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The unnatural nature of Resistance.

The unnatural nature of Resistance.

The unnatural nature of Resistance.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

I know it may not seem that way, but we are constantly in effortless motion.

Every day we are spinning around the Earth’s axis at about 1,000 mph.
The Earth is currently hurtling around the Sun at 67,000 mph.
The Sun and Solar System are whipping through the Milky Way at 448,000 mph.
The Milky Way is whizzing through our local galaxy group at 70 miles per second.

So why, then, does it seem that everything we want take so LONG to hurry up and change?? And why is it so easy for these celestial bodies to travel so effortlessly?

For one thing, Planet Earth is not worried about what we worry about.

I’m pretty sure she is not thinking:
WAIT! I’m not sure I’m ready! or
WAIT! I don’t know enough! or
WAIT! What will people think! or
WAIT! I’m not good enough for that.

No, that script is just for us.

Planet Earth is just herself, a miracle of creation, fostering life and sharing her beauty and bounteousness.

She has surrendered wholly to the unseen force of gravity that not only connects her with all life in the universe, but was the primary cause for her creation. She is, shall we say, going with the flow.

It’s funny how it is part of our nature to resist motion, evolution, and change, even though the laws of gravity are as relevant for us as everything else in the universe.

Why does it seem that when we want something to happen do we then kickstart our Resistance that tries to stop time and keep us from moving ahead? 

Because we fear change. We fear the unknown. We fear that we will lose our controlover what we have, even though we want more than our current situation reflects back to us. 

Why?

I believe it is because our desires are so very precious to us. And we have not been taught how to honor our desires, nor how to understand how they shape our lives.

So when we finally come face-to-face with the actualization of a desire, we kinda freak out?

We want to stop moving. We want to pause Time and halt Gravity so we can properly evaluate the situation: am I safe if I realize what I desire for myself?

Listen, I know that Resistance so well. We are besties. I can smell it a mile away. It is real and uncomfortable. It is a very effective tool for your fear.

But ya know, you are still moving. You are always moving. You are part of nature.

You are a kindred spirit with the Earth, Sun, and Milky Way, all made by a loving Creator, and (sigh) subject to the laws of gravity and motion.

The next time your Resistance kicks up a fuss, just take a notice, and allow yourself to surrender to the inevitable change.

Your life is the vehicle.
Your desires hold the rudder.
And your heart is the compass.

Godspeed!

 

Prompts for Moving Through Resistance

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What is one Desire that is calling to you at this time?

Notice your inner response to this Desire: your thoughts, your physical body, your breath?

Do you notice Resistance, Fear, Excitement, or something else?

Take a calm breath and ask yourself: what is the true, underlying cause of my Resistance?

CHALLENGE: Let yourself soften as you acknowledge the Resistance. What would happen if you surrendered to the flow of Life?
 

 

A Prayer for Your Desire

Dear Creator,
Make me ready to realize my desire for my life, art, and work.
Help me to know my true nature as a being of Love.
Help me to acknowledge my inherent part of this beautiful world.
Help me to surrender to the natural flow of Your Universe.
I pray for your blessing on my desires. 
May I honor them.
Help me to release the grip of fear and loss of control over how my life is unfolding.
Stoke my faith as I surrender to my unfolding of purpose.
Strengthen me with courage as I step into the unknown with a whole heart.
Melt my resistance so I may rise into my calling, in service to You and the world.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

 

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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The unnatural nature of Resistance.

How to believe in your ideas 💡

How to believe in your ideas 💡

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

I know you may not talk about it, but I know you have A Thing that’s been on your mind for a while.

That quiet vision, that unspoken desire, that shimmering dream, that kernel of an idea, that sticky feeling that you really, truly, wholly want something.

Maybe it’s a vision of you and your voice, or a project, or your career, or being on stage, or your life, or your art, or maybe even your purpose?

(Oh God, I have it, too! For, like, EVERYTHING.)

And you think: I want my Thing to happen. I want it NOW.

Alas, for the waiting. For the suffering over the waiting. For the hand-wringing. For the doubt. For the lacking and scarcity. For the maybe-this-is-ridiculous-ness of it all.

For that feeling of being so very far away from the fulfillment of your very dear and precious desire.

First of all, I want to honor your vision. Ideas sourced from your true and highest self are righteous. They are sticking to you because you called them into being, and they are waiting to be moved into form right here in your actual life.

So now what? How do you manage it all? How do you get the Thing you want when you are feeling the way you feel?

Because we are not taught:
how to trust ourselves
how spirit is benevolently generous
how to let go
how to be patient
how to be open
how to allow
how to receive
how to respond
how to trust the unfolding of life
how to create our life.

Lemme tell you: I didn’t learn either. I didn’t trust myself, my thoughts, my ideas, or anyone else (let alone “Spirit”) past the end of my nose!

Until the flood of miracles in my life were basically melting away each and every fear I was clinging to. (And still am.)

Including those fears that were bubble-wrapped around my biggest, most precious dreams and desires. And the illusions that clouded the way of my truer purpose and capacity as an artist, teacher, and person.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I know that a truly difficult aspect of allowing your vision to manifest in your life is that you Don’t Know How.

And because you don’t know how (colored by the fact that you were taught that what you actually want is not really possible anyway?), you are in a state of doubt and mistrust mixed with longing and, most likely, low-grade continual existential suffering.

So stop doing that. Here is how to start.

Begin to accept — and learn to be comfortable with — being in a state of I-don’t-know-ness.

I-don’t-know-ness allows your mind to let go of its vice grip on whether or not your idea is a) worthy and b) executable.

I-don’t-know-ness allows your ego to a) soften and b) be penetrable.

I-don’t-know-ness allows your Self to a) relax and b) allow possibility to mix with curiosity, openness, and fresh insights as to how in the world to get this Thing going already and what it will look like.

It’s called the sacred creative process. I have discovered that one of the most vital ingredients is learning to co-exist and be ok with Not Knowing.

I-don’t-know-ness: it’s part of the process.

Then watch what magic unfolds when you let go of needing to know all the damn time, step into self-trust, and allow the sacred whoosh! of life to lead you into miracles.

Your vision becomes reality.

Prompts for Voice Wisdom

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What do you believe that is holding you back around your voice?

What experiences have shaped you?

What is your headspace about your voice?

What is your spirit longing to bring forward?

What is the higher truth that you are meant to know?

A Prayer for Your Voice

Dear God,
Thank you for my voice.
Thank you for all that I am, all that I have learned, and all that I have been.
Guide me now into true wisdom, and the purpose and place for my voice.
Illuminate the inner places where I have grown small.
Grant me courage to break through the false ceiling of limitation, so that I may rise into the fullest potential of my voice.
Give me strength to look inwardly, so that I may know and understand the lessons of my experience. 
Grant me wisdom to know that my experience is the key to my healing, my purpose, and my ultimate joy.
May I raise my voice without censor, without shame, and without hesitation.
May I join my voice with the heavenly chorus who praise You in sacred harmony.
May my voice be blessed, may it be loved, may it be shared in safety.
Thank you, dear God, for my voice. 
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

ps: My weekly newsletter is a day late because of 1) a sick little one with a late night wake-up (😵‍💫) and 2) we bought a new house yesterday (🤪)! Just wanted to share because I love you and missed you. (💗)

pps: It’s the new moon in Leo today (🦁), so if you have a special creative desire, TODAY is the day to plant your seeds of intention for seeing that gorgeous thing germinate into reality (🌱), fertilized by sacred celestial fire (❤️‍🔥)!

 

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Are you a Sacred Rebel?

Are you a Sacred Rebel?

Are you a Sacred Rebel?

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

As a young girl, then a teenager (oy), then a young adult, I would never in one million years have considered myself a “rebel.”

I have excellent manners, listen to instructions, pay my bills on time, do my chores, and do all the Right Things you are meant to do as a well-functioning member of society (and a peaceful household). 

I listened to my parents and my teachers. I followed their advice. And then I listened to my bosses and conductors. I did what was required in order to satisfy (and exceed) the duties of my job.

It wasn’t until I met some kind of externally-imposed restrictions on my creative self-expression that I began to notice there were cracks in this system.

Because don’t ever – ever – tell me what I can and can’t do with my life and art.

This is what I define as a Sacred Rebel: a person who values their authentic personal expression enough to, well, stake their life on it

I remember well the moments in my life when I made creative choices based on well-meaning (or outright unhelpful) advice from others. There were two results: total failure and personal misery.

You are a Sacred Rebel if you have ever experienced a rift between A Situation and your personal creative values, and chose to honor yourself rather than compromise those values.

You made a choice to honor your own divinity.

But being a Sacred Rebel can be totally uncomfortable. It doesn’t come with life rules! Your choices will test you. And you run the risk of bumping up against the fear of what “other people might think” all the goddamn time.

If you think about it, this makes total sense. You have been conditioned to be a good listener, make sensible choices, and not stick your neck out so your head won’t get chopped off!

Thus, when we make choices to honor our own pathway, there is an inherent friction between our personal will and societal norms. Let’s acknowledge that.

But here is the deal, my Sacred Rebel friend… your unique, personal, divine makeup is the most important thing about you.

You were created as a sacred being with a most interesting set of defining characteristics, plopped on this planet in order to co-create an awesome life, add sacred value, and help others.

The lessons we learn to differentiate ourselves, to define our values, and to claim our creative and personal freedoms are not easy. Nay, we will bump into ancient structures that remind us that we should be ashamed of ourselves for wanting and (God forbid!) asking for something else.

But you always have a choice: to follow society’s old-school rules about your life, what you are capable of, and are permitted to create… or to honor your voice and spirit, step into your magical Self, and create something worth living for.

I honor all Sacred Rebels. I know the choices you have made are beyond hard. But seriously, how could it be any other way?

Prompts for Honoring Your Values

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

Can you recall a Situation in which you encountered a compromise to your creative values?

How did you respond? What transpired from that situation?

What would you have done differently?

What do you choose now as a response to honor your own values?

What act of forgiveness can you make in order to set yourself free from any emotional burden of this situation?

A Prayer for Sacred Rebels

Dear God,
Help me to believe in myself.
Help me to stand behind myself, as I know You stand behind me at all times, and in all things.
Help me step courageously into my true nature, shining with the inner light of Your love.
Help me burn up my fears and worries of what others may think, so that I may turn my attention to the divine work of co-creation with You and the Muses.
I honor my choices, they guide my pathway.
I honor my mistakes, they offer enlightenment.
I honor my pathway, for it leads to the fulfillment my highest calling.
Shore up my faith.
Stoke my inner fire.
Secure my courage.
Lead me through the sacred threshold of life to honor You as I honor myself, created by You, and co-creating with You.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

 

 

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

Finding inner harmony with your voice 🙏🏻

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things. In life, and especially in singing.

Do this. Do that. I should do this. I should do that. I didn’t do this. I can’t do that. They think this. They won’t think that.

There is a mental chatter, what I call the “ticker tape,” of constant, bubbling thoughts. They either guide you, or distract you, or sometimes completely sabotage you.

What’s happening inside when you are singing? Are you plotting the calculus of your next move, or the arrangement of the notes? Are you anticipating something fearful, or worried about your voice? Are you afraid of making a mistake, or worried about how you look or sound?

Thoughts. Thoughts. Thoughts.

But then there are those moments when you have that clearing… that beautiful moment when all is well. All is in harmony, and you think… if only I could feel this way all the time.

What happens in those moments? The ones that keep you coming back for more? Those moments of aliveness, of connection, of sacredness as you are singing, making music, being with others, connected to something bigger and deeper?

Notice, there weren’t any thoughts

There is a way to access that higher state of connectedness and inner harmony as a regular practice, rather than a hit-or-miss, once-in-a-lifetime kind of miracle. Let me explain.

I want to reveal two secrets I have discovered that have profoundly altered the course of my life and career from a victim of my inner chaos to master teacher.

First: the way in which we are taught to use our voice (I am making a generalization based on my Western classical training) is Mind First.

You are taught to do this with your voice. To think your sound. To make the notes. To shape the vowels. To work your breath. To manipulate your body with your mind, and your voice is under control.

But we are not taught how to distinguish the difference between a willful action, and an intention. So we learn that in order to sing well, we must activate the voice from our conscious mind.

(Cue the mental onslaught.)

Second: we are so focused on the details of our process and the quality of the production that we have completely neglected to include the Number One Most Important Aspect of our being. We have become unconsciously disconnected with the divine source of our voice.

Mental chaos stems from being in a state of thoughts running amok, colored by your emotions and past conditioning, attempting to do all the little things at once.

Inner harmony is accessed from starting at the top, and initiating your connection with source. Your voice outflows from there. It is a state in which the mind is at ease, and your instrument is aligned with mind, body, and spirit. You are functioning at a higher level.

But most importantly (and honestly the greatest lesson I have learned), is that when you quieten the ticker tape, and become aligned with your higher nature, the reward is not just good singing and a capable, trustworthy voice.

The true reward is the recognition that you, and your voice, are a vehicle for Divine Love. And nothing could more harmonious than that.
 

 

Guided Prompts for Inner Harmony

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

Observe your mental state when you are singing. What is the nature of your thoughts?

Do your thoughts serve you, distract you, or sabotage you? Why?

Are you willing to disconnect from the conscious mind, in order to be connected with a higher source when you sing?

How do you allow Spirit to move through you?

Can you allow a more peaceful state of being when you sing?

A Prayer for Inner Harmony

Dear Creator,
Help me enter into a new state of harmony with my voice.
I pray for inner peace when I sing and express myself. 
Help me to become whole as I unite my mind, body, and spirit with my voice.
May I raise my voice in love.
May I raise my voice in service.
May I raise my voice in unadulterated divine joy.
I pray that I may ease the mental tension that obscures my greater purpose.
I pray that I may discover and allow the true nature of my voice.
May I release the thoughts that bind me in fear.
May I release the worries that I will not measure up.
May I release my fear of mistakes and wrongdoing, so that I may rise into my highest potential.
Help me realize the quiet inner space that allows me to be in sacred union with you.
May I be an instrument of Divine Love.

And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

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Personal genius🔥

Personal genius🔥

Personal genius🔥

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

One time recently I was watching the Beatles documentary, Get Back. It’s a long, arduous haul through a rocky period for the band. But there was one moment caught on camera that created a new awakening for me about the creative process.

It’s a scene featuring a mumbly conversation between Ringo and a Less-Interesting-Person about literally nothing (spoiler alert: there are lots of these scenes), and there’s Paul behind them, seated with his bass, clearly occupied with a new riff.

When I say occupied, I mean electrified. Like catching a scent, Paul has just caught a musical idea and he is lit up. You instantly recognize the proto-matter of “Get Back.” We are witnessing the birth of a truly great song!

Not only that, we are watching the creative process unfold, in real time, for a person who completely trusts  himself, the source of his ideas, and the manifestation of those ideas into form.

I would describe this process as sacred creativity

It is tempting to compare ourselves with creative geniuses. They are a “genius,” after all.

But so are you. The societal exemplars of creative genius are not better than us, you and me. They are just really, truly great at being themselves

Which provides them with a unique advantage…

By trusting in themselves, their innate creativity, and the sacred source of that creativity, they allow the unfolding of their personal genius. They create amazing, new things. Things that we could never think of, because those are their things, not ours.

We are here to create our things. You to create yours. And me to create mine.

Personal genius is not about intelligence, or the subjective quality of your skills and talents. It is about the unique unfolding and harmonization of your personal gifts and talents and desires, melded together to serve a higher purpose.

(With some real chutzpah thrown in, to top it all off.)

The manifestation of your personal genius is driven by the process of sacred creativity, and the allowing of your unique work to be offered to the world. Here’s how it works:

You open to source.
You receive inspiration.
You respond to ideas.

Your genius has a unique flavor. It will be unlike anyone else’s.

The work is not to create things that are Good so that they are acceptable. It’s to allow works that are Authentic, as a reflection of the sacred being that is the one and only you.

These works are inherently good, and a reminder that you are capable of so very much. Indeed, capable of your very own genius.
 

 

Guided Prompts for Sacred Creativity

Take a moment to breathe, center awareness within the heart space, and enter into a state of stillness.  Allow these questions to guide your higher mind into clarity.

What is the first thought that comes to mind about your creativity?

How have you been open to inspiration? How have you been closed?

How have you responded to your ideas?

What fears are holding you back, or causing hesitation?

How would you feel if you never realized your ideas and dreams?
 

 

A Prayer for Personal Genius

Dear Creator,
I pray for courage to realize my true self. 
I pray for strength to meet the inner places that keep me in shadow.
May I come into the light of my own personal genius.
I acknowledge your genius working through me as a child of God.
Help me access the wellspring of love and infinite creative potential that flows from you.
Help me accept myself and my gifts.
Help me recognize the worthiness of my experience, my works, and my life. 
I pray that my inner genius may serve the betterment of the world.
I pray that all barriers to my God-Self be dissolved, and that I may enter into divine service through my own, precious life.
Grant me the will to approach my fears with curiosity and understanding.

Thank you, Creator, for the personal genius you have bestowed upon and within me. 
May my works sparkle with divinity. May they inspire and uplift those around me. 
May my life be in service to you, as reflected through my own, unique gifts.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker

I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression. 

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What is essence of your voice?

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

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My mom always reminds me (insert high-pitched, Philadelphia-born, Jewish mother’s accent), “Alli, you were always your worst critic!” 

She’s right. I was. I would finish any performance and analyze all the things that went wrong and how I must have sounded awful. This went on for a very long time. 😔

But there were a few times when something went really, really right. You know what I’m talking about? Can you call that to mind for yourself? 

Those moments (and sometimes they really are just moments) when you felt the most aligned, alive, connected, electrified yet calm, and so brave that you responded, and leaned into a moment and showed up for yourself. 💪

Ah, I remember these moments with such sweet clarity and joy, and I think, “could that have been real, or am I imagining that happened?”

No. It was real.

You were in a state of flow, connected with your essence. It is in these moments that we are tapped into a wellspring of inspiration, creativity, and the flow that comes from source.

Honestly, the real triumph of these pinnacle moments in our life is that we let our damn guard down. As a result, the true essence of your voice could be heard, seen, felt, and received by others

Dear One, your triumph is not a fluke. It is a sacred lesson.

A lesson to root firmly into the essence of who you are, and to allow your voice, your energy, and your sound flow from within.

I drew a picture to illustrate.

That little spot in the middle? That’s the sweet spot, my friend. It’s infinite, but simple. That’s the essence. Your heart is the portal.

The image on the left is when we are in flow. The energy moves from the inside-out.

But often, when we use our voice, we usually show up like the image on the right: armored. Your essence is protected, like the king on a chess board. Outside-in.

Most of the time, we would rather show up with armor, protecting our squishy inner core, ready to fend off the mistakes and critiques and rejections before one air molecule is affected.

Why? Because showing up on a stage, no matter the size or type, can feel like the most vulnerable thing you can do because, frankly it is. I believe this is one of the reasons we admire certain performers and artists: we recognize their capacity to show up without so much armor.

Remember your triumphant moment? Remember those times when you showed up for yourself? When you responded to the moment with YES? Here is the lesson: triumphs are not an exception. They are the new rule.

💗 Open your heart.

🧠 Stabilize your fear.

⚡️ Ground your energy.

🔥 Move into flow.

Tapping into your essence does not have to be a hit or miss situation. It is a radically simple formula and practice to be applied whenever you create the intention to do so. It can be a Thing You Do all the time.

It is a joyful practice of becoming whole as you develop your voice, your artistry, and your courage to show up as your most essential, aligned, and peaceful self as you quake the air molecules around you.

Lucky are the ones who receive the gift of your clear, luminous, divine vibration.

Love,

allison

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