Posted by: drjamm | November 25, 2008

Surrender to singing

Try to feel good about yourself even when you feel like the least worthy of creatures. Reject all those negative thoughts and let the Mother take possession of your body and soul; surrender yourself to dance or to silence or to ordinary, everyday activities — like taking your son to school, preparing supper, making sure the house is tidy. Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment. (Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello, p. 149)

The Witch of Portobello

In The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho writes about a young woman, Athena, who has natural spiritual gifts. Athena has a Wise Woman mentor, Edda, who teaches that the way to Surrender and to commune with the Divine is to “let the Mother take possession of your body and soul.” I find this description of surrender to be very close to my experience of the act of Surrender — in other words, this description fits-for-me. But I believe the key to Surrender is not that I have to focus so much on the Mother — or alternatively God — taking possession, but rather, finding something that is so Vibrant, Life-Affirming (e.g., not harmful addictive behaviours), and Rewarding that I can freely invite that chosen activity to take possession of my body and mind knowing only Good can come of the enterprise.

(c) jamm@brightheartsinging.wordpress.comWhen I want to experience surrender to something bigger than my Self, I choose something that makes me feel like I am the just-right person, in the just-right place, doing a just-right thing. Under these ideal conditions, I feel a profound change in my Body and Spirit. Time seems to shift, or slow, or go in reverse. I enter a new paradigm – a new world of possibility where everything feels, well, — just right.

One of my favourite Acts of Surrender is my surrender to singing. One of my spiritual practices is to surrender to everything that singing involves. I surrender to practicing, making slow — very slow — improvements, and making mistakes – out loud  – in public (ouch!). I surrender to the present limits of my voice and technique. I surrender to the delays and repetitions at rehearsals when my singing colleagues need to take time to develop their singing performance (besides it will soon be my turn to take up their time while I ask for help). I surrender to the courage and hard work it takes to always work to get my natural voice “out there” while at the same time being kind to myself for all those “ugly beginner sounds” that regularly issue forth from my mouth. And I surrender to showing up: showing up to practice, rehearsals, voice lessons, and more practice.


In my spiritual singing practice, ideally, I “hand over” complaining about the existence of these limits to and challenges of singing so that I can be free to have the vibrational sound and spiritual meaning of the music “possess my body”. When I let go and let the “music sing me,” I feel surrounded by “shimmer” and Light. In those moments when I feel Just Right in my singing practice, my heart celebrates, lifts, and opens wide until I literally feel like a bright heart singing and now you know why I named this spiritual blog bright heart singing. :0)

My wish for you today is that you to are able to find your own spiritual practice — some just right thing to “possess” your Body and Soul — something so Good that it makes your heart celebrate and burst with the Joy of being alive and pulsing. May it always be so. Amen

Credits and links: The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho (click hyperlink to read more).http://wThe Witch of

bright heart singing, copyright 2008 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)


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