Elementals & Nature

The Eye of the Storm ~

The Eye of the Storm ~

Hurricanes form over water. Warm air flowing over warm, tropical or sub-tropical waters can absorb enough moisture to form dense rain clouds. When enough moisture is collected over enough heat, the air involved can begin to swirl. This swirling motion turns a storm into what is called a cyclone.

What turns a cyclone into a hurricane? Velocity. In other words, what turns a storm into something potentially dangerous is acceleration.

Weathering the emotional nature of a world in transition can be a bit like weathering a storm.

Voices in the Wind

Voices in the Wind

One of my favorite lines from the film Thunderheart comes toward the very end. "If you ever need someplace to come to... to listen to the wind...we'll be here." In many indigenous traditions, the voice of the wind is the voice of Spirit. Are you listening?

And what happens when the clamor of the 'noise and haste' or your own unconscious fears drown out the voice in the wind?

Let's Talk Self-Reliance ~

Let's Talk Self-Reliance ~

Self-Reliance was always one of my favorite Emerson essays (Ralph Waldo, of course). I learned of these essays in the books of Louisa May Alcott, wherein one of her female protagonists was reading them. I was eight years old. 

Self-reliance spoke to me, as I am the eldest of a smattering of siblings and my parents were always busy. Not neglected, but left on my own as much as I desired to be (which was often), I learned to rely on my intuition and inner sense of what was true, fair and just. I observed the world as does every sensitive being, looking to find what my place might be in it.