“The Roads Ahead: Do I discern what I see or…”

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Discern is an old-fashioned word that means to distinguish or become aware of. The roads ahead are those we traverse daily—unaware discernment is required. Perhaps like those roads below.

Is it Road 52-C in rural Iowa covered in rust-red powdery earth that billows from the underside of Farmer Abel’s truck? The corn fields await harvest and Farmer Abel grows old.

Or a paved snowbound road in Bismarck, North Dakota: Closed! January had waited impatiently for that first Canadian cold front to take shape. When it did she blew hard southward.

There is the learning-a-lesson road that can be immediate; painfully long; velvety smooth, or rough with jagged peril.

Some roads wind soothingly, like the steady flow of the Volga River. But on-shore male Russian hawkers display their wares. They sell with their eyes: gentle, pleading and threatening. You are pursued from one wooden stall to another; at least until you say nyet.

The Yellow Brick Road in the Land of Oz is wrought with flying monkeys; the Horse of a Different Color; Wizards; Scarecrow; Tin Man, and Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. And, lest we forget: the Good and Wicked Witches and the Munchkins. But Dorothy’s toll road taught her it wasn’t her slippers that held the power of place. It was her discernment that led directly home.

Humankind: Can We Hear the “Hymn of the Universe?”

 

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Introduction: I do not presume to describe for you the “Hymn of the Universe” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin {1881-1955}. A French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist (pictured).

Visitor: Why should I care about a hymn or a dead French philosopher?

JLM’S Garden: “These are great questions and the answer below may surprise you!”

Reflections:

Words: Hymn is a chant or mantra. The universe is creation or life. Humankind is a word meaning human race or civilization.

When I look out at Mother Earth I hear no hymn, only the noise that is chaos and insurrection.

Yet, when I look into the Cosmos I sense the energy that is the potential of humankind.

 In today’s technological world we can absorb—in most languages—the intention of the writings in the “Hymn of the Universe” or any other treatise we choose to wonder about. Well, except for our sisters and brothers denied admittance to evolution that only consciousness can bring.

Answer:  In his writings on “Planetary Mind and Our Spiritual Evolution” our same French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin says this: “The coming stage of evolution won’t be driven by physical adaptation but by human consciousness, creativity, and spirit.  

 

“What Is Intention Anyway?…”

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Intention is a word that means purpose and there are other synonyms—but they do not belong in this blog. You’ll see why.

Prophecy is a prediction made under divine influence and direction: something a lot like the word intention; or is it? Well here comes the rub as far as I’m concerned.

From Mother Earth’s first sunlight we, humankind, have careworn our world using one word: intention. One century after another we’ve governed the play calls by making use of kings, rooks, bishops, queens, knights and pawns—utilizing our rank and file—to checkmate Earth’s Chessboard christened rationale.

There is in the word itself to intend. So do I plant my intentions? You bet! And, guess what it revealed: CAUTION!

The next time we intend a thought—silent or spoken—become vigilant. It just might determine what intention will be fulfilled. And it is at that exact moment humankind will look skyward to the cosmos or downward to the destruction of Mother Earth. 

“Destruction: By Self or By…”

Janet's project 1 copyThere are only unsympathetic synonyms listed for the word Destruction. I take for granted this is due to humankind’s experience—throughout time—of the word itself. So, you may ask, why should I care about the WORD DESTRUCTION? It is, isn’t it, just a word for heaven’s sake?

Well, if we’ve been hanging around Mother Earth for any time at all, we’ve experienced destruction to our psyche due to: wars: religion; poverty; hatred; cover-ups; family; hunger; fear; health; greed; death of those we love; power, and our own self-destruction.

It is honestly Destruction by Self that is at the depth of my sorrow for humankind. This loss is the hardest to tolerate—while it happens and forever afterwards. Of course, there are specialists who treat and can help; also if allowed. There is prayer. But, thus far, you and I were not endowed with an ability to save another if they are dedicated to self-destruction.

Save is a word that means to set aside. Perhaps we should set aside the act to save another until we have rescued ourselves.  

“The Voices…”

liberty_000Year 2014: Can’t you hear our wailing? Do you not sense the rise as we lift from the ashes of war? Have you not yielded to the whimpers of the children? Has not power been revealed as an Achilles’ heel? Humankind’s voice is shouting: even when silenced by tyranny or partition. For it is within the privacy of every  thought that each voice cannot be denied its intention.

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Year 1903: Perhaps American poet Emma Lazarus (1849-1887), born in New York City, said it best in “The New Colossus” {a sonnet written in 1883 and on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty; placed in 1903.}  

Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

THE VOICES: Those yearning to breathe free then and now—one-hundred and eleven years later—shall not be silenced. For once a lamp is lit its glimmer is cast for all time. 

“What is NEED and what is WANT?…”

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NEED: Honestly speaking we need health and to be valued because we live! On an emotional level we need love and touch and peace. On a practical level we need a roof over our head and friends and food and laughter.

WANT: The want segment of our essence I’ve come to know is the longer road with its curves and accidents meant to awaken us from the sleep of non-awareness.

I’ve traveled many roads and looking back realized I missed the signs warning me to turn around—trouble ahead!

But today I see it this way: The two-lane road we each negotiate is both Need and Want. Then again we can only traverse one road at a time in quest of fuel for our essence. So where might we find this fuel I speak of? Perhaps at “The Awareness Pump” of the choice we are just about to make.

“Empathy or Understanding…”

willow for blogTo have empathy or to know understanding is The Question; well at least in my mind. Empathy typically hangs out with sympathy and compassion. Understanding has many more descriptors like perceptive, tolerant, aware, and discernment to name just a few. Discernment is an old-fashioned word meaning judgment and sensitivity and insightfulness; to also name a few.

Let us visit UNDERSTANDING: It expands when the hard knocks of life capture our attention. Some learn from the difficulties; whether they name it empathy or not. Others excuse their lack of empathy for themselves or others as a tool to deny their wounds.

Let us visit EMPATHY:  Is IT innate or do we gather it along life’s pathways? How might sympathy and compassion change things for the better? Must we allow it or are we required to call it up at moments of deep sorrow or understanding?

Ah… there is the rub! {Shakespeare’s Hamlet: By rub Hamlet means difficulty or obstacle.) 

“And, The Rivers Flow…”

 

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Along the rivers of life is a universal yearning to flow with the tides that Mother Earth endowed   to the Zambezi River—the fourth-longest in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. Maybe this will help: The Zambezi’s most celebrated feature: Victoria Falls (below).

Elephants walking in a channel of the Zambezi River, Zambia

Why choose the Zambezi for this blog? That’s easy: because it demonstrates how the animals and human cultures sustained by it, live together the ebb and flow that is the rhythm of life. Nature is a great storyteller of collaboration that nourishes our future.Victoria Falls

Now, more than 7 billion of us are torn by disorder and uncertainty and bewilderment. Our world is changing and none know its outcome. Well, maybe trusting that when the rains come and the Zambezi overflows her banks and humankind and animal alike head to a higher ground, we too head there!

“Humankind’s Soul Life…”

Soul is a word that reaches beyond humankind’s ability to describe. It may be religious or soulful or spiritual or… We cope with the soul word by categorizing it and arguing about “It’s” intent. Below are two quotes by Thinkers of Time who added soil and water to my soul and it grew. albert-einstein-25-download

       Albert Einstein 

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”

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“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us.”

These two thoughts show evidence of a limitless soul life—yours and mine.