Take it easy

New Take on an Old Song – A Spiritual Serenade Brings Awareness

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

Even a Song Can Be A Teacher
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I woke up this morning singing the words to one of my favorite Eagles songs, Take it Easy.

All of a sudden it hit me that I was looking at those words entirely differently than I ever had and differently than the Eagles had in mind.

I had awakened after a fitful night of mental stress, worry and overwhelm.

I was unable to turn my mind off and reach deep sleep because of a trip that is coming in a few days.

A big trip…. A trip with no clear goals, length or purpose. Why am I taking such a trip?

Because staying where I am feels like death. I’m going because someone finally invited me, welcomed me into an experience somewhere else. I’m going because it’s time to go.

So, I wake up and start singing this song, over and over and I realize, finally, that I am singing to my ego, to the part of me that is so torn and stressed. I’m giving myself a spiritual message, a spiritual lullabye for the times, to help me thru the time ahead.

That sort of repetitive singing has happened to me before. My unconscious will pull a song out from my memory banks and run it relentlessly as a signal of something I need to see.

When my seven-year spiritual marriage was over (and I was still trying to pretend it wasn’t over) I found myself singing “I can’t make you love me” over and over and over and over.

I can’t make you love me if you don’t. I can’t make you heart feel something it won’t. Here in the dark, in these final hours, I will give up my heart and I’ll feel the power but you won’t. No, you won’t.

That was then, this is now
Then, it was that song, telling me what I wasn’t willing to hear on a conscious level, that I couldn’t make someone love me, no matter how much I loved them. This time, it was “take it easy” by the Eagles. Forgive any paraphrasing Don….

Running down the road, gotta loosen my load
I got seven women on my mind
Four that wanta own me,
Two that wanta stone me
and one says she’s a friend of mine

Take it easy
Take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
make you crazy

It was as if all seven women were me and, as Eckhart Tolle says (again paraphrasing) I was the I watching them. I was aware of my Self observing fragments of ego self in my Self.

The four that want to own me……

The woman that wants to control things, the one who wants to see the future before she acts in the present, the one that wants to control herself so that she never makes a mistake or becomes disconnected from Spirit and the one that wants to control others so that she is never hurt or thought ill of by others.

Then there are the two that want to stone me…..

The first one wants the I AM of me “stoned”, escaped from reality in some way through either addictive behaviors or the drug of distraction.

The other one literally wants to stone me, beat me up for every mistake I ever made and whip me into shape.

And then there is the one who says she is a friend of mine….the one I can barely hear for all the others. Time to listen to the seventh woman. She’ll point me back to the I AM that is listening and support that. And… I am learning to love all seven women because, in some misguided way, they were all trying to protect me.

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