“If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth: Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which is inside you.” -Kabir
At the beginning of creation, many believe "a divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as the sound ‘OM’ "- A Holy name of God.
When we sing our sacred song, soul’s door naturally opens to awaken our happiness. Nature too, provides ample opportunity for us to enter into the presence of the Divine. If we offer a listening prayer we may experience a taste of God's eternal song.
Last May, I visited my mom at her home in Vermont. Each morning, I walked the winding hill from her house and back again to appreciate springs flowering. On one occasion, I heard the most exquisite bird song serenade.
Uncertain as to the origin of this enchanting overture, I wondered if it could really be a bird or perhaps was instead a human who whistled the tune. I noticed two cars parked by an entry into the woods. I surmised that most likely birdwatchers were the virtuosos of this sweet, sweet refrain.
Later that week, my friend Jean and I took a walk along the same country road and I told her about my experience. We saw various native birds and listened to their songs of joy but we did not hear that otherworldly melody. This only confirmed my earlier suspicion that the tune I heard must have been a human; such was its mystery. Still, the encounter left a lingering fragrance.
The morning I was to leave Vermont was poignant as I anticipated my mom's goodbye kiss. I decided to walk the hill one last time before heading off. Walking along, I breathed in morning’s freshness and took in the quiet. That is when I heard that remarkable bird song again, so clear and so true; was this song of God’s abundant Love.
~liz Sorensen Wessel
polyprint watercolor by ~liz
Definition of OM from Wikepedia