What Is Your Role In The New Consciousness?
Living Our Deeper Song
The Creative in me honors the Creative in you!
Mother Earth is giving us huge signs that she needs our help. Her inhabitants are discordant and at war with each other and are very self-focused. And that has to change.
As transformational leaders we have diverse roles to play in preserving the well-being of our planet and her people.
What does that look like for you? What will you help transform? What will you focus on in order to create positive change?
You may find yourself drawn to preventing climate change, or preserving a certain species, or helping a certain segment of the population, or like me, go within to write insights and observations that reach a lot of people.
The role of a Transformational Leader in the New Consciousness will vary and it’s up to you to define and expand your participation.
As a 90-year-old woman in long-term care I had to give some thought to my role as a Transformational Leader in this New Consciousness. Then I realized that I’m doing that by my very existence and my many exchanges with young people on the staff here who have chosen to be in service to help others. I am offering them insights into the holistic metaphysical principles of wholeness and I am reaching several generations. As I engage in individual conversations I organically seed-plant holistic ideas and open new pathways for them to consider. In writing this I realize that I am influencing our future world by my participation with young people of consciousness that are drawn into my orbit. That’s pretty good for an old lady.
Begin to identify your place of server and your impact, the gifts that come with thoughtful exchanges and how you would like to refine your participation, or expand it, or even change directions. Be aware that everything you say and do and are has impact. Raise your sights to focus on the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole. What is your role in the New Consciousness?
Deeper Song Affirmation
I go exploring and expand and deepen my role in the New Consciousness.
Deeper Dong Process
- Give some contemplative thought to what you think the New Consciousness is and how you think the New Consciousness is evolving.
- Sit down and make a list of how you already have impact in our world. Notice the ripple effect, how what you do continues to move out into the world and influence others. When you expand the thinking of one person that person will radiate out and touch other lives.
- Everything we say and do has impact. Become more aware of your role in a New Consciousness.
- Expand your reach.
Deepen Your Inner Awareness
What Prompts You To Let Go And More On?
What is the catalyst that prompt you to make a major change? Is it a circumstance? Is it a realization? Is it a new idea that calls to you?
I came across some poems I had written along my long life path and many of hem were a cry for change. A situation had grown too heavy or too cumbersome and I needed to leave it behind. What does it take for you to break away and move forward? How many times has that happened in your life? Where and what new adventures, opportunities and insights did it bring to you?
We are the only ones who can make ourselves happy, so if change is needed we must recognize it and make that change. Positive change is totally up to us.
That meat we must stay self-aware. It means we must be cognizant of new opportunities and insights. That means we must let go and move forward.
Change is interesting. Change is challenging. Change is scary. Change is necessary. Change is how we expand our world and our participation in it.
First you have to become aware that you need to change. Then you have to explore the possibilities of a new path. Then you chose your new direction and go adventuring.
How do you recognize that it s time for change and what prompts you to let go and move on?
What Is Your Relationship With Money?
I’m kind of a mess when it comes to handling money. I get excited when I get to learn something new and I take the class. And of course, classes cost money and there is usually a date it will start and…you get the picture. I have been very indulgent with myself when it comes to learning. I have taken native flute and drumming classes and of course I had to buy a native flute and drums. As I say, I’n an enthusiastic and passionate learner who is not good with money.
What is your relationship with money? Are you conservative? Are you reckless? How does your relationship with money drive you choices? Or does it?
How do you curb your accesses? How do you satisfy your needs and desires in a responsible manner? Does your relationship with money need to be healed? How wiling are you to do that?
Take Responsibility for Healing Yourself
Self Responsibility And Self-Healing
We have to do the work. We have to take the steps, we have to expand our goals. Our healing process, our wellness achievements are totally up to us.
Are you doing the work? Are you making the progress you want? Are you experimenting with different forms of self healing? Are the goals and objectives that you set for yourself helping you see progress and make the change you desire?
What does it take to propel you forward? What does it take to challenge yourself a bit more?
I have identified some new places in my day to add more walking but I don’t seem to be doing it. Intention is different from doing the work. It’s up to me and my daily choices. Are you challenging yourself enough? Or too much? Are your goals set high enough? Or just right?
Do The Work
I am totally responsible for healing myself. Whatever I choose to do or not do impacts my mind. I need to keep up my work and expand my options. I am using sound healing and Reiki and intention but I’m not being very good about lowering my salt intake. We have to do the work. What do you need to do to keep yourself healthy and are you doing it?
How Do You Renew Yourself?
How do you know when you need replenishing? Do you wait until you end up like a puddle in the corner, depleted and out of energy? Or are you aware of the gradual depletion of your energy and stamina and address it the minute you become aware of it?
Do you know what your body needs to sustain and maintain itself? Or do you let yourself gradually get worn down by your life and daily responsibilities until you find yourself totally out of energy?
Establish a pattern of routine replenishment. Perhaps meditate when you first get home from work to make a clear break before moving into “me” time. Replenishment may be in the form of an early morning walk that deepens your connection with nature. Replenishment should be a part of your daily life whatever form it takes. How do you renew yourself and do you do it often enough?
Sit In Nature
When was the last time you sat in your backyard in the dark listening to the sounds of nature and watching the moon rise? When was the last time you pause to turn your face to the sun and allow your body to replenish and restore?Or listen to the wind move through the branches or have an acorn drop at your feet? Or watch raindrops run down the window? Or listen toto the wind howl while you sat snug and warm inside?
Listen to the sounds and flow of nature and absorb their messages. Noticed the changes of the season. Enjoy the gradual blooming flowers, the sound of raindrops on the pavement beneath your feet. Or watch a butterfly move gently from flower to flower. Or listen to a bird song.
What are the sights and sounds and gifts of nature that bring you peace and contentment and joy?
Explore New Potential and Possibilities
Understand The Steps Of Aging
I don’t know what I was thinking. The problem was I wasn’t thinking about how to care for myself in my really old age. Suddenly it was upon me and I was not prepared financially or emotionally.
Before I moved I was, in fact, paying for a form of assisted-living – someone to do laundry and clean and take out the trash. But I actually gave no thought to what was to happen to me next, what kind of care I might need as I got even older. I simply never thought about it.
I realize that there are many features here at Evergreen that have been important to me as part of having access to long-term care. I thought long-term meant dying and since I thought I was merely aging, I certainly was not aware that I could use as much help as I have been offered and accepted.
“Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.”
Here’s what I have experienced.
- 24-hour nursing supervision including medication management.
- Access to doctors on a regular basis.
- Monitoring of blood pressure and oxygen several times a day
- Professional wound care
- X-rays and blood tests brought to you.
- Physical therapy for recovery and genera strengthening.
- Dietitian for special diets (’m the only vegetarian here and I have being accommodated)
- A Social Worker advocate to guide your way.
- Social activities to build community and provide mental stimulation.
- Care partner (CNA, Med Aid) to help you dress and shower and get you in and out of bed if you need it.
- Daily laundry service
- Daily room cleaning
- Hair cuts, dentist, eye doctor and podiatrist all brought to you.
- Outside appointments are arranged and wheelchair transportation and Care Partner accompaniment is provided.
All of these are things that were unexpected for me and greatly appreciated. I was not even aware that I would need this much care.
In my case here in the US, I give them all of my social security except for $52 a month. In retune I am total cared for.
Keep an eye on what you need in your advanced years and do the research and if needed, get on a waiting list. Be prepared to scale down your possessions and give away a lot of stuff you provable still care about.
If you have a family member who will need this kind of living situation begin to talk to them early about what it would be like with long-term care as the next step so they can mentally and emotionally and financial prepare to make a move when the time comes. Don’t let it sneak up on them – or you – because it’s rather unnerving when it does.
I had allowed myself to get very isolated before I moved but now I am around kind and caring people from many generations and my heart has expanded and my knowledge and skills have been called upon and appreciated as I share what I have learned with up-coming generations.
If you are nearing a time in which you may need this next major step or you have a parent or relative or friend who will ned it in the next few years, help them do the research and become aware of the possibilities for their next living situation. Both of you will be glad to have the information and understand the options.
Practice Using Your Body
Brian Clark presented an interesting idea in his Further newsletter, the idea of practicing using your body rather than the concept of working out. I am definitely practicing when I consciously stand up straight and remind my body to be more efficient. As I do my Qigong I focus not just on doing the form correctly, but on experiencing the flow of energy it creates how it makes me feel, and how it deepens my awareness.
There are many times that you can focus your attention on consciously using your body correctly – as you stand, or move your whole body, or just your arms and legs while sitting. Stretch and flex and move. All of these are about listening to your body and making it your partner – a partner that enjoys taking a few deep breaths to relieve tension, a partner tat enjoys standing up straight and walking mindfully. Think of your body as a co-creator and engage it with thoughtful, mindful compassion and movement.
See The Overview
I am blessed, or cursed, by being able to see the overview. I see it as a gift because it helps me become aware of and focused on the over-arching thrust of a particular idea or circumstance. For instance, I’ve been aware of the need to conserve to save the planet for over 40 years. But I can understand how someone who is simply working to survive does not have that in their consciousness.
I am on an active search both physically and spiritually to find how to live my role as a Light Bearer and help change the overarching energy of the planet. I cannot get stuck in details while I search for meaning. It is a broad search, an extensive search, a thoughtful search and I’m staying flexible and open to explore and consider and act.
Are you buried in details? Or can you look at your days and see the over arching pattern that guides your steps?
What Do You Need To Bring Forward?
As I look for ways to strengthen my body, I look back over the varied forms of exercise that I have learned over the years. When I lived in New York I had no car for 13 years so walking everywhere was a major form of exercise. I did a lot of yoga in New York City in the 80s. There are a whole lot of those poses that I can no longer do but I’m going to look closely at the ones I can do or try todo. I’m doing a modified version of some Qigong moves to accommodate my body.
Understand what you need and create a version of it that you can and will do in order to get the benefits. Be flexible. Be creative and don’t give up.
===DEEPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE===
Self-Healing Spiritual Practice and Deepening Awareness of Our Cosmic Oneness
The Soul Star
At night I do a Qigong move that I learned from Daisy Lee called Showering Qi combined with some Qigong moves I learned from David Wang to balance the energy of my body. Recently I have added a conscious connection to my Soul Star and the energy is very powerful. I move my hands up my chakras and send energy through my palms. I experience the crown chakra as being 12-18 inches above the top of my head. I raise my hands to experience it and then I raise both hands above my head and with my fingers reaching upwards I open myself up to the energy of my Soul Star. It sometimes takes a second or two for my imagination to travel there but I then get a download in the form of a huge centering yawn as I feel the energy of the Soul Star coming down to fill my body.
Our Soul Star is always present. It is in your consciousness and you simply go within to connect and deepen your experience of your interconnection with your Soul Star.
I really like the phrase “cultivate stillness” and I stopped to think how I would do that. Stillness is to be totally present, aware of everything around you. You immerse yourself in the energy and sensations and experience it moving through you as you immerse yourself in that experience. You maintain an inner stillness when you work. You maintain an inner stillness when you walk. You maintain inner stillness when you are in an active exchange with others.
Take a moment and immerse yourself in centered stillness. Allow yourself to sink deep within and sinply be. Be present. Be aware. Open your heart and feel and experience your presence as a strand in the Web of Life – connected and whole.
Be fully present in whatever you do. Shut out the world around you and focus your entire being on whatever it is you have chosen to do. That way there is no distraction, nothing to pull you off task. It’s a little like meditation when you shut out the world and go deep within and are fully present.
I have a pretty active meditation practice that includes my drums, my native flute my kalimba, rattles and singing bowl. But what if I just turned to look out my window and was simply present in nature – focusing on the clouds, the trees – simply being present in the natural flow of things. I would have a different experience. How do you cultivate stillness?
===RELEVANT AGING ===
(How to Stay Fulfilled No Mater What Your Age)
Keep Your Mind Active
This idea is not going to appeal to everyone but it may resonate with those who are actually curious and those who enjoy the company of their own mind.
I listen my suite-mate watch hours of 20-year-old game shows and westerns and simply sit in her room with the blinds on her window shut. As I move down the hall I see people sitting in their recliners doing nothing. There are activities for those who want them but I’m looking at how we spend our leisure time. Even some young people I know spend their entire weekend simply watching television.
This is not about being busy or not busy, it is about how we nurture and replenish ourselves. What is a nurturing activity for you and is there another version of it that might be more beneficial? Perhaps you go sit in the yard and listen to the crickets or sit out at night and watch the moon rise. Or call a friend. Have you ever taken a nap in a hammock on a warm summer day?
If you are tired, take a nap, or exercise or whatever you feel you need in the moment. Don’t just sit and do nothing.
Keep your mind active and nimble. Stop and turn your time into nurturing activities that replenish and refresh and restore you in body, mind and spirit. What will those activities be?
For me, writing is invigorating and spiritually satisfying. My meditative practice is eclectic. I turn to the plants on my Altar Of Spiritual Expansion with gratitude for that inner and outer connection with the nature. I immerse myself in the conversations and exchanges with the staff around me. Those are enriching exchanges.
I meditate, I play my drums and my flute. I watch too much news, I am always writing in order to figure things out. I do research online to understand a concept. Writing is a great way to explore.
I have friends in their 60s with whom I speak regularly on Zoom who are active and interesting and living their lives with imagination and enthusiasm. Our conversations expand us all.
What do you do to keep your mind active, to experience yourself as a person who is actively contributing to our world?
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===DEEPER SONG DISCOVERIES===
Resources to Explore
How Do Old Rocks Stay Relevant?
My friend and I were walking across Central Park in the 80s when she turned to me and said, “We are rocks. Others depend on us.” I thought about that and the I asked, “Who do rocks depend on?” And she answered, “Other rocks.” Fifty years later I’m wondering how old rocks manage as they age. For me, it looks like the rocks I depend on are younger but I can still give back. Even as I receive help as I age, I have insights and wisdom and awareness that strengthens and supports them on their journey. That’s a good exchange. So even though I’m an old rock I still have strength and insights to share. I guess old rocks just get more polished with age…
I can’t take the class on The Shift Network but I will read his book. It will be my first audio book. In his class introduction we found our Soul Note.
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===BROADEN YOUR HORIZON – EXPAND YOUR VIEW===
Raise Your Sights and Your Expectations
Fall Equinox September 23, 2023
The Fall Equinox and the first day of autumn arrive on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 02:50 A.M. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere.
It is not just a change of seasons, it is a change of energy and focus, an opportunity to repurpose your intentions for the next quarter.
In the northern hemisphere it is the time to harvest. It’s a great time for evaluating the crops we have produced. The seeds we have planted. And evaluate how well we cared for those choices.
I have a file on my computer in which I journal and I have begun to record my intentions for a season so I can find them to see how I did.
What I am harvesting is a strong sense of the unfolding of a new role for me in the world. It is still evolving and I cannot exactly describe it but it has to do with raising my consciousness and my focus on planetary unity and well-being. The form is still writing about my thoughts and insights and discoveries along that path but the details are very much in the unfolding stage.
How do you feel at Fall Equinox? Do you feel energized or depleted? Do you feel challenged or defeated? Take time to contemplate and journal how you are feeling about your work so far this year and list any ideas and suggestions that you would like to incorporate in the next season’s planning.
I want and need to work harder on my physical strengthening and I think I’m going to look at that as going to football training camp to get in shape – maybe. I know how I want to train, I just have to get more persistent and consistent about it. So that’s one crop that I could have nurtured more this past year.
Ask for my “work,” the form is the same but the focus is now on defining our role as Light Beaners in the world. And that’s definitely a work in progress.
My spiritual practice has been enhanced by the plants on my Altar of Spiritual Expansion that helps me to move more in line with the rhythms of nature. I do want to establish my version of a Qigong practice for physical reasons.
What do I wish I had planted more of this year? I have added some sound healing and intention work and a little Qigong to my spiritual purchase but I want to go deeper and expand what I do.
Are you satisfied with what you are harvesting? What do you want to plat more of or les of. What new varieties do you want to expplore? Give some thought to that.
For me yoga pops up. I’m not even sure what poses I could come close to doing again but I know a lot of them and I will go exploring. I want to get outside more and will do so as the weather changes. My plan is to take my flute and a small drum and my kalimba piano out with me and sit and sing to the koi fish. I wonder how fish hear.
Look what you were harvesting right now and see what you will do differently when you plant next spring. What will you plant more? What will you plant less of? What needs more fertilizer or pruning? Spend some time observing and journaling where you are this fall and make some notes on what and how to change some of it for next year.
===OUR EVOLVING FUTURE===
Support and Encouragement for our Unfolding Role in the Future
Can You Imagine It?
We use our imagination to bring things into being. We think about it, we savor it in our mind. We expect it to happen and it does. Imagination is very powerful in the creation of our life.
I’m working on a new vision for the planet. One in which everyone is kind and loving to everyone else and there is not only peaceful coexistence throughout the planet but we are also united and aligned with caring for our planet. And she responds accordingly.
I have to really get my imagination going to be able to visualize everyone loving everyone else and everyone being very thoughtful about how they tread the planet surface.
Visualize it into existence. What are you focusing on? What do you think is possible? What do you expect to happen? Examine all of the things that you are focusing on to manifest – positive or negative, so when you change your thinking you really do change your life. Raise your vision and your expectation and imagine our new world into being.
===HOW TO BE A STRONG CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT BEARERS===
Expand Your Role in the Rapidly Evolving Universe
Honor Your Path
I would not change any of the choices I made in my life because they’re all part of who I am today. Whether my choice was a lesson or whether it opened up a new path I’m glad I took it. But most of all I’m excited about what is opening up for me now at 90. All of this thinking and doing I have done in my life brought me to this point of greater exploration, deeper insights and a more meaningful role in the unfolding of the universe. I feel like I am ripening, ready to stand tall as a mature energy to add to the awareness of those who come in contact with me. Of course I have new paths to explore. Of course I have more gifts to expand. But I am at the point where I am a strong contributor to the path that I am on. And that makes me feel valuable and useful and meaningful.
How are you enriching your life? What skills and insights are you developing that will ripen as you age? We can’t predict our future impact, but we can consciously develop and expand and cultivate our gifts so that we as we mature we produce a full harvest.
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What Do I Want/Need To Change?
I am touched by the ways that I have been asked to participate here at Evergreen, using the gifts I have developed over the years. That has made me feel useful, and valued. My learning experiences are going two ways, one as I interact with members of the staff here who are from much younger generations and the other as I move into my imagination to see how we are to become active Light Bearers on the plant today.
There are some patterns I need to expand and establish in order to do the work to reach those goals. I would like to have a loose plan to follow so I don’t go wandering off in the wrong direction and so that I can actually achieve something specific in the coming months. I need to raise my gaze and my expectations. What do you want/need to change an how will you do that?
===SING A DEEPER SONG ===
I sit here looking over my harvest to see what I need to change – what to plant more of and less of and what new crops to try.
I sit here looking over my harvest to see what I need to change – what to plant more of and less of and what new crops to try. I look over my seed catalog of life for new ideas and unusual combinations.
I sit here looking over my harvest to see what I need to change – what to plant more of and less of and what new crops to try. I look over my seed catalog of life for new ideas and unusual combinations. I dream my life into being.
– Cara Lumen, September 2023
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