When Animals Flee

We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and winding streams with tangled growth as “wild”. Only to the white man was nature a “wilderness” and only to him was the land “infested” with “wild” animals and “savage” people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it “wild” for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was that for us the “Wild West” began.  _Chief Luther Standing Bear, of the Oglala band of Sioux

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Quarreling With God

Before Thoreau died he shocked a pious relative who had asked if he had made his peace with God, by replying, “I am not aware that we ever quarreled.”

_from In Wilderness is the Preservation of the World, Eliot Porter

 

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A Positive Message (from your environment)

hay field, 2007

hay

budding forest 2017

forest

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Deep in the Forest (or What One Believes)

copyright © August 30, 2017

by P. R. Lowe

What one believes becomes real on some level, but often what one believes is an illusion created by external forces. Often the surreptitious information from these sources has shifted the wiring in the brain and affected our abilities to heal ourselves and to love others (others meaning “all others”, including rocks and trees and rivers and rain drops). And I am not talking the kind of love we usually consider to be love, such as romantic attachments or sexual attractions. I’m not sure it can even be described by limitless words. It is of the truly true variety.

There is a truth that tells you to love, to forgive, to have compassion, to share and be respectful of your environment and all it’s inhabitants, (breathing and non breathing). Then, there is a truth that tells you that you are running of time and threatened by your environment and almost everything in it, that you must work hard and earn your place here through struggle and control; to overcome your environment and get what you can while you can before its too late or before some other body (human or creature) gets it first.

There are other truths of course, but these two stand out as the major forces that drive us and also drive us apart. They have been at odds for millennia (ever since man hit the planet running). But there is a place deep in the forest where neither one of them matter at all. A place so pure with love and joy that not even death can separate them from everything that is; the presence of being —where no side is chosen, where being is enough — “love and joy” being simple words to describe a place of divine presence, where every creature every leaf, stick, rock is held in an unerring equality that most humans have forgotten or have never known or fail to recognize when it is upon them because of what they “believe”, which brings me back to where I started.

That there are two sides and one must choose is the biggest lie of all.

deep in the forest

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The Stars Carry On.. (sun smiles)

The stars carry on with their schemes and dreams, regardless of us and our petty judgements of right and wrong.

P. R. Lowe

Solar Eclipse 2017

 

 

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Embrace the Joy

‘Joy appears now in the little things. The big themes remain tragic but a leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the taste of coffee ~ Joy accompanied me as I walked to the press. The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.’
~ Anaïs Nin

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Lucid Dream

“So, she sets her intention, to live as she would wish, and she walks from the sleepy world of unconscious dreaming into the lucid dream state and from there steps over into conscious waking.”

_ from “Druid Priestess” by Emma Restall Orr

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