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Aug 13, 2013

Praise God!

Alleluia is used as a chant which has been given in worship as an expression of glory to God in many traditions for many years.  It has been sung by thousands upon thousands of voices over the years.  The word carries a great vibration of gratitude and joy. 

The book of Psalms in the Bible is an entire book of song.  Many are of gratitude and many of lament, praying to God for help.  Song has always been used in this way by varying cultures all over the world.  Work songs are also included in this.  Folk music...the song of the common folk. 

We had a chanting workshop at Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center over the weekend, and it was a wonderful experience for all who were there.  We were gifted with a very talented and spiritual leader that day, Barbara Bellamy, and she beautifully explained so many things to us about the gift of healing which can be found through the voice.  If you weren't able to be there, please know we'll definitely be doing this more!

The first thing Barbara taught was that there was no such thing as "tone deaf," which was exemplified to us by a 70 year old woman there in our group who did not realize, for all of those years, that she could sing, until that day.  She sang beautifully, with tears of absolute joy, realizing that she, too, had the gift of song!

Nothing stirs the spirit quite like does music.  We discussed many aspects of this, including the use of words versus the use of words in another language and the benefits of doing each, and also how singing songs which have been sung by others with similar prayers in their hearts to yours increases the power when the song is sung, such as in the case of the song, "Alleluia."  We ended the day with this chant and the tears came pouring down my cheeks from my eyes, it was so powerful a chant.

The other song that brought instant tears to my eyes had lyrics that went, "I am so blessed, I am so grateful for all that I have."  As we sang the words over and over again as a group, the feelings of gratitude began to overflow.  Blessing upon blessing upon blessing began to fill up my my mind until the tears could not help but come.  I am so blessed.  I am so grateful for all that I have!

We did many such affirmations together set to song, repeating each over and over until the words and the music became imprinted upon our hearts.  The tunes come back to me now as I sit.

It's easy to make up your own.  We made up one using words from each of us in the group.  I make up my own often, too.  Just take an affirmation, and sing it!  An affirmation is a positive blessing or thought that you'd like to give to yourself.  It is a reminder of our connection with God.  "God provides for all of my needs and I am abundantly supplied."  "God is in every cell of my being, making me whole and well."  "I am created in the image of Love."  "I am at peace with the world."  Anything that you'd like to turn into an affirmation, you can set to a simple song.  You can even use just one simple note if you'd like.  There is no right or wrong.

Then sing it!  Sing it over...and over...and over again!  Sing it while sitting quietly.  Sing it while taking a walk.  Sing it while you drive in your car.  Sing it when you take a bath!  Sing it over and over until it is a part of you, and then sing it some more!  Make your prayers and affirmations your song.

Singing is one of God's healing gifts given to us in love.  We may think we can't sing, but if you can talk, you can sing, so the saying goes, and it's true! 

Barbara shared a beautiful story with us about how she was traveling to somewhere in Korea, and she could not believe that everyone in the whole place had such beautiful voices!  They were singing everywhere, all through the town, in beautiful and perfect harmony and in perfect pitch!  How could this possibly be that a whole town was blessed with such beautiful singers?  It is because they let it out!  They sing all the time!  Beautiful singing comes natural to us, but if we don't use it, we think that we can't.  We lose our pitch but our bodies can restore it again with practice and certain techniques.  We lose muscle tone in the muscles which help us to sing, but those, too, can be restored.  We can all learn how to sing if we'd like.

Maybe we think singing is just a frivolous hobby, but actually it's much more than that.  Singing is a way for us to return our spirits, minds AND our bodies, as well, to a more harmonious state.

We are made up of vibrations, as are color, light, sound and all energy.  Thoughts are made up of vibrations, as well.  When we get sick, we are out of harmony.  Singing helps the cells of the body return to a harmonious vibrations throughout.  Harmonious sounds do this as well as the healing intent and the actual words.

Every layer added to healing intensifies the healing effect.  Sound+thought+words+actions to back it all up is a good formula to use!  Add vibrant color to this, even better.  Aromatherapy is a welcome addition, as well!  Add foods which are colorful and full of vibrant life, and a winning formula for harmony in your body system is practically ensured!  Movement added to sound, likewise increases the healing effect.  Movement kicks in different parts of the brain, and it helps the body to more completely assimilate the effects of the sound and distribute it throughout the body where it is needed the most.  Singing massages the brain, the organs, and helps change our chemistry for the better.  It is healing in so many ways, not to mention it lifts the mood through it's cathartic abilities and also it's beautiful way of going directly into the heart.

Singing also helps us to breathe better, and breathing not only connects us better to our spiritual self, which is why it has been emphasized in meditative practices for years upon years upon years, but it also helps us in extending our life.  There have been studies done which show breathing capacity to be directly related to life expectancy, but this is not so hard to suppose.  Breathing is what gives us our life!  WIthout breath, within moments we cease to survive.

Many people give up on singing because it is too hard for them to breathe while they sing.  Keep at it.  Breathing will improve over time.  Singing is an exercise, and as with all exercise, it has accumulative effects.

In much the same way, don't wait until you're happy to sing.  Singing will actually help you to produce the brain chemistry needed to bring a feeling of well-being about!  It can be euphoric, in fact!  It can help comfort in times of sadness, and help to bring a feeling of calm back into your life.  I like to get up in the morning and sing whether I'm happy or not.  It really does make one feel better, if you give it just half a chance!

There are many ways to familiarize yourself with the art of singing for health, and there are many ways to begin.  Might I suggest that you simply begin right now with ...singing!  Or with becoming more familiar with your voice and what it can do.  Go down the scale until you find the lowest note you can comfortably hit.  Sing it over and over again...it might even just be a deep growly sound, but that is okay.  Do it over and over a bit and then try and go one note lower.  Maybe you can, maybe you can't, but if you do this every day then at some point your range may increase.  So after you've found your lowest note then go up the scale to the top and do the same thing at the other end.  Find your top note and then see if you can go one more.  After than, then just play awhile, up and down.  Try practice doing it with each vowel.  Explore all that your voice can do!

Exploring is such a great way to learn.  There are aso many vidotapes, books, and other resources to which you can turn to learn more.  We will be having many events at the Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center to which you are welcome to come, or look up what's happening in your area close by to where you live.  YouTube is a good online source of finding these kinds of things if you don't live near where there are any events.  Healing is a do-it-yourself kind of thing, it's just often more fun and sometimes yes, more effective, in groups.  But consider us here as your group,  and feel free to send us any questions of importance to you!

Singing is natural.  Just listen to the sound of the birds.  That same quality of sound is in you!  Even if you have an old crackly, off-key, can't carry a tune in a bucket voice.  Don't worry about any of all that...just SING!!!  Alleluia!  Glory to God!

And if you're in the area, please join us in song!  We have sound healing groups going on, plus workshops frequently, and we want to incorporate song more into our practice in church and in everyday life.  Check our events page at www.essentials-of-life.org/news.html.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Amen!
"Vibraceous, ND"


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