RE-CONNECTING TO THAT PEACEUL, CENTERED PLACE WITHIN
Every element of this month's "performance piece for meditation" is specifically, intentionally, very carefully calibrated to assist with one singular process: the shift, in you, from your everyday sense of being, into
That place of loving, and knowing, and certainty, and flow;
That place through which you are deeply connected to yourself, and the Universe.
This performance piece (not really a song, but a piece for use in stillness, and inner travel) lasts for ten minutes and has four parts:
2. The Call to Imagine
3. The Mystery (Home)
It all starts with Meg, a beautiful, inspired, expansive thinker and long time friend, co-creator, and collaborator of mine. Meg shared with me an experience that I think is highly universal: "There is this place within me," she said. "I am familiar with this place, and when I 'go there,' I consistently find it to be deeply peaceful, profoundly centering, full of creativity and certainty and flow. I am always refreshed and rejuvenated by tapping into and connecting with that place within myself. And yet, I almost never go there. Life gets busy, responsibility calls. Do you think we could create a musical piece together that could very specifically assist me in getting back in connection with that place within myself more regularly, and with more ease?" she asked. What an incredible question! "What would a song have to be,?" she pondered, "in order for it to have that affect on me--of slowing me down, and then assisting me in believing it is really just right for me to tune deeply inward and replenish from within?"
This performance piece, entitled "Imagine There Is" was born out of that question. Meg and I talked about what it might mean to start at a pacing that is lively, every-day, but with an intention to shift. As we worked together, we began to consider the power held in daring to imagine not only that this place is waiting for us, within us, but that the entire Universe is designed to assist with this, if only we will see and remember. And that it is within our imagination, first and foremost, where this journey might be initiated. We then spent a great deal of time together sharing all we knew about that "place within"--and worked to capture and understand the lovely, inviting, exquisite essence of it. Finally, we talked together about what it means to return from that place to the life we have built. This piece was inspired by many, many elements. But worthy of special mention are the (very few) words that appear in this meditation. They come directly from a writing exercise in the "Listening to the Stories of Your Soul" Program by Debora Seidman (www.writingtheprayer.com). These words seemed to rise up out of the many, many notes I took as Meg and I explored together what it means to connect with that sacred place within ourselves. These words, above all others, seemed to call me forward, and to guide me in the shaping of all the other aspects of the piece as it began to take shape and come to life.
I recorded "Imagine There Is" at a very special studio, with a very special artist and engineer, named Dow Brain. And the very core of this piece--the piano--was created specifically to my requests, on behalf of Meg, by my musical partner and deeply intuitive friend, Sandi Hammond. So far, I have shared this piece with very few people. But the few I have, have shared quite profound experiences in working with it, including me! My favorite story, though, is about the night I came home from the studio with it. It was midnight. My lovely husband Jim was up late, and sitting out on our screened porch overlooking the pond. He asked if he could hear what I had done at the studio. I was absolutely bushed, and thought nervously about how long the piece is--ten whole minutes! But I decided to stay up the ten extra minutes, share a slice of this quiet summer evening with him, and listen together to the piece. I told him literally NOTHING about what it was, or what it was intended to do. I just sat there in the darkness beside him, turned up the volume, and let it play. It was powerful--even I could feel it, despite the hours and hours of tampering with it in the studio to try to tweak the energy currents of it just so. I could not see Jim's face in the dark, and felt myself both simultaneously swept up in the piece's current, but also wondering what on earth Jim--in all his silence there beside me--was thinking. Finally, the piece ended.
Jim sat in total silence for yet another twenty seconds. And then, finally, he spoke.
Only two words:
And that was followed by the sweetest six words any songwriter can hear:
"Can we listen to that again?"
I was just too fried to do it again. So I left him there on the porch with the CD player remote control. And can I tell you? From all the way across the house, in the bedroom, I heard my beloved listen to this piece five more times, in a row!
The next morning I was still really spent!! And, because traffic was weirdly kind to me, I had arrived at my Life Coaching client's house ten minutes early. So, I pulled over to the side of the road, put the CD in, sat back, and just let myself take it in, as deeply and fully as I knew how. And...something happened. I felt myself infused with some truly amazing vibration within me. By the end of the piece, I could barely contain this feeling of jubilation and joy and excitement and competency, and sense of adventure. I will confess, I don't actually listen to it all that often. I find it just sooo powerful. Meg, for a good long while, listened to it every day! (I'm so impressed! Turning inward to this place within ourselves is so important, and so oddly challenging to do at times, even so.) And she found it to have exactly the results she had wished for: a strengthened connection, in a deep and fulfilling way.
It makes me curious if it might have the same effect on you, and that leads me to share an unusual "disclaimer" for this piece:
NOTE: THIS PIECE CAN HAVE A POTENT EFFECT ON YOUR
- SENSE OF BELONGING
- WELL-BEING, AND
- INNER ENERGY LEVEL,
I invite you to consider that you are worthy of the ten minutes it takes to find out if the journey this piece offers is one that might be truly transporting to you.
It seems to work best if you stop everything else, still yourself, shut off the phones, and really, just turn yourself over to the journey.
(Good advice for this piece, and good advice for life, in general, I think!)
PART 1: INTENTION
PART 2: THE CALL TO IMAGINE
Imagine there is
in this Universe
a source of
PART 3: THE MYSTERY (HOME)
PART 4: RE-ENTRY