Music, Friendship, and the Divine Fractal
During my evening walk this past Saturday, I listened to a song I hadn’t heard in a long time. It opened up so much within me, I had to put the same song on my stereo and listen to it repeatedly when I got home. I was reminded of when I first heard the song in April of last year at a Mirabei Ceiba concert in Boulder that I attended with one of my closest friends who was visiting from Europe, Jens Erik.
The band closed the concert with this song. Hearing it for the first time brought me to a space within I had visited and explored many times before, yet its deep wave was opening through song for the first time. A shared experience with everyone else in attendance—for not only were we all listening together, we were also singing along.
As I was reflecting on all of this, I started wondering what the final set of words from the song mean.
The complete lyrics (Mirabei Ceiba: Song of Life – Sat Gur Prasaad – from musixmatch.com/lyrics/Mirabai-Ceiba/Sat-Gur-Prasad published Oct 26, 2017) are:
is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is an opportunity, take it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Ek ong kar.
Sat gur prasaad.
Sat gur prasaad.
Ek ong kar.
The closing lyrics are about the union of all creation and the creator. Of the innate blessing of everything that comes into form. Of the unity of form and the formless.
The invisible truth shared in song, by a couple whose voices and presence resonate so deeply in me. No wonder it moves me deeply every time I hear it.
I’ve put a link below in the PS so you can listen.
I met Jens Erik in February of 2012. We were “randomly” assigned roommates both attending the same retreat. Though we could have met when I arrived at the retreat location, or over dinner or socializing that evening, we didn’t actually meet until we woke up the following morning.
We started talking from the moment I woke. Nothing superficial, instead it was a deep dive into spirituality, the meaning of life, and other things that were in our awareness. I was meeting a soul brother I’d known forever but was just connecting with for the first time in this life.
I had many extraordinary experiences on that retreat: a download about the importance of my writing. Connecting with a number of spiritual messengers, some of whom I still connect with regularly, and many other experiences and insights.
The personal highlight was meeting Jens Erik. Having a deep, meaningful relationship with a man is significant in my life. For the first few years, we attended events together, always rooming together, extending our ongoing conversation to new depths. We’ve always connected on a Skype on a regular basis.
But we hadn’t seen each other in person in a long while when I received his text in March saying he’d be in the States and wondered if he might swing by Colorado for a visit. What a gift!!
In our friendship we have witnessed each other in challenge and celebration. We have cried together and more often, we have laughed (sometimes to the point of crying we’re laughing so hard). We have lived the song of life together.
What a gift to hear and sing this song with Jens Erik in April 2019. It anchored in so much more than just the song and our friendship for me. It anchored in the experience of surfing the divine fractal.
Foremost in my mind since the weekend is how unexpected the experience of resonance that comes from surfing the divine fractal have been. The retreat where we met – was so much more than anything I was anticipating. Meeting Jens Erik – a friendship that is much more than anything I imagined.
Even the concert last year. Colorado often has March snowstorms. Occasionally they extend into April and sometimes beyond. The day of the concert was a massive snowstorm. I wondered if the concert was going to be canceled. I called the venue and was assured no matter what the concert would take place. For a time that day, I wondered if it was worth the drive to Boulder, but as the time to leave grew closer, I felt the pull to be there more than anything else.
Each of these experiences, have revealed the truth contained in the lyrics and resonance of the song. In everything is the divine fractal. Indeed, the divine fractal expresses in the moment-to-moment experiences of everyday life, and in each and every person and everything.
What a beautiful reminder . . . floating in during my walk this past Saturday.
That’s it for this week . . . From My Heart.
We are always in God’s Love and Presence,
PS – Here’s a link to the song on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1tYUeIrZmxuSN7jdbHBC17?si=hJj_tHLORT-ZoNxcfILmIg
PPS – The theme for today’s community circle and transmission is Surfing the Divine Fractal. Join me on YouTube today at 5p LIVE: https://youtu.be/sNYTlW7Ick8 (replay on the same link)
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