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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Yoga: You Are More Than Your Thoughts

Who am I

Who am I? The question of enlightenment.

Ask yourself this enough, and the light will surly shine. We can ponder this question into the depths of eternity, or we can take a look at what Yoga has to say.

The first 4 Sutras of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, are for the advanced practitioner, for those whom which this question begs to be answered.

I’ve written about the first 3 sutras here:

1. Now begins the study of yoga
2. Yoga is the calming of the fluctuations of the mind
3. Then the seer resides in his own true nature

And here is my examination of Sutra 1.4:

Yoga Sutra 1.4 Vritti sarupym itiratra
Otherwise, the seer takes on thought forms as identity

Who are we if not our identities?

You are the seer, all that you experience in this reality is one vibrating energy, vibrating at different frequencies of density creating forms, matter, thought & emotions. With our senses, we experience trees, & with our senses we experience emotions. We do not call ourselves a tree or a house, and yet we call ourselves depressed, tired, angry, & jealous. We literally say, “I am angry,” or “I am a jealous person.” These claims of “I am’s”, are simply rather, states of being. Like clouds form shapes on the sky, move, picking up the atmosphere and pouring down rain, we are more like clouds, changing shape, collecting and pouring out… but we do not say, “I am a cloud”. So why do we say I am angry?

It is more accurate to say, in this moment, I am feeling the state of anger. And that can be true and fine. It’s not that yoga asks us never to feel angry, but to recognize that a feeling state is there for a moment, it’s not who we are.

Anger, sadness, regret, happiness, joy, & the feeling state of romantic love are impermanent. These states deliver sensations to the body, they deliver a message, but they are not your identity. As I wrote about HERE discussing Sutra 1.3, your true nature is beyond one state of being that easily comes and goes. Who we are under our identifications, is eternal & as my teacher says self illuminate.

Our true nature, is hard to put into words, but my dharma asks me to try. Our true nature is accessible always, we walk within our true nature, when we breathe we are it, and we are always breathing. We are always processing, emitting, and transmuting energy unconsciously. We are vibratory beings immersed in the song of the universe. We do not have to do anything to be this, we are already this. When we lean into this, rest into our own divine nature, the things we struggle to know, appear to us as a deeply satisfying feeling.

When we let go of identifying with all that we think we are, we rest in all that we actually are.

So let’s practice at resting in our divine nature. Allowing the song of life to move through us. This is a medicine song coming from South America. Sit and listen to the beat of the drum, allow the words to wash over you and without attachment or judgement simply allow yourself to deeply listen. Before listening, you may want to take a few deeper breaths to prepare yourself for relaxation. Simply allow, and when the video finishes stay in a quiet place and tune in to how you feel, any shifts taking place, and stay relaxed bringing this sense of wholeness into the rest of your day.

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Yoga Is The Calming of The Fluctuations of The Mind

Yoga Sutra 1.2What is YOGA?

योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः 
yogaś-citta-vr̥tti-nirodhaḥ 

Translation: Yoga is the calming of the fluctuations of the mind.

Our mind, and all its components, the conscious, sub-conscious, and unconscious, move like waves in a storm. Yoga is the calm eye of that storm, where the stillness pervades and all is quietly wading in the peaceful waters.

I wrote last week about sutra number one, and how profound this sutra is. You can read here, As a quick, reflection, we now know that yoga is a spiritual path to lead you to enlightenment. When you are fully present, you are engaged in yoga. The divine is you, and you the divine. So, if this is already the case, why do we bother with yoga, or spirituality, or practice at all? We are always connected to divine source, we are spiritual in nature, and enlightenment is within us, so let’s just quit this seeking then right?

Well… It is also true, that we don’t always feel divine. I can admit, I myself, sometimes feel like a mess. A beautiful, & powerful mess.

Do you ever feel that way? This might be why Sage Patanjali so kindly continued his description of yoga, and didn’t leave us with… You are always already doing the Yoga.

We are so caught up with our mind stuff, our emotions, our stories, & our everyday shit, that we need practice to condition ourselves to presence. Divinity, Enlightenment, & connection are all states that exist in the present, but often we are worrying about the future, or remember our past. Yoga is the calming of these seemingly never ending waves of thought.

Through a daily yoga practice, we experience deeper presence. Yoga postures may have brought you this sense of presence. It is often a calm & peaceful feeling to be guided and focused on our bodies and the sensations we are experiencing as we dance between stillness and movement.

Today I would like to offer you 3 practices to experience off your mat to help calm the fluctuations of the mind.

3 ways to find presence in the now.

1. Sit and watch your thoughts.
It seems counter intuitive that if yoga is ceasing the fluctuations of thoughts, that you would spend time and attention on your thoughts. But this is the beginning stages. For some of us, when we first start to meditate, it is unbelievable to even be aware of how fast our minds are processing information. It’s almost something to be proud of in this society. I have not mastered meditation, in a traditional sense. I have not ceased my thoughts completely, but that is not the point of this exercise and that’s not where I’m at, (& PS that’s ok). Everyday, I sit, and I watch my thoughts without judgement and I try not to hold on. I return to my breath, because I am for sure always breathing.

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2. Vocal toning
Did you know everything in our reality is vibrating? Everything at its most subtle form is a sound. When I am sounding, also known as toning, I am very present, and afterwards I notice less thoughts and an overall feeling of calmness. Toning is also known to have a balancing effect on your chakras, the energetic system of Yoga which link your physical body to your etheric, energetic body. Watch the video here to tone with me to the heart chakra to see how you feel.

3. Stare at a flower
I learned this technique from Ekhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, and famous spiritual speaker. Being in nature in general has a calming effect on the body, and psyche. And even more profound, gazing into the spiritual eye of a flower, can bring a sense of presence. Without attachment, or judgement of the flower simply look and acknowledge how present the flower is. Flowers have the capacity to remind us of our own presence and beauty. Do this practice for at least 3 minutes allowing the fullness of the moment. Slow down, simply be present and allow the divine to reside In the moment.

There are many ways to bring presence into your life, I’d like to hear from you. Comment with a practice that you’ve noticed allows your mind to rest in the now.

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