How do you celebrate — anything? Do you do something out of the ordinary? Do you think in a special or different or renewed way about the subject of your celebration? Do you make some sort of recognition of the subject, whatever it is? Yeah, I do, too.
Another question I would like to ask is How do you feel when you celebrate anything? I feel grateful, accomplished, full, significant, and happy. Does that pretty much nail it for you? I hope so.
My next question would be Have you ever celebrated yourself? How would you do that? Have you ever declared a Mike Day or Lee or Chrissy or Alicia or Steve Day? I think I may need to have some cards printed for Mike Day!
Walt Whitman knew how to celebrate himself. His epic poem “Song of Myself” begins with the words “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.” What would you say about yourself? What would be the tone of your music?
Walt could celebrate himself because he knows, understands, and loves himself. We should, too, and we shouldn’t fear making that wonderful self known — no false modesty. Heart-knowledge allows us to know and understand who we really are, and something Heart does not do is disavow Ego, our Ego that creates conflict with Heart-passions, impulses, and motives. Walt embraces his wholeness and recognizes that the contrary nature of Ego and its drive to isolate and protect us sits in direct contrast to Heart that seeks to unify and integrate us with all of creation.
Yes, he does, and Walt’s work and spirit can be a catalyst or an impetus for us to consider our worthiness to celebrate ourself. The last two days, I explored Sections 1 and 2 of “Song of Myself” with you. Tonight, I would like to take a very brief look at Section 3, the focus being on accepting and celebrating our whole natures, the duality of Ego and Heart that exists in us, and how that makes for creation of a being who is neither perfect nor a failure, and more importantly, who is neither right nor wrong. From a Heart-energized vantage point Walt can look at his total being and celebrate all of himself. This is based on a metaphysical analysis of the poem.
Section 3 begins with these words: “I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, / But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.” He gets that some people bound in Ego look at life in a linear fashion. Not so, though, because we are eternal Spirit; that chunk of Spirit is our Heart, yet it exists in a time-limited body. Contrary states, dynamics, forces drive us to innovation and change, and considering concepts like beginning and end are immaterial. We live in the present to celebrate Self, total Self.
In the second little stanza of this section, he says just that: “There was never any more inception than there is now, / Nor any more youth or age than there is now, / And will never be any more perfection than there is now, / Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.” Right now is heaven or hell, and it partly depends on how we analyze, process all incoming data and respond to it. Processing the input and output via Heart makes it possible for us to see all our personal beauty so we may celebrate ourself. Heart allows us to look from the vantage point of eternity, negating time. Ego would have us be practical to protect us and make everything urgent and a necessity and WE would get lost in the urgency. That’s why choosing Heart makes for a lot more joy, a lot more celebrating. It’s all about starting right now to understand and rejoice in our true Heart-identity and personal truth, and in the expressions of Ego, too.
Walt does see the opposites, the duality of self that we need to embrace. When we do, we can expect creation, birth of new ideas, new emotions, expanding consciousness: “Out of the dimness opposite equals advance, always substance and increase, always sex, / Always a knit of identity, always distinction, always a breed of life.” New creation results from Heart illuminating our mortal, Ego-centered side of self and brings us to an understanding of how we are composed — “Always a knit of identity” —Ego and Heart working in this total being that is Me, and this gives cause to celebrate.
Operating from Heart, awakening to this Self, gives us a full appreciation of our being-ness. We can sense the link to the eternal vibrations and frequencies of life: “I and this mystery here we stand.” Opposites, contrary natures that make for completeness of being. We simply need to accept that: “Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. / Lack one lacks both, and the unseen is proved by the seen, / Till that becomes unseen and receives proof in its turn.” The spiritual frequencies and energies can’t be seen by the physical eye; however, the process of thought, energy creating and manifesting very tangible, palpable things proves that we are creators.
We need the contrary natures, dynamics of both Ego and Heart. Ego reveals our limitations and shows where Heart can begin working in faith: “Lack one lacks both.” We cannot villainize any aspect of ourself, cannot condemn. It does no good. We can see, understand, learn, and create.
That is cause for celebration and where I will end tonight. I am so tired, and I had to call on and rely on Heart energy to create this. Ego told me to let it go, no one would really notice. That gave rise to creation. This article is proof that unseen energy creates real world results.
Blessings in celebrating You!
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!