The mind, nanola, by which term intelligence, power of discrimination, capacity for learning magical formulae, and all forms of nonmanual skill are described, as well as moral qualities, resides somewhere in the larynx…. The memory, however, the store of formulae and traditions learned by heart, resides deeper, in the belly…. The force of magic, crystallized in the magical formulae, is carried by men of the present generation in their bodies…. The force of magic does not reside in the things; it resides within man and can escape only through his voice.
-Trobriands, New Guinea
The voice is power, the voice is strength. The voice is the vehicle by which our truth becomes form in the world. We work magic with our voices — we create, we destroy, we evolve. Our words reveal our deepest being… as well as our reflexes, our habits of closure, our tendencies and beliefs.
There is an unfortunate lack of singing in our culture — so often it seems reserved for performers, for children, and for the occasional off-key rendition of Happy Birthday. Finding our voice necessitates opening the throat and the heart. To find full resonance of our voice throughout the abdomen, the throat and the sinus cavities, we are forced to encounter our tension and resistance. There is so much stored in there! The other day I was driving towards Mt. Hood, singing along with a beautiful song by Steve Gold. My throat opened up, my diaphragm relaxed… all of a sudden the song was resonating through my chest… my whole body vibrated with the sound… instantly tears filled my eyes. I continued to sing as the tears came. Where were they from? Why was I crying? I thought of all the times I have closed off my voice. All those times I have not spoken up, out of fear, out of simply not knowing what I felt.
There is time to open our voices. To find our voice is to awaken to joy. It is to speak our truth without fear, knowing that our loving words are a gift to the world, and that our heart’s expression is needed in order for all of Creation to blossom into its full beauty.
We are all integral parts of the whole. When we awaken, the world awakens.
Hari Hari, Guru Rama, Guru Vishnu … My sweet Lord, my sweet Lord….
Blessings to you.