Moments That Changed Your Life
Living Our Deeper Song
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Perhaps before you read this, stop and write down eight or nine decisions or choices or experiences that had a huge impact on your life. They changed the way you think or they changed the choices you made. Take a moment.
Moments of monumental shifts are often instantaneous, but they are always memorable. In college I was at a party where there was an ex-priest and I ask him, “If you believe that God is within yourself, when you get in trouble what do you do? And he said, “You dig deeper within yourself, you pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” That led me to a life of self-sufficiency, always depending on myself, always standing alone. It was one sentence shared 70 years ago.
Then there was my gay friend who decided to go to New York to be with his lover and since he was my only friend I suddenly decided to go too. It made a huge difference in my life because that’s where I got my foundational and extensive holistic education. It changed my life. And it broadened the sphere of those I affected during the course of my life.
I knew nothing about making a living when I moved to New York, having been a suburban housewife for quite a while, but my friend said people make money by working as a temporary office worker. I was a writer and I could type. So I primarily temped my way through New York City. I got to work in a lot of interesting places. I learned about a lot of different businesses. One idea when acted upon, opened up a totally unexpected door.
Sometimes the universe simply provides the insight. I was organically teamed up with a fellow student in an early shamanic class and we have been friends who talk weekly for over five years.
I loved the coast but I moved to the Midwest because my daughter was here and I was moving into the aging aspect of my life where I would need some family support. She was the one that knew about the wonderful Senior Center I live in now.
What unexpected nudges or openings did you get along the line that were cornerstones that you built upon for the rest of your life?
It doesn’t have to be a decision, but it usually is at least a new insight or awareness or opportunity that propels you into an entirely different direction.
What are some of the moments that changed your life and how did they change it? Keep looking for the new nudges.
Living Our Deeper Song
I continue to experience unexpected moments of awareness that change my life. I welcome them
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- What comes to mind when you think in terms of life-changing moments that you experienced? It could be a choice, it could be an awareness, they were perhaps small nudges that made a big difference.
- Have you had a life-changing awareness recently? Where does it suggest you go?
Trust Your Intuition
Go ahead test it. Test your intuition so you learn to trust it. You get an urge. Follow through on it. How did it work out? That was your intuition talking to you. Sometimes the nudges can be very subtle and sometimes it can be like a bop on the head. Learn to pay attention to both.
I trust my intuition to guide me to what I need now or next. I use my intuition all the time as I write this newsletter. I get a couple of words, or an idea, and I turn and write it. Trusting that what I dictate from my inner voice is useful for me and for you. Do some experimenting and learn to trust your intuition.
The Place of Stillness
The worse the world looks, the more frequently I need and want to go to my place of stillness. It is a place of love. It is a place of inclusion. It is a place of safety. I see my place of inner stillness as an invisible, impenetrable shield that I build around me as I sit in my meditation chair. It is a transformative shield because not only does it deflect any negative energy coming my way, it heals my own energy. Any of the worries or the fears or apprehensions that I have been cultivating because of my daily life experience can be transformed in this transformative shield. Into serenity. Into tranquility. Into peace, inner peace. It doesn’t take very long to move yourself from concern for the world around you into that place of wholeness and serenity. Go to your place of stillness often throughout your day and center yourself.
Balance Give and Take
I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of giving recently as I established outside help for taking care of my home space. I’ve had to give up a lot because I can’t do it anymore and I depend very deeply on Shelley to take care of my home. So that’s me receiving, what am I giving?
I give you these newsletters which I add to every day because I’m always thinking of what I would like to learn and what I would like to share. I have a few friends I speak with regularly on Zoom and we are supportive of each other.
I do not have good balance between sitting and moving. I could work on that. I do not have a good balance between working and not working. My not working is more like wasting time with reruns and Spider Solitaire. That’s a huge chunk of time then I could enrich with new choices.
What do you need to change in order to balance the give and take in your life?
The Choices That Got Us Here
Who we are today, where we are today, and what condition we are in today are all the results of choices we made along the path. Some choices might have been better than others. But here’s the beautiful thing about choices, we get to change them. So if you are manifesting a grouchy body for instance, make some changes in how you treat it and what you ask it to do.
A friend of mine who is quite physically active in the work she does has also enrolled in a Pilates class and said that her husband doesn’t even walk. He says he walks around when he is on the phone. They are going to have different consequences with their bodies. Not that you have to go take Pilates but you do need to establish a positive pattern for the care and feeding of your body. And your emotions. And your mind.
What have you created? What are you harvesting from the choices that you’ve made so far? If you’re not where you want to be in your life, how do you want it to be? Make new choices which result in new change. It’s your call. Take action.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
The Power of Not Knowing
There is something magnificent about an unplanned day. You look out the window, you take a breath of fresh air and you see how you feel and what you want to do and then you do it. You stay in the moment and make your decision based on how you feel right then and there. Not knowing allows for surprises. You don’t plan ahead. You just are aware and observant and respond in the moment – not react – respond in the moment. How does it feel when I do this? Is this the direction I want to go? There is some contemplation to the change. Perhaps there is some trying on for size with an idea. Perhaps there is a look down the path that is involved in the choosing. But as a general guidance, be in the moment and make your choices based on the insight your inner voice offers you Trust your inner voice.
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE DIVERSE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEINGS===
One of the ways to change your perspective is to examine the role models you have chosen for yourself. And maybe find some new ones. For instance, Stacey Abrams is a woman with a mission. She is persistent, she is smart, she is determined and she knows what she wants. All good things. For me, Rachel Maddow is a master storyteller. She’s giving the news but she offers deep background that gives you an understanding of how it unfolds as in why it is what it is. A wise woman. A great storyteller.
Reverend Edward Viljoen, who was my minister in the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Rosa, California is a role model of a person who loves his work and continually expands his range of exploration. He is now the head of the entire Center for Spiritual Living. He is deeply devoted to his path. Another great role model.
Michelle Obama is another strong role model as is Barack Obama. They are people committed to the path and doing the work well. And effectively.
How are you doing on your path? How wide is your sphere of influence? Who are your role models?
I know that I’m a role model to a group of women who are in their 60s. I’m not a role model for my aging process but I am one for my curiosity and inquisitiveness and path. You are a role model for someone. Do you know who? What kind of example are you? Look around for people who are doing their lives the way you want to do yours and learn from them.
Love Creates Love
I’m having such a hard time with the way people are acting in this world today that I have to work at feeling love. I have to practice putting out love. I have to practice inclusion. I have to – I want to use the word forgiveness but perhaps accept with compassion the choices that people are making out of fear or whatever reason they have. I don’t like those choices. I don’t want to live in a world with those choices and yet here I am.
I have to practice unconditional love. I’m not even sure I can come close. Maybe I start with the things that I can love and build on that. Once I recognize the feeling of unconditional love, perhaps I can cultivate it and apply it to the less likely places. Practice love. Be loved. You are loved. Love creates more love.
===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Nurture Your Followers
If you have a website and a list of followers, you need to make certain to nurture those followers on a regular basis. It could be a blog post or a podcast or story. But make a point to continually support your followers. I write my newsletter for me because those are things that I need to anchor in my life, but I also know that some of it will reach and help others in their life. Everything in it is something I need to know. So maybe you benefit from knowing it too. How are you supporting the people that surround you and could benefit from your wisdom and awareness?
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Be a Living Example of Higher Consciousness
What kind of an example are you to others? Do you motivate and inspire them to walk a higher path as you do? Do you show an open heart and an inclusive consciousness? How we live our daily lives moment to moment can greatly influence those around us. They see a quality that they admire. They see an action that they would like to emulate. What kind of an example are you being to those around you? And does it need to shift?
I see so few people anymore that my impact is through the words that I write and the ideas that I share. I don’t always know how those impact others, but I do know how those ideas impact me. And I share what I discover and what I decide to do and how I choose to change. In case someone can see a reflection in themselves that gives them an idea of a turn in their path they would like to take. Be a positive source of inspiration for others. Be a living example of higher consciousness.
======THE UNFOLDING DIVINE FEMININE=== ===
Our Unfolding Role in the Emerging Feminine
Tale time to read Sandra Ingerman’s June Transmutation News. It is full of explanations and ideas for living in this chaotic and evolving time. It’s a most important read.
As the Divine Feminine grows in power, the Divine Masculine becomes more destructive to the feminine energy. Whether we actively counteract that on the physical plane or move within to continue to strengthen the emergence of the qualities of the Divine Feminine within all of us, is a choice. And we will do both.
We are moving into a new consciousness and we must not only be aware of that but be active as we encourage that change to happen.
We may even have a new role in the emerging feminine but for certain we have to continue to expand our awareness of its clarion call for us to step forward into the qualities of compassion, inclusiveness, caring for others, and equality, all qualities the masculine is trying to stamp out. Keep expanding the power and reach and guidance of your feminine energy. Be aware of its role in the choices you make, in the actions you take, and the words that you say. This is a time of growth. It is a time of new birth as the feminine comes forward to add balance to our world. Do your part.
=== DEEPER SONG PHILOSOPHIES ===
When walking, the gait should be like that of a crane, and the body should move like an immortal floating with the winds.
When sitting, the body should be still as a rock.
When sleeping, it should be curved like a bow.
When standing, it should be like a tall pine.
Your body should be as flexible as a willow in the wind and as relaxed as the petals of a lotus.
— anonymous Taoist
===REFLECTIONS OF A DEEPER SONG PODCAST===
I am deeply into self-healing. And I keep learning new self-healing Qigong moves and practicing them. That’s on the physical plane. But I also have to do self-healing on my mental and emotional plane as I find how I can serve in the bigger emerging picture. The overview. The over-arching change.
I need to keep walking the highest path I can find. I need to do ceremony or ritual or affirmations or some sort of positive work to send out higher vibrations to strengthen and balance the energy in the world. It could be singing and drumming and playing my finger piano. Could be ceremony. It could be something I write and share. Make certain that any expectations you hold are for the highest level we as humans can possibly reach. Walk that high road. Hold the vision of the highest good for all. Be a helping hand to others who want to walk that high road. We must stay positive and hold our light high. We must. Others will see our light and raise theirs to join us.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
Holding My Torch
I hold my torch high. “Here, here is the higher path, here is the way,” I say.
I hold my torch high. “Here, here is the higher path, here is the way,” I say. Some see it and hear its call. Some don’t.
I hold my torch high. “Here, here is the higher path, here’s the way,” I say. Some see it and hear its call. Some don’t. I hold my torch high. “This way”, I say “This way.” Can you hear me?
Cara Lumen, June 2022
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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