The Un-played Drums of Our Lives
The old saying below from West Africa spoke to me on many levels. I wonder how this proverb will speak to your intuitive mind?
In case you have missed previous Old Sayings/Modern Wisdom posts I’ll repeat this brief explanation of how they can be so helpful in stimulating positive transformation.
The Sneaky Power of Proverbs
The sneaky power of proverbs is that they can help us picture our way to enlightenment. While your conscious mind is focusing on the surface of the proverb, the unconscious mind is receiving the embedded image-laden message in the metaphor. Old sayings like this can bypass our habitual mindset and create the possibility for a more liberating point of view.
“The Soul never thinks without a picture” Aristotle
There’s an Old West African Saying…
What Does This Mean to You?
As you sit with this wisdom saying, it will lead you to tailor made insight into your own life. It may very well lead you to a completely different insight than it led me to. Stop! What does your unconscious project onto this old saying as you ponder it?Check in with yourself first before continuing to read.
What are the Un-Touched Drums in Your Life?
Here is what came to my mind. It led me to ponder many things, including:
The emphasis on “play”! You have to play a drum.
(Have your read the post Six Signs You May Be Play Deprived?)
- The un-touched, un-played, unexpressed talents of our lives
(Like a drum, you have to learn and develop the ability to play any talent, to give it a voice. What talents have you silenced in your life?)
- Our un-touched, un-played, unexpressed passions
(How often do we stop ourselves from pursuing an interest because we feel we have to justify it? Or we can not give ourselves permission to be a beginner. Where have you smothered the voice of creative exploration, curiosity and play in your life? Have you seen my Pinterest Board “Just Because They Felt Like It" yet? or the Amazing Handcrafted Creativity Board?)
- Un-played, unexpressed aspects of relationship
(How disconnected are we from real, live social connection, from eating & playing together, laughing, loving and forgiving each other?)
- Un-played, un-engaged bodies
(The body is designed to be moved and treated with respect, like an instrument. Do you listen to the voice of your body? It is not just a vehicle for carrying your head around. Any true spiritual practice will be an embodied one as well. See the Embody Thyself post here.)
The Neglected Drum of Human Potential
And then of course my mind went to the bigger picture. That’s what my mind does. This wisdom saying led me to think of capacities of human consciousness that lie dormant within us, waiting to be engaged. These are natural, higher, intuitive soul capacities we are wired for. They require life practices to connect with them and wake them up. We need to play with them to hear their voices. Or do we let the fear, aggression and acquisitiveness of our primitive brains drown out those voices and run our lives? (Most marketing and media is aimed to keep us preoccupied with these primitive concerns.)
Many of the Strategies of the Spirit sprinkled throughout this blog are updated versions of classic wisdom practices that help wake up our intuitive, spiritual faculties. These capacities are present in all of us. They will not begin to have a voice in our lives unless we engage them. In my experience this is not always such a serious undertaking, and the wellbeing it adds to our lives is profound!
If Not Now, When?
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard"I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly." Jesus"You are more than you think you are, and something in you knows it." Jean Houston
How Will You Begin Beating Your Drum?
Or, did this old saying connect you to a completely different insight? Will you share it with us?