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Extract from my speech: “Spanish Passion – A Karmic Gift” from May 2009.
“When Spirit asked me to sing in one of my speeches, I did thinking that I was supposed to break through yet another one of my fears, thinking that it was singing itself that I was supposed to achieve. I was wrong.
After the speech, someone told me that they would like to hear me sing a whole song, to which I responded that I do play the guitar. He replied “Of course, you are Spanish. Spain IS the guitar!”
His words stayed in the back of my mind for a while.
I was told once that when you clear your family karma or ancestral baggage (that is, when you work through the limitations of your genetic lineage, such as old behaviours, limiting and restricting beliefs or outmoded ways of seeing life that you don’t want to pass on to your children), you are then ready to collect or develop your Karmic Gift (that is, that special quality that is passed on from generation to generation, many times not having been fulfilled or achieved its potential).
I wonder what my Karmic Gift would be and after meditating deep and long, I reached the conclusion that it was Music for Healing (a lot of my family members are involved in music and a lot of them are either social workers, teachers or in the medical professions).
At that time in my life, my whole focus is on creating inspirational speeches, but also entertaining. In my meditations, I came across the notion that the words Amusement and Musa come from the same root: Music. To amuse someone is to entertain them. And a Musa is a source of Inspiration. To collect my Karmic Gift of Music to Amuse and Inspire suddenly seemed to make a lot of sense.
I have always had lots of problems with my throat: chronic laryngitis that would provoke the loss of voice after speaking or singing for any length of time; a husky broken voice, which to an extent I still have, and many other symptoms. But the one thing that worried me the most lately was experiencing a huge loss of energy through my throat chakra (the spinning energy vortex located at the base of the throat) so I would for instance feel exhausted after speaking for any period of time.
Because this chakra is to do with communication and creativity, when it is out of balance you know that at some level you are not speaking your truth. In other words, you are compromising your integrity, who you are, for let’s say, fear of survival, or fear in general.
According to the “Colour Therapy Healing” Information Centre:
“The Throat Chakra is located at the base of the throat. Its colour is Sky blue and it controls the throat and the neck, and the arms and the hands. It is associated with the brachial or cervical plexus. It affects the sense of hearing and the thyroid gland.
“Its consciousness aspect refers to expressing and receiving. Expressing can be in the form of communicating what one wants and what one feels, or it can be an artistic expression, as an artist painting, a dancer dancing, a musician playing music, using a form for expressing and bringing to the outside what was within. Expressing is related to receiving, as in Ask, and ye shall receive. This chakra is associated with listening to one’s intuition, which guides one in an optimal flow, in which one sees one’s goals manifest, and it seems that the Universe provides all their needs with no effort on their part at all. It’s a state of Grace. Abundance, therefore, is associated with this chakra, as is the aspect of unconditional receiving necessary to accept the abundance of the Universe”.
“This fifth energy centre is located at the back of your neck. It includes your entire jaw and relates where food, drink, drugs, smoke and other external substances enter your body. That’s why it is extremely important that you make a conscious choice to ingest healthy, wholesome substances instead of those that can poison your spirit”.
“When your expression is imbalanced, you many times suppress what you are really feeling. You block input from others by building walls around yourself. This can result in heightened levels of anxiety, secrecy, frustration and anger. Your joyful and creative spirit is damaged and when you finally begin to speak – as you eventually will – it will be in the voice of your wounded inner child. He or she will be angry and will lash out, either outwardly against others or inwardly through destructive or addictive behaviours. Severe imbalances might result in speech or auditory difficulties”.
“Another common imbalance is refraining from expressing your needs or establishing boundaries because you might offend someone. Learning to speak your mind can be difficult, especially when trying to convey anger. We are often taught that being angry and expressing it is a bad thing. However, remember that there is nothing inappropriate about having feelings and expressing them”.
“The throat chakra, too, can be out of balance in the opposite direction. You can express yourself too much, too recklessly. By using non-stop talking as a means of distancing yourself and avoiding intimate connections with others, you just as effectively drive people from your life”.
“You can have too much blue energy in you. You’ll know this has happened when you feel like you’re talking too much, that what you are saying is nonsense, or that you aren’t able to get your point across”.
“Gossip comes from an imbalanced blue chakra”.
“If you have found that you have too much blue, use the colour red. Simply drop a red gemstone into your pocket (such as coral, garnet, smoky quartz), wear red clothes, eat red foods (tomatoes, beets, radishes, strawberries, cherries) or use some “red” essential oils in a diffuser (cinnamon, patchouli, black pepper, ginger or sandalwood)”.
I was doing my ironing one afternoon, listening to the Gipsy Kings. I didn’t know we had this CD in the house and since that day I was in the mood for Spanish music, I played it again, and again, and again!
As I finished and switched the CD player off, I was still in that vibration or frequency. It is then that I heard the voice again: “In order to find your key-note, you need to tune into your Spanish legacy. In order to show others that they can indeed be themselves against all the odds, against all stereotypes, even when these seem to bring you success and security. You will only be happy and successful when you find your real self and ex-press it”.
Suddenly, I had two questions.
Key Note are two musical terms, but Key Note Speech is a specific kind of speech. Is this what we were talking about?
Or did it mean that the Key that can unlock a Closed Heart is a Note or a Vibration that will touch a person’s emotions in order to allow the (hidden or suppressed) feelings to flow… and hence, heal the heart? Then, the original Ice-Breaker vision would make sense.
I have noticed that people link being Spanish with Passion: a passion like the soul of the guitar, a bright sun, tasty and healthy food or good wine.
Healing with voice means that the sound that your voice creates will touch people at a deep level, at a cellular level. The crying and mourning sounds of the gipsy guitar-like-sound, dislodging at an emotional level pains and sorrows from your karmic past. Your inner child resides within your emotional centre: unless this centre is healed, your inner child will not release the grip on neediness and fear because it doesn’t feel safe.
In an article called “How are my Emotions and Sound Related?” by Kae Thompson, it says that:
”While every organ and system present in the human body has its own keynote frequency, so too does every human emotion and feeling. This is true of momentary, passing emotions (a person feels anger after getting cut off in traffic), or for those emotions that become chronic (viewing oneself as a martyr). Yes, whether it be jealousy, love, bitterness, resentment, contentment or anxiety, every constructive or destructive emotion and feeling, has a signature frequency that links it to associated physical parts”
“Since emotions share energy with physical body parts, it is extremely important that emotional function be healthy and balanced if optimal health and well being are to be realized. When emotional function becomes inflamed or exaggerated, the related physical areas can either become equally inflamed (or depressed in function), because the emotion is encouraging an imbalanced flow of energy. Likewise, if a person is resistant to feeling, the related body area will experience the pressure of having to compensate for the related lack of emotion. In many instances, a person suffering from physical distress in an organ or body part will actually “fuel” the physical with emotion”.
Now I was starting to understand my legacy. But my search would take me deeper. What was the Key that would unlock these blocked energies, these frozen crusts of unhealed hearts?
The answer came to me soon: Truth.
Since the key had to be universal, the truth would reach anybody anywhere. But not just any truth depending on upbringing, faith or education. We are talking about a Soul Deep Truth: the highest potential that a person will recognize for themselves that will shake them and move them to release their fears and reach for their dreams because there is someone who has put a light of belief in the inertia in which they are stuck.
I know that all those years with throat problems I was not expressing who I was (mainly because I didn’t know who that person was) had the effect of keeping me deeper and deeper inside, frustrated at going around in circles without seemingly reaching any meaningful goals and suffocating inside non-accomplished hopes and dreams.
Researching later on about the power of voice, I came across a book “The Alchemy of Voice”, by Stewart Pearce, and there I found a quote:
“When [your voice] is connected to your heart and comes from deep within you, then it will have the power to transform your life. When you speak with your true voice, which means using your own unique <signature note>, you will feel and live with true authenticity. Your confidence levels will soar, and that sense of self – of being someone who is both heard and who hears others – will be greatly increased. As a result, your ability to achieve what you want in life will be powerfully and vitally enhanced”.
Now I knew for sure what kind of truth we were talking about!
A couple of weeks ago I dreamt of a Shark… twice! I was scared and shaken. Shark is known to be over 400 million years old (survival) but also highly aggressive (you may attack others when angry through stinging sarcasm or any other manner of destructive expression).
Pondering on what this all meant, a week later, I saw a fisherman taking a small shark from the sea. But when I thought he would throw it back into the sea, to my dismay, he dropped it on the floor and let it die. I was even more shaken, not just because of the sadness of seeing this creature dying in front of my eyes when I was sure the fisherman only wanted it to show off his macho-man prowess, not actually to eat or use in any useful way, but because I knew that the Universe was talking to me loud and clear by using the same totem… three times! (the number used by the Universe when it is trying to catch your attention, screaming at you so that you hear a message) within a very short period of time.
I searched on the Internet for Shark Totem Animals and in a site called Life Paths: Animal Totem and Earth Medicine, I extracted the following information (which I am sure that if you are a Toastmaster or anyone who is really interested in ex-pressing him or herself, you may also want to read):
“The gift of learning to express ones’ wants, needs, anger, love, fear (e.g. emotions) in a manner which is both respectful of Self and of Others rather than bottling those feelings up, ultimately manifests as these individuals reclaim their youth. For in the innocence of Youth is found implicit Faith in our existence, the realization that All happens for a reason. Then the shift is made from merely surviving life to embracing it for all of its wisdom and beauty, fuelling the ability to endure even the most challenging of lessons and still retain the blessings of Trust and Faith”.
And apparently, the Shark Totem went on, this is found in forgiveness. This, I later on realised, means accepting the past as it happened without resistance, blame or judgement.
Quite a task.
But the point is that now I have been told what my purpose is. The rest is simply to continue to dedicate myself to polish this skill and… let Spirit use my throat for the Universal Truths that we are all needing to hear.
As I became aware of this realization, that day I felt sick: I had a temperature, swollen glands, flu, tight chest and shoulders. I am sure you have experienced this before.
What happened is that the realisation took place when the energy shifted or was released. This energy (kundalini or life force) passes by the chakras, burning obstacles and blocks that are within the frequency range of the truth that you have become aware of. The Native Americans call this medicine Snake: the transmutation of a poison. The poison was the untruth about yourself that you used to believe. The burning of this untruth reaches further into your potential.
After the illness or imbalance or dis-ease, you find a new balance at a new platform or level and you are able to accept more abundance, love, joy, happiness and other gifts that life has to give you.
You can call this a Healing Crisis.
By Dr Ana Garcia PhD
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“Dr Ana’s Course in Public Speaking: Transformation Through Self-expression”
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