Music for Openings Sparks Writing – NaBloPoMo Day 4

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 22, 2009

Earlier this week, I was on an empowering teleclass, “Catch the Breeze – Radical Weight Loss from the Inside out” led by Marcia Breitenbach, The Songletter Lady and Transformation Specialist. The call was about “energy” and “releasing” and during it she spoke of music as access to unlocking areas of our brain, opening up energy blocks . She spoke of how music is being used with people afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease and others with Alzheimers.

I immediately started feeling sad and teary. Then I got absorbed in other segments of the call and was able to let those feelings go. The next day I was once again filled with guilt, sadness and remorse, for I had been aware of the impact of music and in the day-to-day living, where music was not an integral part Sam’s and my life, I had forgotten about it.

What made it “worse” as I remembered, was that a friend had composed an upbeat song which she sang as she played her ukulele.  She gave us a copy of her rough recording. We both enjoyed it, especially Sam, and then as time went on I forgot about it and the power of the music.  Because of the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Sam was not likely to remember, himself, to generate such conversations and reminders.

Once again, I am faced with “There are no do-overs”.  As I write the “story” of it, I am able to do more releasing. At the same time I am healing and reminding myself of the “good” things I did as a caregiver, the walks we had, the things we enjoyed. I can also remind myself that sharing like this can empower others and I know that Sam, also, would have appreciated that.  People mattered greatly to him also.

During the same teleclass, Marcia suggested we take on being with our challenges as “allies”, rather than enemies. Thus, “Sadness is my ally.” “Grief is my ally.”  “Tears are my ally.”  They are some of the components of my life, my “friends” who encourage me to write and put myself out to share and make a difference with others.

To learn more about Marcia’s work, I invite you to visit her site,  The Magnificent You. You can get the words for and listen to the Magnificent You song at Songletter. This page also includes explanations on “Music Creating New Software in the Brain” and more.

Note: For those interested in doing more exploration in writing for yourself, my friend and mentor Julie Jordan Scott is Introducing the Summer Writing Intensive Creativity Camp (at Home or wherever  you happen to be) See  Summer Writing Camp for details.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Jacobson July 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm

As I struggled with getting paying gigs today, my ally became “for a dancer” by Jackson Browne.

One verse in particular stood out:
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
And just as easily it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Dont let the uncertainty turn you around
(the world keeps turning around and around)
Go on and make a joyful sound

Inspires me to keep on writing… tear drops from heaven.

You tube capture of tribute to Nicolette Larson:


Sheila Finkelstein July 23, 2009 at 2:31 am

Thanks, Bill. Great and moving share.


Marcia Breitenbach July 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Hi Sheila and Bill,
I appreciate what you both had to say. I certainly hope, Sheila, you will be gentle with yourself as you allow the tears to flow. We all are on that journey of self-acceptance and knowing that each moment, we really are doing the best we can. It’s part of the awesome process of being a learning, growing, human being. And choosing, even when it’s difficult, like Bill was talking about in his post and the music lyrics, “Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around.” We all must continue to move forward, step by step, keeping our hearts open and listening for that inner voice of guidance. This is a very magical and challenging time we are in, and I know that there is a lot of support for our personal evolution in the spiritual realm. Breathing in, and breathing out, with faith and persistence,
Marcia B.


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