Photo: I took this photo in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park. It was absolutely amazing there.
Photo: I took this photo in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park. It was absolutely amazing there.
I love fire. Always have.
A Passionate Embrace.
Cozy snowy days by the woodstove.
Well, not quite a Haiku’s traditional 5-7-5, but fire is still poetic. Fire is symbolic of so many things. Transformation, purification, life force, power, strength, destruction, rebirth, transcendence, inspiration, enlightenment.
Truth and Knowledge. Light and Heat. The Intellect and the Emotions.
“Baptism by Fire” restores primordial purity. An intermediary between the Source and all of us tiny Particles of Awareness.
Fire is a good visual representation of our emotions. Anger, I believe, is the most destructive – a raging inferno. Passion, the most inspirational, a slow intense burn. Love, a steady light. Life, the precious spark.
The blaze in the feature photo above represents that out-of-control burst of anger. Hatred. The stare of death.
While this image . . .
the steady, passionate burn of the heart. That electric heat, tingle of fire, with the brush of a lover’s hand. A slow, deep delicious kiss.
And there’s another image I truly love, from my background of being a health care provider – The Keeper of the Flame. I found this pin at a military surplus store. I was told it was a German medic’s pin. The hands delicately cradling that life force.
And here’s one, a story for another day, perhaps, of a long ago camping trip in the mountains of Colorado. The howling winds channeling through the mountain pass. Filling our eyes with smoke and ash as we reached for those life-giving flames.
But anger. Yes anger is the most destructive. A fire that can consume us. Destroy us physically and mentally. We might think it’s directed outward, but the amount of negative energy that burns within can kill. An insidious suicide.
As for that spiritual burn in all of us – don’t let that fire go out.
Photos: I captured the one above in the early morning at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The landscape peering out from a natural rock bridge looks surreal. As does the Green River Overlook below. Like looking centuries back in time. There is knowledge in nature. So overwhelming, the scenes will bring you to inner silence.
“I have learned that the point of life’s walk is not where or how far I move my feet but how I am moved in my heart.”
Photos: From Grand Teton National Park
A friend posted a link to a Woody Guthrie song on Facebook the other day. He is a big music fan and appreciates a lot of the older musicians. It was the anniversary of Guthrie’s birthday, July 14th.
I knew the song well, but I went to the link on You Tube to listen again and that’s when I noticed them. The comments.
I look at a lot posts now days, not for the actual content, but for the comments. It is sort of like taking the pulse of the public. True, it is not a representative sample of the general public and one shouldn’t put too much emphasis or importance on these minority of remarks. But it can be amusing at times. Or enlightening.
Everything, and I mean everything, seems to be politically charged right now. I saw a post about the FBI crime statistics and immediately people were trying to link crime with political party affiliation. Heck, they should just look at the politicians themselves for that. Plenty of criminals there.
But the average murder, I imagine, has more to do with passion, the heat of the moment, or a robbery or other crime, or something else much more mundane. When I worked for the top court in my state, I had to review all of the state’s death penalty cases. I can guarantee you not a single murder case I looked at had anything to do with politics.
But people see what they want to see.
I imagine the politicians are patting themselves on their backs. They have successfully, maybe too successfully, divided the country into polar opposites and many people just can’t wait to add their commentary and witticisms to any thread on social media. And I’ll give some credit, some of their remarks are actually smart and funny 😊
Insults have become popular, though, so there is a whole bunch of eye-poking and head-slapping going on out there. I’ve generally quit trying to add rational thoughts to the mix as the responses are, well, just kind of out there in the ozone layer, what’s left of it.
Once, apparently not liking my ideas, a person fired back that they had my IP address and were going to come to my home, rape my mother and kill my whole family. Another time, I was called a “Communist putz” because I had said something regarding the greed and materialism I see in the current culture. The level of civil discourse sometimes deteriorates in cyber world.
I like the blogging world much better. People are generally more positive here, more thoughtful in their presentations, and willing to have a real discussion.
At any rate, this song was no different from any other post. It was politicized quickly. It was a folk song about America, after all. And forms of government became a point of contention. Not surprising considering Woody Guthrie often had the words “This Machine Kills Fascists” written on his guitar.
It seems to me that the lines have been blurred between our form of government and our economic and maybe even our religious systems. Democracy is not the same as capitalism. Socialism is not the same as Communism. People worshiping money or monetary systems are certainly not religious in any respect.
I did like one of the comments though because I thought it showed a level of balance so here it is:
“Considering human history and the teachings of the major world religions, it seems that your statement about greed being a natural human trait is largely true. It’s also been recognized as an evil impulse for thousands of years by virtually every strain of human thought. One way to view capitalism is the institutionalization of greed. It has benefits and drawbacks, and most world democracies have settled on a capitalist system with some governmental regulation as “the best of all possible worlds.” Those who advocate for unfettered socialism seem to be ignorant of or OK with losing all of capitalism’s early benefits: constant innovation; rewarding hard work, talent, intelligence, and risk; and a strong individual work ethic. Those who advocate for unfettered capitalism seem to be ignorant of or OK with the oligarchy that quickly overtakes it as the rich use their power to stifle innovation, fix markets, and disconnect the link between talent, hard work, and upward mobility. They seem to also be OK with the violent revolt of the disenfranchised that must surely follow.” — Patrick Lollis
The Woody Guthrie song link: This Land is Your Land
Feature Photo: I found this photo on the Internet in the public domain. It was linked back to an NPR site with an interview about Woody Guthrie.
BTW: I added the Politics section to my blog because sometimes I’ll have to write something that wanders into this pasture. But you may have noticed that I don’t post too often in this section. I am still working on the art of presenting controversial topics neutrally. I like to keep discussions alive and love to hear what others have to say. Being extreme in one’s presentation may be provocative, but the discussion will usually deteriorate and die quite quickly that way. I’d rather have an open mind and listen to well articulated ideas 🙂
A while back I wrote a piece about how movement, physical movement, was necessary for our creative minds. In fact, this was a trait we learned and passed on by the forces of evolution. To eat, we moved. As we moved, we learned to think. We had to be creative problem solvers on the move, and we survived.
That article was called, “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind.” And there, I explored the first “rule” in the book, “Brain Rules,” by John Medina. This guy, Medina, is a smart guy. He is a developmental molecular biologist.
This technique works for me, by-the-way. I get some of my best story ideas when I’m out hiking on the trail and I allow my mind to drift. Evolutionary vestiges repurposed. I hunt for words as my food is all neatly packaged at the grocery store now.
Well, the second “brain rule” is our ability to engage in IMAGINATION! More specifically, our ability to substitute objects in our minds so that one object can represent another, or maybe a whole bunch of different objects. This has been called “Dual Representation Theory.” More basically, SYMBOLISM.
It seems our fossil history shows that our ancestors evolved a lot physically since humankind’s estimated beginnings somewhere around 7 to 10 million years ago, but there wasn’t a lot of mental evolution going on until about 40,000 years ago. And then. Bam! We went from stone axes to painting, sculpture, fine art and jewelry. Soon, there would be mathematics and science. And, of course, more advanced communication. What caused this big change?
Apparently, it was the weather.
The changes weren’t fast, but they forced adaptation. Brought us out of the trees and into the savannah when food sources shifted. To become more streamlined and save energy we became bipedal.
In order to master survival in all of the biomes on the planet, our brains enlarged. This brings in another concept – Variability Selection Theory. Two powerful aspects of the brain developed. A database and the ability to improvise using that growing database.
And since survival not only meant staying warm and eating, it meant not being eaten too, community concepts evolved. There was safety and better hunting in numbers. And this meant learning to negotiate.
This raises the “Theory of Mind” or the ability to make inferences. To peer inside another person’s mental life and make predictions, to understand their motivations. All necessary skills to develop allies, cooperative behavior, and group species survival.
This ability to draw upon our databases and make inferences reminds me of the “predictive processing framework,” described in my piece,“My Intuition Tells Me . . ..”
With basic survival skills being mastered, humans could focus on more advanced pursuits. Those beyond only the four F’s – fighting, feeding, fleeing and fucking. And thus, in addition to art, music, mathematics, and science, us modern-day bloggers have electronic storytelling.
I think most of us still like the fucking, we just have more time for more things beyond the big four now. 😊
Storytelling is an ancient art, and we wordsmiths spend a lot of time in the world of symbolic thinking. We don’t use this creative process for basic survival like our ancestors did. Or do we ??? Maybe writing and creating worlds is survival for some of us. And I suppose some us actually do feed ourselves by writing, a lean diet that is . . .
But basically, every word we use is a symbol, either a subject or an action or a feeling. Every word has to represent something tangible in the physical world or summon an image or feeling into the mind.
In fact, symbols can convey meanings or reveal details of reality beyond just a physical image. Symbols can carry strong emotions. They can summon memories of sounds and smells and touches. Of happiness and laughter.
And as writers, we employ that Theory of Mind in multiple ways. We try to look into our reader’s heads, make predictions, understand what drives them. Figure out how to lead them through the story.
There are times when we want our words to evoke a particular image and have that image be universal for all readers. But there are other times when we deliberately want those words to convey multiple meanings, to give the reader a choice. Or to show contradictions between choices. Maybe they’ll choose a meaning that even we never saw as a possibility.
If we are writing fiction, we have to develop the mental lives of the characters we create. We add predictability and motivations for their actions, even providing historic context. Their fictional life traumas that have helped develop their passions, their fears, their hatreds, their loves, their essence. So the reader understands the next move on the chess board.
So, this survival skill of making inferences has evolved into us examining the minds of non-existent entities and developing believable characters based upon what we anticipate would be their universal actions. Wouldn’t we do the same thing in the same situation? And we do this for entertainment, not for negotiating the next mammoth hunt.
Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, the art of writing is stacking symbols in some sequence to complete a portrait. And we want to draw the reader in so they feel like they are a part of the story. A bystander. A witness. Or maybe even an active participant.
Symbols may relate to objects, but they don’t equate to objects. They reveal essence. Symbols are inclusive and expansive and evolve over time acquiring even more meaning from multiple sources.
Meanings may differ depending on peoples’ cultures. The Owl, for example, to the Pawnee symbolized protection, while to the Ojibwa it symbolized evil and death. To the ancient Greeks, the Owl represented wisdom.
According to Joseph Campbell: “Symbols are only the vehicles of communication; they must not be mistaken for the final term, the tenor, of their reference.” This implies that no two people would experience the object of the symbol in the same way. Maybe so, especially with cultural variations, but it seems the essence of the experience can be shared more universally with a symbol than with bare words.
With context, it seems to me that symbols are the supersonic highway of communication. The brain is able to process a symbol as an all-encompassing experience in a nanosecond. Faster than the blink of an eye, a complex story unfolds in images and associated feelings.
Symbolic thinking is said to be a uniquely human skill, and it allows us the ability to understand each other and coordinate within groups. And with that, I’ll leave you with a few symbols to make of them what you will. 😊
What do these images inspire in your minds?
Note: If you want to read more, there are some quotes on symbolism below.
Photos: An angel inside an old Spanish mission. The great Horned Owl. A sculpture in an art gallery court yard. Street sculptures in an eclectic small town. A vulture crosses it’s folded wings to make a heart.
A sort of Rorschach test 🙂
“Symbolism is no mere idle fancy or corrupt egerneration: it is inherent in the very texture of human life.”
― Alfred Whitehead
“Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.”
― Anthony Robbins
“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn’t.”
― Roger Ebert
“In many college English courses the words “myth” and “symbol” are given a tremendous charge of significance. You just ain’t no good unless you can see a symbol hiding, like a scared gerbil, under every page. And in many creative writing course the little beasts multiply, the place swarms with them. What does this Mean? What does that Symbolize? What is the Underlying Mythos? Kids come lurching out of such courses with a brain full of gerbils. And they sit down and write a lot of empty pomposity, under the impression that that’s how Melville did it.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
“A religion is a system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods in men [and women] by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing those conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.”
― Clifford Geertz
“The same principles that make a spiral galaxy also create the structure of a seashell and unfurling of a fern. This is why ancient spiritual people used natural symbols to convey universal concepts.”
― Belsebuub, Return to Source: How Enlightenment is the Process of Creation in the Universe in Reverse
“[A] symbol, like everything else, shows a double aspect. We must distinguish, therefore between the ‘sense’ and the ‘meaning’ of the symbol. It seems to me perfectly clear that all the great and little symbolical systems of the past functioned simultaneously on three levels: the corporeal of waking consciousness, the spiritual of dream, and the ineffable of the absolutely unknowable. The term ‘meaning’ can refer only to the first two but these, today, are in the charge of science – which is the province as we have said, not of symbols but of signs. The ineffable, the absolutely unknowable, can be only sensed. It is the province of art which is not ‘expression’ merely, or even primarily, but a quest for, and formulation of, experience evoking, energy-waking images: yielding what Sir Herbert Read has aptly termed a ‘sensuous apprehension of being’.”
― Joseph Campbell, The Symbol Without Meaning
This is one of those quotes that kind of sticks with you once you discover it. We battle for those things with the most meaning. We can get lost searching for them. But it’s worth the journey to find true love.
Photo: Tromping around somewhere in ancient mountains.
But it does nourish me 🙂
So, I was nominated by my friend, Raynotbradbury, for the quote challenge, but she added a spin to it for us to pick an ancient philosopher for the quotes and to fill in any explanations we wanted.
• Choose the author or philosopher (it should be one from the Ancient Time). Don’t know anyone? Google it lol. It shouldn’t be so hard.
• Choose 3 quotes of this author/philosopher. The country of origin – doesn’t matter (Egypt, Greece…Italy). Add any info or explanation if you like.
• Share those quotes and nominate 3 to 6 people.
• Oops, that’s not obligatory.
• The title for the post? Choose something cool. I know you are smart enough.
I really struggled with a title for this piece, I mean being “cool” is tough 🙂 I had put together an entire list I had to choose from. But I like how the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence does nourish us, but not literally “feed” us. And I explain the feature image and how I think it relates to the title below.
I chose the Greek Philosopher Socrates (470-399 BCE) for a number of reasons.
For one, he is credited with being one of the founders of Western Philosophy and with being the first moral philosopher. For another, a quote of his from his trial for impiety and corrupting youth has stuck with me ever since I first read about him, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” And for another, I was subject to the “Socratic Method” of teaching when I went through law school.
Because Socrates didn’t put any of his thoughts in writing, what we know of him is from the accounts of others, like Plato. I suppose, if you live by the axiom of “I write, therefor I am” Socrates may not have existed and was but a mere metaphor of analytic thought, a tale of others 😊
Regardless, his teachings have endured for centuries.
I threw in an extra one. Actually, two counting the one above.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”
I picked these quotes because I think they represent true wisdom. We should live our lives humbly with open minds, recognizing that material and superficial pursuits have no real lasting value, acting honorably, and having immense gratitude for all we have and all that surrounds us.
Socrates is a powerful representation because he was put on trial and sentenced to death for his thoughts. Did the Greek democracy have the thought police? Apparently so. Socrates called out and questioned prominent Athenians, logically defeating their views and policies and publicly humiliating them. The powers-that-be charged him impiety (not believing in the Gods of the State) and with corrupting the youth. Yes, that ancient democracy felt so threatened they decided they must put free-thinkers to death and not let that cancer of thought spread.
The concept of “impiety” (religious persecution) was one of the reasons the Framers of the U.S. Constitution built in freedom of religion. Thus, no State-sponsored favorite gods.
The Socratic Method of teaching used in law school works like this. We were given our assignments in advance of class and then grilled by the professors in the class room. The idea was to teach us the adversarial process and how to think on our feet – skills we would need in the courtroom. There are many a good tale of personal humiliation inflicted by the professors, but you learned to be prepared.
Feature Image – DeGrazia – From the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. I’m not sure what the title of this painting is, but it depicts an Eagle and Indian, although the Eagle is somewhat vulturesque. Is the great bird going to devour the Indian and feed on him or nourish him with knowledge. This could be an image from a vision quest, after all. The Eagle represents the illumination of the spirit, healing and creation.
I don’t think the full image shows with the format of the blog, so here it is.
Socrates – There are so many pics of sculptures of Socrates on the Internet in the public domain out there that I have no clue that there is anyway to provide an accurate attribution for this photo.
I bet you can complete this title. And how many times has your intuition been correct? But just what is intuition? Is it something instinctual? Or simply a regular cognitive process? Is it rational to trust our “guts?”
I don’t know about you, but I continually try to tune into my intuition, and I believe it has saved my hide a few times.
I recently read a neuroscientist’s perspective on intuition. To sum up her point of view, intuition is sort of a “predictive processing framework” whereby our brains are constantly taking in sensory information, comparing that information with accumulated knowledge and experience and then making a spontaneous decision based upon how these data “match” or align. The process is said to be automatic and subconscious.
Intuition supposedly can be a sloppy process that can fail because it is based on outdated information. However, analytical thinking, based upon more current information, can be too slow to allow a timely response and can also err when we over-think a problem or a situation. These two types of “thinking” are theorized to work in concert giving us a good balance. And there are times we use analytic thinking to make a post-hoc justification for a decision based on intuitive thinking.
That all sounds like a bit of over-thinking to me.
The neuroscientist says we can trust our intuition if we follow this thought algorithm:
“Thus, for every situation that involves a decision based on your assessment, consider whether your intuition has correctly assessed the situation. Is it an evolutionary old or new situation? Does it involve cognitive biases? Do you have experience or expertise in this type of situation? If it is evolutionary old, involves a cognitive bias, and you don’t have expertise in it, then rely on analytic thinking. If not, feel free to trust your intuitive thinking.”
But none of this gives me a true understanding of how I just “know” I’ve hit my turn around point on the trail. My gut tells me there is some danger out there if I continue and it’s time to go home. As I leave, I hear a hunter’s shot ring out and a deer runs out of the underbrush and passes by me. Or a large tree branch falls where I would have stepped next.
How about, when I walk into a business and I just get the vibe that something is about to go south there so I turn around and leave. Then, I read in the paper the next day that there was a fight that broke out in that establishment and someone got shot. Or the place was robbed just moments after I left.
Or I see a vehicle pass me on the road and just “know” something is amiss. Then I later pass it as it sits a contorted mass, in a deadly embrace with a semitruck.
What about the times there is no danger? But I “know” to follow a butterfly who leads me to a wonderous discovery. An overlook into a canyon that was off-trail and thoroughly hidden. Inspiration and beauty, I would have walked right on by but not for my gut.
Or I meet a person and within seconds I’m sure they have a good heart. As time passes, this assessment proves to be 100% accurate. People seem to have that intuitive trust with me too, and often just open up to me and share very personal information before they know anything about me. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened, and the person says to me, “I don’t have any idea why I’m telling you all of this.”
None of these situations appear to involve past or present sensory input that could lead to a predictive outcome. It is merely a feeling or my “inner voice” that I have listened to.
As the Universe would have it, the same day I read the neuroscientist’s article I would be directed to another about the topic of what it means to be “clairsentient,” or to be someone who feels things very deeply. Notice, this is not the same as being clairvoyant. Not the same as being able to “see clearly” or predict the future.
The author of this article lists out 25 traits that may accompany being clairsentient. And I don’t want to oversimply a complex topic, but suffice it to say such a person is extremely tuned in. Not only to their own feelings, but to the energy fields surrounding everyone and all things. This hypersensitivity allows for acting on senses without necessarily having any discernable information. Or it allows a different level of accessing and analyzing information to make predictive outcomes. To act purely upon a subconscious process where we are fed information. It is almost as though that information comes from an outside observer who has clairvoyance.
Or maybe that is precisely what this is. Being hypersensitive may just mean being in tune with all of the spiritual energy surrounding us. This allows for lightening fast decisions based not upon historical data accumulated in our brains, but on real-time or even future-time data coming from external sources.
And since we are talking about the subconscious, let’s talk about consciousness for a moment and what that means. To be conscious means we are presumably awake and aware of our existence, our sensations, our thoughts, and our surroundings. The subconscious mind concerns “the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings.” While on the other hand, the unconscious mind is said to be “the part of the mind which is inaccessible to the conscious mind but which affects behavior and emotions.” And being unconscious, well we all know what that means; lights out and nobody’s home.
But these are not the end descriptors of consciousness and subconscious processes because we also have “collectives.” The collective conscious is “the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.” The “collective unconscious,” in Jungian psychology, is “part of the unconscious mind which is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind, as distinct from the individual’s unconscious.”
Now that’s a lot to wrap your brain around. And maybe the collective unconscious could provide a source of data for our intuitive responses. But how do we get that package of ancestral memory jammed in our heads? Is that knowledge carried in our genetics?
Well, I have a different idea about the collective minds, or perhaps “energies” is a better word. What if the collective unconscious was not ancestral memory? What if the subconscious or unconscious minds of all were collectively linked, 24/7, in the present moment? What if we could, through “intuition” or other means, tap into all that data and awareness? What if being clairsentient meant exactly that, being tapped into this collective energy? Wouldn’t that allow you to be extremely empathetic, to sense another’s innate qualities and characteristics, to perhaps perceive disruptions in the energy fields that tip you off to events unfolding?
I don’t know.
A number of years back I built a bridge. It spanned a 22-foot, water-filled ravine that fed a lake on my property. I arched it slightly and it had no supports underneath it to resist gravity or to support its own weight. It was the biggest carpentry project I undertook, and I did it with virtually no experience or knowledge. I drew the design out on a brown paper bag. I was no engineer.
Each night before bed, I would formulate a question in my mind with regard to part of the project. Usually a problem that needed to be solved. And each morning I awoke with an answer in my conscious mind. An answer that worked. Now where did this information come from?
I had no inherent knowledge in my mind to process in my sleep with regard to bridge building. Could it have come from some ancestral memory, really? Or could I have tapped into a real-time collective of conscious, subconscious, or unconscious minds, or energy fields, that provided the answers. I have no idea, but that bridge is still standing 22 years after I built it.
And it’s a nice metaphor too. Bridging between conscious and subconscious and unconscious dimensions 😊
Of course, I don’t know that words can ever adequately describe such a process. And you can call me crazy if you want to, but I do know that the times I didn’t listen to my inner voice were the times that I got into trouble.
So, I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to tune-in. Tap into all that is out there. And trust what my inner voice is telling me.
Pleasant trails, keep listening, and trust your gut.
Photos: I built this bridge in the summer of 1996 – winter and summer views.
Links: Here are links to the articles I read. All links are subject to link rot.
Quotes: And here are a couple of nice quotes on Intuition:
“Intuition is seeing with the soul.”
― Dean Koontz
“The material world is simply an expression of the mind; that’s what so many fail to see. We’re so dependent on what is before us that we discount our intuition. Yet if one dismisses instinct, how can one understand or believe in a world that exists beyond one’s sight?”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist
“Intuition comes in several forms:
– a sudden flash of insight, visual or auditory
– a predictive dream
– a spinal shiver of recognition as something is occurring or told to you
– a sense of knowing something already
– a sense of deja vu
– a snapshot image of a future scene or event
– knowledge, perspective or understanding divined from tools which respond to the subconscious mind”
― Sylvia Clare, Trusting Your Intuition: Rediscover Your True Self to Achieve a Richer, More Rewarding Life
“Situations produce vibrations. Negative, potentially harmful situations emit slow vibrations. Positive, potentially life-enhancing situations emit quick vibrations. As these vibrations impact on your energy field they produce either resonance or dissonance in your lower and middle tantiens (psychic power stations) depending on your own vibratory rate at the time. When you psychic field force is strong and your vibratory rate is fast, therefore, you will draw only positive situations to you. When you mind is quiet enough and your attention is on the moment, you will literally hear the dissonance in your belly and chest like an alarm bell going off, urging you from deep within your body to move in such and such a direction. Always follow it. At times these urges may come to you in the form of internally spoken dialogue with your higher self, spirit guide, guardian angel, alien intelligence, however you see the owner of the “still, small voice within.” This form of dialogue can be entertaining and reassuring but is best not overindulged in as, in the extreme; it tends to lead to the loony bin. At times you may receive your messages from “Indian signs”, such as slogans on passing trucks or cloud formations in the sky. This is also best kept in moderation, to avoid seeing signs in everything and becoming terribly confused. Just let it happen when it happens and don’t try looking for it.”
― Stephen Russell, Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior
Photo: The Western Screech Owl. Taken during my southwest travels 🙂
I’m hoping for love 🙂
Photo: How about that. Never know what a cell phone camera can do when looking through a 20 inch telescope 🙂
A powerful statement. Let’s Dance !
Photo: Traveling in Montana
Photo: On one of the many trails I’ve hiked. This one is near the Mexican border.