Holding space - the magic that is Ed Sheeran!
I attended Ed Sheeran's concert in Wembley on Thursday evening with my Dad. I wasn't sure it was for me as he's so "main stream" but it was AMAZING! It was also deeply inspiring as I watched and indeed felt him hold space for 85 thousand people.
I sat there, with Dad beside me, contemplating this, and the clouds above, and the energy in that stadium all evening. I'm not sure I was always entirely present to the music, as I felt into the whole experience and thought about what I was learning.
Ed kept going on about joining him in singing however bad your voice, and dancing however self conscious you may feel, and I watched as slowly around me, one by one people started to find their voices and their feet.
When it came to the penultimate song, I looked up to find my Dad on his feet dancing and singing. Then the last song was played and before I knew it, I was also on my feet dancing and singing at the top of my voice. The whole stadium was dancing and singing and there was an incredible energy of loveliness pervading the space. I couldn't quite believe it!
Ed is very ordinary, totally authentic and very gifted. He naturally held space, him and his guitar, all on his own for a whole two hour set for 85 thousand people. That's quite some feat.
Holding space is something that fascinates me. How we can bring people together and something happens energetically, and someone often holds it so that this can happen.
We are all of us connected in a field of energy - us, the trees, the stones, the plants, the cats and the bird. Our every action has a consequence and will affect someone or something somewhere.
When we come together in space, something magical can happen, depending on the energy created.
When women come together in circle, to talk or to practice yoga then something magical can happen.
When people come together on a yoga retreat to practice yoga, then if that space is held well, magical things can happen.
When a gifted singer takes to Wembley and is himself in front of 85 thousand people, sharing his talent and gift with the world, then magical things happen.
The heart opens.
Ed Sheeran helped to open hearts. And as each of our hearts opened, so the energy of the art grew stronger in the auditorium and all of a sudden magical things started to happen. The clouds looked like hearts as if they were awoken too. People smiled and laughed and were considerate of one another and I felt an overwhelming sense of love for mankind, all will be well in the end.
In that moment it seemed so simple to me, and I thought that really, it is just a question of being real, and sharing whatever it is we have in our hearts to share with the world, because us sharing a bit of our heart will touch the hearts of others, so one by one we each awaken and the whole world becomes an increasing unified field of love, like a force field, spreading out.
Ed Sheeran, I aspire to hold space like you, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart to your heart for the manner in which it touches lives.