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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 41 (Dec 2012/Jan 2013 Issue)

 

Contents:

From Denean: Allowing the Fruit to Fall (Part Three of Our Series)

Breath Focused Meditation

This Issue's Featured Song: "Wanikiya"

                                               

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Allowing the Fruit to Fall (Part Three of Our Series)


Cherry Picking at Golan Heights while in Israel :-)

Photo credits: TANKA/Kibbutz Maagan Michael


If you recall, the last newsletter was the beginning of a series called "Shaking the Tree". What gave rise to this title was from a little book that I have been working on for a number of years called "Fruit From the Tree".  I shared with you an excerpt from that book called The Wu Wei Tree.  (You can re-read it if you wish by following the link)

 

As I said previously, in contemplating and re-reading these years of newsletter articles it occurred to me that this tree has continued to bear fruit.  This newsletter is a continuation of  the "shaking that tree" series to see what we find.  However you may notice the difference in the title this time.  Moving from the idea of "shaking the tree" to one of simply allowing the fruit to fall.  

 

So why this change?  The idea comes from a story told by a well respected Buddhist monk named Ajahn Chah (1918-1992) who was the founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition.  The Thai  forest was a mango forest said to have been planted by the Buddha himself.  The forest was full of ripe juicy mangos.  But there was no need to climb the tree to get the mangos...there was no need to shake the tree to get the mangos either.  Simply sit under the mango tree and allow the fruit to fall into your hand. 

 

So what does this story mean?  It is a teaching about letting go of the need to control...stop shaking the tree, stop trying to climb the tree of life...just sit under it, open your heart and allow the gifts of life to fall to you.

 

So where is it we are most likely to want control?  Our relationships.  So let's take a look at the fruit that has fallen and see how we can be nourished by it.

 

Relationships-It Takes Two!


There is a particular pattern prevalent in how people "do" relationships.  This pattern always stems from the desire for the other person to be something they are not.

 

If they show us the "potential" that they could become that person we desire, we many times will put ourselves "on hold", so to speak, being in relationship with the desired potential rather than what that person is showing themselves to be in this moment.  Perhaps it is a potential they desire themselves to be as well, giving us all the relevant words and admonitions.  We hang on to the hope, patiently waiting for that day when they will become our ideal and at the same time fearing that they never will.

 

Who we are is always defined by our actions and behavior...what we show ourselves to be now.



Real change in pattern generally does not come as easy as we would hope, and then, only when we are consciously aware and have sincere resolve for such change.  Are you involved in relationships with another person's "potential" rather than what they honestly show you as to who they are?


Here's an exercise:


Make a list of all the things you desire for that person to be.  Next, make a list of what you fear that they will not be.


Now, take a deep breath...and sit for a moment with an attitude of complete acceptance, letting go of all resistance to seeing the Truth.  Take your time...

 

Next, to the best of your ability, make a list of what actually "is".  What is the truth about your situation with this person right now?

 

The next level of acceptance is that of our part in the relationship.  It's easy to point the finger at "them" as being the problem. But the real truth is we are participating...we are taking part.  So take some time to use this exercise to look at yourself...to look at your own patterns.  This is where the deepest healing can occur.

 


Matters of the Heart


The most important work we can do in these times is with the energy of our own heart...getting down underneath the surface to the layers we haven't touched in a very long time.  Purification, forgiveness, surrender, faith...we see and hear these words but how long has it been since we really touched and experienced their essence down to the primal core of our being.  This is the work we are being called to do.

 

But it can't be done just by thinking our way through it with our intellect.  And it can't be done just by feeling our way through it with our emotions. Both of these, intellect and emotions, are just the surface, belonging to the personality.  They are not the core.  The core is quiet and still...it knows.   The core is our essence.  Have you ever experienced how the right music can expand your awareness beyond the linear world and allow you to touch those places of cosmic "knowing"?  That's the place I'm talking about.  I am trying to describe the indescribable here, which cannot be done.  All I can do is point to it.  We need to nurture our own hearts.  We need to nurture our God Self with our God Self. We are that which we pray to!  God is in everything and everyone...and everything and everyone is within God.

 


In the Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation), it says "We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.  We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable."

 

This quote is so true for the heart as well.  You see, if the pot is full, then it cannot be useful to hold anything else.  It is of course useful to hold what we put in it.  But after time perhaps we no longer need what we put in it long ago.  When this is so, if we do not empty the pot, then what it contains becomes stagnant and loses energy.  When we clean out the pot, it has empty space again and becomes useful.  It is the same with the heart. If it is full of fear, resentment, guilt, shame, judgements...or even past loves we should have let go of long ago...no matter how old or long forgotten, it blocks the flow in our lives.  Sometimes we carry along judgements toward ourselves for years, continually punishing ourselves by holding on to the past. 

 

When we experience something now and attach the emotions of past experience to it, we are carrying that past along with us.

 

It is time to free ourselves of the past. We do this through forgiveness.  We must make a clear decision of will to pardon ourselves of ALL past mistakes...a clear decision to live each moment in virtue and truth for its own sake...a clear decision to live in the now in every moment...a clear decision to create and live in a new paradigm.

 

 

Open Heart Policy


How many times have you observed the following scenario or experienced it yourself:  Someone says or does something that you feel betrayed or slighted by.  Instantly you begin to shut down inside towards that person in an attempt to withhold love.  We don't want to feel loving toward someone who we perceive as having just "betrayed" us in some fashion. The problem here is that because we really do love the person, the withholding we are doing will only bring greater emotional pain.  The heartache comes because we are trying to deny that love.  

 

 

A few years ago I finally came to the truth about this with a close family member.  I came to accept that "you know what...it doesn't matter what they do or say.   I still really do love them." Now that doesn't mean that I allow myself to be a doormat and throw away necessary and appropriate boundaries.  It just means that I made a conscious decision to keep my heart open in those moments when I would feel  like withholding love. I came to a place of complete and unobstructed acceptance on every level. 

 

It's not about accepting the negative aspects in the sense of saying they are ok with me.  Of course, they are not.  But through acceptance of this person in totality, keeping my heart open unconditionally, a healing continues to emerge.  It's a gradual process taking place in a natural unfoldment over time and from a very deep spiritual level.  Because I chose to consistently keep my heart open and accept them unconditionally, I know that I am giving them the one thing that we all want most in life; to be completely accepted and loved just the way we are. Yes, the healing is gradual because it's not about words.  It's not about telling them I'm doing anything.  It's just simply about being unconditional love and acceptance and allowing love to do the healing work.

 


Love must be the constant, not the variable at the end of a decision or it's consequences. By doing this, you are choosing to love yourself all the time.  You are choosing to BE the expression of unconditional love.  There is no greater gift to yourself, your loved ones and to humantiy.

 

Now, more than ever it is so very important that we move the energy out of our intellect and into our intuition...out of our head and into our hearts.

 

If the paradigm shifts to loving and being love all the time, it's no longer left to chance as to an effect of an action.  It is what is consistent and unchanging...the constant.  It is the center and all  flows from this place.

 

 

Although there are certainly things in this world that are important to do, especially in service to our fellow humankind, the most important thing that we can do at this time is to love ourselves and those around us unconditionally. We have used these words and phrases so much that unfortunately we may have become immune and disconnected to the truth they hold.

 

Our task is so simple, yet it seems so obscure at times.  Opening our hearts and expressing love in all we do, to all of our relations and most importantly to ourselves is the one thing that will bring the balance to everything else, including our precious earth mother.

 

We tend to think that we need to go out and do something big to save the world.  But the "something big" is right there within your own heart.  The "something big" is the expression of love...understanding your God Self and living from this place. How do you treat your husband or wife, your brothers and sisters,  your closest relations?  And even more importantly how do you love yourself?  Lack of genuine self-love is our greatest ill above all else.  When we get that right, we will naturally become more loving to those around us as we reveal to ourselves the truth of our  relationships.

 

So, adopt an "Open Heart" Policy.  Do the work...purify your heart and free the flow of love in your life!


May the fruit that has fallen nourish you with blessings of the heart...




 


As I also said before, nothing has taught me more about coming to stillness than trees.  So now, instead of shaking the tree, just go out into the forest and sit silently amongst them and listen.  That is all you need to do and you will understand what I mean.  If you cannot do that at the moment, then just imagine yourself there and come to quiet as we do the following:

 

Sit in a comfortable position with your feet on the floor and your back straight (it can be supported) and your hands in your lap.  Close your eyes, relax, and simply breath.  As you do so, focus only on the rise and fall of your chest or belly. Focus only on this movement of your breathing.  Sit quietly doing nothing but this.  Try to remain perfectly still as you allow your body and your mind to come to quiet.  If thoughts arise, simply observe them.  Label them if you wish, then just let them go as you gently return your focus to your breathing (use general labels such as thinking, emotion, itching, pain, etc).

 

Try to do this first for short sessions of 10-15 minutes gradually increasing your time to 30 minutes to an hour or whatever is comfortable to you.

 

Doing this once or twice daily will greatly enhance your awareness and your ability to be present to your Divine Self.

 




This Issue Featuring:


From  Calling The Sacred   



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

(approx. February 1st, 2013)

 

Although I have featured this song before,  it is one of my favorites and fits so nicely with this time of year.  In my journey of learning the Lakota language for singing, many times I would know what I wanted to express through song, but not always know how to say it in Lakota.  In this case however, I had learned certain words and phrases and knew what they meant so I was able to put them together successfully to express my heart.  "Wanikiya" means "life giver" and is the Lakota word used to represent Jesus.  "Pilamayaye" means "thank you". "Wowahwala bluha" means "I have calmness". "Wakan Tanka" means "Great Spirit" and "Tunkasila" means "Grandfather" or "all that came before". 

 

Put together this song expresses gratitude to Jesus for peace and calmness...not a Jesus of guilt, shame and suffering, but to the true life and light giver that he is.

 

Although it's not specifically a Christmas song, I thought it was a perfect time to share it with you again. May it bring you blessings.

 

 




News and Announcements:

 

Though the past few months have been filled with intense personal challenges (matters of the heart), I am finally getting back to the "Wiku" album project that got delayed due to my travels this year.  Although a little late, it will arrive when it is ready to be born :-)

 

I would like to take this time to wish you all a very blessed and happy holiday season.

 

Much love,

 






 

    

     

          


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