Meaning And The Song Of The Soul

Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee

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Awakin FeatureMeaning is what calls from the depths of the soul.

It is the song that sings us into life. Whether we have a meaningful life depends upon whether we can hear this song, this primal music of the sacred. The “sacred” is not something primarily religious or even spiritual. It is not a quality we need to learn or to develop. It belongs to the primary nature of all that is. When our ancestors knew that everything they could see was sacred, this was not something taught but instinctively known. It was as natural as sunlight, as necessary as breathing. It is a fundamental recognition of the wonder, beauty and divine nature of the world. And from this sense of the sacred, real meaning is born, the meaning that makes our hearts sing with the deepest purpose of being alive.

Sadly, today so much of life is covered in distractions, in the addictions of consumerism. The soul’s music is not easy to hear amidst life’s constant clamor, and wonder and mystery have become more and more inaccessible. As a culture we seem to have lost the thread that connects the worlds together: the inner world from which meaning is born, and the outer world where we spend our days. The stories of the soul are no longer told, instead our dreams have become the desires of materialism. Even spirituality is often sold in the marketplace, another drug that promises to placate us, to cover the growing anxiety that something essential is missing.

To find meaning we have to reclaim our sense of the sacred, something our culture appears to have overlooked or forgotten. The sacred is an essential quality of life. It connects us to our own soul and the divine that is the source of all that exists.

The sacred can be found in any form: a small stone or a mountain, the first cry of a newborn child and the last gasp of a dying person. It can be present in a loaf of bread, on a table, waiting for a meal, and in the words that bless the meal. The remembrance of the sacred is like a central note within life. Without this remembrance something fundamental to our existence is missing. Our daily life lacks a basic nourishment, a depth of meaning.

When we feel this music, when we sense this song, we are living our natural connection with the Earth and all of life. Meaning is not something that belongs to us, rather our life becomes “meaningful” when we live this connection, when we feel it under our feet as we walk down the street, in the scent of a flower, in rain falling.  [...]

We are all part of one living being we call the Earth, magical beyond our understanding. She gives us life and her wonder nourishes us. In her being the worlds come together. Her seeds give us both bread and stories. For centuries the stories of seeds were central to humanity, myths told again and again—stories of rebirth, life recreating itself in the darkness. Now we have almost forgotten these stories. Instead, stranded in our separate, isolated selves we do not even know how hungry we have become. We have to find a way to reconnect with what is essential—to learn once again how to walk in a sacred manner, how to cook with love and prayers, how to give attention to simple things. We need to learn to welcome life in all its colors and fragrances, to say “yes” again and again. Then life will give us back the connection to our own soul, and once more we will hear its song. Then meaning will return as a gift and a promise. And something within our own heart will open and know that we have come home.

First published in Excellence Reporter.

Seed questions for reflection: What does welcoming life in all its colors and fragrances mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time meaning returning in your life as a gift and a promise? What helps you reclaims your sense of the sacred?

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    On Jan 25, 2020 kaamos wrote:
    I wouldn't call the feeling I have towards the world as the feeling of it being sacred. However, I do find the world beautiful and filled with small and big wonders. When I appreciate all those different things, when I feel gratitude towards what's going on, life becomes pleasant and I start looking forward to what comes next. There's no need for a (specific) meaning here - I can just be.

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    On Jan 21, 2020 Susie wrote:
    When composers write their songs, many say it happens to them,the song comes through them. They cannot make it happen. A common mystery of creativity in the arts.

    For the audience, some songs or movies or literature or artworkresonate deeply in our soul and we carry them with us for awhile. They teach us of what our soul needs at the time. We feed our physical body daily, but do not nourish our soulenough.

    Actually it is our soul that nourishes us and the arts help us connect.

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    On Jan 21, 2020 Rayeve wrote:
    For me, Life is the quintessential spiritual being of this universe. Its beauties and wonders are my elixir to living in the universe.

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    On Jan 21, 2020 Anil Pandit wrote:
    Thanks Llewellyn..
    The deepest purpose of being alive is to sense my interactive role and deliverables to the existence. These indeed are the notes of music when comprehended and played through - melody engulfs myself, and also the universe around. Just being aware of my every action, has the potential to connect and being in sync with my inner self. Call it inner-engineering?

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    On Jan 18, 2020 David Doane wrote:
    For me, life in all its colors and fragrances means that life is a mixed bag full of an immense variety of experiences for us to be part of, respond to, learn and grow from. There was a time when the Christian theology I learned lost meaning. Western theology separates God from human, sacred from secular. Meaning returned in my life as a gift and a promise with my learning from the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the wisdom of the Vedic tradition, that all creation, living and not living, is one inseparable phenomena that I am part of. Meaning returned with my learning that all creation -- every thing, every plant, animal, and person, every color and fragrance -- is God incarnate. Knowing that means that all creation is sacred, and with that I reclaim my sense of the sacred. Meaning returned with Namaste, seeing God in all that is.

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    On Jan 17, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    I love this thought provoking essay written by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee. We are born out of the sacred and nourished by the sacred. Is not something that can be taught. We are born with it. It is natural, instinctiveand effortless. It is our home. When we live in the sacred home life feels wonderful, beautiful, colorful, fragrant and meaningful, like a flower of different colors and fragrances. It is an experience of joys and sorrows, smiles and tears, lights and shades, a gift and a promise. In my journey of life, I have seen sun setting and rising, clouds coming and going, life passing through dark zones and light zones, gains and losses. I have learned many lessons from life's ups and downs. At times from long periods of pain and suffering. When I acknowledged and accepted darkness and emptiness, and quietly, non-judgmentally, and compassionately investigated what brought me down, I started seeing the light behind the floating clouds. This awakening was a gift and a promise to me. ... [View Full Comment] I love this thought provoking essay written by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee. We are born out of the sacred and nourished by the sacred. Is not something that can be taught. We are born with it. It is natural, instinctiveand effortless. It is our home. When we live in the sacred home life feels wonderful, beautiful, colorful, fragrant and meaningful, like a flower of different colors and fragrances. It is an experience of joys and sorrows, smiles and tears, lights and shades, a gift and a promise.

    In my journey of life, I have seen sun setting and rising, clouds coming and going, life passing through dark zones and light zones, gains and losses. I have learned many lessons from life's ups and downs. At times from long periods of pain and suffering. When I acknowledged and accepted darkness and emptiness, and quietly, non-judgmentally, and compassionately investigated what brought me down, I started seeing the light behind the floating clouds. This awakening was a gift and a promise to me. It helped to be reconnected with the sacred ground of the soul, the Divinity within me.

    Self-examination, open-mind and open heart, and relating to all kinds ofexperiences mindfully has helps me to be reconnected with the sacred, the soul. Daily meditation, introspection and contemplation helps me reclaim my sense of sacred.
    Namaste!
    JagdishP Dave
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    On Jan 16, 2020 vinod wrote:
    the concert begins when one sits still and pays attention toone's breath.and then nature's orchestra plays on forever.

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