Someone once ask the Sufi poet, Rumi, “Who are you?” And he replied, “I do not know who I am. I am in astounding lucid confusion! If you label me and define me, you will starve yourself of yourself. If you box me down with labels and definitions, that box will be your coffin. I am your own voice echoing off the walls of God!”
What does it mean when we say, “I give you my word?”
It is a promise, a vow that we are telling the truth, that we mean to follow through and will not disappoint. Look closely. We use the word “give” which refers to a gift, something shared freely. And we say, “my word” not “words”. Why? Because we aren’t talking about words as objects or units of meaning. We are talking about the word as power, as vibration. We could say, “I give you the power of my words.”
It’s really a beautiful phrase. I suggest we give this gift, the power of our word, to ourselves. Stand in front of the mirror. Light a candle, gaze into your eyes and say, “I give you my word.” Let us not go against ourselves with our word. Let us both think and speak with care. Let us surrender this awesome power we have to construct reality with our words to that Pure Self whose only desire is to love and enjoy.
Whose with me?
We once held tremendous power over words, but at some point, words came to hold power over us. Now it is time to reclaim that power.
Shamanic Voice Work is a means to reclaim our power over words. It works on deep energetic levels to cleanse and widen our expressive channel, purifying it and restoring it to its unadulterated state. Through breath, movement and sounding practices, we shift blocks and holding patterns, making room for our truth to ring with the clarity of a bell. You get to control how deeply you engage, and you are the master here. No one else.
Each person’s voice is a link to that power we seek to reclaim, like a chord or tether from the Great Mystery to the manifest. The voice is used to make everything more and more real. Without awareness, the voice can convince us of the realness of a dream. But when we begin to pull our attention away from the illusion of form back to the formless, the voice becomes a tool of Spirit. We begin to create with impeccability.
In The Unknown Mother, Wrenne, the central character, loses her voice. After helping her discover the root cause of her vocal crisis, Matrina gifts Wrenne with a beautiful Navajo turquoise necklace. So, why that? Why not a pearl necklace or diamond broach?
Every gemstone has its own vibrational frequency and healing properties. Turquoise is one of several 5th chakra or throat center stones. It helps to open and protect our expressive center. In fact, when given as a gift, as is the case in The Unknown Mother, turquoise is believed to bring the wearer protection from negative outside influences. So in gifting Wrenne with her necklace, Matrina is actually bestowing a powerful amulet on her student.
Turquoise is also said to take on the characteristics of the owner. So this necklace will not only carry the refined level of consciousness from its previous owner, Matrina, but it will also program itself in its service to Wrenne ensuring her ability to communicate her unique message authentically, cleanly, and completely. Furthermore, it will help her control her physical speech, quelling nerves and supporting the vocal apparatus.
In addition, turquoise brings the wearer equilibrium, calms the nervous system, builds one’s confidence, and clears self-esteem issues. These are all things Wrenne needs as she relearns to use her voice in this world.
There are many additional benefits to wearing turquoise including body detoxification and the lifting of depression.
And as for why the gift is a necklace and not something else entirely? A necklace rests right on the back of the neck and, depending on length, rests somewhere between the throat and heart center to the front. It offers 360 degrees of protection to the 5th chakra and therefore not only connects our speech to our heart, but encircles it with protection.
A turquoise necklace…the perfect 5th chakra power object.
There was once a man who spent his days calling out to God…every day of his life. While a few people in the village saw him as very devout, most thought him a fool. Did he really think that God would respond? One day, the skeptics’ doubts began to infect his mind. He questioned why in all his dedicated years of calling out to God, God never once answered him. His spirit broken with this realization, the man stopped calling out to God and resigned himself to sleep.
That night, he had a dream. In it, the presence of God came to him and asked him why he stopped calling out to him. The man explained that God never once answered his call after all those years! Why should he continue to waste his breath?
God replied, “Was my answer too simultaneous? Did you not see? Each time you called out to me, your voice itself was my response!”
Our voices are unique, like a signature or fingerprint. Are you using yours to its fullest potential? Not likely. We have only begun to understand the creative, healing, and expressive power of the voice. The only way to discover its true potential is to keep exploring what it’s capable of. But not many people walk this path of voice. Most people are terribly uncomfortable in this arena. They hate the way they sound when recorded or they don’t think they can sing, and they often don’t know how to speak up for themselves enough to simply ask for what they want or say how they really feel. But in taking one small risk, to speak up about something, to show up at a workshop or to buy a toning CD, to take that first step, they find that their greatest fears evaporate and are replaced with the joy of self-discovery, “Wow, that’s me!” The relationship with our voice is a pure reflection of just how alive we are. The voice is not only a tool for authenticity and healing, it is a tool for creative manifestation. When we tap into the frequencies of our biggest dreams, we can sing them into being by aligning with their vibration. We can energize our visions with the resonating characteristics of our voices. So never underestimate the treasure awaiting you in your throat center.