…sort of like a refrigerator.
Do you ever find yourself humming?
You know, putting your lips together and with your mouth closed, making music sounds.
According to Wikipedia, a hum is when a sound is made by producing a wordless tone with the mouth closed, so the sound is forced to emerge from the nose. It can also be called phonation or vibration.
Some people have such a keen sense of hearing that they hear “hums” that reverberate from things, such a refrigerators, freezers, even computers.
Did you know that we, us human begins, have a “hum” that reverberates inside of us?
It’s called the presence of God, otherwise known as “The Holy Spirit”.
You may know of the actress Jane Fonda. Either for her “Jane Fonda’s Workout” which became one of the bestselling VHS tapes of all time, galvanizing her aerobics empire, which held strong throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s. Or for her acting in Netflix hit Grace and Frankie.
For a large part of her life, Fonda was not a believer in God, Christianity, etc. However, after some transformational life experiences, she realized that there was more.
“My faith is a work in progress (as am I) but I will plant my flag on the belief that God lives within each of us as Spirit (or soul). I like what Reverend Forrest Church says: ‘God is not God’s name. God is our name for that which is greater than all and yet present in all,’” Fonda wrote in 2009. “I believe that Christ was the personal incarnation of the divine wisdom in everything, including every form of spiritual expression.”
She received criticism from religious people about her decision to not follow “organized religion” and her referencing God as “being beyond gender”.
“Some will say that because of all this I am not a true Christian. So be it,” added Fonda. “I feel like a Christian, I believe in the teachings of Jesus and try to practice them in my life. I have found Christians all over this country who feel as I do. They may not have been ‘saved’ yet they hum with divine spirit.”
Do you know that you hum with divine spirit? It is true! You may not have audible sounds coming from your mouth that sound like “humming” – but you hum. There is a presence within that hums . . . we just have to “tune into it.”
Some do this through prayer, others through meditation and/or yoga, others through being fully present in particular places that bring them deep peace.
Jesus’ connection with the inner presence of God enabled him to live through horrific torture in the final days of his life. His connection to The Divine provided him with “enough” so that he died with grace and love. That’s a pretty powerful presence, right?
Can you feel it, can you hear it humming within you today?