Be Patient, You Are A Work In Progress
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
The good news is that we are a work in progress. The discouraging news is that we are a work in progress. We have work to do.
I have some major personal work to do – some unconscious responses to become aware of – some reactions I need to monitor – some awareness I need to increase. To make that happen takes both observation and contemplation. We all have this kind of inner wok to do.
Sometimes our responses are caused by our own apprehensions and fears. As parts of my life become more challenging, I have to be very careful to not take my frustration or apprehension out on those who are trying to help me. I have to separate my emotions from my responses.
Work on one area at a time. And don’t beat yourself up for having several areas to work on. Just take a centering breath and get to work.
Don’t just work on the big imbalances, pick some little ones that allow you to experience the positive impact of making change. My big goal is to walk upright again with my new shoes and figuring out how to adjust and accommodate my eyesight that has dry macular degeneration.
In addition, I’m still adjusting to this environment – moving from living alone half my life to interacting with people all day long. They are very kind people, but this is more one-on-one interaction than I have experienced in more than forty years.
We improve by taking small steady steps. Notice the steps. Honor yourself for taking the steps. Notice your progress and be grateful. Do not dwell on what still has to be done, keep focused on your successes.
We are each a work in progress. And we get to keep changing what we create. We get to keep evaluating and observing and rearranging until our choices seem to move us forward in the direction we want to go.
It helps me to record some success dates, to acknowledge the wins and also notice how far I’ve come.
Don’t be afraid to change directions
You may get to a certain level and see another aspect that you want to explore. Go down that path for a while and see what awaits you.
Learn from others
I am surrounded by people who are very kind. And I realize that I have been self-sufficient and self-focused for the majority of my life. That doesn’t make me a bad person, it just makes me kind of at the other end of the spectrum from these totally in-service, kind people.
I am in service on the mental level more than the physical level. I help by providing ideas and insights for others to consider. Honor your unique place of service. Learn from others but do not compare yourself with them. Follow your own unique path.
Perhaps make a list of how you are in service and see if there are any places you’d like to widen or deepen. Get to work, but be patient. You are a work in progress.
Deeper Song Affirmation
I honor the process of this journey as a human and understand that I am an ongoing work in progress.
Deeper Song Process
- Pick one area of your life and examine it for deepening experiences, satisfactory interactions, and broader understanding.
- Identify one or two aspects that seems to call to you that would help create change.
- Work with those.
Deepen Your Inner Awareness
Do You Fully Appreciate Your Gifts?
Pause to look over the gifts you have been given in this lifetime to share. It could be a sense of humor, it could be a skill or talent, or it could be simply being kind.
What is special about you? What do others see in you that draws them to you as a person? Cultivate that.
Dropping The Ego From Our Human Perspective Is A Major Step Toward Inner Peace
To step into inner peace, we must drop our own agenda, our own needs, our own perceptions, and move into a space of non-attachment where we know that because everything is made up of Source Energy, everything is perfect just as it is.
Drop Your Own Agenda
We get so caught up in the how-to of our lives that we do not pause to contemplate and consider and re-choose. We must learn to put aside our agenda and sit quietly in contemplation to hear the guidance and wisdom of our inner voice.
Drop Your Own Needs
We can get totally wrapped up in fulfilling our own needs, figuring out what they are, figuring out how to fill them, figuring out what to do without. Put your needs and wants aside and simply be present in the moment and see what your inner voice suggests to you.
Drop Your Own Perceptions
Our perceptions come to us from many different sources – our parents, our family, our friends, our life experiences and our spirituality. We must pause to examine and re-choose how we perceive our life and how it is unfolding.
Move Into Union With Oneness
How do we move into union with Oneness? We begin by sitting in silence and going within. We empty our minds and become present in our heart and with our spirit. And then we listen.
We may experience nudges or feelings. We may experience full visions. We must learn to trust what we receive and our ability to interpret it.
The core message is that everything and everyone is made up of Source Energy, and we are all perfect just as we are.
That can be a giant step to take. It can be a difficult step to take. It can be a challenging step to take. But we must take it.
Move Out Of The Way
When you drop your ego, you can begin to taking major steps toward inner peace.
Take Responsibility for Healing Yourself
How Much Of The Time Are You Loving?
I’m pretty much caught up in my own process. I love my mind, I love where it takes me, and I fill my days with mental adventures and explorations. So when I ask myself the question “how much time am I loving?” I don’t get a very good answer. Particularly because I’m not aware it is a step I consciously want to take. But I should. I could. I will.
I am probably more “loving” than I realize because I’m basically a kind, open, caring person. But I get so enthusiastically caught up in my own thoughts, I am sometimes not as careful about how consciously I am responding to others. I’ve been very self-sufficient most of my life.
I’m going to practice being loving. I will begin with a part of my spiritual practice that has me commune with nature. I will tune in. I will connect. I will listen. And I will see where and how I can energetically help the planet. I will practice being more consciously kind and loving and then let that seep into my everyday interactions.
I’m not in much of a position to do physical kind deeds but I certainly can offer verbal support. How much time do you spend supporting others and how do you do that?
Hold It Lightly
When we release our tight hold on a situation that we are caught up in, we have room to move – to reconsider and rethink where we are, to decide where we want to go and the steps to get us there. When we shift and hold our intention in light, we have room to refill, reconsider and refresh.
Explore New Potential and Possibilities
Think Of Your Moods As Weather Passing Through
When faced with a bad mood know that it will pass. When faced with a good mood enjoy it for it too shall pass. Our moods are like the weather, changing and rearranging.
We have some control over our response to a mood. We can sink deeper into a bad mood or shift our mood so we have a really great time with a good mood. It’s our choice.
We can actually change our mood. It may take some work. It may take some imagination. But we can move ourselves from negative thoughts to positive thoughts simply by shifting our attention. Just as we can look at a thunderstorm and appreciate how the plants are being given the water they need, or we can be in a bad mood because we have to stay inside. It’s our choice.
As our moods shift, we get to also shift how we view what is showing up in our life. Is it a time to be still and go within? Is it a time to undertake a project? Is it time for a spontaneous nap? How will you adapt to your changing moods? Think of your moods as weather passing through and find the bright side.
Use Stillness To Deal With An Emotion
When an animal feels threatened, it freezes so it will not be noticed be its predator. It is motionless and silent. As humans we do not find ourselves threatened very often but we can choose stillness to help us deal with any emotion that shows up that distresses or disturb us.
I can move into my center by meditating to quiet my mind, to quiet my fears, to find the strength I need to move forward or make a change. All of that is within my reach simply by quietly going within my mind.
Practice. Be aware of the times you need to pause to consider where are you are and take the steps you need to center yourself. It can be a deep breath. It can be a mantra. Or simply a pause to look out the window and be present in nature. How do you create a conscious pause to mindfully center yourself?
Listen To What Is Left Unsaid
There is a skill to listening. We must learn to pay attention to what is not said, what is not expressed. Perhaps what needs to be said is not even introduced into the conversation. What are you leaving out? What are they leaving out? Can you read the nuances, the unspoken concerns? Can you clearly express your own needs and desires? That takes some artful listening. You may need to practice that.
The first step is to listen to what is not being said. And perhaps ask questions that help both of you understand what is still in hiding. Sometimes we don’t know what is underneath a concern or worry or apprehension until we search beneath our thoughts and words for clarity.
Notice what you said and see what you have left unspoken. Is it lack of clarity? It is being misunderstood? The more clear our communication, the more interactive and responsive is our exchange.
Listen to what is left unsaid and see if you can bring it to the surface.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
Self-Healing Spiritual Practice and Deepening Awareness of Our Cosmic Oneness
Dwell In A Place Of Emptiness
First you have to find it, then you have to spend time in it. How do you develop a place of emptiness and how do you work with it?
A place of emptiness requires stillness. Stillness of your mind, slowness of your breath, stillness of your body. It’s not meditation, it is empty stillness.
And then you trust that from that emptiness emerges the insights and awareness that you need next.
Sometimes there is just the soothing experience of emptiness to immerse yourself in. Sometimes it the revealing of a new path for you to explore and consider. Sometimes an idea resonates so deeply that you know that is your next step.
Trust whatever shows up. Trust that you will know what to do. And learn to dwell in a place of emptiness.
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEARERS===
Expand Your Role in the Rapidly Evolving Universe
Look For The Good
Do you focus on what is not working or what is working? Stop a minute and give that some thought.
First of all, you should focus on the overarching objective of what you are pursuing to be sure that’s what you really want to be doing.
Then notice what is working and what new insights and opportunities have presented themselves. Be certain this is the path you want to take at this point in time.
Then you can start fixing things – toss out what is not working and expand on what is working and see what creative remedies you can come up with for that.
The first step to success is to look for the good.
===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Raise Your Sights and Your Expectations
Our Role In The Infinite Web
The overall grand plan is not revealed to us but we get hints and nudges from the universe. It is enough to know that we are part of an infinite web and that each of us is an invaluable strand in that web.
Everything is made up of Source Energy – I am, you are, we are. How we express that Source Energy varies.
We have chosen a path to take in this lifetime and have a lot of freedom in how we walk that path.
Some of us have chosen to have a broad impact and change a lot of lives. Others have chosen a smaller impactful role. Recognize and accept and cherish your unique role in the web of life. Honor your path in the infinite web and do your work well.
I know that at all times I have a silent, invisible Partner walking with me, talking with me, operating through me. Continuously, I keep my mind open to Its guidance, to Its inspiration and illumination.
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Support and Encouragement for our Unfolding Role in the Future
Sound Healing Summit
Sound healing is a very powerful healing technique that is emerging and it is available now in hospitals. The Shift Network is offering a Sound Healing Summit starting July 10th so if you are at all interested in sound healing, I suggest you check it out. I always end up listening to about 25 of the 40 talks when I get involved in a topic. Start with the first speaker, Jonathan Goldman and then check out the list to find what calls to you. Shift Network Sound Healing Summit
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Sometimes I have discipline when I learn something and sometimes I don’t. I am still working my way through David Gibson’s The Complete Guide to Sound Healing and although I want to read Jonathan Goldman’s books, I will persist in finishing what I started. How often do you get pulled off track?
I will listen to the Sound Healing Conference next week and I expect to find other resources to consider. It is all about sound healing and I will be looking for ways to continue to heal myself.
Do you keep on a path of learning long enough to find out if it works for you and if it takes you where are you want to go?
Pause periodically to examine where you are on the path you have chosen, to be certain that it’s still taking you where you want to go.
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
A Bend In The Road
I have come to a bend in the road. It is time to pause and reconsider.
I have come to a bend in the road. It is time to pause and reconsider. Am I where I want to be? Does this path take me where I want to go? Have my goals changed?
I have come to a bend in the road. It is time to pause and reconsider. Am I where I want to be? Does this path take me where I want to go? Have my goals changed? I sit beside the bend in the road and go within to find my answers.
– Cara Lumen, June 2023
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