For those participatory audience members in the theater of life, you might remember that I wrote about Bear medicine in last week’s blog installment. Given the girth of Bear’s energy, I am still digesting the omnivorous experience. In the spirit of that, I climbed a tree yesterday, watched the ripples of the river from atop a branch and tasted the sweetness of the life’s honey from a higher vantage point (my wife and child might have a different version after I climbed back down, returned to the den and was stoked by the grounding reality of being a husband and parent again). Does anyone else out there remember climbing trees as a kid? If there was something to climb and then jump off and free fall, then I did it. Back then, the School of Hard Knox delivered plenty of concrete reminders about grounding me back to Earth. Some of us outgrow such childish behavior and become sensible adults. Others, fall out of a tree like I once did and subsequently choose to set a clear, Confucian rules throughout their journey to “never do that again”. But then there are those of us that are more like Herons and find it within ourselves to find the security to follow our own path through creative trial and error. Yes, the naturalistic social scientist geek in me realizes that there is a realm of predictability, patterns and cause and effect, which is wise to pay attention to and master.
However, as the deep seeing mystics understood and a growing number of folks in the scientific community are beginning to “prove” the existence of mythical realms once thought fantastic. Here, a “hidden” realm beyond the Law of Karma, where the Quantum world of Infinity awaits us, if only we allow ourselves to transcend boxed in mind-sets and the robotic doings of life. Bear reminds us of a Map of Consciousness, where infinite possibilities await when one authentically opens up to it in with respect to boundaries of self and others. During this process, folks feel this alternative form of energy, whether realized or not, and the planet and beyond benefit from mutual aid. As we transition from a dying old world into a New Age and Paradigm, it is not without the labor pains of the birthing process. I know Summer is a hot time, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere and we all feel the heat from the Americas, planetary consciousness and the Universe throughout. In fact, our reptilian friends in Congress are already trying to scale back health care reform and big money is being seriously greedy by blocking Chicago factory workers from buying their own place of employment. Here in Maine, L.L. Bean flexed their muscles by ignoring a petition by a family farm and local rural residents to stop fireworks from lighting up a family farm that scared the daylights out of both domestic and wild animals. I could hear a mourning dove singing a spiritual protest song during my morning jog. I wonder what small business advocate Newt Gingrich thinks about these examples of liberal excesses of the Corporate Welfare State? What might Newt have to say about “Merica” and Her tendency toward enabling Multinational Corporations to over indulge in Socialist strategic alliances that violate every conceivable Free Market principal? Putting Newt aside, I wonder if the Corporate Media and educated business class barely skipped a beat when the Top Dawgs in the 1% held meetings behind closed doors to lead the charge to criminalize the freedom of the internet? Being a bit of an empath, I understand the outlook of the Opulent Minority quite well. I realize that, for many in this privileged class, Earth is a playground where there are winners and losers and the winners should be able to play at will, without any accountability. Many among this ilk believe that Healthcare is a privilege and not a right. But while I empathize with their plight, I disagree with it. There is enough and we can all win. No human is superior or inferior to any other human and/or sentient being.
Now I realize my voice may fly below the radar, but I am also expressing sentiments in concert with the overwhelming majority. It isn’t always easy being a free-spirited dreamer, but I know I’m not the only one. My garden variety of friends are teaching me that the salt of the Earth, the movers and shakers are the ones who till it. In my spirited dance, my plea to the Opulent Minority and the rest of us is that we all must be caretakers of our own internal gardens here on Classroom Mothership Earth. It is good medicine to share and to release judgments on your neighbor. So what if the USA and Israel have more Goliath like military might than the David’s of the world? Does that mean we should use it for preemptive strikes and systemic bullying? Just because IBM had the technology to allow for the precise profiling for the Nazis to strategically execute the atrocities of the Holocaust, does the ends of profitable business justify the horrific means? Bear encourages us to stand our ground. The more of us that freely tap into the energy of Bear medicine will become the Critical Mass that will help humanity stay afloat and effectively navigate into an unchartered New World together.
Hmmm…how timely, your message for me. Bear reminds me to “stay the course” when engaged in a dialogue that those without tongues cannot participate in, and I have humbly volunteered to “fight the good fight” for them. I have stumbled lately and skinned my knee, but so what? They don’t have tongues, and I don’t need both my knees to stand up.
Still climbing trees – I’m impressed Ari. It reminds me of a zen quote I saw recently which reminds me of you. Ari, you live what you preach. That is a powerful witness. See quote below:
Living a Life of Practice
We need to revive appreciation for the traditional model of a practitioner who lives a life of simplicity and humility, sincerity and endeavor, kindness and compassion. We must choose teachers with these qualities, cultivate these qualities in ourselves, and guide our students in developing them.
– Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “Shopping the Dharma”
Dear Yogi Bear,
Lately it’s been tempting to climb a tree and never come down. Thanks for the reminder that both vantage points (the tree and the ground) are necessary.