Sacred Sounds

August Dawn – Photo by Nancy J. Lang

Do you have a sacred sound? A sound that you recognize as coming from the Spirit? A sound that touches your soul in a meaningful way? I sat next to a six year old in Meeting for Worship today. An hour more or less of silence. Of course Meeting for Worship is never silent. Each Meeting has it’s rhythms of exterior and interior noise. Traffic, passersby, weather, nature, buildings and furniture creaking, Friends testimony and messages, interior thoughts and problems and the minds busyness that we all try to get beyond…to that stillness of Spirit.

Yet as I sat next to Maddie, coloring in her book, listening to the rhythm of the Meetings messages, the sound of her pencil and markers on paper, the quiet swish, swish, swish was revealed to me to be my sacred sound. The elemental sound of the creative Spirit being transferred from mind to paper. The sound that I create and live with every day yet never thought of in this way.

Thank you Maddie.

4 thoughts on “Sacred Sounds

  1. Kathy 08/13/2012 / 2:51 pm

    I really enjoyed your posting about Maddie swishing sound as she draws, The sacred sounds for me are the ones I hear upon entering the stables, I hear the horses softly stirring, their hooves on the barn floor and their gentle chuffing. When I approach Max in his paddock, his snorting sound as his velvety nose rubs my palm, greeting me. This fills me with absolute peace.

  2. avidseeker 08/13/2012 / 4:39 pm

    I can envision that being very peaceful, Kathy. Well said.

  3. avidseeker 08/13/2012 / 4:44 pm

    First of all, that’s a beautiful photo by Nancy. My sacred sound at first thought would be my wind chimes hanging on my front porch. They instill a sense of peace, and when the wind is strong and gusty a sense of the power of nature. Also definitely certain music, sacred and profane. Thanks for your thoughts once again, Roger.

  4. whineandcheersforwine 08/14/2012 / 8:15 pm

    I would have to say the sound of nature for me; waves crashing, wind blowing through the trees and even nature’s true silence when away from the world in the mountains for example.
    Roger your connection and sharing of the sounds of creativity you discovered at Meeting are incredibly inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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