I remember when a fellow virtual blogging friend liked that I referenced the Law of Attraction and invited me to share a related story in reference to this Divine Law. In the spirit of that, I serve up this week’s story to share with you. In my day gig of working in public schools, I know we all get a little stir crazy as the school year winds down to a close. However, during this transition, I remember to maintain perspective via the Jimmy Buffett earworm that if we couldn’t laugh, we’d all go insane. In fact, I kept dreaming about hiking with some cats from The Clubhouse, in the mighty White Mountains, while at the same time practicing letting go of outcome during the visualization process. Although now considered small in stature, modern scientists tell us that long ago the White Mountains in New Hampshire were once a Goliath of a range compared to the Colorado Rockies. When traversing the Presidential Range, embracing Climate Change and getting down with the elements is a key dynamic in a successful hike. Cold, wet and windy weather mixed with rocks, roots and some tactical climbing is always more challenging when slippery when wet. Although our forecast looked bleak, we were livin’ on a prayer by keeping our feet on the ground and seeing the forest through the trees.
After two full days of peaks and valleys, five, 4000 footers and coming down from the mountaintop, we were all thankful for Highland Hut’s family friendly atmosphere, hot showers and hearty meals. After our off the grid jaunt, my hiking brothers could not wait to introduce me to the opulent Mt. Washington Hotel, where big Whigs from another era used to travel via horse and buggy to enjoy the rustic scenery in decadence. Now readers, you might think we were more likely to make contact with a bear out on the trails, while away from civilization. Not so. Just after parking our car at the Mt. Washington Hotel, I barely caught a peripheral glimpse of a very large creature running past us with the distinct sound of claws on pavement, when one of my hiking buds excitedly identified the animal as a bear! A few tracks later–after playing an old arcade game that was out of this world, we visited an underground tavern called “the Cave” and told our story. Further, an employee came out of hibernation, nodded and informed us that this friendly creature was a local and merely following his daily ritual of knocking off local dumpsters in search of his daily bread. Aye, aren’t bears good reminders for us to tap into our own natural resources within the depth of our souls? In a karmic sense, bear may facilitate our making life’s choices from a position of personal empowerment, rather than egotism. Given bears connection to trees, we are reminded that trees are conduits linking Heaven and Earth. With Yang dominating the season in this neck of the woods, we are more energetically equipped to manifest knowledge, fertility and growth right Tao.
As I look back on our time out in nature, I realize the experience was the death of me. When listening in on ghostly storytelling that accompanied the grand old hotel and nature spirits, I look back on a private encounter with a dead man walking that serves as a good reminder that we are indeed spirits in the material world. With bear in our consciousness, we are equipped to navigate the waters of the subconscious and unconscious mind. When heeding the deafening sound of silence, the inner voice strikes a thunderous chord reverberating from the soul’s den. While tapping into the Dreamtime and bringing back to Earth what arrives to us from Infinity, we are able to see through the smokescreen world of 10, 000 things and bling bling. And bear reminds us that life tastes sweet like honey, if only we allow ourselves to directly experience it by moving beyond egotistical intellectual concepts and the robotic doings. Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?