Immerse Yourself in the of the Void
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
When we immerse ourselves into the oneness that is the Void (Rumi calls it the “Nowhere that you came from”) we experience ourselves as whole, perfect and complete. There is no striving. There is no separation. There is only oneness. We enter the void through our inner world. We sit or stand quietly and go within and keep going until our body disappears and we are void.
In that void is everything. It is wholeness. It is serenity. It is the highest vibration that exists. We don’t connect with it, we are it. When we allow ourselves to move into the silence within, we have the experience of being everything. All that is. All that will be. We are part of a void that includes everything. Wholeness. Unconditional Love. Serenity. Wisdom. It’s all there. In the All-That-Is. In that silence within.
How do you get there? How do you experience it? By moving within. Closing your mind to the external and moving into the void. The void of wholeness. The void of All-that-is. The Nowhere That We Came From. As we immerse ourselves in the experience of the void, our body responds with healing. Balancing. Restoring. And all we are doing is residing in an awareness of being one with the void. Allow the void to restore balance to your physical body, to expand your spiritual experience. Give yourself over to the void. Trust it. And let go. Let go of anything and everything that no longer serves you and is no longer relevant.
In the void of wholeness, the void of oneness, the void of All That Is, know that you are whole, perfect and complete. Experience that in your life. As you stay in that void, feel your entire being respond and realign and replenish and restore. Then, when you are ready, gradually come back to your experience as a human being and trust the expanded awareness flowing through your life, the void of wholeness. Trust it. And let it bring you into balance.
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I make it a practice to move into the void every day and experience the wholeness and unconditional love and inclusiveness that is there.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Perhaps you want to record a guided meditation for yourself that takes you into the void. That lets you return to the vibration of wholeness, the experience of wholeness. Or just do it in meditation.
- Notice what shifts and self-correct if appropriate.
How Do You Nurture Your Inner Self?
We mostly know how to take care of our bodies with good diet and exercise, but how do you consciously nurture your inner self? Do you have a meditation practice? If not, maybe you want to establish one. Do you walk in nature? Or at least sit and contemplate as you look out the window at nature every day? Perhaps watch the sunset or the sunrise?
Do you meditate? Do you listen to music? Do you write poetry or make up songs? Do you spend time with a dear friend? Do you hug your pet? Those are ways to nurture your inner self. Perhaps go exploring today to find a new way, a new experience you can create that will deepen your awareness of your inner self and its messages and guidance.
The Healing Power of Solitude
I live alone so solitude is a major part of my life but what I want to talk about here is actually choosing a specific time to be still within. To be alone with your thoughts. To be alone with your feelings. To be alone with your body. To be alone with nature. To let yourself immerse yourself in the ebb and flow of the ongoing cycles of life. To become part of the flow. And be nurtured by the love, be nurtured by the compassion, be nurtured by the peace that resonates in the silence. You can turn it into gratitude for the day or a blessing for the day but find a time in your spiritual practice to be aware of the sound of silence as you sit in solitude and listen to your Inner Self.
Send Love Ahead to Your Day
Vibration is not restricted by time and space so you can send the vibration of love ahead to your day and simply step into it as you move along the way. Isn’t that a nice idea? To send love ahead. Send love ahead to a meeting. Sounds love ahead to a conversation. Send love ahead to something you’re going to work on. And when you get there, love will be waiting for you. Lots of love. Give it a try. And watch the miracles happen.
I get a lot of good ideas from Daily Om and this is one of them. It is the idea of a Surrender Box.
There’s a great deal in our life that we need to leave up to the organic flow of the universe. So instead of trying to wrestle something to the ground or manhandle it into place, we let the Universe take care of it. We put it in a Surrender Box and let the universe handle it. Instead of worrying or feeling defeated, we just let go. Perhaps we say something like “please resolve this for the highest good for all” or “I release this to its natural unfolding.” Then we turn it over to the all-compassing, compassionate universe.
Have a real box. Write down on paper what you want to release and put it in the box knowing that it will all work out the way it’s supposed to. Let the universe and its all-encompassing all-knowing wisdom provide the next step whether it’s to let it go or to take action. The Surrender Box allows you to let go of any worry and concern and turn it over to the unfolding of the universe which is going to make it happen anyway. You just get to step out of the picture and stop worrying.
Feeling Empowered by Qigong for Self-Healing
I just finished Heal Yourself & Others With the Power of Qigong, with Master Chunyi Lin. on the Shift New and it has completely shifted my belief system and expectations about being able to self-heal. That Qi (energy) knows what to do. You just have to point it in the right direction and trust. You do that with your mind (Yi).
I’ve taken four or five other Qigong classes but I was doing that only as a meditative exercise choice. It wasn’t until I took this class that I realized that everything is changing including my body because I am actively directing Qi with my mind and trusting the Qi to know what to do. I just have to point it in the general direction. That’s huge.
I don’t know what’s going on in my body, I only know what is manifesting and that change and rebalancing continues to happen. I have an idea of a possible cause of this realignment from a past life. So I sit here and direct Qi energy to the parts of my body that are being grouchy and the Qi energy is restoring balance to my body.
Here’s a link to the class. They have scholarships that are half price. This is his website. springforestqigong.com. He sends out self-healing topics weekly. A self-healing class is taught there too. I really like what I’m learning in Spring Forest Qigong and what it’s helping me to do to heal myself.
Grandmaster Chuny Lin, chunyilin.com
Establish a time every day that you pause to realign. The form could be a nap. But the form could also be a few minutes of deep breathing while looking out the window at nature. Or meditation using a mantra. The point is to find at least one if not more times in your day that you really stop and recenter yourself into that Still Point into an awareness of you as pure vibration. Into a consciousness of releasing the frenetic energy and bringing in peace and calm. And love. And compassion. A pause. Possibly several times a day. It will rebalance you, it will recharge you. And it will keep you going in the right direction
Relief from Lower Back Pain
Qigong Pressure Point to Relieve Lower Back Pain with Master Chuny Lin. Easy to do. Share it with those who need it.
The Power of a Small Change
If I stand here and I turn to my left one step, and then start walking, I will end up in entirely new destinations. One step. One step can change my entire outcome, take me to an entirely different place. What is that one step? How do I recognize it?
Some of it is about experimenting. If I do this differently today how does it feel? What difference does it make in how I feel at the end of the day? Does it lead me to a different outcome? What small shift will you make today that may lead you in an entirely new direction? Go exploring and find new adventures.
Do The Work
In the second Qigong class with David Penn, he taught us some Qigong moves that I can’t even come close to doing. Not because they were hard. Simply because they required me to stand up straight – which I can’t do at this moment in time. But what they motivated me to do was to do my version of it. To try. For instance, he was teaching a standing squat. Well, I can hang on to things and stand up and move more or less, into kind of squat. So it inspired me to do what I can do. And build on that. I’m going to review the class because it is very rich in ideas. But the core shift is to just start doing the work. The best you can. On a consistent basis. And expect your body to respond and get stronger and better and more aligned. What do you need to begin to do even if it seems like you’re pretty far away from being able to achieve it?
Curiosity can take you on great adventures. It takes you into unknown corners and down unexpected panels. Curiosity cultivates new experiences and deeper wisdom. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Learn to notice the nudges in the universe that open new doors of opportunity and learning. Listen to the nudges of curiosity and go explore. Have a great adventure. Find a way to both stretch beyond your usual world and hold a space that is deeply, personally embodied.
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The Far Reach of Embodiment
Can you think of someone who has a quality that is so richly embodied that it resonates from something she/he does? It makes you recognize the quality and it encourages a desire within you to embrace that quality in your own life. That’s the far reaches of embodiment.
I am drawing two of my friends into a circle of three because we are all healers. We have mildly different approaches but we are at the core drawn to and interested inour role as healers. One friend I have known for 20 years, the other for six. And now we are three friends walking a similar path.
Who is in your life that is setting an example of qualities and experiences you would like to increase in your life? The wonderful young woman who comes to clean my home calls herself my Gal Friday. And her willingness and creativity and joy in doing the numerous things that keep a home going is inspiring. She loves to clean. Do you have something you love to do that people will notice your joy in doing it?
When we are joyous and enthusiastic about what we are doing that joy radiates out and inspires and motivates others. We are the embodiment of our beliefs. How are you doing with that?
I am a good friend to people that I want to interact with but I’m not so good with people that I’m not particularly drawn to. So I’m not sure how I’m seen in this senior center, but that’s OK. I have connected with friends online who are walking a path similar to mine.
How are you perceived? And is there anything about that you would like to change? Do that.
I don’t know what my living accommodations are as I get older. This is independent living. Which means I have to stay independent. But now I have help with cleaning and taking trash out and picking stuff up off the floor. What do you do when you age and become less self-sufficient and have no family? When you are on your own and are not capable of being on your own? What are your choices? What are your resources?
Yes, I get more and more creative about how to get dressed, how to care for myself, how to feed myself. I’m aware of the type of help that I need. I have Shelly who comes to clean every other week and do my laundry, and this week I hired her to come for 20 minutes on her way home on the opposite week to take out trash and change my sheets and pick up things off the floor that I can’t reach anymore. It was a relief to make that commitment to hire that extra time. Look around for an older person that you might do some small deed for. It will be greatly appreciated.
Support – Giving and Getting
We each have a support system. It may be a big one or a little one. But there is someone we can call upon. And there are others that can call upon us. Support is about both giving it and receiving it.
I need support in caring for my home as I age. I hope I give support in my newsletter as I explore life and figure out ways to do it thoughtfully. It’s an exchange but it’s not an exchange with the same people. The wonderful person who comes to clean my home does not read my newsletter but she says I am her favorite hippie… So this flow of giving and receiving support is not necessarily an exact exchange. It is a pattern of moving energy in our lives. How is the balance of your giving and getting? Are you getting enough help? Are you giving enough? Do both.
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
How does one lead in this volatile environment of strong and opposing viewpoints? It’s probably not going to be through reasoning. Somehow the communication of inclusion has to come through the heart. It is up to each of us to make room for the individuality of another and respect their choices and not impose ours on them. It’s a live and let live approach. I can show you by example what compassion looks and feels like. I can show you by example what respect for other cultures and beliefs looks like. But words won’t do it. We lead by doing. We lead by example. And those who are aware look at us and say, “Oh, I want to do it that way. I like what that feels like to be receiving that energy inclusion. I like how that affects my awareness.”
What kind of example are you being in the world today and who are you sharing that example with? And what changes is it making? Lead by example.
Filter the News – A Choice
I watch way too much news. It is depressing. And as I sit here in my 89-year-old body I don’t know how to help. Perhaps I can’t. It is not mine to do.
But I do have control over how I nurture my body and my soul – by what I think and focus on and consider is true. This is a period of massive self-destruction. There’s so much wrong about thinking that I don’t even know where to begin. What I do know to do is to focus on what is working. The people who are doing good things. The people who are having positive and creative ideas. Change may be as simple as shifting my focus. Not to ignore what’s going on, not to not prepare for it or look for solutions for it, but to hold a vision of a higher energy, a higher belief system. And inclusive, interconnected, loving way of being. What do you look for as you move through life? How do you expect to change and contribute? Where are you focused? What do you expect and what are you getting? Look for the positive that exists and support that. It will change the world.
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Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. – Betty Friedan
Here is A Qigong experience of the Void with Master Gadu Doushin.
I have a comforting belief system about dying. It comes from two books where a psychologist hypnotized and interviewed people about their life between lives. Michael Newton did pass life regression with people specifically asking about what their life was between lives. He wrote Journey of Soul and and Destiny of the Souls.
The time between lives is a time of checking in, regrouping, rethinking, replanning and re-choosing. Even re-choosing whether we want to come in for another lifetime. For me that is very comforting.
At 89, living in a senior center where people literally move on a lot, I am acquiring a philosophy of death and “next” that works for me. We all have to do the same. My vaccinated son-in-law at 75 got Covid. I can’t tell him my philosophy or the joy of a potential “next” because he’s very conservative and not receptive. Nor would it be any comfort to my daughter who is 12 years younger when there comes a time for him to move on. I’m such a stand alone person, even as I find I have to ask for more help on the physical plane than I used to. I’m not afraid of being dead. I’m not too excited about the process of becoming dead in case it is uncomfortable. So I want my mind to continue to identify and reformulate and share philosophical ideas that help me and others with the concept of death.
What do you do that gives value to your life right now and are you doing enough of it? Embrace the gifts of each day, each moment, each awareness. And let the rest unfold.
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My “next” comes from “now”. How I see it. How I expect it to be. How I use it.
My “next” comes from “now”. How I see it. How I expect it to be. How I use it. What is the foundation I am standing on? What is the belief system that moves me forward? Will they serve me well? Are they what I want?
My “next” comes from “now”. How I see it. How I expect it to be. How I use it. What is the foundation I am standing on? What is the belief system that moves me forward? Will they serve me well? Are they what I want? Shifts I now make will make a huge difference in my “next”. I choose thoughtfully.
Cara Lumen, May 2022
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