Friday, August 14, 2009
Long Time no Scene
Wow! It has been a very long time since I have been able to sit down and write. My apologies to all my readers for the delay. I am amazed at how easily we get busy and end up not getting to the things that bring us joy and fulfillment. This is something that I encourage my clients and my friends to not neglect for themselves, and then find myself needing to really listen to my own sage advice.
So here I am doing one of the things that brings me joy and fulfillment. I chose the photo, courtesy of my Love and her trip to China and Tibet, not because it matched anything in particular that I wanted to say, but because I simply like the photo. I like the structure that seems to blend so well with the natural environment and I like the misty quality of the scene. It brings to mind that movie Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger. Or was it Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? That title always mixed me up. The movie itself was, in my never to be so humble opinion, amazing and phenomenal. But the scene in this photo brings more to my inner being a recognition of the mystical aspects within. When I see something like this I resonate with it. Yes, I know that I have had many lifetimes in that area of the world, but it is more the energy of this scene, and others like it from a variety of areas around the world, that brings forth the recognition of the magical aspects of life and of nature.
Nature has always been an important part of my life. Growing up in the bush helps one to get used to nature quickly. But there is a difference between getting used to nature and flowing with nature. Now, don't get me wrong here. I am not the type of person who, in black fly season, thinks that it is unnatural to utilize things like Deep Woods Off. As a good friend of mine said recently, "Black fly season reminds me that there is a harsh aspect to the Goddess that we must defend ourselves from." Another acquaintance said of this that, "Black fly season lets me know that God does not exist, because if She did She would have had much more forethought than that!" I am not sure how black flies ended up in both conversations, but they did and suddenly they are part of this blog as well. Anyway, flowing with nature requires the ability to read the signs of nature. One gets to know that when the cattle start running there is a storm coming up on the horizon. One also gets to understand that within a dew drop there is a whole other universe with purpose. My biggest concern when roaming through the bush was that I would run into a bear. They always terrified me when they would come onto the farm yard and root around. Not only did they smell bad, but they also created a lot of destruction along the way. It was like having an 800 pound 2 year old roam through on their way to the potty, which was often designated on your front step. So when going from one place to another on my nature hikes I was always very attentive to any signs of bears around. Fortunately I was able to avoid them very well. It is amazing what motivation fear can have when avoiding beasts, be they bears or any other kind.
So when I would go out into the bush I would play a game with myself. I would go out, blindfold myself, spin around until I felt almost sick, and then find my way back home blindfolded. I think this is how some of my extra perceptive abilities got enhanced. There were a couple of times I was sure that I was hearing a large animal nearby, but I always stayed calm and very still until it moved off. I would not remove the blindfold because that would only create fear if I saw a bear. So I would freeze and barely breathe and keep myself very calm. When I felt my body completely relax, I would proceed with the game. This technique has been valuable in many life experiences where I have been in mortal danger. I have been able to stop, calm quickly, and respond accordingly. It is amazing how some childhood games can create enhanced awareness that can walk with you for life.