Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Acknowledging the Divine Power Behind Everything

Acknowledge that it is the grace and power of God behind everything you do that makes it prosper. When you do so, you will always know the source behind every good that comes your way. The moment you think otherwise, you have stepped out of alignment with truth. That is when setbacks would occur as spirit reflects your state of untruth.Being aware of the divine would keep you in a state of meekness and true humility. That’s when you can connect to all things with acceptance and non-judgment.

The underlying reality is that we are all one, and there is only one power. When we fail to acknowledge the one power, we are thinking in terms of separate powers. That cannot be as separation does not exist. When we see the one power behind everything, we see ourselves as not greater or lesser than others, but all are equal. This is meekness. The one power exist at the highest position and also lives with the lowliest of the creatures. When we’re truly one with the power, we have a state of lowliness.

The horse-shoe or rabbit’s foot contains no power, but man’s spoken word and belief that it will bring him good luck creates expectancy in the subconscious mind, and attracts a lucky situation. However this will not work when man has advanced spiritually and knows a higher law. The rules change. One can no longer function with the lower things of the lower level and must put away all graven images. The attainment of a higher level of consciousness would conflict with the lower level of consciousness.

Two men had great success in business for several months but then suddenly everything fell apart. In the analysis of the situation, it was discovered that although they originally made affirmations and looked to God for success and prosperity, they had each bought a lucky monkey. They had turned their trust from God to lucky monkeys.They decided to discard the lucky monkeys and all went well again. Lucky charms will not work for those who have higher consciousness. They should depend upon God.

This does not mean, however, that you should throw away every lucky ornament or horse-shoe that is found in your house, but you must recognize that the power back of it is the one and only power, God, and that the object simply gives you a feeling of expectancy. When you do so, you acknowledge that there is only one power instead of two separate powers. The same goes when you think about your own power and forget about God’s power. Knowing the one power back of all power aligns you with truth.

There was a woman who was in deep despair. One day while crossing the street, she picked up a horseshoe. Immediately, she was filled with joy and hope. She said God had sent her the horseshoe in order to keep up her courage. It was indeed, at that moment, about the only thing that could have registered in her consciousness. Her hope became faith, and she ultimately achieved a wonderful manifestation. The men were depending on the monkeys alone but she recognized the power behind the horseshoe.

A young boy was told to speak the word for his coming examinations at school. He made the statement “I am one with infinite intelligence. I know everything I should know on this subject.” He had an excellent knowledge of history, but was not sure of his arithmeticHe spoke the word for his arithmetic and passed with the highest honors, but thought he could depend on himself for history and got a very poor mark. This shows that it is better to have confidence in God than in men, including yourself.

Man often receives a set-back when he is “too sure of himself,” which means he has become trusting in himself as a separate power instead of the one power of all. It is an irony that whenever you think you got it made, you lose it. Just when you thought you had come to gripes with success, it slips away. This shows that you should stop trying to control things, but just let God be in control. It is fear that compels a need for certainty and control. Do not be certain of things, but be living in constant surrender.

You never have to be too certain about your abilities and the things you do. Results seem to fluctuate even when you thought a certain thing should work and it doesn’t. That very thing works at another time and you wonder why it is so. Forget it, forget everything and stop looking at the world of phenomena. Acknowledge the divine power of God and depend on it as the single factor above all else. Do whatever you do but never put your trust fully in them. Detach from your works and let your trust be in God.

Another woman took an extended trip overseas one summer, visiting many countries where she wasn’t familiar with their languages. She called for divine guidance and protection every minute and things went smoothly and miraculously for her. Her luggage was never delayed or lost! Accommodations were always ready for her at the best hotels, and she had perfect service wherever she went. She returned to her country where she felt God was no longer necessary and so did her things in the ordinary way.

Everything went wrong, her trunks delayed, amid disharmony and confusion. This shows that you must form the habit of practicing the Presence of God every minute. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Nothing is too small or too great. All means all. The power of God is meant to direct your life in every way. Never in one area think that you can rely on your own power without God for it. Never try to depend less on God for anything at all. Depend on the one power in all ways.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Voice Types - Knowing Our Singing Voice Well Leads to Efficient Vocal Training! by Aaron Lim

Voice Types refers to the kinds of voices that singers may have, classified based on a number of important criteria.

You may already know about some of the types of singing voices, for example Soprano, Tenor, Bass and many more!
In this section, I will show you the various kinds of singing voices and how they are classified!
You will then be able to discover exactly what is your UNIQUE voice!
(I know you are curious to know what is your voice type.. So am I!)
With that knowledge about your voice, you will be able to structure your training better and know what vocal range you should focus on to achieve effective results!
There are basically 3 voice types for females and 4 voice types for males in the realm of classical singing, and they are as follows:

Find out more about these voices and their vocal ranges by clicking on the relevant links provided.
Now, remember how I told you that you can know your UNIQUE voice type?
Click here to find out how you can measure your vocal range accurately, and that will be the first step towards knowing your voice better!
For those more interested in the classical singing realm, you can also learn more about some voices that are unique to the classical realm!
What about those of us who sing in choirs, you say?
There are usually 4 main voice types, and they are: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and BassLearn more about these voice types and why there are only 4 main types of voices!
Now now, calm down all you pop singers…
I know you may be thinking, this is all not very useful to me! After all, I am a pop singer, not a classical or chorale singer..
But we can still use the classical voice classification as a guideline to understand more about our voice, so that we know how to select songs and how to train our voices better!
Hmmm.. what about young children? What are their voices like?
Our voices clearly differ with age, and childrens’ voices would be of a different quality as compared to adult voices.
Now, if you are still reading, it shows that you are genuinely interested in voice types!
In that case, let me reward you with more information.. ;-p
The main classification criteria for determining our Voice Types are as follows:
1. Vocal Range
Vocal Range is one of the key indicators of what type of voice a singer may have.
For example, if a male singer has a relatively high voice, he would probably be classified as a Tenor or even aCounter Tenor, whereas if a female singer has a high voice, she would probably be classified as a Soprano.
Knowing our vocal range is vital because we would then know which notes we should train with when we do our vocal exercises or our vocal warmups before singing.
This will help us avoid unnecessary damage if we were to train with notes or pitches that are too high and beyond our respective vocal ranges.
It is generally more damaging to train with notes that are too high for our range, than to train with notes that are too low for our voice to pitch properly.
Try out some of these pitching exercises and see which range of notes your voice is most comfortable with!
2. Register Changes
Our voice goes through a number of changes in tone and quality as we move from low pitches to higher notes, and these changes are called vocal register changes.
Knowing where our registers change or ‘shift gear’ would be able to help us determine what Voice Type we would belong to, and also help us to direct our vocal exercises efficiently towards smoothening out our register changes!
3. Vocal Tone
Different singers have varying Vocal Tones, as some may have voices that are bright and ringing, whereas others may have voices that sound dark and heavy.
Knowing our Vocal Tone helps us to be able to know what kinds of songs we can perform, and what songs we should avoid when performing or auditioning.
For example, if we have a heavy and powerful voice, we would know that we can most probably do songs that require more belting or vocal projection!
Whereas if we have a lighter and more delicate voice, we would do more songs in the genre of Bossa Nova, or maybe more gentle love ballads that require a certain sensitivity and lightness in tone.
4. Tessitura or Voice Strength
Tessitura refers to the vocal range within which our voice is at its most comfortable and sounding its best.
Some vocal instructors call this our sweet voice
Knowing where our Voice Strength lies is key to understanding what voice type we belong to. For example, a soprano would have a stronger head voice whereas a bass singer would have a stronger middle voice.
5. Speech Level Voice
Our speech level voice is usually the voice with which we are most comfortable using, and it is also the voice that we would use the most in our everyday conversation.
It gives us an important indication as to whether we are a tenor, baritone or bass singer, since we would most probably talk using our tessitura or most comfortable vocal range.
Ok, the above 5 criteria can be used to determine which Voice Type we belong to, and would be able to help us know how to train our voices better.
In order to prevent unnecessary vocal abuse, vocal instructors should assume a middle vocal range for students, before slowly moving upwards and downwards and finding the extremes of each student’s voice.
Once we understand our voice type better, we would be able to train our voice more efficiently and also know how to select songs for auditions, competitions or performances!
Constant practice also will change our voice quality and type to a certain extent, for example a voice can become brighter than before, so do not fret if you feel stuck in a voice that you do not like!
Over time, you will be able to move towards your DREAM voice… ;-p

Friday, June 14, 2013

Groups are Meant to Support Individual Genius

Ants are quite simple and stupid, but their intelligence and complexity grows with the number of interactions between them. The more ant interaction there is, the more sophisticated behavior is resulted. It’s similar to flocking behavior where birds follow very simple rules but complex behavior emerges. But when it comes to humans, the opposite happens. More interactions equals dumber behaviorUnderstanding the difference between humans and animals in group psychology enables us to be intelligent.

When we come together and interact as a group seeking consensus, we lose sophistication and intelligence. Ants get smarter while we get dumber. It is because humans are of a different level of species than animals. Humans possess individuality and conscious awareness. Animals do not have that. Animals are meant to follow a certain set pattern they have been programmed with. Humans are meant to express individuality of thinking and to evolve mentallyBut individuality is distorted in group situations.