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The Musicians’ Intent & The Audiences’ Permission – HOW do we lead others to THE PROMISED LAND of the Presence of God

Posted in Carriers Of The Sound, Minstrel, Music, Potential Of God's Presence, Prophetic Minstrel, Sound Releasers, Teaching Series with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2016 by propheticsoundman

I’m excited to share this post on the subject of Intent and Permission as it pertains to musicians, their music and their audience.

I’ve always believed personally in what I am about to share, but was excited recently to have my views confirmed by another writer, almost as if I had written it myself.

I will get more in-depth, but to begin, I share the concept simply: The intent of the musician and their music is hugely relevant to the effect that music has upon the audience. Also, and even more important to me, is AUDIENCE UNDERSTANDING of the musicians intent IS VASTLY IMPORTANT regarding said audience GIVING PERMISSION TO THE ARTIST, allowing the audience to FULLY RECEIVE from the intent of the musician.

Let me make a statement: I’ve been frustrated in the past as a musician when my intent is not received by an audience because the audience comes in with preconceived expectations, whether conscious or subconscious.

Most of these scenarios occur in the context of me leading a church congregation. I have led worship in literally hundreds of churches over the last 15 years and this has given me a unique perspective to voice what I am sharing here. The reality is that American “church culture” does not tend to lend itself extended silence, waiting and contemplation in their worship services. I’m not writing to criticize this. I’m pointing it out as a reality in the church.

So, moving forward… I am, as a musician, drawn to lead people to places in the Holy Spirit that require time, silence, contemplation, waiting in order to RECEIVE what I, from my own experience, have enjoyed. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE what is required to experience facets of God that cannot be experienced in 18 minutes singing straight through songs.

My journey as a musician began in tiny piano practice rooms at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. I spent a year isolated in these small rooms with God. It was, what I call, my “sheep field.” I was, like David in the sheep fields, ministering to the Lord and being drawn to incredible encounters.

Ok… I’m just going to skip a lot of thoughts and get to a point here…

I have been to incredible places in the presence of God alone with Him. God has called me to re-create these type of encounters for others…

WHAT THIS REQUIRES IS TRUST… Trust from my audience TO BE LED BY ME.

MY CHALLENGE: My challenge is that I am LEADING PEOPLE TO UNFAMILIAR PLACES IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, OFTEN WITH UNFAMILIAR SOUNDS.

Here is what I am realizing as a prophetic musician who desires to take others to the places I have been with God… IT REQUIRES THEIR TRUST IN ME… IT REQUIRES THAT THEY BE WILLING TO GO TO PLACES THEY HAVE NOT BEEN LED BEFORE.  IT REQUIRES THAT MY AUDIENCE UNDERSTAND MY INTENT AS A MUSICIAN… IT REQUIRES THAT AN AUDIENCE GIVE ME THEIR PERMISSION AND GIVE THEMSELVES PERMISSION TO GO TO THESE PLACE TOGETHER…

Unfamiliarity & Fear… These are the two things that will stop YOU AND I from going to these places in God TOGETHER.

If I try to lead you to a place in God that you have not been familiar with, FEAR COMES TO THE SURFACE… You begin to question my leadership. You begin to question my intent. You begin to wonder what I am doing, why I am using that vocal effect on my mic, why I haven’t said anything for a WHOLE 60 SECONDS.

If I led worship like a NORMAL WORSHIP LEADER, we’d both be safe… I’d get the job done and you’d never feel uncomfortable…

But here is the thing… That’s boring to me and MY CHALLENGE is… I don’t understand why YOU AREN’T BORED YET. I don’t understand why you don’t want to TRUST ME to lead you to VIABLE TRULY SPIRITUAL PLACES IN GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT that I have experienced for years and years.

Listen church and musicians… I really hope this post get out there because I know many will identify with it…

BUT IF NOBODY CHALLENGES THE STATUS QUO… IF NOBODY TRYS TO ENLARGE THE PLACE OF THE TENTS… We are never going to grow. We are never going to mature more fully.

SO WHAT IS MY INTENT?

As a musician, my intent is to LEAD PEOPLE to the still waters spoken of in Psalm 23. My intent is to lead people to experience and Isaiah-like encounter with the throne room of God. My intent is to see people refreshed and healed in the presence of God under the sound and word of God.

MY INTENTIONS ARE TRUE. MY INTENTIONS ARE PURE.

I’m not going to LEAD YOU like your worship pastor does on Sunday because I AM NOT TRYING TO GO TO THE SAME PLACE HE/SHE IS GOING. You have to be willing to GIVE ME PERMISSION to lead you… Otherwise we will never go where God desires us to go TOGETHER.

THE PROMISED LAND…

As a musician, I have often felt like Joshua. Joshua went and SAW THE LAND, but when he tried to LEAD OTHERS to what he had seen, they rejected the notion of going there.

I can’t imagine living for 40 YEARS with a people who denied obtaining WHAT I KNOW IS THEIR INHERITANCE.

So friends, I am letting you in on what it’s like to be me. If you view me as arrogant, I am sorry. This is not arrogance.

I, like Joshua, HAVE SEEN A PLACE. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT WE, AS THE CHURCH, CAN GO THERE TOGETHER. But it’s going to require you to come up OUT OF THE FAMILIAR.

GOD RAISES UP FORERUNNERS to run ahead, check things out, report back, get other excited SO THAT THE TEAM CAN ADVANCE.

I don’t have 40 years to waste.

So I am asking YOU FOR PERMISSION with all the music I’ve ever led and recorded and with all the music that is to come.

I am asking you, “Will you TRUST ME?” Will you allow yourself to believe that I, and many prophetic musicians like me that God is beginning to bring out of obscurity, have been chosen by the Lord TO LEAD PEOPLE TO PLACES THEY’VE NEVER GONE BEFORE.

It requires trust. It requires patience, time, waiting… BUT THE REWARD IS WORTH IT.

PRACTICALS

I think what I have gained recently by this confirmation regarding intent and permission is to make my INTENTION MORE FULLY KNOWN and to BEGIN LITERALLY ASKING PEOPLE for their permission to lead them… Not only does this grant me their permission, it also activates in the audience to engage where I am leading.

What I am discussing here is not going to work in every situation, I understand that. I am excited about creating more venues that give the time to go to places I am talking about.

We are going to be starting a “retreat ministry” facet where we lead people musically to contemplative places in God. We are really excited about this. Some of these retreats will be for an evening, some for a day… I will be sharing about this more soon.

Jason

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Who Gets the Credit? God or Creation? Or both? Redeeming what the Church has handed over to NEW AGE…

Posted in Frequency, Minstrel, Music, prophetic, Prophetic Minstrel, Sound Releasers, Teaching Series, The Frequency of Eden with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by propheticsoundman

This is the first blog I’m posting in a series of blogs that I will be writing as I progress through my certification process as a CHM (certified healthcare musician). I want to address the topic “Who Gets The Credit” regarding God as creator and His creation that we discover…

I was frustrated by a recent YouTube video that simply dismissed “healing frequencies” in music as both new age and demonic. The man on the video stated to be a musician and a Christian… So he expressed his thoughts regarding “claims” that certain frequencies have been found to bring PEACE to people who sit under the sound of these frequencies. He said that these sounds were literally demonic and the teaching regarding these findings are “doctrines of demons.”

I am saddened by close-minded ignorant viewpoints in Christendom regarding labeling scientific truths as demonic and/or new age.

I will not spend time cutting and pasting the research regarding the proven truths that music/sound/frequency can have a positive effect upon the body/soul/spirit of people.

You can read about David and Saul and find blatantly that the music effected Saul in a positive way…

All that said, here is the big question and topic I want to refer to… DO WE GIVE CREDIT TO THE CREATOR OR THE CREATION? Do we give credit to God and say that God was the one who brought Saul peace when David played the harp? Or, do we give credit to David and the music and the frequency?

MY ANSWER IS… YOU GIVE CREDIT TO BOTH!

Why are some Christians fearfully claiming that frequency teaching is demonic? And if they don’t claim this verbally, many will not promote the use of such sound to induce peace, healing or enhanced state of conscience. To do so would be risky at best.

Back to the YouTube video, the man sharing specifically stated, and I quote. “It’s not the frequency that is bringing you peace, only the Holy Spirit can bring you this peace.”

If I could sit down with this man, I would argue that it’s BOTH the frequency AND the Holy Spirit that is bringing the peace.

IN ORDER TO AGREE WITH ME, YOU HAVE TO ALSO AGREE WITH MY STANCE ON THE NEUTRALITY OF MUSIC/SOUND. You have to agree that music is a tool that can be used positively or negatively.

IF WE MIX HUMANISM WITH THE BELIEF THAT SOUND INDUCES PEACE, then you remove THE CREATOR FROM CREATION and THIS EXALTATION OF FREQUENCY removes WORSHIP OF THE CREATOR FROM WHICH IT COMES…

I get it! I believe exalting creation devoid of the CREATOR is humanistic and is new age…

The PROBLEM IS, THE CHURCH KEEPS ASSOCIATING SCIENTIFIC TRUTH WITH HUMANISM AND NEW AGE AND THEN THROWS IT OUT AS DEMONIC, AS IF DEMONS CREATED IT INSTEAD OF REDEEMING CREATION AND WORSHIPING THE ONE WHO MADE IT AS WE ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF WHAT HE CREATED FOR US TO BENEFIT FROM.

This is what FRUSTRATES MY WIFE AND I… We ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE CHURCH BEING ROBBED OF SO MANY THINGS THAT GOD CREATED FOR THE CHURCH… YES, in the arts of music and dance as well as other areas of health and wellness…

FEAR ROBS… FEAR KEEPS THE CHURCH FROM EXPANDING…

If the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST SHOULD FEAR ANYTHING, it should fear being BLINDLY ROBBED OF THE ABUNDANT LIFE THAT GOD WANTS TO GIVE because they threw TOO MUCH OF GOD’S GOOD CREATION in a bin labeled “HUMANISM/NEW AGE.”

Christian… If you label God’s creation as New Age etc… I challenge you that WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY SAYING is that Jesus is unable to redeem that sound, that food that whatever it may be… You are handing “said thing” over to the ENEMY and you are basically saying, “Here created being, I allow you to have this.”

We need to mature in this as the church… We really do… We need to quit leading people to fear things that God can redeem in our culture…

Instead of fearing coming in to a meeting where I, as a musician, would tune my piano to 444Hz and sing through a conch shell with reverb on my voice as I try to RE-CREATE the sounds of the heavenly realm… YOU SHOULD BE THANKING GOD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED SUCH REVELATION AND ENJOY WHAT IS BEING BROUGHT FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH THROUGH ARTISTS WHO DO NOT FEAR THE STATUS QUO.

TO CLOSE, I ANSWER MY OWN QUESTION OF “WHO GETS THE CREDIT” – CREATION OR THE CREATOR… I SAY BOTH BECAUSE…

Because when I rub PEPPERMINT OIL ON MY HEAD and my headache goes away, I CAN BE THANKFUL FOR THE OIL as I also thank God for creating it and for giving knowledge to man, that the oil expressed from peppermint leaves is useful for the human body.

SO IT GOES FOR MUSIC/SOUND/FREQUENCY – I can UTILIZE the knowledge that science has discovered regarding implementing music/sound/frequency AND STILL BE A CHRISTIAN… STILL PRAISE THE ONE TRUE CREATOR GOD…

IT BOILS DOWN TO WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL WANT TO FOCUS ON AND GIVE THE CREDIT TO…

Just because somebody is running around in the woods wearing a tunic, smelling leaves, listening to the wind and PRAISING MOTHER EARTH FOR IT WILL NEVER EVER MEAN THAT A BIBLE BELIEVING LOVER OF JESUS CHRIST COULD NOT DO THE EXACT SAME THING AND PRAISE JESUS… IT’S NOT THE METHOD, IT THE MAN! IT’S THE FOCUS OF YOUR HEART!

MAN HAS BEEN REMOVING GOD FROM NEUTRAL PRACTICES AND ACTIONS FOR CENTURIES… CHRISTIAN YOUR GOAL IS TO SEPARATE THE PRACTICE FROM THE NEGATIVE FOCUS (HUMANISM/SATANISM) AND FOCUS ON THE ONE TRUE GOD JESUS CHRIST…

Stop handing the enemy SO MUCH. People are flocking to New Age because the church handed SO MUCH GOOD STUFF TO THEM AND SAID THEY COULD HAVE IT .

I CAN’T… I want what God has for me and my family… And God has called me to wake others up to these realities to re-consider your position on things that CULTURE, NOT YOUR CONSCIOUS, has told you is wrong.

I welcome questions and comments…

Jason

New Album Launches Today 9/5

Posted in Carriers Of The Sound, General, Minstrel, Music, Potential Of God's Presence, prophetic, Prophetic Minstrel, Sound Releasers, The Frequency of Eden with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by propheticsoundman

TODAY IS GLOBAL LAUNCH DAY FOR MY NEW ALBUM “NO AGENDA”

You can now order and download the DIGITAL ALBUM immediately for just $10, available ONLY on the link below.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jasonheilman

THIS WEEK ONLY: DOWNLOAD THE FIRST FOUR TRACKS FREE

Order physical copies now at jasonheilman.com for any missions gift of $15 or more. Share the link  and thanks for all of your support. ENJOY HIS PRESENCE. Jason Heilman

Pre-Order The New Album Now – No Agenda – Proceeds Go to Missions

Posted in Carriers Of The Sound, Improvisation, kickstarter, Minstrel, Music, prophetic, Prophetic Minstrel, Sound Releasers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2016 by propheticsoundman

Friends the album I’ve been working on for a year is now available for Pre-Order

Visit my website http://www.jasonheilman.com to pre-order today!

I’d like to humbly ask for your help in helping me build momentum for the release of my upcoming album “NO AGENDA”
Would you willing to Pre-Order my new album TODAY for any gift of $15 or more? The more early momentum we can build, the better our GLOBAL Launch on September 5 will be…
Visit http://www.jasonheilman.com to pre-order the album
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8Ed-yff78M to watch the Album Promo Video
I appreciate your consideration…
Thank you!
Jason Heilman
BONUS: pre-order proceeds will continue to assist us in funding Native American Missions – #winwin
*Join Our Launch Team – Help Us Spread The Word

Free PreView of my upcoming album “NO AGENDA”

Posted in Carriers Of The Sound, Expanded Prophetic Language, Frequency, Improvisation, Minstrel, Music, prophetic, Prophetic Minstrel, Sound Releasers with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by propheticsoundman

Friends I am about to release my first album since 2010 –
Please pre-view this 12 minute excerpt for FREE on YOUTUBE now
Visit http://www.jasonheilman.com/ to listen to the preview and to preorder
Here is a little info on the Album – Blessings!
No Agenda is an album produced for YOU the listener to create an atmosphere for you to ENCOUNTER God. 100% of the 50 minute album was SPONTANEOUSLY CREATED.
 
From Jason regarding his recording experience –  “I sat down to the keyboard in the studio and began to play under the unction of the Holy Spirit… 50 minutes later, I looked up to Andy (Producer) and asked how long we were at. When he told me ’50 minutes’ I was amazed! It felt like 5 minutes. I stopped at that point, and I knew the Holy Spirit had given us the foundation for the album in that 50 minute recording session.”
 
No Agenda’s vocal, piano and string tracks were recorded spontaneously in ONE 50 minute track. Over the next 6 months, we worked to add ambient sounds and vocals to this foundation to create an experience for you unlike anything you may have ever heard. 
 
The album was created to be listened to in one sitting as a way to have a NOW encounter with the Living God. We hope this 12 minute excerpt will give you a taste of what to expect from the entire project.
 
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: JULY 15 2016

It’s Time For A Greater Restoration of the Prophetic Minstrel

Posted in Expanded Prophetic Language, General, Minstrel, Music, prophetic, Prophetic Minstrel with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2016 by propheticsoundman

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Welcome to the dawn of a new blog series called The Restoration of the Prophetic Minstrel. Let me jump right in to the why and the what

Let me ask you to do something right now… pull up Google and type in “prophetic minstrel.” Go ahead and then return to this post…

That’s right… #1

Out of 80,000 results, the #1 result is a post I made in 2010…

What does that tell you? Well, I’ll tell you what it tells me…

It tells me that, after being called as a prophetic minstrel 17 years ago, after years writing this blog, releasing music and a book… The ministry of the Prophetic Minstrel is still widely unknown much less understood… And that I personally still have a lot of work to do.

As I’ve just turned 40, I felt a shift in my life and ministry to begin narrowing down specifically what I will focus on over the next season of life and ministry.

I feel that bringing a RESTORATION of the ministry of the prophetic minstrel to the church and the world is a large part of my personal calling and assignment. I’ve spent 17 years figuring out my own personal calling regarding all of this. I’ve travelled the world releasing the song of the Father in churches, coffee shops, homeless shelters, living rooms and more. I’ve learned so many things along the way…

Now is the time to begin reproducing what I’ve learned in thousands of other artists globally. The roots have gone DEEP for 17 years… This tree is about to get huge!

One of the things that has impacted me along my journey, especially the last 5-6 years, has been the interaction I’ve had with many of YOU here on this blog and via social media.

It’s crazy when someone from Australia or the U.K. contacts me because they Googled “prophetic minstrel” and found my blog and they ask me how they can order my book… It’s crazy because the reason I think they are contacting me is because THEY HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO LOOK, NOBODY ELSE TO CONTACT….

It blows me away to think that I MAY VERY WELL BE WHAT I CALL AN “ACCIDENTAL EXPERT.” I NEVER set out to be an expert in the niche called prophet minstrel, but after 17 years I am humbly accepting that this may very well be what God had in mind all along. He did not just call me to this so that I could sing in living rooms for the rest of my life, hiding away… I think that season is done and it’s time for this to explode onto the scene like the House of Prayer movement did in the early 2000’s.

THE PSALMISTS ARE COMING OUT OF THE FIELDS… THE MINSTRELS ARE COMING TO THE PALACE…

This word pertains to David coming from the sheep field to King Saul’s palace. David left the field as a psalmist and entered the palace as a minstrel… He developed a connection with God in that field that translated into an ability to bring others into the place he now lived, moved and had his being in… David left the field, but the field never left David… That place of devotion was not tied in to a field, it was now in David’s heart and he carried it wherever he would go for the rest of his life…

I’ve been involved in the worship and prayer movement since 1999. I go way back. I remember when IHOP Kansas City met in a double-wide trailer. I’ve been around this for a while… I am saying that to say that these psalmists are not called to the House of Prayer forever… God is calling these psalmist OUT. NOW! Now is the time for those who have been hidden in these sheep fields “TO EMERGE WITH THE REVELATION THEY’VE CULTIVATED” for years now… If we keep this to ourselves for another decade, we are not going to find ourselves in God’s will. That is a strong statement, but I believe strongly that God is calling the psalmists out of the fields and the caves to begin speaking for God through the arts in incredible ways…

YES, IT’S ALREADY BEEN HAPPENING… But this is a new level that is coming.

WHAT’S COMING FROM ME?

Consistency! Writings, video and audio – This is also the beginning of a new book that I will release called “The Restoration of the Prophetic Minstrel”

There are some books that are timeless… Others that are TIMELY… This next book is going to be a catalyst, as will this series of blogs, vlogs and podcasts be…

I’m at 750+ words, so I will go for now…

Thanks for going on this journey with me!

Jason

The “Prophetic Sound Man”

 

ANNOUNCING NEW MUSIC PROJECT KICKSTARTER + MINISTRY UPDATE

Posted in kickstarter, Music, News, Partnership with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2015 by propheticsoundman

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Dear Friends –

I am excited to announce that on MONDAY MAY 11, we will be LAUNCHING a NEW MUSIC PROJECT KICKSTARTER along with some other rewards to be announced…

The short version of the vision behind this project is to create a music project that assist those who listen to have GOD ENCOUNTERS. There will be a lot of time on the project devoted to instrumental interludes to help you wait and hear from God. Look for more information coming soon on our Facebook pages and the website http://www.jasonheilman.com

We are looking for a STRONG first week regarding this new music project KICKSTARTER that we will launch next Monday May 11. If you desire to support this new album, please jump in early next week with a support pledge. We appreciate all of your support! Kickstarter projects that have strong first weeks tend to do very well, much like our Kulani Coffee Project last year.

FOR A MINISTRY UPDATE, READ ON…

This year started with a bang as I travelled to the East Coast and was invited to kick off the new year there with a night of worship and prayer. This invite has become the theme of 2015 for us regarding what we have come to realize is a very strong RELAUNCH for us to focus on the ministry of worship and music based prayer.

 

Both in our home church and at the several churches I’ve ministered in this year thus far (CT, MI, IL, TX, KS, OH, MD) there has been strong emphasis to both exemplify, teach and train in this specific areas of music based prayer, waiting on the Lord, hearing His voice, etc.

The music project, the new webpage and a soon to come FREE E-book is all coming forth out of this re-launch that has been so evident over the last few months.

We will be updating our website with much more information on all of this here in the next week, so continue to look at http://www.jasonheilman.com for more updates soon…

We want to thank ALL OF YOU for your continued support that helps us to continue being the Pioneers that God has called us to be. There are so many things in store for the second half of 2015 that we know you are going to be excited about with us.

Talk you to you soon –

Jason & Ann-Marie