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A solution to transcend worry.

A solution to transcend worry.

A solution to transcend worry.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

I’m sitting in a room full of unopened packing boxes in my new home.

It’s been a time of rapid upheaval and change in my family’s life. My back aches from lifting and my mind is cluttered (just like my new dining room).

Yesterday I opened a box labeled “AM Desk” and put those contents into grateful drawers. Ah, that’s better. Now where were we? Oh, yes, creating a sacred life!

Duh!

Amidst the outer clutter, I recognize something important: chaos in the form of unpacked boxes is nothing compared to the chaos of the mind when it has succumbed to fear.

Because in time, the stuff in the boxes will be put away. I will find the perfect bookshelf. I will replace the broken lamp. I will receive my new recycling bin. I will weed the garden. I will organize the knife drawer.

There is a solution to every lingering question. 

I am not afraid. I am not worried. A little ungrounded? Sure. But unpacking is definitely an unfolding process. I can roll with that. 

But what about those bigger questions? What about something that is less tangible? Or more important? Or less clear? Or more pressing?

You know… life questions, art questions, work questions, people questions.

Not Knowing the solution to a problem can carry a great existential weight. It drives us to distraction, and is deeply uncomfortable.

I have a workaround. Let me introduce you to one of my favorite practices: asking a Sacred Question. 

A Sacred Question differs from a regular question in that you believe and trustthat there is a Sacred Solution.

I believe and trust that my recycling bin will arrive on my doorstep.

Do I believe and trust that I will fulfill my purpose? Or create something new? Or clarify the details of my new program? Or choose the perfect songs for my performance? Or meet the right person to help me with a task? Or live a prosperous life? Or find the right community?

Or know what I want to know instead of living in this state of Not Knowing which is causing me to suffer, worry, and procrastinate?

When you do not know the answer, ask a Sacred Question. Write it down. And let it be. Do not force the solution, nor demand that the Universe supply it instantly for you. 

The Sacred Solution is literally one moment away. But you must practice:

1) having faith that there is an aligned answer.
2) trusting the process that will yield that answer.

If you are grasping for a solution with your mind, you will not get the answer you need.

If you allow the question to percolate in a space of divine co-creation, it will appear with ease.

If you want this Really Important Thing to work out, you gotta practice Not Knowing the Answers.

Ask a Sacred Question instead. The solution is already on its way.

Prompts for Not Knowing

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 weighing on you right now in your life, art, or work?

Why is this important to you?

What do you fear about not having this figured out? (Name that fear!!)

Do you believe that there is a solution to your problem?

Can you write down a Sacred Question and see how this will play out?

 

A Prayer for Sacred Solutions

Dear God,
Thank you for the unfolding mysteries of my life.
Thank you for the experiences I have had which have granted me wisdom.
Help me to accept that which I do not yet know.
I pray that I may see past the barriers of my mind.

I pray that I may believe and trust in the infinite possibilities that are available to me when I lay down my worries and choose to co-create with You.
Give me strength and courage to acknowledge my grasping fears.
Give me grace to accept what I do not know.
Give me the will to let go of control.
Illuminate my inner knowing, that I may recognize the Sacred Solution when it is placed right before me.
Help me to enjoy and revel in the mysteries of my life and relieve all worry and suffering.
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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How to believe in your ideas 💡

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 (❤️‍🔥)!

 

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

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Secrets, Feng Shui, and the Art of Letting Go

Secrets, Feng Shui, and the Art of Letting Go

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

The other day my client Karen reminded me of one of the juiciest secrets I keep. (At least, it’s not something I put on my resume!)

But it’s also one of the best memories I have, a reminder of something that made me feel amazing, high as a kite, and wildly happy singing on stage with my friends, wielding my jazz hands like I was born for it.

I also happen to be uncovering some other secrets, hidden for decades in unmarked boxes now taking up space in my cellar. Thanks to that second-hand book of Feng Shui I started reading, I began honestly looking at what I have been unconsciously holding on to in the basement, and in my life. (Oy.)

So I keep what holds the most value, and acknowledge what no longer inspires. But it is not always easy to let go.

Who will I be if I no longer have my report cards from Hebrew School? Or the VHS of my 6th grade performance of Hansel and Gretel? Or my high school ice hockey jersey?

The book reminds me that clutter is an unseen, detrimental energy suck. And I can feel it. But I now choose to live consciously and intentionally. So what do I choose to hold onto?

I keep the mementos that bring me a thrill, and I let the rest go.

The report cards definitely go: no regrets about that.
The jersey stays: a reminder that I know how to kick ass.

But I have another secret to share: when it comes to your voice, most of us live unconsciously and unintentionally. Yet the way you use your voice exactly resembles a space in your home.

Your mind is the unconscious repository of memories, patterns, and experiences that affect the way you use and show up with your voice. Your experience is going to reflect the state of who you are, and what thoughts you hold on to about your singing.

For most people, this will be without awareness. We just do what we do, work hard (or not), and hope for the best. But mostly, we totally ignore the clutter in the basement. 

Yet if you want to surpass any issues related to your voice, then I encourage you to look under the surface. When you acknowledge the unconscious beliefs that are playing out in your singing, your life, or your career, you can intentionally craft a new experience. 

When I decided I no longer wanted to suffer on account of my voice, I made an intention to change. It was the most radical experience of my life. I could never have dreamed of the miracles that unfolded in my life as a result. It was a conscious choice to rise up, and an intention to release that which no longer worked for me.

But you must be open to the fact that change is not only possible, but it is on the other side of this moment.

When you choose to have a better experience, you open the doorway to whatever you choose to create. You can choose what you wish to keep, and let go of what no longer serves you. 

Take a moment to clean out the clutter. Then make a conscious choice to evolve, and an intention to thrive.

Guided Prompts for Healing Your Voice

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 beliefs have you been unconsciously holding onto about your voice?

Why?

How do you choose to feel about your voice?

Do you believe that change is possible?

What beliefs, patterns, or memories do you need to let go of in order to realize your vision for your voice?

Prayer for Healing Your Voice

Dear Creator,
I am ready to feel better about my voice. 
I release all pain, suffering, and heartache I harbor on account of my voice.
I release all attachments of painful memories, experiences, and shame about my voice.
I embrace change, and allow the next chapter for my voice to begin at this time.
I now rise up with my voice, and embrace my calling to be a messenger of divine love.
I reclaim my voice. I love my voice. I own my voice.
Please help me to understand the nature of my voice, and how I may consciously use my voice for the betterment of the world, and in my own life.
I pray for the will to transform, and the strength, courage, and determination to allow change.
May I use my voice consciously.
May my intention for my voice be infused with your love, and inspired by your will.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

ps: That photo of me with Barry Manilow is totally going in a frame.

 

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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Are you “the one” to do it?

Are you “the one” to do it?

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

When I was training to become a musician, all I ever wanted was to become the best singer I could be.

I somehow inherited the belief that if you could be the “best,” then you had a decent chance of rising to the top of the single, invisible ladder that everyone was trying to scramble up on the way to a successful music career.

If my voice was “good enough,” I would be deemed successful. But if someone else had experienced major success, it somehow came at my expense. And then what hope was left there for me? 😩

It happens all the time, in almost every professional arena. Music. Theater. Dance. Art. Sports. Academia. Religion. Business. Etc.

Yet, this “single ladder success system” is a dangerous model.

You endlessly compare yourself to others, breeding either an inferiority or superiority complex, setting yourself up for disappointment, and ultimately, holding yourself back from what is truly important to you.

Let’s consider a more enlightened model of success…

What if you are climbing your own, precious ladder to personal success?

An ascending pathway that leads you to discover and integrate the inherent gifts, inspired ideas, and unique talents that only you have. 

A journey that, if you remain steadfast, will yield the fruits of a most beautiful life and career? And that, ultimately, be aligned with the singular purpose that only YOU have been charged with.

Which, in a nutshell, means you are, in fact, the one for the job.

I recommend you re-assert your focus on the pathway that is only laid out for you. Then keep climbing…

Guided Prompts for Personal Success

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.

Consider your own, unique pathway of success (in whatever field is relevant for you).

What does that look like? How does that feel?

How have you been unconsciously comparing yourself to others?

How are you being guided to climb higher in your own, unique way?

What is the one thing you can do today to honor your own pathway to success?

Prayer for Personal Success

Dear Creator, I call forth my desire to lead a beautiful, rich, and inspired life. 
May my work be blessed, as it unfolds with clarity and grace in greater service to the world.
May my mind be free of the binds that keep me held back in fear. 
May I embrace love. 
May I honor my own, singular pathway, as I honor the pathway of all other beings.
May my every step be blessed, and guided towards fulfillment of my higher purpose.
May my works be infused with Divine Love.
Make me ready to rise into the unique purpose you have set forth for me.
May I receive clarity, confidence, and steadfast courage on the path to my personal success.
May I be lit with an inner fire that fuels every step towards my ascension.
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 P Word 🤫

The P Word 🤫

The P Word 🤫

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

It was over dinner the other night that Adrian, my darling six-year old, eagerly reminded my husband and I that we hadn’t yet asked him what happened at school that day. 

Well, it wasn’t pretty. In a nutshell, he became so frustrated with himself that he couldn’t spell certain words that he decided he wouldn’t try at all. So there. 🗯

AND today was the day he recognized that his (delightful) animal drawings did not look good enough. Not like the artists who drew them in his books. In revolt, he’s just going to draw angry scribbles from now on. 

I looked at him, tears stinging my eyes and thought, “already, my love?” 💔

We have arrived at the threshold of Perfectionism.

My husband and I were shaking our heads in bewilderment at this little genius, and fumbling over what to say to make him 1) feel better and 2) rationalize his experience. 

We want him to keep going. Keep trying. Keep practicing being a creative, intelligent, ambitious person who has something to express and nurture his potential.

Perfectionism is a quality of being that stifles creativity, progress, and joy. It breeds a cycle of increasing:

🙄 Avoidance 
😖 Frustration
😡 Anger
😩 Resentment

In fact, in striving for perfection (the perfect sound, the perfect performance, the perfect program, the perfect sentence, the perfect post, etc.) leaves us, in the words of Cole Porter, totally cold.

Crap. Now yearning for the thing that we truly desire is also the root of our own suffering.

So what’s the antidote to perfectionism, that pursuit of the Impossible Standard?

I invite you to replace the fantasy of what is Just Right with Workable Right Now.(I am avoiding the word “enough” right here: you’re too wily for that. 🧐)

The ideal of Perfect promotes inertia, procrastination, stalling, and hesitation. This happens in a moment (say, the instant before you phonate) or in a season of life (say, a career change).

Perfectionism is a state of mind, not a state of being. In order to move out of its gravitational field, we must enter a mind-altered state. 

We learn to become whole-hearted. My six-year-old has to learn this the hard way, walking the path of life (fortunately with wise parents to guide and nurture him).

My friend, we have already walked life’s path. We recognize the scenery.

What ideals are you clutching to that have been holding you back from realizing your creative, intelligent, ambitious life?

See yourself through the eye of the heart. Allow a tiny crack in the protective shell of Perfectionism, and let the creative healing begin. 💗

Because your most beautiful dreams depend on it.

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?

What is essence of your voice?

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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further reading

The unnatural nature of Resistance.
The unnatural nature of Resistance.

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How to define your voice.
How to define your voice.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel Think back to the last time you were about to start singing something. What was the first thought that came to your mind?I hope this comes out ok.Don't do it wrong.What will they think of my voice?Is there enough ________?Am I doing...

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A solution to transcend worry.
A solution to transcend worry.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel I'm sitting in a room full of unopened packing boxes in my new home.It's been a time of rapid upheaval and change in my family's life. My back aches from lifting and my mind is cluttered (just like my new dining room).Yesterday I...

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