(Carmen Love was a student in SMC Community Ed’s Blog Writing class this summer taught by Anita Gill. Love wrote the following blog entry for the class.)

By Carmen Love

There is power in surrender. There, where you least trust it, and when you least expect it, a torrent of strength wells deep—an undercurrent so startling, it seems to spring from a different source. And yet, once you’ve given into it, it becomes easily accessible. You wonder how you ever missed it, this phantom limb that was attached to you all along.

It’s counterintuitive. We obsess with control over the perfect tone, the perfect pitch, the perfect execution. Yet, like so many other things in life, the tighter we grasp them, the more quickly we lose them. Like love, water or grains of sand. Power is a fickle lover who slips your embrace under the covers and runs off with the neighbor on the back of a motorcycle in the middle of the night. There’s no convincing Power. Power needs space.

And not just any space—not the symbolic, domestic space of reading side-by-side on the couch—but the wild freeness you find up in the mountains. The vast echo in your mind’s eye when you sit in meditation before sunrise, finding the spaces between words, between thoughts. The kind of space that takes decades of dedication and self-discipline.

Perhaps that’s why so much has been said about the relationship between the chakras and music, especially the voice. Each chakra represents an energy center that holds a space on the body, one related to a note on the musical scale. The fifth chakra happens to be the throat chakra—the blue one, the color of space, the “Heavenly Pool” at the roof of your mouth. It’s the color of oceans and travel. The color of pentatonic scales and harmonicas, of the sad note that lingers onstage at the end of the night, suspended in a cloud of smoke. It’s the color of depth and truth and sadness. The space created by putting distance between yourself and your wants. Surrender. The power is in letting go. In letting your truest self vibrate at your natural frequency. And in doing so, discovering your true voice.

Not the one you think you should sound like, not the sound of your influences or your heroes. But the sound you were meant to bring into the world. The power that comes with trusting what you know and letting go, so that you may manifest fully, in all your resonance.

Carmen Love is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based Creative Director who specializes in producing culturally-relevant ideas that transcend borders and media.

Originally from Mexico City, she grew up in a utopian international community in the jungles of Veracruz, before moving to the concrete wilderness of New York, Chicago, and now L.A.

Over the years, she’s had the pleasure of working with many talented people at places like Crispin Porter + Bogusky, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY LA and Mexico City, where I was hired to co-found the first Latin American office and spearhead the Creative Department. I’ve also enjoyed leading and collaborating with multidisciplinary global teams at Ogilvy & Mather, DDB/Gibert S2 and Terán\TBWA.

Her work has won multiple awards, including a Grand Clio, a Yellow Pencil at One Show, Gold and Bronze Clios, a Cannes Lion, along with honors from The Webbys.

Aside from her career, her great passions continue to be music, culture, technology and global collaboration—so much so, that she recently became a digital citizen of Estonia as part of a transnational program that fosters location-independent businesses.

Most of all, she says she still believes that creativity is a driving force to change the world for the better.



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