Over the past few months I’ve referenced something I call “the deep-down hum” quite a bit. I’ve explained in passing what it is I’m talking about here, so I thought the time was right to actually dig a bit deeper and clarify what this all means.
There are times in one’s life when doubt is completely absent. When fear is not even a cloud of a thought, let alone at the forefront of one’s mind. When the inner-river of the soul is moving fluidly, smoothly, naturally. It’s not a sense of contentment. It’s a sense of living. These are times when you’re so incredibly sure about something that you can’t understand or explain such a level of certainty.
What’s actually happening here is you are responding to the call of your soul. That inner guide that many refer to as gut-instinct, revealing in its own way your true purpose in this life.
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I call this “the deep-down hum” because for me, I’ve always experienced this call as quite literally a faint but deep-thrumming song far down within myself. When I pay attention to that call, I hear it as a low humming that begins to elevate from octave to octave as I respond to it. Conversely, as I avoid this call, it begins to quiet again and drifts to a whisper.
But it never leaves; it’s always there.
We all have this deep-down hum. Some call it our soul purpose or divine mission or inner pilot light or some other variation of metaphysical or spiritual verbiage, all of which is appropriate for that individual’s life and purpose. We all experience the world in our own way, because we’re supposed to. We’re all on paths of our own making, but it’s easy to go astray when doubt or fear interrupts the flow of things. And when we live in a world that is constantly bombarding us with information on what we should be doing, it’s hard to hear the soul’s voice calling, telling us what we truly want to be doing.
The deep-down hum is our own beacon, always lit like a lantern in the dark. And if we detect the call of this beacon, and we do respond to it, and don’t allow any external factors or suggestions or the “shoulds” to cloud our vision or muffle our ears, then things start to happen, and synchronicity gains momentum.
I’ve heard the call many times in my life.
Responding to it has been a trickier matter.
For me, the deep-down hum has long been about pursuing my love for writing. I have books within me I have yet to write. Stories I have yet to tell. Blog posts I have yet to share. Books I have yet to read.
The hum has also often pointed me to the act of running. I don’t know why, but running long distances has intrigued me for a long, long time, and it’s only something I’ve scratched the surface on in the last few years.
I have yet to determine the reason these two things have called to me from the deep-down hum, but they’re there. I have an idea of why they’re calling to me (writing and running are intertwined in nature, I feel), but I won’t truly know until I respond in full to the hum. The gut instinct, in this case, is unavoidable. These are things I truly want to be pursuing, yes, but in that I’ve realized they’re also the things that I must be doing.
Because by not doing them, I’m actually avoiding my true self. Avoiding who I really am.
Fear. It’s really as simple as that, but it’s far from simple. Fear is at the root of negative mindset, of false pursuits, of following the “what I should” versus “what I truly want.”
And by “want” I’m not talking about selfishly and unconsciously hoarding things you crave and desire. There is a massive difference in attracting the abundance of life and following the greed and lust of acquiring simply to have and achieve immediate gratification. The flow of reality is nothing short of a tide. It comes in, then goes back out, and we decide what to send back out with it. And what we send out comes back in to us, albeit in some varied form.
When we respond to the deep-down hum, we’re giving ourselves to the universe. Fear and resistance will always be there, and we will always have the choice of whether it blocks us. But giving into this fear will help no one. It will not help us write our books, it will not help us run marathons. And thus, it will not allow us to pay forward the inspiration we’ve received that has compelled us to do such things.
The deep-down hum is ever-churning, always humming, always rhythmically moving like a trickle over the frozen rocks of a brook in winter. When we respond to that call, the current picks up and begins to flow into river spring.
Okay, all these metaphors about water are starting to contradict one another, I know. But the point is, regardless of the situation, our lives can often mimic choppy waves, while at other times resemble calm waters, and the one constant is that the deep-down hum is always there, patiently calling to us.
The deep-down hum is our inner compass, always guiding us North.
It is our beacon, showing us the way home.
It’s the engine-sound of consciousness.
It’s your voice forgotten, meant to be forgotten so that we can hear it again and find it and allow it to shine a light on our path.
The deep-down hum is the song of your soul.
And it’s a good one. Be sure to listen.