The Shamanic Soul Song
How do we sing our soul song? The soul song has unnecessarily been shrouded in secrecy and lore. However, this has historically been one of shamanism's many unnecessary 'withholds', for it belongs to everyone. When we learn to unleash our soul song, many layers of gifts come as a consequence.
Though unfortunately intentionally shrouded as esoteric, the soul song is simply the essence of oneself brought into the world. By reaching into the core of one's being and giving permission for on's true self to spring forward into the world, a tremendous burst of healing and empowerment is catalyzed. The true self is often withheld and kept hidden from the world through the blatant or hidden power of social mores, as well as local and regional culture. Family, community and the larger cultural group with which one attempts to live, regularly surpress the full voice of its members. Singing one's soul song allows this voice to be heard, not so much by the community, as by oneself! On hearing our full and deepest voice, we are encouraged and emboldened to let ourselves be more of our truer self as we continue to find our way forward in the world.
In the following, one student talks about his song, and how it burst forth:
Student: In singing my soul song, I have done this before not knowing this was an intentional practice. I have in the past while being in SSC (shamanic state of consciousness) had this well up inside of me to the point I had to let it out. It usually begins with dance which also wells up inside me and begs to be let out. I have been paying particularly close attention to this, and how beautiful it is!
My song typically lasts only a couple of minutes, but these are a very powerful couple of minutes. Within seconds of beginning I sense the spirits flock in to listen. I truly believe they like it. They form a perfect circle around me and they become very relaxed and are filled with comfort. From every degree on the compass they send their comfort to me in a circular, fluid pattern and I am washed in the purity of spirit, and this is nothing short of orgasm. And I am left feeling very much one with them.
Steve: What a wonderful description of the entire process! Yes, when the soul song wells up like that it is simply the dance of our true self, for this self loves to live and express itself. Like a butterfly, cared for yet locked within your cupped hands: upon opening your hands, the wings flutter and it dances into the air. This is how your soul longs to live!
And the spirits are now gathering because they wonder: “who is this human who is able to do this thing?” They are gathering because they are interested in you. They see you as promising. This is the consequence of all the work you have been doing up to this point.
Keep your humble ritual in cleansing. If you forget it one day or a few, no matter. Simply return, and treat it as if it were the first time. Excellent work!
. . . . .
The soul song is our True Self, bursting forth. Our True Self longs to express itself in the world. Don't you wish you could be yourself fully, and not have to disguise yourself in order to get along in the world? Of course. Every soul yearns for this.
This is why learning to let ourself sing our soul song is so freeing, and so heartening. Remember, shamanism is all about reconnecting with the whole. In this case, it is the whole of one's true self, and letting this reconnect with the world!