I have heard many people, those I know personally, mention that they have no time to consider ideas like self-identity and life purpose in a serious manner. Who has time for such things? Bills have to be paid, and it won’t make any difference for that. It won’t change anything anyway.
And there’s where you are wrong, my friend. It changes everything if you actually meet core Self, discover your own Heart; it makes a huge difference. When we come to understand the nature of our being, we scan limitless possibilities within a limited body. We sense the power we have to create through using the vibrational energies of life, the law of attraction, the power of visualization. All of that is contained within this mortal body — eternal, all-powerful access to this whole universe bound up in this mortal body. It’s quite a paradox, isn’t it?
Whenever I think of this, I remember a few super-applicable lines of poetry from Alexander Pope: “Know then thyself; presume not God to scan; / The proper study of mankind is man, / Placed on this isthmus of a narrow strait, / A being darkly wise and rudely great.” Our wisdom and greatness are tempered by our limited minds and bodies not up to eternal tasks. Ego creates the tension with Heart, and we can face it and embrace it. A conundrum?
Not really. Because it has all been by design. The paradox, the contrary states we are and live in cause creation. We face challenges and innovate, compromise, persuade, drive forward, realize unlimited possibilities. They’re all there, you know, right within each one of us for whatever we want. Our understanding and knowledge of core Self, of Heart, grants us access to Us. To personal truth. To Purpose and Vision and Goals and connections of Fellowship with our own Heart, our inner, true Self, with Spirit, and with one another. Does it make a difference to know this? You better damn well believe it does. Because we have physical bodies to act on eternal truths. We are liars to ourselves if we throw our hands up in resignation.
The majesty of this inner spiritual truth is that we know and receive it in these limited mortal bodies for the express purpose of being able to do something in this world of physical creation, do something to manifest in time and space the unseen life energies moving throughout this realm and also beyond. WE, my friends, are the key to understanding the mysteries and magic of all, for we are, each one of us, a miracle. Therefore, when people speak of no hope, no possibilities of things being different, no way to work things out — oh, are they ever missing out on their own truth and Heart fellowship.
Walt Whitman, as well as many others, understands all of this, which is why his poetry projects such power — at least to me. I know it’s personal taste , and those in the Fellowship of the Heart may have many different, divergent tastes, likes, ideas, solutions. In fact, all of this Walt recognizes in “Song of Myself.”
I shared a little of this poem yesterday, but since it’s still National Poetry Month, I’m sharing more to illustrate the majesty and beauty of a human being, mortal and eternal, individual and unity, seen and unseen.
In this poem, Walt celebrates himself, and in doing so he exalts his body of flesh, his desires, and his works as well as his eternal powers and energies. He deals with Ego and Heart, with individuality and unity.
He gives his age and name and state of health, says schools and creeds of humans may be good or bad and he doesn’t forget them, but one thing he allows unhindered, free, full operation to is his Heart that connects him directly to “Nature without check with original energy,” the fullness of sensing the vibrations of life operating in the now, the present. That was all in Section 1 which I shared last night.
Once again, I am limited by length and words. Oh, if I could have a few of you who respond so regularly here in the room with me, even at this late hour, I would read the words and we would share the full force of them.
Since I cannot for now, I will share a bit of Section 2 tonight. “Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, / I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it, / The distillations would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it. // The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has no taste of the distillation, it is odorless, / It is for my mouth forever, I am in love with it…”
Walt gives very strong sensory images; they assault the nose in this case, and then he dismisses them for the unseen, unsmelled vibrational frequencies of life he senses in the the atmosphere. He loves that, yet he is aware of the physical. In fact, he goes on to exalt the physical and engage with it as he seeks to experience Spirit in the atmosphere. For several stanzas in Section 2, he uses specific images like seeing his breath in chilly air, the beating of his heart, the breath of his lungs, the smell of the woods and sea and hay and the joy of connections with someone who would hug him. He revels and delights in his ability to physically sense all of that.
And then he comes to the end of Section 2 and basically asks us, the reader, if we have appreciated the massive physical senses and even expanses of the earth or if we have tried to understand poetry that relates such beauty to us. This is his request: “Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems, / You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,) / You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the specters in books, / You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, / You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.”
OMG! Did you catch that — “from your self.” Not for yourself because we are creators with control over our life. We have the ability in the here and now to understand, comprehend, integrate connections of eternal Spirit, the Source of all thought and inspiration and creation — BECAUSE we are one with Spirit, because we are Spirit and therefore gain comprehension and assign meaning based on the personalized expression of Spirit as Me, You.
This is why, along with many other instances he develops, he starts it all with “I celebrate myself, and sing myself…” Do you know yourself well enough to celebrate and sing You? You can and may.
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!