I’m still feeling the energy from our Breakthrough Performance Workshop Concert!

I did it! I sang on stage with a LIVE BAND! And they were a solid group of musicians and backup singers too! Believe it or not, I’m still feeling the energy from performing and from the audience!! Thank you again to all who joined us for that incredible night!

I just had the best rehearsal so far of our own original songs, The Connection and Wonderin‘ — I know it’s due to my having experienced Breakthrough!

The Breakthrough Performance Workshop, facilitated by Mick and Tess Pulver, allowed each willing participant to focus on sharing our authentic selves with each other, and with an audience. We touched aspects of self-exploration (in a mind body spirit way) while participating in their 8-week singing transformation program (find out more here: Breakthrough Performance Workshop).

Though I had sang years ago in church choir (and with a longtime friend as a duet), school choir, karaoke, and alongside my songwriter, guitarist/bassist husband at restaurants and home parties, I didn’t have the experience (until now) to sing on stage with a great live band! And it was an incredible life-enhancing experience!!

Mick and Tess were so supportive, Tess actually prepared me just before going on stage for my solo, by standing behind me, hands on my belly, and breathing WITH me! She was completely calming, enabled me to slow down, get present, and thoroughly enjoy singing my solo! There’s a clip of my solo on YouTube here: Breakthrough Performance 2016 Sheila M

This was abSOULutely a bucket list thing to do! And if you get the chance, DO IT!

I am continuing to experience many benefits from my concert experience, but here are a few:

  1. Being vulnerable on stage in front of a hundred+ people was so empowering! And I still feel the energy of it!
  2. My preconceived fears were NOT real. Remember, FEAR is just false evidence appearing real. You are NOT your fear!
  3. I totally felt integrated, breath, with mindful awareness, and ability to GIVE my authentic self to the audience.
  4. Singing brings me back to my breath, energizes yet soothes me (which I surmise will add more years to my life)!
  5. Has helped me feel even more comfortable when I speak with others at work.
  6. Add more joy and happiness to my day to day life!

Some of us will continue singing, with rehearsals continuing while Mick and Tess travel this summer (offering workshops in San Diego, California in the coming weeks).

I have learned so much through this program!

Building from what I learned from Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s program, I had two specific memories during THIS Breakthrough Performance Workshop program:

  1. That an old memory of being shushed for singing too loudly one evening (after something bad had happened earlier in the day) is no reason not to squelch my voice any longer! I can clear that memory, or the negative charge from it at least, and SING loud, NOW!
  2. That just because I wasn’t selected for senior high choir (it had come down to me or another girl–and the other girl was chosen) did not mean that I wasn’t good enough. Yes! I AM good enough, was good enough, and will always be “good enough”. I am me, and I am unique. I CAN do this!

I also learned that even if I’m hurt or sad, singing lifts my mood and improves my attitude. The more you practice getting breath into and through the body, the less tense you are, and the more your authentic voice can express your thoughts and emotions.

I hurt my neck before the concert and was singing through the pain! I chose to move in and through the experience as fully as possible, knowing it was the culmination of eight weeks of joyful work, and that I may never get that exact experience again. I’m so glad I allowed that. I told myself, I’m not bleeding so the show must go on! Ha!

Special thanks to my wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Len Bauduin, who got me readjusted and feeling great! Dr. Len Bauduin of Madeira Beach Center for Natural Medicine

My personal list of Thanks go out to friends and family who came out to support me and this show:

Yes I had a cheering section (what a feeling to hear people call out your name as you come on stage!!! whew!)

My always loving and soul supportive husband, Richard Murrey – you are my rock babeez!!!
Amber DiPietra and her mom (and was the FIRST person to buy her ticket online for this event as soon as they were available online!! Yes!!)
Alison J Kay (so happy you could join us, AND that you GOT the reason why I wore the sacral and solar plexus colors for my song!!! My full on energetic “shifter”, Energy Medicine doctor, ahhh love!!! Yes!!)
Dearest sister Alania StarHawk, your presence–both you and Alison J Kay were the ones I had in mind and attention to while I was singing the line of my song for…”I’ve got to learn from the greats…” wow, so over the moon that you could BE there, AND that you brought another aWEsOMe pal Judith Ann Graham!!
Mary Ann Pickard I loved that you had so much fun and I’m so glad we had a few minutes to talk after!
Karen Peterson my soul sister and earth woman, green living, radical (that the world is naturally FULL of abundance) and powerful healer!

To the most supportive Sea Hut gang… ahhh you know we love YOU ALL: Debbie, Virginia, Amy Roger and Frank (thank you–to the four of you fantastic friends for taking Richard out pre-show for dinner while I was doing technical rehearsal with the band. You are all aWEsOMe!!!)

Patricia Leigh Allen and Edward Marriott (Thanks for aWEsOMe photos! You are a soul sweet guy! So “plugged in” to Source!)

…and new friends via the Breakthrough group: Carol Zerbarini and Maggie Bayliss our fabulous former Breakthrough Performance Workshop participants who came back to assist all of us!!!

Be on the lookout St. Pete (St. Petersburg, Florida), we’ll be singing somewhere live again real soon!

Ever wanted to perform on stage?

Have you ever wanted to sing on stage? It’s possible! Very soon, I’ll be performing a song on stage with a LIVE BAND! And I’m so excited!!

It’s been a fantastic journey of self-exploration and mental, spiritual, and vocal growth while participating in an 8-week singing transformation program with Breakthrough Performance Workshop! And this is something you could do too, because Breakthrough offers 8-week programs on an on-going basis!

As many of my family and friends know, I’ve been singing most of my life, both during my youth and years in church–and I really love karaoke! And in recent years I’ve sang alongside my songwriter, guitarist/bassist husband at restaurants and home parties. But, I’ve never sang on stage with a live band and backup singers!

This transformational program is not just geared for people who have sang for years though, the classes are designed to open you up, and help you find your own authentic voice–even if you aren’t sure you can sing–Mick and Tess are there to coach you! You can do this!

This is abSOULutely a bucket list thing to do! And when concert time rolls around, it’ll be an outrageous show!! Keep reading for my upcoming concert date and how YOU can get tickets! 

There are many reasons I never thought I’d sing with a band on stage:

  1. I didn’t think I wanted to be in the limelight (While it seems empowering, it’s quite a vulnerable position to be in)
  2. I had experienced some different forms of rejection in the past (for singing)
  3. By nature, I’m introverted – more of a writer than a performer
  4. I didn’t feel I was physically or vocally fit enough to perform for an entire evening, so why even bother rehearsing with a band for gigs when I didn’t think I could do it

When I signed up to take part in the Breakthrough Performance Workshop, I wasn’t sure I could sing on stage (without my husband), but I really wanted to challenge myself! And there were subconscious reasons to sign up that I didn’t even realize, until I began the 8-week program!

The Breakthrough Performance Workshop website states that the program is,

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME PEAK EXPERIENCE A FUN, EXCITING, EXTRAORDINARY WAY TO DO PERSONAL GROWTH RELEASE FEARS AND STEP INTO CONFIDENCE UNLEASH, RECHARGE AND EXPAND! A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO BREAKTHROUGH LIMITATIONS AND REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL.

Certainly, the Breakthrough Performance Workshop has been a huge amount of FUN, and profoundly empowering! I love Mick and Tess’s therapeutic style! I have found such gracious, loving, and supportive beings–and enjoying every moment! And we have such an amazing group of program participants this time; they’re all so open and willing to stretch, feel, change, and grow!

In January 2016, I made a commitment to myself to live this entire year for myself, in joy, and–in a variety of ways–fully express who I am, mind, body, and spirit. This is definitely a highlight! Myself, and the eight others who began this program have been, and are continuing to, breakthrough lifelong fears that limited us.

Won’t you come out and support us? We would love to pack the house FULL on April 16th, 2016!! You can get your tickets here online (buying online allows us to know how many of you will be showing up)! We’ll be singing songs as a group, and each of us will perform a solo–I promise our show is going to kick butt!!

I have learned so much through this program! I’m telling you that singing improves our attitude and health in countless ways–by opening to the energy that sustains all of life, and moving your breath and authentic voice through the body.

Singing has helped me relax, find relief from work stress, and many consider it to be a natural remedy from many ills–and I agree! One night at group, a participant had a toothache, by the time she sang her song though, that tooth had quit hurting completely!

I will continue to sing boldly and powerfully every day for the rest of my life! Come play with us! And–if at all possible–come to our huge show April 16th, 2016 at First Unity church in St. Petersburg, Florida and watch each and every star I am so very proud to know!