The work of keeping energy balance on earth, in terms of energy, is done through sound. … We are getting the effect of sound today as a result of the total sound history on this planet from its inception. That quality has left its mark on humanity as a whole, and that’s why we aren’t further along. Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: An Honest Performance - June, 2011)
I’m blessed in my life to spend a lot of time listening. I listen to nature – the hummers are buzzing about in the early dawn this morning. I listen to Luke, a quiet creature who ‘speaks’ more through gestures except when he wants to engage another canine in play or is deep in a dream. And, I listen to people – those I host here at the Dragonfly House, coaching clients, folks whose paths I cross out and about in the community.
In the course of the past week filled with guests, clients, community I’ve heard lots. I wonder how much of what I heard contributes to keeping energy in balance. What do we/I say that makes a positive contribution to ourselves and to the energy of the planet? What might we/I want to think twice about before I give it voice?
Here’s a sampling of the many words that, to me, are positive contributions:
- “What a lovely job the volunteers did planting flowers in town!” – acknowledgement and gratitude
- “Thank you.” – perhaps the best words we can speak, a prayer in itself
- “I will do that.” – determination and will
- “I’m clear on what I need to do next.” – clarity and direction
- “What do you think?” – seeking input
And, some that, again to me, may contribute more to chaos than to keeping energy (individual and collective in balance):
- Loud, disconnected chatter about what he did, thought – confusion and jarring to the system
- “I know she will …” "I know it will ..." – declaring what another will do or how some event will transpire, which is something we can’t know
- “They should …” – me speaking about what’s none of my business unless I choose to actively participate
I could go on, but you get the drift. We each need to take responsibility for our immediate environment and for what sounds, especially the words, we put into the environment beyond.
This week, I invite you to listen – to yourself, to others and to engage with the commitment to add your voice in ways contribute to balancing the chaotic energy of our planet. This doesn’t mean not speaking your truth … but that’s a story for another day.