Touch the Earth

The Earth is an omnipresent touchstone of reality for our people. We spend much time examining “data” and entertaining “opinions,” but little time touching reality. Touch the Earth to know what is real. 

Speak to the Earth. When you speak to anything, you give tribute. You pay attention, and that is the first requirement of learning. You must pay attention for more than a moment, though. 

Listen and watch. Give your attention to simple realities. Hear the wind, the breath of the Earth, rustle through the leaves of a tree. Watch as it brings the clouds of refreshing rain. Behold the brightness of the lightning bolt, the crack of its strike and lingering growl. Feel the warmth of the Sun and the solid foundation beneath your feet. Learn the nature of the Earth and you will understand how to walk upon it. 

The many voices of our kind easily distracts and overwhelms our attention. The power and glamour of technology augments the assault on our senses. There are many stories told to entertain and mesmerize, but the intention of most are to sell a product, service or idea. This can be dangerous when we struggle to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction. A touchstone is invaluable. 

People hold many opinions, so it is difficult to get people to agree on anything. When all but three nations agree that this world faces a serious climate problem, that consensus is tantamount to a miracle. How can this extraordinary historical event be explained? 

Touch the Earth. Feel your feet firmly planted in its reality. Speak to the Earth, then listen and watch. What is the most sensible explanation for such unprecedented human agreement? 

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Ancient Echoes

Listen to the echoes of the old ones.

Hear the chanting… the singing.

Hear the drumming,

They still dance.

Nothing is different,

Nothing has really changed.

We have really fancy toys now,

But life’s essentials remain the same.

Hear the echoes in the quiet places;

Hear the echoes in the music of today.

Real life is not science fiction.

Touch reality once again.

Listen and remember…

Simple Truth: Simple Reality

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASimple truth has been abandoned, forgotten… lost. The art of Science teaches us to dissect everything to reveal its underlying complexity, so simple truths are no longer trusted. Even precepts of the world’s great religions are granted only duplicitous regard on holy days, while otherwise ignored. However, simple truths haunt our dreams because of their strong roots.

Peace is found at the midpoint between extremes where things are balanced. This is the root supporting, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalm 37:11 KJV). The meaning here is often lost because the modern usage of “meek” confuses humble and gentle people with those who are spineless and spiritless. Regardless of usage, we can be certain that the meek do not subscribe to extreme beliefs, though.

Prosperity is found where where the waters of Life gather. There are three essential material requirements (needs) for human life: food, shelter, and clothing. These things are most abundant in places where water collects. However, modern people complicate their lives with desires that far outweigh their needs. This is often taken to extremes; they spend more than they have, then cry poverty. (This should not be confused with real poverty.)

machupichuWisdom is found in high places where greater vision is gained; mountains, hills and monoliths no longer obstruct the view. These are also quiet places where the voice of Spirit can be heard, rather than the cacophony of human voices marketing their profane opinions. Here the horizon inscribes a much larger circle of Life where lucid perception is permitted.

The Sun rises in the morning to reveal clouds nestled in the valleys below. As the Sun warms the day, the clouds are lifted up. The day is quite hot by the time the Sun hits its zenith, but the clouds gather to provide shade in the afternoon. Soon a gentle rain begins to fall that is welcomed by the parched earth and yourself. The falling rain runs down your body in the same way it runs down the slopes of the high place to the valleys below. Water always seeks the lowest places. It is an element of humility, although it is important to Life on Earth. It is a simple element, but it is also a great blessing. We can learn much about Life from Water.

stream5a.jpgWater teaches that we can be a blessing to others from a place of personal simplicity and humility. In contrast, we can see how complexity and arrogance has cursed this world with conflict, disease and death in the pursuit of wealth and power. This lesson is confirmed by ancient wisdoms that are ignored, forgotten or lost. It is also confirmed by the sense of clarity and peaced gained in this high place, separated from the business below. However, Water also teaches that we must leave the high place to return to our people.

An unprecedented seven billion plus people now inhabit the Earth. How long can we prosper if we cannot live where water gathers? How long can we live burdened with desires that outweigh our needs? Is virtual reality a viable alternative? What paths will we choose from here?