I remember an encounter I had recently, when I observed a teacher carrying a jar with a praying mantis to share with her students in their classroom. I love when teachers use the natural world to tap into their students organic curiosity about the world around them and connect that to what they are learning in school. Although resources in public education are limited, I just love witnessing some evidence of positive momentum in nurturing a sense of community and harmony in our schools. In an urban Chicago school, a powerful mantra is built into their culture that says, “it’s OK to walk away.” When meditating on praying mantis medicine, we hear the ring tone of stillness speaking to us. I wonder how many internal martial arts and meditation students consume the energy of this curious insect? When we allow ourselves to venture deeply into our souls through dreaming, positive thinking, being present and remembering to just breathe consciously, we allow ourselves to elevate our consciousness and move into to realms and open up to new possibilities. This happens when we choose to see the silver lining and make only positive interpretations. Easier said than done. But deer can help us tap into a sense of wonder and curiosity, while gently luring us into new adventures. Moreover, when chewing on deer’s spirited power, we become less jerky and more aware of our bodies informing us and listening to our gut, the seat of our instinctual selves. Can’t you hear the earworm of Master Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi saying, you must feel the Force (Chi) around you? There is an energy, a Kingdom of Heaven that is there for all of us to see, if only we take a moment to notice.
Did anyone out there catch the wind blowing smoke of the Democratic National Convention recently? In our business run society, does anyone notice that the political party that fronts itself a party that welcomes everyone, is bribed by the same largesses that it’s so-called villain on the other side of the aisle? But the truth is that there are no enemies. We are all part of the web of life, though we are diverse strands in the living web. What we do to that web, we do to ourselves. Is Coke or Pepsi Democrat or Republican? If we are to move beyond political rhetoric and our attachments to our beliefs, then we will actualize a new vision of our nation, our Mother and the Universe throughout. In this sphere, we will co-create a New World of Unity Consciousness and celebrate the good times of our diversity. Until we disarm our internal weapons of mass destruction and let go of our attachments to feeling inferior and/or superior to another person, tribe, community, country, etc., we will remain caught up in the collective nightmare we have woven for ourselves. Isn’t it obvious that the corporate media thrives off the blame game drama that unfolds in front of our eyes on the tele, while distracting us from the truth with their smokescreen? What would happen if we took the profit out of campaigns and politicians had access to free air time–would they be as tempted lie, be fake and on the take? I can’t think a more delicious feast that advocates for everyone in a new American Dream that offers a safety net for all Earth’s citizens. One of the key points from the book entitled, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People talks about co-creating win-win solutions by finding a third and different way. The dinosaurs in charge do not really want to scale back their old ways that are no longer working. The Country Club on Capitol Hill that includes both Democrats and Republicans is a club that seeks to protect the opulent minority against the overwhelming majority. Yes, the master illusionism cleverly use the dark side of social science to pull the wool over their audience. But if you listen carefully to the eloquent speeches of moderate Republican, candidates of Wall Street like Bill Clinton and President Obama, you will clearly hear in their position a band-aid approach to maintain the status quo of our current global economy and tweaking of the current system. All these guys are offering us are some cheap umbrellas for protection and shelter from the storm, if you will. Regardless of which candidate wins, we all lose until we do something different that getting too swayed from the Middle Way and over-indulging in the dog and pony shows. Indeed, membership has its privileges and many of the top dawgs simply don’t want to share those privileges with the rest of us.
Here in the USA, most of our tax dollars go toward the Pentagon and fuel the military-industrial complex. In our commercial driven culture, much of our economy is fueled by marketing. What would happen if those resources were leveled and more equally spent on delivering quality education to nurture all our children’s creativity in the classroom of life? I remember an old saying that goes something like, “fair is that everyone gets what they need, not what they want.” Isn’t equal access to resources a fair shake? Now I have heard some folks, particularly the educated business class, frown at leveling movements like Occupy Wall Street and criticize the sense of entitlement of youth culture, the poor and oppressed and those of us that fall through the cracks. However, here in America, we like to point fingers and criticize without realizing that a mirror is being held up for us to see reflections of ourselves. Is humanity evolving into our Higher Selves when we adopt devolution as a personal mantra to justify our economic success? Instead of God Bless America, we adopt in our hearts God Bless humanity and all sentient beings. Each one of us walks in the center of the Universe, while none of us are special, Chosen or saved. We are all cut from the same cloth. When we pray with Mantis and meditate on deer, we gently allow ourselves to remember stillness speaking to us and welcome new adventures. This is merely one way to effectively transition into a New Age and Paradigm.