We are in the midst of great changes that involve more people than this planet has ever before hosted. The numbers exponentially advance the complexities and the power to radically change civilization. That said, we are still of the earth and while we are still standing, those of us paying attention, have everything we need to love and live an honest life. In the end - in any end - that is, actually, all there is.
We can disappear, we can hide; we can raise sand. We can walk through it; we can run; we can crawl or we can dance. Ultimately all of these ways of being and reacting to the world are our choices and they either add to our fears or they lean into love.
The day candle (sun) has forgotten the hour;
The whole world has gone joyously mad.
The Sun's sweet cheeks are blushing
In the middle of the night
Desiring the rampage of the feet
Of God's lovers.
Thank you for listening.
Video: I look and listen to this video every once and awhile for perspective. As humans we have known over and over again the heady excitement of progress as we invent, create and prosper. The turn of the 20th century: Skyscrapers! Automobiles! Electricity! Motion Picture Cameras! The list goes on. This film clip from 1905 San Fransisco set to the music by Air, called La Femme D'Argent really captures that sense of burgeoning prosperity and excitement that must have filled the air at that time.
Likewise after this was filmed, the earth had her say. We did not build a narrative of being victims buried in shame in 1906 and I do not think it behooves us to do so now. We are challenged to survive and prosper even when there are unforeseen circumstance inviting us to rethink some of our original ideas. We make mistakes; we learn. We are asked by what is within our hearts to participate and move to be helpers in these times. Here is some film of what happened a year later. From Edison Newsreels: San Fransisco Earthquake Aftermath
The New Moon Solar Eclipse on October 25, 2022, is located at 02°00′ Scorpio
The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.