Jun 25

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Can we sing for you now?

The Universe certainly does move in mysterious ways…

Let me first confess that I’ve been participating in some mental torture over the last week.  Last weekend I got a really bad sunburn (remember the stinky pile of poo?)  For the first several days, the physical discomfort had all of my attention.  Once that began to calm, emotional discomfort took hold and I was ready to crawl out of my skin – quite literally!  It took a couple days for me to admit to myself what was going on…

It’s almost exactly a year ago since my friend Evie was killed in a fire.  I’ve shied away from the word “murder” for the last year, but that’s what happened.  I’ve never been angry at the man who did this – it seems obvious to me that he was mentally unhinged.  My fear and anger and horror has been centered on Evie’s experience – those three days when she lay in the hospital, hanging between life and death.

This week, as my skin burned and scabbed and flaked, I kept coming back to one thought – this is so uncomfortable, but it’s absolutely NOTHING compared to the horror that Evie went through.  Every time, I made myself a little nauseous.  I know that I was doing it to myself, but I was having a really hard time breaking free of the cyclical thoughts.

On Saturday afternoon, I finally said it out loud to my mom.  That was the first step in breaking the cycle.  She reminded me that Evie was heavily sedated and didn’t feel much at all.  I also remembered that her family was playing her favorite music for her through those days.  Evie was a passionate circle dancer and her daughter was wise enough to reach out to the circle dance community and gather that music to play as a final gift for her mother.

Here’s where the Universe stepped in to give me exactly the healing I needed – I have an assignment for the newspaper (isn’t that always the way?!) about a group of people who sing at the bedsides of people who are dying.

See that light in the middle? Tonight that was me. 🙂

I attended their rehearsal tonight and talked with them for about an hour as they shared incredible stories.  I could hear the story writing itself in my head.

Then they looked at me eagerly and said, “Can we sing for you now?”  I was as excited as they were!

They stood up, formed a circle and said, “Sit in the middle.”

So I sat in the middle of these 16 healers, with their voices directed at me.  They sang songs of healing, joy, death and life.

As I sat in the circle, I thought of Evie.  I remembered the music her daughter played for her.  I realized that whatever physical awareness she might have had, the music would have swept her away.  Because in the presence of every other kind of drama, Evie gave herself over completely to the music and the dancing.

To Barb, Suzanne, and the whole Continua group – thank you.  I had no idea when I walked through the door tonight that it would be such a healing experience.  You are a blessing and a miracle.

I recorded our conversation tonight and then left the tape running while they sang.  Here’s a little bit of what I heard in their rehearsal…

Crossing The Bar (sung by a quintet, as they would sing it at a bedside):

[audio:http://www.leahcarey.com/themiraclejournal/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Crossing-the-Bar.mp3|titles=Crossing the Bar]

I’ll Fly Away (sung by the full group, as they sing in their rehearsal):

[audio:http://www.leahcarey.com/themiraclejournal/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Ill-Fly-Away.mp3|titles=I’ll Fly Away]

Image found here.

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Elisa

    Ok pass the tissues. Yes, a miracle indeed that you showed up at rehearsal when you did. If you had told us what you were carrying in the door with you we’d still have you in the center of the circle singing for you! You will always be part of the circle now even if you never sing a note! Thank you for sharing Evie’s story and your love for her. In the words of a song – “the only measure of your words and your deeds is the love you leave behind when you’re gone.”
    Stay in touch!

    Love and light,

  2. Jean

    Hi Leah – It was a pleasure to have you at our rehearsal tonight and great to find your very cool, interesting blog. “Can We Sing For You” is the perfect way to put it – we do get a bit eager, even itchy when we don’t get to it.

    We all wanted to sing for you, even though we didn’t know the strong story you have told here. Those songs were for you tonight.
    Wishing you peace and comfort,

    1. Robin

      What a beautiful ministry. Who arranges your music. I would love to bring some of these arrangements to our choir ministry. What an amazing and loving ministry! I’m very touched.

  3. Deb

    Absolutely amazing – the songs gave me chills. What an amazing way to comfort those on their way out of this world. Lovely.

  4. Naked Girl in a Dress

    What a wonderful gift you received exactly when you needed it. This is a beautiful story.
    Naked Girl in a Dress recently posted at their blog…Progress from Perfectionism

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