What are your gifts?
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world – John Lennon
For some reason, I have been thinking about John Lennon and his legacy. I was a child of the 60’s and have sentimental attachment to the times and music that the Beatles represent. So I started listening to some of the songs they recorded, with a different set of ears this time around. As I was listening to the song Revolution, I was taken away in a swell of thoughts. So many things are troubling to me about the times we live in. I am concerned about the schools that are a disservice to our children. I am concerned about the ravenous depletion of our natural resources that seemingly will continue until there is a catastrophe. I am concerned about the contentious relationships our country has with so many parts of the world that are killing our young people and creating hatred.
Then I listen to this song, or others by John Lennon such as Imagine, and I wonder. What would it feel like to give of my gifts as fully as John did? Over time, he opened his mind and his heart, letting all limitations dissolve so that the purity of his true nature was present. WOW! How would it look to live in such a way?
Actually, I have felt moments of this experience. My mind was quiet and I was letting the creativity of what we often call intuition guide my words and my actions. I was guiding a group of educational leaders in exploring their fears. The room was still. We were almost breathing together in unison. Time seemed to slip away. Before we knew it, three hours had passed as if it were a few minutes. We all experienced knowing ourselves with honesty and clarity. This is where the gifts I have shine.
Now I can remember that my music is the gift of helping others find themselves among the weeds of the noise of the mind. From this place of knowing oneself, true greatness appears. It is from this greatness that the path out of the troubles I see will be found.