Creativity, singing, sound healing

Shakti Power: 3 Natural Ways to get your Creative Juices Flowing

What is the juice of creativity; the sweet nectar that inspires us to write a poem, paint a canvas, sing from the heart or play like a child? This creative muse is called by many names, one name I’ve been connecting with recently is Shakti Kundalini.

Shakti, in the Yogic tradition coming from India, is the dynamic force which moves through all forms of the universe. From the splitting of an atom to the collapsing of a star, Shakti is a primordial cosmic energy.

Shakti has been worshiped as the divine energy that creates and destroys. Shakti devotees call upon her form in the different incarnations of the Goddess. Since Shakti is energy, Shakti manifests in different qualities. To harness a specific energy of Shakti we imagine a Goddess with human features yet with super human powers or Siddhis.

The Goddess we invoke may be a sweet one, offering knowledge and music, or she may be fierce offering her power to slay demons of mythical and real life consequence. She has many names and many forms, and each form may have many arms, holding objects which further help us to understand her qualities.

To the Yogi, each are manifestations of the Divine Mother, which animates the seen and unseen forces of nature.

Having grown up in a western world where my Goddesses were princesses trapped in towers, who could only be saved by a small Italian man named Mario or sometimes Luigi, it is refreshing to know that there are spiritual practices based on the worship of the powerful feminine qualities.

Furthermore, it awakens something in me to know these qualities of the Divine Mother, aren’t powerful in a modern, masculine sense of brute force or strength, but rather intelligence, creativity and fierce compassion.

The most life affirming realization I’ve had while visiting India, is that singing is one of the most efficient ways to activate Shakti Kundalini, the potent creative force which exists in all humans, yet lies dormant in most. When we awaken this Shakti power, our creative capacities increase. Poets, sages, and artists all have the spark of Shakti Kundalini awakened.

To chant the names of the Divine is to invoke the Divine in the space. And since your life is already divine by the nature of your existence, it is to invoke the noticing of that which is and has always been.

Singing helps us remember our true nature, singing helps us remember our divinity, singing clears the stagnant energy from our system so we can more vibrantly experience the juicy sweetness of life.

The 3 powerful ways to get your creativity flowing are:

1. Sing; sing for yourself
2. Sing; sing for another
3. Sing; sing in a group

Sing the names of the different Goddesses, sing your favorite song on the radio, or sing a song you made up, but see to it you choose a song you resonate with.

If you can, sing in a group.

Group singing scientifically enhances the quality of your life. People all over the world from the Amazonian jungles to the Tibetan mountains have been making sounds together for no telling how long. When we sing together, something deep within us wakes up. We can now identify this something as Shakti Kundalini, or you can identify it as creative life force energy, or you can identify it as the molecular structure of your body, your DNA, reaching back through time and connecting with your ancestors who definitely sat in circles singing. However you identify with the feeling of community singing, I hope you have the opportunity to experience the richness of community singing.

Here are the next offerings I’ll be having where we can sing together.

Thailand:

Today 3-6pm at the Good Life Dacha in Pai, Thailand. Check the event here:

If this medicine calls to you, I will be in Pai, Thailand until mid January. Contact me to make an appointment for a one-one sound journey through your own unique voice & integrating with a relaxation sound bath with drum, rattles, Tibetan singing bowls & other potent sounds. I can also include an Osho Zen Tarot card reading to give clarity to your sound practice.

Hawaii

From Mid January onward, I will return to Hawaii with new songs and sounds to share. I would love to offer sound journeys, song circles, & Cacao ceremonies all with the intention to uncover truth and live with more freedom. Contact me for more information. I will be based on Oahu, but would love to Travel.

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I am at your service to hold space for your own creative nature to shine through. Sometimes we simply need to set aside time to devote to the things in our life that feel good for our bodies, mind & soul; the natural things like singing and relaxing that we seem to have placed out of sight and out of mind in our society.

Come play with me and experience your truest expression.

Creativity, sound healing, Yoga

Sparking the fire of creativity through sound

When I’m inspired creatively, words flow through me like the electricity lights the bulb, as if by magic. When I’m inspired, words light up the pages of my notebooks, my pen tapping to the rhythm of my inner poetry. But when I’m blocked, the page is blank, the ukulele collects dust and the songs lay dormant in my throat.

There was a moment recently where I let the page be blank. I waited for the spark to strike, and I thought to myself, when will this creative block end?

And then I started to sing. Without the spark to, I just started to sing again because I knew it was the right thing to do. I started to sing  & write, and then I started to sing & write everyday. The singing became the spark, and my inner pages lit up again with prose.

Sometimes we wait until the perfect moment to begin a project, to make something happen, or to be happy. Because of our conditioning, we are always waiting for something to come and make us happy.

When people say happiness comes from within, it is not that we’re waiting for the day  happiness crawls out of us like a sleeping giant, but when we feel unhappy, we can do the things that cultivate feelings of happiness. It takes practice. This is why Yoga is a practice.

Yoga teaches us that the only thing constant is change itself. So one day the sun is shining, and we’re happy and the next day there is rain and so we’re gloomy. The uncontrollable forces of nature seem to have so much control over our lives. But I don’t just give away my power that easily anymore.

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I know, as a creative life coach, and vocalist that singing scientifically produces the chemicals and hormones nessecary for feelings of happiness. It’s been proven in many studies that singing brings happiness. So why resist singing? What in us resists happiness?

We tend to hold on to certain conditioning. Our experiences shape us, they leave a lasting mark on our subconscious long after the experience has passed. In Yoga, these mental impressions are known as samskaras. These mental impressions affect the neural pathways of the brain, and habituate us to certain ways of being, and attitudes.

 Samskaras are like deep grooves which keep us walking down the same path. When you’ve gone on a hike that is well known and well hiked, there is a pathway, or a groove in the earth from being walked on many times. This is the samskara. Sometimes we walk down that same pathway without awareness if it is even the best way to go. Traveling off the beaten path is a creative way to move, and takes bravery.  

Our past experiences have created patterns of behavior and as we continually walk those patterns we deepen the groove until we’re walking in a ditch and can’t see our way out. Do we stay in the ditch or do we ask for help? We do not have to stay in any situation or emotional state that feels like being buried. But we may need help in identifying our samskaras, limiting beliefs and unhealthy habits that are preventing us from flowing freely in our creative nature. Sometimes we just need someone to sing with.

Song Circle at My Retreat Yoga Soundscapes in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

I understand that creativity naturally ebbs and flows. But for a singer, too long without singing is like a bird staying too long on the ground. As a human, as a creature of this earth, it is your divine right to both sing and be happy, and so why not do both. Why wait until your neck deep in the sand to decide to change?

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In this sessions, we will invite in the creative process, and see how we can map out a plan for living your most creative life.

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The bulb of creativity is shining bright in me once more and I’m ready to hold the light for you to discover how vibrant a life of creativity can be.

Chakra, sound healing

We Are Made From Sound

We are made from sound. I repeat this like a mantra to integrate this statement into my moment to moment awareness. And as the sound emerges from my lips, I feel the truth vibrating against my upper palette, sending ripples of ancient knowledge up my spine.

We are made from sound. Go Ahead, Say it Out Loud.

In many creation stories, if you listen with your heart, you understand that the ancient onces knew this and passed the knowledge down in soliloquy, poetry, & story. They passed this knowledge down in forests, in caves, & in sacred mountains, through lineages & councils. The wisdom keepers literally sing the knowledge in mantric tones to let the truth be heard in the deep marrow of thier bones.

Have you ever stepped into a Buddhist temple & felt the vibration of chants rolling forth from the lips of the holy men? This is higher truth. Sound carries the consciousness of truth.

From sages, to song writers, many have harnessed the power of sound. This practice isn’t restricted to any one culture, belief, or heritage. We are have a voice, so we all can make sounds. And if we bring intention into these sounds, we can begin to manifest great things into our lives. There’s a secret that I want to reveal to you. Sound is Sacred! Can you believe it?

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In the beginning there was the Word… and the Word was God. This is the message from one of the most famous sacred books in the world. THE HOLY BIBLE.

In the ancient texts of the Yoga tradition, it is written that OM is the primordial sound which created the universe. The original big bang theory!

Even the word Universe can actually be broken down to mean one verse – one song! We are all unique expressions of that song. We are like notes on the symphony of life.

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Are you catching a theme here?

Science likes sound too, and has theorized that all of this reality which we see before us, our inner and outer world exists because of a big bang; a sound so powerful, that it created matter from seemingly no matter existed before.

Science does a great job of studying and putting to modern words what the ancient Yogi’s, mystics, and indigenous wisdom keepers have known as sacred truth.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, its the practice of chanting, toning & singing that has given me a sense of freedom & happiness that I have never really felt before.

Who needs coffee when you can simply sing your favorite song to get those happiness hormones pumping through your system?

I still love coffee, & plant medicines like Cacao to uplift my spirits, but the magic power of the voice is with you wherever, & whenever you are.

Sure, maybe singing show tunes during your lunch break in the office might not win you the best of friends, but a self practice needs no validation from your co-workers or anyone else for that matter. Its not about the performance, pitch, timbre or tone. It’s about understanding the greater existence & connection, and using your sound to show up in the world fully connected, vibrant, & living your truth.

I’m dedicating my life to helping people create a practice using the sound of their own sweet voice to activate and balance the deep layers of their human-ness. The whole of you exists in a rhythm. I work with ancient practices that tune the body, mind, & spirit to its natural rhythm, your natural song.

Would you like to uncover your truth &  feel confident enough to sing it out loud, to tell your story, & to let your voice be heard?

Book a FREE 30 minute call with me to start sounding your way to your most vibrant, connected, & creative life.

sound healing

Journey Through Sound

Journey through sound

Since I can remember, I’ve been a noise maker, always the talkative one in school, singing my afternoons away, & playing with sound naturally, as most children do. Much later, well into my 20’s, I began to capture sound into song & developed an artistic endeavor of song writing. I began to sing my songs in coffee shops, open mic nights, and little street corners in faraway lands, sharing my stories through melodic tones and stringed instruments.

My songs brought to light the hidden aspects of myself that could only be expressed through poetry. The intertwining of my stories and my inner melody made tangible by the friction of air through my vocal chords; the energetic caress bringing the etherial to form.

I noticed, after a while of singing my own songs, that when singing, I felt in total embrace with the moment. It took many years to get over stage fright, and release any thoughts and limiting beliefs which prevented me from sharing my creative expression openly. In those years, walking the Hawaiian Islands with an ukulele and a song in my heart, I did not have any one mentor, or teacher to help me break down those walls. I saw singers around me who inspired me, & I just sort of kept singing until the sound melted the barriers between me and the moment.

This is what singing does for me, brings me into presence. Singing now is a place where no thoughts reside. When in the succor of sound, I simply surrender to the melody. all thoughts become transmuted, and I experience a profound spell of being found in the sound of it all. I am completely, and totally there. My songs became my mantras, a tool for my mind to let go of the chatter and simply be with my expression.

When I realized this, I started singing mantras, ancient sanskrit chants to free the mind from negative afflictions. Mantras, when sung with a devotional spirit, can open your heart to a feeling of unconditional love. I started singing the various names of the divine, words that for me at the time, held no meaning, and yet opened my heart like a seed setting itself free from the soil.

My newest endeavor is to follow the sound back to the seed of creation, and take you all on that journey with me. I’ve been nomadic for 4 years, following the sound. Each land I explore has a song to sing, an energetic melody, and a deeper story rooted in music, in sound, and in creative expression. No matter where I am, or the history or turmoil of the land, if you listen deeply, you can hear the sound of children laughing, the banging of a drum, the effervescent call of the wild, the the sweet whispers of the wind. Many creation stories are rooted in the sound as the force which started it all. THE ALL YA’LL. The mystical realm of this reality and all its seen & unseen forces.

In the upcoming weeks, we will go on a journey through sound together, exploring sound in different contexts, and sharing songs & stories of my travels. If you would like to join me on this journey through sound, you can sign up to My Mailing List. When you do, you’ll also receive my sweet little booklet all about Cacao, a medicine, I use to help open my voice & my heart. Yes, I said it…

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Not in the area? We can work together via the inter webs!

Have you heard of this thing called the world wide web? Well, it offers us the opportunity to work together even though our physical bodies may be far from one another. We can create a presence, a practice, and intention together, ultimately helping you to feel more vibrant, connected, and free. Free from fear, from shame, and free to love more deeply than you’ve loved before, all with the healing power of your own voice.

Find out how to work with me here

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If you are in the California area, or planning to travel here, I will be giving a workshop in the healing village at Heart & Solstice Gathering, a 4 day music, art, & transformation festival in Angels Camp, California June 22nd-25th. If you would like to purchase tickets to this gathering at a 10% discount, contact me, and I’ll set that up for you.

 

Chakra, inspiration, Relationships, sound healing

The roots of love. How to Find Connection and Call in Your Tribe.

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We as people desire connection. It’s in our DNA. No matter our current life circumstance, at each and every core of a human, we desire to be recognized through the eyes of the community. Since people started doing the people thing, we’ve been gathering in groups, weaving stories, working towards common goals, making love, and sharing song within a community setting.

Cross culturally, people do these things differently, and yet, we do them together. Humans evolved in tribes, and while our current societies don’t resemble the tribes of old, we are still rooted in a tribal connection. Our desire to belong, and our questions of what we are all doing here together remain at the foundation of human experience.

You can tell in the way we so easily segregate ourselves by sports teams, job titles, & political affiliation. We desire to belong so deeply we are often willing to put ourselves in boxes without even knowing what exactly the box contains, just that we are recognized in the eyes of the community. If you begin to start to think outside of the box, as they say, you can come to creatively discover what a tribal connection means to you.

It is your divine right to be here now. Your body is the vehicle to reach depths of physical, spiritual & tribal connection. Just like you cannot separate the droplet from the ocean, you cannot separate your energy body from the physical body. Yoga philosophy defines these aspects of the self more as layers or koshas going from dense to subtle. Going from your physical body to your deep bliss body.

At the energetic level, or pranamaya kosha, lies the chakras. These energetic points along the midline of the body, act as portals for which energy flows.

There are 7 major chakras, and each chakra has characteristics that manifest in your life through thoughts, emotions and behaviors. These 3 expressions form your personality and essentially how you connect with the world around you, & how you relate to your tribe.

Each chakra has the potential to be blocked, over active, or balanced. You can notice when a chakra is out of balance, by how the problems in your life manifest. Our problems act as little arrows pointing back to the self, revealing where in your energy body you may be experiencing disharmony. Paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, behaviors as well as external problems, is like a little road map to healing. When we feel whole and healed, we are more available to connection with the the world around us, and call in a tribe that we vibe with.

When you discover which aspects of yourself feel out of tune, you can practice mantras to bring that chakra, & thier characteristic manifestations back into balance.

Each chakra has a seed mantra or Bija mantra associated with it. We discuss Bija mantras in more detail in my last post here.

The chakra that is most closely related to a tribal connection and our beginning stages of a spiritual practice is the root chakra or muladhara chakra. This chakra’s Bija Mantra is LAM.

The root chakra or Muladhara chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the seat of spiritual energy called Kundalini. This chakra represents our sense of security, connection to others, and our primal, instinctual desires.

When this chakra is out of balance you may experience fear, lack of security and seeking for basic needs in ways that may not serve your highest good. For example, we may use food, alcohol, or other addictive substances to cope with feelings of disconnection. Feeling disconnected, and ungrounded, happens on and off for many people, myself included.

When I first began to travel 4 years ago, I felt a tribe sized hole in my heart. I began to fill this hole with adventure & experience. From the outside it looked as though I were living a happy life, seeing the world, & experiencing new cultures. But that hole continued to grow when each time I found people who lit me up, we soon all parted ways to continue our own adventures. I got really good at saying goodbye.

Then I realized, not all good things need a goodbye. I began to get in touch with the root of myself and my primal needs through yoga, chanting and self discovery. When this piece of my energy body felt balanced, I no longer desired to hoard, keep and cage all the beautiful things I found on my journey, people included.

I let free all that came and went. Through chanting, I connected to myself, my surroundings, and all the peeps I met along the journey from my roots all the way to my heart. Now I’m creating a global tribe for all those who resonate with what’s happening over here to connect and find one another. We’re in this together tribe!

My wish for you is that you vibrate on a frequency that calls in your true tribe. You can join the Leela project’s sound tribe here. And let us know how we can serve you.

To begin to balance your own root chakra and create harmonious, vibrant connection within a community, you can start by chanting the seed mantra LAM.

If you haven’t yet discovered which Chakra could use some extra attention and care, you can take my free quiz here. <<Take Chakra Quiz>>