Wednesday, August 24, 2011


One evening I drove home from Plattsburgh New York. I decided to take the long way and not  the ferry across the lake and wander along the islands and in my mind. I was enjoying the glow of the sunset on the fields and the surreal way everything appears at that time of the day. It radiates the "magical". The sky had dark clouds and rain fell here and there adding to the overall visual feast.

That was the appetizer.... more was to come.... 

As I got on to I-89 south in Vermont the real feast began. Rain was falling to my left and the sun was setting on my right perfect conditions for a Maxwell Parish sky and a rainbow..... not just a any rainbow.... a rainbow so big and brilliant that you could not ignore it. The rainbow danced along the ground and in the sky... wrapping itself over the road... illuminating houses on hills with splendid colors... becoming brighter and wider as the sun shifted through the rain drops.... Earth magic of a higher order! 

This is the beauty and the balance in our world. Winnie the Pooh made the observation that all sunsets are perfect. Everyday the Earth shares something of its beauty with us if we pay attention. Rainbows are a magical event. They are a  recipe of water drops, light, refraction evoking the visible spectrum as a "spirit" of the now. This "spirit" inspires in us awe and to be present in that moment of awe.

The balance is found the connection between magical moments. The magic is seamless and abundant....Monday the rainbow....  Tuesday afternoon the Earth moved....  Today the wind blows and the leaves sing....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Some New Ramblings from the New Global Shaman

What is it with this “end of the world” mind set?
Okay…. a 5.8 earthquake in Virginia and one in southern Colorado.... rare yet not unheard of!
This seismic event as everyone buzzing once again on how the Earth is speaking to us and we are soooo not listening. Once again our “Ego” has brought some cosmic Mother Earth wrath or Gaia grumpiness to shake the tectonic surface for us to ponder our evil amputated relationship to the earth.
Oh Mother of Pearl….

I’m not saying we have scored well on our report cards for recycling, treating each other well or reducing our carbon footprint. Evolution and improvement are welcomed and encouraged if we want to perhaps “progress” to something better. I would hope with the age of enlightenment and the teaching of basic Earth science in schools for at least 50 years would bring a minimal amount of reason to the natural facts of where we live. For a short refresher here are some facts...Our planet has been around for some 8.5 billion years… it exists in a perfect relationship to the sun and other planets in our solar system so we can have an Atmosphere and water. We are the 3rd planet from the sun..... Our planet spins giving us days and nights…. because of its mass we have gravity which pulls everything toward the center of the earth…. hence, we don’t float away. The earth has a crust that covers it and in the low spots on this crust we find “Water” which in big enough amounts we call “Oceans” and “Seas”…. The crust is broken up into parts and they slide along the surface of the Earth some pushing up against each other and some passing over and under each other. This movement of these crust parts called “Tectonic Plates” is a naturally occurring process that happens all over the planet. It causes Earthquakes, moves continents, raises mountains, changes the landscape of our planet etc…
Now, it’s easy to lose sight of these bigger facts when the Earth moves under your feet. And those of us in the western world “hate” change. We do want the option of “change” at our leisure, in a comfortable-its-not-going-to-ruffle-MY-plans kind of way…. we “forget” we are part of a big biosphere that has bigger more powerful forces then ours. Once upon a time there was an Ice age on the Earth and human’s migrated to warmer places to live. And once upon a time…. ever further back in time the continents were all clustered together. There were probably floods, heat waves, big bugs, and other stuff that comes with living on a planet that is designed to create life. We live with tremendously complicated forces that somehow come together and create the atmosphere that all the life forms of this planet need to exist, water to drink, and an evolving food chain that sustains life here on Earth. Some human’s call these forces “God” and “Goddess” or something like that to imply this unmanageable, all pervasive, experience that we have no control over yet we are in awe of its beauty and power.
Now we humans can be amazingly adaptive when forced to survive and we “can” live in pretty awful conditions. Comfort and technology make some of us different and less inclined to bash our clothes on a rock to get them clean…. My point though is humans are designed to be curious and flexible in the ways we interface with the world around us. We have a good track record in our ability to solve problems and figure out how to design tools to better our lives. It might not always be graceful… or successful… We do need to keep working at it as long as we are here. We also need to live up to the evolution of our brains. We have the ability to create, reason and think. These three capabilities give us an edge over many life forms in how we can adapt to Earth changes yet we are not privileged by our evolutionary status to be complacent.