Over the last month or so I’ve been to several concerts and music events. I heard some very talented artists but listening to other band’s lyrics made me wonder about the messages we subconsciously get from our entertainment.
When I was in hypnosis school, we learned that something repeated often enough will slip into the subconscious mind and become a part of our life script. I’m not one to censor artists but are we paying attention to the information that is being slipped into our consciousness by our music and movies?
At the recent, KROQ LA Invasion I watched women sing along and pump their arms in the air to music with lyrics that were degrading to women. As good as the beat was, I just couldn’t bring myself to discount the message. I sat down and really listened to the message–not surprised but a bit sad that people were taking part in community hypnosis. As they sang and rocked to the music part of their subconscious must be buying into the message.
Questions occurred to me. What does that do the energy of every person in that stadium? What does that do to our collective self-esteem? Are the things we call harmless entertainment really harmless? Are they lifting you up or adding something darker to your consciousness. This is something to think about.
I love rock ‘n roll. But I’m finding myself a bit more careful about the music that I listen to because I don’t want to repeat lyrics to myself that tell me–women are useless or that violence is the answer. I’m not advocating any sort of censorship other than the power of choice. We need to make sure we are not getting negative messages by default.