Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sing Your Truth

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.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always thought of repetition as a mnemonic technique in teaching, but that makes sense - that it is much more than simply memory building. Fascinating. I love the coupling of questions and repetition - the marriage of two of the most potent teaching devices.

June 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Sally Morgan said...

Another wonderful, heartfelt post. You are so special! Thank you, Jen. Can't wait to have you on Singers Key Notes!

June 9, 2009 at 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Ann Gordon said...

Jenn, this is incredibly helpful to me. I'm so inspired to "sing my truth" repeatedly. I really appreciate the connection you made to rituals and chants, also. SO MUCH LOVE on a big, fat Wednesday! And ... merci beaucoup!

June 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Adam Bennett said...

Hello Jennifer,

I believe in the power of healing, community, and saying yes to life and awakening to our own aliveness. In our daily work, we experience all kinds of trials. And sometimes it tells us to quit.But the Voice of Truth tells us the other way around. It tells us to do what we have to do. It tells us to move on and overcome trials.

August 8, 2016 at 1:49 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Hamady said...

Adam, you're so right. It also tells us to love. :)

August 8, 2016 at 8:57 AM  

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