When the Trees Sing
When the trees sing,
It doesn't really matter
If you know the song,
Or if you know the words,
Or even if you know the tune.
What really matters is knowing
That the trees are singing at all.
These words were part of the heartsong of Mattie Stepenek, whose spirit sang eloquently through poetry until his body gave way at age 13. Mattie became an inspiration to the world because he gave voice to a profound spiritual awareness at such a tender age despite great suffering in his body. He wrote poetry from age 3 while suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy that had claimed the lives of his three older siblings.
Despite the extreme difficulty and dismal prognosis for his physical life, Mattie focused on his heartsong, which he called "our inner beauty, the song in your heart that wants you to help make yourself a better person, and help others do the same." Everybody has one, he told us.
Those of us seduced by New Thought spirituality's premise that life can be whatever we want and claim for ourselves might benefit by Mattie's spiritual wisdom. Many of us have taken the well-worn path in search of a list of desires only to find the accomplishment leaving us still wanting and unfulfilled. Spiritual master’s reframe the seeker’s mandate to a deeper inquiry, "What does life want from me?' How do I fit in the totality? What is my place in the whole?" When we shift from telling the universe what we want to being available to be used by infinite love and intelligence for its greatest purpose, we can hear and express our heartsong.
If we listen deep enough, we can hear the music of our heart that fills us with a purpose and passion and then let that purpose inform our choices and guide our steps. If we turn a deaf ear to this internal melody, our lives can become what Thoreau called "quiet desperation."
The truth is that all of us are called, but few listen. Take time this week to listen deeply. Spiritual messages that call us to express our true selves are all around us. “Even the rocks cry out,” said Jesus. With the years, months, or days left in your life, find your heartsong and let your life be a symphony of its expression.
Join us this Sunday if you can. There is a special synergy that happens when we gather and open our hearts to the Truth together.
Peace and blessings,