A Key to Spiritual Strength

A very profound truth emerged from my wellness breathing and toning session with Dean Frenkel recently.

We were discussing the signature voice, the “sweet spot” and its relationship to the ability to hold one long continuous note for an extended time. Dean held the record in the Guinness World Records from 2005 to 2009 for the person holding the longest continuous note.

My experience of this “sweet spot”, is the magic of the sensation of instant recognition.

In the split second the sound begins to emerge, from you, you feel its resonance and know you are on a winner. The effort initially is minimal, as you allow breath and tone to flow as one from you.

Oneness in sound and physicality is awesome to experience.

Strength rather than tension

So there we were, engaged in merry banter, and out of Dean’s mouth, in a profound sequence of vowels and consonants emerged

“ It’s a matter of relying on strength rather than tension.”

 Oh ain’t that a game changer!

Where have you been using tension as a way to ensure you achieve? When all the while, avoiding building strength.

As you build vocal strength, the body is able to resonate at a specific tone for an extended period. A vastly difference experience from trying to “hold” one continuous note for 60 seconds.

Some progress is made through tension. And there is tension in learning. You try different things, sometimes “working hard at it”. You play with putting your body into postures and “making it happen” through effort. And these are places that you visit along the way in building strength. But they are places you visit, not the destination.

Mastery is not in the tension, it is in the strength.

Mastery is not in the tension, it is in the strength.

 Mastery is the room you create within where you have the confidence to rely on the strength you have built. You do not just get that. You can’t go and purchase it and install it in your body and your being.

You actually have to experience and explore and expand and acknowledge and grow that strength.

And so for me, the parallel that jumped out from our conversation, was its relevance in our spiritual development. How applicable it is to the development of our intuition, our connection with the greater aspects of ourselves and allowing ourselves to resonate as a true reflection of our gifts, purpose and passions, what I call our SoulSignature.

Spiritual strength is cultivated through nourishing, nurturing, experiencing and most importantly living. Living as your SoulSignature. Discovering ever more amazing aspects of you. To answer the calling to be in resonance, and expand your pathways of experience as your build your Spiritual Strength. Strength is built by experience and choice.

The key delivered by Dean was the ability to rely on the strength we have built up, and release the tension we create.

The more time we spend in conscious connection with our greater selves, being true to our SoulSignature, dancing to our own tune, harmonizing with our own sound, the more strength we build.

That simples.

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Dean Frenkel
Teacher of Public Speaking and Communications at Victoria University, Melbourne Australia.
Speech Analyst for ABC Radio Adelaide 2012-2014.
Freelance Journalist, Wellness Breathing Instructor, Speech Coach, Recording Artist, Performer, University Lecturer, Presenter, Harmonic Singer, Singing Teacher, Educator, Writer.