Monday, September 12, 2011
The world I live in is very interesting. Sometimes when I hear people say they're bored, I want to tap them on the shoulder, I want to say, Hey! Study the subtle arts, people, you'll never be bored again! But of course one can't become a shaman to avoid ennui, my goodness no way.
Speaking of the never-boring shamanic lifestyle, I've been hanging out with the spirit of Eagle lately. He told me last night that pride is related to fire, and that without pride, courage is not possible. That's interesting, yes? Pride is like fire, Eagle 'tells' me - it must be carefully monitored so it neither flares up nor dies out. Pride, like fire, is unpredictable, powerful, transformative, but too much of it is terribly destructive. Pride goeth before a fall, oh yeah.
If you doubt me, check the pic at the top of the post. Seconds after receiving the wisdom about pride, I looked up in the sky and there it was. You can't make up this stuff!
In my society, we decided a long time ago to put out the fire of pride. Pride is seen as a Very Bad Thing, a very dangerous quality. I think pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
What Eagle told me yesterday is that without a carefully nurtured flame of pride, we become deflated, we collapse in on ourselves, become depressed, lethargic, hopeless, self loathing, powerless. This is a big problem in 21st century America, it definitely is!
Eagle says we need to re-kindle the light of pride, take on the responsibility of nurturing and controlling that light. Without pride, courage is not possible. Without courage, we are not able to develop nobility of spirit, Eagle tells me. Events like 9/11, natural disasters and other large events bring up in us our birthright of courage, a wonderful, inspiring thing to witness and experience. What Eagle was telling me is that if we cultivated and controlled the flame of pride, we could be brave even when there isn't an emergency. What a concept, hey?
Eagle is very wise, and (according to my animal guides) it is an honor that he has visited me. I will take in these teachings, I will work to nurture and control the light of pride in my own heart. I am honored, humbled, in awe and proud, too. Thank you, Eagle! Come visit anytime, you are always welcome.
Like I said, my life is VERY interesting! Happy Monday. September 12 and all is well. Shalom.
Looks like I am standing in a light-reversed field of comets, yes?