Saturday, June 20, 2009


It is not necessarily our uniqueness that connects us to those around us. This is what makes us stand out. This is what gives us the gifts that help us to be recognized as the important links between the mundane and the profound.

When we take away the uniqueness, including all the fancy things we wear and own, what we are left with is the ordinary. This ordinariness is what connects us all as one. And this ordinariness is something that needs to balance out the uniqueness, otherwise we are left with feelings of being isolated from the rest of humanity.

I love to putter in my yard and garden. I also like to sit in my lounge chair and just appreciate the yard and garden without having to pressure myself to pull a weed or to trim a tree. Just enjoying the beauty of what I have created is enough. Some people are surprised when they see me digging in the dirt. What the heck is a shaman doing digging in the dirt? That is such a mundane task! Well, it is what keeps folks like me grounded and connected. It is through the menial tasks that we create humility, that ability to stay grounded and centred. It is what then connects us to all humanity. We are unique, just like everybody else in the world. And with this we are also common. We are then able to relate to others. The more basic this awareness, the better we are able to connect with our brothers and sisters of the earth. Allowing ourselves to see not always the minute details, but the rainbow blur of oneness gives us opportunity to weave that web of ordinary commonality consciousness. This is truly a gift. We are then never alone.

Blessed Be
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Riverwolf, said...

Seems a shaman needs to dig in the dirt as much as possible, don't you think? It's so easy to lose those connections to Earth, to lose that groundedness.

Although most people would deny it, I think most of us pursue ordinariness at some level. Meaning the pursuit of fame, money, success. All fine and well but, truly, how ordinary! When I changed my perspective on these things, I found I began nurturing those things that made me unique--and, in that, ironically, I've discovered more connection to everything than I could have imagined.

Trent Deerhorn said...

Yup, a tree hugging dirt worshiper I am as well!