Walk with the Wind
Deeper Song Insights and Applications
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
It’s much harder to walk against the wind than with it. As long as it takes you in the direction you want to go. In sailing, there is a technique called tacking, in which in order to go forward you must zig-zag, tack your sails in order to gradually go forward. Unless of course, you have the wind at your back. Then it is full sails ahead.
Let’s tale about zig-zagging to catch the wind to keep going in the direction you have chosen.
I zig and zag a lot because I love to learn, so I eagerly sign up for online class and immerse myself in the learning until I emerge with a new skill level. So learning new skills is part of walking with the wind at my back.
The wind blows in new insights, a new awareness that makes us have to rethink our beliefs, our values, and our behavior. In today’s world, we are being asked to raise our sights and raise our vibration and aspire to a higher purpose. What wind will get you there? What wind do you need to catch?
The Wind of Opportunity is interesting. What has shown up to nudge you, to tempt you’ to invite you?
My new emphasis on podcasts is bringing new people into the Deeper Song Community. As much as I want to sail into deeper waters, I need to balance that desire with information that allows people to learn how to figure out there destinations and learn how to set their sails to get there.
The path to “there” is seldom a straight one. But we do need to keep an eye on our desired destination.
What if you are becalmed if no wind seems to be coming your way?
Use that time to change our course, to explore possible new destinations and see how they resonate with where you are and where you want to be.
You may have veto walk into the wind. Just do it. Just lower your shoulders and keep walking with all the determination you can muster. Periodically check to make certain you are going in the right direction. Change course slightly or a lot depending on how things are going.
Walk with the wind. Raise your sails and enjoy the ride!
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I am prepared to allow the wind to move into deeper service.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Where do you have the wind at your back in your life right now?
- Where in your life are you walking against the wind?
- Where do you want ho go?
- Shift your sails to take advantage of the winds of change.
MY DEEPER SONG THIS WEEK
Stand Steady in Your Own Truth
An Exploration of the Unseen World
“She is planted in his own integrity, and there she stands, gnarled and knotted, perfectly at ease with herself, her roots deep in truth, her branches held up to let the light in.” – Stephen Mitchell, Second Book of Tao
I’m Cara Lumen, spiritual philosopher and founder of the Deeper Song Community. I am a cosmic explorer who consciously travels into the unseen world to serve as a bridge to help us expand our relationship with the spiritual world. I share what I learn and guide those who are ready to the next level so we can sing a deeper song.
Thank you for being a part of this journey.
In this episode, we consider how we can stand steady in our own truth.
Reflections of a Deeper Song Podcast on
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST CALLING OF YOUR HEART?
John Lewis asked us to “answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.”
I had to stop to look at what the highest calling of my heart is.
I care deeply about the well-being of animals. I’m a vegan. I cannot watch the heart-wrenching ads of mistreated animals that ask us to give money to the shelters.
The state of negativity in humanity feels overwhelming to me. I want there to be peace and compassion and I continue to look for energetic ways to help that evolve.
The highest calling of my heart – what is it. I know where my head is taking me, I know what experiences make my heart sing. They are all inner world work, inner wold lessons, inner world guidance. My heart is calling me within and I wonder at my role in the “without.”
I can hold High Watch for the Planet (How to Hold High Watch for the Planet.) I can send energy to situations and people. But most of all I can work to raise my vibration and hold my light high so others can see it and recognize it in themselves.
Finding the highest calling of our hearts requires us to do some introspection. What is important? Who is important? What is our role?
On one level I know my highest calling is to explore the Unseen World and bring back the insights I am given.
All I know to do I to move more deeply within and listen with an open heart. Perhaps I am in fact, doing the highest calling of my heart
ARE YOU IN YOUR OWN HUSTLE?
On “The view”, Carrie Washington said she was “In her own hustle.” She had just won four Emmys for producing and directing. I had never heard the term hustle used that way but it’s a fun one. I stopped to think what my hustle was and if by any chance I was in it.
Alignment came to mind as a key component to hustle. Alignment with what you believe, where your passion is and the skill sets you have to create it.
That’s a lot of criteria.
Conscious choices are another important element to a hustle. There are many opportunities to make a difference in this changing world. What criteria are you using to chart your path? A year ago I thought I would go more deeply into sound healing. Raising your vibration is huge but sound healing is just one approach that I incorporate. It is only a step in my overarching goal to explore the Unseen World.
Passion is the fuel of a hustle. My core passion is to learn. So my job is to make certain my passion is aligned with what allows me to serve where I am called to serve, with the gifts I am to offer, as well prepared as I can make them.
What skill sets do you use in your hustle? Begin with the skills you know you have and expand those. I’m a really good organizer so at the core of what I do is to organize ideas in a meaningful and impactful manner so others can absorb them.
Hustle means to “move unceremoniously in a specific direction.” Love that. Unceremoniously. Just doing it. Just knowing it is yours to do and going for it.
What is calling to you that you need to answer? Listen and you will hear. Then go do it. How will you “get into your own hustle”?
YOUR SACRED LIVELIHOOD
Sacred Livelihood. It’s a phrase I heard recently and it repositions how I think of “work.”We have each been given unique gifts with which to earn our sacred livelihood.
“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” – Kahlil Gibran
Do you work with joy? Joy at what you do? Joy with the whole world? Joy for who you serve?
Since we currently seem to be offered an opportunity to rethink our sacred livelihood and reposition ourselves, how do you want to make your love visible?
Creating podcasts instead of posts has upped how I feel about my work. I love my work and I love it even more with the podcast format. I have a blessing I say before recording, a blessing before editing, and a blessing before posting it, each with the intent of lifting spirits and deepening awareness of those who hear its. And then I let it go — as vibration into the world. It is freeing and I trust those who are to hear will find it.
The work is the same, the different form has made a difference in how I feel about its reach.
Do you simply need to change the form of your work in order to experience it as sacred?
A person with a strong musical background may turn to be a sound healer. I have turned to my native flutes and drums to heal myself and the world.
What gifts do you have you might choose to repurpose?
A hobby may turn into a sacred livelihood. I write really unusual poems but they deeply touch my heart and move me forward.
I have often found myself far down a path because I want to know more about it for myself.
Sacred Livelihood. Think on that. What is your sacred livelihood?
THE DEEP COMPLIMENT
A new member of the Deeper Song Community gave me a deep compliment. In fact, she gave me several. And they were important in that they give me insights into why my work was valuable to her How it was in service. That’s what I mean by a Deep Compliment.
Everyone appreciates a comment on their work because when it is detailed it lets them know what is resonating and helps them do a better job of meeting the needs of the people they serve.
For instance, this new friend said she was going to keep reading back over my past posts. So I have added a new Curated Post/Podcast section to this newsletter to bring forward some of the topics I have already explored that are needed when people are in earlier stages of this work.
A few friends sent me specific, positive comments when I started doing podcasts again that not only encouraged me but helped me make podcasts a larger part of my offerings.
See how this works – a deep compliment tells the recipient why they made a difference or how.
And even if you think that a well-known person has heard it before, say it anyway. She/he will look for and listen to growing needs or what is working and do more of that. You serve as a running fork we/they can tune our offering to.
Who will you offer a deep compliment to this week?
CHANGE AND THE POWER OF YOUR INNER VOICE
We are constantly changing, constantly needing to make aware choices. The easiest way to do that is to build up your relationship with your inner voice, that inner guide who sees and knows more than your planetary being does and can guide you.
It may begin as a knowing, intuition, or even s distinct word. The more you listen the more you hear.
As I move more deeply into the direction I am going and use podcasts to deliver them my inner voice is practically dancing a jig! It is flooding me with ideas and insights to explore and share.
When you are on the right track, all sorts of powerful inner help shows up
Listen to your inner voice. It will guide you on what you are to do and what you are to leave behind. The more you listen the more you hear.
NURTURE THE STILLNESS IN YOUR LIFE
That was the message in a shamanic journey I took this week – Nurture the Stillness in your life. Now I’m a woman with a very active mind so the idea of stillness made me stop – and well – think. When do I experience stillness? Where do I experience stillness? If I want more stillness how do I make room for that? How do I invite it in?
I had more questions than answers. But I’ve been thinking about what I can do to cultivate more stillness in my life.
It has to do with being present. I play my flutes in response to the moment of the branches on the weeping birch tree outside my window. I play to the setting sun reflecting on its trunk. Each morning I open my window and play to – the world. I could surround that with more stillness – before beginning, and after completing it. I think it is going to ask me to do some deep listening.
I could create a definite pause for stilling in my spiritual practice I am trying to establish each afternoon. Tt would include transcendental meditation, perhaps a ceremony or ritual I make up to honor the day so far, or what I have done in the way of creating a new offering or…there are many possibilities I just need to do it.
I have a podcast script in progress about the still point. It is a process so perhaps I will record that next. The still point is the gateway to the unseen world. What kind of ceremony or spiritual time, or meditative practice can I create and put into place that will encourage me to move into stillness for a period each day?
I know it will be very healing. What will you choose to do?
OUR EVOLVING FUTURE
There are 500 people in my flute class from all over the world. There are 300 people from all over the world in my shamanic circle class. I don’t know many of them, in fact very few, but we are drawn together in a common pursuit, a common interest. And we cover the planet with our raised vibration.
That’s how the world is going to change – people of like raised vibration finding each other online and raising our vibration together.
I have many sacred surfaces in my home. One of them holds a statue of Quan Yin, pouring the waters of compassion over the wold. At her feet is my soft hug-a-planet. She is in place day and night blessing the world.
I have three Quan Ying statues and five Buddha statues. It would be good if I gave each of them a purpose, a task if you will, to help heal the world I’ll have to think about that.
I continually work to increase my vibration and send it out every day. In a journey I was told to offer a healing ceremony to the land I live on and that it would radiate forward and backward to heal the future and the past. I am doing that.
Pick a few actions that appeal to you, that call to you and put them regularly in our life. Periodically change and rearrange them Perhaps at the Solstice and Equinox, reevaluate what you are doing and how it’s working.
The key is to notice the changes your actions are creating in your and select what you want to continue.
DO IT ENOUGH TO OWN IT
Last year when I spent a lot of hours on The Shift Network Sound Healing Summit. I bought tuning forks and I used them for a while. Then I stopped. I go them from Dr. John Beaulieu biosonics.com and in this year’s summit, he said we only need two tuning forks – the C and the G and we are to use them several times a day. I also had gotten the Otto Tuner to address acupressure positions. I moved my turning forks closer to the chair that I will use them in. He said intention is very important. So I have begun a more focused healing effort with my tuning forks.
I have to find time for all of this. I keep leaving things behind and I don’t want to lose them. I also want to give myself time to experience the results. I’m looking at 4 PM to play my drums, dance to some music I found, play my flutes, and do the Transcendental Meditation I want to return to.
What do you want to bring back into your spiritual practice and where will you put it in your day?
FOUNDATIONAL INSIGHTS FROM THE PAST
New Feature: A short curation of posts and podcasts from the past:
STAND IN YOUR LIGHT
KNOW YOUR CALLING
They all called to me at the time. But I have so many varieties of instruments that some sit neglected. It would have been good if I had been more discerning. However, they excited me at the time and they all served a purpose. I got out my small Tibetan Singing Bowl l after hearing a singing bowl master speak on the Healing Sound Summit. It spoke eloquently to me and I was grateful for its presence. As did the Tingsha (cymbals) w which I was using each day with the intention to clear and protect my home.
Now I’m sitting here at my desk surrounded by crystals and flutes and gong and stained glass suncatchers hanging int he window and a whole range of items nearby I used to use more regularly. I have to make room to explore those wondrous gifts more regular
Every speaker I heard talked about how vibration affects our bodies. We are made up of a lot of water, so just as a light breeze makes ripples in the waters and storms make huge waves, we, through the use of vibration, have a way to balance and heal our bodies.
Is there a sound that calls to you? Is there e rhythm that resonated? How do you feel after singing those tones, those rhythms, those sounds? Notice and keep exploring the ones that resonate more.
Notice how our body feels after you use a sound instrument. Whether it is a drum, or a penny whistle or pan flute, notice where it resonates in your boat and how your body feels when you stop. I realize that as I write this I am tingling all ower. Today I had a flute class, I got out my tuning forks again, and I played my Timgsha and my Himalayan bowl. Tomorrow will be the drums.
You don’t need to be a full orchestra. Listen to the sounds of instruments and notice what resonates. I have a Kalimba Thumb Piano that I use every day. It is an incredibly soothing way to start m day. If you have a collection of sound friends, send some time with each one and ask how it wants to be in service. Then do that.
A DEEPER SONG
“Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to celestial music everywhere.” – Rumi
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