True Enlightenment

You may have seen the news about a town in Maryland, whose main street was totally destroyed by a 1000 year flood for the second time, in less than two years. That is my town, where I have resided for 6 years. Fortunately, I live on one of the seven hills that surround the main street.  So the amount of water that came into the basement,  was not enough to be more than a very small puddle.  But the historic main street was totally destroyed by raging waters from two rivers.

Now to have two floods of that magnitude in less than two years,  makes one take notice that the weather patterns have become more drastic and severe. Whether this is due to climate change or something else all-together is not clear. But one thing I can say, is that the so called weather reporters,  never ever acknowledge -that the weather has been different, the seasons not quite the same, and our planet  is changing. Most likely because they like all of science,  demands empirical proof before acknowledging the reality. This is the equivalent of staying on the Titanic even after hitting the iceberg.

What most of us have also ignored,  has been the warning of the Wisdom Keepers. The keepers of the ancient knowledge. These are the Elders of the Native or First Peoples of the Americas. Not too long ago the Elders gathered from the South and North and warned all of us that the earth was going to undergo changes. They warned of the increase in severity of the weather, They told us to start paying attention and that these were the signs of the coming of the end time.

Perhaps its time to start paying attention and listen to the wisdom.  Humans run around on this planet like they own it and the truth is we don’t. We are but the caretakers and we have done an absolute horrible job.  If the Earth was a corporation,  we would all  be fired and sued by the stockholders.

There is that line from that song by Buffalo Springfield which speaks to this point

I think its time we stop, children, what’s that sound, Everybody look what’s going down”  

I follow-up on these very succinct words , with one of my favorite quotes by Chief Seattle. He was one of the great Native American leaders, a gifted orator, who it is said is comparable to Abraham Lincoln. His words are as relevant today, as they were, when he spoke them-in the early part of the 19th century.

” Man does not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand of it. What man does to the web, he does to himself”

These words are absolute truth, there is no denying it. Yet, humanity refuses to kneel before God the creator,  with respect for these words and continues to be driven by material greed, power and wealth. Which is what drives all of the modern ills, we have inflicted upon the earth and in doing so ourselves. So lets make this absolute fact: Nothing will change, unless we stop, listen, pay attention and, put an end to the self.

I sit and ponder,

What if ego was cast out.

humanity awakened.

The Circle

Our universe is comprised of many shapes, as matter, whether here on earth or in a distant galaxy-takes form into existence. The most sacred of these shapes is the circle. The importance of the circle to various peoples within the human race, cannot be understated.  Culturally and religiously the circle has been given many different meanings and interpretations.

For instance, the circular circumpunct or a circle within the circle is an ancient symbol that the Egyptian’s called Ra or which represented the sun. Native Americans viewed the circumpunct as a representation of Spirit or the creator and the circumpunct was one of the earliest symbolic representations of God. Therefore, the circumpunct can be said to represent creation, in that all which exists arises from the circular point in the center.

If this is true, then the space around the center is the place where we can connect to our inner selves, the universe and all which is sacred.  In qi or energy practice, when one walks the circle, that person is creating that sacred space. Within that space lies the potential for possibilities which anyone can access including: the ability to heal, to access the greater flow of energy, and a place to connect or reconnect to our inner-selves.

One morning, early on in my energy practice I wrote this haiku to capture that experience.

White sage fills the room.

Walking the sacred circle,

I tingle with qi.

So in this fast paced internet connected world, take the time to find or create your own circle or sacred space, that place where you can reconnect with who you really are and experience the energetic connection both without and within.