Algo Está Cambiando [Something Is Changing In Me]: A Song by Bomba Estéreo That Epitomizes the Ceilings We Go Through on the Spiritual Journey

 A contemplative young woman

I have a new favorite song I discovered on Pandora. It speaks to the changes I’m personally going through and the changes and transformation that regularly occur on the spiritual journey. I’m not sure if the band and songwriter intended all this or not. Maybe I’m hearing the lyrics through my own filters. There is a crystal bowl gonged near the end of the song however (LOL) so I think I might not be too off track. The song is Algo Está Cambiando (Something Is Changing) by Bomba Estéreo (Stereo Bomb) from the Grammy nominated album Amanecer (Dawning). Here’s my translation…

 
Something is changing in me, and it’s growing
Something is changing in you, I feel it
I’m searching for something to shine light on it
On all these moments
I’m leaving behind all that I must
to continue growing

I am that which I must be
I’m going where I need to go and I’ll lose nothing
I am that which I must be
I’m going where I need to go and I’ll lose nothing

I’ve freed myself from my time of solitude
It’s what I feel
It’s what I feel
I’m going forward aware of my freedom
On the path of awakening, the path of awakening

Something is changing in me, I can see it
Something is changing in you, something good
I’m searching for a sound to sing that represents
All the silence
Changing everything [within me] that I must change
to continue growing.
 

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These beautiful lyrics are actually in Spanish (see Spanish lyrics below) and the smoothly arousing Bomba Estéreo music itself is, in part, loosely described as psychedelic cumbia* which I love. Psychedelic and the spiritual path go hand in hand.

But here’s why I love this song so much.

When you’re on a spiritual (as opposed to religious) path, you go through certain trials and rites of passage. Those times can happen with lots of other people or mostly in solitude. They can involve very dramatic times (our ego minds make them dramatic) or the times can be relatively even emotionally. We all go through life lessons which each of us divinely ordained before we even came in.

We go through epochs of time where learning and experiencing around a certain theme (or life lesson) continues until we seem to reach and go through a 'ceiling.' The transformation is almost palpable. And I surmise the procession of ceilings is endless because we are all essentially immortal.

It’s like one day you realize you’ve gone higher or further or deeper through something, whatever your terminology permits. It’s like one day you just know you’ve gone beyond something. You’ve penetrated a veil. Sometimes you know what that something is and sometimes you’re not sure, you only know you did.

Alga Está Cambiando is that song for me. It’s that song you joyfully sing when you realize you’ve gone through another ceiling and you just know that something is profoundly changing within yourself. Reaching ceilings are at once exhilarating and subtle. The best part is you know, you just know when you’ve done it. It’s nothing you ever have to effort. Just allow your life to flow, be a participant in that flow, follow the pointers you are given and it will happen. The time of solitude, loneliness, sadness, boredom, hurt, anger, poverty, discord will become a “no thing” and you will in one certain moment find you are on an elevated path of heightened awareness and freedom, ready to embark on your journey to the next ceiling.

And penetrating a ceiling should be celebrated, maybe even celebrated with a song like this one.

The group Bomba Estéreo was founded by Simón Mejía and Algo Está Cambiando is sung by the group’s vocalist Liliana “Li” Saumet. The song was released in June 2, 2015, ℗ 2015 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC.

*Cumbia is a Colombian folkloric rhythm and dance which began as a courtship dance practiced among the indigenous population on the Caribbean coasts of Colombia. It later mixed with African and European instruments, steps and musical characteristics.

Photo by Joanna Nix on Unsplash

Algo Está Cambiando Lyrics
Algo está cambiando en mi, creciendo
Algo está cambiando en ti, lo siento
Me voy a buscar una luz pa iluminar
Todos estos momentos
Dejando todo lo que tenga que dejar
Y seguir creciendo

Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder
Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder

Me estoy liberando del tiempo soledad
Y es un sentimiento
Y es un sentimiento
Estoy caminando conciencia libertad
Camino despierto camino despierto

Algo está cambiando en mi, puedo verlo
Algo está cambiando en ti, algo bueno
Me voy a buscar un sonido pa cantar
Todo este silencio
Cambiando todo lo que tenga que cambiar
Y seguir creciendo

Me estoy liberando del tiempo soledad
Y es un sentimiento
Y es un sentimiento
Estoy caminando conciencia libertad
Camino despierto
Camino despierto

Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder
Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder

Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder
Soy lo que soy lo que tengo que ser
Voy a donde voy sin tener que perder

Me estoy liberando del tiempo soledad
Y es un sentimiento
Y es un sentimiento
Estoy caminando consciencia libertad
Camino despierto
Camino despierto