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Mind, Soul, Spirit, Playing...

Dec 2 2010

I thought I’d write a bit of a summary of what I talked on at one of the Musicians Electives at Hillsong Conference 2010 if anyone was interested.

Basically I talked about playing/ministering from three main areas. Mind, Soul and Spirit. Making sure we don’t neglect any of these areas and are disciplined with ALL three.

MIND – When we talk about playing from our MIND we are talking about our intellect and knowledge (Eg. reading music & chord charts, learning, practice etc.) Everything musical that is intellect or knowledge based. As musicians we need to be disciplined in this area. Proverbs 19:2 – ‘It’s not good to have zeal without knowledge…’ Or in musical terms, It’s not good to be passionate about or music without the knowledge to back it up. I also think it’s interesting that Jesus said in the Gospels, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…’ He doesn’t just stop at ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…. but goes on to include our ‘minds’ as one of the areas that we should love God with.

SOUL – When I think of the SOUL I like to think of it as our Heart/Emotions/Passion, etc. We also need to get really good at incorporating this area into your playing/singing. The reason being is that this is where groove, feeling, etc enters into a performance. Taking it from robotic black and white notes on a page and bringing it to life. We’ve probably all heard performances void of ‘Soul’ thinking to ourselves that it sounds nice but lacks something… the secret ingredient being Soul.

SPIRIT – There’s actually a third area that we can play from. Our Spirits. As Christians we definately need to get better at playing from this area. This is where the prophetic comes into play. The prophetic is something that needs to be cultivated over time and is a combination of practice and spending time with God. If someone asked me what the single most important thing they could do to develop this gift in their life was, I’d say, simply spend time with God. It seems so simple, but it’s the key to getting to know His character and His voice. So whatever you do, DON’T neglect this area.

So in summary, we need to get really good at these three disciplines in our lives, learning how to balance them and keeping all three areas connected, Mind, Soul and Spirit, at the same time.

Peter James

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