But how to hear it? If we travel far enough into the forest can we hear it? If you breathe deep enough can you inspire it? Feel it? Connect with it? Is this ‘it’ an incorrect identifier?
Developing a sense of familiarity in this mystery allows us to connect with our inner guide when we need it and is of great importance for everyone.
But can anyone really know for sure what is going on here? Many faiths and traditions point towards a transcendental knowing. A recognition that what we are trying to get at is not an object, in the sense that it could be attained but that our personification and/or objectification of spirit is a tool and not an end.
As we unconsciously personify spirit, however, against the advice of the wise, we incur in it the limitations of self. When I look at the word belief it dawns on me that we might be better to be a leaf on the tree of life than to have belief in it.
Biophany of belief ?
In running with the leaf metaphor, perhaps, the fruits of life can only grow when the tree has been given the ingredients it needs to blossom. In other words, If we don’t or can’t spend the time to connect with our source it is difficult to be connected in a meaningful way.
So much strife and tension surrounds the topic of spirit and belief. From dinner table arguments to full out international conflict, the topic strikes a cord that runs deep and different for us all.
Our biophony of beliefs can be at odds with life when we can’t see the echo system’s need for diversity. But how to tune our ears to the music of totality? How to be in sync with the great equation if it has no measure? Or is there a measure, in the musical sense, that would apply?
A pretty common sentiment among every tradition no doubt but as we have distanced ourselves from nature, so to have we forgotten the obvious.
Too much space and the flock breaks apart, and the crippling nature of loneliness sets in. Too little space and we begin to crash into each other. Indeed it would seem that love and mutual respect are the antidote to war, violence and intra-species conflict.
Our flock is now global and the spacing is even now being prescribed as social distancing. Will we listen? How much distance is too much? So much is at stake and finding the inspiration to bravely overcome our differences has us looking for the spirit to do so. The bubbles of our individual freedoms have popped and our goals no longer can exist in isolation.
The path forward
Something is afoot and we would be wise to move cautiously back into the normal so that we do not fall back into the slumber of global denigration. We need to pivot before the headless corporations of the world steer us off a cliff, no shits given! The planet will survive but humanities future is truly on the fence. Will we watch in delight the flames of our ambivalence or will we nudge ourselves back from the brink?
I’m not so sure that spirit knows not the carnage and joy of life like we do. It does not discriminate the lion from the lamb. It breathes life into all of us but it is up to us to use each breath with deep respect and gratitude. To pay the gift of life forwards in whatever way is our unique way to contribute. What is yours and are you connected? And if you are not feeling so, what step are you taking to get back to it?
We have all felt lost in the fog of life at times. No hope, no reason, so spirit. A tough place that almost everyone knows. If you're not there then reach out to someone who might be and if you are then dig deep if you can, listen as hard as you can and you might just hear it.