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.

Hanging on Nothing

Mediation is one way to connect with our inner self .  When sitting silently when we meditate, we can focus on a particular thought or our breath. Alternatively if one chooses to follow a deeper path of self exploration and enlightenment then you would as is said, learn to meditate by hanging your mind on nothing.

To hang one’s mind on nothing is to literally block out all thought and focus. Of course this is easier said than done. Most people who have never mediated would not be able to do this for more than perhaps a number of seconds or maybe the most a minute or so.  In hanging on nothing, it is as if you are suspended somewhere between heaven and earth where there is no expression of time other than right then and now or present moment.

In present moment, we can start to develop an awareness of our inner-self, which is most often lost among the noise of our outside world. This allows us to reach out to the energetic flow of the Universe and connect with all that is possible.

Silent energy,

of the Earth and Universe,

touches my spirit.

Luminous aura,

reaching upward and downward,

an awareness of self.

Silent energy,

within each moment in time ,

all is possible.

The above poem describes this connection, which can be experienced through a meditation practice. Even with busy schedules, and all of the daily distraction, if we were to take just two minutes to stand, sit or move silently within the present moment,  it is possible to access even so briefly, this state of self awareness.

Ciao for now.