According to science every thing that appears to be made of solid matter is in truth composed of moving energy that vibrates with its own unique vibrational signature and that includes us as human beings.
The universe has its own, perfect sound or to put it more poetically, its own song. Everything that exists does so as part of this song.
When we sing in harmony with this song we feel good; we feel alive, vibrant and in tune with the world around us. When we sing in tune with the universal song our lives have meaning and purpose and we are given all that we need to fulfil this purpose.
Sadly though for many of us these feelings are all too rare. Rather than feel energised we all too often feel drained, out of sorts, unbalanced and unclear about our purpose in life. This can happen even to the best of us at some point in our lives.
Learning to sing in tune with the universal song, as often and as consistently as we can, is what our lives are all about.
Consider this ancient tribal custom:
When women in a certain African tribe know that they are pregnant they go out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of their child. When they attune to the song they sing it out loud, return to the village and teach it to everyone else.
When the child is born the community gathers together and sings the child’s song to him or her. They do the same at major transition times of the child’s life; at every rite of passage the child hears their own unique song. Finally when the soul is to pass from this world family and friends gather together and they sing the person to the next life.
There is one other occasion upon which the community sing to the child and that is when they have committed a crime. The individual is called to the centre of the village and the villager’s form a circle around them and sing their song to them. The tribe recognises that love and remembrance of who you really are is the only solution to anti social behaviour.
When a person recognises their own song they have no desire to do any harm towards another person.
Do you know your song?
Do you know people who can help you sing it when you have forgotten it?
Do you know how to help yourself remember it?
Oriah Mountain Dreamer tells us that there is 'one word you are here to say with your whole being'. This word is your song; your own unique sound.
There are many ways to help us rediscover this word and find our own unique contribution to the song of the universe. Here is just one.
All you will need is a pen and a piece of paper.
Take time to think back over your life.
Make a list of all the jobs you have done and what drew you to those jobs. What were the best bits about the job? What other jobs or careers were you attracted to even if you never pursued them? What were you interested in as a child and what were/are your favourite hobbies and pastimes? Can you remember times when you felt particularly energised, uplifted, enthusiastic, passionate or inspired? What was going on then? Who were you with? What were you thinking? What do you dislike most about the world we live in? What fires you up? How have other people described you in the past? Make a note of these. Sometimes other people see things in us that surprise us and that we never realised where there at all.
When you have done all this try to see if you can see a common thread running through your life. This should be something that jumps out at you without too much poking and prodding. When you do this you might be surprised at how seemingly unrelated things in your life show a great deal of commonality.
Make a note of these areas of common interest.
They might include: creativity; communication; supporting others; facilitation; leadership; caring; teaching; learning; playing; observing; listening; giving; mediation; instructing; sharing; motivating; entertaining; relating; supervising; challenging
Look for qualities too: gentleness; strength; playfulness; humour; kindness; compassion; peacefulness; gregariousness; shyness; truthfulness; quietness; resilience; patience; forthrightness; boldness; courage; acceptance;
These are all keys to your own unique song; to your own unique contribution to the Universal song.
There is a way to explore these further through personality profiling which gives you insights into your own unique expression as a human being. Personally I recommend exploring your personality through the Myers Briggs Indicator and/or the Enneagram both of which help to highlight not only your strengths and gifting but also the things that habitually stop you from experiencing them and thus from singing your own song.
There is great fun and joy in unravelling the mystery of who you are but remember that love and fear reside in us all and yet it is only love that harmonises with the universal song.
‘I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony.’
Fear gives rise to disharmony and love to harmony.
Fear makes you sing off key; love enables you to sing with confidence and in tune with all of creation.
Are you ready to start singing?
The opinions I express here are my own. However I offer them with the word 'syat' next to them. 'Syat' is a word used by the Jain Tribe in India which means 'To the best of my knowledge SO FAR.' In the spirit of openness I invite comments from anyone whether you agree with my point of view or not. In this way we can all learn and grow together. Thank you.