There are various theories on why music gives us chills, some say that it is purely chemical and part of our internal reward system, whereby our brain releases dopamine and you get the tingly chills down your spine.
Mental floss website describes it well here:
“When your playlist strikes all the right chords, your body can go on a physiological joyride. Your heart rate increases. Your pupils dilate. Your body temperature rises. Blood redirects to your legs. Your cerebellum—mission control for body movement—becomes more active. Your brain flushes with dopamine and a tingly chill whisks down your back.”
In the article, it describes how we anticipate the climax of the song and actually release the dopamine just a few moments before that point in the song so that the bang hits us at exactly the right moment. Sometimes it overwhelms the recipient causing involuntary tears.
Now, obviously, this is the physiological response explained as best we can, but this phenomenon is not limited to music. People often feel it when speaking about subjects of a spiritual or philosophical nature. But is it all simply physiological?
Perhaps there is more at play here, perhaps it is quantum in nature. Some think the pineal gland is involved in this process. The fact that it is precognitive makes it very interesting.
My own thoughts on it are that your brain releases dopamine into your body in response to some sort of spiritual exchange, even an acknowledgement of truth. I find that it activates in me when a truth is spoken… Sometimes even before the words are spoken. I’ve called it the electric wind in a previous blog entry.
For me it seems that it is some sort of resonance, and resonance is a big part of the laws of our physical universe. So, if the emotions in a song are very true, they will send out these reverberations and they can activate a response in you via resonance, whether they be via sound waves where the brain acts as a transducer into this energy signature.
Music is powerful. Similarly the spoken word can also do it and in many cases great leaders have had this effect on crowds. But it can also occur most powerfully in a gentle environment on your own. Often I’ve been affected so powerfully tears flow and my face locks up with the level of power felt.
So, if this is part of our physiology, it stands to reason that it could be activated by external forces with knowledge of it. For example, the Spirit Jesus spoke of, the Spirit that lived within him or resonated with him during his life… Demons and other entities such as the sleep paralysis demon… Potentially extra terrestrials with advanced technology could also activate this within us to overwhelm victims.
If you’ve felt the chills from music, or for any other reason, please leave your testimony in the comments section. We want to hear your truth.