Journey Back to the Heart


I am Virginia, often called Ginny or Ginger or Gin….. and it goes on. I lived in the country until I was 18 then moved to the city and have been here for many many years now.

One of my strongest memories as a child is running in the paddocks singing to everything; imagining the sky was my audience. It was just natural at the time, but looking back as an adult, it was honest and true; revealing myself to the universe. Yet when I entered my early teens, a restriction came into my voice. I lost the wholeness and oneness; it divided into two sounds. I remember the feeling very clearly in the school choir. At a certain point in my voice, there seemed to be something growing over the top of it. My teachers said I had a good voice, but I believed it wasn’t because I felt so uncomfortable.

This became more and more apparent as I moved further into my teens. The secondary classes at my school performed the musical Oliver and I was chosen to play Nancy. Although I had been told I held the show together, it felt like the opposite. I should have been singing from my boots upward; free as a bird, yet I felt restricted and overly anxious. After I did my HSC, I headed to the big smoke with no clue of what to do. Eventually I started singing lessons. I was in my mid twenties by this time and had forgotten the dilemma of the past.

After many years of working with my voice, it was in my mid thirties that I remembered the changes and struggIes of my early vocal years. I began looking for that one special person who could help me bring my voice back into a more centred and earthy place. Teachers claimed their technique was the one for me and I believed them. I became more and more fearful and fell further into despair. During this time, I lost my voice completely for about six years. It was a culmination of unaddressed childhood stresses and traumas, travelling along blindly until it all dragged to a halt.

Eventually I came to recognise what I didn’t want, which was a good beginning.
Now in my mid forties, I am closer to finding that whole voice again. I found someone who has given me a nudge in the right direction. It will be a few years yet, but my wish and dream is to sing from the whole of my being, as one being. I want to feel my soul moving upon the breath of my voice. I want to make people feel beautiful.

Journey Back to the Heart

~  Virginia ~

Joined September 2008

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