When a woman in a certain African
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
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
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.
To 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.
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.
Wisdom Of The Heart
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