Using Giving Voice in daily life

Some people have used Giving Voice in daily life

“GV helps me bounce away hurt and criticism, and put it in a different context.  It enables me to have confidence and strength in connection with heartfelt feeling to others and their soul being-ness” (2009)

“I use GV as a tool to stay connected.  If I stay connected, the real truth is revealed, and my true face is shown to the world” (2009)

“I am glowing, I feel beautiful, thank you so much … Initially I did not like the song – now it blows my socks off (telephone call from mental health course participant, having just been inspired to sing a particular song at home on her own – 6 months after course completion 2003)

Thank Heaven and you for helping me sing my way through and out the other side of this ghastly Christmas” (after Christmas break 2000)

“GV connects me to the creativity of my soul.  It connects my heart to others and promotes respectful actions towards them (2009)”

“GV can bring me to a place of peace and centring, from which I engage with life:  eg enabling me to have the security and generosity to allow another to be successful, without comparing myself unfavourably, knowing that in truth my own successes and value lies” (2009)

“I'm a single parent, which can be hard work and very isolating.  When I use GV I can connect with a sense of trust in my own capacities, i can let love in, I can 'own' that I have a significant contribution to make.  Through regular GV practice, I can sustain this and carry it into my daily interactions with my son.  Rather than responding with anger or inadequacy, I can support him to feel loved and secure - because I'm in touch with those things in me.  My relationship with song, through GV, definitely makes me a better mother” (2009)

GV helps me to realise how much ‘How I am’ affects my work, my neighbourhood, and the wider world.  It’s given me a tool to use to BE the CHANGE.  Once, it helped me deal with a noisy neighbour.  And he stopped being a problem!” (2009)

I was struggling and confused because of problems in my relationship with my partner, and anxiety about my family.  I returned from a GV residential and as I reconnected with my home, I found the desire – and capacity – to ‘turn my experience around’:  a new song poured out of me, which enable me to do that.  I was able to be much more accepting of my situation and to find love for myself, my partner and my children, and the song was a new resource that supported me and my family [for a long time afterwards] (2008)

“The process is so beautiful and powerful.  I love it.  I can still forget though, so it’s useful when I go to GV events to be reminded!” (2009)

“… [a particular song] has ripped me apart and re-formed me many times.  It gives tremendous voice to our most powerful human experiences … It helped me to bury a loved aunt after long, handicapping, and degrading illnesses …”
Some years later, this person was attacked in her own home by two youths with knives.  Because of her experience of using GV in many different situations, she was able to harness it to recover from the trauma.  “Thank God for Giving Voice”, she told me, “I don’t know what I’d have done without it”.                                 2008

“GV enables me

  • to strip away any self-delusion;
  • to access my true strength – wherein lies what I might otherwise call courage;
  • to know the true beauty of the Universe,
  • to play my part with good grace in honouring and fostering that beauty in my daily life, even when feelings of overwhelm or exhaustion or anger or frustration, or all the other things I can so easily feel, threaten to dominate;
  • to side-step my tendency towards a limited – and limiting – perspective, particularly when I encounter, or believe I encounter, difficulties, so that my actions, including those that impinge on others, have more likelihood of being respectful and peace-promoting.  (For example, once I had some neighbours who were very antagonistic towards me; it went on for years and I found it very distressing.  Eventually, I started to use GV to find another way.  It worked!  It was amazing!  What had been a large, open, running sore, became a manageable problem that, in time, resolved itself) ...
  • To become ever more steadfast, ever more integrated, and ever more able to function with integrity, particularly in challenging situations (when my integrity can so easily fly out the window).  Integrity to enable my thoughts and actions to be congruent with my beliefs, particularly that I am a peace-loving soul.  So, when I pick up the phone and feel wrong-footed, or go to a difficult meeting where I may feel vulnerable, unsupported, frustrated, exploited or undervalued, I can and do use GV, often with amazing results.

 

Why don’t I do it all the time?  I’m working on making sure I do, as it’s not just a powerful way of changing myself and the world, it enables me to access such joy, and a peace that passeth all understanding.  There lies the route to a world of peace, it seems to me.”

 

“How do I experience GV?

 

As a CATALYST/ENZYME,

CONNECTION WITH Source/Whole, What Is, Each Other

HOMECOMING

An AGENT that is both UNIFYING and CENTERING,

ENERGISING, RE-VITALISING and REGENERATING.

FLOWING of SOURCE ENERGY, REDUCING AND/OR

REPLACING PAIN or FEAR/ANXIETY.

It’s a JOY and INSPIRATION.

It DEVELOPS  C O M M U N I T Y and COMMUNICATION and

FOUNDATION … and MUSICAL AWARENESS

BOOSTING SELF-CONFIDENCE/ESTEEM

GV participant 2009

 

“After some years of doing GV, I’ve realised there’s a formula that represents what itfacilitates:  the capacity to be rooted, heartfelt, and willing – which all together lead to Joy in Action (what my teachers call ‘Joyful Responsibility’)

ROOTS + HEART + WILL   =  JOY + ACTION

It’s powerful!”

(same GV Participant 2009