Monday, April 30, 2012

No. 185: What is Opera Organically? It is Astounding...

It is astounding to me, the number of people I encounter who adamantly say "I have no voice" before I even get to know their names!  What is it about our culture which so vehemently separates those who "have" and those who "have not"?  And HOW DARE we speak in such heartless terms of ourselves and others?  Are we truly so ignorant of (or blind to?) the substance of Voice, which resides in Each of Us, that we, even while beholding It before Us and/or within Us, claim It is not there...???

The mischievous Diva Warrior in me, the Ambassador of Opera Organically, wants to whisper to the recesses of each of these Hearts, deemed "voiceless":

"Listen, listen: and you will know you have all the Voice you could ever need."

THIS is Opera Organically.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

No. 184: What is Opera Organically? A Paradigm Shift

When we move from having Voice
to being Voice,
something happens: a seismic internal shift
cracks us open with such violent joy, such bright assurance,
that It cannot be ignored.

THIS is Opera Organically.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No. 183 What is Opera Organically? A Resting Place

For the Diva Warriors, 
for the ones who know
that singing is much more than singing,
who know that they are being sung,
Opera Organically is a resting place.

For we see with the eyes of our Eternal Hearts
that Voice is a way of Being, not just of Doing,
which has the power to awaken all aspects
of human emotion and experience on this Earth.

We become the fertile ground
which produces blossoms as well as brambles.
We become the messiness and the decay:
We become the Death
as well as the Birth, the blooming,
of Life.

Walking through the world 
with this pulsing aliveness
can be exhausting.  Our Bodies, our minds, our spirits,
these Vessels which hold so much Voice
become tired.

Opera Organically
is a community which knows and understands,
offering Voices clear and all-encompassing, 
to make space 
for All that is Who We Are.

In this resting place of fellowship
we surrender:
We sit still, we let Love bathe us
with the knowledge that Life and Death
Light and Darkness
chiaro and oscuro
extend out from our songs
to paint the world with exquisite color
 the more we allow,
the more vibrant our lives, 
the more true our Voices.

What is this, this being in Love?  What is it to sing in Love? 

It is a resting place, of the deepest kind
where to meet others in freedom and in music
is to know more of Who We Are.  

THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

No. 182: What is Opera Organically? What we want...

If there is one constant thread which weaves through my long journey to finding Voice, it is the desire to express all, not just some, of the deep feelings which course through my physical body when I listen to and sing the music I love.  As a child I believe I did this; I was free in my laughter and in my singing.  It was a freedom of innocence, or perhaps of ignorance.  I am sure I sang some "wrong" notes.  I am certain my diction was not "correct".  I know that I was singing in a way in which others could find "fault".  The little Becky (who is still in me--though I did have to find her!) did not care.

Opera Organically is a way for me to express and explain the myriad of ways in which Love and Life worked to iron out the experiences I had, post-this innocent freedom of childhood, which carried Voice away from my body and robbed me of the authentic communication through Voice which I so long craved.  It is a celebration of the Force which reigns as the Essence of us all which can resurrect the deepest parts of who we are made to be.  It is a testimony to all the beautiful people who, in knowing their own inner fire and letting it burn brightly, saw mine and blew on its embers with the breath of truth, courage, and belief until I could believe in it myself.

On this Palm Sunday, I lovingly and devotedly re-commit my Life and my Voice to that which is Ever-Alive.  This post is a call to remember and to testify to all the ways in which we all have been reborn, resurrected, re-invented in the Truth of Love.  It is a sing out that ALL are safe and cherished and honored when such a testimonial is proclaimed imminent and, daringly, necessary.  It is a call to recognize that which we have always been, and always will be.