Sacred silence is not silence at all.
It is a cushion of whispers that supports your every step along your path in the world. It is the warmth that wraps itself around you that has been defined as faith. It is the gentle guidance from spirit that keeps you tapped in. It is the sound of life.
It is difficult to experience sacred silence, the moment when you sit in total quiet and allow the divine to speak to you and through you, when you are afraid of what you may hear. Your own inner judgments, fears, and unexpressed emotions may act as cheap imitations of divine guidance. They are also parts of yourself that are crying out for help, that need to have your full attention and the benefit of your intention to release them on their own personal healing journey.
Setting intentions via sacred silence is the prime definition of church. When we become comfortable with solitude and allow ourselves to connect infinitely with the divine from the small space of our humanity, we expand. It isn’t that we are small and insignificant, we surely are not. Everyone here is meant for a great purpose and yet very few of us actualize what that purpose truly is.
Some listen to the noise of other people’s dramas to distract them from their own. Some have been so hurt by the world that they cannot trust the beauty of the unknown spiritual realms to guide them to greatness. Others just rely on logic. It is all a path, and it is all sacred.
The importance of solitude and sacred silence is paramount if you wish to transcend fear, anger, judgment, and most importantly your misgivings about your calling. Picking up the receiver to answer the call means you must be quiet enough to hear the subtle ring.
The birth place of intention rests in the quiet moment between life and death, the place in which your mind, body, and spirit become one with the universe, holding hands and supporting you as you bear down to push forth a new reality for yourself.
Welcome to the year of the Sheep.
When we think of sheep we often think of mindless obedience to authority or the inability to make decisions on our own. “Sheeple” has been a reference to people, usually with opposing political views to our own, who just follow along without asking questions or taking action. But did you ever consider that Sheep are animals of loyalty, integrity, trust, and unconditional love?
Last year, the Chinese New Year’s patron animal was the horse. The horse represented the divine empowerment that is innate within our nature, enabling us to not only harness the quiet yet powerful equine energy within ourselves, but to also open our hearts to become our best leaders when the reigns are gripped by our own hands. This year, we counterbalance such great energy through welcoming the year of the sheep. Year of the sheep is all about opening the heart to become more deeply aligned with our authentic selves, so this means we must possess more loyalty and integrity for our greatest dreams to actualize to fruition and our relationships to become the best they have ever been.
To be as gentle as a sheep and loving to those around us as a flock, a family, a sacred unit is what the world sorely needs. Right. Now.
Who is our Shepherd?
We are our shepherd. We make the decisions as to who we are, what we wish to accomplish in our walk of life, and ultimately what indelible mark we leave behind. If we leave a legacy of integrity, unity, oneness, and love, we follow in the sacred silent footsteps of Ghandi. We follow in the unconditionally brave footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr., we follow in the footsteps of those who will not go quietly in spirit because they know they can change with world with words of love and acts of unity.
Here are five empowering ways we can invoke sheep energy into our lives as we prepare for a year of love, awareness, and empowerment through acts of peace and sacred silence.
See the Other Person’s Point of View: So often we fight to be right without realizing that conflict begets more conflict. When you find yourself in the midst of this quandary, employ compassionate dialogue. Empathize with the opposing force that has been presented to each side to learn a deeper lesson. So often our conflicts are not about ourselves, but about the deeper issues that we have yet to resolve. When you are able to look at conflict from both angles, commonalities manifest between two hurting hearts.
See Yourself through the Eyes of a Person You Admire and Want to Meet (living or dead):
When you step outside of yourself to see another person’s point of view, looking at yourself through the eyes of your hero or higher power is a sobering exercise into sacred self-observation. What you see may surprise you. You may find a sense of self-worthiness you never thought you had. You may recognize elements of unforgiveness or unworthiness that have held you back from connecting to others and your ultimate dream. But when you look deeply, be gentle with yourself. You are worthy of love whether you find beauty or darkness.
Learn to Let go of Defensiveness in Your Relationships:
Oftentimes, when we have been hurt, we are left with scars that tell us that we have to hold onto the hurt in our lives as a badge of strength. This is not strength, but victim mentality. If you let go, forgive and YES, YES, YES FORGET, you are empowering your purpose, calling, and destiny. Forgetting the pain does not mean that you begin to trust your relationships blindly. It means that you have the opportunity to activate healthy boundaries in your life, which is the primary reason why rifts and rends manifest in relationships. Let go of defenses and create beautiful fences. Boundaries are a form of love.
Look Past the Surface in Others and See the Divinity:
Everyone, please, for the love of God, stop measuring a person by their weight/size, their socio-economic status, their sexuality and any other measure of worth found in rag tabloids and bullshit sensational media. It is all a lie. The truth is that divinity is within all of us and our uniqueness is the spark of life force that none of us can touch or recreate. The closest we have come to understanding divinity is through acts of love. Start with acts of love for yourself. If you can’t love yourself, you have no capacity to love others. Use your spiritual gifts such as encouragement, discernment, intuition, and compassion to help you. Call upon your higher power to help you see beyond the mad, mad, mad world of humanity’s deconstruction and open your heart to the intimacy of divinity. Rise above the fray. Most importantly, for those of you that hide behind the keyboards and computer screens to dish out superficial hate fodder, open your mind and get some fresh air. Life is too short to be so hateful.
Forgive Past Hurts, Start Anew
What would happen if one day you just decided to turn away from the pain of your past as a gauge to your future, allowed it to make you stronger (since it didn’t kill you), and went after a life of joy? This is a sure-fire way to break destructive cycles and to open your senses to receiving accurate messages as to who you are and what you have come here to do. Forgiving past hurts never excuses behavior but cuts away cords and limiting tethers of shame, anger, and times when you have felt your dignity has been compromised. Why go backward when you can break away from bondage and forgive. Look at your past with a new perspective and grow toward the understanding that self-betrayal is the inflicted wound of unforgiveness.
Be Love. Act Love. Empower Love.