Keep it simple…

The complexities of our minds have robbed us from the pleasures of simplicity. The pleasures of enjoying a simple exercise like breathing.
A student recently shared with me that she feels like she is moving backwards and not forwards with her voice. I suggested that we must walk backwards towards simple and effortless to reset a natural way of being which our voice will then reflect back to us.
Moving back into ourselves feels like moving backwards, however it’s relaxing deeper into our bodies and away from the complexities of ‘trying to figure everything out’ that feels like letting go of control and ‘progress’.
It’s amazing how much better the singing voice works when we approach it this way, and therefore as always, our lives.
The voice is a reflection of how we live our lives.

This Living Word…..

as above so belowThis article is a reflection on the opposite energies or aspects of life that exist within all of us as; light and dark, structure and flow, masculine and feminine, personal and impersonal, and how they appear and vibrate within and throughout our daily communications with each other.  From clear and direct communication to somewhat wonky and manipulative communication and everywhere in-between, the energies are at play.

The work of developing awareness of these energies and their spectrum of light is the inner work that I feel is necessary to sing and live an authentic life.  The voice reflects our life and our life reflects our voice.

STRUCTURE AND FOCUS – THE IMPERSONAL, MASCULINE ASPECT 

For those who have pushed away structure and focus in our lives to some degree and found ourselves drifting without action and purpose, it can be quite alarming and disorienting to bring a more structured and disciplined focus into daily life.

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I feel as I have tiptoed in and out of the arenas of structure, discipline and the impersonal masculine directive.  I might find myself slipping firstly into an isolated road of only tasking and doing that is lacking in feeling and warmth and tending towards cutting off the feminine sensitivity as this strong structured rule-maker energy moves through me, long having been held back.

I find I can be short and on the edge of mean and thoughtless in my communications with others.  I’m factual and ruled by order and black and white straightness. Tasking, organizing and moving in a straight line feels like the only thing worth doing.

FLOW AND EMOTION – THE PERSONAL, FEMININE ASPECT

Conversely if we have pushed away an emotional, flowing rhythm in our day to day lives, we might find feel we are held rigidly within the confines and structures of life lacking in empathy and compassion in communication with self and others. In comparison, inviting the feminine principle of emotion and feeling can be as alarming as knowing a more structured masculine life.

I can become equally as stuck in emotion and feeling as I can get in structure and focus.  I sometimes get lost inside of the intoxication of my feelings as well as in simply being and not getting anything done. I just go with the flow and lose the focus of my life.  My personality can become a little too pleasing and malleable to others needs and wants.

It is easy to get stuck on either side of this equation and stay there for long periods of time, maybe even a lifetime.  The opposite voice, energy or aspect is always waiting to be brought into balance.

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PUTTING THEM TOGETHER

Brene Browns wise words, “When I know better I will do better”, and, “Everyone is really doing the best they can, including myself.”

Learning to bring both energies of dark and light, personal and impersonal, masculine and feminine, structure and flow together as one natural way of living, is no small task.  The buddhists call this the Middle Way. This is the work the singing voice has the potential to actualize within us if we so choose.  I believe it is also the foundations of all energy work and spiritual teaching; to become aware and therefore whole-hearted.  These limited words only touch the surface of what is underneath them.

When I find compassion for the parts that I have pushed away in myself and others, then and only then will I be able to fold them into the dough of who I am.  For balance and wholeness. 

THE AUTHENTIC VOICE – A FINE BALANCE

Because of the voices inherent nature to exhibit these two distinct energies of light and dark the voice gives us a direct reflection of how they are relating to one another, if at all. The singing voice can be a portal to look behind the scenes at what is really at play in each moment and which side or aspect we are holding at bay in our lives and our relationships.

The yearning for our unwanted, unclaimed opposite expressions of being are always there waiting for us to integrate them and brought them to balance within us.  Each side of the equation when out of balance or disconnected can bring feelings of despair, depression, anxiety and shame.  The repairing of this partnership is to heal our past, embrace our wholeness and find a resting place. Again, no small task.  Within our everyday communications we have the opportunity to weave together our wholeness through speech, word and the feeling tone in our voice.

Within each vowel, each consonant, each word, each phrase and each moment lies the potential for this inner balance to create stronger yet more heartfelt connections with ourselves and with others. Life that flows through every word that is thoughtful, emotionally centred and direct.

So may we;spirituality

Know authority without the loss of sensitivity.

Know emotion without the loss of structure.

Know clarity without loss of feeling.

Know becoming without the loss of belonging.

Know doing without the loss of being.

Know directness without the loss of compassion.


 

Climbing to the Summit

Uncovering the Voice and Discovering Our Beauty – THE AUTHENTIC VOICE

(With excerpts from ‘Uncovering the Voice – Valborg Webeck-Scardstrom (1925)

“When the teacher and artist has turned towards research as the direction of the inner and spiritual, he enters on a path of slow and laborious wandering.  He is approaching experiences that will shake him, bring him pain, doubt, happiness – in short, everything that stirs a person most deeply in his soul.  In truth, he will not come easily to what must be called the research-results of his particular work.”

This process uncovers and discovers beyond words who we truly are in the spiritual sense of the word.  This process wakes up and shakes up what needs to be disturbed and brought to the surface for a renegotiation of truth or not truth.

By the activation of these subtle, inner landscapes of tongue, palates, jaw, mouth and head along with the eyes we wake up our unconscious cast aside parts of us to see with fresh eyes the world of magic within everything. It’s time.

“In the face of that which wills to manifest itself…”

Through the singing voice, this invitation and at the same time, demand, for us to step aside and allow this spiritual being to manifest itself through us like a gentle wind blowing away unnecessary gross material thoughts and structures.

This work as much as it is the connecting to the body, it is only then that we do this to prepare the body to allow this wind of the voice to blow through the body without the material body hindering any of the willful nature and trapping its invisible nature along the way.

“For truly whoever will climb up to that higher reality must step through a narrow portal, the portal of a new kind of sensibility.”

Access to this higher reality and this narrow portal can be thought of as the upper realms of the spiritual chakras in the sixth and seventh chakras, these are the portals and the opportunities.  It seems this is where the real work is to uncover and discover the wonders that are found here.  In the bat cave of our upper realms.   Because, as contrast is our guide, it illuminates our lower realms from which we are trapped inside of through beliefs and contracted, compressed trauma.

“The conditions for finding the real and the true is: to wait in humility and unshakable perseverance for those hours in which the deeper mysteries of the soul desire to reveal themselves.”

One of the goals among many, as I repeat myself over and over, is to develop a contrast between the belief that we are not beautiful and the experience of our beauty, directly.

To uncover and work through the levels that lie in the way of this beauty is the work of the Authentic Voice.  It is not for the faint of heart because of the earth shattering discovery and discoveries that beauty brings to our earthliness reveals nothing other than our divine essence.  And this is what we are covering over, hence the work of the Voice, to uncover the truth of who we are.

This uncomfortable and difficult journey of burning through these covers is slow and laborious if we are to be very honest, and we do need to be honest.

Everything it seems is two-fold.  The work of uncovering is at first to attach to and connect to this landscape of our earthly bones and body, before we are allowed even a smidgen of truth to shine through our bones and light up our minds.

The trap is that we stay there and stop the search for beauty, trading it in for the trappings and safety of our earth, our bones, our reality.  This is a necessary step, however, without a guide to keep us moving forward and upward towards beauty which awaits us, however, only a very few will reach these heights.  Like climbing Mount Everest, we lose a great deal of souls on the way up to the summit.