The Nobel Prize engenders an image of accomplishment and prestige in the areas of Science and Medicine and probably for most people, an association with someone who has exemplified the pursuit and advancement of peace in the world. But upon deeper investigation, there seems to be another side to the history of this prestigious prize and the forces that dictate its award, that bring to light a progression of science that has not only become largely detached from its foundations, but perhaps even devoid of the truth it is originally based upon.
We tend to go about our lives ‘online’ using computers and other electronic devices in a flippant manner, wandering from site to site as if we were some kind of digital nomad looking for a long-lost home that never was. We may think we are browsing to ‘chill out’, relax or take a break, when we’re looking for excitement, stimulation or adventure, but there may be other forces at play, and often we are using the internet to numb ourselves from feeling something we don’t want to feel. And through our own desires to numb the pain of our disconnection, separation, abuse, lack of intimacy etc., feelings that we cannot help but feel, no matter how hard we may try, there are times that we may even find ourselves drawn to a website or video that involves such things as violence, extreme stunts, and pornography … to name but a few of the plethora of distractions that abound on the web.
Perhaps there is another reason we call it ‘The Worldwide Web’, since we many times end up entangled somewhere like a bug in a spider’s web and are not sure how we got there in the first place. There is also a certain amount of irony involved in the fact that many of these things that we are drawn to on the net involve an equivalent or even worse forms of abuse to self and others than the ones we are trying to escape from! The most obvious example is the use of pornography in its many and varied forms. Most people, men in particular, think using porn is just part of the rites of passage of being a man, and it is becoming more and more acceptable to view it and act it out, at younger and younger ages. But how can anyone in truth see anything but physical and energetic rape in the acts of pornography that objectify and denigrate the female and male body in a way that reduces us to the point of bestial behaviour? Are we aware of the harm that is being done to tender, sensitive people in the acts being filmed in this porn, such as being drugged to not feel the pain, and sometimes even needing surgery afterwards to repair the damage done? How separated from one’s true self and given up on a true and loving life does someone have to be to get off on watching child pornography? And what are we getting out of seeing other people (in news, films and video games) involved in a graphically violent fight or an accident that results in their injury or death, or even being subjected to torture (all things that are all too accessible via the dark web)?
After viewing some of these vulgar, violent, offensive and all-together raunchy sites, we may have a tendency to want to erase any electronic record of our foray into this darker area of the web because deep down we can feel that it is a massive departure from our true soulful origins and it would most likely be incredibly embarrassing to get caught indulging in these sites for our own pleasure or escape.
This attempt to erase any web history is a very real everyday thing in today’s workplaces, as a 2013 Forbes magazine article stated that 25% of working adults admit to looking at pornography at work and 70% of all online pornography access occurs between 9:00am and 5:00pm, the hours of a typical working day.(1)
But what if there was no true way to eradicate any search history on our electronic devices? I’m not talking about any back-door IT magic that can detect anything that had ever been viewed on a computer.
Therefore, any attempt we make individually or collectively to ‘cover our tracks’ by deleting our browsing history or switching to the now common ‘incognito mode’ that automatically erases all the digital steps we have made is futile. The effects of the energy we’ve aligned to when watching those abusive sites will inevitably unfold in the lives of ourselves and other people, and in fact all of humanity.
But there is a beautiful thing about every decision that we make, no matter if it is to support violence, the objectification and abuse of men and women through porn, or the pursuit of more and more extreme behaviours that takes us further away from any form of stillness that could otherwise bring a deeper connection with our Soul and settlement to our body. And that beautiful gift is the Universal Law of Karmawhich will undoubtedly bring a re-harmonisation to the Universe by offering us a reflection and experience in our life that shows us clearly that when we have gone ‘off course’, this is not The Way. Alternatively, karma also provides the confirming flow of support and expansion when we are on the right track and is in no way just a negative punishment for our desire-based behaviours (as is commonly believed). In fact, it is the ultimate form of Love from God that slowly guides us back to a soulful way of living in harmony with ourselves and eventually all other beings, and this re-alignment is felt throughout the Universe.
If we could live with the understanding that we all energetically live in transparent glass houses, that nothing goes ‘un-noticed’ in the Universe, and that we have an incredible responsibility and power to directly determine our future as beings of the Universe, it would certainly go a long way in transforming and returning us to living our true selves and the human race to its Divine origins. Based on the current level of corruption, control, manipulation and disharmony that abounds on Earth, there is a massive call to contemplate why we have chosen to be oblivious to the power that we truly have in every movement we make. But we can literally re-imprint all our actions with each step taken with the Fire from our inner hearts, the Love of our Soul and by living in a way that is loving for all. Our Souls are patiently ‘waiting in the wings’.
I told her I guarantee he’ll call back if she said this, and on cue, right when she finally exclaimed to me, “Daddy, I am NOT going to say ‘Who cooks for you’ to that owl”, the Barred Owl emphatically responded with his classic ‘Hoo, hoo…hoo hoooooooo!’, at which point we both cracked up with hilarious laughter until our bellies almost hurt! The owl’s timing was truly impeccable, like any great comedian’s.
As we continued our walk, I had a renewed sense of the magic of how Nature communicates with us and would later come to realise how that owl was also providing a prophetic symbol of wisdom to come. Walking amongst a grove of old majestic oak trees, I noticed a number of dead branches that had fallen on the ground and instantly gained an insight into what this scene may be showing us on another level of awareness.
So, by releasing these branches (and for us, the beliefs that were previously rigidly held and protected), this wise old tree has opened up space within its canopy of branches for the Sun to shine its beams of light that so lovingly illuminate all the areas that were formerly cast in shadow, thus allowing not only the opportunity for renewed growth within the lower and inner branches of the tree, but also providing an opening for young, fresh seedlings around its base to flourish in this rekindled area.
Even the particles of dead wood that have fallen provide the minerals and nutrients that act as a fertiliser to help support the young saplings that now have fertile ground to thrive, which reminds me of the way an elderly person, after letting go of pictures and ideals on how people and their surroundings should be, can share their experiences of observing life in a way that helps the younger generations understand the world in a more loving and deeper manner, as well as how they can then support others in the same way.
It’s amazing for me to feel how there is in reality no true death involved here, only the illusion of it being so. Because if one simply looks at a dead branch or the whole body of a tree that has eventually rotted and fallen to the ground, even though over time these woody structures eventually seem to disappear, the reality is that all this material has been transmuted into its constituent particles of energy that are then passed on to nurture future incarnations of other plant and animal life.
Moving back to the observations of elder trees in Nature, there seems to also be an intelligence that knows just when to surrender those decaying branches that no longer serve them. This is synonymous to when we move down a particular path in our Life after making a certain choice (like a fork in the road or the same on a branch that splits into two directions) and we come to the realisation that even though we may have gained a certain level of understanding and awareness along the way, it ultimately does not serve us any more to continue down that track. It’s as if that branch (of the tree and of life) moves to a stage where it hardens and loses its flexibility to a point where it is brittle enough to simply let go and fall away, as needed to support the growth and evolution of not only itself by allowing more light to its inner being, but also that of the surrounding organisms in an act of True Brotherhood.
This ‘consideration’ of the surrounding biome that the elder tree feels to be holding may also indicate just how much cooperation is the prevailing model of life in Nature, rather than the competitive ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality as prescribed by classic Darwinism. There are countless examples of symbiotic relationships found in the realm of trees, one of which is that between conifers and mycorrhizal fungi, where the fungus encapsulates and sometimes penetrates the roots of the host trees, facilitating the enhanced extraction of nutrients and water from the surrounding soil in exchange for valuable sugars the fungi derive from the tree. A beautiful marriage indeed, if you ask me.
Most of these observations came to me in an instant while walking with my daughter after our joyful encounter with the wise owl initiated a kind of greater awareness to the ceaseless reflections and symbolism that nature provides for us to learn from every day.
And having my gorgeous daughter reflectively say, “Hmm, that’s pretty good, Daddy!” after I shared my observations that dropped into my mind about the elder oak tree, really brought a delightful exclamation point to our wonderful walk together. She’s pretty hard to impress, after all. 😉
The one baby firework that brought me the most joy as a little boy was the common, yet amazing sparkler. Twirling and spinning them around gave the impression to any onlookers that there was a continuous circuit of light being painted in the air, as the after-image seemed to hover in space like some trick of a magician, and we were the ‘Merlins’ behind it all! I loved watching the intense star-like sparks emanating from the centre of the rod and shooting off like miniature meteors; a fleeting glimpse that leaves a lasting impression, just like seeing a real meteor in the evening sky when you least expect it.
But the one aspect of playing with sparklers that to this day deeply touches my heart is the ephemeral moment where someone would hold their unlit sparkler up in a gesture requesting it be lit as mine was still going (or vice versa) and we would touch the tips of them together. There was always a pause of anticipation and then voila!, the previously dark sparkler was brought from a state of potential to fiery and glorious light and life.
Even at that young age and very strongly now, I can see how I felt a kind of symbolism in this action, whereby when one person may not be feeling very ‘sparkly’ themselves, but instead depressed, withdrawn or contracted, they can be inspired by another who is shining their inner light brightly for all to see.
This effect can manifest itself in many ways, from someone showing up to work in a joyful and purposeful way, ready to dive into whatever job is needed without hesitation or judgement, to simply placing one’s hand gently on a friend’s shoulder in a gesture of love and understanding. All of these gestures offer the potential of setting up a chain reaction of movement within our lives, of igniting and emanating light that spreads that ‘sparkle’ from one person to the next by the reflection of that light that is shown without reservation.
Of course, we also have the choice to do the opposite – holding onto our hurts and associated anger, bitterness and resentment and then carrying that over into our conversations, workplace, and relationships. But I’d venture to guess that most of us can relate to the fact that this never really results in anything other than misery and thus offers others nothing but to stay in the same circulation of negativity and emotional whirlpool of suffering.
Beginning with a foundation of deep honesty that we have been hurt and still feel hurt and a willingness to heal these hurts (which are not in truth ours, but emotional disturbances we have taken on), can be the catalyst to true and lasting change. It can create an opening to be inspired by others who have done the same, rather than continuing to buy into our old stories of suffering. It’s at this point that the light expressed through and from another can be ‘passed on’by reflection to the one who is ready to live it within their own life.
Just as the operation of ignition in an internal combustion or turbine engine involves the precise proportions and pressures of fuel and air to be combined before a spark is introduced to set this mixture ablaze, we can see this process playing out in our own lives between people. When we hold people in love, understanding and an offering of space for them to make their own choices without judgement, we observe that these qualities can provide the perfect environment for them to come to these understandings in their own time and there is then an igniting of an inner fire of purpose within them that can then inspire others do the same.
Similarly, when a person is living their life in a way that is in alignment with the qualities of love, truth, joy, harmony and stillness, and thus with their Soul, this is reflected to others and can either inspire an equal alignment to that joyful way of living or expose the fact that we are choosing to align to a way of living in resistance to this reflection, with all its resultant behaviours that are not in line with the way the rest of the Universe moves.
There also exist ‘sparkler effects’ within greater cycles of Light in the Universe. I know that whenever I go outside under a brilliant star-lit night sky I can attest to the feeling of being showered by the magnificent qualities of the stars and constellations that ceaselessly display their majestic light to us every night. The reflection of light the stars offer reminds me of the light that lives within. It feels like being wrapped in the arms of God during these moments, as this loving expression many times triggers within me an ignition of sorts, reminding me of my true home – amongst the stars and within the body of God who has created them. I then can’t help but carry this feeling within me to everyone I interact with in my life. And the sparkler effectcontinues.