What are you doing with your time right now?
This blog post is a wake-up call. Use this time wisely and you can emerge from your isolation as a new person!
Everyone has heard the story which has gone the rounds of New England, of a strong and beautiful bug which came out of the dry leave of an old table of applewood, which had stood in a farmer’s kitchen for sixty years, first in Connecticut, and afterward in Massachusetts, from an egg deposited in the living tree many years earlier still, as appeared by counting the annual layers beyond it; which was heard gnawing out for several weeks, hatched perchance by the heat of an urn.
The beetle had been in the wood for many decades and then emerged to a new, brighter life. Thoreau hoped humanity could also leave its life of dependence on things and emerge into a greater world of transcendental freedom:
Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for ages…may unexpectedly come forth… to enjoy a perfect summer life at last!
Thoreau was a member of the Transcendentalist movement. Transcendentalists were, amongst other things, early environmentalists. They believed in the inherent goodness of people and Nature, and that society and its institutions have corrupted the purity of the individual. People, they said, are at their best when truly self-reliant and independent.
Thoreau’s writings have influenced the Human Potential and New Age movements. By telling us this story, he wanted to confirm that the potential of our ‘winged life’ may be dormant, but we can be woken up — like a princess in the castle surrounded by brambles.
Sometimes it takes warmth from the outside to stimulate this process. Possibly someone else will have to arrive in our lives. Or we will stir in our slumber and catch a glimpse of new possibilities, as if in a dream. Then we will remind ourselves to engage with an ancient promise we made to our divine selves, before we were born into our present incarnation.
How did we fall asleep?
So many old spiritual stories describe how we forget why we decided to come into the material world. In a Jewish version, the Angel Lailah watches over the newly forming baby and touches it gently above the top lip, whispering ‘ssssh’. They say this is why we have a little indentation just there! The angel has made sure we forget most of what we knew in heaven, but wants us to retain enough deep memory, tucked away in the recesses of our consciousness, so we will always be seeking our Divine nature. The poet Wordsworth echoes this story:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar,
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
— Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth (1770–1850).
In this poem, Wordsworth describes how as a small child he experienced the world being apparelled in celestial light. Through his innocent eyes he could actually see the Divine Radiance shining in the world.
But he is saddened by the fact that he no longer sees the Divine presence… a glory has passed from the Earth.
And how can we wake up?
Wordsworth’s poem is a truly significant testimony for our understanding of Shefa… that is what the child sees in the natural world. Children are in a state of bliss before they are educated to analyse and divide the world – which begins to happen almost as soon as they learn language. (Well, they’re happy most of the time, except when they’re hungry, or when their nappy is soggy!)
Jesus told his disciples that they would need to become ‘as little children’, before they could enter the Kingdom. And the ‘meek’ would inherit the Earth. The state of innocence that allows anyone to see Divine Radiance all around, allows us to appreciate the flow of Shefa in all aspects of Nature, including in our own physical bodies. This visionary capacity may seem far from our everyday, focussed, efficient state of mind – we tell ourselves we must be ‘realistic’. But deep inside each one of us is a winged self, wanting – waiting – to be released. This release leads to an interior knowledge, certainty and confidence. It has nothing to do with social expectations, or what you ‘should’ or should not’ do. It is your life task to encourage your little ‘bug’ to wake up and start flying. Regular meditation takes you to this state of innocence and bliss – your Divine playground. And when you add Shefa characters to a regular meditation habit, you can expect magical blessings, healing and abundance at the very least. Easy peasy!
During these strange times, when so many people have to make huge adjustments to their lifestyles, here is something to consider. Perhaps the pandemic virus is like the tea urn on the table Thoreau talked about. Maybe this is Mother Nature’s way of ‘heating up’ the collective human environment in order to stimulate our forgotten wisdom. Under these circumstances we have an opportunity to draw on our natural resources of compassion and our capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances. But much more than that, we are being given an opportunity to rediscover the secrets hidden within our consciousness, like a seed.
In what are frequently called ‘unprecedented’ times, we now have the ‘unprecedented’ chance to wake up to our real, Divine potential.
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