Having come up with the design yesterday, today I made a number of colour block logo's to use online, but I couldn't decide which one I liked the most, so I thought I would call upon my lovely facebook friends and ask them what they thought. The response was overwhelming. I am very touched that so many people took time out of their day to give their opinion, but they were so varied. The order I have them in above, is based on popularity, but it was a close call for the top 2.
In the end, I decided to try out the orange one on my facebook page for a day or so, to see how I feel about it. I like it because I am very much in a spiritual shakti phase at the moment. I think it might be my menopause, but i definitely feel a shift towards standing taller as a woman. Half way through the menopause, I was convinced that I would come out the other end as a wise old crone, but this is a different feeling all together to anything I have ever experienced before ... anyway, I digress ... If you would like to tell me which colour connects to you and why, I'd love to hear from you.
Today, I designed a new logo to represent the next stage of my healing journey. Now, within my name, I have the Universal OM. For many 1000's of years, it has been believed that the OM is the sacred utterance of the Universe, and as such, is the most sacred of mantra. In short, it is one of the oldest and most spiritual of sounds and to have incorporated it into my name is so significant for me as a hearing impaired person, as a sound therapist, as a mantra artist and as a human who, through her work, inspires greater compassion. I decided that all the letters should be small because all parts of me are equal and most significantly, I have used my first name, my birth name, the name that has been all the way through this journey with me.
My guitar and I have been best friends since I was 9 years old, tho not this one, there have been a few over the years. We have laughed, cried, travelled, slept rough, slept in fine hotels. Finding a way to bring her back into my life so that I can hold and play her in a way that is hearing friendly to my hyperacusis and tinnitus, has given me back a sense of self that I thought was gone forever.
The problem was that the top strings of the guitar, trigger my hyperacusis to spike and when I change strings, a certain noise is made as the fingers slide between chords. Those of you who play will know what I mean here.
This inter-chord noise is so loud to me, that it is painful, like nails down glass and makes the whole process of playing unpleasant and so I stopped all together, until a dear friend, Miranda Betts, told me about a woman she knew who played only one chord all the way through a song, as if it were a drone, a bit like one might play the sitar or the shruti box .
I started exploring chords that resonated with my soul, and chanting around them, as if pouring sacred oils on the sacred. The whole process began a re-connection to my heart strings at so many different levels and I am excited to try and find ways of sharing this bliss with you. For now, I am bathing in the joy of recognising Self. It feels like it did way back on that fist day, when, on one hazy Summer's afternoon, Mr Green put a guitar in my arms and I felt as if I had come home.
Author: Cheryl Beer
My name is Cheryl Beer. This blog is a sacred space for me to share love. I am so overwhelmed by the levels of fear and hate in the world that I feel almost powerless to do anything about it. Surely, someone as small as me couldn't possibly make a difference, could they? In my youth, I tried being angry to make change. In my thirties, I tried postulating research to make change. In my forties, I tried rolling up my sleeves and running myself ragged to make change, but now, as I pass through the menopausal stages of my fifties, I know in my heart that I can make the biggest change simply by living love and sharing love. Not the capitalist notion of love, not romantic love or sexy love, rather the pure raw energy of being a compassionate, caring human being, for in sharing this, perhaps I will inspire others to follow suit.