Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. The One Note

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. The One Note

The One Note

We could call that from which everything arises the One Note at the center of everything. Some say this is the note we hear while being born, that we search for our whole lives. Perhaps babies crying at birth are trying to tell us the secrets of life in the only language they have. Perhaps this early cry becomes the song of the One Note that we spend our lives trying to rediscover.

The pianist Michael Jones reminds us that musicians and composers began with a need to find and play the One Note. Early on, composers used to go into nature and listen to farmers and peasants singing in the fields. They would then base their sonatas and symphonies on the common sounds they heard in how human beings worked in the earth.

In 1916, Anton Dvorak said that some fundamental aspect of music had died because, in the modern age, farmers had stopped singing and musicians had stopped listening. Dvorak and Michael Jones raise two questions that are crucial to how art has always served life. First, what is it about the cycle of experience – especially in modern life – that numbs us from singing while we work and from hearing each other? And even more important, what must we relearn in order to remember how to touch the Earth and sing, to remember how to listen to each other and turn that listening into music? Art has always helped us touch the Earth and sing. It has always helped us rediscover the One Note. Art, the great inner bridge that lets the song of inwardness sing us. In all its forms, art has always given us a way to recover from the numbness of experience.

–from Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred, Mark Nepo http://www.marknepo.com/

What is your “one note”? Let us know on the blog!

Coming up next: Transformational Voice® Music Class at Peace Valley School! http://peacevalleyschool.org/.

Laura helped me find my truer voice. After just one lesson, I already feel more resonance, and more ease and comfortability in singing. Thank you.

-Levi P

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Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Get Out of the Rut: Make a Play Date

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Get Out of the Rut: Make a Play Date

Get Out of the Rut: Make a Play Date

Everything felt old and stale. I wasn’t having enough fun.  I’m overdue for a vacation. I decided I needed a play date, what Julia Cameron http://juliacameronlive.com/ would call an artist’s date.

That Friday in March, I took the whole afternoon off and drove to Banks, Oregon. Banks is a small town, population 1780 something, within 30 miles of metropolitan Portland, and I’d never been there. I parked my car on Main Street and walked around for about an hour.

It must have worked, because this week is a big one for Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher! (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Sunday, I had my first in-home private voice class in Boring, Oregon, which isn’t boring at all!  The host home is in farm-land heaven, surrounded by blooming trees, flowing fields and horses. What a blast! We squeezed a lot into those two hours.

I loved the energy & professionalism, not intimidating at all. The class gave me awesome tips and ideas; I should have taken notes! I am interested in more classes and would definitely recommend it. -Jane R.

Yes, I do in-home voice classes! E-mail laurahanj@comcast.net for your complimentary 15-minute consultation if you’re interested in hosting one.

Tuesday, I was interviewed by Paula Vail, host of Why am I so Happy on BBS internet radio www.bbsradio.com/whyamisohappy and will be featured in her podcast later this month. Paula and I had so much fun together; she’s a great host and I fell a little in love with her that day, even though we’d only met through social media before.

Wednesday afternoon, one of my private vocal students had made so much progress in her first four lessons, we moved to more singing and she started to embrace again her lovely lyric soprano voice. She sounded fantastic! That evening, my colleague, Katie Ramseur https://innerpathwayhypnosis.com/  and I gave a SPEAK UP! Authentic Communication workshop for Portland’s Dress for Success chapter. We came away from this engaged and participatory audience with a new appreciation for Dress for Success, https://dressforsuccess.org/ and how this amazing non-profit organization is accomplishing their purpose, right here in Portland.

This class gave me many tools, and taught me about the different aspects of breath, onsets, resonance and pitch. I am interested in a more advanced, and longer, workshop. Thank you so much! -Melanii L.

Thank you so much for coming to speak at our meeting last night. The women really enjoyed your presentation – Kim and I have received nothing but rave reviews! If there is any chance you are able to come back and present again this month at another meeting, we’d love to have you. -Joanie S.

This Friday morning, Katie and I are heading to an alternative high school in St. Helens to present our first workshop for high school students there. We are committed to helping women and young people express their true, authentic voices in the world, with confidence and power. Yes! We are available for your school or organization! E-mail laurahanj@comcast.net for your complimentary 15-minute consultation.

Now, let’s get back to my play date. If it can help me this much, think how much you might benefit from the same!

Here are a few glimpses of what I found in Banks that charming Friday afternoon. Inspiration…

Take a hard look at your spontaneity. Can you open up to something new or do you rigidly hang on to your accustomed behavior?…The rigid never grow. They tend to do things the same way they’ve always done them. A colleague of mine who teaches graduate courses for teachers frequently asks the old-timers, who have spent thirty years or more in the classroom, “Have you really been teaching for thirty years or have you been teaching one year, thirty times?” And you, dear reader, have you really lived 10,000 or more days or have you lived one day, 10,000 or more times? A good question to ask yourself as you work toward more spontaneity in your life. –Dr. Wayne Dyer, Your Erroneous Zones

I first met Laura a few years ago at a speaking event, where she led one of the most fun and memorable workshops I have ever attended. More recently, I worked with her one-on-one to help me improve my vocal skills, both as a professional speaker as well as professional singer. She met me right at my level, and helped me tremendously. I am better on both fronts for working with her. I highly recommend Laura: Hire her for your next event, and she will WOW your attendees with her fun, interactive style, or work with her one-on-one to improve your own vocal skills! -Michelle M

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Love, Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Who is the Mighty Foe?

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. Who is the Mighty Foe?

Who is the Mighty Foe?

I’m going through the Transformational Voice® Apprenticeship program a second time this year as Assistant Teacher, although in all honesty, I’m learning more than I’m teaching.

In last Wednesday evening’s seminar my teacher, Linda Brice, said that fear is the “mighty foe” of any vocalist. When you experience fear (also known as stage fright or performance anxiety), your body fills with tension, the abdominal muscles clench, and – of course – that impacts your voice. The authentic voice can’t ring out clear and true in a tight and clenched body.

More often than not, that fear is in our own heads. It’s not like somebody is holding a gun to our temple and saying if we don’t sing perfectly we’ll be killed. We make it up ourselves, we expect perfection of ourselves, so that foe is faux.

That was to be the crux of this message until…

Oh, friends, where to begin?…I don’t really know fear.

Okay, let’s begin with Sister Zeph. https://www.facebook.com/donate/319227991932881/ Last Saturday, I hosted an Empowerment/Self Defense class presented by my friend and colleague, Michele Moore Maupin http://www.empoweredfsd.com/.

Michele’s Story: A young woman called me wanting private self-defense lessons in 2015, because she was heading to Pakistan to teach an art class to a group of women. 1.5 years later, one of the girls headed to school was murdered, because she walked to school alone and was hassled by a man, and her brother, out of “honor,” had to kill her.  They asked if I would be willing to help the girls with self-defense.  Yes indeed.  I created a YouTube video and live training for these women.  In the past year that we have been doing these classes, we have trained on street safety, assertiveness, and domestic violence (rampant there).  Two girls in the past few months have attributed this training directly to their survival – both of them were kidnapped with the apparent intent to rape (and possibly kill) them. BOTH girls fought back and got away.  

Sister Zeph is a Christian woman in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, trying to make a difference by educating women.  She has been attacked, shot at, cyber-bullied and more, but she does not stop.  She is determined to fight for change for the women there, through education.  She has recently opened a second school for the poor children in her region.  I deeply admire her – and donations that come through these empowerment/self-defense classes will go directly toward security for her schools.  

Friends, this girl heading to school was just trying to get to school. Girls aren’t allowed an education, so that by itself makes her a target. And, she was walking alone – you simply don’t do that in Pakistan, as a woman, because it means you are inviting sex.  When a man approached her, harassed her, and it was reported to her brother, it was his “duty of honor” to beat his sister to death. So, he did.

After Michele’s workshop, I turned on my computer and found a message from my dear friend, Nasreen Sheik. This video link was in it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uqrCX97MhnK0D4KOGR_UTvgmyU2tg2bS/view.

Watching the video will take six minutes. This is Nasreen’s sister. Do you see how thin many of the people are in this video? Perhaps they don’t have enough to eat.

Not long ago, I saw a pretty awful sci-fi movie, in which the question was asked, “How is it that you have a simultaneous epidemic of both obesity and starvation on your planet?” The movie was bad, but the question is good. How is that even possible?

These women are raising their voices in a big way, in Pakistan and Nepal. Will you join me in sending a generous donation?

That’s one way we can raise our voices.

That all felt so serious. Which, of course, it is. So, let me tell you about something fun! I’ve teamed up with Katie Ramseur, Licensed Hypnotist, to help you – your employees, students, organization – combat performance anxiety! We’re working with alternative high schools and organizations like Dress For Success, for starters. This is one of the most exciting and impactful things I’ve ever been involved in. Join me LIVE on Facebook Friday 4/20 at 2:30 pm PST to get a few of the juicy details!

Laura Handke’s Transformational Voice® therapy lessons are wonderful! She is a treasure trove of valuable information about voice, speaking, singing and acting. Laura guides you in understanding how your own voice “works” and provides easy practices to do between appointments. I want to thank Laura for being a very warm, encouraging, supportive vocal coach. I warmly recommend her.

-Paivi PV

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. I Dreamed of Nick and Sharon on Y&R, but I was Cast as a Cervidae

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. I Dreamed of Nick and Sharon on Y&R, but I was Cast as a Cervidae

I Dreamed of Nick and Sharon on Y&R, but I was Cast as a Cervidae

Let me answer the obvious question first, in case you might have it. What is a Cervidae? It’s the family of deer – does, stags or bucks, and baby fawns. Apparently, there are about 60 breeds of deer.

Now let me answer the second question, in case you might have it. Who are Nick and Sharon, and what the heck is Y&R?

My friends, The Young and the Restless on CBS: https://www.cbs.com/shows/the_young_and_the_restless/

Before you deign to joke about your favorite voice teacher watching a soap opera (Gasp! It can’t be true!) know I honestly watch very little television, while I do adore movies. The only sitcom I’ve laughed at since Seinfeld is Life in Pieces https://www.cbs.com/shows/life-in-pieces/, ironically also on CBS…and a former Y&R actor, Hunter King, is now on Life in Pieces… but I digress…

I simply am not a big TV watcher, yet I’ve been following the goings-on in the fictional city of Genoa City, Wisconsin, at least once a week, since I was 15 years old. I don’t even want to do the math or pull out the calculator. I’ve watched Y&R for a very, very long time. Many of the same actors, from when I started watching, are playing the same characters now. The show is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year! How many TV shows last that long? Without Googling, can you name even one?  So, instead of making fun of daytime drama, I choose to celebrate Y&R’s anniversary.

Now, onto my dream.

I was sitting in a theatre, while a new play was starting. Sharon Case (who plays Sharon on Y&R) and Joshua Morrow (who plays Nick on Y&R) were doing a scene on a rough-hewn wooden bench on the stage. I didn’t yet know if I was cast in the play or not. Sharon wiggled her finger to me in a come-hither way, inviting me on stage. I felt grateful to have been invited. I climbed up the stairs, walked on-stage, and asked about my lines.

It turns out I didn’t have any. I was to be cast as a deer, in a deer costume.

I thought to myself, “I should probably take this job; it might be the best offer I’ll ever get,” even though my heart felt heavy and sad at the idea. I heard my first acting teacher, Jo’s, voice in my head. She said, “It hurts to experience yourself as less than you are, doesn’t it?” I climbed up on stage and realized a teenage boy would be much better in the role of deer, with the costume, than I would be.

Then I woke up.

A deer’s senses are very acute. Its vision is designed for clarity at a distance. It is especially effective at detecting contrasts and edges in dim light. Its hearing is equally acute. Anyone who has deer as a totem will find increasing ability to detect subtle movements and appearances. They will begin to hear what may not be said directly.

When deer show up in your life it is time to be gentle with yourself and others. A new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened or born. There is going to be a gentle, enticing lure of new adventures. Ask yourself important questions. Are you trying to force things? Are others? Are you being too critical and uncaring of yourself? When deer show up there is an opportunity to express gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you. Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, Ted Andrews

I absolutely love being a voice teacher and singer! I’m also an actor, when the right opportunity presents itself. Friends, I would not – repeat, not – turn down an opportunity for a six-week stint on Y&R. I’m ready to get down and dirty with a small role entangled between the Newman’s and the Abbot’s. Bring it on, CBS!

Laura Handke’s Transformational Voice® therapy lessons are wonderful! She is a treasure trove of valuable information about voice, speaking, singing and acting. Laura guides you in understanding how your own voice “works” and provides easy practices to do between appointments. I want to thank Laura for being a very warm, encouraging, supportive vocal coach. I warmly recommend her.

-Paivi PV

Laura helped me find my truer voice. After just one lesson, I already feel more resonance, and more ease and comfortability in singing. Thank you.

-Levi P

I first met Laura a few years ago at a speaking event, where she lead one of the most fun and memorable workshops I have ever attended. More recently, I worked with her one-on-one to help me improve my vocal skills, both as a professional speaker as well as professional singer. She met me right at my level, and helped me tremendously. I am better on both fronts for working with her.

I highly recommend Laura: Hire her for your next event, and she will WOW your attendees with her fun, interactive style, or work with her one-on-one to improve your own vocal skills!

-Michelle M

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

If you’re ready to bring your inner voice into the outer world, text or call 503.409.0421! I have four spaces open for private voice students – in person or on-line.

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.),

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. What’s the Problem with Most People’s Voices?

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. What’s the Problem with Most People’s Voices?

What’s the Problem with Most People’s Voices? 

What’s the problem with most people’s voices? Absolutely nothing, other than a few bad habits to unlearn. Everyone has a beautiful voice within, just waiting to come out.

Yet people say things like: “I couldn’t carry a tune if it was packed in my luggage.” Or, “People can’t hear me. Even my husband is constantly asking me to speak up. I don’t think I speak softly – I don’t get what’s going on!” They get hoarse while talking on the phone with clients, even after just a few minutes, or panic when they need to speak in public.

Is that you? I hear these complaints from students all the time. And none of it is necessary!

All it takes is learning how to speak on the breath, with resonance, in your most natural pitch, the place where your authentic voice most wants to land, to express itself, to reach people. It’s so simple. Not necessarily easy, yet simple all the same.

Exciting things are coming up to explore these details of the authentic voice in more detail! On TV Toastmasters Sunday, I’ll be interviewing Lenny Gotter, who is uncovering his big, tenor, operatic voice. I’m in the process of developing a workshop with a colleague (hush, hush for now; you, my readers will be the first to hear) to bring to school systems.

In the meantime, you can listen to this audio blog from the wonderful Billy Atwell on his FEAR NOT podcast, and make comments: https://www.livingbeyondyourfears.com/laura-handke-teaches-us-connection-fear-breath/. And, please join me LIVE on FACEBOOK Friday March 23, 2:30 pm PST.

I sound confident! I didn’t realize how much I needed you. -Dona C

Laura Handke’s Transformational Voice® therapy lessons are wonderful! She is a treasure trove of valuable information about voice, speaking, singing and acting. Laura guides you in understanding how your own voice “works” and provides easy practices to do between appointments. I want to thank Laura for being a very warm, encouraging, supportive vocal coach. I warmly recommend her.

-Paivi PV

Laura helped me find my truer voice. After just one lesson, I already feel more resonance, and more ease and comfortability in singing. Thank you.

-Levi P

I first met Laura a few years ago at a speaking event, where she lead one of the most fun and memorable workshops I have ever attended. More recently, I worked with her one-on-one to help me improve my vocal skills, both as a professional speaker as well as professional singer. She met me right at my level, and helped me tremendously. I am better on both fronts for working with her.

I highly recommend Laura: Hire her for your next event, and she will WOW your attendees with her fun, interactive style, or work with her one-on-one to improve your own vocal skills!

-Michelle M

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

If you’re ready to bring your inner voice into the outer world, text or call 503.409.0421! I have five spaces open for private voice students – in person or online.

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice),

Laura

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. On Grief

Simply Authentic…Your Soul Voice is Calling. On Grief

On Grief

You may remember I have a part-time job on Thursdays at a chiropractic clinic. On those Thursdays, I’ve gotten to know some amazing people. One man, whom I will refer to as “T”, often came in with his young daughter. The girl’s mother came in for adjustments from time to time as well.

Late December, I read a post from a friend on Facebook that the girl and her mother died in a car accident on Christmas Day. They were heading to the Mount Hood area on snowy Highway 26, and the car lost traction, heading into oncoming traffic.

I barely knew any of them, yet my heart sunk down in my chest all the same. T had always struck me as someone I wanted to get to know better. I felt this strange kinship with him, in ways I can’t explain.

I contacted Doc at the clinic, asking if she had heard about this. She had, and said she felt so bad for T, yet didn’t know how to reach out to him – what to say, or do.

I didn’t either, but I reached out to someone who did, my dear friend and colleague Natalia Volz. Natalia lost her husband to pancreatic cancer several years ago and is now a grief guide. http://www.passingthroughgrief.com/.

Natalia said: Sometimes there are no perfect words, no words that will take away the pain. Sometimes the best thing to do is acknowledge the loss. You can say something like, “I heard of your tragic loss. I don’t know what to say, but I want you to know I care.” Then be okay with any awkward silence which may follow. Give him time. And listen if he talks. The most important thing is to see him. Don’t avoid him. I hope this helps.

It did help. We sent a card from the clinic saying almost exactly that.

I don’t know why, but I kept thinking of T, especially while showering in the morning. I kept sending him loving thoughts, over and over, letting him know I was praying for him and sending loving light his way.

The following Saturday morning, my fiancé and I went out for breakfast at Biscuits Cafe. I saw a man at a nearby table that I was almost sure was T. I only saw his profile at first, so couldn’t be sure. He was with what appeared to me to be a supportive group of men, talking and often laughing. At times, the man joined in the laughter. At times, his head lowered, and he appeared to check out and go inside himself.

At one point, his head turned towards our table, and we made eye contact. He recognized me. I quietly whispered to George, “It is him; he recognized me.” T and I stood up at exactly the same time and met between our tables. He asked how he knew me, and I said it was from the chiro clinic. My arms flew out without thought, and he hugged me back. I started to cry, a little. T didn’t. I said, “You have been in my thoughts and prayers.” We pulled apart and held hands. He said, “Thank you.”

We went back to our respective tables, and I haven’t seen T since.

Yet, as George suggested, the energy of love brought T and I together at that particular time, in that particular restaurant. I have no question.

Our thoughts, love, energy and voices are so very powerful. Even while just saying, “You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers” to someone you barely know yet feel love and compassion for all the same.

This is how the world spins around even better.

I hope these tips help you the next time you encounter someone dealing with grief. And if you are in grief, please contact Natalia.

Please spread the love and pass this post along to a friend!

If you’re ready to bring your inner voice into the outer world, text or call 503.409.0421 to claim one of five spaces open for private voice students – in person or on-line.

I sound confident! I didn’t realize how much I needed you. -Dona C

Laura helped me find my truer voice. After just one lesson, I already feel more resonance, and more ease and comfortability in singing. Thank you. -Levi P

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice),

,

Laura