Inspiration to help you find your own way
Inspiration to help you find your own way
As a cosmic traveler, I love an adventure, always have! Thursday I left on a weekend adventure up to Northern AZ. As usual it was full of many delights and expansive experiences!
That’s me in the pictures hiking off the beaten path in the Black Forest, in the Petrified Forest in Arizona.
The Black Forest Bed is one of four remarkable areas of petrified trees of Triassic age (i.e., dating from about 252 million to 201 million years ago). The rocks in this formation are some 213 million years old.
The hike into the forest bed was intense and intensely beautiful. For as far as the eye could see there was black petrified trees scattered over glorious pink and white bentonite clay, rolling hills and rocks.
The hike into the forest bed was intense and intensely beautiful. For as far as the eye could see there was black petrified trees scattered over glorious pink and white bentonite clay, rolling hills and rocks. My hiking companion and fellow cosmic traveler snapped lots of pictures as I was consumed in my experience and story of the energy of this place within me.
The rich pinks, black and white of the desert floor and rolling hills, peaks and valleys enlivened my child-like wonder and spirit of play and mischief. Once down in the forest bed I walked, ran, climbed up and down, investigated, feeling every raw emotion liberated. The obvious path quickly ended and the whole forest opened to us. So I built cairns, which brought on rolling eyes and a snicker of “how silly she is” from my trusted fellow cosmic traveler. But, I didn’t want to get lost.
I was in my yummy spot of knowing myself – awe-inspired and at One
Aware of my natural sense of peace and connection with all things within and around me, I was fully enlivened. I became one with the shadows and lights of the forest within me and all around; past, present and future…the essence of Love. And today, I was also very aware of deep connection to feeling – disconnected in depression, sadness and doubt, energy of Love in shadow. I was aware of an aspect of myself visiting and reflected in the whole, that of an active storyteller of suffering.
Sometimes this happens when I am in conscious, expansive states in the story of peace, with joy and bliss coursing through my perspective and then a contrasting, darker perspective shows itself, like a family friend reminding me where I had traveled in times past and where an aspect of myself, still connected to the whole, knows separation from peace and the story of suffering. I experience separation, the loss or absence of something…the story of separation from some existential experience.
I know how to be here, in this dualistic process of connection to both peace and suffering from separation. I learned this process of peace and suffering first as a child in my parents’ story and reflection of me. Now in hindsight, I can recall the awakening perspective of separation and the terror of accepting depression, sadness and doubt as my story. Shadows that raised me, and arose within me became constant companions to negotiate with in order to feel the eventual loss of the feelings of peaceful connection to the light, joy and bliss. My petri dish of life experience was well underway.
As s cosmic traveler I went off on my own at a very young age and questioned my existence in the story of time, but first I practiced my process and created a life story from the shadows I had come to know.
I learned, through much self-reflection and growth, to question my process and remember myself whole again in the light of peaceful connection, joy and bliss. I know myself as an Alchemist of life experience, as frequencies of energy and connection.
Without my shadow story of separation and suffering, I would not know my Light, Liberation and Peaceful story of connection to the whole. In my story now, the ecstatic dance and alchemical process of shadow and light has polished me whole.
Much like my process, in geology, petrification is the alchemical process by which organic material is converted into a fossil through the replacement of the original organic material with minerals.
On this day, in the reflection of the Black Forest’s alchemical process of petrification, I remembered myself, whole in the human story and process of separation and connection – like the alchemical dance of duality with its deep tender tear of separation and return to its original space of the wholeness, beautiful and spacious as far as the eye can see.
My story today is one of awareness and personal responsibility. I know myself, whole as Love, and accept at times the stories of humanity that visit me and shape me like clay with the story of being separated, alone and isolated in suffering. I welcome these aspects of myself when they visit and, as a good host, I listen to their story and, when it’s time to go, I thank them for filling space and helping me return to my essential nature and story of eternal wellbeing.
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