Vision Statement & Agreements

Vision Statement & Agreements for Singing Alive Cascadia (SAC), the ‘Mothership’

~ Creating a conscious, focused, community space for our gathering ~  

Singing Alive is DIY-styled, sacred song circle event.  The DIY ethos, and the sacred, most fully intersect in the allowing of a self-organizing intelligence to arise and create the gathering out of whoever is called to show up that particular year.   The organizers therefore focus on creating a well-held ceremonial space, one conducive to the emergence and flow of this higher octave guidance. 

This guidance has origins in the founding vision of ‘Singing Alive’.   This holds that humanity is at cross-roads.  We can choose a path of planetary doom and destruction, or one of positive outcome born of maturing our awareness of global challenges, and developing of our potentials in service to the Greater Good, to Life.  

We feel there is no task more important on earth right now than to be dedicated to this positive outcome.  Song-culture people have a form of magic to use towards this new beginning:   vocalization + visualization = manifestation.   To effect this magic, we become ‘health seers’, perceiving the inherent unity and health of each other, of all Creation, and coaxing out these ‘beauty ways’ thru song, and the lifeways they affirm.  We thereby ‘chant’ a new world into existence

For such reasons we have no interest in promulgating the political fractures evident in mainstream society, the ‘us vs them’ scenarios, the self-righteous condemnation of others with whom we disagree

Our activating paradigm instead shifts the focus from the symptom to the cause, from blame to self-responsibility, for the world we experience is a reflection of our inner state.  Peace within begets peace without.  For without embarking on the journey of self-understanding, we merely project onto the world our own conflicted conditionings. 

This ‘as above so below’ understanding is timeless and universal, native to a perennial spirituality.  In this view healing cannot happen without spiritual education, a better world can only arise thru the awakening of a higher current that we all carry as potential.  This gathering is dedicated to this education, to activating this vibration and associated teachings.  

By singing in appreciative, accepting ways songs from many spiritual traditions, from the ‘10,000 ways to kneel and kiss the ground’, we surface their underlying unity.  With this common thread of  connection, we can weave a fragmenting world back together as a globalized humanity, a One people of the earth.   

Rapid changes on the planet are activating a chaotic phase of our expanding self-awareness.   Much wounding is surfacing, seeking to be cleared, to be reconciled and integrated.  Singing Alive offers itself as a vehicle to bear witness, thru non-judgment and empathy, to the transgressions born of ignorance that have been visited on peoples and individuals. 

From compassion rises loving-kindness as action, which extends out into the human sphere as work to resolve situations in the most harmonious and resourceful manner.  In this sense Singing Alive is an activist gathering.  As duality is inherently messy, with all kinds of unanticipated and unseen counter-forces at work, we can only seek to stay present with the process, and the highest choice-points, as we move our intentions and the songs that carry them, out into world.

With this said, we invite all to come who feel drawn to the path of heart-expression thru song, all who wish a new way to walk on the earth.  We keep our admission price considerably lower than comparable events to minimize the financial barrier to inclusivity.  If anyone wishes to see more of any ethnicity, race, age group, country of origin, gender expression, or alter-abled group in attendance, we encourage those people, in the spirit of DIY and the celebration of co-creation, to invite such people to the event.   

In service to the intentional space we are endeavoring to create, to its strengthening, and protection from compromise, we require the following agreements from all ticket holders.   Please note that these are not intended to impose a life philosophy on anyone or invalidate anyone’s opinion.   They are intended to outline and define the specific container envisioned for the event and ask agreement to respect its well-being for the duration of our time together.

Sacred Song Circle Agreements

1) SAC is a communal singing gathering; it is not an opportunity to give performances, to create an audience

2) The singing voice is the primary focus.  All musical instruments are in service to it.

3)  It is understood that the passage of songs from one tradition, lineage, or culture, to another, involves the need for permission. Unless otherwise stated by the originator of a song, or made explicit by a tradition, this permission is implicitly granted by the collective Spirit of the culture that moves thru those, native to that culture, who share and teach songs with the intent of spreading a beneficial message and frequency to the larger human collective, of bridging lifeways and unifying the peoples of the world. That is, we would not know these songs if they were not taught to us.

4) With the caveat of permission recognized, this event offers a safe space for anyone to sing any song from any spiritual tradition they are moved to connect with. To honor this soul call, we acknowledge that such appreciative engagements with songs are primarily matters between the person and the spiritual agencies that call them. If one has discomforting emotions around a song share, please do not interrupt the circle with these feelings. We honor these feelings as valid and have resources available to assist in processing them.  Let’s help each other feel safe during song shares.

5) We agree that our opinion on songs and song sharing is our own and is not necessarily shared by others of any ethnicity, race, age group, gender expression, country of origin, or alter-abled group.  

6)  We agree to honor the working premise of this event, that there is no ultimate ‘right’ way to sing a song.  Outside of helping a song sharer to remember a melody or lyric, or with pronunciation and translation, one cannot ‘correct’ a song that is presented at our event, one can only, respectfully, offer another version(s) of that song.

7) If you carry a song that you do not wish to be passed on to others, please do not sing it at SAC.  

SAC Logistical Agreements

1) Loud instrumentation and voice expressions soften and cease after 12 midnight.  Minimize talking close to camping areas after 10 pm.  There will be a quiet hour from 6 – 8 am; please speak in whispers, or not at all, during this time

2) For informational and artistic purposes, elements of this event maybe recorded, video-taped, or photographed.  All attendees agree to this.  Likewise, all people doing recordings are asked to act respectfully, and with no sense of entitlement, as such privileges can be taken away.

3) Expressions of nudity are not necessarily equated with a loosening of sexual boundaries.   Be conscious with regards to consent.  Please help people feel safe with their personal boundaries.

4) This event is NOT a place to use profanity and engage in abusive language.

5) For those who wish to smoke (anything), please do so ONLY in the smoking temples ~ not the community commons, personal camping areas, or the parking lot.

6) No pets.  ADA qualified service animals assisting an attendee and registered with their ticket order are welcome.

7) Please wash your hands before eating.

8) If you are told by ‘peace tenders’ or administrators of this event to desist from actions that are considered to be disturbing the peace, you agree to do so

9) If for any reason you are asked by ‘peace tenders’ or administrators of this event to leave the premises, you agree to do so.

10) This is a trash-free event.   Pack it in pack it out.

~•~ May we all be, more or less, ON THE SAME PAGE ~•~

Song Circle Facilitator Policy ~

Leading a song circle is not, with rare exceptions, considered an exchange for admission to the event.  We do, however, have a policy whereby if you lead three circles in designated (by the organizers) song circle time slots over three years, you thereafter receive admission exchange for any year you are doing a circle.   This exchange comes with light responsibilities to show up as an ally of the organization, to act as guardians, and educators, of SA ways when needed.   

Song circle participation tips ~ 

Merge ~ listen closely to honor, synchronize, and harmonize with the person leading the song, by keeping your voice / instrument volume lower.   If you are new to the tune or rendition, listen to a couple rounds first, visualize the images, feel the message, then move into the song

Presence ~ support the sacred silence within and between songs, for the spaces between are the source and context

Deepen ~ breath thru your heart, and sing from your soul; experience, deepen, and integrate the songs message into your being

Allow ~ In group-led sessions, provide space for, and invite those less confident, or less extroverted, to share their song

God created music for all of us to enjoy. . .   Stevie Wonder, 2018

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