The Progressive Metal genre isn’t one that’s usually noted for its spirituality, but truth can often come from unexpected sources.  Just as all religions contain some truth, so may we also find nuggets of truth in other forms of human expression, song lyrics included.  The Urantia Book states that truth achieves “new expression in each generation”, and this is particularly noticeable during this era of rapid change.

The Rock/Metal genre is still fairly young because its primary instrument, the electric guitar, was made possible by technologies that are relatively recent in our history.  It’s also a very energetic style of music that tends to appeal to younger music fans, but at this point the fans and musicians alike have had enough time to mature, and so has their music.  As a long-time fan of this genre, and a Urantia Book reader, I’ve become more conscious of the emerging spiritual themes in one of my favorite bands.

DCP_0607New York-based Dream Theater began back in 1985 when the founding members collaborated under the name “Majesty” while studying at the Berkley College of Music.  This is a band of serious and dedicated musicians who have made it their mission to expand the possibilities of music.  Each member is a virtuoso player on the instrument they specialize in.  As a result, their music can be highly detailed.  It often takes a few listens before the mind can begin to penetrate its complexity – an attribute that rewards the attentive listener with newly-noticed nuances upon each listen.

But I will leave most of the musical journey to you.  The main purpose of this post is to show some of the correlations between Dream Theater lyrics and Urantia Book teachings in the hope that the listeners and readers of each might be uplifted and inspired.  Although many such connections with various spiritual concepts could be made, there are three that seem to stand out the most in the Dream Theater library of lyrics:

 

Survival and progression beyond mortal death

Our interconnectedness (Karma)

The guiding spirit of God that dwells within us all (Thought Adjuster)

Survival and Progression

Beyond this Life (John Petrucci)
(spoken)
“Death is not the end, but only a transition”

(32:5.7) There is in the mind of God a plan
which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an
eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. And the
infinite treasures of such a matchless career are yours for the striving!

(39:4.13) To the inhabited worlds the quickeners of morality portray mortal
life as an unbroken chain of many links. Your short sojourn on Urantia, on this
sphere of mortal infancy, is only a single link, the very first in the long
chain that is to stretch across universes and through the eternal ages.

Beyond this Life (John Petrucci)
All that we learn this time
Is carried beyond this life

40:9.7.Even with
Adjuster-fusion candidates, only those human experiences which were of spiritual
value are common possessions of the surviving mortal and the returning Adjuster
and hence are immediately remembered subsequent to mortal survival.

(47:4.5) Your Adjuster memory remains fully intact as you
ascend the morontia life. Those mental associations that were purely animalistic
and wholly material naturally perished with the physical brain, but everything
in your mental life which was worth while, and which had survival value, was
counterparted by the Adjuster and is retained as a part of personal memory all the way through the ascendant career. You will be conscious of all your worth-while experiences as you advance
from one mansion world to another and from one section of the universe to
another—even to Paradise.

(111:3.7) In so far as man’s evolving morontia soul becomes permeated by truth, beauty, and goodness as the value-realization of God-consciousness, such a resultant being becomes indestructible. If there is no survival of eternal values in the evolving soul of man, then mortal existence is without meaning, and life itself is a tragic illusion. But it is forever true: What you begin in time you will assuredly finish in eternity—if it is worth finishing.

 

Interconnectedness

Beyond this Life (John Petrucci)
Our deeds have traveled far
What we have been is what we are

54:6.3.If an
affectionate father of a large family chooses to show mercy to one of his
children guilty of grievous wrongdoing, it may well be that the extension of
mercy to this misbehaving child will work a temporary hardship upon all the
other and well-behaved children. Such eventualities are inevitable; such a risk
is inseparable from the reality situation of having a loving parent and of being
a member of a family group. Each member of a family profits by the righteous
conduct of every other member; likewise must each member suffer the immediate
time-consequences of the misconduct of every other member. Families, groups,
nations, races, worlds, systems, constellations, and universes are relationships
of association which possess individuality; and therefore does every member of
any such group, large or small, reap the benefits and suffer the consequences of
the rightdoing and the wrongdoing of all other members of the group
concerned.

 (131:3.5)  What you do shall be done to you, in the judgment of wisdom. Injustice done to
your fellows shall come back upon you. The creature cannot escape the destiny of
his deeds.

 

 God Within

Bridges in the Sky (John Petrucci)
Whisperer of truth
I trust in you
To make me whole
Messenger of truth
I trust in you
Transform me now
5:0.1.If the finite mind of man is unable to comprehend how so great and so majestic a God as the Universal Father can descend from his eternal abode in infinite perfection to fraternize with the individual human creature, then must such a finite intellect rest assurance of divine fellowship upon the truth of the fact that an actual fragment of the living God resides within the intellect of every normal-minded and morally conscious Urantia mortal. The indwelling Thought Adjusters are a part of the eternal Deity of the Paradise Father. Man does not have to go farther than his own inner experience of the soul’s contemplation of this spiritual-reality presence to find God and attempt communion with him.
 
(3:4.4) The fact that he sends forth spirit messengers from himself to indwell the men and women of your world and other worlds in no wise lessens his ability to function as a divine and all-powerful spirit personality; and there is absolutely no limit to the extent or number of such spirit Monitors which he can and may send out. This giving of himself to his creatures creates a boundless, almost inconceivable future possibility of progressive and successive existences for these divinely endowed mortals. And this prodigal distribution of himself as these ministering spirit entities in no manner diminishes the wisdom and perfection of truth and knowledge which repose in the person of the all-wise, all-knowing, and all-powerful Father.
Fatal Tragedy (John Myung)
Without faith, without hope
There can be no peace of mind.
Afterlife (Charles Dominici)
I search within, beneath a skin
That bears both pleasure and pain
Behind closed eyes, some comfort lies
In knowing the truth never spoken
(100:2.7) Jesus portrayed the profound surety
of the God-knowing mortal when he said: “To a God-knowing kingdom believer, what
does it matter if all things earthly crash?” Temporal securities are
vulnerable, but spiritual sureties are impregnable. When the flood tides of
human adversity, selfishness, cruelty, hate, malice, and jealousy beat about the
mortal soul, you may rest in the assurance that there is one inner bastion, the
citadel of the spirit, which is absolutely unassailable; at least this is true
of every human being who has dedicated the keeping of his soul to the indwelling
spirit of the eternal God.
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Music

The Spirit Carries On:

www.youtube.com/watch

 

This is the Life:

www.youtube.com/watch

The Answer Lies Within:

www.youtube.com/watch