First a brief story in quotes:
“I want to write a novel about Silence,” he said; “the things people don’t say.” [Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out]
“So, the sounds emerging from us are ultimately a manifestation in our physical experience of the thoughts we are having. These thoughts are coded through symbols by way of our past experience and memories. That coding is produced from something, for how else do we translate language into symbol? Therein lies the truth: we are the coding.” [Jarrod Byrne Mayer, The Architecture of Sound and the Alchemy of Transcendence]
“If you do not run your subconscious mind yourself, someone else will run it for you.” [Florence Scovel Shinn, The Complete Works of Florence Scovel Shinn]
“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.” [Stephen Richards]
First off, if you you want to read a story of sound and/or silence, I cannot say enough about Jarrod Byrne Mayer’s ‘The Architecture of Sound and the Alchemy of Transcendence.’ It’s an absolutely beautiful piece of work and worth every penny. And, secondly if you want to learn the Law of Attraction there is no better authority than Florence Scovel Shinn.
We live in a world that appears to believe that…. you know, I’m actually confused on this point. Politicians and other so-called “authority” figures may say anything, do anything, and be absolutely contrary to whatever they say and do at any given moment. They will be forgiven in real time as long as they are on the “right” side. If they are on the “wrong” side everything they do or say or not do or say will never be forgiven and will only ever be reviled. So, is it all about alignment or all about brainwashing? That I find easy to answer. We claim to “align” ourselves with parties, groups, external figures of all kinds but, I think, the word we’re looking for is “position.” We position ourselves to allow others to think for us. And, yes, as much as that sentence may rankle many, it is a correct one. When we align with an external factor, we automatically give up our autonomy. If we align within, we could be viewing the world objectively, from a place of love – one that does not position us to choose a side. Personally, I like to think of this time in history as the Age of Hypocrisy where we don’t mean what we say, think, or do if it contradicts what the outcome we had hoped to achieve or if that position is changed due to the external factors that we rely upon. Is anything really “truth” in this world that is dependent upon external validation?
I have so many friends and family that insist it is their duty to be informed and that they can handle any negativity that is inevitable with the so-called “news.” Some of them even thoughtlessly say they have no opinion and could care less about politics, until…. Until one of my many aggravating qualities of being able to get to the heart of another’s words places them into a revelatory position wherein the truth is laid bare. The many lies we tell ourselves is so convoluted and buried under layers of external manipulation, but who wants to do the work to divest themselves of that cloak of ego validation? Getting truly aligned within is work, but so worth it as the fog lifts and the spiritual gifts begin pouring in and the love… oh, the love! For, within the silence of our words, thoughts, and heart is wherein the zero-point lies. It is here where knowingness and consciousness is to be found. This is a place of pure love that is non-judgmental and can see “into the hearts of man.” The process to get there is exponentially uncomfortable but to find oneself, at the very least, fluctuating in and around this baseline of love is phenomenally worth every moment. At every step of the way from unconsciousness to consciousness, we’ll believe ourselves to be fully in that moment and placement of the zero-point, and yet, if our journey continues, we inevitably realize that the purity and clarity of what we seek keeps transforming into something infinitely more enriching and fulfilling. We are never at our end-point in this creation and should always strive to be ever-evolving.
Having spent most of my life subject to external judgment and validation, I still fluctuate in and around that zero-point, sometimes veering way off range. But, the difference is vastly apparent from what it once was. I lived my life reactionary to others and swayed with the tragedies of the day that came from “breaking news.” I only had an inkling that I was off-base. On a social stand-point, I never could find my footing and had absolute fear of revealing my “flaws” which I was told in various ways throughout my life would not only make me a pariah but made me worthless. It was the politics that began waking me up to the realization that I couldn’t understand both sides. I’ve always been a middle of the road kind of gal, but, without realizing it, I had veered far onto one end of the spectrum. That did not sit well, for that I knew was not me. Discerning my socially perceived notions of who I am was wholly different and slow in coming. I still fight everyday to realign with that zero-point of love. I’ve come to know though, that EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that makes me feel uneasy, irritated, hateful, envious, off-balance, upset, sad, or worthless is NEVER, EVER coming from a place of love, meaning it is NEVER coming from me, for my soul (just as your soul) ONLY knows love. So, always, please, ask every moment of every day:
Where is the love?