Month: May 2018
I love this image. Heaven knows why this squirrel was posing like that, but it does look like a human asking the universe why more is going on than we think we can deal with, doesn’t it?
It is the Great Squirrel Prophet telling the forest that Doom Approaches! But while cats abound, a tree may be felled, cars zoom past going faster than small creatures can dodge, and sometimes a squirrel may collect and store plastic maple spiles rather than nuts (true story, a wood cutter friend of mine took down a hollow tree and thousands of them poured out- the poor thing probably found them sweet tasting, chewable and convenient, but probably didn’t make it through the winter), each year there are more squirrels born, and the species continues.
This helps me remember that while our way of life may be changed nearly beyond recognition, and no one of us is guaranteed immortality, as a species, we go on. In the 6th century the first round of the Bubonic Plague wiped out 90% of Europe in the places it reached, in the 14th century it only killed 50%, mortality in the third Pandemic was even lower. As a race, we adapt and survive. Each time wars stopped, and trade, while it slumped, quickly resumed. The survivors created new cultures with better conditions, at least in part because facing down death with little control teaches us valuable lessons in what’s important.
When we pray for and end to conflict, and the upper classes exploiting the lower classes, all the other things that scare us, we aren’t intentionally asking for natural disasters, war, famine and disease, but those things have come to every age, and each age deals with it. There will be change. But it may be a brave new world coming.
So maybe the little fellow is opening his arms to embrace it. Perhaps the words interpreting the image are more important in how we see it than we imagine.
Picture this: you’re driving down the road, and you see a tree right in front of you- you could crash! Or you could turn the wheel and change direction to follow the road. You will do this sort of thing hundreds of times a day without even noticing that you’re doing it. You observe things changing around you, and you adapt, and keep directing your life.
There are going to be circumstances when you have less control- maybe you aren’t the one at the wheel of the car, but let’s hope the driver is paying attention, you trusted him or you wouldn’t have gotten in, right? Change is a constant, and another constant is that you are always adapting. There may be times when you feel like you’re spending too much time dodging obstacles to get closer to your goal, but you are handling it. You have done it all your life, you’ll continue to do it. Don’t worry. It may not always be easy or comfortable, but you’ve got it. And there are helpers, if you ask. Go ahead, put in your request:
“This, or something better, for the best outcome.”
Press send (virtually), and wait for the positive change already on the way!
Not having many temples around, many of us have them in our bedrooms, kitchens or living rooms. But you may also want to bring one with you when you travel. Lady Luna Rose will be helping you create your own portable altar- there will be a $5.00 fee that will cover the materials to set you up- have altar,will travel!