In my singing, I create an interchange between the silent forces of nature and the intentions of my ancestors.
I don't sing for performance or for aesthetic purposes: my functional singing seeks to bring people into alignment with their own true natures.
Slowing down to human speed, singing can help us remember who we are, and what we need to do to bring ourselves back into alignment with our souls.
Soothing and comforting, singing is magic that connects the material with the spiritual.
My singing is not therapy; it can supplement therapy.
Who might benefit?
Women who have depression, or overwhelm.
Menstrual issues. Women's bleeding issues.
Feeling like you don't remember who you are.
And many other issues.
My office is at 3539 Thaxton, in Fringecrest, next to The Source on Carlisle, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Some of my experience:
Born in Ohio in 1951; resident of New Mexico since 1957. Lithuanian and Northern European ancestry.
Toning and music therapy under Susan Elizabeth Hale, 1990s
Certificate in Bedside Singing Training from Marti Mariette, Threshold Choir, 2012 and 2013
Singing Director of Women's Spiritual Group under the leadership of Pamela Beveridge, 2005
Co-founder and leader of WomenSpirit!, a group for women exploring aspects of women's spirituality, 2006-7
Founder of ABQ Threshold Choir 2008
Bedside singing in ABQ and Palo Alto, CA 2009-2012
Master's Degree in Women's Spirituality, Institute Of Transpersonal Psychology, CA, 2012
Women's Moon flow is sacred. We can regreen Earth by planting drops of our Moon flow blood. This planting will lead to healing, through reconnecting us back to Earth. And some of our drops will grow into new versions of ancient wisdom.
Our Lady of the Red Skirt
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, years ago, in Mexico, during the time of transition from native rule to Spanish rule. She appeared as a sign of hope and help, a miracle beacon of the possibility of combining what had been into what was becoming.
Our Lady of the Red Skirt appears now to help us make the transition from a time of despising women's Moon blood to a time of honoring this mystery of life.
I had this dream on August 30, 2017: "I see many people worshiping the spirits of the land, in joy and also in consolation for the pain…A man picks up a large four-foot-tall doll, an icon of the worshipers, and places her on the offended places, spreading out her skirt to cover the rough places, sitting on Mama's wounded places."
Men carry Our Lady in procession as a public celebration of the gift offered privately.
In this celebration, we honor women's bleeding and the drops of blood planted: we reclaim the sacredness of the blood.
Women honor their blood in an evolving process of learning what it means to be human, and relearn the technology of working with the blood and the womb to gain access to the womb's infinite wisdom.
Supported by the whole community, women can go deeper into the mystery of the womb to retrieve answers to the questions of survival.
In public ritual
sing Our Lady of the Red Skirt
Grow Spirit magic !
From a cassette recorded by Brooke Medicine Eagle:
A woman's Moon time cycle shows her the patterns of creation, the mysterious renewal of life. Whether the bringing forth of a child, a healing way, or a song, each Moon is a gift of vision.
"I give away this blood of Life
to all my relations,
and I open my womb to the Light .
Give away, give away, give away, give away,
I open my womb to the Light."
Her bleeding puts a woman in touch with all the other spiritual parts of her life.
Invitation to Singing for Earth
In December of 2012, I had the wonderful opportunity to experience simultaneous singing.
On Dec. 21, Winter Solstice, at 3:00pm NM time, 15 million people all around the world all singing the same song at the same time. The result was stunning: when I started singing, I felt a wave of 'silent' (to the exterior ear) sound flow over and through me. My heart opened and healed in ways I can't describe!
So I organize a simultaneous singing, a blessing for Mother Earth. On the mornings of the Full Moon and Dark of the Moon, we sing at 8:00am for 3 minutes, wherever we happen to be (in bed, in the shower, outside howling…)
Singing engages the whole brain and the whole body (just as an orgasm does); when we sing together we are no longer alone or powerless. Simultaneous singing creates a network telling Mama Earth we witness her, and we love her! This connects us in ways we are still discovering.
All together we are far stronger than apart. On these Moon cycle mornings, please sing with us, right at 8:00am NM time.
We sing wherever we are. I sing outside in my Dawn prayer circle. We sing for only 3 minutes- we are all so busy! You are welcome to sing for a longer time; some women have told me they felt inspired to sing for 20 minutes.
The magic happens when we are all singing the same song at the same time. When we are all singing together, the energy of our singing connects us. I suspect we feel the same connection when we sing in each others presence; the awareness of this connection is increased when we are apart.
We sing "Grace in the Wind" by Harmony Grisman. She has given us permission to use this song as a prayer.
I discovered I can only feel the effects when I myself am singing out loud, not just in my head. This has been a forgotten form of communication but we are relearning how to do it.
I sing for the dying. I create sacred space for each place according to the situation. Each singing is unique to the time and place, unique to the people involved.
I sing mostly wordlessly, songs without tunes, in the way my ancestors must have sung. In the space my voice creates, I am aware, I notice, I follow. My singing seeks to open the doors to the sacred, in whatever beliefs a person may have.
I work with clients, not on clients.
On Full Moon and Dark of the Moon, we sing "Grace in the Wind" for three minutes at 8:00am NM time. (Harmony Grisman has given us permission to use her song as a prayer. Send me an email to request the written music: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I like to prep myself in advance: I set my alarm clock so I am on time. I set my intentions to bless Mama Earth, I make an offering, and I remember to praise the beauty all around me. As the coordinator, I start singing five minutes in advance, and I sing for about five minutes after the three, to connect with anyone who might be singing. (We all run a little late sometimes!)
Praise opens my heart and my mind to the enormity of the graciousness of Life.
Offerings create a relationship, a gifting.
Our songline has been laid down already. There are some who have crossed over who still sing with us.
Since we connect with one another through Earth, I like to sit on my bare sitbones, a practice that comes from planting drops of Moon flow blood.
I send out reminders before each Full Moon and Dark of the Moon, usually 2 days in advance. (I get my dates from the We'Moon calendar.)