Insights From A Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
Transformation means to change. It refers to a dramatic change, a life-altering change. And the stimulus for change comes from many places – your own inner awareness, the actions of another toward you, the action others offer that inspire you.
How do you become aware of your influence? Some of it is obvious – the response of others to you, your presence, your contributions.
They reflect back to you the energy you are putting out. The people you come in contact with are your mirror. They reflect back to you the energy you are offering. How are you doing?
Transformational influence is a huge concept. Influence that assists in transformation. That’s a big responsibility. Parents are a transformational influence on their children. A boss can be a transformation influence on those they work with – how they encourage them, how they guide them. And of course, those who consciously work to help others along the path also create transformational change.
We might want to begin with ourselves. How can we be a transformational influence on ourselves?
I can expand elements of my spiritual practice. I can deepen my flute mediation. I can set aside more time to do the moving meditation of Qi Gong. I can make up songs to nature or simply be with the wind in the branches of a tree. I can cultivate my Still Point. And I can do more transformational breathing.
Transformational influence begins with you working on yourself. Then you understand how impactful it is, how helpful it is and then you turn and assist others.
What kind of a transformational influence with you be today?
DEEPER SONG AFFIRMATION
I am aware of my transformation influence today.
DEEPER SONG PROCESS
- Examine the choices you have made so far today. How they affected you. How they affected others. See how your energy shifted with each choice. Decide what you will change moving forward.
- Notice the impact of someone or something on you this week. It could have been through something you read or an actual interaction. How did it feel? What did it change in you?
- Become more aware of the transformational exchanges in your life.
MY DEEPER SONG THIS WEEK
Our Ongoing Journey into the New Consciousness
An Exploration of the Unseen World
Our world is changing rapidly and dramatically and we have work to do in order to move into the New Consciousness that is emerging on our planet. We have to change. We have to choose what to leave behind and most of all, we have to keep raising our vibration….!
Cara Lumen, spiritual philosopher and Founder of the Deeper Song Community is 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. She shares what she learns and guides us to the next level so we can sing a deeper song.
In this episode we explore
Our Ongoing Journey into the New Consciousness
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CREATIVE INTENTIONAL STIMULATION
Whether we realize it or not, when we seek and absorb new wisdom, we find that our perception of the world changes and that our minds open to possibilities we might not have considered before.
That’s a lot to gain from a bit of intellectual exploring. I’m talking about spiritual exploration here, the kind that opens the door to vast realms of awareness and a new clarity of consciousness. That’s s a lot to gain from some intellectual exploration.
So where do you begin? That depends on what calls to you. I love Stephen Mitchells’ translation of the Tao Te Ching. I can read the Essential Rumi forever. I am taking a class from Den Ming-Tao and I have read seven or eight of his books like 365 Tao. Oh, and Emerson – Self Reliance comes to mind.
Writing this inspires me to reread seem of these. Each day, 20 minutes or so, and then take time to contemplate what I read. I usually get inspired to write something.
Study to awaken. Study to expand your awareness. Study to open new portals to explore. Every day create intentional stimulation.
A fe of my favorites:
Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching
Stephen Mitchell, The Second Book of Tao
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Kalhil Gibran, The Prophet
Essential Rumi, trs Coleman Barks
RETHINK YOUR POSITION
It was a simple change, really and it opens up so many possibilities. Sometimes the simplest change can open up a vast new world of possibilities.
I have kept my flutes by my desk but I moved them to a chair so I can look out the window when I play them.
That change sent a bit of a ripple effect because that allowed me to do all sorts of rearranging around my desk surface. Simple really. Where do you actually need something to be? It can be a physical object or the timing of an action. Where do you play it so it is most useful and effective?
I also moved a plant out of my meditation area and I can now more easily reach the various instruments there. But I also moved my Kalimba Thumb Piano to that corner and that has allowed me to play her mellow and soothing songs more readily. Moving things around can promote more effective usage.
I keep tweaking my very casual schedule to fit the action with my mood. I think I’ve spotted a few adjustments I can make that will allow me to accomplish what I need to in a time frame that I am willing to do it. Willingness is important…
Simplify. I could, but I won’t have seasonal displays – put some things away for a season so I can enjoy and notice what I have out. I don’t, but I could.
Make a list of what you would like more of in your life. Make a list of what you could do with less of in your life. Make some adjustments. Rethink your positioning and make room for more of the good stuff!
Everything you don’t practice regularly is difficult. Anything you’ve not yet had instructions and training in is difficult.
Let’s start with instructions. There are instructions on how to do everything online, from making podcasts to taking a cutting from a plant to learning to play the native flute. What do you want to learn? What do you need to know?
The good thing about online learning is that you can explore and then go as deep as you are called. I have taken online classes in shamanism, drumming, Qi Gong, and native flu playing. I learned how to do podcasts online and how to make videos. Everything you want to learn is online.
Once you have decided what you want to learn and have had some instruction, you need to practice. When I first started editing in GarageBand again after four years away from podcasting, I was pouncing on the keyboard with a fair amount of tension. As I got better, I am more relaxed and more efficient – because I have practiced.
Whether you want to learn something for fun or learn something for a purpose, first get instruction and then practice – a lot…
THE POWER OF DELETE
Ok, this is a lame example, but I just figured out how to delete the junk file in my email and empty the trash there. But most of all I figured out how to delete in the present moment, the 10-15 political emails that come in for instance. It’s as simple as the delete key. I just hadn’t been doing it.
So I’m looking at what else I could/should delete in my life the minute it shows up. Negative thoughts, of course, uncertainty too. This new awareness helps me think to press delete on stuff that shows up in my daily life.
But what about the junk file, the trash file. What am I holding on to that needs to go?
I begin with my belief file – what I believe I deserve and what I believe can happen. I must check that out frequently.
Just notice all the “messages” you are getting and selectively use the delete key. It will keep your “instrument” moving efficiently along.
It’s really hard when you hold a particular set of spiritual beliefs, to make it OK for others to have their unique beliefs. But that would make you right and them wrong. And that’s not how spirituality works.
During my senior year in college, as an elective, I took a Worlds Great Religions class and learned about religions I had never heard of. My question, as a Christian then was how do I know I’m right? Well, guess what, we are all right and we have to make room in our hearts and our minds for everyone to develop their own spiritual path and beliefs. There is no one way, but we are all going in the same direction, toward an awareness of our Oneness.
When I moved into the world of energy healing, I began to learn the beliefs and techniques of other countries – Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, acupressure, acupuncture, Bach flowers, reiki. I learned of Dr. Imoto’’s water/sound experiments. I learned to send energy outside of time and space in reiki. I immersed myself in New Thought as I became a practitioner and teacher in the Center for Spiritual Living. I delved deeply into Taoism. I explored and immersed myself in shamanism.
All of these explorations are what make up my spiritual philosophy and they are uniquely mine because of the distinctive combination of philosophies that I have embraced and incorporated into my life. As I continue to explore I find some ideas hold more appeal than others and I explore and embrace them.
Our personal beliefs have developed thought-out our lifetime and have been shaped by our life experiences – who we learn from, what we experience. They are uniquely ours.
In order to live comparably, cohesively, and effectively, we have to allow each person to have their own beliefs without trying to foist ours on them. Live and let live. Build your faith on what you figure out, not what others tell you that you should believe. That’s a big one. We never think to question the spiritual path we were put on by our parents and probably their parents before them. Give yourself permission to do that. As a unique, responsible spiritual being, question not just your beliefs but the source of your beliefs.
For instance, I can no longer use the word “God” because it conjures up a judgmental father figure. That doesn’t work for me. But I love the idea of “Tao” as in we are all Tao.
Choose your own spiritual path and let others chose theirs. If you feel disagreement, look more deeply at the foundation of the other person’s beliefs and of yours. We are true, One.
Spirality is a personal path, a personal choice, a personal awareness – for everyone. Give yourself space to spiritual explore and expand.
OVERWHELM AND CONSCIOUS SELECTION
Everyone is offing a free summit now and I have moved into overwhelm. It is clear I have to be selective. I can’t do it all. I don’t want to do it all. So how do I choose?
I basically listen to my inner voice. I knew I wanted to immerse myself in the Qi Gong summit and the Shamanism Summit and the Sound Healing summit. And I did. I managed about 15 speakers in each of them.
Which is probably why I feel full up as more summits appear.
I almost signed up for a monthly call but on a closer look at the content, it is not exactly what I want right now. It does not represent where I am on my journey where I am headed.
We need to be clear about our path. It doesn’t mean we can’t go on detours, but it does help if we have a sense of our general basic direction so we don’t take so many detours.
Can you tell the difference between something o need/want to learn and a bright shay object?
You can when you become clear about or path, your purpose, your journey.
I look back at what I wrote four years ago and I do not want to revisit those topics. I own that information and those insights. I have absorbed it and my path has to lead me onward. Know when you are finished with an aspect of your learning.
Listen to your inner voice. If a new idea or direction or summit calls to you, have a conversation with your inner voice, and figure out what you are going to do with the information you will take time to learn.
I’m pretty much full up of sound healing – for now. I am in the process of reestablishing my Qi Gong practice. I will always go to the Shamanism summits. So while I look over these multiple opportunities to hear more speakers and learn more things I daw my own personal line. I know where I am going and what I need to learn to keep on my path.
Don’t let yourself be tempted by what is not aligned with your path. Be clear about where you are going, choose only those steps that move you forward and you will not feel overwhelmed.
OUR EVOLVING FUTURE
In my weekly class with shamanist Hank Wesselman, we journey. This week our journey was about moving our anchor from the negative to the positive. We had our Guides help us. It was a fascinating journey.
Where are you anchored? We are surrounded by negativity and chaos. Is that where you want to live? To be? Change is as simple as shifting your gaze. What you look for you see. Keeping shining and saying and doing positive things. Monitor your own words and thoughts and when a negative idea comes up, bop it on the head and send it on its way.
In the journey, we metaphorically lifted our anchor out of the negative and symbolically placed our anchor, the thins that holds us steady, into the positive.
You can do that.
The Too Handy Drawer
You know that drawer that is so handy that you stuff all manner of things in it? We all have one It contains things we don’t’ know what else to do with. It may contain things we need to find in an emergency.
Periodically we have to empty that nearby handy drawer and rethink what we put into it. We’re taking physical drawers as well as the cupboards of our life.
My awareness came when I got a new set of nutritional herbs to take daily. I began to look at my kitchen to see what I was keeping close at hand and what could be put elsewhere. My counters are pretty much a mess.
The handiest, most relevant drawer is narrow but it held things I will never, ever use. They had accumulated over time. You know that that feeling. So I emptied the drawer and made some decisions – how do I want to use that drawer, what do I use more often, and what was no longer relevant.
That’s a good place to start with the handy drawer of life. What have you stuck in it and what would you choose to keep in it if there were room?
Let’s look at the metaphor of the handy drawer of a day. If I had an empty day what would I put into it? What would l use the most, what is too big for the drawer of one day?
In the case of my kitchen drawer, there were utensils I no longer used. I put them in a box in my pantry.
I rethought the purpose of the drawer. I was using it for two things, kitchen scissors which I use a lot for my Amazon packages, and those rubber things to help you open jars. The rest got moved out to make room for what was more relevant.
I looked at the drawer I call my life. I emptied it for a moment and made some decisions about what I wanted close at hand.
And I discovered a great many things I could get rid of put in another place.
For instance, I can no longer read print books because of my eyes. Yet I still keep around me 50 or so books that are impertinent to me. What if I gave a few away, bought Kindle versions of what I want to read (I’ve actually already done a bit of that) kept the ones that I still wanted to keep, and send the others on to a new life, a new person to teach? A very open-shelved bookcase would emerge.
A long time ago some wrote about giving stuff away. The suggestion was to put everything from the kitchen (for instance) in the garage, and bring in only what you use. After a month, give the tings in the grace away. The point was that you could probably replace the things you have given away for $20.
We hand on to so much that we no longer need.
But what about your life? Are there friends who no longer resonate with the path you are on that you keep spending time with? Perhaps you adjust that.
Are the things you have chosen to do do-able? I feel better when I get ahead of myself with competed podcasts. It makes for a more balanced week when I crate two at a time. Look at your workload and see where you are stuck or overwhelmed and take time to figure out an approach to balance it.
Rearrange your schedule. Working from home has eliminated a lot of travel time. How consciously did you fill that time? Did you move your exercise program to that freed up time in the morning? Do you get up and do focused work before your family is up and take a nap in the afternoon?
Know what you need. Know what your body needs and create a flexible schedule that addresses your own rhythm.
Just as you clean our the no longer useful items from that handy drawer, recreate an empty day like a masterpiece, a balanced choice of work and play, and spiritual practice.
Empty that handy drawer in your life that you put everything into and mindfully select what you want to keep close at hand.
A DEEPER SONG
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
Keep singing a deeper song.
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