SINGING YOUR SOUL SONG

If you are feeling unsure or self-conscious, use this as a basic guideline to allow your soul song to come forward.

You will need a drum or rattle and a quiet place.

If you do not own any ceremonial tools, you can get creative.

Fill a small jar with dry rice, dry beans, or even pebbles to use as a rattle.

Find a quiet space where you can be undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes.

This can be indoors or outdoors, as long as it is a place where you feel safe and comfortable.

Start rattling or drumming softly.

Allow the sound to fill your body and mind, and start to move your body slowly.

These do not have to be big movements.

Start swaying slowly and let the movements grow instinctively.

You can start rattling or drumming louder and faster if you feel called to. Now begin vocalizing. Start with a soft hum and let it build.

Open your mouth and let this hum become a song.

Try not to worry about what it sounds like, but let it be genuine. It might be a single, monotone cry.

It might turn into a melody, or be a repetitive single syllable.

Let these sounds keep coming forward without words.

As you continue to drum or rattle, start to dance, and sing, letting your inhibitions melt away.

Increase the tempo if that feels right.

This is your soul song.

It will probably sound different every time, because it always represents what you need to express in that particular moment.

You will know when to end your soul song because you will feel a change in your energy.

When I sing my soul song, I will feel a light buzz in my head, which lets me know that my consciousness has started to shift.

I end with a last, loud cry and rapid drumming or rattling.