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“We all have our own unique gifts, for some singing is their gift, for others singing helps discover and voice their gifts.
You have a part to play in life’s song. So grab that microphone, be brave and sing your song out on life’s stage” Prince Eo
Breaking through with song
A New Year
A friend told me about the Breakthrough Experience in January. He said it was a transformational workshop where you overcome your fear of singing and 8 weeks later you go on stage and sing with a live band in a club in San Francisco
All my life I did not believe I could sing so me singing on stage could only happen after surgery to get a new voice box. But for some reason – maybe it was because it was the beginning of a New Year or my inner cynic was drunk on a few glasses of wine – I became open minded….or better said my inner child went whoopee sounds like fun – let’s do it! After all I needed a new start and what better time than January to initiate that. So the next day, before I had time to think too much about it I called and signed up for the Breakthrough Experience
Singing – yikes!
I’ve been interested in psychology, personal development and spirituality for 12 years and attended workshops up the wazoo. I’ve walked on fire in Sydney, jumped off cliffs in Jamaica, presented a national TV program and done loads of acting and public speaking. Do you think I could get up in front of our small group on the Breakthrough Experience and sing the first day without terror? No.
But the team at Breakthrough are used to people like me. They know what magic to use – a custom blend of support, love, enthusiasm, fun, acceptance, relaxation techniques, body movement, breathing exercises, intuition, encouraging me to quell my inner critic, a gentle push and before you know it I was up there singing Summertime. Funny thing was I actually enjoyed myself – for a couple of seconds at least – and I began to hear this voice that was buried for years that I didn’t even know I had. If the workshop ended there I would have felt like I had gotten my monies worth – but there was a lot more in store.
The Breakthrough Journey
The workshop was like an eight week rollercoaster – with all the thrills and spills. It actually wasn’t really about singing – rather singing is used as a tool for transformation. Breakthrough is about breaking through what’s holding you back in life, overcoming fear, releasing repressed emotions, accepting yourself, stepping into your power and opening to increased happiness and love.
If this is beginning to sound like most personal development workshops that go on in Marin every weekend – well it’s not. It’s a lot more fun and I believe that’s why it was more effective for me. You see most personal development work is about healing our inner child – a basic principal therefore is that our inner child is engaged in the transformational process otherwise deep transformation doesn’t occur. It was a big dah for me…I realized that all those sunny weekends I had sent inside at these workshops I wasn’t really engaged – my inner child was wistfully looking out the window thinking – it’s the weekend…schools supposed to be out..when does this boring lecture finish so I can get out and have some fun.
On reflection, I really believe that one of the reasons Breakthrough was so transformational is that it was soooo much fun – a lot of laughter, play, creativity and group activity – just like our inner children like it to be. Even the shyest, most repressed, fearful inner children can’t help but go along on the roller coaster ride.
The amazing thing about Singing
The next piece of the magic was the singing itself. Singing is literally like Drano Max for clogged emotions. As I got over my fear of singing- well not totally but at least I was doing it – a lot of repressed emotions came up. There was no forcing, no lectures, no formal processes to go through, no books to read – it all happened naturally and each of the nine of us went on our own journey of getting rid of our baggage.
You see in order to really sing – not just imitate – we need to connect with the song emotionally. So we need to dip into the depth of our emotional reservoir and stuff laying under the surface is stirred up – another way of putting it is that it really is our inner child that sings. So that which lay dormant for years has an opportunity to be expressed and released. Each of us went through pain, sadness, grief, anger and lo and behold came the passion, love and joy.
So after lightening our emotional baggage, quietening our inner critics and each finding a song that suited our voices we started preparing for the performance at the Last Day Saloon in San Francisco. We rehearsed our own numbers, group numbers, musical theatre and dance sets. We had so many – up to 30- helping us with music, costume, make-up, choreography, water bottles, massage, etc. – it felt like we were putting on a Broadway production. All the support people volunteered – they’ve gone through Breakthrough, know its power and want to help us newbie’s.
The day of the performance my panic started to rise. My inner child started doing a tantrum screaming – “you can’t make me do this!”. But then the band arrived and started to warm-up and the lights went on and the thrill was irresistible – of course I was going to get on stage and sing.
We did a couple of group numbers and each of the nine of us sang a song on our own – we also did dance sets fro each song. It was a blast. It actually felt like a school play for big people. Our families and friends were in the audience were giving us unconditional support, egging us on, smiling fondly when we made mistakes (like when my skirt fell down), crying when they were moved and giving the most heartfelt standing ovations I have ever experienced.
The applause was not just the numbers we performed – although I have to say that we were pretty darn good for a bunch of amateurs. The real gusto behind their applause was because our loved ones could see the personal breakthroughs each of the nine of us had made, could see our joy and could share in the celebration of our transformed selves.
Each of us felt like a rock star afterwards….so we just had to go out and party.
OK, the cat is out of the bag! *gulp!* What am I doing?? I’ve always been uncomfortable and embarrassed to sing in front of others. I’d run the other way when someone mentioned karaoke. Why?? Because I don’t think I can sing and I never know the words to the songs! But, I love music and I wish I could sing. I attended one of Mick and Tess’ workshops and realized how important it is to discover one’s singing voice and to embrace it because it is part of our soul. Our voice helps us to express ourselves, is healing and helps us to be more in tune with our authentic selves. I signed up for their 8 week Breakthrough course and it has been a fun, inspiring, uncomfortable, at times, and overall impactful learning experience. The culmination of this workshop is THIS once-in-a-lifetime concert! I am not one to seek being the center of attention (nor being publicly embarrassed) BUT I am trusting my coaches that I would benefit most by inviting friends and family to support me on this journey. Sooooo, if you’d like to cheer me on during this concert on Sunday, December 3, I would love to see you there! At the very least, I believe you will have a wonderful and joyful evening because this is an amazing group of positive and supportive people. You will be uplifted by everyone around you!
You know that feeling where fireworks could just shoot out every orifice of your body and shoot you straight to the moon? Cuz that’s what I’m feeling! ☄☄☄ I’m still in shock over how incredibly fun and exciting last night was. What an incredible journey this has been! Ann said it so well, “you want to live a life worth missing!” I will forever be grateful for allowing myself this moment with such sensational people and the raging support we received from family, friends, and strangers… I cannot thank you all enough for coming out. The stars of the show and my support team left to right Ann, Lali, Mike, Ali, and Lori… you inspired me with your love, encouragement, and even your heart wrenching stories. You’re all the most courageous people I’ve met. Thank you to Tess and Mick for holding this circle of comfort and trust. Thank you to every single person that came out to support us, to those that watched the Facebook live video and sent me pictures, and all those in spirit that shined with us. To my family and extended family who i am so hardcore proud to be apart of thank you for encouraging my unique spirit to thrive! We really couldn’t have done it without you.
*CALLING ALL awesome friends, family, and supporters of no limitations!
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My awesome new friends from Breakthrough Concert and party plus Lali Johnson, and I are obviously hoping to see you at our concert this coming Sunday June 11th (you can click here to purchase tickets still! http://buff.ly/2sLRZRU), but in the event that you can’t make it and just want to support an awesome event where people overcome there fears/anxiety/emotional traumas and some even finally start to pursue their dreams(!)… we give you the opportunity of donation! CLICK BELOW TO DONATE! All proceeds go to paying for the band and venue.
Some might be asking, “What is this all about?” Well that’s a great question. For me it was about overcoming a fear and checking off a bucket list “Must do”. After reading an article about the 37 things people regret on their deathbed, it pointed out performing for an audience was something a lot of people said they felt they missed out on and just like that, I was instantly stoked to be apart of this. It’s also about self care. Singing is a major therapy and can help with all kinds of things… that’s why most of us (I know I do) sing in the car, or in the shower. When we’re sad, when we’re happy, going through heartbreak or just a tough time, singing to the perfect song can make you feel ten times better. This takes it one step further by joining community with song and helping move some of those unhealthy blockages that we so easily ignore.
Even Time Magazine wrote an article on the health benefits of singing with others. Here’s a clip of that:
“When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise.
The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress. A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher who has focused on older singers, recently began a five year study to examine group singing as an affordable method to improve the health and well-being of older adults.”
Check out the full article here: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/
We’re so excited to be creating this fun filled night of musical delight for you all and can’t wait to cheer with you guys while we all work towards a better world. As Gandhi said, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” We hope to show you the change we want to see in the world through music.
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Scientists can point to a number of ways that make people healthier. For example, eating a proper diet and exercising are common recommendations to improve overall health. Living a stress-free lifestyle also improves health. One way to reduce stress that also is fun is singing.
According to Time Magazine, group singing has been proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins in the brain. Over time, singing changes the brain, making people more relaxed and healthy. It transforms people by giving them a new attitude.
Singing and Stress Relief
Singing can lower heart rates, decrease blood pressure and reduce stress, said Patricia Preston-Roberts, a board-certified music therapist in New York City. She uses song to help patients who suffer from a variety of psychological and physiological conditions. People who are traumatized want to leave the physical body, but music grounds them in the body. Singing can block the places where pain travels, giving no place for the emotional pain to settle inside the body.
During a song, vibrations go through the body and change the physical and emotional makeup. For those who have done it, group singing has proven exhilarating. When people sing, they take some intimate part of themselves and share it with a roomful of people.
Singing and Immune System
Studies also have linked singing to improvement in the immune system. The University of Frankfurt in Germany, found that choral members had higher levels of immunoglobulin A and cortisol, which provides improved immunity after they sang Mozart’s “Requiem” than before singing it. Just listening to the music did not have this effect. In another study, members of a choir said they had improved lung capacity; high energy; relieved asthma; better posture; and enhanced feelings of relaxation, mood and confidence.
To be effective in producing these health effects, people have to sing from their diaphragm, the large muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities, to push air out through the vocal cords. said Dr. Ben Kim. Singing in harmony also is more effective than singing alone. When people sing together, they fight loneliness, depression and anxiety. The harmony also causes different effects in the body.
Groups Use Singing
Singing and music therapy is being used to help fight Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Chreanne Montgomery-Smith of the Alzheimer’s Society founded Singing for the Brain, which uses song to help patients suffering from the diseases. The part of the brain that works with speech is different from the part that processes music, which is what allows people who can no longer converse to still enjoy music, said Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society and professor of age-related diseases at King’s College, London.
Breakthrough Performance Workshop uses singing to help people get past those fears that hold them back from reaching their true potential. Those who take the eight-week course follow a musical journey where they sing to eliminate their stress, anxiety, fears and negative energy. They heal, feel and become real.
Many people believe incorrectly that stage fright only afflicts performers. However, this is not true. Stage fright can hit you any time you need to be in front of an audience. For example, suppose you were asked to speak to a room full of conference attendees regarding something in your field. If this is your first time speaking to colleagues or an audience, you might be afraid to take the podium. Suppose you have just landed a presentation meeting for a potential client’s board of directors, and you have to show why the client should choose your product over your competitors. You might be getting sweaty palms just thinking about it. Maybe, you are asked to lead a hike for young campers, giving them the information they need about flora and fauna. You could be nervous before you hit the trail. These are all ways you can experience stage fright even though you aren’t a performer.
What Can You Do About Stage Fright?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, stage fright that leads to near panic by the person is known as social anxiety disorder or social phobia. Stage fright causes low self-esteem and breaks self-confidence in people. ADAA says you can employ a number of tricks to help you relax and get on that stage.
Singing and Stage Fright
At Breakthrough Performance Workshop, you learn a number of these techniques. When you take the eight-week course, you use singing to break through your fears that hold you back in life. Singing is a great release of anxiety because it calms you and sends endorphins into your system. At the end of the course, participants have to appear on stage to perform a song. Because many participants in the class have never performed on stage before this, you learn to do deep breathing relaxation, learn to be human and accept mistakes, learn to visualize success and a cheering audience, and learn to be confident. While you might be afraid to perform your song, you are confident in your expertise to do it, so you do. When you are on stage, you will not be afraid to be there or of the audience. You will be joyful and let your true spirit come through you. After the performance, you will have confidence in other performances of your life whether in a sales presentation, on a hike or in a industry conference.
Every year, people make resolutions for the new year. They almost always involve creating a new person. For example, people resolve to lose weight or stop smoking.
While these resolutions are good to do, they might not work. The problem with resolutions is that the attitude that holds those bad habits is never changed. If you smoke because you are full of anxiety, you aren’t likely to quit smoking unless you can figure out another way to rid your life of the anxiety. If you make a resolution to lose weight, you have to have the determination and attitude to do the work necessary to lose weight.
Often, many of these habits are tied to our internal fears. If you want to be successful with your new year’s resolutions, you have to give yourself an overhaul. You have to determine what is preventing you from quitting smoking, losing weight, being financially successful, etc., and work to change that attitude. You can read books on positive thinking. This will help you in the right direction, but it is only a start.
You also should take some personal development class, such as Breakthrough Performance Workshop. The program uses music as a guide toward your personal development goals. The course takes place over eight weeks. The leaders of the program, Mick and Tess Pulver, give you songs that will guide you to heal a part of your soul that you might not even know is hurting. Every week, your song moves you along the path to successful transformation. Although the change might be subtle, it still is there. At the end of the eight weeks, you perform on stage in front of an audience.
When you complete a personal development course, you will have changed your attitude and gotten past your fears. Then, you can make those resolution, but you are more likely to be successful in keeping them. Also, no one ever said, you have to make the resolution only on New Year’s Eve. You can make resolutions throughout the year to change who you are. As humans, we continue to evolve as we move through days, weeks and years. You never stop learning about yourself.
As you get more aware of your inner self, you have a deeper understanding of what needs to change in your life. You can take courses to change those attitudes and break the fears. You will be more open to new ideas and embrace opportunities that you might have ignored in the past.
Make 2017 be the year you create a new you and break through your fears!