A West African tradition that fascinates me, is that when every
woman in their tribe of “Griots” is expecting a baby, they take
time to think and contemplate giving the baby, a ‘song.’ They go
off to meditate and come up with what they feel would be the
specific identifying chant or ‘song’ that will follow the upcoming
baby, throughout his or her life.
Have you ever heard of this tradition? I was so interested in this
and wished to share my source, the May, ’14 “Natural Awakenings”
magazine. The article’s title is “Live Your Song: Each of Us
Carries a Unique Inner Tune that Affirms Our True Nature.”
In this article, it explains that each person has a soul, in their
belief system. Each soul has a certain vibration that expresses its
unique and special purpose. It has a ‘flavor’ or ‘essence’ that can
The baby’s birth is greeted by its song, giving it meaning and worth.
The times in the child’s life, where the song plays an important
part are when born, when getting ready to attend school, initiation
into adulthood and the time of marriage. The loving embrace of its
tune and melody is to keep the child feeling valuable and included.
If the child, young adult or grown adult should happen to break the
tribe’s rules or even worse, break a law, the tribe will circle the one
who has fallen away from them, chanting and singing their song.
The hope is that the community’s love will overwhelm the individual
and help them to find their way back to their original path. The final
time the Griot tribe, in West Africa, sings the special song is as family,
friends and the community gather at their bedside, helping them to
pass onto the next world, with the memory of their past life’s song.
I like the idea of a song, that our friends would know and recognize
it as ours. I would hope that we would always feel ‘in tune’ with our
family and friends. When we should ever wander away, move or
change our life’s direction, it would be so comforting to know that
our ‘song’ follows us, wherever we go.
Our ‘song’ would help lead us back home again, knowing the true
love, friendship and sense of belonging is waiting for us.
I had not realized that there are others, scientists and researchers,
who have studied this philosophy and practice of finding one’s ‘song.’
The persons considered “modern pioneers in vibrational energy,”
are Sharry Edwards (bio-acoustic biologist) and Donna Eden (energy
medicine field). They have independently detected that each of us has
a “fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique
song that persists throughout our life.”
Some would say the ocean ‘calls to them,’ others would think that the
railroad train is their sound, with the thumping wheels along the track.
Natural songs can include birds. (That is my ‘song,’ not just because of
my name but the story about my Grandfather’s message sent through
the cardinal’s song).
The two women mentioned, Sharry and Donna, feel we innately seek
certain natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song.’
Other examples I read about were the sound of the surf, wind, rain or snow
falling. I could ‘hear,’ or imagine, someone’s ‘song’ in the trees shaking
from the breeze, the shivery feeling of the night sky filled with stars and
the moon. I think that some crave and need the sun’s warmth upon their
Your ‘song’ can be described as, “cell-to-cell vibrations” within ourselves.
We intuitively feel this these vibrations or rhythms as almost magical.
I found this sentence/quotation from the article to be meaningful:
“At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite
chorus of creation.”
(Quotations and research provided by Jill Mattson)
Please share if you feel you have a ‘song’ and let us know what really
‘moves’ you, intuitively.