Opening Up to Love – Finding Your Voice – Treasure Your Life Now – v8-42

by Sheila Finkelstein on November 15, 2012

flamingo feathers rear view of flamingo in Dreher Park Zoo, Palm Beach County, FL

Closed – Hiding?

The participants in the small writing group in which I participate weekly encouraged me to post my recent response to a quote. Although I’m still not quite sure why, I’ll trust in their knowing. They felt that many readers might relate, having similar doubts and questions.

I was late getting on the call so I picked up on a portion of the quote only. At the end I will provide the full quote and link to the totally different response, beautifully written, by my friend Morgine Jurdan.

flamingo in Dreher Park Zoo closed head

“What was closed will open and take on a voice….”

“As I be with these words I wonder what in me has been closed, waiting to be opened, to take on a voice.

Are there different forms of love within me that have been closed? Might they take on a voice on the Three Days of Expressing Love program [See program link in Relationship Tips]? What would that voice be?

I speak of and write of love. Is there a missing piece?

Even thinking that something within me might be closed sets up some fears. What are they?

Of what am I afraid? What IS the voice within me that might still be remaining silent?

Silent because it is/was stifled in the past? Silent because of fear? If so, what might the fear be?

There always seems to be that underlying fear of not being liked.

And I suspect there might even be something bigger if there IS something REALLY closed, yet to be open, yet to take on a voice.”

The Full Quote used by other group members:

“The field of vision is comparable, for me, to the terrain of an archaeological dig. To see is to be on guard, to wait for what emerges from the background, without any name, without any particular interest: what was silent will speak, what is closed will open and will take on a voice.” Paul Virilio

Morgine Jurdan wrote:

“When I am quiet and aware in the silence, life speaks to me and through me. I read a book recently called The Thunder of Silence by Joel S. Goldsmith.

Only when I am being totally silent can I truly hear my inner Being, my spirit, my connection to Source. The voice is like thunder at times. It is always present, always ready to. . .” (Continued on Morgine’s Blog “On Guard.”)

Today’s Photos –

flamingo in Dreher Park Zoo, Palm Beach County Fl

Flamingos at Dreher Park Zoo in West Palm Beach, FL. I planned to use on or more of my photos from an outing this past weekend. It seemed somewhat fitting to use the flamingo photos for what became the topic for today.

The postures these birds take are amazing. Although the flamingo in the third photos is open it looks like he/she could still be looking for his/her voice.

Self-Reflecting Queries –
Are you clear on your voice? Do you find yourself closed in any particular arena?

I invite you to Ponder the questions that came up for me in my writing.

Read what Morgine wrote and consider for yourself, what emerges out of your silence?

3 Days of Love – Relationship Tip –
Shortly before I called into my writing class I had visited this 3 Days of Love page. Thus I believe the subconscious reference to it in my writing featured above.

On the site I had read that a multitude of leaders have set December 20-22, 2012 for people to “create an unprecedented experience of global family!” The site states:

Dec. 21st ends a long cycle in the Myan calenadar and 22nd begins Day One – the birth of a new cycle. Let’s begin his new era with a spirit of love, generosity and friendship.”

Individuals are invited to participate by signing a pledge:
“From Dec.20-22 make your every word and action one that expresses love, from emails to Facebook posts to your spoken words, and actions.”

As I write now, the sign up spaces are not working on my computer. I invite you to visit and bookmark the page to go back to it.

In the meantime, for today’s Relationship tip, I invite you to consider making all of your words and actions, at any time, be ones of expressions of love.

As always, have fun, and please post what comes up for you in the COMMENTS section below.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Hively November 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Sheila, as usual I find your thoughts and questions sourced at such an important time. Opening our hearts and looking deep within does give voice to those things we try or have silenced. Fear does serve importance in our life to keep us from harms way. When we let go of fear and not allow fear to control our being, we can find great freedom, space and room for growth. We are able to grow and glow brighter just like the Flamingo.

I am sure the Flamingo look towards their feathers of pink and coral to see their beauty inside and out. The pink coloring of flamingo feathers is a result of the food the flamingo eats. The majority of their diet consists of small shrimp-like crustaceans that live in the mud and shallow water of the lakes and rivers of the flamingo’s natural habitat. These crustaceans contain a chemical called beta-carotene that colors the feathers. A beautiful transformation they can not silence, indeed!


Sheila Finkelstein November 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for adding your empowering thoughts here, Cindy.

And, I am MOST impressed with your knowledge about the colors of the Flamingo. I just learned that a last month at Flamingo Gardens and again this month at the Dreher Park Zoo. What had brought it up for me was that I recall the last time… several years ago.. I saw flamingos in Flamingo Garden they were pink. At least that’s how I remember them.

When I asked about it, one of the assistants told us that their color is dependent on what the eat AND that their diet is changed once/year! So…..they are red-orange now as we move into the winter season.


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