“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” Nikola Tesla
I watched some experiments with sound waves on YouTube this morning, and I saw one where two tuning forks are set on hollow boxes that allow transfer of sound waves from one to the other. If the tuning forks are produced for the same frequency, then striking one will start the second one vibrating without striking it at all.
Point? We all have personal frequencies, and we resonate with others — or not. If some giant could pick us up and thump us, then he could wave us over others and see who started vibrating. We would be resonant with that other person. Ouch!
Have you ever spent time talking, working, or listening to someone in any capacity, and then, have you suddenly realized that an inordinate amount of time has passed without you even knowing it? That’s resonance. We want to be connected to and in resonance with those kind of people. (I was going to say vibrating with, but I thought that could be taken in a wrong way. Oops!).
When we discover who we really are, that core Self, we have discovered our fundamental, or base, frequency. When we interact with others, and we end up feeling energized, encouraged, happier, productive, or a thousand other possibilities, we have discovered someone with the same frequency, or whole number ratios of it. Our interactions keep one another vibrating with spiritual, emotional, and practical significance.
Oh, did I mention that in order to produce frequency you must input energy? You do. What energy have you exercised to discover the frequency of your own personal identity? Once you are set in motion, any others around you will sense that and respond, or not. A lack of response by either party indicates that there is no resonance; the discordant frequencies just cancel or quiet one another.
Back to basics: Put in the energy and strike your heart with questions, listen for the resulting tone, and enjoy it. When you come in contact with others with whom you resonate, evaluate what interactions, qualities, ideas, or actions really got you humming. Did you get enthusiastic? Did you visualize some sort of plan? Did you start making scads of connections with other thoughts, ideas, actions, etc.? Those evaluations can create personal insights and help immensely with your growing self-awareness. Don’t try to be like others; however, when you resonate with others that says something about the kind of vibrations you are sending out.
I want to share an example from yesterday, because this applies to anything attracted to you or that you are attracted to. Now, my friend Steve and I really resonate with each other, but the surprise for me came in relationship to his two year old son, Nash, who sat next to me in his high chair. My friend had just videoed me, with Nash in the shot, and Nash and I started playing with his plastic dinosaurs. We went back and forth for a few minutes when Steve asked me something. I took my attention off of Nash, who promptly patted my arm and just rolled his head over onto my shoulder, just resting it there. Talk about resonance! I laid my head on his, and we just stayed like that for some seconds.
What does that say to me? I know myself. I truly enjoy other people — age is immaterial — and Nash sensed that and responded. I responded to him, then, because we all need encouragement that who we are makes a difference. Little Nash let me know that in a very natural, simple gesture. Yes, resonance!
Want to learn a little French? Allons means “come with me.” Why would you want to know it? Because Walt Whitman uses it numerous times in his poem “Song of the Open Road.” What is the significance of it? Pretty simple, really. He invites the reader to join him as a fellow traveler on life’s open road; it is a deep desire for him. In the road of life, he senses — as I said yesterday — the vibrations, the energy of spirit in all things, and he wants us to share in all of that wonderful spirit of acceptance, understanding, and appreciation — and so much more.
The motivation for this is love of his fellow man. The words, to me, are beautiful, and they quiver with the passion for life coming from his heart:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as as we live?
Whitman, “Song of the Open Road” (15)
When we find something truly inspiring, life-changing, soul-satisfying, we usually want to share that with others, because that is the way we are wired. Our hearts rejoice, and that joy seeks outlet with other people who view our discoveries in a similar light.
Whitman gives the sense of that when he refers to comrades — close, personal, intimate friends who have shared in life with you. He looked on his readers that way. He simply offers us his hand and his valuable love (“more precious than money”). He gives himself without condemning anyone morally or legally — “before preaching or law.” He accepts that no matter what people have done, they can be his comrades. He knows that any are capable of coming to know their own hearts and perceive all of the open road of life as he has; then, no condemnation exists.
In The Fellowship of the Heart, one of the protagonists, Alaun Cadeyrn says, “Once you become aware of such things, the question is always how to live in the flow of the Spirit. It is in such times that we find joy, contentment, purpose, and significance. It is then that we matter, and it is then that we know love for ourselves and for others.” Living in the flow of the Spirit implies knowledge and fellowship of one’s own heart. It begins there. If you know yourself, you can come to know, really know, anyone.
Are you looking for friends? Do you want to enjoy the camaraderie of others, be that close and know that kind of security and joy? Do you want to feel great about your life and the lives of others? You know what you have to do, right?
Know yourself. Speak to your own heart. Come alive to all the wonderful world vibrating with the energies of life, and then, come with me and Walt. Take our hands! Allons!
Why is literature relevant? You could answer that question for yourself and not read past this sentence because IT’S BORING! I heard that from many students over many years until we looked at so many works in fresh light: how it applied to them, personally. Oh, they didn’t always know that’s what we were doing, but it was always my intent.
However, literature isn’t only about the way we look at it; it’s also about the way it looks at us and our universe. Yes, literature looks at us, at our life, at the people, objects, events and gives us new insight into life itself.
It does! I could and would gladly delve into thousands of works, but let’s use Walt Whitman again, just for an example to prove my theme today.
In “Song of the Open Road” (Section 3) Walt writes this:
You air that serves me with breath to speak!
You objects that call from diffusion my meanings and give them shape!
You light that wraps me and all things in delicate equable showers!
You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides!
I believe you are latent with unseen existences, you are so dear to me.
Whitman looks at air and common objects and light and sidewalks (the paths by the roadsides) and recognizes something that we would rarely, if ever, pause and consider. They all have their own energies, energies of life that we can sense because we ourselves are energy, but he sees that they are full of “unseen existences” that he deeply appreciates, creating a spirit of thankfulness. He delights and rejoices in something like a sidewalk. A sidewalk! Really?!
Yes, he walked in the fellowship of his heart and saw what most of us don’t see; that insight is the value of literature. It can help us tune into heart vibrations, the energies of life. Now, this is really general because many genres and periods of literature approach life from a variety of viewpoints.
Sometimes, when people aren’t in touch with their hearts, literature can help them. There is a mass of people “in the middle who are the lost souls, those who have difficulty truly appreciating and enjoying life, difficulty noticing the beauty and patterns of nature and joining in the full flow of this universe of abundance” (from my upcoming novel The Fellowship of the Heart).
Whitman had no lack of appreciating and enjoying life. He knew the fellowship of his own heart and partook of the fullness of life, evident in his poetry.
How about you? Does literature speak to you? Does your soul create literature, maybe not the written kind but the literature of a thankful heart when doing something as simple as looking at a sidewalk?
Did you ever have one of those days when you feel a bit down, disconnected, or disoriented because you aren’t seeing results — for much of anything? Like me today.
Like this morning. I almost didn’t get the pic page for my Morning Pages done before noontime.
Why? After handwriting five pages, I had no focus. Unfortunately, I look at stats and see that maybe four people read what I posted yesterday. I am not making an income, really, so what in the hell am I doing?
Quite a lot, actually, but sometimes I need some validation. Not getting much of that. Not much, except for those who do read my work, and I want you to know how immensely valuable you are to me. Thank you! The expression of gratitude alone lifts my spirit.
However, if you do experience the occasional down day, here are a few things my heart used to help kick me in the butt and get me moving. (You,below, refers to me).
Give thanks for the answers to the above! (Wait, that should be 6, and I forgot exercise — 7.). This helped me; I hope — if you experience days like this — you see something here that lifts you towards moving Onward and Upward!
Today, I am thinking about redefinitions. The resurrection of Jesus redefined physical limits and boundaries. I believe that all that Jesus taught and lived here redefined the natural and supernatural. Yes, I know about the laws of physics and normal operations, but Jesus, in some ways, made the supernatural to be natural to those who choose to tap into the realm to which He showed the way. (I am not in any way here referring to organized religion or man-produced versions of “religion.”)
Miracles? He said that humans would be able to do greater miracles than he did. Supernatural healing, walking on water, raising the dead — biblical records exist of these. However, these things don’t happen, I believe, without first awakening to self, redefining who we are based on our hearts, and then plugging into the Spirit and flow of the Universe.
Yes, we have a direct line to all the energies of life. Jesus showed that death itself is an illusion: life is redefined. We can redefine creation because now we are co-creators, redefine the natural and supernatural, redefine everything for ourselves that we wish to redefine.
Jesus redefined anger: no slicing off a soldier’s ear or calling down supernatural powers of angels. He showed the world that the redefinition of anger carries with it actions that prove a new way of thinking and acting. By doing this, he also allowed others to see that the true source of evil was bound in individual hearts, where all evil originates, and when we choose harm, we are the source of evil, not the provocateurs, who will answer for their own evil: witness Pontius Pilate, Caiphas, et al. Sometimes, force may be a response, but evil and anger can be redefined.
I like this idea and write about it in The Fellowship of the Heart. Alaun (pronounced Alan) says “evil exists for each of us when we deny our hearts and our connection to the Universe; the source of evil, then, is us. Therefore, the solution for evil always lies within us, which also means that the source of good and blessing is in us.” So, rather than fretting over others “doing wrong,” we need to listen to our hearts, as Jesus did, and act consistently with our hearts.
Anger? In the novel, Eric questions this and Alaun tells him “there is a time and place for anger, but the common response is not a requirement. Calm, quiet evaluation and resolute action is the response that gives any justified anger significance and converts it to something much more useful: determination.” Think about how Jesus’ response created a movement that could not be controlled by the haters. His followers were determined.
Natural and supernatural, evil, anger, death, life — redefined. Pretty awesome! The key to the door of this all starts with listening to our own hearts.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!