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How to define your voice.

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 all the things right?
At the same time?
Is that the right pitch?
I hope this is right.
Don’t mess up.


For about one million years, I was obsessed with being and doing things “right.” Because that was my experience of singing: make sure ya do it right or suffer the consequences.

And what exactly were the consequences of not doing something right, but actually doing something wrong?

Rejection. Embarrassment. Shame. Admonishment. Public admonishment. Belittling. These consequences were unmistakably painful and punishing.

So what about those thoughts? The ones riiiiiight before you are about to sing? 

Your thoughts are going to define your experience in that very moment you are about to create something with your voice. 

If the nature of your thoughts are undefined, they will be rooted in your unconscious experience (for better or for worse).

Let me say that another way: your singing—and your experience of your voice—will be defined by what you unconsciously think.

Until you get wise and shape the dialogue. 

Dear << Test First Name >>: if you do not want to walk around unconsciously dreading the worst, then you must define your experience of your voice and the music you sing.

Why?

✴️ Because you will be able to tap into your innate musical and physiological capacity, creative intelligence, and true, authentic voice.

✴️ Because you will co-create a divine and powerful current of transcendent, electric beauty.

✴️ Because you will consciously invite, experience, and know the very best of your voice.

The key is to define your experience (and grow aware of vagueness).

My inner dialogue is like quicksilver, so I have to be on the watch for sneaky thought-bubbles like “don’t sound like sh*t or you could be ejected.”

It takes more mental effort, self-love, and resolve to start instead with…

This is an offering of love.
I am centered and grounded.
My breath is relaxed and deep.
This ________ (onset/moment/note/word/phrase) will go like this.
I have enough breath to last a lifetime.
I am a vessel of amplified, sacred power and it’s freaking intense but I’m sticking with it.


You can see how something like “don’t mess up” seems a bit, um, lackluster?

Your thoughts define your experience. And thoughts come in many forms.

They will work wonders for you, if you choose them wisely.

 

Prompts for a More Sacred Vocal Experience

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 are your unconscious thoughts right before you sing?

What is driving those thoughts? Why?

What do you choose to allow instead?

What would it take to instill these thoughts the next time you sing?

Are you willing to try?

 

A Prayer for Your Voice and Mind

Dear God,
May my thoughts be peaceful, loving, and wise.
May I allow only the highest thoughts to accompany my voice.
May my mind be spacious and clear so that my thoughts may be turned to You.
May I be guided by my inner truth towards that which I am here to truly express in this world.
May I be wise to confusion, vagueness, and misdirected fears.
May I rise into the true nature of my voice as a divine instrument: capable, worthy, and sacred.
May I be courageous as I step into new life with my voice, conscious of my own power and my capacity to co-create with You whenever I choose.
Thank you for my voice. Thank you for my mind.
May I be a wise steward of my voice and mind, in service and devotion to 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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What is your *real* voice lesson?

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What is your *real* voice lesson?

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

Sometimes I joke that everything I have learned about life I learned from singing.

But it’s so true!

It has been quite the journey, though. Sometimes it was pretty tricky, sticky, and ugly. But then also wildly illuminating, crack-you-open joyful, and triumphant. 

The lessons I learned include how I do my work in the world, what I am here to share, and how I love and value my voice—and myself—at all costs.

I had to let go of needing my voice to be something I thought it should be. I had to let go of a career trajectory that I thought was what you’re supposed to do. I had to let go of fear of the unknown. I had to let go of control. I had to let go of unworthiness. I had to let go of fear and trauma that were obscuring my future.

I thought that my voice was supposed to sound great, be likable, and get me somewhere. No errors, no weaknesses, no troubles. I thought that all I had to do was be as technically proficient as possible so that I would be safe

But you know what? None of that matters nearly as much as my true life lessons. My real “voice lesson” has been about cultivating love, trust, and wisdom, and creating a sacred and wholehearted life. And my actual voice?

It is more brilliant than I could ever have imagined possible.

Dear One, I want to invite you to see past the surface for a sec. What has been your experience? What have you known?

Your experiences and circumstances are utterly unique. But I also know (because you are human) that there are places in your relationship with your voice that keep you locked up.

They are sticky spots around your singing, or your musical or creative life, that fall under the category of either “things to fix” or “I am broken forever.”

But in my experience, these are the signposts that, if you are willing, lead to sacred illumination and the unfoldment of your genius, purpose, and true joy.

It does not matter how old you are, how small you seem, or how scared you feel.

It takes courage to look inward. It requires a willingness to grow and to stoke the inner fire of your heart. And it takes quiet to listen, observe, and respond.

If you can muster the chutzpah to look deeper, your voice will reflect your most important life lessons. And (God willing!) help you realize that those lessons will illuminate the core truths of your life, and the purpose of your voice in the world.

No joke.

So what does your voice have to teach you today?

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

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How to believe in your ideas 💡

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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
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You already have everything you require.

You already have everything you require.

You already have everything you require.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

If there is one thing I could teach you about the voice and singing, it is this:

You already have everything you need.

You can continue to acquire skills and knowledge, better coordination, musical experience, expanded range and breath support, etc.

But that’s not what I am talking about. 

What I have truly learned from all the education, training, experience, coaching, crying, lamenting, rejoicing, and praying is that we, every one of us, inhabits an instrument of divine making.

What we must truly learn is how to access its innate wisdom, brilliance, functionality, and sacredness.

These truths are obscured for most of us. Societal, cultural, and familial conditioning will train us into believing that we have either got it, or we don’t. That our voice is somewhere on the invisible spectrum of Good and Bad.

(I’m kind of over it.)

Indeed, the Truth about the voice? About singing? About accessing your brilliance? About shedding the layers of fear and withholding?

The inner sacred confidence and willingness to share your gifts of sound and spirit does not stem from skills and talent.

It stems from the Knowing that your voice is an instrument of Divine Love, flowing through you in a unique, choreographed, sacred dance of breath and intention.

You have everything you already need, simply by being a human with a reason to sing.

The tricky bit? Well, it’s learning to allow it all to flow without so muchinterruption. Inference. Static. Resistance. Drag. It all comes from the mind.

(And I can spot that B.S. a mile away.)

The medicine is that what you learn how to tap into your innate sacred voice, you have take up the power to wield your voice as the Divine Messenger that you inherently are. 

You can tap into this power whenever you choose, and learn how to release the binds of the mind over your voice, your authentic self-expression, and your creative power in action.

The thing is, you get to choose.

How will you show up with your voice? How will you source the sound? How will you relate to others? And from where will you direct the flow of your musical and creative energy?

From your fear? Or from your heart.

Prompts for Your Sacred 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.

How have you related to your voice in the past?

How have you been influenced to think about your voice?

Has this supported you? Has this hindered you? Why?

What would you desire for your voice at this time?

Can you envision a heart-centered way of using your voice?

A Prayer for Your Sacred Voice

Dear God,
I desire to meet, and know, and use my true voice.
You have forged me into a Divine Instrument.
May I delight in my unique form and brilliance.
May I shed the layers of fear and resistance to using my true voice.
May I release the ties that bind my sound, my expression, and my true capacity as a Divine Messenger.
Grant me strength and the courage of a thousand to step into the true power of my voice.
Help me to stand firm in my willingness to share my gifts as an expression of Love.
Help me to use my instrument wisely, with ease, style, calm, and confidence.
Help me to step into my innate, divine brilliance, by nature of being being a divine spark of You.
May I use my voice in sacred service. 
May I shine in the knowledge that my voice is just as it should be in this moment.
May I radically accept the sacred instrument you have bestowed upon me, knowing that it is mine, and mine alone.
May I be an instrument of Your Love.
And so it is. Amen.

Love,

Allison

 

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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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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

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Transitions can be hard.

Transitions can be hard.

W R I T T E N  B Y  Allison Mondel

One of the most exciting moments I experience as a voice coach comes when a student encounters what I call “The Wobble.”

It’s when their voice goes all wonky as they learn something new. The Wobble happens when an old habit meets a new habit.

Alas for any student who has to forebear this kind of transition. This kind of learning can be wildly uncomfortable, especially if you are holding on tightly to your Old habit.

Because when you transition into something New, you are going to meet resistance. You inherently tighten your grip onto the Old because that is familiar and predictable.

Even if it is flagrantly wrong, dissatisfying, or unhelpful! Super fun.

I will admit, Wobbles are pretty straightforward in music-making, yet slightly harder to identify in real life! (Oy.) 

Yet, if you are willing to have the grace, patience, and tolerance to accept what is happening, you will better understand your tendencies, and your Self. And there will be less frustration, suffering, and intolerance of the unfolding that is your natural growth and evolution. 

And when you are ready to move ahead and claim more freedom, beauty, and abundance (in your creative life, or otherwise), you will need to let go of the Old, and allow the New.

It’s the transition process, a natural part of any creative unfolding. But I gotta tell you, it’s not easy. And we are not taught how to be graceful Transitioners. 

But when you gain greater awareness of the transition situation you are in, when you understand what is happening, you have the option to practice radical acceptance of what is really unfolding…

You are disrupting the Old so the New may enter in. That is sometimes scary and hard. But utterly necessary for evolution.

The key to transitions?

Watch, rather than push.
Feel, rather than know.
Allow, rather than resist.

Do pay attention to The Wobble. It’s an indication that something amazing is on the way…

 

 

Guided Prompts for Transition

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 are you ready to let go of, whether that is with your voice, your creativity, or in your life?

What do you choose to embrace?

What resistance do you feel or sense as you move from the Old to the New?

Why is this resistance coming up for you?

What do you need to let go of in order to move into this new phase?

 

 

A Prayer for Transitions

Dear Creator,
Please support and guide me as I make a change in my life.
May my pathway be clear, may my heart be full, and my footsteps be light.
May I see clearly what is to come.
Please grant me the grace, patience, and tolerance to accept what is, so that I may allow this new phase of personal and creative growth enter in with greater ease.
May I remain grounded and sure-footed as I step into the New.
May I have faith and trust in the good that is coming to me, as I dissolve the controlling binds to what has already come.
May I embrace the future, the magic it will hold, and the greater love that will be expressed.
Thank you for my life, and for the opportunity to live awakened and with a whole heart.
May I celebrate you through my gifts.
May I celebrate this current transition as I up-level my capacity to serve You, and the world, in love.
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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