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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seeds of Change: Bardo, Part 2

Some time ago, I read Lama Surya Das’ book, Buddha Standard Time. In thinking about the book from time to time, it seems to me that Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be is one way to access what he calls “Buddha Standard Time.”

I feel that it can be especially helpful in a time of bardo, when we are planting and nurturing the seeds of change and transformation. At the time that I previously posted on this book, I wrote:

“The major premise of the book deals with time and how we live well or not well with it. For example, one of the problems, he says, with people thinking that they do not have enough time is that they are not focusing. Lama Surya Das maintains that we can find more time in our lives by learning to focus among other practices.

One chapter is devoted to the Buddhist concept of bardo. Wikipedia, to loosely paraphrase it, says that bardo is that time between two incarnations. The first definition is the traditional one, but Tibetan Buddhism has six bardo states including the time between our birth and death in a particular life time.

Bardo, according to Lama Surya Das, is also the space between breaths, the silence between words, the time of transition between one thing in our lives and the next. It can be the fallow period of an illness. He says, if I understood him correctly, that paying attention to bardo can be a mindfulness practice or a way to teach ourselves to focus on the present—not looking back and not looking forward—but rather the practice of living in the in-between.

I suppose that learning to live with bardo in its various manifestations could be learning to live fully present in ourselves and our lives. We can also, I suppose, use that fallow period as do plants and animals in winter, learning to rest in it and come out the other side rejuvenated. I recall reading something by Eckhart Tolle where he talked about the shift happening in the silence between the words. It occurs to me that by paying attention to the in-between we can allow the shift to happen while we are focusing on the in-between—the present moment—possibly because we are not putting up the usual human blocks to change. And as we feel this present moment, we can also allow the shift to become integrated into ourselves.”

Opening the Heart helps you delve into that space between breaths between words. For example, meditation image 1 is: “Breathe deeply, breathe slowly. You can breathe through anything.” I think a corollary is that you can breathe into anything and learn its nature and how you want to be in relation to it as well as to yourself and others, to the world and the divine. This is the image as it exists in the text:

The expanded meditation from Opening the Heart is: 

Breathing slows down our minds and bodies. It allows us to clear out anxiety and dread. By following our breath, we can journey to that calm, inner place of ourselves.

So, we are all called to sit and breathe. Sitting and breathing allow the time to imagine, to dream, to conceive of ourselves and our world in new ways, and to birth the action that brings those dreams into the world.

What are you called to imagine, to dream, to breathe into your life? What are you called to breathe out of your life?

Being in that place of in-betweenness enhances the delving into self, the seeing of dreams and the planting of the seeds of change. Coming out of bardo then moves us into the place of action and nurturing those seeds of change into a fulsome harvest.

Meditation image 11 is: “Time does not exist in the heart of the universe. Be there.” Breathing yourself into that place of no time, a place possibly of bardo (the space in between) brings you into the fallow place where dreams can be nurtured and grown. It can bring you to the core of your heart where, with time seemingly stopped, you can see what exists in your heart, what grows there. It can connect you with the energy of the universe and the divine.

Meditation image 11 as it is in the book is:

The expanded text of meditation image 11 is:

Science tells us that there is not literal heart of the universe: however, whenever you dive deeply enough into your inner self, you know the heart of all things. This heart is the all-encompassing love, knowledge and wisdom that we see, and, when we arrive in that heart, time does not exist—all is flow, all is stopped—all at the same time. It is in this “heart” of the universe that we come to know the healing of that love, compassion and knowledge as well as our deepest soul existence. Find your way there.

Again, entering into our hearts creates that space in between that can help us to find how we want to be but also provide us with the vision of what seeds to plant to bring ourselves into alignment with that vision.

We can also look for those states of bardo in our lives, in our thoughts, in our speech to use to bring us into the present through the awareness of those states and their uses. But we can also use the awareness of those moments of bardo (whether a fraction of a second or weeks or months of bardo) to move deeply into our hearts to find the seeds of change that are waiting to be planted, nourished and ultimately harvested.

(Please remember that not only is the text copyrighted but also the photographs are copyrighted. Please only use them with permission of myself and the photographer. We thank you for this. To purchase the book, please use the link contained in this post.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Antikythera and The Source

I haven’t posted here in quite some time. The reason is that I’ve been writing my next book, and working on future works as well. ‘You’ve got to go with the flow’, as they say. The next book is called ‘The Antikythera and The Source’.

What is the Antikythera? Here’s a quote from my character Theoclea, a very gifted child from ca. 500 BC, living in Delphi, Greece. A Priest and Priestess from the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, where the Oracle of Delphi resides have come to the child’s home. They’ve heard about her visions, and present her with a strange geared mechanism. (The mechanism, by the way actually exists and was found off of the island of Antikythera in the Mediterranean around 1900 by a Captain Condos and his men while sponge diving.)

“It’s a wondrous invention. And the secret lies deep inside, there are four 50 tooth gears! Right in the deepest spot, they show how the moon speeds up and slows down during its cycle!” Theoclea said proudly.

The Priest and Priestess were astonished…they were looking at a detailed drawing of the inner moon gear mechanism. Then they both looked at her in a loving way.

“Yes, Theoclea, you’re right. That’s what it does…and more. But why do you call it an Antikythera?” he said.

The Priestess was silent. She gazed at Theoclea with a look of awe on her face. ‘The gift is—this child!’ she thought.

“I call it an Antikythera because that’s what the ones from the future call it. I have seen them in my visions.”

So, that’s just a hint of what the Antikythera is. It is still being studied today, and one theory is that it was a complex mechanism with over 29 gears that showed the times of future eclipses of the sun and moon, showed the positions of the known planets in the zodiac…and possibly much more. It was similar in concept to Charles Babbage’s device—the first analog computer built in the 1880’s.

You might be wondering—who or what is The Source? Here’s a quote from the ending of my first book, ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Eleusis and Atlantis’. Theoclea has become the Delphic Oracle, and Pythagoras is one of her counselors. They have just been through an amazing adventure in Atlantis. She is speaking of what will become of them when they pass on from the Earthly Realm:

“What will I become, Theoclea, and who will you be? What do you see?”

“We may not always be together, Pythagoras. There may be adventures that we shall have together and apart—as we have had in this life. We shall continue to have adventures in the Earthly realm. When we pass on—things will continue as they have on the Earthly realm in other realms and times, there shall be more Gates to pass through in those places. Whatever entities we evolve into…we shall have children…of a kind…just as we’ve had in this life. We shall rise and evolve past our own imaginings. I shall continue on the right path just as I imagined it as a child playing with my friends in the woods, and you shall be with me.”

She continued to gaze into the distance, finally she saw a fiery desert and a cold wasteland. She closed her eyes.

‘What do you see, Theoclea?”

“We will become…”

Slowly she opened her eyes, and once more stared into the distance. There was a look of awe on her face, as if she herself could not believe it.

“Yes…Theoclea…what will we become?”

She stopped looking into the distance and gazed at him once again. A new light was shining in her eyes.

“You and I shall become…the…THE MAGE and THE SOURCE”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PanOrpheus (Pen name of Howard Lipman) is the author of the ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle)’ books, ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Eleusis and Atlantis’, and ‘Theoclea (The Delphic Oracle) and Pythagoras in Egypt’. He is also the author of the Phoebe books- ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) takes Nikola Tesla to Peru...and other stories by PanOrpheus’- and the full length Phoebe novel ‘Phoebe (The Delphic Oracle) and the Medallion of Gaia’. His newest book is ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower’. ‘The Antikythera and The Source’ will be the first book of a new series. He is the administrator of the 2000+ member facebook group ‘Delphic Oracle Mystical Magical Fact and Fiction’. PanOrpheus is a Board Member of the Philadelphia Tesla club and the Tesla Science Foundation...and was a presenter at The Tesla Conference Jan. 5-7 at the New Yorker Hotel in 2013...and has continued his Tesla Outreach program in 2014. In May of 2015 he will give a seminar on Nikola Tesla at the World Steampunk Fair in Piscataway New Jersey…the largest event of its kind. Nikola Tesla and the Spirit of Nikola Tesla appear in some of his novels and short stories. He maintains an active Author’s page on Goodreads, and has a ‘Songs and Stories from Tesla’s Tower page on Facebook. He has spoken at other conferences on the many themes of ‘The Mysteries’. All of his books are available on Amazon. Just search Phoebe, or Theoclea, and ‘Delphic Oracle’ at Amazon—the paperback and kindle versions of the books will appear for sale. His blogspot lists all of his books with links for the purchase of them www.panorpheusbooks.blogspot.com

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Death Transition - A Book Review

I decided to take a brief break from blogging about my book, Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be to tell you about a book titled The Death Transition.

I recently met the author, Cliff Aguirre, at an event that I was working. He told me about his experiences communicating with the spirits of people that he knew before they died. He went on to explain that they were insistent that he write about what they were communicating to him in relation to the transition from a physical state to a non-physical state, or as he calls it, the death transition. I wanted to read this book to see if what my sense of the transition is what came through for him. I would say that, in most part, the book has validated what my beliefs are about this process, although, I will confess that some of it is a bit different or a bit new to me. This, however, is not unusual for those of us who work in the metaphysical world. We all have our belief systems and filters through which information comes. I do recommend The Death Transition as it is a clear, concise description of the process.

The book does not delve into philosophy or religion. It is a straight forward recounting of what was transmitted to Cliff from those who communicated this information to him. He explains how he came to be in touch with spirits and how the information came to him in the Forward to the book. He has this to say in the Forward about death:

“Thus, life after death can be understood by opening our perception and minds to wider possibilities. Only now are people beginning to talk openly about such experiences [near death experiences and the like] and journey to the seven other rooms.”

By the seven other rooms, he means that life is like living in an eight room house but only living or experiencing it in one room. Death opens us up, so to speak, to living in or experience the other eight rooms, metaphorically.” (Page ii)

He then goes on to say:

“It has taken years of learning and experiencing to allow myself to write this book without misconstruing the information through the eyes of my old beliefs. Misconstruing information is one of the mistakes commonly and unwittingly committed by many writers on the subject of death, their misconception being emphasized by their beliefs and especially their fears.” (Page ii)

Cliff wanted to be sure that he was clearly and concisely transmitting the information given him rather than embellishing it or making it fit into the belief system that he had when he began to receive the information contained in The Death Transition.

He ends the Forward by saying:

“With each new awareness, we become closer to the awareness of God, however you choose to perceive God and our eternal selves. Life and death are all parts of our ongoing existence. With each new life and each new death we gain insight, growth, and wisdom.”

The Death Transition also talks about reincarnation and the fact that we have all lived many lives, what we learn in between human lives and how we process all this information when we transition back to a non-human existence. Please be aware that he uses the terms awake state and sleep state in a very specific way. He says:

“The awake state is the portion of time in which your main focus is within the physical reality. It is the time you are actively going about your physical life. The sleep state is in reference to the time in which your physical body sleeps and you are mentally active in other realities.” (Emphasis added.)

He uses the terms death, dying and the like as a convenience when talking about the transition. Cliff does not want to instill fear in anyone.


This guide to the transition at death, or rather to the non-corporeal state, is clear, easy to understand and concise as I said above. The sections are clearly labeled, and the table of contents is quite useful as you can quickly turn to a section of the book that you wish to read or re-read. The Death Transition chapter contains, e.g., the following sections: What Happens Upon Death, Pre-Death Guides, The After-Death Body, The Mourning Process and the Funeral, The Missing Body, and After-Death Environment (Heaven) Beliefs as well as other sections. There are also chapters called Pathways to Making the Transition, Communicating with Loved Ones, Reminders, Questions and Answers, and Selected Reading. Except for the last two, the other chapters also have clearly titled subchapters that allow you to browse by topic if you choose, or you can read the whole book through, possibly even at one sitting.

Much of the book is aimed at allaying fears that people might have about death. On page 48, Cliff writes:

“Death is simply the changing of your perception from one reality to another. There is no mysterious, evil force awaiting your arrival upon transitioning and this transition is not an end to consciousness nor is it an eternal sleep. Nor are there rewards of martyrdom or golden castles other than what you may temporarily perceive.”

I recommend this book as a validation for beliefs or as an education for those who are unsure about this phase of our lives. I hope that it meets his goal of alleviating fears for those who are fearful about death. You can purchase this book through the link contained in this post to Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations onHow to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nurture and Nature

In thinking about what to blog about next on Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be, I decided to blog about meditation image number 47, Nurture, and meditation image number 48, Nature, at the same time. 

This is meditation image number 47:

The accompanying text for meditation image 47 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important.

Nurture means the providing of sustenance, the act of bringing up, educating, and helping growth and development. What in the way nurturance have others given you? What have you given yourself? What are you giving others? What do you and others need now, even in adulthood?”

This is meditation image number 48:

The accompanying text for meditation image 48 contained in Part 2 of Opening the Heart reads:

“The old debate is about whether nurture or nature has the most importance in a person’s development. The truth is that they are equally important."

What has nature given you? Where do you come from? What do come from? What gifts has this given you? What about this can you use now on your path?”

As with all of Opening the Heart, the seeming dualities or opposites exist at the same time and influence us and our paths. Nature and nurture can be so deeply entwined that, at times, it might be difficult to sort out whether something belongs under the “heading” of nature or the “heading” of nurture.

Wiktionary defines the noun nurture as:
  • The act nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training. 
  • That which nourishes; food; diet. 
  • The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual…. 
Wiktionary says that, as a verb, nurture means to nourish or nurse; to encourage, especially growth or development…

I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nurture:

A mother and father who:
  • Loved me deeply and provided me what I needed but not necessarily more than I needed;
  • Provided me with a sense of discipline and a moral bearing;
  • Provided me with the opportunity for education and the encouragement to be the best I can be and, interestingly at the time, encouraged me to go to college and law school:
  • Nursed me through illnesses and cared deeply when I had heartbreak, along with countless other intangible things;
  • and, when it came time to move to Massachusetts accepted that I would be moving 900 miles away and encouraged me in that.
The also gave me two sisters who still care about me and provide moral support when I need it. My sisters have given me a terrific niece and nephew.

I had loving grandparents, great aunts and great uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins. They all accepted me for who I was then, and those still with us accept me for who I am now. Acceptance by family and friends is deeply nurturing to me as I do not need to pretend about who I am or hide what I do from them.

Friends are part of what I consider Nurture for me. They help me laugh, help me sort out questions and problems, and do lovely things for me.

I include eating well and exercising as well as anything that I do to take care of myself as nurturing myself.
Wiktionary includes the following among the definitions of nature:
  • The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design, e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature. 
  • The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
  • The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe. 
  • Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience. 
  • Kind, sort; character; quality.
I think, that for me, I can list the following under Nature:

My DNA, RNA, all of my cells and that which makes up my body are the most rudimentary gifts that nature has to give me. They, at the most basic level, set the stage for my life and being. I include any innate abilities, such as being able to hear, read, talk, think, and the like that help me move through life. There are those who believe that personality is somewhat set at time of birth, or rather that we all have a tendency towards a personality given to us by nature. (Although personality is, of course, influenced by nurture.)

As with all of the pairs in Opening the Heart, the question is existing within the seeming duality of the pair, as well as using the pair to go deeply into our hearts to find out what lives there, what our hearts want to tell us about living and being in relationship to ourselves, others, the world, and the divine. The seeming duality is that it is not just either/or in life. Sometimes, possibly all the time, it is neither and both at once. How do we navigate our way in a world where it neither and both at once, yet at the same time possibly either/or without it being crazy making, causing us to not be fully in the world or to keep us from having our hearts fully open.

What did you receive from Nurture? How do they interplay to make you who you are? What can you learn from this seeming duality to help you in your life and to heal your being?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-733






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Life is a school. Learn from it.

My most recent blog post was about the meditation image 15 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be that says: “Life is a song. Sing it.”

The companion meditation to meditation image 15 “Life is a song. Sing it.” is meditation image 16, “Life is a school. Learn from it.”

I read an interesting quote from the poet William Blake on the Poetry Daily website the morning that I started work on this post. It is: “Without contraries there is no progression.”

In some ways, this epitomizes Opening the Heart which is based on a number of the seeming dualities of life.

The second contrary or seeming duality of this pair of meditation images is about learning from life, while at the same time, the other part of the pair is about singing life. It seems to me that, in one sense, Blake’s quote could mean that he was talking about learning from contemplating the contraries or seeming dualities, although I understand that there is at least one other interpretation of this quote that is possible. That would be that we progress from learning from life’s difficulties that come one at a time. But, both interpretations lead us to the conclusion that life teaches us, life is a school, and part of our task in life is to learn its lessons.

Meditation image 16 is:

The accompanying text for meditation image 16 contained in Opening the Heart is:

“Many believe that part of each our incarnations here is to learn specific lessons, or merely to remember Source. Even if that is not part of your belief, living seems to take constant learning—from the day-to-day tasks that come our way, to interacting with others, to lessons of the soul. What do you choose to learn? Being presented with all this wonderful knowledge is a gift. Accept this gift and use it.”

I remember my school days—some were easy and some were hard. But I believe that I learned something even on the days that were easy. Sometimes it was about interacting with others, sometimes it was about myself, and sometimes it was literally facts and figures that helped me pass tests, helped me move from grade to grade, i.e., to move forward. And, eventually to pass the Bar Exam and be able to practice law to make a living. 

I do know that life’s lessons did not stop just because I left school. I believe that I am still learning. In fact, I have said on any number of occasions that it is a good day if I learn something. I do reflect on myself as I was earlier in my life and realize when I do how much I have learned, how much I have progressed and moved forward. Each job that I held helped me learn something about my former profession, being a lawyer, and taught me something about the area of law I was practicing. Just as when I was in school, some days were easy and some were hard. Some were fun. Sometimes I learned something every week and sometimes I learned something new every day. 

That, however, in some sense, was learning on the most superficial level. However, on a deeper level, I learned how to listen to others, how to ask questions that reach to the heart of things, how to analyze facts, and how to advise about solving problems. I learned to look at things from new perspectives, sometimes turning things on their head, so to speak, to reach clarity about the situation. I learned to ask the question “Why not?”  in place of “Why?” when it was appropriate. 

These are all skills that I use in the work that I do now as an Angel Reader and Life Coach. I use these skills to listen deeply to what the Angels and Guides are giving me to pass on to my Angel Reading clients as well as to what my Life Coaching clients are telling me. It all helps me to show my clients the possibilities and the ways in which they can transform themselves and their lives. 

I learned more and more about writing, a skill I used in writing Opening the Heart as well as it being a skill I use in writing these blog posts. I learned that language has meaning—that it colors how we see ourselves, others, and the world, even the divine. Learning to change our language can change how we see. 

We speak to ourselves and we learn from language, dreams, meditations, images, and, yes, well all of life. 

One thing that I believe that I have learned is that to truly learn we need to have an open heart, because when we close our hearts we shut down. It is as if new knowledge, new ways of thinking and new ways of being bounce right off of us. I believe that our hearts have to be fully engaged in the learning process as well as our minds to truly learn from life and integrate what it wants to teach us. 

The meditation image is a water lily, fully open and ready to receive what nature sends its way. The center of the water lily looks as if it is reaching out with antennae to grasp what life has to give us. Can each of make our hearts as open as this water lily, ready to receive and use what life’s school sends our way?  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Life is a song. Sing it.

I had originally thought that I would use a different meditation image to contemplate to write a post for Explore Beyond the Usual, but it came to me this morning that I should write about the meditation image with the text: “Life is a song. Sing it.” This is meditation image 15 from Opening the Heart: Meditations on How toBe. I believe this for two reasons. One, I managed to lose the text of the other post I had started writing.

Two, I am listening to a CD that I bought as a present for my father a number of years ago. I was singing to my dad when he was hospitalized with a hematoma on his brain. I asked him what his favorite hymn was. He told me that it was “Uncloudy Day.” I bought him a CD with a version of this old hymn on it as present at one point because of that brief conversation. I kept it after both my parents died. 

A number of the songs were songs that we sang in church or in the car on road trips. I remember songs such as The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood and others that I do know that names of—the one about Noah and the animals coming into the ark “two by twoey”, e.g., as well as other old time hymns. We sang, at times, through life. 

This also reminded me of how my sister, my niece and I would sometimes spontaneously start singing to the radio as we drove around the Chicago area. I have known myself to sing CDs and the radio when by myself, at home or in the car. I think we deeply surprised a boyfriend of mine one time when the three of just suddenly sang along with the radio when we were driving somewhere. I have even occasionally started singing along with the piped in music in stores, albeit somewhat quietly.

I have sung through heartache and pain as I know that others have. Singing is not just for fun, it is also for grief, sadness, and let us not forget joy and praise.

Meditation image 15 is:

 The text for meditation image is:

“Everything in the universe has a frequency or harmonic at which it vibrates, including you and me. That means, in essence, each of us is singing a song at all times—it is just one that we cannot necessarily hear with our ears. We can also learn to sing a song that can be heard at all times, if we choose. Can you find your frequency? What harmonic or tone resonates with you? What do you want your song to say about you? What do you want to sing? “

I went to Ireland in 2002 on a trip based on women’s spirituality. One of the things that we did was to “tone.” I had not heard of this before. My first experience of it was out in the open, in a circle and in front of all the other tourists present at the Cliffs of Mohr. Toning is the practice of finding a tone and “singing” it out loud. Sometimes you hold at that tone or you can slide up or down to other tones until you find what truly resonates for you at that moment. I suppose you could call it a form of wordless chanting. It certainly helped open up my throat chakra. It was, and is, a means to sing who I am at any moment, matching my frequency or harmonic and allowing it to be heard out loud. I would find myself walking around downtown Chicago, where I worked at the time, humming to myself as a means of discretely toning. I knew that, with all the noise on the street, very few people would know that I was toning myself out into the world. 

I spent a weekend at Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, MA at a work shop led by Molly Scott. The entire weekend was based on toning your story, i.e., telling your story without words. I remember that, the first evening of the workshop, she had us go around the circle and sing a tone before we introduced ourselves. I believe that we possibly said our first names next, then a word about ourselves next. We did not talk in an in-depth way about ourselves at all that weekend. The connection was entirely about our story through sound. 

She gave us a technique to use during stressful interactions with others. This is to hum very, very quietly to the other person. Have I used it much? No, because the trick, of course, is to remember to do it when you find yourself in a confrontation with someone. But, this strikes me as being similar to quietly radiating your frequency out from your heart.

I came home from that weekend and found myself looking at myself in the bathroom mirror and toning out loud with the intention of singing my story, whatever it happened to be in that moment. 

All of these can be ways to get in touch with yourself, your heart, and then to send it out into the world. Singing, chanting, toning can change your relationship to yourself, can change how you see the world. At least I believe so. 

Can there be many ways for you to sing? What would those be? Can finding your inner peace and radiating outward from your heart be singing? I think so if you are radiating your harmony out into the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kathryn Samuelson, as an intuitive, channels your angels and guides who are delighted to connect with you, and who are uniquely suited to answer your questions and address your concerns. She can receive information as to who your angels and guides are, as well as receiving information for you about family, health, job and career, and life path among other issues and concerns. In her life coaching practice, she welcomes all clients, but specializes in helping those who are undergoing a transition in their lives—whether it is a move, a job or career change, a loss of some type, or some other transition issue. She was certified as a life coach in 2007 by the University of New Hampshire. Kathryn also leads workshops based on the set of meditation images and text contained in the book called Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. She created this book with her friend, Linda Lewis. For more information: www.kathrynsamuelson.com, klsamuelsonATyahoo.com, or 781-799-7332