but who knows, this style of music may become popular once again. [gulp]