I remember taking in a sweet breath of life recently and couldn’t help but notice a bee entangled in a spider web. Some moments later, I felt tangled up in blue as I observed the spider drinking in life by draining the bee’s righteous Chi. Perhaps some folks would judge the spider as a killer and sentence him to a death sentence as well. But Nature has Her own way and in this case and as I look back, this experience past was the death of all of us. In fact, Autumn has arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere and the leaves greenery are waning, while the vibrant colors are waxing. Masculine summer’s light is also waning, as we are naturally slowing down and welcoming the darkness of night rising. Light and dark are in equal alignment with one another, reminding us that balancing our energies is natural, if not normal. We all have masculine and feminine energies waxing and waning within our Beings, always in flux, whether realized or not. Nothing against cosmetic surgery and performance enhancement drugs, but I wonder how costly these enterprises would be if human beings were supported and encouraged to naturally find comfort in our own skins? Would it be so challenging to find that deep place of self-esteem that says to thyself, I’m OK. Although watching a bee get whacked was unsettling in the sense that the bee was part of me, at the same time, I thanked the bee for bringing balance to the Force by offering itself to spider and sharing its consciousness with the rest of us. Perhaps we won’t see any bees for a while, but we are still capable of ingesting their medicine by meditating on the sweetness of life. Maybe burning a candle made of beeswax will rekindle their power and facilitate the cross-pollination process in raising the consciousness of the planet as we approach the Winter Solstice in December, the darkest day of the year. What will happen at this significant time on Nature’s cycle?
Does anyone in the participatory audience remember when Beatles founding father John Lennon sang the anthem Give Peace A Chance? Well, as I reflect on the Autumn Equinox and Peace on Earth, let it begin with me. And if you are reading, let it begin with you. My soulful wife once gave me a card that reminded me that peace does not come from being in an environment of comfortable bliss surrounding me like a security blanket. Rather, peace is found in the depths of a calm heart, even when chaos abounds. For the record, I know some of you appreciate and enjoy the way this blog playfully weaves the spirited animal energy into the material realm, while conjuring up positive vibes that feel good. If that is the case, then perhaps it conjures up empathy for the drug addict that tries to stay high all the time in the ether because hitting the ground is too painful and suffering, though inevitable, is avoided at all costs. But a key dynamic in the spiritual path is that meditation shows us inconvenient truths about ourselves in that quiet space. We have the potential to get to know ourselves on a deeper level and make friends with that. However, I also recognize and appreciate that some readers, like the drug addict, do not like the smack down that they feel when this blog explores the harsh realities that are happening on our planet today. While I appreciate this position, the mystic swims in the waters the addict drowns in. This blog will continue to explore healing the polarity consciousness that currently divides us on Mother Earth and co-facilitate the transition into a New Age and Paradigm, where we celebrate the good times of Diversity within Unity. Instead of God Bless America, we say God Bless The Planet and Universe throughout. When I gaze on the lyrics of Genesis, it’s almost as if I can hear Peter Gabriel singing let us create humankind in our image. Now I realize that everything should be taken with a grain of salt. Moreover, a conservative interpretation of these lyrics, for those who like to take things literally, could be that we were genetically engineered by advanced beings from another planet. Perhaps a more liberal perspective might view God as a transcendent Collective Energy that allows for the evolution of His-Her co-creation that illuminates as we wake up from our slumber, here on Mothership Earth. Yes, there is a concrete sense of security in a dogmatic fixed idea of believing in a white man sitting up on a hierarchical throne with a gavel deciding who is permitted to join the Country Club and whom will be punished in a slow roast. But Heaven and Hell are subjective inner states of consciousness that are reflected in our outer reality. All we really have is right now, this precious moment that is always eternal.
As humans, when we get stuck in our fixed ideas and box ourselves in the ghettos of the mind with intellectual concepts and emotional reactions thereof, we tend to experience security in our consciousness that tastes like comfort food. However, as we move onward in our collective assent, we expand and open up to the increasing spirited energies that are streaming in our planet right Tao. Some folks will react to these energies unconsciously and that is their right. Yes, there are more natural disasters, wars, poverty, famines and disconnection among the human factor with relation to Nature, though paradoxically more technologically connected. But there is security in knowing that there is predictability in unpredictability. If one way doesn’t work, another way will. Together, we climb onward in surface and depth, one breath, one moment, one step at a time.
Thanks Ari. Glad I read when I did. The bee story is poignant and life is passing…each moment is rich.