Learning to Fly

I thought it was interesting, after my last post about changing the energy around my home, that other creatures began taking up residence there, too. Mostly birds began to nest in the eaves and the trees around the house. It was as if they, too, felt the change in vibration, and decided it was a good place to raise a family.

A house finch even took over an abandoned nest outside my kitchen window and began sprucing it up with new twigs and bits of fluff. It made me smile, knowing we were both doing a little redecorating. When mama finch began to spend a lot of time in the nest I knew she must have laid a few eggs.

A couple weeks later I heard high-pitched peeps coming from the nest, and saw the mom coming and going with insects and worms in her beak. The babies were too small to see, but I could just make out a beak over the lip of the nest, always open in anticipation of being fed. Then I counted three beaks and began to see little feathered heads reaching upward.

Another week passed and soon the little birds were looking back at me as I watched from the window, cocking their heads this way and that, taking in their new world. They had already grown in their pin feathers. I knew it wouldn’t be long before they flew away.

One day I looked out the window and saw one of the babies perched on the edge of the nest. “Oh my god! This is it!” I thought to myself. “He’s going to make his first flight!” And then, he did.

It happened so quickly. He just dove out of the nest, into a landscape he’d never seen, and soared away over the neighbor’s roof. I still stood in the window, thinking he might come back and do it again. But he didn’t.

I stood for a long time in the window, contemplating what I’d seen. The bird didn’t sit in the nest saying, “I wish I could fly. Yeah, I’ll do that next year, when the kids are grown, when I retire, when I’m rich…” He just did it. He didn’t perch on the edge, worrying about failure. “What if I can’t do it? What if I fall?” He just did it.

Somehow, the little finch just KNEW. He was born knowing how to fly, even though he’d never experienced it. He didn’t have to take lessons. When his time came to spread his wings, he just clicked into that innate knowledge and soared.

What if we were more like the birds? We’re born knowing that we are perfect, whole, and complete, that we can do anything. Yet, somehow we get separated from that truth as we grow. We let worry and doubt and fear take over. We forget that we have wings of imagination, that we can do anything we set our minds to.

Is there a part of you that has forgotten how capable you are? Spend a few minutes in nature, observing how the birds know how to fly. See the trees, steady in their roots. Watch as flowers grow toward the light and blossom. You are a part of all that. Now, FLY!

 

An Inner Measure of Wholeness

Meditation can be about returning to wholeness, about remembering our true God-essence. A clue about this concept can be found in the word ‘meditation’ itself.

‘Meditation’ comes from the Latin mederi, which means ‘to cure’. ‘Mederi’ is also the root for the word ‘medicine’. Mederi has even older Indo-European origins, meaning ‘to measure’.

But this isn’t a measure in the common sense of the word, the process of comparing something to a prescribed standard. Rather it is recognizing that which makes us and all things in the Universe what they are, that which gives us our properties, our inner measure. Meditation is one way of perceiving directly our inward measure, the wholeness of one’s own being, through careful, non-judgmental self-observation.

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.–Albert Einstein

It is essential to engage in a systematic training of the mind through the discipline of meditation practice to free oneself from the incessant distortions that characterize our everyday emotional and thought processes, what Einstein called the optical delusion, that can undermine the experience of our intrinsic wholeness.

Seeing ourselves and our world with eyes of wholeness means recognizing that nothing occurs in isolation. Seeing in this way we can perceive the intrinsic web of interconnectedness underlying any experience and merge with it. Taking this view is healing for ourselves and our world.

As you enter your meditation or spiritual practice next time, connect with your inner measure of wholeness, and let your clear insight ripple out into your world.

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