How's your Creative Spirit doing today?
One thing I have learned over the last few years is that life is full of changes, and that anything is possible.
For the last several years I have had challenges with my singing. I mean not that I couldn’t sing, but that something physically was going on with my voice.
I couldn’t reach the high notes and it felt like my breath was shallow and not supporting my voice.
I used to have a terrific career as a professional singer. I was a studio singer for television and film, had my own band and sang with great musicians - and I even sang the National Anthem for the White Sox in Chicago in front of 50,000 people.
But it had seemed that my free and strong singing was gone.
Now I am a vocal coach and all of my students have really benefited from my singing technique I have taught them. What was going on with my voice? I felt frustrated and embarrassed and angry that my instrument was failing me. After all I was teaching this stuff and it wasn’t working for me. How could I teach someone else how to sing when my voice was not working well. There were times I just wanted to give up.
As I put my frustrations aside I began to really look at what was going on. I meditated and asked the Universe to give me some guidance. Here’s what I got:
Can I accept what has happened and not fight it and not get angry at it?...
Was there something I was supposed to learn here?...
Am I doing everything that I can to love myself, and nurture and love my voice?...
I finally admitted I had a lot of nasal drainage, and sinus problems and my voice felt like it was sticking in my throat. I had to admit that I wasn’t doing everything I could to nurture and love my voice. I admitted that I might have to make some changes. So on January 1st of this year I decided to go on a strict diet, a cleanse. No sugar, no carbs, no bread, no potatoes or rice, no alcohol, no fruit, no chocolate, no coffee (that was the hardest one.) I’ve been on the diet for 2 months and wow what a difference in my sinus and drainage in my throat. And guess what - my voice has steadily been improving.
The last couple of weeks have been so amazing for me and illuminating.
I had the opportunity to sing a duet with Leon Campbell Jr. at our Sunday evening Revealing service at the Agape International Spiritual Center.
And everything was great and my voice was free and beautiful.
If you don’t know Leon Campbell Jr., he has one of the best voices on the planet. Check out his Facebook page.
Then I had the opportunity to sing with 6-time Grammy winner Earth Wind and Fire at the memorial for Maurice White. I was singing with the Agape Choir and it was stunning. I’m still getting chills from the high vibration set in that performance. And again my voice felt better than it had in a long time.
I know that my voice will keep getting better, because I am paying attention to it and loving it. And I am willing to do what I need to do to support my creative expression.
If there is a place in your life where you feel stuck or frustrated - it might be in your creative expression or in your finances or in your relationships, there is a way to change that.
You were born to create, you were born to express yourself and be creative.
I invite you to have faith and ask for guidance and then act on the guidance you get.
For as Maurice White from Earth Wind and Fire would always say -
Anything is possible.
"Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day"
Have an amazing day!