Searching For Truth: A Blog by Sherri Smith
Throughout my life I have always been ignited with music but it required that special quality in it to move me. The kind of stuff that makes your soul vibrate; sounds that bring the most incredible smiles to our faces or to make tears fall from our eyes. Those passionate sounds that seem to shift every cell in your body and command that you dance. When you hear that kind of passion from the depths of one’s soul your entire body responds. And it is the vehicle for the musician to share the expression of who they truly are. I recently watched ‘the Voice’ and witnessed that very passion and talent, with my eyes and ears and every sense awake as I heard their expressions and their stories. This triggered the need to look at past performances and some of the most powerful interviews as well. It took some time to sift through my emotions and see the core of what really triggered me. I recognized in the participants, some of the most brilliant performances were by those with some of the most wounded hearts. And the courage to rise above their obstacles to gift us with their soulful sounds. And I seen the essence of their strength and success beyond their gorgeous talent – support.
So many of us struggle with hope; our fires and desires become diminished with sometimes cruel and controlling life experiences. But those that can hold onto that ember long enough may be blessed with someone opening a new doorway to walk through and allow that fire to burn bright; support is the fuel. It may show up as encouragement, guidance or the stability needed to pursue that passion and gift. And it is a gift, because not only was it gifted to us but meant to be shared with others. When the pathway is clear enough to allow this to manifest, we stand in that power and allow something greater than us to blossom and then be able give back to our society. It is what we are meant to bring to this world. What I witnessed in these auditions over and over was 1 or more very strong allies that kept the space while the gifts were being realized.
A love of craft is such a personal thing; it may be music, art, sport, literature or other passions of pursuit. It could be a deep calling in a career, it could be an inventive new concept. What brought me to tears in witnessing these people shining was that beneath their story was not just the brilliance, the gift and the support but a deeper issue. These gifts should ultimately be allowed without conflict to be pursued but as the saying goes ‘life gets in the way’. Our society pressures us to conform and often unique skills, passions or desires are dismissed. We are told what is mandatory to study in schools and even within the programs offered their is rigid structure and little space to explore. History is a great example – there are so many incredible and inspiring stories from the past but we have an approved agenda by some board to study. Don’t colour outside the lines. We have this sense of having to acquire things, and media has a new and improved gadget every day for us to fixate upon. We are obsessed with labels and attached to some mysterious status that we think these bring to our lives. So much so that there are few items of clothing without the logo placed on the outside. When we strive to fit inside this structure, it shuts down the unique gifts we have been blessed with. Our creative expressions. There is nothing I love to see more than a creative spirit that is courageous enough to set themselves apart from what we deem normal. I admire the weeds of the world, not concerned with the cosmetic appearance but more so with being authentic. Weeds show resistance and still find a way to break through and thrive. We so often run away from these weeds or want to blast them with Roundup. They are breaking all the rules and diminishing this imaginary or man-made status.
We crush the concept of support from a very early age. Families may fear what others think if their child is different, society can’t understand why someone would want to tear that label off and be free to explore their own individuality. It rears its ugly head in too many ways to list. Many other thriving and joyful cultures take a different spin on this; each child that is born has come with some very inherent gifts and it becomes the responsibility of the community to see that it is manifested. They support in whatever ways they are able to assist in seeing this beautiful child discover their greatest gifts. It is encouraged and supported throughout their lives so that each person is able to bring their ‘gift’ to the community. Everyone becomes richer for it. How beautiful. Depression is not prevalent, nor is power or corruption because it works. To be free to not only seek your creative pursuits but also fulfill your purpose is a rich life, so unlike the ones with the gadgetry and status we now embrace. If only we could become more aware of this on a more global scale. What the world needs now is love, and what a beautiful way to show someone you love them then to see them excel and succeed in not a ‘job’, but a passion.
Sherri Smith from A State of Bliss has trained extensively and globally with ancient modalities and traditions to combine the wisdom these teachings into her own unique therapies. We are deeply connected to the natural world and many of the ills of society today are a result of our separation from this. Sherri's commitment to her own journey keep her immersed in teachings, experiences and advancement, in turn providing rich and rare content to her offerings. There is a yearning within each of us to live a greater life. Discover your power, your gifts and your truths.