It is obvious that music was always a reflection of an inner personal experience. The need that an individual posses to create something musical can be quite strong and is manifested in many forms. This internal urge which puts a musician into dimension of inner thoughts and feelings, rising out of the uncounscious/subcounscious mind to be expressed and then to become recognized outside their own personal space from which a specific piece of music was created.
I want to talk about one of the most known and influential genre that’s still known for it’s controversy today and so it was in the past few decades, especially because there is this mysterious aspect behind the visible and day to day perception we perceive as reality. It’s Rock&Roll.
Using more of a Jungian approach I would like to show and reveal the metaphysical side/impact, that I believe is the ultimate goal and reason behind that kind of artistic expression. A rock musician has the potential to tap and channel his/hers own subconscious material as well as the collective unconscious energies that are collected in this field of unexpressed emotions which are byproduct of a repressed parts of society. Not to be intentionally negative or something like that, but there’s a generational gap or lets say misunderstanding and misinterpretation about the way this expressions were presented at a certain period of time and also because this is meant to be a post about making the unconscious conscious.
Music is very powerful; It’s uncontollable. And when the performer is tapping into the unseen dimension of emotions and then put it out there to be heard, it becomes a great tool of expression even for other people who didn’t have a direct influence on it for the time it was created. So those energies in the collective unconscious get very amplified and every time there was a huge influential persona or a music group that succeeded to gather the collective state of whatever was going on at the moment, whether it was purely on a personal level, political and law issues, rebellion, frustrations and also on the other hand all sorts of realizations, raising the awareness, individualism, etc. it was always considered as a revolution.
Musicians represents a type of archetypal idea from our collective unconscious and it is through exploring that we can recognise parts of ourselves reflected by the artist.
In the begining the most important phenomenon that “caused” rock to evolve was slavery, which brought together entirely different cultures. Then in 1950s it develops and the original rock’n’roll stars were created (Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, etc.), emphasizing the power of the music and the emerging dominance of the rock’n’roll culture. By the early 1960s, this chapter then moves on to the arrival of Bob Dylan and protest folk rock. The inspiration was focused on individualism and widespread political awakening. Later the rebellious energie from Europe soon found its way to American shores in the wake of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and The Who. This was also manifested as a clear desire for anti-war movement. Starting in the middle of the 60’s and then in the beginning of the 70’s it shifted to a sexual revolution, at the same time as the pornography industry started to take off. During this decades a drug use has begun and philosophical issues raised by drug use and abuse in general. This can be perceived as an unconscious aspect that was created, because the activity was soo high it could not brake through for people to deal with it in the right way. It’s a propaganda that the solution is just to focus on “love and light” and not to recognize the “dark” aspect of the psyche, which many of the leaders in music industry were actually pretty aware of, but the crowd didn’t get it for what it is. So the end of the 70’s have started with Art rock, which later and in the beginning of the 80’s emerged into Punk, New wave and Heavy metal. It was more angrily oriented and this was like a reflection from past discontentment and failure which manifested inside the collective unconscious. So while this energie of rage was still present, there was this deep sense of yearning on the other side and the return of the most basic question; How it makes people feel emerge again into the counsciousnes. It was at the beginning of the 90’s when a Grunge movement has begun. Many people say that this was the last true memorable moment of the rock musical expression that was revolutionary in a larger sense, but for the purpose of this post I would like to include a specific genre known as shoch rock, especially an author that creates under a name Marilyn Manson. There are many sub-genres as well, but those are the ones, who had left the biggest emotional seal.
Rock music presents shadow material that needs to be reintegrated. It’s an unspoken message of rock’n’roll. This shadow is a byproduct of an emotional or seed energies that remaining in our subcounscious mind and are then gathered into the collective soup, that later manifest in this 3D reality as an uncounscious aspect we try to suppress. So the artist is a filter for those energies and then tres to mirror it back to the people. Many of us don’t like the fact that there’s something in us we don’t want own up to, so we adamantly deny the existence of our own “dark” aspects. What can also happen is that while the rock star provides a persona that hooks and refflects projections of collective unconscious imagery, we rarely can make sense of it.
Kurt Cobain once said in an interview that they as a band are very much uncounscious of their own creative process and that later on the reason for the expression become more obvious. I would really like to put on a spot a shock rocker Marilyn Manson, whose way of expression goes to such an extreme it’s soo bizarre and intended to push people’s buttons and to shock. Ironically this kind of performance can be judged as a disturbing act, but it’s just a reflection of a deeper unseen reality, which is intentionally presented in a very dark and mysterious way. What then the media does is to put a blame on the artist and make them a scapegoat for everything that is happening in a contemporary culture.
There is a lot of anger that is present inside this dimension and it is just a natural reaction to a fallen, ridiculous, cut off world and many musicians end up in a trouble because of it, whether for its expression or they can’t face the intensity and pressure around them and inside of themselves, where the imbalances of their own past and subconscious mind patterns get amplified. Nevertheless, there is anormous potential to heal and integrate those pieces from collective unconscious and that’s why it represents a danger to our leaders and people who want us to stay asleep and unconscious about certain mechanisms that secretly operates in our reality.
There is the very essence of the part musicians play today. All music throughout the ages serves two purposes. First part it’s a reflection of the state of the world or particular society at that time. The second part is in the hands of more aware musicians and it has gotten past that, so the power of the music can uplift the spirit of the man. Those kind of artists, they are not just reflecting the collective unconscious, but trying to change it and to push it in a higher direction. It is a power to bring people together. It’s universal. Uni – Vers (The song of one) .
Author: Luka Višnikar