How do you (actually) use your sacred voice?

How do you (actually) use your sacred voice?

How do you (actually) use your sacred voice?

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

The purpose of the voice is to communicate. The purpose of the sacred voice is to send love into the world. That’s right… love.

You inhabit an instrument of love.

To activate and use our voice in this love-centered way is a process that I learn about every day, making mental notes on a process that is anything but mental. 

The process in which you use your voice, that is, how you make sound, can be analyzed and documented to the kilohertz, and manipulated to create whatever results you desire for your sound. 

But that’s not why I am here, and I am pretty sure that is not why you are here?

You want to find a way to express the gorgeous loveliness that is the content of your being through your voice, unhindered and unbound from physical and mental tension begot by fear, overwhelm, and lack of clarity.

How?

Well, according to my mental notes, and documented experience, and referencing every singer I have ever worked with in this new paradigm, it is actually pretty simple. 

Here’s the gist…

First, a definition:

The sacred voice is your Self activated by breath and intention and manifested into sound. It is commonly obscured over time by our experiences of rejection, shame, and unworthiness around our voice, singing, and creativity in general (but in other ways, too).

The sacred voice is an aspect of your being, part of your humanness, if you will. It will never leave or betray you, but rather lie in wait for when you are ready.

There is a three-fold process in which to activate and access the sacred voice. I call this the Sacred Voice Framework, borne of a vision and rendered into three simple concepts. Here it is:

Pillar One: Heartcenteredness

The heart center is the source of our sacred voice. It is the nexus from which we connect all aspects of our being (body, mind, spirit, emotions, energy), as well as our connection with Source and all other beings.

Pillar Two: Flow State

As we use our voice and activate sound vibration, we sustain the flow of breath energy at all times. This is achieved by sustaining our awareness of our breath (which is easily interrupted by the mind). Being in the Flow State sustains presence in the moment.

Pillar Three: Intentionality

We create our experience of our singing by using our intention. This means that we craft a desired outcome for whatever aim we choose, and allow our voice to follow, trusting our body’s sound mechanism in its inherent wisdom and functionality.

Here is how to start:

To intentionally use your sacred voice is as simple as using your intention: “I call forth my sacred voice.”

Next, use your intention to:

1) Bring awareness to your heart space, resting your mind and easing your ego (even if that seems as remote as the Himalayas!). When you drift away, you return to this centered awareness, over and over again.

2) Become aware of your breath moving through you, now activated in your physical body, and make this your focus.

3) Direct your intention to what you choose to create next, in that moment. This is where things get creative and interesting. Intention could range from “I am going to make one sound and see if I don’t completely shrivel up” to “I will sustain my breath energy over the top note of this phrase until I take my next inhale.” Or anything under the sun, really.

Now the trickiest bit…

You have to trust that this process is unfolding.

You have to trust that you are co-creating your voice, rather than making or forcing your voice do something for you, and then blame it for not meeting the mark, malfunctioning, or abandoning you. 

This framework is a way to re-envision how you use your voice. It promotes the notion that you are a precious, divine being capable of enriching the world with love in the complex form of sound energy without exception.

It is one of the most sacred acts you can offer: to bring forth love through your voice. 

Try it out sometime?

Hugs,

allison

IMAGE: Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

welcome to
The Studio!

I’m Allison Mondel, Transformational Voice Coach and big-hearted seeker on a mission to help others discover their innate, brilliant Sacred Voice, and transform their singing and their lives.

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trust is a four-letter word

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W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

If I had a nickel for every time I hesitated before I sang, I would be a gajillionaire.

And sheesh, I even know why I do this, and I STILL do this! I am, truly, working on it. And I trust that I am meant to harvest the lessons from this innate hesitation. A balk, a questioning, a wait-a-second, a moment of…  mistrust.

Will it come out ok? Will it be what I want? Will it be right? Will it be wrong? 

I know that the mind is playing with me. I know that my body is responding to these moments with WAIT! I’M NOT SURE! I even know the solution, for goodness sake. But it’s still a challenge. 

How do we cultivate trust in our voice? How can we be sure that what is about to come out is what we both desire and expect? 

This is, I believe, one of the most challenging aspects of our singing. This, Dear One, is what we call a soft skill. It is not technical. It is mindful. I call it: Intentionality. It is the third and final pillar of the Sacred Voice framework, as I perceive it. 

Trust is cultivated when we set up conditions within ourselves to succeed. Not flail and flounder and fear and feel out of control. But to feel great, to sing great, to feel free of those hand-waving thoughts that are constantly questioning what is coming out of your mouth. 

For example, you might be a high soprano, singing some song and you come up to a high note and think, “oh no! this is too high, I can’t sing that” or “oh dear, i’m not sure this is going to work out” or “this is going to be awesome!” 

Guess what? Your obedient mind will take the cue and deliver you exactly what you prescribe. So my prescription for you and for me is: get clear about what you desire for your successful outcome. Do you want to have a fearful experience? Or a confident experience?

Unfortunately, we are so conditioned to expect negative outcomes that it feels like quite a leap to expect desired outcomes. 

I have been conditioned to expect that my voice is untrustworthy. I know why, and you can certainly read about it in this blog. But now I am partaking in the unfolding process of re-building my trust. It is rather uphill, if you care to know about it. I am confronted everyday with my own mind, and calling it out, and then re-wiring my brain to do something different than the same bloody thing it is used to. 

But there is hope. Because the more deeply I trust myself, I draw closer to the sacred within me. My Sacred Voice is no longer just a theoretical/metaphysical construct, but a force and entity within me that is deep and wide and infinitely capable. My re-building trust goes hand in hand with… surrender to my Sacred Voice.

I must surrender my ego and my control and my fear to this beautiful, graceful, gentle presence within me, guiding me and my voice, like a hand at my back, whispering “let go… just let go.”

I am learning to step back. I am learning that by stepping back from control I gain trust. It is, frankly, frustrating. I also see this tendency played out in every aspect of my life, so there is a great deal of complexity and patterning that I am learning to unravel and re-wire in many areas. 

Yet what is unfolding is completely marvelous. It is a bit slower than what I would choose, but it unfolds apace.

I am learning that my success depends upon two things:

1) letting go of control in order to build trust,  and

2) define my successful outcome.

This comes from one who has known the opposite: lack of trust, over-control, unpredictable and flimsy results.

Well, I’m over it. Starting… now. 

Intentionality follows Heartcenteredness and Flow State in the framework that I have built for singing with your Sacred Voice.

I now create an intention for singing with… trust.

Hugs,

allison

welcome to
The Studio!

I’m Allison Mondel, Transformational Voice Coach and big-hearted seeker on a mission to help others discover their innate, brilliant Sacred Voice, and transform their singing and their lives.

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Sacred Voice Pillar One: Heartcenteredness

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Sacred Voice Pillar One: Heartcenteredness

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

About a year ago, I experienced a vision. I was half asleep, it came in the wee hours of the morning, and it was one of the most impactful moments I have ever had.

I looked out from my own eyes, and I saw a matrix of lines. It was a vast, infinite grid of endless x-, y-, and z-axes and a glowing reddish light at each intersecting point. Quickly the matrix starting falling away, disintegrated towards me until there was only one point left. I knew that this last point was me. And that this was at the center of my heart. I understood in that moment that this was a Showing of sorts, revealing two important truths:

1) the points of the matrix were all of us, all of humanity, each personality interconnected with the other. And the falling away of the individual morphs into a coalescing of the collective. All are one.

2) that each point, each soul, was represented at the *heart*, the center of our being.

This was my awakening. 

If we desire to connect and source our voice from the essence of our being, we begin at the heart center.

That seems incredibly abstract in one respect, and utterly simple in another. And this is not exactly news. Is it not a practice that has been embodied by various religious and spiritual institutions for thousands of years? It is a potent and meaningful concept, but for me it had a deeper and more personal impact following this important vision, especially around my voice.

I want my singing to be sacred at all times.
I access the divine through my heart.
The heart is the seat of my Sacred Voice.
I commit to using my Sacred Voice at all times.

Since then, I have been examining and pondering and practicing a framework for the Sacred Voice. Its first tenant: Heartcenteredness. When I began to integrate this practice, EVERYTHING CHANGED. In my singing, in my teaching, and absolutely in my life.

And lemme tell you, it was wobbly and strange and I resisted like crazy. My mind was constantly battling me: Allison, this is ridiculous, get back to work, people will think you are crazy, you ARE crazy!, you are off track, you are wrong, this goes against all of your programming, etc.

But I knew I had come to understand the most important aspect of my voice. The heart is the point of intersection for all aspects of my self, and the interface where I connect not only with all other beings, but also with the Divine. So I starting walking the walk…

And then, all of a sudden, everything I sang was *easy*. The struggle was GONE. There was a new kind of flow, peacefulness, and joy in my practice.

This is the core pillar of Sacred Voice Studios: Heartcenteredness.

I have committed myself to this practice. I am practicing in my singing, in my speaking, and in my living. The only resistance I encounter is my preoccupation with results and evaluation and external expectations (thank you, classical conservatory education!). But even these things dissolve more and more every day as I retain the practice of heartcenteredness.

You can practice Heartcenteredness at any time. It will never cost you a thing. It is (as they say) quite simple, but not easy. But try it, and watch yourself shine.

Hugs,

allison

welcome to
The Studio!

I’m Allison Mondel, Transformational Voice Coach and big-hearted seeker on a mission to help others discover their innate, brilliant Sacred Voice, and transform their singing and their lives.

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