Hello again. It’s about 11:49 am here in my shared dimension with Kyle and I wanted to share a part of me with you today. The way I actively pray. Some people open a sacred book and read or sing. Some people sit in a Yoga pose with their eyes closed and focus on their breathing. Some people just sit in their favorite spot in nature and are quiet. Some people do things that make them feel closer to the God of their understanding…jumping out of planes, bungee jumping, racing fast cars, swim across the ocean. What I do varies but it’s most always movement with music and I try to do it outside weather and conditions permitting and after the movement I will sometimes write messages in chalk on my bandstand, sometimes I will draw a picture like I’ve often shared with you here, take photographs, I often sing gibberish but it sounds lovely lol…sacred sounds Ohmmmmm, and sometimes I arrange things symbolically like I have today. Today I both wrote a message in chalk on my bandstand, read some of the names I had written down on my recent prayer lists and finally I did a symbolic arrangement to which I sang some of my gibberish “O-hms.” It’s my somewhat of an “autistic” way to pray – by looking at all these things it wouldn’t make any sense to you but it makes perfect sense to me.
I’ve always had a secret world in my head and it’s taken me many years of trial and error to figure out how to extract it and put it in forms so others can may be understand me. I would venture to say that even those most close to me, to include Kyle, still have difficulty understanding how my mind works LOL! He tells me that when I’ll show him one of my drawings and I ask him his impressions….”Do you see anything?” “Nope, no clue (other than what’s obvious) what you are trying to say here.” So for these pictures I’ve taken of my active/autistic prayer session today, I also give you explanations of what the objects mean….something that I can’t always do with my drawings but I’m working on it!
Why am I sharing this? For those of you living with “types” like me that are either slightly or completely autistic or difficult to understand….this is a glimpse of a way to make it easier for you….a way in to the room that may seem impenetrable.
1) two containers of water symbolizes the water on this earth and I visualize putting unconditional love into it and that clean, life sustaining water is available for all life on the planet. (These are the Keshe Foundation inspired beginnings to plasma)
2) four pieces of my orgonite symbolize the fusion of elements of everything organic and man-made on this planet coexisting in balance
3) my 5 rings symbolize the sacredness of the circle, of “O” – the circle is the shape of everything sacred known to us and the most energy efficient shape in which to travel
4) my sunglasses in front of Hawaii is me visualizing protection for the islands with the recent storms
5) my multi-colored bracelet from my friend Cyndy over the United States symbolizes my hope for eternal and peaceful co-existence of all the people of my country which can then lead by it’s example…currently it is struggling to do so. We are a place of the fusion of many cultures, races, sexes, creeds, animal, plant, insect, reptilian life forms trying to find a way to co-exist peacefully. If we can learn to do this within our own bodies and manifest this energy signal outwards….it will spread which leads to
6) my Apple Ipod Shuffle in the middle….music….a message in all it’s various forms with the purpose of bringing all of us together.
7) my light walkie-talkie pendant is symbolic to me of what is at the center of all….multi-colored, vibrant light that shines with varying degrees of frequency and resonance from each life form on this planet. It starts with the big “O”….our sun.
8) my random prayer list continues, being specific and yet vague at the same time. Ultimately my prayer for whatever is in the greatest good of all is for ALL.
My friend Tanya Knight, in an indirect way, lead me to a website I need to explore more called The Mighty (thank you Tanya!):
https://themighty.com/ – The Mighty, we face disability, Disease and Mental Illness together
—- https://themighty.com/2016/09/songs-that-have-helped-autistic-people-during-meltdowns/ – (they have an actual playlist and videos for each of the songs they recommend! Many of these are songs that are my “go-to” songs also!)
Sensory overload happens when too much sensory stimulus is occurring at once — it can be triggered by a crowded room, a TV turned up too loud, strong aromas, fluorescent lighting and much more. It’s often associated with certain diagnoses like autism, sensory processing disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and post-traumatic stress disorder, although anyone can experience it.
Music is not always a reliever to sensory overload — in fact, sometimes it can make it worse, so you should ask your loved one on the spectrum if playing a song helps or hurts. But for a lot of people with autism, music works wonders when they are trying to calm themselves down. We asked our readers on the spectrum who use music as a tool to share what songs they play if they’re experiencing sensory overload or melting down. We’ve dropped a Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post if you’d like these songs in one place.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Someday I’ll wish upon a star / Wake up where the clouds are far behind me / Where trouble melts like lemon drops / High above the chimney top / That’s where you’ll find me
“Ride” by twenty one pilots
Oh, oh, I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride / Oh, I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride
“What I Am” by Will.i.am on “Sesame Street”
If what I am is what’s in me / Then I’ll stay strong, that’s who I’ll be / And I will always be the best / “me” that I can be.
“You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash & June Carter
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are gray
“Gravity” Sara Bareilles cover by Alex & Sierra
Set me free, leave me be. / I don’t want to fall another moment into your gravity.
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun / And I say it’s all right
“Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven
“I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
Now I’ll be bold / As well as strong / And use my head alongside my heart
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
But I keep cruising / Can’t stop, won’t stop moving / It’s like I got this music / In my mind / Saying, “It’s gonna be all right.”
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve
But I’m a million different people / from one day to the next / I can’t change my mold
“Amber” by 311
Don’t give up your independence / Unless it feels all right / Nothing good comes easily / Sometimes you’ve got to fight
“Count On Me” by Bruno Mars
You can count on me like one two three / I’ll be there
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart
“Bliss” by Muse
Everything about you resonates happiness / Now I won’t settle for less
“Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance / I just wanna praise you
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of the Bay” by Otis Redding
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun / I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes
“Thank You For Being A Friend” from “The Golden Girls” performed by Cynthia Fee
Thank you for being a friend / Traveled down the road and back again / Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant
“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley
You have made / My life complete / And I love you so
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler – this was Kyle and my wedding song!!!
Did you ever know that you’re my hero, / And everything I would like to be? / I can fly higher than an eagle, / For you are the wind beneath my wings.
“Hallelujah” by Panic! At The Disco
And if you can’t stop shaking, lean back / Let it move right through ya
“Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
I said you’re holding back / She said shut up and dance with me
This is one of my special favorites from a show I’ve never seen, don’t know if I will but I love this song! Cats: