sunbeam….It has been an interesting week:

I must say, I am a little tired….

I have been under the weather lately and my spirit and energy has been further eroded by the stresses of work, money and the uncertainty of the future.  Change is inherent to all of us in our short but meaningful existence here on Earth. Just when you think you have your ego in check and are centered, something can come along out of the shadows and shatter your confidence. Even on the road to enlightenment, there will be bumps and pitfalls. The art in life is skillfully navigating our challenges and conflicts with the best intentions in place. We need to follow our inner wisdom and not the ego that dictates many of our thoughts and actions; many times unknowingly…

I write about connecting to something fixed and indestructible that exists within us all. It is our intrinsic potential for reaching enlightenment and our connectivity to the Universe – an instinctual energy that defines our bond to humanity, Earth and the Cosmos.  It is a lot like the Buddhist “Blue Sky” analogy: Clouds are merely the transient troubles and challenges that float over our heads, sometimes even bringing storms and uncertainty. Yet, behind those clouds is always blue sky and sunshine. We can have confidence that though it might be cloudy today or all this week, the sun will shine again! In fact, behind those clouds the sky is always blue! It is important, especially in times of darkness, to remind ourselves of the permanence of our fundamental being as it relates to the Cosmos. We are a part of something so vast and amazing it boggles the imagination. We need to find that connection and then nothing can permanently hold us back…

hawkFor me, during my times of down trodden, tired despair, the synchronicity or connectivity of the Universe can be seen in simple nature. For the last two days there has been a hawk visiting my back yard tree. My wife forwarded me a Google search on “hawk symbolism”.  She came across a wonderful blog called Divine Sparks. I read about how “the hawk comes to you indicating that you are now awakening to your soul purpose, your reason for being here. It can teach you how to fly high while keeping yourself connected to the ground.” I like that notion. It is beautiful and yet so simple… It is not necessary the belief in symbolism that carries us soundly into the future; it is the ability to see the connections and synchronicity that exists in our environment – To see the gifts and actually have the energy and wisdom to receive them.

I love the connections in life – the coincidences… The more I evolve in self-discovery the more I am drawn to them… When we realize we do in fact live in a Responsive Universe we need to take heed to such awareness and clarity that arises from the space around us and within us. Yesterday evening on a bike ride in the local forest preserve a peculiar crescent moon sat near the evening horizon – catching my glance as I was pondering life’s quandaries. I knew it was not just for me, but it felt like it in the moment. It answered my questions without speaking… Then all the stresses, fears and worry seemed to fall away….

John C. Bader

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