Saturday Soulfulness: “Make It Rain” (Performed by H.E.R.)

Dr. Shelly’s Soulfulness Song Reflections
There are so many powerful “rain” songs that deeply touch my soul.  What resonates with me so much about this one is the vivid acknowledgement of the intensity of pain that we experience during this human journey and the simultaneous possibility of healing… healing that calls for the willingness to experience intense feelings.  To me, the lyrics “make it rain” are asking for healing, a statement of readiness to stand in the rain and not run for cover or do whatever we can to avoid getting wet. We can’t “stay dry” and heal; healing requires us to step out of our comfort zone.  The song reminds me of familiar mantras that I share in trainings or with clients: “you have to feel it to heal it” and “you have to go through it to get to it”.  I saw H.E.R. perform this song a couple of months ago (she opened for Lauryn Hill at the Hollywood Bowl in LA) and it moved me nearly to tears.  Check out Ed Sheeran’s very soulful 2013 recording of this song!

I am currently curating a “RAIN” playlist on Spotify.  It is in process but here’s the link if you want to check it out:

It includes classic rain songs like “Purple Rain” (Prince) and “I Wish it Would Rain” (The Temptations), as well as “Rain” (Common and John Legend), “Let it Rain” (Ayo), a different “Let It Rain” (by George Benson, Al Jarreau, and Patti Austin), and “The Rain” (Jill Scott and Will Smith).  There are around 80 songs with multiple versions of favorites like “I Can’t Stand the Rain” and “Come Rain or Come Shine”.  Enjoy! 

With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness, 
Dr. Shelly Harrell

“Make it Rain” Performed by H.E.R.

SOULyrics Spotlight 

Well I know there can come fire from the sky
To refine the purest of kings
Even though
I know this fire brings me pain
Even so, just the same
…Let the clouds fill with thunderous applause
And lightning be the veins
Fill the sky with all that they can draw
When it’s time to make a change

~Foy Vance

(For Contemplation and Conversation)
Are you willing to stand in the rain?

(Close your eyes and repeat slowly and silently. Let the words penetrate your SOUL.)

The Soulfulness Song Meditation
You can put on your headphones or listen with speakers in open space.  Put the song on repeat.  It is recommended that you start by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths to set your intention on listening deeply and opening yourself to what you may receive. You can do this meditation sitting, laying down, standing, or walking. You can walk a circle or back-and-forth path being intentional about your steps (consider a slow pace connecting to the rhythm of the song). Whether sitting or standing, feel free to integrate rocking/movement/dance!  First just allow the music to be background and come into your breath and body, using the song as a sound anchor to bring you back the the music when your mind wanders (which is natural, normal and expected!). Then tune-in to the song more intentionally and allow yourself to connect to the “vibe” of the song, to the feeling of it. Then focus in on the lyrics, listening for meanings and messages that resonate with you.  It is fine if there are lyrics that you do not relate to, those are for someone else’s experience of the song.  You can simply focus on any lyrics that move you, touch you, or connect with you in some way.  After you have listened to the song a couple of times (or more), you can then bring the SoulQuestion to your consciousness, opening your heart and mind for inquiry, self-reflection, and insights. Finally, you can use the SOULfirmation as a mantra and just repeat it slowly a few times.  Give yourself some silent space for a bit of time to see what emerges and, if you are so inspired, you can journal about your experience.