Alas, my new car doesn’t have a cd player. They are being phased out by auto makers, and cds will soon will soon go the way of cassettes and become a novelty of the past. Change always comes, and we must, although at times grudgingly, adapt.
Tired of not being able to listen to my audio cds in the car, for they inspire me and keep my focus on higher things, I recently spent one evening downloading several of my cds onto the computer. After creating a playlist, I was ready to add it to my device, a flash drive Up in the right hand corner of the computer screen was the word “sync.” Only after pressing sync could the material be transmitted to the device for my listening pleasure when plugged into my car.
While I was doing this, I thought of the spiritual metaphor in the process. A pool of true wisdom and higher knowledge lies within us. Yet we have such constant outer distraction and inner mind chatter that we are seldom in touch with it. We are divided into parts, and have forgotten how to find that sense of wholeness that we long for. We seek yet another distraction, another mind toy. Still we remain unfulfilled.
Dreams are great teachers. In a recent dream, I was viewing a man and woman who were having discord in their relationship. As she was resting, he knelt over her and said, “You talk so much that you can’t hear that I love you.” While I know this can be true in our relationships with others, it can also be true of our relationship with our higher self.
We can think of this break in communication caused by constant mental talk as a break in communication between Soul and the human consciousness, but also between us and what we conceive God, source, or inner guidance to be. After the dream, I had to ask myself, “Am I talking to myself so much inwardly that I can’t hear that You love me, or sense Your presence at times?”
This morning I heard a jazz musician on a tv program speak of Miles Davis. He said that while Miles wasn’t technically perfect, he had the gift of creating pause, space between notes, that give a special gift and sense of stillness to his music. I again saw a wonderful metaphor in this, for art always teaches us about life. We must give pause to sense what lies between. Do we use our time, or does our time use us? Do we use our life, or does life use us?
One of the talks in my cd collection is entitled “The Heart and Hand of God,” by Harold Klemp. That title has always given me much to contemplate. How do the heart and hand of God move through life? Can I be the heart and hand of God in my own life?
Those who have a daily time of quiet contemplation, prayer, or meditation, or who spend time in a quiet walk or in nature, know that this special time is when we hit pause. We take time to come into inner and outer harmony, in “sync” with what lies between.
I have learned that this daily time of true contemplation allows me to come into harmony with what is true and real and align with a greater purpose. We must first gain this gift for ourselves before we can, in service, give this gift back to life. I can only be the hand of God, in service to life, if my heart has opened to a greater love and harmony. I can only bring peace if I have peace. I can only be a source of love if love has entered my own heart without compromise.
To synchronize, to come into harmony with, is to come into agreement with something. How often do we take time to consider what we are agreeing to let into our consciousness? Our agreements with life determine how we view ourself and others. We have false standards by which we judge ourself and others. Most of our inner agreements are unconscious, imbedded over time by family patterns, media, society, and even politics, education and religion. These agreements can only be removed by becoming aware of them and replacing them with a higher agreement. If we can train our mind, our consciousness to be flexible and fluid, to be open to change, we have learned a valuable secret of survival.
A daily spiritual practice helps us come into agreement with that still quiet voice, the spiritual current of inner Light and Sound. In time old messages and agreements are replaced by higher ones. What do you want yours to be?