reclaiming your sacred nature

— February 24, 2021 —

I am trained as a classical musician, still working in the field and meeting the demands of the work in various ways every day.

But I have long felt a disconnect from the overly technical approach to vocal training. Please do not misread this: I LOVE vocal technique. If I have one wish, it is for the most excellent, adept, fantastic, easeful vocal technique that ever was. 


My pursuit of excellence in my craft is not at odds with my desire to pursue my sacred purpose. Nor should it be that way for you.

But I believe that we are at odds with the sacred purpose of our voice when we place the technical requirements and demands above the essence of our nature as singers: we are souls!

We have a voice to express our inner nature, and I believe that is of sacredness. 

I believe our voice knows how to function *perfectly* well when we tap into its sacred nature. That our technical approach is not an overlay of forced effort, but rather a removal of artificial tension. Thereby revealing the essence of the voice, and allowing the flow of the sacred through us. 

If you struggle with the expectation of Doing Things Right, then this is my wish for you:

Please do not fret about your technique. Do not diminish your pursuit of excellence, but consider pursuing a balanced application of technical skill with allowing your sacred self to flow through your voice.


Reclaim the sacred nature of your voice. Your voice is one of the most sacred things about you. When you are ready to claim that once more, the most beautiful, exciting shifts will take place. Your experience of your voice is not about Doing It Right, but uncovering the purpose for your voice.

That’s right! Your voice has a sacred purpose. When you acknowledge this, it will be revealed to you.

Suddenly, plain ol’ vocal technique just isn’t quite as big a deal. You know?



IMAGE: Photo by Octavian Rosca on Unsplash

Allison Mondel
Allison Mondel is a musician, philosopher, advocate, and mentor. Her greatest delight is to understand how things work, and share her hard-won wisdom with others. She writes about the higher nature of music and the voice, alchemizing personal roadblocks, and the pursuit of one's creative vocation.

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