Can it teach the rocks and the trees…

After almost three months of discomfort that encompassed mental and physical pain, fear, doubt and worry in an astounding array,; I think I am on a smoother road.

I have often referenced one of my favorite quotes as being true wisdom and as such, has many levels. “I’ve never been really lost, but I’ve been bewildered a few times.” Daniel Boone.

I was totally bewildered, yet knew I was not lost, but rather had to cover some rough terrain to get my bearings again. And, so it went. The details are not relevant to the bloggy form, nor are they relevant in the sense of beautiful scenery experienced or horrible things seen.  (One does tend to have a keener memory of horrible things seen than beautiful things, but that is essentially determined by the state of ones “being”, while experiencing beauty or ugliness). What happened was this.

I saw, unfolding over time, a series of blind spots and mistaken apprehensions and some very painful true things regarding myself that were almost unbearable when first encountered, but, early one morning I saw them for what I had always said they were but had never known. They were teachings given to me through the activity, the universal life, of Compassion. I could see I had been turned away, looking over my shoulder, as I was walking backwards in the right direction.

In other words; right direction wrong way. Simple, easier, when one just faces in the direction of travel.

Nothing solved, no flag planted. That way!

Something got less difficult, not easier. There is a difference.

In the times when Lewis & Clark undertook their expedition of exploration. It was customary for parties heading out on long, presumably difficult journeys, to start the journey at noon on the first day. That way when they made camp for the first time they would find out what they had forgotten, or not planned for and send someone back to get what was lacking. So, it was just a short trip back for a few hours of well-trod trail to get what was necessary for rest of longer journey. There’s something about that which is a great teaching in any number of situations.

I offer merit to all who are traveling, or on a journey that may leave them vulnerable.

Homage to Ksitigarbha! The Earth-Store Bodhisatva (Jizo in Japanese), protector of the vulnerable: Women, children captive animals, travelers, prisoners and reality-challenged beings.

One thought on “Can it teach the rocks and the trees…

  1. A couple points I’m gonna have to ponder…yes, there’s a huge but very subtle difference between ‘less difficult’ and ‘easier.’ For that matter, another word that gets confused with both of those sometimes yet the difference can be as wide as a canyon, is ‘simpler.’ I try constantly–to a fault, I’m sure–to simplify my life, and in the end, I realize I may have made things ‘easier,’ but they’re even more complicated than when I started.

    As a Westerner, I’ve studied more than a bit of Lewis-Clark lore, although I didn’t know about starting the first day at noon. I’d be happy if all days started at noon, to be honest. Though when outside in Nature, if the sun is out I can come alive earlier than when walls and blinds are keeping me from seeing and feeling and believing in the sun.

    Anyway, a Native friend of mine reminded me that on that adventure, Lewis and Clark got all the credit, but Sacajawea not only kept them alive and on the right path, but she also did it pregnant and with a baby in her arms. Kind of like Ginger Rogers doing all the dance steps backward and in heels.

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