Monday, January 10, 2011
If life were a dream ...
I have what the Sufi acupuncturist refers to as a "symbolist mind." I connect dots, look for patterns. I see everything as possibly meaningful. The world is an on-going, 24/7 divination, chock full of all the guidance and information we could possibly ever need - if only we take the time to notice. Should say, not only do we have to notice, but we have to be discerning; it is up to us to determine what merits our attention and which things we can ignore. Those who try to take in and understand everything that takes place can not function. Equally non-functional are those who adopt sound-bites from the talking heads on TV rather than trying - at least TRYING - to think things through.
If life were a dream, what would current events symbolize? What can we learn by thinking about "real" life as a metaphor?
Life as a dream in the U.S. right now is not good. First, thousands of dead birds fell out of the sky on new year's eve, thousands of dead fish washed up from the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere. These events are worthy of attention, also totally creepy!
Before I had a chance to pray about what the die-offs meant, I began hearing the most half-assed explanations. We Americans are very susceptible to propaganda of all kinds. I've read here and there that what happened to the birds and fish is "normal." In none of these articles are the experts able to explain why this happened, just that it's "normal." We're supposed to just say, "OK," and move on. On the other end of the spectrum I've heard/read all manner of conspiracy theories to explain this event. THEY are out to get us, but THEY got the birds and fishes first.
For heaven's sake.
For me, the timing of this terribly sad event is more significant than the reasons why. New Year's Eve - the brink of the new secular year. As an auger, please understand this is Not Good, even if it's "normal."
And now poor Mrs. Giffords. If this were a dream, what would it mean? I am so sad for the families of the six who were killed, including a little girl who was born on September 11, 2001. How weird is that? What are the chances? As a second big event in the U.S. since New Year's, I'm tellin' ya: Not. Good. As a shaman, that wave of terrible nightmares I had now makes sense in terms of dancing in alignment with the prevailing energy.
Maybe this wave of creepy events is an anomaly that will pass, maybe it is a "real" life nightmare, maybe things will calm down now. I hope so. I pray for clarity, thoughtfulness, compassion and peace. Shalom.