When No One is Looking
Unity Church of the Mountains, 8 April 2018
SONG (Bob Sima): Kiss God, from It’s Time
The poem that inspired Bob’s song was written by the Sufi poet Hafiz.
———When no one is looking, I swallow deserts and clouds
and chew on mountains knowing they are sweet bones!
When no one is looking and I want to kiss Beloved
I just lift my own hand to my mouth.———
As with all the mystical teachings, there is such depth to this writing and Hafiz doesn’t hesitate to get right to the point. This writing is one that puts the observer in solitude. In silence. In stillness. In a state of contemplation of Self.
In metaphysical symbology, deserts represent the subconscious and clouds represent the Mind of God. So imagine what it might mean to you to swallow your subconscious and to swallow the Mind of God.
The act of swallowing means that the body has to digest something. The body – or the conscious three-dimensional world – determines if it is nourishing, if it tastes yummy, if it will agree or disagree with your system, if it is healthy, if it is poisonous, if it is waste.
So again, I ask you to imagine swallowing your subconscious – the parts of you that you have deliberately buried or unintentionally forgotten or misplaced as valueless or brought into this life through generational experience. We often have a sense of what thoughts and limitations and beliefs might be hanging out there – what we need to work on, work through, and work out. What would your consciousness do if it could swallow all of that energy? How would your physical body react to that feast? That is quite an interesting perspective on what we carry and how it might be feeding our soul.
We so often recognize our subconscious as carrying our wounds and our fears and our pain. On the flip side, our subconscious also carries the innate qualities of Universal Love that we are here to remember. And all the opportunities and circumstances that make up our every lives – the clouds that come and go every day – are all pieces of the Mind of God, of Universal Intelligence, of the innate qualities that we are wired to seek within ourselves and from others. Love. Hope. Joy. Peace. Cooperation. What would your consciousness do if you chose to swallow all of that energy? How would your physical body react to that feast?
Hafiz goes on further to talk about mountains and bones. In metaphysical symbology mountains represent a higher spiritual awareness and bones represent eternal truth.
The act of chewing requires the conscious body to break down food in order to begin the digestion process, but we get to taste the flavors and feel the textures of our food. We then decide if it is something we simply enjoy, something we spit out, or something we allow into our body for nourishment and maintenance.
By chewing on mountains – the wisdom of a higher spirituality – we get a taste of what our next iteration of spiritual potential can or might be. What does that new awareness bring to your consciousness? How would that feed your spiritual growth? How does your three-dimensional body want (or not want) to integrate this potential?
Mountains are the sweet bones of the planet. They carry the eternal truth of creation and of the cosmos. The spiritual potential offered by the Apus – the Mountains – is broken down with every bite into the dust of eternal truth for our soul. The Truths that remind us who we really are and help us remember Love. Love within us, Love around us, Love without us. That is when we are able to recognize ourselves as a piece of that all-encompassing Love, when we can lift our own hand to our mouth and kiss God.
As we shed the visual senses by closing the physical eyes, we become more closely aligned with a greater vision through our third eye. As we work through our lessons and strip away the pains of the human form, we can then expand that vision with the mind’s eye. As we learn to soften and accept our soul journey as this human form, we are able to remember the Universal Truths through the eyes of the Beloved. The everything that is felt by us and the everything that felt as us. “When no one is looking at me what is looking through me can see, and I feel everything, and everything it feels me.”
SONG (Bob Sima): The One and Only Song, from The Movers The Shakers and The Peacemakers
As we become the melody of the Universe, as we experience the harmony of the Universe, as we vibrate as the frequency of the Universe, we come full circle to remove the perceived separation between individuals. We know that our work here in these bodies is to serve. Not to simply serve our own needs, not to serve a political party’s agenda, not to serve someone else’s expectations of who we should be. We must serve humanity through our melody – our purpose; through our cooperation – our harmony; through our integrated oneness – our frequency.
How do we serve the Universe? We first recognize that the wiring within each of us is the same. Science has proven that over 99% of human DNA is the same from person to person. That truth itself spans cities and countries and cultures and beliefs and religion and ethnicity. The less than 1% that remains is what makes me look like me and you look like you, and me to have my own personality and you to have your own personality. But the common Universal nature is inherently the same across the board.
How do we serve the Universe? We open up to share our vulnerabilities and fears, our dreams and celebrations. We share. We get real. We reveal our internal findings about ourselves. We connect. We share because that might open the door to someone else’s healing and expanded expression. We share because we give ourselves permission to be part of something much more elevated than our human life. And that gives others permission to enter that level of consciousness with you. We dance.
Can we dance on our own? Sure! But ultimately, we know it is much more experiential to dance with another. To lead. To follow. To feel. To create. To inspire.
Is it scary? Absolutely! So why dance? It is part of our nature. It is what increases our ability to blossom into our full human potential and affect the collective human potential.
Voltaire once said, “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.” Replace “laugh” with whatever is holding you back from sharing your true Self. That thing that prevents you from serving – what you intuitively know to be – the highest good in any situation throughout every moment of each day.
——— The Dance by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I have sent you my invitation,
the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.
Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!”
Just stand up quietly and dance with me.
Show me how you follow your deepest desires,
spiraling down into the ache within the ache,
and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward
to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.
Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.
Show me how you turn away from making another wrong,
without abandoning yourself,
when you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.
Tell me a story of who you are,
and see who I am in the stories I live.
And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.
Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be . . . some day.
Show me you can risk being completely at peace,
truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment,
and again in the next and the next and the next. . .
I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.
Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall,
the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.
What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness?
And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept
the clear, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other,
let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving
those we once loved out loud.
Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance,
the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart.
And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.
Show me how you take care of business
without letting business determine who you are.
When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul’s desires have too high a price,
let us remind each other that it is never about the money.
Show me how you offer to your people and the world
the stories and the songs you want our children’s children to remember.
And I will show you how I struggle not to change the world, but to love it.
Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude,
knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.
Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words,
holding neither against me at the end of the day.
And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest intentions has died away on the wind,
dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale of the breath that is breathing us all into being,
not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.
Don’t say, “Yes!”
Just take my hand and dance with me. ———
We know that just as I am, so are you, and so are we.
I need to know and be me.
You need to know and be you.
We need to know and be us.
SONG (Bob Sima): I Am, from putalittlemoreloveintheworld