"They're Playing Your Song"
(By: Alan Cohen, author of "Living from the Heart.")

6-11-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #244

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

For those who may have missed it on Sunday, there is a repeat of the Light and Life Sanctuary Update at the end of this Service…

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Jean Foster

Story of the Week
"They're Playing Your Song"
(By: Alan Cohen, author of "Living from the Heart.")

  When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.

  When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child's song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child's song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.

  Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the person's bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.

  When I have shared this story in my lectures, a fair amount of people in the audience come to tears. There is something inside each of us that knows we have a song, and we wish those we love would recognize it and support us to sing it. In some of my seminars I ask people to verbalize to a partner the one phrase they wish their parents had said to them as a child. Then the partner lovingly whispers it in their ear. This exercise goes very deep, and many significant insights start to click. How we all long to be loved, acknowledged, and accepted for who we are!

  In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them. The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

  A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and
  your purpose when you are confused.

  If you do not give your song a voice, you will feel lost, alone, and confused. If you express it, you will come to life. We attract people on a similar wavelength so we can support each other to sing aloud. Sometimes we attract people who challenge us by telling us that we cannot or should not sing our song in public. Yet these people
  help us too, for they stimulate us to find greater courage to sing it.

  You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn't. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you'll find your way home.

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Let me Always be singing Your Melody incorporated with my own!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

The Light and Life Sanctuary Update – 6/8/03
Our last Light and Life Sanctuary Update was on April 6th and I had told you of the recent property logging and my felling of about 60 additional smaller unhealthy Pines, hence, the newly revealed View which required the 6 fruit tree transplantings, and the 4 new bare-root Fruit trees (2-Peach trees, 1-Apricot tree and a Ranier Cherry tree) three of which were still waiting to be planted in the newly opened up ¾ acre site of the (as yet un-named) Third of our Sanctuary's Fruit and Worship Gardens. Well… Here's where we stand as of today…

Garden #1---“The Faith Garden”---is beginning to Thrive in developing its Fruits.
        The Red Raspberries are Extremely Abundant in flowers and budding new berries and will be ripening later this month and throughout the months of July and early August. Judging by last year's raspberry harvest, I estimate full production this year at around 5lbs of fresh berries per day if we can pick them all.
        The 7 varieties of Blueberry plants have increased in size by over 25% since first bud and are already heavily laden with clusters of little green fruits---harvest July-August.
        The 2 transplanted Plum trees are expanding greatly in foliage this year, but the shock of moving seems to have delayed the production of fruit 'till next year.
        The Montmorency Cherry Tree (also transplanted earlier in the year), is also growing well and will produce a small crop of “sour” cherries this summer. The just planted Ranier Cherry tree is acclimating wonderfully but will not likely bear first fruits for a year or two.
        The 2 Issai (smooth skinned) Kiwi vines are growing at an unbelievably rapid rate and are covered with flower buds. The First Fruits should ripen in the Fall.
        The Pear Trees, in their second full undisturbed season are also getting their First Fruits this season. The first ones we planted in the spring of 2001 got their first few flowers this Spring and are starting to produce about a dozen or so fruits. We don't have a clue as to what variety they are because they were started from the “suckers” of a dwarf root stock (I had begun to think that they were a non-fruiting variety used only to “dwarf” Standard Pears, but then God surprised us with some flowers and fruit---go Figure!). There are two such trees, one I Braided 3 trunks together (the trunks are now merging into one) and the other I Spiraled 2 trunks around each other (they are merging into a single spiral trunk Pear tree). The “Red Sensation Bartlett” is Covered with baby red pears (some already 1½”-2” long). NEW bare-roots planted this season are a “Red D'Anjou” pear and a “Bosk” pear. Both trees, after an excruciatingly slow start are now leafing out and appear quite satisfied with life in the Faith Garden.

ALSO NEW in The Faith Garden this Spring…

        A New raised-bed patch of “Fall Gold” Golden Raspberries. They are an ever-bearing variety and will by next year produce two crops a year---one in June before the Reds begin, and another in August after the Reds are finished. It's difficult to describe the flavor of Golden Raspberries. They still taste like raspberries, but have a delightfully different quality about them…
        5 baby Maple trees planted in an indentation of Rock Outcropping which I will be growing into a miniature Bonsai Forest of Maples…
        AND, a New Rose Garden. As many of you already know, “The Faith Garden” was named in Memory of Faith Forman Coulby--- the mother of Susan Kimsey. In July of 2001, Susan asked me if she and her husband could come one day and plant a Rose Bush in The Faith Garden in honor of her mother. As fate would have it, Susan also Graduated to the next life before she was able to come and plant the Rose. So this Spring, I started a small Rose Garden within the Faith Garden and planted in it a Fragrant Red Rose (a “Mr. Lincoln”) in Loving Memory of Susan's Mother, and right next to it I Planted a Fragrant Pink Rose (a “Camelot”) in Loving Memory of Susan Kimsey. The third and final Rose in this small rose garden is a White Rose (a “Pristine”). It is not in memory of, but in Living Tribute To my Dearly Beloved Wife Jill whose Continued Dedication and Hard Work as a Master of Social Work is making the vast majority all of this work at The Light and Life Sanctuary Possible! We plan to eventually bring in smooth pebbles for all of the Walkways in the Faith Garden, but it may take quite a while due to lack of funding.

Garden #2---the Patio Garden---is nearing completion. The concrete brick Patio is complete, the Lawn is Luxurious, the 4 Roses are beginning to bloom, the Jacuzzi is warm and waiting for your visit, the Five-Variety Apple tree is absolutely loaded with it's First season of “Gala”, “Red Fugi”, “Golden Supreme”, “Johnagold” and “Red Delicious” Apples. New this year is a Newly planted “Van” Cherry tree that will likely fruit next year. In this garden we also have 3 different varieties of Potted Tomato plants and a new Patio table and chairs with an 11' Market Umbrella for shade and relaxation from which one can overlook most of the property.

Garden #3---a New and as yet Un-named ¾ acre Garden---has a “Harlson” Apple tree (already fruiting), Brand new “Chinese Apricot”, “New Haven Peach”, “Elberta Peach” and “Nitaka Asian Pear” Trees (1 of each). Thanks to the Unselfish Help and Hard Work of Justin Poole (my Step-Son) and Jacki Whitner (my Step-Daughter) both in their midS 20's, we have been able to clear out close to 50 downed Pine trees and forest rubble into the beginnings of a Beautiful New Worship Garden.

Garden #4---The Zen Garden---has just been recognized. Already planted is a small Bing Cherry Grove of 3 trees, the largest of which has it's First Cherries starting to mature. It is the Upper-most level of the Property and the Backhoe and I have been carving 2 driveways up into it. Along the side of one of the drives is being Terraced with large logs and eventually the terrace gardens will be filled with Perennial Flowers (again, as funds allow).

That's about it for now!

If you have any Young and Vigorous Family Members who are looking for something Rewarding and Productive to do with their time this Summer (Even Yourself ;-), All are Welcome to come and Participate for a spell in the Evolution of The Light and Life Sanctuary. Bring a tent and sleeping bags---meals, companionship and Jacuzzi will be provided for all Laborers. (Monetary Contributions to this Non-Profit Cause will also be accepted. <g>)

The Church Within
“Light and Life Sanctuary”
1004 S Millsap Loop
Post Falls, North Idaho 83854

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