Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Yesterday, I had an interview with Back Stage about my new book. I consulted with my friend and business guru Charles Day before the call, who told me to think of the three things I wanted to say, then say them again and again.
The lovely Rachel Kice seconded Charles' advice in her blog today, suggesting that the key to getting what we want is not to be aggressive in energy or mind, but to simply keep repeating what we are determined to achieve.
Language is a very powerful vehicle, and I speak often about the importance of knowing what it is that you want (rather than what you don't) and proclaiming that to yourself and the world. But the call for repetition struck me…
Often, in an effort to help clients open up, I'll ask them again and again, "who are you?" The initial answers barely brush the surface: "I'm Bob. I'm a singer. I'm a man." But as I continue to repeat the question, a greater depth and often surprising awareness is reached: "I am the hope of my family. I am not contained by my body. I am alone."
The continued asking of a question yields a greater truth, and speaking that truth out loud confirms it. But indeed it is repetition that transforms and manifests a hope into reality.
Religions and governments the world over have recognized and utilized this power of ritual in prayers, chants and anthems, and so should we. Therefore, sing your truth. Repeat the verses and choruses again and again from the depth of your soul-centered knowing. Let your song reverberate and be certain that people- and the universe- can't help but listen, and eventually, sing along.