Clear Space for a New Cycle
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
The Winter Solstice is December 21 and a new calendar year begins soon. What a perfect time to rethink, regroup and reorganize.
Take a long look at what you have gathered to you in your life. What is still relevant? What have you outgrown? What do you want to add? What do you want to accomplish? Pause to make a list. Give this some thought. You are designing your “next.”
There’s nothing like a cleared space to create room to rethink everything. What is now currently important in your life? What do you need to have near you in order to make that happen? Begin to prioritize based on what you know now and what you want to create next. This means you will leave some things behind. It means you may need new tools in order to create this new next or expand on what you are already building. What do you want to create? What do you need to make happen? Where will you get it?
Clear out things you take for granted, or have outgrown, or are simply a habit you have fallen into that no longer serves you. Make room for change.
One of the things about reorganizing is that when you reposition things, you make them more accessible, to give them more time, more energy, more space, and more predominance in your thinking. What do you want to accomplish in the next year, in the next quarter? Choose just a few things that you can focus on and list some steps you can actually accomplish. Then begin to structure a plan. Learn the new skills you need. Reorganize your schedule to make room for growth. This is a time of creation. Make room for what you love to do. Let your imagination flow as you design your “next.“
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I celebrate the beginning of a new cycle by rethinking and rechoosing – everything.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Perhaps divide your reorganization into segments like personal and career and relationships. Some areas may need more attention than others.
- Set a mission statement for each area. I want my professional life to… I want my relationships to… I want my health to…
- Let go, rethink, rechoose, reorganize and prepare to move forward.
As a new idea starts to come in I get it in small snippets. I call them nudges and I started a Nudge document on my computer to capture then, where I can quickly record and expand on my nudges and help them come into being.
Having a place to write down the one or two word nudges that your intuition gives you may be an interesting way to help your ideas develop and expand.
Contemplation Brings Wisdom
As I contemplate what the unfolding of the Divine Feminine could look like I am questioning all my beliefs and especially my expectations of what is possible. Most of these ideas are not mine to live out because of my age, but it is precisely because of my age that I can see the overarching patterns and how they might change.
When faced with a decision or a need to understand more, contemplate and explore. Contemplate the possibilities. Explore the alternatives. Use your imagination to create new combinations. Take one piece and expand it. Take one piece and remove it and see how the whole is affected. All of these possibilities can be explored in your mind when you simply take time to contemplate the alternatives, visualize the possibilities and let your expectations soar!
When We Don’t Know That We Don’t know
My friend Christina and I often journey together on our Zoom calls. On 12/12 she said it was the day of the black madonna, the Virgin of Guadalupe. I had never given that much thought. She suggested we journey to her. We each took our own journey and at the end of mine I was in my Sacred Garden and looked in the Reflecting Pool and there was the Circle of Light Beings in all manner of ethnic expressions. It was only then that I realized that I had been thinking of the Circle of Light Beings as more “me’s” not a wonderful variety of “we’s”. It was a huge realization. How is your imagination limiting you and can you change it? Where are you unconscious about the narrowness of your vision?
As I proceed to work with the biofields in order to heal and balance my body, I get to trust the choices I make and the nudges I receive. I get to trust my deep knowing that healing does take place in the energetic fields. Are you listening to your inner voice and hearing its nudges?
We Get What We Expect
Our thoughts create our reality and our possibilities.
Our thoughts create our experience. How do we alter both our thoughts and the result?
What do I expect? If my experience in getting out of a chair is pain, guess what I’ll get. If I consciously start acknowledging the times I get up that there is no pain then that reinforces that belief. You see where I’m going with this -our mind and beliefs and our expectations create our reality. What we expect we deserve we get. What we expect is possible we get. We have a great deal of control and determination over the flow of our thoughts and the outcomes they produce.
Positive thoughts. A belief that it can happen. No, I’m not going to stand here and imagine myself running down the driveway but I will stand here and envision myself walking tall and straight and effortlessly down the hall even with a walker. That’s progress. That’s a shift in my belief in what is possible. That is a shift in my focus toward the positive rather than on the negative. Our thoughts create our reality. What are you creating for yourself?
Are You Stuck Or Are You Purposefully Planted?
There is a difference between being joyfully planted in a nurturing environment that encourages growth and experimentation and being stuck in a non-nourishing environment. Are you stuck or are you planted?
It takes courage to change. It takes courage to let go and move on, and yet all life is a cycle and that means we must regularly make new choices.
I can feel cycles ebbing and flowing in my life. When a new cycle is coming in I know it is coming but that’s all I know. Then one day there it is – clearly defined. This exploring of the Divine Feminine was like that. It burst upon me and demanded my attention and my exploration. It is an idea that deeply excites me and I am eager to explore. It holds many answers for our “next.”
Pulling up roots can be big or small. I have moved across the US four times and those were really big changes. I have changed my current environment by establishing more online friends than in–person friends so even though I don’t physically go many places, I have a rich world of emotional and intellectual exchange with like-minded people in many parts of the world.
Even if you feel you are planted, check to see if there are some weeds crowding you that need to be removed so you have room to grow wider and taller and deeper. Bloom where you are planted and have a good time doing it.
What Motivates You?
Motivation is a driving force. What motivates you to do what you do? My need to explore what my mind offers is so huge that I get up out of bed to go write what is coming in. And yet I am not doing as much physical work on my body as I could and should and want to. How do I change my motivation? I want it to be enticing and encouraging, not scary and full of dire results. If I don’t do it thus and so will happen. The motivational change will come from within. I have to want to do it. I have to feel it is important. And I probably need to feel satisfied after doing it.
How do you motivate yourself and what do you need to motivate yourself to do more of?
Simplify Your Schedule – Work in Clumps
Having three things on your To-Do List feels a lot better than having 20. What if you thought of your work in clumps? You would have a clump for Self-Care, a clump for Relationships, a clump for Working your Passion. It would make you feel like you had accomplished more. You can work in time clumps – 90 minutes, 2 hours, a half-hour on one focus. But then shift to another major focus so each gets some action.
The first parcel of time after I am dressed for the day is spiritual – meditation, playing my flutes, a little Qigong. It also includes dawning a SpiritSong Tarot card to help me think about my choices and my progress and my potential.
Then I open my email and tend to wherever that takes me.
My second time slot is always creative – my favorite time and action. Since my work is creative it often looks like I am moving projects forward because I am.
When you focus on the purpose of each period of time it becomes richer and deeper. Eating is mindful, study is enriching, connecting with others is invigorating.
Whatever you are doing, immerse yourself in it, give it your full attention, and then pause to acknowledge what you have accomplished.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
All Change Begins Within You
Our old way of life is simply gone. It does not exist anymore. What we create next is up to us. It is within our imagination, our expectations, our beliefs in what can happen and the choices we make. What are you dreaming into being?
===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Who We Are
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but rather spiritual beings having a human experience.”—Pierre Teilhard de Charin.
How do we learn to consciously come from our spiritual essence in everything we do?
===THE UNFOLDING DIVINE FEMININE===
Do you have any friends you have had all your life? Probably not. I can think of people who nurtured me during different periods of my life. No one person has walked the entire path with me but there were always gifts of insight and awareness involved in our time together.
That is the point of life – to go on our specific adventure, walk beside different people on the path who deepen our experience and our expectations. As we move through our journey of life we cultivate change within ourselves – in our beliefs and our expectations of what is possible for us. And thus draw to us new people who are walking that part of the path too.
As a woman who was married twice and lived the majority of her life alone, I’m a fan of the walk-the-path-alone adventure. It allows me to stop and fill myself up or move past something that does not resonate. I chart a path that is mine alone and I do it without accommodating the needs of another.
We all walk the path on our own, at our own tempo in our own direction. Allow yourself to be open to new friends and exchange gifts with them that enrich you both. And let go when your paths need to separate. There is another adventurer up ahead waiting to walk beside you in encouragement and support and new insights. Do not be afraid to walk the path alone.
===OUR UNFOLDING ROLE===
Planning for a Future We Cannot Imagine
My daughter and her husband help me with physical things that I need as I grow older. You may not have children. I have Social Security and subsidized housing which makes it possible for me to live comfortably and safely and affordably. Will that be in place for you when the time comes?
What do you teach your children about the plans for their lives when you have no idea how the future is going to unfold and what dramatic changes it is already bringing to it?
Flexibility in our willingness to change is the cornerstone for a successful life. Do not go down a paved road that may lead nowhere. Walk an eclectic path of winding opportunity and go exploring to find what resonates with you.
May we hear and heed the call of the Divine Feminine.
May we expand our hearts and our expectations.
May we walk the Path of Light with a sure foot.
May we keep our gaze on the summit.
May we take this journey with a full heart.
I entwine my light with yours and we move forward to guide the way.
===REFLECTIONS OF A DEEPER SONG PODCAST===
==DEEPER SONG BOOK SHELF===
It depends on what you want to learn but there are books to take you adventuring everywhere. Here are a few of my cornerstone books.
The Prophet , Kahlil Gibran. There is such life wisdom here. On the last page, in the last paragraph, I found the phrase “I will return and you will sing to me a deeper song.” I caught my breath. I wanted to sing a deeper song. And so I am.
Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman BarksI love Rumi. Deep wisdom and insights I need to expand into my life.
The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching & Hau Hu Ching by Hua Ching Ni Another cornerstone book for me is Lao-Tzu. It holds the core concepts of Taoism and that path resonates with me.
==== DEEPER SONG EXPLORATION ===
Winter Solstice is December 21 – Create an Experimental Garden
Winter Solstice is the day I honor in December. It is a time of deep contemplation and realignment. It is also the beginning of a new year. I’m suggesting that we create an experimental garden of crops we may want to plant in the coming year. Fill it with ideas you want to explore, new directions you want to expand, and qualities you want to develop. And of course you want a compost pile in which to put beliefs and expectations that no longer serve.
Take pencil to paper and draw your Experimental Garden to help you see what choices you have made, choices you want to make. How much of each you want to plant. What’s working, what’s not. Drawing up our “Garden of Next” is as simple as labels for rows, labels for varieties of the same idea and wiggly lines for the rows. More rows of one thing, less of another. As you think about this you may keep making new versions. It’s a drawing, draw away. Capture your ideas visually.
You may have crops for income, health, personal growth, creativity, exploration – whatever you want to experiment with and develop in the coming year. This is an easy way to explore and clarify your feelings and expectations.
Give some thought to what you would like to explore next, even just enough to see if it supports the direction you want to go and especially if it will change the direction you think you are headed. What do you want to bring into your life and how much of it do you want? Let us each design an Experimental Garden to guide our “next” and draw it into being.
Get a Handle On Your Beliefs and Expectations
As I work on creating my Experimental Garden for 2022 I get to examine both my beliefs and my expectations.
The problem is that possibilities are changing very rapidly. Ideas are shape-shifting as rapidly as I can think them up. I need to glide into this – be more like a shape-shifting cloud, constantly changing but with the larger form emerging slowly.
A small change can make a huge difference. As my body moves through its changes, it makes small shifts that affect the overall structure. Standing a little straighter realigns the whole body. Do not underestimate what a small shift will make in your beliefs, your choices, and your opportunities.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
What We Notice
It was a small change, I barely noticed. Like a bud peeking out of a plant.
It was a small change, I barely noticed. Like a bud peeking out of a plant. But it grew. It expanded my possibilities. It extended my expectations.
It was a small change, I barely noticed. Like a bud peeking out of a plant. But it grew. It expanded my possibilities. It extended my expectations. And a whole new world opened up.
– Cara Lumen December 2021
We create our future with every thought we think, every action we take. Move forward mindfully as you sing your Deeper Song.
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