Friday, July 31, 2020

New Podcast Episode with J Brave

So excited to share this conversation with y'all!

J Brave is here to touch, move, and inspire others to remember their divine nature. This former counselor for Homeless and At-Risk youth uses his music as a vehicle for service. He is the founder of the internationally renown Hip Hop collective the Luminaries, visionary of Benevolence Festival, and has toured the world spreading messages of peace, love, and unity throughout his travels. His debut solo album "Amethyst" has peeked the ears of global listeners, and the single "Sacred" has gone viral approaching a million video views on Facebook.

Latest Single: "I Can Breathe" on Spotify - CLICK HERE
Upcoming Workshop information is on J Brave's website - CLICK HERE

https://open.spotify.com/track/3CDfwlVvAHLahLcehduiIV?si=ljT1UT_1Tfu5ApkqbW9UKQ


INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST with J Brave on PODBEAN


Love, 
Porter Singer

Monday, July 13, 2020

Inspired Artist Podcast with Emily Perry...

Hi there!

I spoke with this beautiful human and this was the result...

Available on YouTube:


And as an audio podcast in the following places:
APPLE PODCASTS
SPOTIFY
PODBEAN

(and so many more... tell me where YOU listen)

Love,
Porter Singer (aka Sirgun Kaur)

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Inspired Artist Podcast with Ajeet

Since last I posted, I have recording many a podcast. Here is my latest one with Ajeet!


Love,
Porter (aka Sirgun)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Bliss (I Am the Light of My Soul) - Harmonium Lead Sheet



New harmonium chord sheet available here: https://sirgunkaur.com/store#harmoniu...
If you would like some extra support learning this or any mantra I know, you can book a music lesson here: https://sirgunkaur.com/music-lessons

_______
IF YOU ENJOY THESE VIDEOS feel free to "tip" our virtual tip jar:
Venmo: @Sirgun-Khalsa
or https://www.paypal.me/sirgunkaur
_______
LIKING and SUBSCRIBING to my channel lets YouTube know you enjoyed the content and so they share it with more people! You can subscribe here: https://bit.ly/2BODbvi

Facebook Community: "Sensitive Superhero Tribe"community -- http://bit.ly/unshakeableyou

If you have any QUESTIONS, or FEEDBACK, please leave it in the comments so I see it. :-)

Joyfully,
Porter
_______
Website: http://sirgunkaur.com/music
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2wuPk3t
iTunes: https://apple.co/2onKkt9
CD Baby: https://bit.ly/2PMPhIi
Blog: http://sirgunkaur.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sirgunkaurmu...
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirgunkaurm...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sirgunkaur

#sirgunkaur #portersinger #sensitivesuperhero

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Inspired Artist Podcast (Video Version): Harnam & Jiwan Devi - "The C Word"


Joining me on the podcast today are Jiwan Devit & Harnam. We are chatting about a few things...

- shelter in place
- the health benefits of connecting with other humans
- what it's like running a small business as an independent musician
- touring during this time
- moving towards online portals for yoga/wellness/music
- how awful gong sounds on zoom
- our responsibility for our own health
- the inequity taking place right now as some are "sheltering" while others are very much working

And so much more...

To support Jiwan Devi and Harnam you can leave them a virutal tip through Paypal (https://www.paypal.me/harnamtonyzatzick) or Venmo (@Harnam-TonyZatzick)

_______
IF YOU ENJOY THESE VIDEOS feel free to "tip" our virtual tip jar:
Venmo: @Sirgun-Khalsa
or https://www.paypal.me/sirgunkaur
_______
LIKING and SUBSCRIBING to my channel lets YouTube know you enjoyed the content and so they share it with more people! You can subscribe here: https://bit.ly/2BODbvi

Facebook Community: "Sensitive Superhero Tribe"community -- http://bit.ly/unshakeableyou 

If you have any QUESTIONS, or FEEDBACK, please leave it in the comments so I see it. :-)

Joyfully,
Porter (aka Sirgun)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Podcast with Nadine Stellavoto Brown: Dealing the Fallout from 3HO (Video Version)




In this episode of the podcast, I am speaking with Nadine Stellavato Brown, a  graphic designer living in Washington state. Nadine grew up in 3HO, a community created by Yogi Bhajan and his followers. She speaks about the trauma she experienced being sent away from her parents at 2 years of age, being underfed and abused in India, being groped by Yogi Bhajan as a young woman, and her eventual decision to "take off her turban" and leave the organization. I am so honored to have her share her story on the podcast, and lend her voice to a chorus of truth coming forth from this community. 


Nadine's Written Testimonial:
"I’m Nadine (Hari Kaur) the daughter of Richard Lasser (MSS Baba Singh) and Andrea Opalenik (SS Krishan Kaur).

This is my story.

At two years old my parents became Sikhs. The same year I was sent to live in the D.C. Ashram. I lived in various Ashrams and was part of the first kids sent to India from ages 2-16. This alone is riddled with so much anguish and grief in my life and yet was not the worst.

At 16 I insisted I move home - and attended a western school.

In 1990 I graduated high school and was asked by the Yogi Ji (SSS) to take a year off to work at the Secretariat.

All I really wanted at the time was to go to college, to spread my wings. I knew at a young age Sikhism was not for me. Yet, I dutifully listened to the master my parents picked.

I was told to work under MSS Nirinjan Kaur, one of his secretaries. She immediately starts to “groom” me. She would frequently ask, “If SSS asked you to work full time as a secretary, would you consider not going to college?”

One of my many duties was to “clean his room” and set it up for sleeping. They were clear with me who took care of him at night with the implication I could be called to do the same soon.

——

Many nights I would be with SSS and his “Entourage” at Dr Allen’s house. One night he called my father and me into the back room. He started to yell at me, that I was a slut, was I even a virgin? He said that a kid I grew up with, told him I was a flirt. And yogi did not believe my answers. I was devastated.

A second time, again at Dr. Allen’s house, the yogi again called my father and me into the back room. This time to compliment a certain dress I had on. He told me the dress was “sexy” and I was to only wear that style from then on, he proceeded to push money into my hand to buy more.

Finally, in the late fall of 1990, I was at Dr. Allen’s cleaning SSSs room. He came across me. He made me stand up, asked me to twirl around, then he proceeded to put both of his hand on my breast, he squeezed them. He turned me around and did the same to my butt. I was scared, we were alone. I was mortified. He said, “You are almost ready, and turning out very nicely.”

As soon as I could I ran home.

I told my dad what happened. That I would never go back. Because he had been in the room the previous two encounters, he believed me.

But it did not end there.

When the SSS found out I would not got back, he asked my parents to disown me. He harassed me, he harassed my parents. He got kids I grew up with to call me, ask me not to go.

In December of 1990 we all took off our turbans.

You have to understand my dad was the first student to put on a turban. He was devoted he and the community never thought this would happen. Now everyone knows, he stood by his daughter.

And.... I was lucky, I still had my family. I not only had my mother and father, but I also had and still have my lovely god-parents Sat Shakti Singh and Andrea Khalsa (Sat Shakti Kaur) and Akasha Richmond, who was and still is my saving grace. There are so many who never had that support.

I believe all the stories, I respect all those who share and those who cannot. The pain and shame are real."

This is the video version of this podcast. You can listen to the audio version of INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST on all podcast platforms. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST with Emily Quandt - SELF PRESERVATION & PARENTING






Today's conversation is all about PARENTING! This is such an important conversation to be having and really brainstorming about right now in the time of quarantine, where we are probably spending a lot more time with our kids than we are used to. Emily Quandt is leads a community called FREE TO LEARN, where she empowers children and teens through natural learning. As a child Emily was privileged to spend the majority of her time practicing what the Alliance for Self-Directed Education calls the six pillars of self-directed education: her social strata expected that she was responsible for her own education; she was given almost completely unlimited time to play, explore and pursue her own interests; she had the opportunity to play with the tools of her culture; she had access to a variety of caring adults who were helpers, not judges; regular free age-mixing between children, and adolescents; and she was immersed in a stable, supportive, respectful community. More info on FREE TO LEARN COMMUNITY: http://freetolearncommunity.com/

_______
IF YOU ENJOY THESE VIDEOS feel free to "tip" our virtual tip jar:
Venmo: @Sirgun-Khalsa
or https://www.paypal.me/sirgunkaur
_______
LIKING and SUBSCRIBING to my channel lets YouTube know you enjoyed the content and so they share it with more people! You can subscribe here: https://bit.ly/2BODbvi

Facebook Community: "Sensitive Superhero Tribe"community -- http://bit.ly/unshakeableyou

If you have any QUESTIONS, or FEEDBACK, please leave it in the comments so I see it. :-)

Joyfully,
Sirgun
_______
Website: http://sirgunkaur.com/music
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2wuPk3t
iTunes: https://apple.co/2onKkt9
CD Baby: https://bit.ly/2PMPhIi
Blog: http://sirgunkaur.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sirgunkaurmu...
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sirgunkaurm...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sirgunkaur

#sirgunkaur #portersinger #sensitivesuperhero

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Message of Love


Remember, LOVE is what you truly are.
Let's examine what that means at a time when we are free to choose either extreme: FEAR or LOVE.
As we move more towards a reality based in love, we will have to process the fears we have around the perceived "limits" and "threats" of this world.

This is a GREAT time to practice LOVE.
This is CHALLENGING time to practice LOVE.
This is the OPPORTUNITY of a lifetime.

Love,
Sirgun

Monday, March 2, 2020

Khalsa: Living According to Your OWN Light

KHALSA means "one who lives according to their own light." It is ironic to me that this term has come to mean a regimen of strict practices, belief systems, and dress. Where you are directed by your own light, you will KNOW what to do. Where you are trying to conform to a standard laid out for you by someone external to you, you will naturally drown out your light to conform. To me, Sikhism was meant to signal a new age of spirituality at a time when people were arguing over their beliefs, practices, and general understanding of how reality works.

Sikh, or "student", was one who recognized that there singular job on planet Earth was to remember who they truly are. The tool of NAAM was given in order to bring the mind back to what is true--our inner light, our inner guidance. For a while, I have thought of NAAM as simply a vibration of remembrance, which could be a thought that aligns with who you truly are ("what a beautiful day!" is an example), a feeling of gratitude, an overwhelming sense of peace, or an actual melody and/or words sung in recognition of YOU as Source.

The time has come to expand our idea of what spirituality is. It does not look a certain way. It does sound a certain way. It does not act a certain way. But it certainly FEELS a certain way. It feels FREAKIN' AMAZING! And any action taken from THAT space will take you further on the path to understanding the magnificence of who you truly are!

<3 p="">

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Message from Sara: Letting Go

QUESTION: Could I please for guidance in helping my mom transition, and helping the family cope? I’m not sure if it’s her final chapter or second to last—she’s got dementia, is down to about 90 pounds, barely eats. She’s 85 now, but never recovered from my father’s sudden death of a heart attack at home Dec. 18, 2015. On Jan. 18, 2016–a month later—she fell outside in January, broke a hip, and nearly died of exposure in 10-degree weather. When she didn’t answer the house phone, my sister and I called neighbors who found her. (I live 2 hours away, am the closest of 3 daughters.) 10-days later, she fell again in rehab, broke her other hip so ended up with 2 emergency surgeries in 10 days. She went on to fracture her Pelvis on July 4 that year, and broke her shoulder in the fall. She’s been in a nursing home since then that first fall, but her health continues to decline. Currently she’s at an in-patient hospice center but is rallying a bit, we need to move her to a new skilled nursing center now, hoping we can find one. It’s been very hard watching her decline and trying to take care of her while not putting my life on hold. I’m chanting a lot and praying. And crying often. Anyway, any insight you could share to help me manage all of this would be much appreciated.

ANSWER:

Dearest,

In the simplest terms, this is difficult for you because you are seeing it as a problem. In your estimation, from your vantage point, you have many valid reasons for seeing this as wrong. “Your mother should be healthier, or dying more gracefully, or your sister should be acting different”… When we look at the condition as they are, we can choose to see things in many different ways.

If we asked you, as a baseline question, “how do you want to feel?” what would you say? Do you want to feel worried, disheveled, tormented, by this situation? Or would you rather feel joyful? When put this way, the answer seems obvious doesn’t it? And yet few humans realize that they are deciding how to feel about something first. That is the impulse from which creation happens. You are not so much reacting to a tragic situation. You are able to see tragedy because of your belief system. You have certain criteria for how people should be, around and with you, that you prefer. We understand that. You did not consciously choose to have your mother “decline” as you put it. And yet, here she is, in your reality, appearing to “decline” before your very eyes.

Well, we cannot imagine anyone feeling good about someone they love DECLINE. Where is she inclining exactly? Is she inclining towards the truer version of herself, which exists, and has always existed beyond this body she is slowly releasing? The most visible manifestation of her “giving up” this physical existence might be that she is getting physically lighter in weight, or her skeleton is no longer able to support her the way it used to… She is releasing slowly. We wonder if you are ready to see her go.

Do you understand that you need not prepare for a goodbye? Your mother is a part of your reality. She has been with you for many lives. You are linked. You live in an attractive Universe, where nothing is ever lost, and no one ever dies. You are eternal. Your mother is eternal. Your sister is eternal.

Cloaked over this eternal-ness is a family who is observing a very normal part of physical existence—what you call death—as a tragedy because of their perspective of the circumstances. We say “that’s wonderful!” This experience is for all of you to move beyond your limited understanding of what family really means. Family in physical reality is a group of beings that ended up in the same blood line by certain physical circumstances. Your family on Earth is intentional. You all play, have played, and continue to play very specific roles for each other. These roles have nothing to do with who you truly are in non-physical, and we can say with absolute certainty, that the truest version of your mother is ready to release her rental of this human body.

However, in its absolute perfection, the law of attraction has brought to you all—your whole family—a manifestation event that is triggering you all in different ways. Your mother’s ego is afraid to release her physical existence, your sister’s ego is afraid for your mother, and so is yours. Your egos register fear as a defense mechanism against early death. Your ego is wonderful at keeping you alive. Problem is, the person who could “die” is ready, and the people who are afraid for their mother have nothing to be afraid of in the first place, because the worst fear is always death, and in this case it is inevitable anyway.

So why is this wonderful? Does that seem like a strange perspective? Imagine your life from our vantage point. We see only the exhilarating feeling of having a human body, playing a role, getting to explore physical reality, getting to taste things, and smell things, and see things… We see your mother as perfect, your sister as perfect, and you as perfect. Non-physical energy is total and utter bliss. We come to physical reality, to incarnate—to have this experience of limitedness. When you make your transition back to non-physical, you too will be back in pure bliss. And then you’ll go for another round of physical life. You have hopped in and out of incarnations since the beginning of time. And this one is but a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of eternity.

We love this question because it allows us to explore so many aspects of physical reality that humans of your culture deem unacceptable. And yet, by the very fact that the Universe allows them to exist, does it not seem strange that most of you reject these situations as “bad” or “wrong?” You think you would prefer a better death perhaps… we assure you you would not. You would not want your mother to have died gracefully in her sleep 4 years ago after your father. It would have been too much in too short a period of time. It would not have allowed you to see yourself in this caregiver capacity. It would have impeded your ability to grow in certain ways that you intended to before your birth as Meg. It would not have given you the opportunity to ask this question, see things from another perspective, and gain clarity around the subject of eternalness.

There are no mistakes anywhere in the Universe. This is not a mistake. Your response is not a mistake. And your journey is not a mistake. For right now, you will not be able to see where this is all leading you, but we promise you it is leading you towards where you have always wanted to go… to the Meg you have always wanted to be. The Meg who accepts her mother just as she is. The Meg who accepts herself just as she is, and just as her sister is. Just as the nurses are.

Your job is not to steer the ship, it is to keep it afloat. You are doing the best you can, and the only thing you need add to this is ACCEPTANCE. As you infuse this situation with more love, more acceptance, more surrender… you will see how this is all playing out for the best and highest good of everyone involved. And even if you can’t believe us now, we assure you it will be a more joyful ride if you could convince yourself a little… or a lot.

With our love,
Sara

INSPIRED ARTIST PODCAST EPISODE #71: Genevieve Solomon

I met Genevieve first as a client, then as a teacher, and now as a guest...  Cute example of the malleable roles we take on for one another,...

Most Popular Posts