Our Role In The Web Of Consciousness
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
All sorts of images come to mind when I try to think about and describe the Web of Life. But recently I found an image that really works for me. ”Web of Consciousness” contains the essence of all beings. The idea of it being a vibrant, living consciousness makes it fluid, active, assessable and impactful.
Being part of the broader consciousness feels so much more expansive and empowering to me than the concept of being a strand in the Web Of Life. It feels like my energy, my input, my persona flows into this massive consciousness that encompasses all things Rather than feeling responsible for only my one single strand, I live in the energy of the collective consciousness and add myself to that expanded, all-encompassing energy of insights and knowledge and manifestation. Experiencing myself as part of the Web of Consciousness expands my perceived reach and deepens the energy that I have to call on as an individual. It makes me feel impactful and makes many things possible that I cannot imagine being able to do alone.
Experiencing myself as part of the Web of Consciousness makes me feel powerful and responsible and impactful.
I have a lot of conscious intentions to focus on using my role in the Web of Consciousness to do the work.
Do a shamanic journey, use your imagination to find your place of service that embraces all humanity and all the plants and minerals and organisms on this planet and in the universe beyond.
What is your role in the Web of Consciousness that unites all things?
Deeper Song Affirmation
I am aware of the expansion of my role and my responsibility as I experience myself as part of the Web of Consciousness that contains All There Is.
Deeper Song Process
- Do some visualization work and shamanic journeys around the concept and feeling and experience of being immersed in the Web of Consciousness – All That Is.
- How does this concept expand the possibilities? How does it expand your potential for action and as an influence? No longer are you just a single strand, you are an integral powerful element in the Web of Consciousness that embraces and defines and is All That Is
- Get to work.
Deepen Your Inner Awareness
The Power Of Silence
Silence is soothing. Silence is healing.
Silence is soothing. Silence is healing. There are important answers to be found in silence.
Silence is soothing. Silence is healing. There are important answers to be found in silence. Are you listening?
– Cara Lumen, September 2023
It’s feels a bit startling to turn everything off and suddenly find yourself sitting in silence. Within the sound of silence there is room for your thoughts to quiet, your mind to center and for you to be fully present in stillness.
I let the warming rays of the morning sun move me into centered silence. I sit outside in nature and meld my energy with hers. What I need to find are other times to quiet everything in my body and mind and simply be present in the silence and experience being still, being aware, being contemplative, but most of all just being.
How do you invite silence into your life?
Take Responsibility For Healing Yourself
Are You Setting High Enough Goals For Yourself?
I was being patient with myself since my left leg is not working very well because it needs to have hip replacement surgery, and my physical therapist reminded me how healthy I really was. My mind is still great, I can walk and I am actually still contributing to my world. As I look around at the other residents, many are bed-ridden or are not very aware. I am very grateful to be as healthy as I am as I near 91.
I am healthy enough to set some goals and make some changes and challenge myself to get stronger and expand my reach. I know the steps I want to take. I know the changes I want to make. And I know the work I have to do to make it happen.
How are you taking control of your life and what are you doing to make it manifest exactly the way you want it to be? Are you setting high enough goals for yourself? And are you doing the work necessary to reach them?
Explore New Potential And Possibilities
Make Empowering Choices
They were simple steps but they were very empowering. Maggie, my physical therapist let me sit outside in my wheelchair in the sun to do my exercises. I mentioned that I had a call button that made it possible to be left outside alone and then call someone to help me get back in and she encouraged me to use it. I realized that I can make that choice every single day because someone would have time to take me out and bring me back when they might not have time to stay with me. Besides I like the idea of sitting alone in nature outside and singing to the koi fish and the trees and the birds.
The second thing she helped me do was to practice using my feet to move my wheelchair. That will empower me to wheel myself out to the fish tank so that I have someplace else to go other than my room. Those are two very simple and empowering choices that are going to make a huge difference in the quality of my life.
What small steps can you take that will open up new vistas? Do that.
Take Small Steady Steps
It doesn’t have to be a big step, it just has to be a step. A step you will take on a regular basis.
Sitting is bad for us. Walking is a bit hard for me but I have a plan…use my walker to walk to the fish tank with a Care Partner following with my wheelchair. Talk to the fish while I do upper body exercises and meditate and when it’s time to come back, wheel myself back to my room. That’s a good little half hour project in the middle of the morning. I exercise, I meditate, I get out of my room.
What kind of creative break can you add to your day? Stand and stretch and look out your window. Take deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and close your eyes for a few minutes. Do a few yoga stretches or Qigong moves. Pause to center and ground yourself. If you wish, set a timer to remind yourself to reset your focus. Let small, steady steps change your rhythm.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
Self-Healing Spiritual Practice And Deepening Awareness Of Our Cosmic Oneness
How Generous Are You?
I’m not stingy but I don’t think I am particularly generous and I would like to look at that.
First of all, I no longer have anything physical to share. Secondly, I mostly have staff to share it with. Then I realized I was sharing my ideas all the time and my excitement about my discoveries. I share my friendliness, my interest in another person. I actually share a lot.
Generosity takes many forms. How generous are you and what form does it take?
Touching Other Lives
I have arranged with a Care Partner to go outside every day and sit by the Koi pond. I sit in the shade and sing to nature. One day I took out my native double flute and when I was alone, I began to play. I used to play better than I do now but my arthritic fingers sometimes affect my fingering. But I had a lovely time playing.
When my Care Partner came for me and we turned to leave, a male voice came from across the compound, “I could listen to that all day.” It was our maintenance man washing all the windows in the compound and he had been there the whole time.
How lovely to unexpectedly touch another soul. We never know how and when we will make a difference. But we should stay aware that we can and do.
My experience in the garden made me realize that self-consciousness may be making some of my mistakes as I play my flute. I am aware that when I play in my room, I can be heard in the hall. That doesn’t affect my drumming but I don’t sing as loudly as I would if I am alone.
Do you let self-consciousness slow you down or keep you from doing something altogether? Forget who is around you and go do your thing…
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEARERS===
Expand Your Role In The Rapidly Evolving Universe
Develop A More Inclusive Consciousness
I really like the idea of developing a more inclusive consciousness but since it’s a new phrase for me, I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.
I have written about my difficulty with embracing the people who are filled with hate until I put them in the concept of a collective humanity which makes us all one energy. It helps me to see the view of the planet from space and realize there are no boundaries – only one energy that contains us all.
It’s pretty easy to include the people who are aligned with my thinking and doing and being. I have to develop a more inclusive consciousness. I want to learn to feel inclusive about all of humanity. It is much harder for me to do that when I am aware of those who are avidly expressing belief systems opposite from mine. But I will begin where I am to develop a more inclusive consciousness.
===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Raise Your Sights And Your Expectations
How Do Your Express Your Spirituality?
At the one Resident/Staff leadership meeting I attended, I suggested we might have a singing group. It would be fun to sing harmony again. They formed one but I missed the first session because I can’t read the small print on the calendar. But I went to the second one. There were two women there and immediately one said, “I won’t sing anything but Christian songs.” My idea had been to sing harmony on all sorts of songs and I said, “I’m not a Christian. I’m very spiritual, I am drawn to Taoism and I explore Buddhism and all other forms of spirituality.” She said, “I won’t sing a Buddhist song.” That’s actually pretty funny because in that moment I could not think of a single Buddhist choral song. I know some Buddhist chants. But what struck me once again was how narrow Christianity has become. No more “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Here’s my question, whatever your spiritual beliefs, do you make room in your heart for spiritual beliefs that are different from yours? Give that some serious thought because there are many, many ways to be spiritual.
By the way, I learned there had been six people at the first meeting – four did not come back. Nor will I.
What Do You Want To Complete This Year?
As we enter the last three months of the year, think of the things that you want to complete and get busy and make them happen.
Look beyond the physical changes and see what shifts in your thinking and your attitude and the objectives you want and need to achieve.
I have some physical habits I want/need to make to strengthen my body. They include some physical exercises but they also include adding some Qigong moves and longer meditation times. It will include establishing small standing breaks in my day.
I know where I want to explore intellectually and always have a good time doing that. I still have my salt-eating to lessen.
This fall evaluating process is about completion – finishing projects, making room to begin new ones in the coming year. It’s not about beginning, it is about good solid completion of what you set out to do this year. How are you doing?
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Support And Encouragement For Our Unfolding Role In The Future
Expand Your Awareness Of Our Universe
“Food has been grown in soil collected from the moon for the first time, paving the way for human migration across the solar system. Scientists have cultivated cress in dirt, or regolith, that had been kept on Earth for half a century—since the Apollo missions. It is a first step towards producing food and oxygen on the moon, or during space missions.
“For future, longer space missions, we may use the moon as a hub or launching pad. It makes sense that we would want to use the soil that’s already there to grow plants.” – NASA
How far does that stretch your imagination? What new possibilities does that create? What kind of people are willing to go work on the moon? What kind of person is going to volunteer to go to Mars? When?
Our awareness of the possibilities of our world is expanding. Stay tuned for more adventures.
===RELEVANT AGING ===
How To Stay Fulfilled No Matter What Your Age
Keep An Optimistic View Of Life
Look on the bright side. Focus on the good. Do you stay focused on the positive? Or do you let yourself dwell on dark thoughts and negative beliefs?
What do you focus on? Do you keep looking in the dark places at what is not working or do you focus and build on the positive, the hopeful, the inspiring?
You have control of your focus. Keep an optimistic view of life.
===DEEPER SONG DISCOVERIES===
Resources To Explore
Where Is Our Positive Image Of The Future?
I found this foundational article by Willis Harman on the IONS blog. It helped me launch my inquiry into our changing world.
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I’m Going For 103
My life adventures seem to span 13-15 years. That means I may go to 103 or so. So what am I going to do? What am I going to accomplish? How am I going to continue to contribute?
For one thing, I am showing up as a pro-active senior with a still strong life path and a lot left to contribute. How that unfolds will be at the center of my on-going contribution.
It’s just about being me. I didn’t know the singing group was going to form from my saying in a resident leadership meeting that I wondered if some people want to sing.
We are creating a positive, interactive format in our like-minded group facilitated by a therapist. We are evolving a new format as we immerse ourselves in the possibilities. I suggested we call ourselves The Insighters.
What are you going to accomplish in the last years of your life? Keep going. Keep contributing. You are needed.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
I Make A Difference
I make a difference.
I make a difference. I make a difference for myself.
I make a difference. I make a difference for myself. I make a difference in the lives of others. I have more work to do.
– Cara Lumen, September 2023
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