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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 66 foundations dedicated to spiritual education or helping children and mothers in need. In this interview, Turner speaks about Beyond, the power of song and practice, and the meaning of love. —ANDREA MILLER All religions speak about love, and it sounds easy to be loving. But people so frequently fail to love. Why is loving so difficult? Some people are born into a loving family. For example, every- one in the family greets everyone else in the morning, they sit at breakfast together, they give each other a kiss when they leave. There is harmony and love in the house. When you are born with that, you take it with you. But some people are born into situations where they’re exposed to everything but love. The world is full of people that are born into such situations, and they are traveling through life in the dark. No one has ever explained to them that they need to find love, and they have no education for love except for falling in love with another person, for sexual love. I believe that the problem with the world today is that we have too many people who are not in touch with true love. What helped you to become loving? When you don’t come from your mother with love, you might have the gift to be surrounded by other people or situations that are loving and you learn to love in that way. My mother didn’t want a child, so I experienced being unwanted. But I found love when I was with myself. I would go into nature, into gardens and eat fruit. I would climb trees. I looked to nature and found love because love is in nature. If you go there, hurt and angry, it can transform you. I went with nature, with animals, and I found love and harmony. I would come home at the end of the day—braids pulled out, my dress torn—and of course I got asked, “Where have you been all day!?” But I had been in a world of love and happiness. I am very happy that I discovered love in nature because later I was in a relationship without love and I still found a way to find love. You can find love when you are of love. Did singing help you? I was singing almost from the moment I was born. Ever since I was big enough, I’ve been singing. When I was a little girl my mother would put me on a chair and I would sing for the shop ladies. So I was born with a voice to sing and I have been singing all my life. It might be that being a singer helped me. Maybe sing- ing on stage helped. Maybe it was a release. In what way is singing a spiritual practice? Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is a song. In the Soka Gakkai tradition we are taught how to sing it. It is a sound and a rhythm and it touches a place inside you. That place we try to reach is the sub- conscious mind. I believe that it is the highest place and, if you communicate with it, that is when you receive information on Tina Turner with her collaborators on the CD Beyond, Dechen Shak-Dagsay (left) and Regula Curti (center). PHOTOBYALBERTOVENZAGO