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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 29 (December 2010-January 2011 Issue)  


Contents:

From Denean: Boundaries: Your Defining Moment!

This Issue's Featured Song:  "What Child Is This"

Affirmation Prayer:

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Boundaries: Your Defining Moment!


In regards to the world of form, do you believe in unlimited possibilites?  I did for a long time until studying the Tao and the teachings of the ancient sages.  In the study of "The Great Treatise" (from the I Ching) you come to learn that form cannot exist without limitations.  Boundaries are these limitations that define the form.

 

In form, the exact number of possibilites for every possible situation is 4096, half of which are light and half dark.  We have trouble deciding between two posssibilites, let alone 2048!

 

I'm saying all of this to make a point of the importance of boundaries.  I recently had an interaction with an older gentleman who, after my stating that I was only interested in a platonic situation, informed me that he didn't believe in boundaries.  This immediately told me that this was a person who not only didn't respect his own boundaries, but would not respect mine either!  To my relief I never heard from him again.  This is an example of the fact that when you set a boundary, you begin to see right away who the other person is by defining who you are. You see it by their response to your boundaries.   If you never speak up to say who you are, then how is the other person suppose to know?  They may like you alot in the beginning but possibly because they haven't yet seen where your boundaries are...they haven't seen what defines you.  (Note:  If you listen carefully when you first meet someone, they will tell you the truth of their intention by the words they use.  Think of it as the seeds of the beginning...it's all there.  And this will also show you how it would end as well, for the whole is contained within the seed!)

 


Boundaries define where you leave off and the other person begins.  When you don't have clear boundaries, it means that you haven't set "a rule" for yourself.  "A rule" means the code you live by which is true for you.

 

Without clear boundaries energetically, you will be more susceptible to the energies tossed about by others.  Clear boundaries protect you.  They create an energetic field around you that protects you from other people's energetic "stuff". Clear boundaries help you to see what is necessary to exist in human form in a healthy and stable way.

 

 

Many times as children we are taught and conditioned to believe, on a very deep level, that we don't have a right to boundaries.  This is especially true in cases of childhood abuse. With a strong belief that you don't have a right to boundaries, it leaves you with the feeling that you have nothing to protect you from the outside world, so to speak.  Thus you experience yourself as a very sensitive person.

 

When a child doesn't have the space to set their own boundaries, it leaves them with an experience of "non-existence", where they are disregarded as a person and where their ideas, knowing and human rights are ignored.

 

Many of us have spent a great deal of our lives dismantling the moral and religious views of our parents that we found to be false.  Unfortunately we may not have replaced those views with our own "rules" that define us with a clarity that allows us the "know how"  to create consistent healthy relationships that endure.  Sometimes we end up isolating because of the emotional trauma that may be created in those unhealthy relationships due to the lack of clear boundaries. 

 

Depending on your religious conditioning, there may also be an underlying guilt for being "wrong"...an assumption underneath it all that you are just guilty no matter what you do.   This translates into fear of making a mistake and thus is most often the motivation for decisions rather  than  being motivated by the confidence in your correctness and the knowing that you are right for you.

 

Not having "a rule" for yourself keeps emotional entanglement in place.  Emotional entanglement then can keep you from having the faith and confidence to set the rules.  It is critical to break this cycle if you are going to have clarity in defining who you are.

 

This goes further to not just intellectualizing about rules and boundaries.  The key element to all of this is having faith and confidence in your "rightness" in the boundaries you set for yourself.  If you put your focus on generating this faith and confidence, much healing can take place here.

 

Without confidence and a solid energy of knowing your correctness, any attempt to set boundaries will be weak and other people will pick up on that. They will test you and also lack respect for you and your boundaries.   These are the places they cross your boundaries, most likely because they know they can.

 

 

Clear boundaries and confident knowing of your own rightness and correctness generate a very refined, clean energetic field that defines who you are both as a spiritual being and a human being.

 

I have written this article from the perspective of people crossing your boundaries, but it must be said that it is a two-sided coin.  You may equally be the person crossing the boundaries of others!

 

If you have established clear healthy boundaries for yourself and are confident in your correctness, you will also be clearly aware, attentive, and respectful to the boundaries of others.  Respect for yourself through clearly established boundaries equals respect for others and their boundaries as well.

 

 

On a deeper, more subtle level we must also set boundaries on our own emotional nature.  There's a big difference between just getting things your way and honoring the virtue of truth in regards to the way things are.  Sometimes "getting our way" by doing things because we feel we have to or even want to may not necessarily be in harmonious alignment with our truth.  The I Ching speaks of it this way:  "In relation to ordinary life it means the thrift that sets fixed limits upon expenditures. In relation to the moral sphere it means the fixed limits that the superior person sets upon her actions."  For example: you get involved in something late at night, but in truth you know you need to be paying more attention to the needs of your physical body for sleep and rest.  If you ignore the needs of your body to "get what you want" emotionally, you are crossing your own boundaries!  It is necessary to restrain your own emotional reactions so that your virtue  and correctness may prevail.

 


In Hexagram 1 of the I Ching we are given the model of sagely behavior:

 

"...the sage learns how best to develop herself so that her influence may endure.  She must make herself strong in every way, by consciously casting out all that is inferior and degrading. Thus she attains that tirelessness which depends upon consciously limiting the field of her activity."

 

Another good example  and perfect ending to this article is the commentary on the Image of Hexagram 60:

 

"...In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits.  Therefore what concerns us here is the problem of the backbone of morality.  Unlimited possibilites are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless.  To become strong, a man's life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted.  The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is."

 

May you have the conscouisness of clear boundaries!

 

 

 

The following will be our Affirmation Prayer.


Find some quiet time to create inner “sacred space” for yourself.     

Soft music can help…Breath of Angels,  perhaps, if you already have it.   


Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect your being to God as you understand it.


I encourage you to daily read this slowly, speaking it out loud if you can. 

Allow spaces of silence between each phrase of affirmation, accepting with

humility and faith that the word you speak is taking place now.


 


Affirmation Prayer

 

In the center of the Divine Will...I am!


With every breath I breathe

With every sound I utter forth in expression of my unique Self

The Divinity that I truly am comes forth.


Within the limitless and boundless potentiality of the Divine,

I understand the importance and necessity of limitations and boundaries for my physical existence.


I embrace in absolute clarity that which defines me...

my own individual uniqueness as ____________(your name).


I now affirm clarity in consciousness  for the boundaries I set for myself

that allow me a clean, refined energy within which to exist in form in a healthy way.


I affirm confidence in my correctness and clear knowing in my expression of this virtue.


It is so and I give thanks!



Amen, Amen, and Amen

Mitakuwe Oyas'in


 



This Issue Featuring:



From Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence   



This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. February 1st, 2011)


Since we are now entering the Christmas season, I chose "What Child Is This", a song from my instrumental Christmas album, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, as the featured selection.  Although I have told this story before, it seems appropriate to repeat it here.


I grew up in a relatively small town and began playing the piano for the Baptist church when I was the ripe old age of 9 years.  My classically trained "favorite" uncle, ( who was more like a brother ), played the organ.  One Sunday he decided that it was time for me to learn to play it as well.  So we switched places.  I was having a blast, but my dear mother nearly had a heart attack when she came down from her Sunday School class to find her little girl perched on that organ bench, smiling and playing away!

 

I had the good fortune of a very talented early music teacher and her sister who had also played for the church.  In my early years I picked up everything I heard and began playing it.  This was the fertile ground from which I created all kinds of piano arrangements of favorite hymns.  It was just a natural thing to do.

 

A few years ago my mother requested for me to record some of those hymns for her, which I did.  One Christmas, I decided I would do that with Christmas favorites.  Even though I had a terrible flu the entire time I was recording, I think I had some help because it turned out quite nice!  Thus the album, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence was born.  Hope you enjoy this selection!

 

 

 

Written by Denean © Denean / Sacred Earth Music, BMI




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