Listen to the Silence
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
Stop reading a moment and listen to the silence. There is a sound to silence. There is a presence in silence. There are lessons and messages in silence. Take a deep breath, center yourself and listen.
It’s not your voice that speaks in the silence. It is the energy of the unseen world. Standing in an ancient redwood forest that silence holds eons of experiences and thoughts and expectations. Looking out over the ocean makes one think about what lies beyond, what adventures might be waiting. And whether you’re going to stay on shore or go exploring.
In the silence is a presence. It is in the presence of All-that-is. It is the presence of Oneness. It is the presence of a collective energy. In that silence there are insights, deepening understanding, expanded awareness, and serenity.
In silence there are answers to questions. There are ideas that beg to be explored. In that silence decisions are made. Silence is a very powerful place to be.
Meditation instructs you to empty your mind. That’s a good thing to do. Simply sit and be with the presence of the silence that surrounds you. Sit there with no expectation. Keep your thoughts still and let the stillness seep into your very core to bring you tranquility, inner peace and wisdom.
How do you take time to cultivate silence in your life? Do more of it.
Listen to the sound of silence. It is the universe speaking to you. Heed what it is saying.
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I empty my mind completely before meditation. I make room for my inner voice to offer its wisdom.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Use a centering prayer to empty your mind and move into your Still Point before you meditate.
- Allow there to be words or allow there to be nothing. Simply be present with the feelings and emotions and knowingness that steps forth.
- Explore the silence and heed its messages.
Cultivate Your Intuition
All you have to do is pay attention to those small nudges and notice how right on they are. That’s how you cultivate your intuition. By paying attention and understanding that it is offering you subtle insights into what is.
I use my intuition to talk to my crystals. I definitely use my intuition when I journey to ask a question for guidance. I’m given all sorts of metaphors that are totally up to me to interpret. And I interpret then with my intuition and my imagination. Pay attention to your intuition and learn to trust it. It contains powerful guidance for you.
Cultivate Inner Peace
Teach yourself to quickly and completely center yourself into that place of inner wholeness, inner peace. You can do that with a deep conscious breath. I can use my transcendental meditation mantra to put me there in seconds. Perhaps take a moment to look out at nature and connect with a tree or a cloud. Throughout your day change your rhythm and bring it from outer concern to inner peace.
I’m waiting. I’m waiting for it to be time. I have a zoom call scheduled. I have groceries being delivered. I haven’t had my cup of tea yet. So I’m waiting. Sort of suspended in time doing nothing, going nowhere, simply waiting. I need to turn that into a moment of introspection, contemplation, gratitude. How much time do you waste simply waiting? And how will you learn to enrich that?
The Power of Limiting Beliefs
In my Qigong class Master Lin says there are six causes of all illness, emotions, diet, injury, changes of weather and season, wrong medication and living environment. My doctor friend Dr. Martha Lacy suggested another – limiting beliefs. For me that is huge and I have no idea how to address it with all this body stuff that’s going on for me. I usually attributed what’s manifesting now in my body to a past life injury that has been released and is manifesting change now in my hip area. I have no trouble believing that. But on the other hand, I have dry macular degeneration for which Western medicine says there’s no cure. And I believe them. It is a limiting belief. How can I cure a past life injury and not be able to heal a present one? I have no idea and I wish I did.
In my current Qigong class, we were taught to replace the Chi energy that is causing the stalemate. You clear it out with a big breath that gathers it up in your lower Tan Tien (behind the navel) and lets it go like smoke. And then you put in fresh Qi. I will do more of that with my eyes but I know deep down that my limiting belief is that I can’t change it. So on one hand I sort of see what life is gonna be like as my eyes cloud up and what am I gonna do about it and on the other hand, I am trying to envision myself walking outside again and clearly seeing everything as my body heals. I don’t have an answer, I just pose the problem.
Where do limiting beliefs come from? They come from our parents having taught us their own beliefs. They come from experience, they come from some other authority figures saying this is so.
How do I become the creator of a positive belief? I can do affirmations, but I have to believe them to make them work. I go back to that very important concept, “We get what we believe we deserve and what we believe is possible.” I deserve to have clear eyesight so I can continue my work. How do I change the what-is-possible part? I can use affirmations like “I see clearly within and without.” I do that. I can offer gratitude to my eyes as they do their work. I will begin to do more specific healing work around them. Perhaps envisioning going in and imagining reversing the dry macular degeneration which is a clouding of the back of the eye that makes you lose sight in the center of your vision. I will do visioning of the clearing of that back part of my eyes. I will acknowledge my eyes for what they can still see. And I will see what I learn in my self-healing qigong class.
A Good Move to Know
I learned this qigong move in one of Daisy Lee’s Qigong classes. To encourage your large intestine to do its work, use your cupped hands on your abdomen and move them in a patting motion that moves around and down your left side (descending colon). To slow your intestines down, go the other way. It’s a handy qigong move to know.
My Unexpected Self-Healing Experience
I was playing Spider Solitaire on my laptop as I often do when I noticed that I was moving my legs in sort of a dancing motion and nothing hurt, which has not been my recent experience. I was aware of a sense of being whole which I have not felt for quite a while. I looked in my body again and realized that the anticipation of pain was gone and that I had been sitting in that chair for quite a while without my hips hurting. When I got up it did not hurt like it usually does and I found that there had been a major adjustment in my body and it was in my shoulders. They were freer at the base of my neck and it was affecting my hips in an amazingly positive way. I walked more easily.
So two things happened – it was spontaneous, it just happened organically and I knew that I was better. I have been focusing on the hips as the cause of this walking difficulty but it was the base of my neck and those upper shoulders that felt lighter and freer and more flexible. So perhaps I wasn’t even looking in the right place for the cause of all this. This was spontaneous, it was unexpected. All I have done differently today was one Qigong movement from Robert Penn that I will now repeat forever, in case that was the releasing factor. I will see what unfolds. Year for self-healing…!
I have signed up for Robert’s seven-week online course and I’m recommending it highly to add to the self-healing quality of your life. Here is Robert Peng’s Live Long Qigong . Here is Robert’s web site. Here is the move that caused the shift .
Yi Directs Chi in Self-Healing
I’m not going to continue to give you a blow-by-blow account as my body self-heals, however I woke from a nap knowing that a muscle on the outer part of my left thigh had made an adjustment. When I got up to move around, I found it was indeed true and I was able to put weight on my left leg in the correct manner that I have not been able to do for a very long time. It had finally realigned!
It happened right after that I took my fourth Self-Healing Qiong class form Master Chin. We talked about the Yi, which is our intention, and how to use it to direct Qi energy. So as I took the class I also stood up and with my Yin intentions, sent more energy in that left leg and it stood firm holding my weight for the first time in a very long time.
You use your Yi, your intention, to send the Qi energy into the area that needs to be re-balanced. And yes, we have to let the Qi do its thing.
The Power of Persistence
Persistence is a good thing. That slow but steady one-foot-at-a time process then gets you where you’re supposed to go. Or want to go. But even as we continually walk in a particular direction, we need to pause to look around to see if it is in fact taking us in the direction we want and need to go right now. Don’t do something just because you said you would. If it’s not unfolding as you expected or taking you where you want to go, change directions. There is no need to continue on and complete a no longer resonating path. Choose the path that is guiding you in the right direction.
That means we have to pause and consider and evaluate often. Where has this present path taken you? Is that where you want to go? Is there an easier way to get there? Have you learned enough to make your decisions to continue or not? Is this path the easiest way to get where you want to go?
You also have to know when it’s time to let go of a particular path. This path is not working for me, this step is too hard, time consuming, uninteresting. This choice is not working for me. Sometimes it’s because our goals have changed. Sometimes it’s that we’ve learned as much as we need to know from a particular path. There are many reasons to stop going in a specific direction. That does not mean you have given up. It simply means you have learned what you need to learn from that particular path and can make new decisions based on those discoveries. This is not about not completing a job that you set out to do exactly. Unless what you set out to do is no longer relevant. Or you found a shortcut or better solution. See how you’re doing.
If I were trying to play the violin and I practiced and practiced and still was not very good at it, I would have to evaluate why I want to play the violin. If I just wanted music in my life perhaps there’s another instrument I should undertake. Explore. Persistence is good but only if you’re going in the right direction. Pay attention to the road signs as you move along.
I would learn to pay attention to the nudges and urges to guide me in what I choose to do. Today I feel like… or not. Rest and finding your own rhythm would be a good place to start.
Then you get to go exploring. What do you like to do with this open time? Who do you spend time with? If you are in a relationship that dynamic is going to change because you’re going to have more time together or at least bump into each other more often. This moving into a new phase is a time of evolution.
Whatever you establish at the beginning is going to change overtime. So don’t lock yourself in. You may find lots of naps are important when you first retire as your body rebalances. Then you find yourself bored out of your mind and get some stimulation going. Take your time and be prepared to change what you choose. Stay open to the new invitations offered by the universe as it begins to help you design your new place of service.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
Re-think Your Meditation Space
The problem was simple. I wanted to open the window for some fresh air and can longer reach it over my walker. And suddenly I was rearranging my entire meditation corner. What space do you need to reconfigure because its usage has changed or you have changed?
I had a big chest in front of the window that was meant to be a place for my cat Sebastian to get on and look out the window. He doesn’t do that much, at least not enough to tie up that whole space for his occasional desire to look out the window. So the removal of one fairly large object helped me recreate my entire meditation corner. I turned my chair to face even more fully toward the window to look out into nature. I moved a small altar that I really love that had been displaced from my bedroom into the centerpiece and I kept my flutes and drums nearby so I can reach them from my meditation chair. It has greatly deepened my appreciation and enjoyment of and work in my meditation corner.
What has changed in your life that asks you to rearrange your space? I can’t reach certain things so I need to put them up on something. I definitely have more things than surfaces. I have added items to my meditation practice. I would add more if I could put them within reach of sitting in a chair. I can do that.
Question the arrangement of the space you use all the time. It could be where you spend the most time. See if how it is arranged is still serving the way you want to use it or if some changes, either minor or major, will make it a more usable and nurturing space.
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE DIVERSE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEINGS===
Appreciate Your Own Value
We take ourselves for granted. We often don’t appreciate how much we actually contribute to ourselves and to others and to the world around us. Perhaps you’d like to pause to notice how much you do contribute.
I have a small circle of friends who are exceedingly important to me and I often don’t stop to think about how important I may be to them. Why are we friends? What do we give each other? It is an important exchange.
I put out this newsletter because I need to figure things out and I get excited aboutwhat I learn. I don’t necessarily get feedback on what I write. But I do know that I contribute to the lives of others.
It’s not exactly about your self-worth or your value, it is about how you perceive your place in the world, your contributions to the world, your role in the unfolding of the world. Can you pause a minute and give yourself some adjectives? I am wise. I am thoughtful. I expressed myself in a way that changes the lives of others. I’m an explorer. I’m creative. I love to learn new things and pass them along. None of those are necessarily things anyone will tell me about myself. What do you need to tell yourself about your own value? Do that.
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Create a Vision Board
I have not made a Vision Board for a lot of years. A good friend of mine decided to do one for the major planetary conjunction we had recently. It turns out she made hers out of clay. I turned to the group I am in and suggested we each do at least three drawings or find images for a vision board. So we will do that and share them at our next online meeting. I can think of two for my vision board. The picture of me in nature standing tall without my walker is the first one. The second one may be about my work in the world which includes my blue bell tower which plays the songs that I sing, and a tall transmitter tower on top of a mountain to share my ideas and discoveries with the world.
As I write this, I figured out my favorite drawing. It’s going to be a spider who weaves her web from within and builds on what she finds around her. Spiders cannot hear so she responds to vibration. That’s an important way for me to live my life – from within, building on what I find around me.
There’s another image that comes to mind that may be incorporated in the third drawing. It’s me on an upward trail. I am followed by my white donkey who carries a backpack full of transformational butterflies. I carry my walking stick which is actually Charlie the snake who is meant to hug me. I found him in a journey to the the lower world. And Samson the eagle who has the overview and shows me the way. That’s my journey. I am to keep walking uphill. I might add other light bearers on the path behind me but I haven’t drawn this yet so we’ll see. Perhaps you’ll join me in drawing three images for your vision board to see what it unfolds for you and where it leads you.
===REFLECTIONS OF A DEEPER SONG PODCAST===
==== DEEPER SONG EXPLORATION ===
I am taking this Qigong class with Robert Peng
When the Time is Right
For five years now I’ve watched my friend move along her path and be ready to take this next step. We’ve had many discussions, a lot of exploring, some resistance, and gradually increasing self confidence in not only her ability but what she wants to offer. And the words for her new website are flowing and the decisions are being made and steps are being taken because it is time.
Don’t be impatient with yourself, give yourself time, but also when the time is right, step forward and take action. You will know. It’s rather like a dam breaking, or a volcano erupting because it all flows out and into place so effortlessly. When you are ready the idea will take shape.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
When I am Ready
When I am ready the answers will appear.
When I am ready the answers will appear. When I am ready the doors will open.
When I am ready the answers will appear. When I am ready the doors will open. When I am ready I will step through.
Cara Lumen, April 2022
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